Month: November 2018

2018-11-26 Principles of American Government (PAG)

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders
7659 Gingerblossom Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
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November 26, 2018

This is a letter to our friends –

Principles of American Government (PAG)
An on-line course

This course is for the serious student who wants to understand what makes America great. It requires a commitment of time and attention. Please open the ACH Study Groups web site (above) and review the student comments.

After a lapse for study and writing, we are once again offering this course.
The first class will be scheduled for Monday, January 7, 2019.

The student’s commitment – 24 each 75-minute on-line classes (Monday & Wednesday), plus 4-5 hours of quality study time per week. There is a notebook required.

The instructor’s commitment — One-on-one make-up classes as needed. Class time (9:00 AM and / or 6:00 PM California time) as determined to be most convenient for the class(es). Consultation and discussion with alumnae, for life.

Prerequisites – Class registration by an active Skype-link with Ben Gilmore well before the first class. An e-mail link (see letterhead). A 3-ring notebook with 8 dividers and ruled paper.

Texts – “Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History” by Rosalie Slater.
“The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America – Volume I” compiled by Verna Hall. [Available from FACEBookstore.net or phone 800-352-3223].

The original course syllabus may be found on the web site. It has since been modified and updated. Tuition has been waived. A love gift at the end of the course is appreciated.

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2018-11-10 Open the winsows

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders
7659 Gingerblossom Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
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November 21, 2018

This is a letter to our friends –

Open the windows!

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” [Malachi 3:10]

I have a friend whose son is in his late teens. Over the past few years his mom and dad discovered he had been drifting deeper into drugs. They traced it to a girlfriend. Sound familiar?

His parents did what they could to cut him off from negative influences. More significantly – They never let up on praying for him. Recently, a friend invited him to a church youth meeting. In the midst of the meeting, their son told the group he had been on a destructive path and wanted to get things right.

His mom told me, “He came home flying higher than a kite! The change was instant! He is his old self again. He has been talking with his dad about career choices!” Yes, change can happen that fast – GIVEN – prayer and an out-pouring of the Holy Spirit!

During coffee and prayers this morning I had a thought about the giant Trump rallies. The other day a lady who had been standing in line at the rally too long, had a problem with insulin and fainted. As medics helped her the crowd spontaneously began softly singing “Amazing Grace”.

Suppose 20,000 people at such a rally were to pray 2nd Chronicles 7:14 together –
“If My people who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, And seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways,
Then I will hear from Heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their land!”

Do you suppose God would honor such a prayer if prayed in unison by 20,000 Americans! Those who have studied the history of such moves by the hand of God will know it is possible. I wonder if such a move is what God wants from us.

Dear Lord let it be so.

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2018-11-15 Pilgrims were not Puritans

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders
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November 15, 2018

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Pilgrims were not Puritans

The Pilgrims were not Puritans. This took me by surprise since the two labels seem to be used alike. Here is my understanding.

In the beginning churches that were planted by the apostles were groups of believers in a city. They were independent of a formal hierarchy though they looked to the elders for teaching and advice.

Human nature being what it is, their independence was soon brought under a hierarchy. Eventually the structure became a state church. Europe’s nations almost all had state churches associated with Rome.

English history became pretty stormy when Luther planted seeds of reformation. The King of England did not like an Italian Pope messing in English politics so he set up the “Church of England” with an English “Pope”. (How do you suppose that would go over here at home?) Those who looked to Rome were called “Papists”.

So now we have the Papists divided. Talk is growing in England about reforming the state church. Those who did not accept the state church doctrines were persecuted. In England the reformation movement was within the state church between rule of one and rule of a few. The Puritans were initially “rule of a few” within the state church. Some of them would accept what reforms they could get and wait for another opportunity to get more. Other Puritans were pushing for more radical state church reform. Civil strife built. The Presbyterian denomination was born.

The Pilgrims were distained by everybody because they left the state church and followed their consciences rather than wait for some sort of organizational reformation. The Pilgrims founded the Plymouth colony in America. They wanted no compromise with an individual Christian’s liberty to obey his conscience.

Shortly after that Massachusetts was chartered including Boston & Salem. It was a mix of Church of England (episcopal) and Puritan (pesbyterian). Puritans, upon leaving England for Massachusetts discovered a sense of relief from the state church bondage. There was a sickness in Boston and they asked the Pilgrim doctor from Plymouth to come help.

In the process they said, “You are the first Pilgrim we have met. What is it you believe?” Basically the Puritan philosophy was, “We have learned things about Christianity. Let us teach you what we know.” The Pilgrim philosophy had more liberty, “No one has all the truth, come and learn along with us.”

The seeds of Pilgrim philosophy spread through Massachusetts and changed the culture. Here is what appears to me to have caused confusion. “Separatist” and “Pilgrim” were not popular terms in those days. The preachers kept their “Puritan” name-tags. but their philosophy became Pilgrim as illustrated in their sermons.

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2018-11-13 Disappointed!

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders
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November 13, 2018

This is a letter to our friends –

Disappointed!

Going into the mid-term elections, I was sure the righteous winning streak would continue and most candidates with an “R” by their name would win election. I was wrong.

I would rather be optimistic and disappointed,
than pessimistic and correct!

Being pessimistic may be “facing reality”, but it sure doesn’t make you feel better! Pessimism is sure defeat on the battle field! Your enemy has already won the conflict if he can make you look where he wants you to look.

The Bible has some practical advice, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” [Philippians 4:8]

I am certain (not just optimistic) that – after the last battle – Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus the Christ is Lord.

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2018-11-07 Fantasy Press Conference

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders
7659 Gingerblossom Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
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November 7, 2018

This is a letter to our friends –

Fantasy Press Conference

The President – I have an opening statement, then I will take a few questions.

For some years America has been losing respect in the world community, and in some circles here at home. America is much more than the individuals that come and go as spokesmen. America is an idea. An experiment to show that self-governed freemen are capable of sustaining a lasting society.

That idea deserves respect. Not doing so dishonors our founders – men of whom the world was not worthy! The office of President and other elected offices also deserve respect in honor of the states and voters they represent.

When we permit disrespect for the office – regardless of who may occupy it – we encourage others to lose respect for the office. These press conferences have become very disrespectful and rude.

Therefore, I am setting new rules of conduct. Representatives of the media are here by invitation. Any individual who is disrespectful or rude, will be removed from the press conference. His employer will be invited to send another, better behaved, representative.

Regarding the open office of Attorney General – I have appointed a lawman from the Midwest who has never been to Washington. He has a team of Midwest lawyers anxious to drain the swamp. They are interested in rooting out lawbreakers and reestablishing law and justice. Their orders are to start at the top and work down.

I will take questions now.

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2018-11-04 Ihanksgiving traditions

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders
7659 Gingerblossom Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
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November 4, 2018

This is a letter to our friends –

Thanksgiving traditions

One of my mentors, the late Verna Hall, cofounder of Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE), was a compulsive teacher of history and biblical principles. She used the chamomile by the door, the style of furniture, the chinaware pattern. Everything was an object lesson. To be in her presence was to learn!

Americans have a rich Christian heritage. Thanksgiving is the only American Christian holiday. Our families need to know more about it. One way is to have someone at the table read a beautiful ballad by the late Lawrence Wagner.
(Please see the next page)
Enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving.
The Gilmore’s

Pilgrim Fathers
By Larry Wagner November 1984

The second harvest gathered since they crossed Atlantic waters,
A feast of thankfulness was set by grateful Pilgrim Fathers:
So great the providence of God, so blest with fruit their labors,
So sweet the bond among their band, such peace with Indian neighbors.

But most among the feasting crowd could count harsh years of toil.
Of wand’ring for their faith in God, of want on alien soil,
Of flagging hopes and faith, bad health, of chills that hell could send.
Of half their number that had died before first winter’s end.

Of hunger pangs that second year in their New Plymouth home,
Of weeks when all they ate a day was five small grains of corn.
A few remembered treasures lost, titles cast aside,
But all could measure conscience cost in tears and trampled pride.

Oh, at this feast could they foresee their blessed future years?
That nevermore would they know want, nor run from any fears!
Then after prayers of gratitude, before the feast was set,
Each plate was served five grains of corn, lest anyone forget!

A noble band in hardship born, rejected by their own,
A rock flung o’re the ocean, they were laid a corner stone.
By them God stamped His pattern for a nation on the land,
And seeds for freedom under God were planted by their hand.

Oh, pray their heirs would ever know how dear was freedom’s cost,
And know to hold their faith and freedom dear, or see them lost,
And praise the Providence that brought those Pilgrims to this shore,
And eat the grains of memory, or pay the price once more.

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