CARM Newsletter 06-29-06

Welcome to the June 29, 2006 Newsletter

Suggestions for CARM redesign effort

Technology is always advancing. Therefore, we need to follow where it goes. I am in the early process of redesigning CARM. The goal is to make it easier to use as well as provided a format for future development and release of new technologies that the Web provides. Some of the options that we are looking at is video and/or audio introductions to various pages. We're looking at options to allow PDF printing of articles, sending articles via e-mail, articles formatted for printing, cross referencing it articles, podcasting, and mp3 downloads. We will be looking at feedback options and more interactivity as well as providing a better search engine for the site. Since I don't have a paid staff, I have to do almost all this myself (which means learning new technology) as well as answering the thousands of e-mails, do the radio show five nights a week, research articles, write books, and maintain the site. Whew! I and getting tired just thinking about it. Praise God!

Do you have suggestions for the CARM web site? Do you know of a technology that would be useful, an idea that would be helpful, and suggestions that could improve CARM? if you know of any particular web sites that have "cool" ideas and technologies, could you please send me the URL (the web page address) to [email protected] and I will check it out. Thanks.

But, it isn't accurate to say that CARM is a one-man show. Diane in New Jersey has been a tremendous help in running the discussion boards. There's a gentleman named Matt Paulson who is very good at answering e-mails. Unfortunately, neither he nor I can't keep up with the deluge and we are behind around 5,000 emails.

Still, this is all a great set of problems to have. And I am blessed to be able to be involved in the Ministry that is being used by the Lord to accomplish his will.

Please pray for me, Diane, Matt Paulson, and the development of this Ministry.

Fund raising ideas

In an effort to attain a paid staff, we are considering various fundraising ideas. If you have any, please let me know at [email protected]

Radio

The CARM radio show called "Faith and Reason" is doing very well. We're getting more and more people telling us they're listening and that they enjoy it. We hope to begin a "best of" and air it on the weekends on our station on both the AM and FM bands. Also, we are also hoping to expand this Ministry to other radio markets. Unfortunately, we don't have the funds to pay for air time with other stations. But, if you know of a Christian radio station that might be interested in having the show (where they could charge advertising time and keep the revenues), then I would love to hear from you at [email protected]

We did our first live remote last night at the Idaho Center where there was a huge gathering of people for the "God and Country" event. Point of Grace, the gospel band, was there as were thousands and thousands of people. It was great. I interviewed people from the crowd live and asked questions to anyone who would come up to the microphone. I asked young and old alike several questions: what must you do to be saved? how many natures does Jesus have? what is the Trinity? is uses a man right now?, etc. To my surprise the majority of people failed to answer even the basic doctrinal questions correctly. There certainly is a lot more work needed to be done.

Sacramento

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. Please pray for us. Also, if you are interested in helping us pass out literature, please let me know at [email protected] Thanks

New Counter On Home Page

I mentioned in the last newsletter that 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 (averaged 4962 page views last week). 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. I found out that the counter was not on all of the pages throughout the site so it was not counting all the page views. In the last newsletter I said CARM was getting access to around 25,000 times a week. That was incorrect. I fixed the counter and you do the calculation. The average, per day, that CARM was accessed last week was 40,213 times. That means that there are 40,000 page views a day on the CARM web site. Praise God.

CARM Prayer Needs

  • To get a paid staff

  • Wisdom on what the direction to take CARM

  • Safety of my family and the few people who volunteer to help CARM

  • The expansion of the radio show

Would you like to see this newsletter weekly?

Just curious, I produce this newsletter two times a month, or every other week. Would you prefer to have it on a weekly basis? If so, please let me know at [email protected]

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 upset hate mail

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

  • Love mail:

    • I was very much blessed by finding your website and actually I was facing a lot of problems defending my Christian faith in a lot of points that I found the way to answer, at your site. Wael

    • Your site is awesome, it is so true and it has really helped me know how to talk with Mormons. Melissa

    • Just want to say a big thank you for this website. God has indeed called you into a powerful ministry of truth! Its so good to see the Truth of the Lord in black and white all in one place for everyone to read. Rob

    • Thank you for CARM. Through this ministry you have encouraged me to sometimes go beyond the exclusive teachings of the Pentecostal church and to study the scriptures when ever someone interprets them. I now pray before listening to sermons. Nancy

    • I would like to say that all the information and the wonderful truths that I glean from your web site has been phenomenal.. There is so much information to answer just about any question you could have. The online studies have opened up doors that gave me much more of a deeper understanding of the word of God. How I thank you for your obedience to God's call upon your life and providing so much great truths that can help people like to me to have a greater knowledge of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Darlene

    • My son is going to the University of Utah. Your information on Mormonism has really helped him understand it from a Biblical perspective. It has given him greater confidence in holding his ground when approached. May the Lord continue to bless your work. Bruce

  • Hate mail:

    • Do you honestly believe that Jesus Christ is a dismal failure and too weak to "Save" the entire human family -- including faithful Latter-day Saints? Bill

    • ----I must be doing something wrong. I only got one hate mail this past week.

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
Damnation
The righteous judgment of God upon a sinner where the sinner is cast out of the presence of God into Hell for ever.

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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