CARM Newsletter 06-14-06

Welcome to the June 14, 2006 Newsletter

Welcome to the CARM newsletter.  The past couple of weeks have been very busy.  That is a good sign.

New Counter On Home Page

CARM has two new counters on the homepage.  They are at the bottom of the navigation bar on the left.  The first one counts only the page views of the homepage.  The second one counts almost every other page on the entire site.  The new counter has additional information that you can access by clicking on the links.

CARM will have hit the 7 million mark today (or tomorrow).  In other words, the CARM homepage has been accessed 7 million times.  In addition, the new counter that shows the entire site statistics reveals that the CARM web site is being accessed a minimum of 25,000 times a day.  This is great news.

CARM needs help

CARM still needs help.  I will continue to let this be known so you can pray.  Primarily, prayer is needed.  I hope to get a staff but that is yet future.  So, prayer is the most important aspect of this ministry now and for the remainder of its days.  Without it, all the effort is in vain and for self glory.  But the goal of this ministry is to bring people to Christ, to equip the body of Christ with proper information, and to glorify God.  It is very easy for me to try and work in the strength of my own knowledge and my own stamina.  This is a foolish trap that I need to be careful not to fall into.  But, praise God that prayer is the necessary element that is needed to guide this ministry.  As I pray, please pray with me about the needs, goals, and direction of CARM that might be used as effectively as possible for the cause of Christ.

We also need a CPA who can work for CARM free.  Our last month's CPA bill was $1200.  Please help, [email protected]

Sacramento Mormon Temple Opening

During the week of August 13th to the 19th I should be in Sacramento for the Mormon Temple opening.  I will be assisting another Ministry, www.mrm.org, in distributing literature that exposes the errors of Mormonism.

The Mormon Church uses these newly built temples as an evangelistic outreach.  For several weeks they allow non-Mormons to go through the temple before it is dedicated.  Afterwards, it is then open only to Mormons.  But during those several weeks thousands upon thousands of people gather to check out the temple and this is when many are introduced to Mormonism.  So, myself and others will be there to pass out information exposing Mormonism as a non-Christian religion.

Please pray for us out there since there are Mormons who become aggressive.  In one of the last temple openings a Christian worker was beat up by three Mormons.  This is the only time I've ever heard of it happening, but it isn't surprising.  Tempers do flare up since the Mormons do not like what we do.  But, God does not call us to evangelize only in comfortable and safe situations.  He calls us to follow him.  Please pray for us out there.

Now, if the above paragraph has not discouraged you too much and if you are interested in helping us distribute literature, then please contact me at [email protected]  We need lots of people.

Online Schools Reminder

CARM as three online school's:  Theology, Apologetics, and Critical Thinking located at http://www.carm.org/online.htm.  They are there to help equip the body of Christ in theology, apologetics, and thinking.  This is a major Ministry offering of CARM and that is used both to support CARM and to equip Christians. Please consider signing up for the schools so that you might offer support as well as learn what you need to know in order to better establish and defend the Christian faith.  By the way, I'm offering all three schools that a substantial discount if you are interested.

microphone Radio Archives

We have some radio shows archived here http://www.live365.com/stations/matt_slick.  You can also listen live to the show at http://www.myfamilyradio.com.  I'm on at 6pm Mountain time on the AM station.

Love and angry image hate mail

CARM is constantly getting e-mails of thanks and praise and condemnation.  Here are a few...in the raw.

  • Love mail:

    • I just wanted to tell you that I absolutely LOVE your website!  It is SO full of great and useful information that I've never been able to find all in one place.  After searching the web all morning, and many other times before, I have finally found the references I've needed to witness to and share with others.  Thank you so much!  Jerri

    • CARM has been my main source of information in regards to other religions and Christianity as well.  If the Lord had not brought me to your website I would be lost in a sea of confusion.  In college I was challenged in my faith many times, and when it seemed I just could not find the answer, CARM had the answers to questions I had.  When I was bagered by fanatics of other religious sects and I did not have the response for them, CARM gave it to me.  CARM has truly helped me equip myself so that I am prepared to defend my faith.  Xavier

    • I have a very demanding job which leaves me little time for study.  Your CARM site has been a wonderful blessing to me.  Through CARM, I have a portable framework for supporting my Bible studies.  As long as I have my Bible and a web browser, I can work.  May our Lord continue to bless your efforts to help us become stronger disciples for Him.  Mark

    • About two weeks ago I tuned into your program for the first time.  Not five minutes into it I hear you say Catholicism is not Christianity.  My jaw dropped, for two reasons.  One, you are the first person I’ve heard to voice what I believe is true on the matter.  Secondly, you do so publicly and unapologetically with scripture and truth backing your reasoning.  I applaud you and what you do for True Christianity.  I look forward to your program everyday after work.  I am grateful that you hold true to your mission to bring truth amongst the torrents of deception I see all around.  Your words and insight bring joy to my heart.  Zach

  • Hate mail:

    • You are a Pharisee from the quick to the core. You are a massive hypocrite blaspheming the God of Israel. If you were the true church you would not be attacking other religions. You cannot find an LDS web site that attacks other religions.  You are under severe condemnation and an instrument of the devil. I call you to repentance warn you for the last time to cease and desist attacking the Mormons and to get that stuff off your web site.   Jerry

    • YOU GET 1ST PLACE FOR SATANS HELPERS FRONT ROW IN HELL.   BADDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD SITE

    • I want this site burned right now.  Everything you quote is of man, not the only Son of God.

    • You don’t see the light since you don’t listen to the Holy Ghost. You don’t know how to worship like I do.  I’m plainly a Christian and profess to be a Mormon too. I do not believe you since you don’t listen to the Lord the way he would have you listen. Your documentations toward all of the faiths listed are nothing more than mere fables.  Anti-Christ is not what I’m here. I’m a Born-Again Mormon! Go get that one on tape for your next sermon. I converted to the Christian lifestyle through the God of Israel’s Book on the earth that we NOW have: The Book of Mormon

Devotional:  Dying with Christ

Here is a trick question.  Have you died yet?  I am not talking about a near death experience.  I am talking about a theological statement made in the Bible and what it means.  In short, if you are a Christian, you have died.  Please consider the following scriptures:  "Now if we have died with Christ..." (Rom. 6:8); "If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world..." (Col. 2:20); "For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God," (Col. 3:3); "It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him," (2 Tim. 2:11).

Our death in Christ is a death to the old self, the old ways, the sinful life.  It is a reality and a hope.  It is truth as well as life.  Jesus so completely represented us on the cross, that when He died, it is said that we died.  This is why Paul says in Col. 3:5, "Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry."  You are to mentally reckon, intellectually acknowledge, meditate on, think in such a way as to consider yourselves dead to sin.

Of course, we Christians know that we struggle with sin, that it is not dead in us, that we fail, and continually come to the Lord Jesus and ask for forgiveness.  We Christians, know what we are inside.  We know we are not perfect and that many of the thoughts of our mind would terribly embarrass and shame us if they were publicly spoken.  Such is the reality of our fallen selves.  Yet, we are to consider ourselves dead to sin.  We are to think of ourselves as dead to sin.

The reason we can do this is because of Jesus and what He did on the cross.  Only through Jesus can we be delivered from sin.  Only through the shed blood of God the Son, can our lives be made right before God the Father.  The reality of the crucifixion and of Jesus' bearing our sins, all of them, in His body, is realized in the acknowledgement of our deadness to sin.  This is an important truth that God wants us to understand.  But, understanding it isn't enough.  You must practice it.  This does not mean, however, that you ignore your sins, or say you have none, or claim perfection.  Rather, it is an admission that you are saved by the sacrifice of Jesus and that you are "in Christ" and reckoned as dead to sin because of Jesus.  Your mind is an important battleground in the war of sanctification and it begins with your own death.  If you are a Christian, then you have died to sin because of your relationship with Jesus.  Therefore, consider yourselves dead to sin and alive in Christ.  Turn from the deeds of the flesh and seek Jesus.

hands CARM
Ministries
  • Prayer Ministry - CARM does have a prayer Ministry.  If you are interested in joining us as we pray for others' needs, or if you have needs that you need prayer for, please go to http://www.carm.org/prayer.htm and sign up.

  • Discussion Boards - http://www.christiandiscussionforums.org/v/index.php.  We have a very active discussion boards and if you are interested in joining us, check out the link.

  • Chat Room - http://www.carm.org/boards/chat.htm.  Want a live discussion?  Sign up.

  • Live Radio Show! - Live radio show that began on Monday, Jan. 2, 2006. The show is called "Faith and Reason with Matt Slick."  I am on for one hour, five days a week, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Mountain Time). It's a live call-in show where people can ask all kinds of questions dealing with Christianity, the Bible, cults, etc.  You can call in to the number is 208-377-3790.  You can listen to old programs here:    http://www.live365.com/stations/matt_slick) and live via the Internet connection at www.myfamilyradio.com on the AM station.

    Radio Show Times
    Monday through Friday
    Phone # is 208-377-3790
    Hawaii Alaska Pacific Mountain Central Eastern
    2-3pm 4-5pm 5-6pm 6-7pm 7-8pm 8-9pm

     

  • CHANGE:  Weekly Teaching Time on Paltalk - Every Tuesday (changed from Thursday) evening I host a live discussion room on paltalk.com. Paltalk is a free voice chat system that is quite good. Paltalk is full of Christians as well as non-Christians and the battles over truth are frequent. It is however, a good place to learn how to defend your faith. If any of you are interested and would like to check it out, please join us for our weekly discussion by going to paltalk, download the program, and join us on Tuesday evenings.
Paltalk.com | Section = Christianity | Room = CARM
Every Tuesday
Hawaii Alaska Pacific Mountain Central Eastern
4-6pm 6-8pm 7-9m 8-10pm 9-11pm 10-12pm

alert$5 Support - CARM depends on your support.  Please consider supporting CARM.

CARM is reaching thousands and thousands of people all over the world for Jesus Christ.  There are very few ways that are more efficient and more effective in presenting the gospel message than is the Internet.  Your support can go a long way to further the kingdom of God.  Please consider supporting CARM with $5 a month or whatever you feel led to contribute.  It's easy to do and it does help a great deal.  If interested, please sign up here.

From the Theological Dictionary
Creationism

The position that God created the universe.  Young earth creationists generally believe that God created the universe, the earth, and living things on the earth and that the Old Testament literally describes six, 24 hour periods.  Therefore, they maintain that the universe is, more or less, anywhere from 6,000 to 10,000 years old.  They further maintain that speciation occurred during this time as a result of the extant genetic information and environmental pressures.  Old earth creationists still maintain that the universe, the earth, and all living things were created by God, but that the Universe is very old.  Compare with Natural Evolution and Evolution.

Be fishers of men, not keepers of the aquarium


In Jesus,

Rev. Matt Slick, your missionary to the  Internet. Equipping the church to defend the faith in a secular society.

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Notes

  1. Walvoord, John F., and Zuck, Roy B., The Bible Knowledge Commentary, (Wheaton, Illinois: Scripture Press Publications, Inc.) 1983, 1985.

 

 

 

 
 
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