BUSY PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS
Things here at CARM have really been hopping. The last two weeks, CARM set two new records on visitors on the home page for a one-week period: 20,600 last week! This means that in a one-week period, the Home Page was accessed over 20,000 times.... and that is not counting the rest of the site! I suspect that in a year or so, I'll have to purchase a high speed server to handle the extra increase in traffic which I expect to be between 25,000 and 30,0000 visits a week. Praise God.
I put up a graph at http://www.carm.org/carm/graph.htm so that you can see the rate of increase of hits for a weekly periods beginning in June of '96. You'll notice that CARM is doing very well and the number of hits per week is increasing. Praise God. In fact, the emails are increasing again and I spend one to two hours a day just answering those. It cuts into my research time but that's the way it goes. I only have so much I can do after my job and on weekends. But, Lord willing, in a couple years, I hope to be full time in CARM.
BTW (by the way), when you go to CARM, can you please remember to go to the Home Page at least once per visit so that you can be counted? Thanks.
DO YOU WANT TO HEAR THE RADIO SPOT FOR CARM CONVENTION?
Kevin Harris, one of the speakers at the upcoming CARM convention, works at a Christian radio station in the Dallas, Fort Worth area. He put together a radio spot that we want to air on his radio station prior to the convention. He told me that at any one time, 100,000 people are listening to the station because it is the fifth largest Christian radio market in the world. It is very cost effective.
We are asking for donations to cover the cost of placing the ad -- at $75 dollars a minute for each radio spot -- for the convention. It will be placed during the Bible Answerman show which has a huge listening audience. To listen to the demo radio spot (68 seconds long- and to be shortened) go to http://www.carm.org/audio/carm1.wma (Windows Media Player) or http://www.carm.org/audio/carm1.rm (Real Player). There are two inside jokes, though, in the ad: Mormonism teaches abstinence from coffee and atheists universally compare God to invisible pink unicorns. The unicorn thing is a standard come back from atheists who say that God can't be proven the same as you can't prove the existence of invisible pink unicorns. Hope you enjoy it. If you do, please email me back, let me know what you think and I'll forward the comments to Kevin.
If you like the ad and want to contribute to having it run on the air beginning about two weeks prior to the event, then please send any donation about you want to CARM (RADIO SPOT), PO BOX 461054, Escondido, CA, 92046-1054. Please mark your donation (Radio Spot). I will collect them all, and send a CARM check to the radio station and whatever we have is how many ads will run. One more thing: Kevin is a very strong supporter of CARM and says that he can really get a good deal on how many times the ad will run for the money sent in. Praise God.
The CARM convention will be on Saturday, June 22nd in Colleyville, Texas. Registration begins at 8:30; lectures begin at 9:00AM and the event ends at 4pm. The link for it has been changed to http://www.carm.org/carm/convention.htm where you can read more about the ten speakers (including me). Topics are still being decided but should range from atheism, to apologetics, to the cults, to relativism, to logic, etc. It'll be good. We really have some good godly speakers. With 20 rooms and a main sanctuary to work with, this will be a busy convention with lots of subjects to choose from. If you can't make it, we should have tapes and videos available afterwards on CARM.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT UPDATE
Many of you have been contributing to CARM in various ways. I wanted to thank you all for your efforts and sacrifice. The Lord will bless you for it.
So far, with notebook sales, monthly donations, CD sales, etc., CARM is bringing in over $11,000 a year. It isn't enough to go full time, but it is increasing slowly. If you feel led to help financially, great! If not, that's fine. But, please remember this ministry in your prayers as it is coming under more attacks from people. I am receiving more hate-mail. In fact, if you want to read some of it, go to http://www.carm.org/more/lovehate.htm.
Remember, CARM is a non-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible. If you want to contribute, please go to http://www.carm.org/goods/donations.htm. You can set up a monthly credit card donation or make a one time offering. It is easy to set up. Please pray about it and, hopefully, help out.
GOT A SUGGESTION FOR CARM OR THIS NEWSLETTER?
If you have suggestions for what you would like to see in this newsletter or for CARM, please return e-mail me and let me know.
If you care to, please remember the CARM convention in your prayers. It needs to be under-girded with prayer. Also, my wife needs prayers. She has had developing medical problems for several years and lately they have gotten worse. She has Marfan Syndrome (a connective tissue disorder) and cyliac spru (allergy to all things with wheat in them). To make a long story short, she is in increasing joint pain, with a variety of related problems throughout her body: TMJ, scoliosis, mitral valve prolapse, esophageal reflux, the bone density of a 100+ year old person (and a new cracked rib), and she's married to a wacko Christian apologist. We don't have medical insurance for her or myself (the kids are covered though), so it is a tough ride. But, the Lord is good and sustaining us.
I don't mention this very often at all, but lately.... she's needed prayer. Please pray.
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VERSE OF THE WEEK.
“And the Lord will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail," (NASB).
Matt Slick, your missionary to the Internet.