Month: October 2017

2017-10-24 First love

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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October 24, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

First love

“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works;” [Revelation 2:4–5]

I believe the Lord lead Marshall Foster to open his keynote address at the “Honoring The Vision” event with a discussion of Christ’s letter to the church in Ephesus. Marshall pointed out that the Ephesian church was among the most successful churches in the Bible. – But – Christ was concerned because they had lost their first love.

Like the Ephesians we Americans have seen the Lord do many great works. American missionary efforts have dwarfed those of any other nation. American Christian principles have inspired hope throughout the world. And like the Ephesians, God has blessed us.

Nevertheless, like the Ephesian Christians, we have left our first love.

The cross represents Christ’s summary of God’s goal for humanity – Learn to love God and to love others. Love God (vertical) and love others (horizontal) – The Christian cross. We call our vertical relationship, “church”. We call the horizontal relationship, “government”.

Throughout human history every society develops a vertical relationship with some “higher power”, a god of some sort, or the God of creation. Further – The corporate quality of that vertical relationship – church – will always determine the quality of the horizontal relationship – government. Never the other way around.

Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen,” “Make America great again” would have made no sense unless the public were aware of our having “left our first love.” Every new day more corruption and just plain evil is revealed. The quality of American government has fallen way down!

If the quality of the horizontal (government) is determined by the quality of the vertical (church) – Where must we go to find root causes and lasting solutions? Were we to have divine help in electing Spirit-filled, glow in the dark Christians to every elected office, then staff those offices with equally qualified workers, I believe the nation would be in seven times worse shape in only a few election cycles.

Until we, “repent, and do the first works” and improve the quality of the “vertical” the “horizontal” will continue to degrade. All through human history God has demonstrated His love and sense of humor by raising up unlikely leaders. I have read historical sermons that touched thousands in their day. I thought to myself, “This man’s theology is out to lunch!” Then I read about the ladies who were in the basement under the pulpit praying. The preacher could have been reading the phone book out loud and as long as the ladies were praying the results would be the same!

So – What were the American churches first works? The documentation is extensive! Read the Colonial sermons. Read the Declaration. Read the original, not what someone has told you about them. The colonial church recognized that God was God and the church was responsible for the quality of the government.

Pastor and evangelist friend of mine – I believe that unless your message includes the horizontal as well as the vertical, you are only presenting half of the cross.

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2017-10-23 Honoring The Vision – Historic Event

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

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October 23, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

Honoring The Vision

An Historic Event

A full month has passed. Kudos have come in. It was truly a gathering of giants. A gathering of master teachers, most with a generation of service. The common threads among them: Respect for the founders of FACE, Verna Hall & Rosalie Slater; An understanding of the hand of God in the founding of America; A love for the “Principle Approach”.

Any one of the many speakers and testimonies is worth playing over and over.

Our committee believed it would be the historic event it was. We had two video cameras recording almost continuously (20+ hours of raw video). I have just finished viewing the whole set of files.

Several have asked, “What is next for the recording.”

The original raw data will be archived in the Hall & Slater Library in Virginia. It is not to be copied or excerpted. Perhaps future historians will be researching the movement and find this archive valuable.

I will hold a copy of the original ( AUDIO FILES – 7 GB &VIDEO FILES 130 GB ) until the Lord brings a team with the qualifications and sufficient love of the subject, plus the sophisticated production equipment and funding to produce a finished product worthy of the content. It is hoped the finished product will be available at cost plus shipping.

I invite all those interested in this project to join me in prayer for the right team.

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2017-10-10 Revised – Natural Law Today o

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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October 10, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

NOTE – This is a revised post, because the first post had the URL rather than a hyperlink. Many sends were returned as spam. Apologies J

“Natural Law Today …”

I first met Gary Porter at a FACE conference in Virginia. He was conducting tours of the Hall & Slater Library. My first impression – “This man’s knowledge of history, the Constitution, and law in general, is way above my pay grade!”

Subsequent years of friendship only serve to confirm that first impression! Gary just published a paper I am excited to share with those of you who are willing to turn off the TV and radio in order to pay close attention to what you are reading.

Enjoy!

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2017-10-10 Natural Law Today o

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October 10, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

“Natural Law Today …”

http://constitutionleadership.org/2017/10/09/constitutional-corner-natural-law-today-a-question-of-rights/

I first met Gary Porter at a FACE conference in Virginia. He was conducting tours of the Hall & Slater Library. My first impression – “This man’s knowledge of history, the Constitution, and law in general, is way above my pay grade!”

Subsequent years of friendship only serve to confirm that first impression! Gary just published a paper I am excited to share with those of you who are willing to turn off the TV and radio in order to pay close attention to what you are reading.

Enjoy!

These columns are archived since 12/10/09

See www.ACHStudyGroups.com

“Ben’s Blog”

2017-10-04 Principles of American Government

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

October 4, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

“Principles of American Government” (PAG)

PAG is the name given to a three month online course. We use “Christian History of the Constitution …” (CHOC) and “Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History” (T&L) as textbooks. Two 75 minute, highly interactive classes a week, are held in a virtual classroom using Skype. (Students from across the country see and interact with one another and the teacher online.) This is among the courses endorsed by the “Foundation for American Christian Education” (FACE).

The next course is to begin on Monday, January 8, 2018. Class times are set at the convenience of the class members. Usual class size is 5 – 10 (teens and adults). Suggested tuition is $195.

The course has three phases. Phase I (4 classes) is an overview of the course: In the beginning – God, Man and God, Law, Principles. Phase II (14 classes) is an in depth study of seven basic principles: Individuality, Self-Government, Quality Character, Private Property, American Form, Local Authority, Liberty. Phase III (6 classes) seeks to help students learn to use what they have learned in the marketplace of ideas – critical thinking.

This is not a “Constitution” course. This is a course in the history and ideas that supported the philosophy of those who created our nation and her founding documents. If our ship of state and the culture upon which it sails are to be restored to a proper course, there must be a core of adults and teens that understand these principles and how to apply them.

Perhaps it will help to parse the course title: “Principles of American Government.”

To “govern” is to direct, regulate, control, and restrain. I find only three human organizations created and used by God. All three are governmental: family, church, and state. A fourth form is self-government.

“American,” used as an adjective, refers to those forms of government that are uniquely illustrated in American history and culture.

“Principle” – The cause, source, or origin of a thing.

Thus – “Principles of American Government” – The cause, source, or origin of that which has been uniquely illustrated in American history and culture through family, church, state, and self-direction, -regulation, -control, and -restraint.

Our Lord appears to have gifted me with the ability to teach these concepts to teens with little previous exposure to history and philosophy. We encourage parents to join their youngsters as students. Those interested in the January course should contact us (see letterhead).

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