Month: June 2020

2020-06-22 Overwhelmed- Discouraged-

ACH Study Groups
Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders
7659 Gingerblossom Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
June 22, 2020

This is a letter to our friends –

Overwhelmed? Disciuraged?
Just rebuke it!

The enemy of your soul wants you to feel overwhelmed and discouraged. You need not be! How big is your God?

May I share a very personal story – We had a successful phone recycling business going. We had just moved to the Sacramento area after 40 years in Silicon Valley. We had just purchased and dedicated a new home.

The cell phone market suddenly dried up our recycling business. There is a spot on the living room floor where I was on my face crying out to the Lord for help and guidance. Literally! I was slobbering, tearing, and my nose was running! The next day I was driving the car and turned on the radio at random. One of those Saturday financial advisers was discussing a little known opportunity.

I called him on Monday and he had the answer to our financial problems. Some would call it coincidence. I call it answer to a fervent prayer!

I have had 70 of my 90 years to recognize the hand of God in the affairs of men – and nations.
It is so simple. That’s the problem. Folks think it should be something complicated – Like, “Go out and slay a dragon.” Or, “Accomplish a mighty deed.”

God said, if you will do four things, I will do three things. – – “If you will humble yourself. If you will pray. If you will seek My face. If you will turn from your wicked ways.” Then – – “I will hear from Heaven. I will forgive your sins. I will heal your land.” [2nd Chronicles 7:14]

What have you got to lose! Just try it. See if it works for you as it does for Fran and me. It has become our “Life-style”.

You know you can always use some humbling. Sincere prayer is always a good thing. Acknowledging a loving creative God is to face up to reality. Turning from bad habits and choices .is possible – if you choose to do it! “Humble yourself and pray. Seek God’s face and turn from your wicked ways.”

That puts the ball in God’s court! See how He returns it.

These columns are archived since 12/10/09
“Ben’s Blog”

2020-06-16 ‘If’ by Kipling

ACH Study Groups
Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders
7659 Gingerblossom Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
June 16, 2020

This is a letter to our friends –


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream-and not make dreams your master;
If you can think-and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings-nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And-which is more-you’ll be a Man, my son!

These columns are archived since 12/10/09
“Ben’s Blog”

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