CARM Newsletter 07-26-07

Welcome to the July 26, 2007 Newsletter

Mini-devotional - Don't be anxious
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus," (Phil. 4:6-7).

these often repeated verses are so important for the Christian.  We are susceptible to worry, apprehension, and fear.  Even though we trust in the true and living God there are times when we are anxious, not praying, and not being thankful.  These words remind us of who God is.  You see, there is a relationship between how much we trust God and how much we worry.  Since God is the creator of the universe, the sovereign Lord, the one who became man and died for our sins, and we should not be worried about our lives.  We need trust him even beyond our ability to comprehend.

That is what true faith is.  Faith measured by the amount of trust you put in God when everything around you encourages you to be unsettled.  So, as you put your faith and hope in the living God, through the person of Jesus, you are free to not be anxious and to give all things to God in prayer and experience the peace that God brings.  It's real, just as real as God is.

Support
I want to thank all of you who have been supporting CARM.  The summer months have been rather tight and this week we got enough donations so we won't have to worry about finances for a few weeks.  The Lord has provided and I know that he will continue to do so through the body of Christ.

Going to North Carolina
It looks like we have about 12 or 15 people who are interested in a small get-together when I go out to North Carolina to attend the 2007 National Conference on Christian Apologetics, Friday and Saturday, November 9th-10th, 2007 at Calvary Church Charlotte, NC.

I have a friend out there who is trying to find a restaurant with a large enough room to hold maybe 20 or so people.  When we get the information I will post it on CARM and provide a link to it here in the newsletter for anyone else who might want to join in.

Again, if there are any CARM-ites out there who would like to get together for dinner or something, please e-mail me at [email protected] and I will contact you later with more details.

CARM Blog
We have been trying different blog setups and a couple of things have changed.  I apologize for not being consistent but in the early stages of developing this, we sometimes need to make course corrections.  We are still experimenting.  We have two blogs one for the CARM website at http://carmorg.blogspot.com and another for the CARM podcasting for the radio show is at http://carmpodcasting.blogspot.com

Why two?  Different people are requesting difference purposes from the blogs.  Some people want the CARM podcasting blog only for podcasting related issues while others are interested in CARM only.  I figured I would just list two of them and see what happens.

An idea
I thought I would try this and see how it worked.  I'm looking for quotes like this, "Jeffrey Dahmer, a psychopath who cannibalized his victims, acted on Darwin's advice. In an interview he said, “If a person doesn’t think there is a God to be accountable to, then…what is the point of trying to modify your behavior to keep it within acceptable ranges? That’s how I thought…I always believed the theory of evolution as truth, that we all just came from the slime.” (Dahmer in an interview with Stone Phillips, Dateline NBC, 11/29/1994)."

I have over 20,000 people on this newsletter list.  I figure there's a lot of resources out there.  So, I thought it would ask if anyone knows of any other quotes like this.  You see, I'm trying to collect such quotes for a paper on atheism.  The atheists like to attack Christianity by saying things like Hitler was a Christian, et cetera.  So, I'm looking for quotes that demonstrate detestable behavior based upon atheistic and/or evolutionary principles.  If you know of any, with documentation so I can check them out, please e-mail them to me at [email protected]  Thanks.

Radio Show
If  you are interested in listening to past podcasts of radio show, you can go to http://carmpodcasting.blogspot.com.  You can also go to iTunes.com and type in "carm.org" and you'll find it right away.

Logos Software Check out http://www.logos.com/carm for a great Bible program.  I use it all the time.  If  you purchase software through the CARM link, you can get a discount and it helps to support CARM as well.

Love and Hate
CARM is constantly getting e-mails of thanks and praise and condemnation.  Here are a few...in the raw.  (At the suggestion of a reader, the hate mail is first so that the last taste in your mouth, is the love mail).

  • Hate mail:
    • Grow up you pathetic little babies!!! Do you also believe in superheroes? So where are the dinosaurs mentioned in the bible? Losers.
    • I have spent a long time on your web site and it is really funny how much you do not know.  You do not even know the Bible.  Well did Jesus speak of you--Matthew 15:7-9 "Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.  But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." Or Isaiah 29:13 " Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men."  But thanks for the good laughs.   Don't bother responding
  • Love mail:
    • You did GOOD resisting the impulse to reach through the phone and strangle that guy.  the worse kind of arguments to defend is the word buffet argument....keep pulling items from all over the buffet line and throw them at you without order or "logic." Are you sure you really want him to come back and throw more mud against the wall to see if any sticks.  "Bantering" is a kind way to describe what was really him trying to overwhelm your better arguments with word overload.
    • Thank you so much for the very informative site! It has been very   helpful! :)
    • I must commend you on the depth and accuracy of the data you provide on this site. I have used much of your material to witness to both Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons, and in both cases, I have successfully shaken their faith in their false beliefs. I provided some of your data to a church member, and he used it to witness to his father, who has since accepted Christ. I know that at times you must feel a bit like John (the voice of one crying in the wilderness), but know that your devotion and your dedication is changing lives. God bless!

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    Same as Last Newsletter
    1. Podcast Link -  If you are interested in listening to the radio podcasts of faith and reason,  there are several options.  One is to go to the CARM home page and click on the radio link, or go to www.carm.org/radio/radio.htm, or click on this link http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/emailverifySubmit?feedId=432798 and enter your e-mail address.  Its free and you'll be notified every time the podcast page is updated.
    2. Feedback and Suggestions - I would love to have feedback and suggestions from the CARM readers about the website, the radio show, and this newsletter.  Please feel free to let me know what you would like covered and/or addressed.  [email protected]
    3. Please Support CARM - CARM is supported by the voluntary gifts and offerings of people like you.  I have revamped the donations system and hope that this new year will bring in more support so that we can hire an additional staff person.  Even $5 a month can make a big difference.  CARM is on the front lines and we need all the help we can get.  Please pray for us.  We need it.
    4. Discussion Boards - The CARM Discussion Forums a are doing extremely well.  In less than a year we have over 13,700 people signed up as participants. We even have a donation option for people to support the Ministry and have extended posting privileges.  If you are interested in learning how to defend your faith as well as finding out what others believe about vendors, than the CARM discussion forums are the place to be.
    5. Chat Room http://www.carm.org/boards/chat.htm.  Want a live discussion?
    6. 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.
    7. Online Schools. Theology, Apologetics, and Critical Thinking.  You can support CARM and also learn.
    8. Live Radio Show! - 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, counseling, the occult, etc.  You can call in to the number is 208-377-3790 and/or listen live via the Internet at www.myfamilyradio.com on the AM station.  Podcasting CARM now has podcasting ability for past radio shows:  http://feeds.feedburner.com/carmorgpodcasting.
    9. Suggestions?
    10. - Do you have any suggestions for the CARM newsletter or the CARM website?  If so, please contact us at [email protected]  We want to know what you think, areas of need that you would like to see addressed, as well as any comments you might have.

 

From the CARM Theological Dictionary

Incarnation
The addition of human nature to the nature of God the second person of the Trinity. It is where God became a man (John 1:1,14; Phil. 2:5-8). It was the voluntary act of Jesus to humble Himself so that He might die for our sins (1 Pet. 3:18). Thus, Jesus has two natures: Divine and human. This is known as the Hypostatic Union.

 

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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