Month: March 2020

2020-03-27 Get ready to love teaching

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders
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Citrus Heights, CA 95621
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March 27, 2020

This is a letter to our friends –

Get ready to love teaching

The Foundation for American Christian Education

Teacher Summer Training July 12-17, 202

The Foundations for Authentic Christian Teaching and Learning Certification Course is the entry-level, five-day course in the Principle Approach philosophy, methodology and curriculum towards becoming a credentialed master Principle Approach teacher. The joy of forming like-minded study partnerships with Principle Approach teachers and fellow-students focuses upon authentic learning and the honing of the Biblical worldview and Christian scholarship.

The Course relies on: Biblical reasoning; the practice of the methods that form Christian character; mastery of the Biblical classical approach that measurably forms the Biblical worldview for all of life; preparation to be a living textbook to your students; use of Christian scholarship to cultivate effective communication skills; the emergence of the teaching gift that elevates the individual, imparts vision for the Kingdom, and rebuilds the culture for Christ.

Outcomes of the Foundations Course include:

* A love of teaching that begets the love of learning
* A genuine Biblical worldview in every subject
* Mastery of methods that form Christian character and conviction * A providential view of history and life
* The ability to impart life-long learning skills
* Effective use of logic and reasoning
* Effective communication skills
* Strategies for enabling every learner
* Certification advancement

Teaching/Mentoring Method: Direct instruction with participation by discussion and presentation; building the Foundations record for all future teaching; application of teaching to individual circumstances (levels, settings, subjects, families, etc.); development of plans for implementation in local teaching setting.
Who should attend: Although many will want to take the summer training in order to become a certified master teacher, this may not be your desire. As always, you are welcome to take the summer training sessions without the pursuit of master teacher status.

* Novice teachers in school or home
* Experienced teachers seeking more
* Administrators who supervise instruction
* Pastors seeking education solutions
* Patriots concerned to rebuild the culture
* Teachers and parents may also take the summer training as a refresher or to continue to stay current on Principle Approach philosophy, curriculum and methods.

Our Mission: To impart the foundational philosophy, methods, and curriculum of Biblical classical Principle Approach teaching and learning for rebuilding the culture multi-generationally for Christ His-Story.

Online or on campus July 12-17, 2020

Learn More and to Register

The Foundations Course has been what I have been seeking for years. Thank you for the support in the process. It has been life changing. I am grateful for the knowledge and wisdom you have shared with us.
Thank the Lord that He sent me here. It is going to change my teaching career and the lives of my students.
All instructors spoke from their hearts and personal experiences and study. It was very motivating and inspiring. I see the need for Christian education using the Principle Approach even more clearly after this course. From our 2019 Foundations Course Attendees

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2020-03-20 Authority & Self-Government

ACH Study Groups
Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders
7659 Gingerblossom Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com
www.ACHStudyGroups.com
March 20, 2020

This is a letter to our friends –

Authority & Self-Government

There is a subtle undercurrent that I fear is “stimulating” a dangerous attitude in both citizen and “official”. Let us not forget that in issuing “orders” – the “servant” (official) is the one issuing orders to the master (citizen). Many “officials” will “get off” on the authority and many citizens will bow like sheep. To work properly it is a delicate balance.

Quality self-government is a cooperative effort. Christ can not do it alone – and neither can you! Americans can draw a similar balance dealing with OUR civil-government.

We are obliged to obey those we (by election) (& GOD) have placed over us. They have the authority we (& God) have given them – BUT – no more authority than that. Free men retain the rest.

Example – God gave David a King’s authority. When David propositioned Bathsheba he had stepped outside the authority God had given him and Bathsheba was free to decline.

Be careful with the phrase – “… for the greater good.”

Ben

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2020-03-13 Morning Coffee

ACH Study Groups
Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders
7659 Gingerblossom Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com
www.ACHStudyGroups.com
March 13, 2020

This is a letter to our friends –

Morning Coffee

For several years now, Fran and I begin our day with a cup of coffee and the Bible. We use one of the “Through the Bible in a year” editions. It is divided into 365 daily readings.

This morning we are in Deuteronomy 6. Some sections seem especially timely.

” Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And you shalt love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart: And you shalt teach them diligently unto your children, and shalt talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. … And you shalt write them upon the posts of your house, and on your gates.” [Deuteronomy 6:4-10]

Think about a little Jewish kid growing up in those days. He comes home from school and sees, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord” written on the gate, the door posts and (I suspect) at eye level on the drapes! He sits down for dinner and, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord” dominates the table talk. After dinner his dad takes him for a walk. Guess what they talk about! They get back and dad takes a nap. Yep! Same thing.

I think a little more of that would be good for our society today.

The Ten Commandments are written on the walls in several places of the Supreme Court. We used to memorize them. The first four are “vertical”, about how to love God: No god before God; No graven images; Do not take the Lord’s name in vain; Keep the sabbath holy.

The last six are about how to love others: Honor mom and dad that your days may be long; Thou shalt not kill; Thou shalt not steal; Thou shalt not commit adultery; Thou shalt not bear false witness; Thou shalt not covet.

The finger of God engraved them on stone tablets. They seem like common sense to me. Let’s start putting them on more walls again.

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2020-03-11 Politics & Religion

ACH Study Groups
Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders
7659 Gingerblossom Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com
www.ACHStudyGroups.com
March 11, 2020

This is a letter to our friends –

Politics & Religion

Many of us grew up being told to avoid speaking about politics and religion. Why is that? I believe it is because it leads to discord. Why does it lead to discord? We can talk about the weather, our job, our kids and our hobbies without much problem. Politics and religion are deeply personal. If you and I are not on the same page, human nature kicks in and we want to defend our particular belief. I call it, “My dad can whip your dad” syndrome.

Here is the problem. Politics and religion are the two most important subjects in the world! How is that so? Because Jesus Christ said so! “Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, … ‘Master, which is the great commandment in the law?’ Jesus said unto him, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.'” [Matthew 22:35-40]

Some readers may not yet accept Christ’s authority. Put another way – The Creator God, described in the Bible, exists. “Intelligent design” settles that issue. Since we (you and I) are created by Him and dependent upon Him for our next breath, we are obliged to look to Him in all we do!

OK then, – If we are to love God and love others, what are the rules? To “love” is to unselfishly want the very best for the loved one. [John 3:16] Common sense says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” But common sense is based upon human observation and human reason. Both human observation and human reason are imperfect. [Common sense once thought the world was flat.]

The loving creator, God, gave us the Bible. It is inspired (i.e. “dictated”) by God to the writers. Thus it has far more authority than common sense (“natural law”). In the Bible can be found the rules for loving God “with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” The same is true for finding rules for loving others.

We call the rules for loving others, “civil law” (“politics”)! Every time you look at a cross, you see a vertical line (“love God”) and a horizontal line (“love others”). Nobody can “want the very best for someone” in your behalf. We must each learn how to do that individually.

Teachers, parents, cultural traditions, etc. may be an influence (good or bad), but the ultimate relationship between you and the creator God is in your hands alone!

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” [John 14:6]

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