Some of you may have noticed that I have not produced a lot of new papers on CARM in the past few weeks. This is because I have been busy formatting the new Apologetics notebook. Actually, it is notebooks. So far, it looks like I will have five notebooks of about 250 pages each. I'm also considering putting together a single notebook of 1000 pages, the Mother Of All Notebooks (MOAN). It has taken a lot of work so far embedding Table of Contents and Index markers, footnotes, pagination, formatting, etc., for over 1000 total pages of material. But, I am about ready to assemble the notebooks and print them out for release on CARM. I already have a printer lined up. The original notebook will still be offered. So, if you already have the original, is it worth updating or getting the new one(s)? Its up to you. Later I will post a link to the table of contents of the new notebooks so you can check them out and compare them to the old one. Needless to say, a lot more material will be offered.
I'm curious to know how many people might be interested in obtaining the new notebooks. Here is a basic rundown of the CARM sections that would be included in each notebook so you can take a look.
Vol. 1, Christian Doctrine, Parables, Dictionary, Evangelism, The Bible, Various Articles, To The Christian Church, and Christian Issues.
Approx. 242 pages.
Vol. 2, Apologetics, Apologetics Dialogues, 40 Objections, Evidence and Answers, and Bible Difficulties.
Approx. 293 pages
Vol. 3, Christadelphianism, Shepherds Chapel, Christian Science, Int. Church of Christ, Roman Catholicism, SDA, Universalism, and Oneness Pentecostalism.
Approx. 220 pages
Vol. 4, Cults, Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Islam
Approx. 288 pages
Vol. 5, Atheism, Heresies, New Age, Raelians, Relativism, Islam, Questions about the Bible, Doctrine, God, Jesus, & Other, etc.
Approx. 300 pages
There is still more to put together, but you can see that this is a large project with more than 1300 pages listed so far. If you'd like to email me and let me know what you think, what suggestions you might have, or if you'd be interested in getting a Volume or Volumes, could you please email me at [email protected] and let me know? This will help me prepare the final drafts and provide enough orders in advance.
NEW NEWSLETTER IDEA AND POSSIBLE CHANGE
Jesus said in Matthew 10:10 that "the worker is worthy of his support." Therefore, I have no problem requesting support for CARM so that I can do this full time, support my family, get a staff, write more books, and provide even more free info on CARM, etc. To do this I've been thinking of starting a subscription based email Newsletter, say $20 a year. What would be different than this one would be a running teaching-dialogue between different characters. In other words, it would contain a story with the goal of teaching apologetics, reasoning skills, etc. One scenario would be to have an old retired pastor I've named John Samuel who would be the main teacher of Christian theology. Pastor John would dialogue with his various neighbors who are Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, atheists, relativists, etc. as he works them through logic, evidence, and biblical theology. Each newsletter would have about 2-4 pages of dialogue and would be released about every 2 weeks, have documentation, and examples of relevant issues. The goal is to provide training and education for Christians battling cults, atheism, relativism, etc. The dialogue would cover several months. I would then release the dialogues on CARM six months after their release in the email.
If this sounds interesting and something you would seriously consider subscribing to, please email me at [email protected] and let me know. I won't undertake the effort if no one would subscribe to it. Therefore, I really do need to know ahead of time what the possible interest would be. Again, if it sounds interesting to you and something you could support with a subscription, please let me know. If no one responds, I'll know not to bother.
I want to thank all of you who have volunteered to help CARM out with your various talents. Diane has contacted many of you and we have a good list of people who think CARM is a worthwhile effort. So again, thanks.
If you want to volunteer to help CARM out you can contact us at [email protected]. You can also check out our help wanted page at http://www.carm.org/index/helpwanted.htm. If you have an idea that isn't listed, please let us know anyway. Diane will get back to you.
After I get the notebook(s) version of CARM finished, I will probably start to write training manuals on different subjects. They would be workbooks that would be downloadable, as well as provided through CARM in hardcopy form. They would be designed for single and/or group discussions, with exercises, lots of Scripture, and more. The purpose is to provide a means for people to do some research, thinking, and dialogues all aimed at giving them answers and abilities to think on their feet. More to come on that later.
If you think CARM is a worthwhile ministry, please consider supporting it financially and prayerfully. Again, some of the the goals of CARM is to go fulltime, produce audio and video teaching tools, PowerPoint Presentations for downloads, a snail mail newsletter, a magazine, and radio, and training manuals for churches and individuals. CARM is a very present and pervasive presence on the internet. Let's make it a full time ministry designed to reach more and more people for Jesus.
Unfortunately, many people's automatic donation accounts have expired this past two months and with the war on in Iraq, donations are down quite a bit. If you want to help CARM move towards full time status, please consider giving to this non-profit organization. http://www.carm.org/goods/donations.htm.
SHORT BIBLE LESSON - WAITING
How many of us have wondered why God doesn't answer some prayers? You know, the ones about getting that new home, or curing a sickness, or saving a person, or getting a job, or whatever it is. I have sometimes found myself bewildered that God doesn't open the eyes of someone lost in a cult, especially when all the evidence and truth are right there in front of him. Then there is the time when we have a sick loved one and we ask the Lord to heal and the healing either comes or doesn't come quickly. Sometimes, medicine is needed and much time. In each situation we have to wait to see what happens, to learn how the Lord has worked it out, to find out the method of His answer.
Noah had to wait 120 years while building the ark before the word of the Lord would be fulfilled. Abraham had to wait until old age before Sarah gave birth to Isaac. The Israelites had to wait hundreds of years to be delivered from Egypt. Ruth had to wait patiently for the Lord to provide Boaz to marry her. David had to wait until after Saul had died and the Lord had placed Him as king. The woman with the issue of blood had to wait 12 years to be healed by touching Jesus' garment. Jesus had to be born, grow, and wait until the age of 30 before he could begin His ministry and fulfill the predetermined plan of God (Acts 4:27-28). God has a plan and a purpose and they are worked out in lives, in history, in time. Therefore, we have to wait for the Lord to provide for our needs, healings, and hopes. We must be patient and not give up hope. God is patient. God has a plan in your life and the lives of others.
Waiting is a virtue. Its durability is directly related to its object of faith. If you trust the Lord and His goodness and if you believe that the Lord will provide what you need, then waiting for His answer and provision is an act of faith. Remember, faith is only as good as who you place it in. But, also remember that you must pray for God's will to be done, not your own. This is what Jesus prayed for in the Garden (Luke 22:42).
This Easter is the proof of God's love for you. The fact that Jesus has physically risen from the dead (John 2:19-21; 1 Cor. 15:1-4) is proof that God loves you and has provided for you. Even as Jesus had to wait three days to be raised, so too you must wait the appropriate length of time for the Lord to raise in you the work He has called you to do. You must wait for the answers to your prayers. But, you can patiently wait on God trusting that He loves you and wants the best for you.
So, labor patiently for the Lord. Pray always. Keep believing despite the circumstances and in spite of the long periods of time that sometimes wane between the request and the answer. Wait in faith knowing that the call of God will come as well as the answers to the questions of your heart.
VERSE OF THE WEEK.
"For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself," (NASB).
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