Month: August 2019

2019-08-28 The 5th Commandment

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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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August 28, 2019

This is a letter to our friends –

The 5th Commandment

“Honor thy father and thy mother, that your days may be long.”

Last Saturday our kids, (Guy, Fawn, Susan) hosted a celebration of my 90th birthday.

“… [T]hat your days may be long.” Fran and I have been so honored by our kids that they will live forever! We were so blessed as fifty friends from far and wide found their way to Guy & Linda’s home in the hills. Fawn & Steve drove up from Santa Rosa and Susan (Bryan had to stay home and work) flew in from Montana.

It was perfect weather, their home was a perfect venue – decorated for a party. Guy spent a day wood-smoking ribs and chicken. Friends visited with friends they hadn’t seen in years.

There was a time of sharing old memories. Nancy recalled an orientation technique I shared 40 years ago that she and others have used since. Scott shared a story of my student pilot days when I was learning about cross-wind landings. A gust lifted my right wing. When the dust settled I discovered grass stains on my left wingtip!

That lead to another flying story- After a month’s leave plus travel time, I hadn’t flown in six weeks. When I arrived in Korea they ordered me to regain my proficiency by boring holes in the sky for a while. I checked out an F-86 Sabre Jet and went sight-seeing over South Korea.

As I was about to enter the landing pattern, they closed the field for an emergency. A navy pilot had been hit in combat and needed our long (stationary!) runway to land. A second emergency hit just as I was about to land. Finally it was my turn. I went to the end of the runway, turned onto the taxiway and stopped at mid field waiting for clearance to cross the active runway and park. Suddenly everything went quiet. “K-13 tower, this is Air Force 493. I’m out of gas.”

The tower operator had just handled two back-to-back emergencies. “Air Force 493 – Where are you? What is our altitude? Can you glide to the base?” I replied, “K-13 tower – I’m parked under your tower!” That was my first flight in a war zone.

Late in the evening after all but family had left we opened the mountain of gifts and cards. WOW! What a legacy of love. Thanks to everyone who came and to the unnumbered friends who sent cards, e-mail, and good wishes on FB. To God be the glory!

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2019-08-26 The Electoral College

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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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August 26, 2019

This is a letter to our friends –

The Electoral College

The Electoral College is created in Article 2 of our Constitution. It spells out the method for electing the President.

The Preamble in the Constitution does NOT begin, “We the people of North America … … .”

Our Constitution DOES begin with, “We the people of the United States of America … … .”

The Electoral College is NOT to elect the President of the people.

The Electoral College is to elect the President of the States of America – United!

The President is elected by the States s/he is THEIR President!

Think about it. This is very important!

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2019-08-12 Practical Politics for churches

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders
7659 Gingerblossom Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com
www.ACHStudyGroups.com
August 12, 2019

This is a letter to our friends –

Some practical politics for churches

A few years back, we lived in a small town with small churches. We had races for Congress, State Assembly, and State Senate. Our church sent invitations to each of the candidates.

“Dear Candidate – Our Sunday worship service begins at 10:00 AM. Please introduce yourself to an usher. At the close of the service, you will be invited forward to introduce yourself to the congregation, answer their questions, and ask for their support.”

A few candidates took advantage of the opportunity.

Another project for our small church was a “Candidates’ Debate Evening”. We set aside a weeknight with three one-hour panels. Assembly, State Senate, Congress. We told the candidates they would be seated on stage with their opponents, else represented by an empty chair with their name on it. The panelists (candidates) would spend the first half hour questioning one another. The second half hour they would respond to questions from the floor. The panel was moderated by an impartial citizen.

All the candidates turned out! Our church offered the videotapes to the local cable networks and they were played publicly numerous times on the air. This is a great way for the church to serve the needs of their congregation and community.

This is a job for the laymen. The church staff has enough to do! Spring primaries are important! Best begin making plans now to avoid last minute glitches. Call me to discuss it if you wish.

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2019-08-08 Digging Deeper

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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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August 9, 2019

This is a letter to our friends –

Digging deeper

In my later years, thoughts have come to me that I didn’t consider in my youth, I yearn to pass them back down life’s trail to those on the way. (As I wish others had done for me in my youth.) You know – Perhaps they did, and I chose not to listen!

For example – Have you ever paused and considered that God has a being and has a personality? His being is eternal, all present, all knowing, all powerful, … , … . His personality is loving, kind, wrathful. peaceful, forgiving, just, creative, … , … , … . Personality is created by the choices one makes.

Pause for a moment and contemplate that, in the context of the One who spoke the universe into being! Awesome!!!

Now, think about the fact that that awesome being, with the most wonderful loving, caring personality conceivable, dearly wants to draw you close to His bosom in a wholesome, “daddy” relationship. A one-on-one, forever bond!

I am not spinning a fairy-tale. This is true reality! What is more important than discovering how to accept such an opportunity?

Prayer is a conversation between two individuals that love each other. Only you and God know your heart. Talk to Him.

These columns are archived since 12/10/09
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