2020-10-12 Books I Recommend

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October 11, 2020

This is a letter to our friends – Jon and Julianna Davis.

Books I Recommend

In random order

The One Year Chronological Bible” by Tyndale.  Zip back & forth among the books as events unfold.  The whole Bible on a time-line.

The Jefferson Lies” by David Barton – Thomas Nelson Press.  Excellent research & documentation.  It was illegal for Washington to free slaves he inherited.  DNA evidence against Jefferson parenting a slave’s child.

The Priestly Prayer of the Blessingby Warren M. MarcusCharisma House Book Group.  Numbers 6:24-26, The only prayer in the Bible written by God Himself.

God’s Strategy in Human Historyby Roger T. Forster & V. Paul Marston —  Tyndale.  Unpacks Romans 8:29 about absolute foreknowledge.  Excellent footnotes & research.

John Locke Philosopher of American Libertyby Mary-Elaine Swanson – Nordskog Publishing.  Understanding the man who presented “natural law” to America.

The Life of Christ in Stereoby Johnston M. Cheney – Western Baptist Seminary Press.  Three denial accounts per four Gospels (3×4=12 accounts).  Research time & location – 3 denials before the cock crows — and another 3 denials before the cock crows twice.

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2020-10-07 Pondering term limits

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October 7, 2020

This is a letter to our friends –

Pondering term limits

A term limit is a legal restriction that limits the number of terms an officeholder may serve in a particular elected office. [Wikipedia]

Franklin D. Roosevelt broke the “two term” tradition, set be George Washington, and won a third four-year term. Then he won a fourth term and died in office. This prompted the passage of the XXII (22nd) Amendment, “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, …”

I believe this was the first term limit law. Since then many local and state laws have set term limits on elective offices.

I oppose term limits. I hope you will ponder my reasoning:

The root problem – Voters tend to vote for incumbents over challengers rather than considering the character and philosophy of the candidates. In short – they tend to vote dumb.

Term limits are intended to correct the problem. I submit, the “solution” creates more problems than the problem!

First – Do you like the idea of someone telling you who you may not vote for? That is what you are telling future voters.

Next – Do term limits eliminate dumb voters? Evidently they do not!

Unintended consequences – Good legislators are not allowed to gain and use their experience beyond the term limit. We eliminate the good (even the best) with the bad.

Incoming (new) legislators depend upon staff until they “learn the ropes”. The “staff pool” becomes an unelected body that is experienced and lasts from legislator to legislator. Often the staff runs the legislative office by proxy.

The solution – A rising tide lifts all ships! Raise the standards of the voter and maintain them.

Many will respond, “That just won’t work! It is too hard.” Then the great experiment in “Christian self-government” is a failure! It must not fail! The alternative is unacceptable.

Education, long ignored in America, is the solution. (This blog column is dedicated to that purpose.) Education should begin in the home before pre-school, and never end.

“Education” about what? Education about the God of creation, His hand in human history, our relation to Him, and our relation to our fellow man. This leads to observation and reason (common sense).

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2020-09-24 Lost in politics

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September 24, 2020

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After exposure to this material, we often hear, “Every day something pops up that I learned from ‘Principles of American Gogernment’.”

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Principles of American Government is written as a study guide that will take you through the principles of our liberty that compose our United States government. It is Biblical enough to use in your Sunday School or Bible study group. It can also be used as a high school curriculum or for homeschool.
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2020-09-19 Window of the Word

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September 19, 2020

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Window of the Word

Copied & pasted from Beth Ballenger’s e-mail blog.

The Window of the Word
Isa. 59
On the Eve of Rosh Hashanah

LOOK, LOOK, WHAT DO YOU SEE?? A nation crumbling, disengaging with green, putrid corruption. Your sin has separated you from your God. Your hands are defiled with blood, and your hand’s race to do evil. Your lips continually speak lies and utter that which is perverse. No one calls for real Justice or wants to hear the truth. You continuously plot trouble, harm & disruption. You have delighted in all dark things and have partnered with the evil one. Violence is at your core. You race to shed innocent blood and run to do all manner of evil. Your thoughts are full of destruction. There is no justice in the land, and you do not know peace. Ultimately, you call that which is good evil & that which is evil good. America, you have become the epitome of a godless nation. BUT- it was not always so. There is hope America.

“Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear.” Isa 59:1 Salvation is the overall theme of the Bible, God’s Word.

As we look through the Window of the Word, we see a vivid description of the state of Israel during Isaiah’s time. It is an eerie reflection of the condition of America.

In chapter 59, Isaiah gives the description of Israel but tells of the repentant heart of a remnant of His people. “Justice is far from us,” they cry. “We wait for light, … but we walk in darkness. We grope for the wall like the blind as if we had no eyes. We stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men. … our sins testify against us. We sin and lie against the LORD, and depart from our God, we speak oppression and REVOLT. We conceive and speak falsehood from the heart. … Justice is turned backward, & truth is fallen in the street…” Turn back, America!! Back to God and your founding biblical principles, the bedrock of your existence.
Isaiah goes on to say the remnant that turns from sin and back to God becomes prey or faces persecution, but the LORD sees the injustice and asks, “where are the intercessors?” In vs. 17-19, the LORD puts on the BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND THE HELMET OF SALVATION and prepares for WAR. (Perhaps the basis for the Christian’s armor in Ehp. 6:11.) He declares the East & the West will fear His name. “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard (a battle flag) against him.” The REDEEMER will come to His people and to those that turn from sin. THE BATTLE BELONGS TO THE LORD!!!

Isa. 60:1 “Arise, shine: for thy light Is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.”

Repent, America come back to God!!!
Belinda Beth Ballenger Sept 18, 2020

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2020-09-17 White Huuse on American History

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White House conference on
American History

A link to watch the conference followed by a transcript of the President’s remarks.

https://youtu.be/nEhSp7FYleg

Remarks by President Trump at the White House Conference on American History

Issued on: September 17, 2020
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National Archives Museum
Washington, D.C.
2:54 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you, Mike. A great Vice President. I am truly honored to be here at the very first White House Conference on American History. So important.
Our mission is to defend the legacy of America’s founding, the virtue of America’s heroes, and the nobility of the American character. We must clear away the twisted web of lies in our schools and classrooms, and teach our children the magnificent truth about our country. We want our sons and daughters to know that they are the citizens of the most exceptional nation in the history of the world. (Applause.)
To grow up in America is to live in a land where anything is possible, where anyone can rise, and where any dream can come true – all because of the immortal principles our nation’s founders inscribed nearly two and a half centuries ago.
That’s why we have come to the National Archives, the sacred home of our national memory. In this great chamber, we preserve our glorious inheritance: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights.
On this very day in 1787, our Founding Fathers signed the Constitution at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. It was the fulfillment of a thousand years of Western civilization. Our Constitution was the product of centuries of tradition, wisdom, and experience. No political document has done more to advance the human condition or propel the engine of progress. Yet, as we gather this afternoon, a radical movement is attempting to demolish this treasured and precious inheritance. We can’t let that happen. (Applause.) Left-wing mobs have torn down statues of our founders, desecrated our memorials, and carried out a campaign of violence and anarchy. Far-left demonstrators have chanted the words “America was never great.” The left has launched a vicious and violent assault on law enforcement – the universal symbol of the rule of law in America. These radicals have been aided and abetted by liberal politicians, establishment media, and even large corporations.
Whether it is the mob on the street, or the cancel culture in the boardroom, the goal is the same: to silence dissent, to scare you out of speaking the truth, and to bully Americans into abandoning their values, their heritage, and their very way of life.
We are here today to declare that we will never submit to tyranny. We will reclaim our history and our country for citizens of every race, color, religion, and creed.
The radicals burning American flags want to burn down the principles enshrined in our founding documents, including the bedrock principle of equal justice under law. In order to radically transform America, they must first cause Americans to lose confidence in who we are, where we came from, and what we believe. As I said at Mount Rushmore – which they would love to rip down and it rip it down fast, and that’s never going to happen – two months ago, the left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution.
As many of you testified today, the left-wing rioting and mayhem are the direct result of decades of left-wing indoctrination in our schools. It’s gone on far too long. Our children are instructed from propaganda tracts, like those of Howard Zinn, that try to make students ashamed of their own history.
The left has warped, distorted, and defiled the American story with deceptions, falsehoods, and lies. There is no better example than the New York Times’ totally discredited 1619 Project. This project rewrites American history to teach our children that we were founded on the principle of oppression, not freedom.
Nothing could be further from the truth. America’s founding set in motion the unstoppable chain of events that abolished slavery, secured civil rights, defeated communism and fascism, and built the most fair, equal, and prosperous nation in human history. (Applause.)
The narratives about America being pushed by the far-left and being chanted in the streets bear a striking resemblance to the anti-American propaganda of our adversaries – because both groups want to see America weakened, derided, and totally diminished.
Students in our universities are inundated with critical race theory. This is a Marxist doctrine holding that America is a wicked and racist nation, that even young children are complicit in oppression, and that our entire society must be radically transformed. Critical race theory is being forced into our children’s schools, it’s being imposed into workplace trainings, and it’s being deployed to rip apart friends, neighbors, and families. A perfect example of critical race theory was recently published by the Smithsonian Institution. This document alleged that concepts such as hard work, rational thinking, the nuclear family, and belief in God were not values that unite all Americans, but were instead aspects of “whiteness.” This is offensive and outrageous to Americans of every ethnicity, and it is especially harmful to children of minority backgrounds who should be uplifted, not disparaged.
Teaching this horrible doctrine to our children is a form of child abuse in the truest sense of those words. For many years now, the radicals have mistaken Americans’ silence for weakness. But they’re wrong. There is no more powerful force than a parent’s love for their children. And patriotic moms and dads are going to demand that their children are no longer fed hateful lies about this country. American parents are not going to accept indoctrination in our schools, cancel culture at our work, or the repression of traditional faith, culture, and values in the public square. Not anymore. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much. We embrace the vision of Martin Luther King, where children are not judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. The left is attempting to destroy that beautiful vision and divide Americans by race in the service of political power. By viewing every issue through the lens of race, they want to impose a new segregation, and we must not allow that to happen.
Critical race theory, the 1619 Project, and the crusade against American history is toxic propaganda, ideological poison that, if not removed, will dissolve the civic bonds that tie us together. It will destroy our country. That is why I recently banned trainings in this prejudiced ideology from the federal government and banned it in the strongest manner possible. (Applause.)
The only path to national unity is through our shared identity as Americans. That is why it is so urgent that we finally restore patriotic education to our schools.
Under our leadership, the National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a grant to support the development of a pro-American curriculum that celebrates the truth about our nation’s great history. (Applause.) We are joined by some of the respected scholars involved in this project, including Professor Wilfred McClay. Wilfred, please. Thank you very much. Welcome. (Applause.) Thank you. Dr. Peter Wood of the National Association of Scholars. Dr. Peter. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you. And Ted Rebarber. Thank you, Ted. (Applause.) Thank you very much, Ted.
Today, I am also pleased to announce that I will soon sign an Executive Order establishing a national commission to promote patriotic education. It will be called the “1776 Commission.” (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you. It will encourage our educators to teach our children about the miracle of American history and make plans to honor the 250th anniversary of our founding. Think of that – 250 years.
Recently, I also signed an executive order to establish the National Garden of American Heroes, a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans who have ever lived.
Today, I am announcing a new name for inclusion.
One of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence was a patriot from Delaware. In July of 1776, the Continental Congress was deadlocked during the debate over independence. The delegation from Delaware was divided. Caesar Rodney was called upon to break the tie.
Even though he was suffering from very advanced cancer – he was deathly ill – Rodney rode 80 miles through the night, through a severe thunderstorm, from Dover to Philadelphia to cast his vote for independence. For nearly a century, a statue of one of Delaware’s most beloved citizens stood in Rodney Square, right in the heart of Wilmington.
But this past June, Caesar Rodney’s statue was ordered removed by the mayor and local politicians as part of a radical purge of America’s founding generation.
Today, because of an order I signed, if you demolish a statue without permission, you immediately get 10 years in prison. (Applause.) And there have been no statues demolished for the last four months, incredibly, since the time I signed that act.
Joe Biden said nothing as to his home state’s history and the fact that it was dismantled and dismembered. And a Founding Father’s statue was removed. Today, America will give this Founding Father, this very brave man, who was so horribly treated, the place of honor he deserves. I am announcing that a statue of Caesar Rodney will be added to the National Garden of American Heroes. (Applause.)
From Washington to Lincoln, from Jefferson to King, America has been home to some of the most incredible people who have ever lived. With the help of everyone here today, the legacy of 1776 will never be erased. Our heroes will never be forgotten. Our youth will be taught to love America with all of their heart and all of their soul.
We will save this cherished inheritance for our children, for their children, and for every generation to come. This is a very important day. Thank you all once again for being here. Now I will sign the Constitution Day Proclamation. God Bless You. And God Bless America. Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you.
(The proclamation is signed.) (Applause.)
END
3:13 P.M. EDT

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2020-09-16 Reassurance

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September 16, 2020

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Reassurance

This will be the longest blog post in a long time. I believe you will be reassured, encouraged, and blessed if you choose to read it through.

In the late 1960’s, I was a new Christian. Fran and I were involved with leaders of “Youth With A Mission” (YWAM). It was (then) a relatively unknown organization. John Dawson is now one of its leaders.

For those who believe the hand of God is being overwhelmed, I offer John’s recent report.

Subject: Global Drama Unfolding – John Dawson

You might be interested in the global drama unfolding, so here is a brief synopsis of some of it as I am experiencing it. Some of us have convened a global prayer event that coincides with YWAM’s 60th year, which of course also allows us to respond to the backdrop of the global pandemic, the destruction of economies and social unrest.

At times there are as many as 4,000 leaders and event locations connected face-to-face through online platforms such as Zoom. There are other prayer initiatives taking place this month, but they tend to be national. YWAM is truly global. The missionaries themselves hold around 220 types of passports. For three days we convened in regions and time zones around four themes: Remember, Repent, Realign and Release. On the fourth day we celebrated 60 years and now we move into a solemn assembly with fasting and prayer. Waiting on God becomes the focus of September. Let’s look at the four themes.

* Remember
This first includes lifting our eyes to Jesus, looking away from the turbulence and uncertainty that frightens us and fixing our eyes on God’s attributes, remembering His faithfulness in our journey.

For us this involved listening to some of the pioneering missionary couples who birthed regional movements such as Tom and Dianna Hallas in Asia, Wedge and Shirley Alman in Spanish-speaking nations, Jim and Pam Stier in Brazil and of course Loren and Darlene Cunningham, our founders. As such couples reflected on their journeys, they rejoiced in the over five million people who have worked with them. YWAM operates in 190+ countries, having pioneered over 2000 live/learn communities and campuses.

Just before the lockdowns, unprecedented numbers of people had been flooding into the training courses and locations. What now? Most operations have been severely restricted. We need the voice of those who have faced crisis in their own generation and seen the faithfulness of God. Thousands of young leaders paid close attention as these spiritual grandparents recounted their own faith journeys and the stories of some of the thousands who have joined them as unsalaried volunteers, young people who were inspired by historic movements, from the first century believers to the Moravians of Herrnhut and the Salvation Army.

Loren spoke of the first training base in Lausanne, Switzerland and the influence of Duncan Campbell, Brother Andrew, Corrie ten Boom and Joy Dawson, and how the Mission spread into nearly all the nations of Europe in just five years, followed by rapid multiplication into a global network operating from Africa to Asia. Together we stood in thanksgiving and awe at the works of Jesus in that generation. Works of evangelism, training and mercy ministry from North Korea to Micronesia, including the birth of a global university and the work of the teams using medical ships deployed since 1978 to very isolated populations.

* Repent
Darlene reminded us of the founding generation’s stories of failure and restoration, particularly the still-birth of our first ship-equipped ministry. She spoke of the temptation to a kind of idolatry when we become more focused on the momentum of the vision than our vision of Jesus Himself. She described the days of conviction and repentance over personal issues that occurred among us during a leadership gathering in an austere youth hostel in Japan.

While she was speaking, my eyes fell on a passage which seemed to summarize our experience.

Psalm 81:13-16 (NKJV):
“Oh, that My people would listen to Me,
That Israel would walk in My ways!
I would soon subdue their enemies,
And turn My hand against their adversaries.
The haters of the Lord would pretend submission to Him,
But their fate would endure forever.
He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat;
And with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you.”

She also referred to the story of Gideon and when I turned to it in an old Bible that I once traveled with, I found these notes from a teaching I had not given in many years.

1. Israel is oppressed by Midian and Amalek for seven years because they had departed from God.
2. Israel cried out to the Lord.
3. The Lord sent a prophet with instructions.
4. The Lord found an unlikely unqualified servant and began to work with him.
5. Gideon transcends his fear and acts with reckless faith by destroying the altar of Baal that belonged to his father. His fearful but obedient step results in a gift of faith that is released to others. 6. The fleece. Life is a classroom, God is speaking through everything around you, including the most ordinary things right in front of you. *7. Inventory your strengths responsibly but don’t be surprised if the first thing that happens is that God diminishes what you have. (Victory with the 300, shattering the empty clay vessels, revealing the light and unifying the sound of faith.)
8. Rejecting the big temptations (kingship) but falling for the little ones (he memorialized his victory and took to himself too much privilege). 9. 40 years of peace but no real foundation for a God-centered future.

Without going into this passage further (Judges, chapters 6, 7, 8), I think you can see in this brief outline, the relevance of Gideon’s story. May the Lord interpret it to you for your own unique encouragement as He did to me. I found that point 7 in particular fits the circumstance of many of the people I am praying for.

* Realign
To repent literally means to turn around. In this case to return to intimacy with Jesus, but also to return to any journey that we began to walk with Him, to return to the unfinished busines implied by our particular calling, the vision, values and covenants imparted to us, the statements of agreement that we have come to call “legacy words”. I’ll remind you of just one of these, the goals set out in the brief document we call The Christian Magna Carta:

Everyone on earth has the right to:

o Hear and understand the gospel of Jesus Christ.
o Have a Bible available in their own language.
o Have a Christian fellowship available nearby, to be able to meet for fellowship regularly each week, and to have Biblical teaching and worship with others in the Body of Christ.
o Have a Christian education available for their children. o Have the basic necessities of life: food, water, clothing, shelter and health care.
o Lead a productive life of fulfillment spiritually, mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically.

We commit ourselves, by God’s grace, to fulfill this covenant and to live for His glory.

Perhaps the most surprising development that has occurred since YWAM’s staff aligned their activities with this covenant, has been the extensive involvement of our missionaries with Bible translation and distribution. It has become a breathtaking story of synergy with other agencies in ending Bible poverty which has quickly moved toward becoming a completed task; a time is rapidly approaching when every people group on earth will have access to the Word of God in their heart language.

* Release
What is happening now? As we look around, we see new generations of godly dreamers operating in fresh levels of childlike apostolic faith. These are leaders bent on transforming a terrified troubled generation, young people from every culture advocating a revolution of love, animated by the Spirit of God revealing Jesus.

The week before last I was part of a Malachi 4 gathering online. This was organized by a group of younger missionaries who used this passage as their banner because of its reference to generations working together. Many of them lead large projects. They are confident in their abilities, but they always want us older ones present when they meet. My most recent personal attendance was at a large campus in Battambang, Cambodia but now I see the same faces on my screen projected from countries around the world. They often ask some of us to tell our stories, particularly the stories of missionaries sent out by the poorest economies and the smallest people groups.

When Darlene told the painful story of the first YWAM ship vision, several young leaders said that the COVID-19 pandemic could prove to be the defining moment of their generation. They explained that they had gone into 2020 expecting an unprecedented year of breakthrough but now see breakthrough in a totally different light.

Many of them led communities and ministries that approached 2020 with tremendous momentum. Large numbers of students or vocational volunteers, large budgets and in some cases, favor with governments and a free hand to build God’s kingdom in the spheres of society like never before. Instead of expansion they encountered the closing of global transport systems and the shutting down of enterprises, leaving them to face enormous challenges in staffing and finances for the programs established in isolated communities. They identified with the story of the conference in Japan. They pictured our description of laying on the floor for hours grieving over our pride, ambition and petty selfishness in 1973. They expressed a desire to identify with us, to vicariously take a position on the floor beside us as the far greater calamities of their generation overshadow them.

I love this new generation. This could indeed be their defining moment. I am reminded of something. We held a preliminary 60th anniversary celebration event in Mexico just before the global shutdown restricted all travel. God gave me Psalm 60 for YWAM at 60. Now I see why.

1 You have rejected us, God, and burst upon us; you have been angry-now restore us!
2 You have shaken the land and torn it open; mend its fractures, for it is quaking.
3 You have shown your people desperate times; you have given us wine that makes us stagger.
4 But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner to be unfurled against the bow.
5 Save us and help us with your right hand, that those you love may be delivered.
6 God has spoken from his sanctuary: “In triumph I will parcel out Shechem and measure off the Valley of Sukkoth.
7 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmet, Judah is my scepter.
8 Moab is my washbasin, on Edom I toss my sandal; over Philistia I shout in triumph.”
9 Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom? 10 Is it not you, God, you who have now rejected us and no longer go out with our armies?
11 Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless. 12 With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies. (Psalm 60 NIV)

Indeed “human help is worthless”. YWAM is more dependent on global transportation systems than any Christian community I know of. We were born in 1960 when commercial aviation had just become accessible to ordinary people. We are far more impacted than local churches who cannot assemble or a myriad of other expressions of Christian ministry, yet the pruning of our institutional strength may produce humility. Fresh dependence on God may bring the breakthrough that we hoped for. The Spirit of God is speaking to the peoples of the earth in the common vernacular. The voice of the clergy is muted but the voice of God to millions of human hearts is not. This is a temporary break from normal levels of ministry activity but great advances are just ahead. “Go, my people, into your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until His wrath has passed by.” (Isaiah 26;20) As our spiritual ancestor said, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10 NASV)

Personally. Like you, I’m affected by the lockdown. The schedule had me in Asia during September, but I can’t get back there. Three families are camped out together, homeschooling four grandchildren. I only travel to events in the Los Angeles area but I am sometimes engaged for six or seven hours a day on Zoom, Starleaf and Skype with business and government leaders, web-based seminars, leadership conferences, appointments with key individuals and consultations with leadership teams. I am not light-hearted. Worshipping yes, but in travail for many people, many causes. We have faced intense difficulties and setbacks as we stand in intercession. We are engaged with many global ministries far beyond the network of YWAM. There is intense groaning in the earth. In this season I am reminded that our real calling is deeper than the healing of the nations. It is healing the heart of God. As the first wave of Moravian missionaries once cried out to their relatives, giving permanent farewell as they left for the mission field, “that the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering”.

So let us begin. A great online event has inspired us. Let’s spend the rest of September receiving grace for united intercession. Two weeks ago, I was reminded of the remarkable picture of the heavenly realm revealed in Daniel chapter 9. Never underestimate the power released by the simplest prayer.

“‘We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your name.’ While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people, Israel and making my request to the Lord my God for His holy hill – while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. He instructed me and said to me, ‘Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed.'”

Grace to you all. Holy Spirit come.

Much love,

John Dawson

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This is a letter to our friends –

Only a “pin prick”

Yesterday morning, during our Bible and prayer time, the thought came to me that the forces of evil that seem to dominate the news these days are only a pin prick next to the “army” of praying citizens in America.

God’s hand and will are always at work in the destinies of men and nations. Fran and I enjoy reading through the Bible once a year. The one we are using this year is divided into 365 daily “chronological” readings. I.e. Scriptures are excerpted and placed in a time-line.

This has helped me see how the Jewish history, documented in the Old Testament, illustrates the character and personality of God. Over and over human nature turned society in rebellion against a loving God. The results were chaos until people repented, often only a small remnant, and turned back to the Lord.

God is so patient and gracious and restored their society. I believe He may do it again, not for our sakes. American society is as guilty of rebellion as it can be! But for His reputation’s sake. The world sees America as a Christian nation gone astray. The world wants desperately for America to recover. The “experiment” in Christian self-government must not fail!

Christian Americans do not seem to recognize the authority and power available to them.
[2nd Chronicles 7:14] Christians, PRAY!

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2020-09-05 Noihing exists –

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September 6, 2020

This is a letter to our friends –

Nothing exists without
a set of laws to govern it.

“Meaning of law.-Law, in its most general and comprehensive sense, signifies a rule of action; and is applied indiscriminately to all kinds of action, whether animate or inanimate, rational or irrational. Thus we say, the laws of motion, of gravitation, of optics, or mechanics, as well as the laws of nature and of nations. And it is that rule of action, which is prescribed by some superior, and which the inferior is bound to obey.” [Blackstone’s Commentaries]

Laws set limits. Stay within those limits – peace and growth. Step outside those limits – chaos!

For example – God made David the King. He gave David a king’s authority. David’s hormones got out of hand and he sent for Bathshiba. She came to him as she should, when the king sends for one of his subjects. BUT – When David propositioned Bathshiba, David had stepped outside the authority God had given him. Bathshiba was free to decline. She did not. Result – chaos.

Our Constitution sets limits for the government of the United States. Amendment 1
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
“Or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” It appears to me that any law passed by Congress concerning how religious citizens worship is to be considered “no law at all”. Furthermore, the Court has interpreted the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment as protecting the rights in the 1st Amendment from interference by state governments.

14th Amendment

“No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; … ”

We have been dumbed down! Time to pay attention.

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2020-08-27 Encouraging young parents

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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 27, 2020

This is a letter to our friends –

Encouraging young parents

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” [Proverbs 22:6]

Mom, dad, have you thought about what sort of grown-up you want yours to be? Noah Webster, the father of American education, had some thoughts about it.

EDUC̵A´TION, n. [L. educatio.] The bringing up, as of a child; instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties. [Webster’s 1828 Dictionary]

“But,” you say, “I am not qualified to teach my child all that he needs to learn,” I respond, “Who said so?” If s/he can learn it why can’t you? What better way to bond?.

Why not sit down and make a list of the things s/he needs to know next. There is a world of help out there, anxious to assist home-schoolers. I suggest www.FACE.net to begin with.

Next, you say, “There is no way I can work a job and still have time to teach.” STOP – think about it. Is that really true, or are you saying, “I don’t want to make the necessary sacrifices to train up my child?” S/he is your responsibility. S/he will grow up with the value system (character) s/he is taught – yours or someone else’s

“To give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties.”

These columns are archived since 12/10/09
See www.ACHStudyGroups.com
“Ben’s Blog”

These columns are archived since 12/10/09
See www.ACHStudyGroups.com
“Ben’s Blog”

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