CARM Newsletter 08-07-06

Welcome to the August 7, 2006 Newsletter

Thanks for the Camera!
In one of our previous newsletters we announced that we would be researching video cameras so that we could produce DVD quality video lessons for distribution through CARM. By God's grace, one of the newsletter readers graciously sent CARM a video camera! So, first we want to thank him for sending it. The camera is truly a blessing and is good quality. We hope that we can utilize it properly to develop video lessons. It doesn't have an input audio jack so all talking must be done within 3 feet. Hopefully, this will be fine for interviews. Praise God, He provides.

We have already used it to tape two of the Faith and Reason Radio Shows. We don't know if there would be interest in watching the radio show via video, but we are open to researching that possibility. If you are interested in obtaining DVD's of the show, please let us know at [email protected]

Looking for a job
Because of the recent IRS issues, the CARM account is depleted. Matt Slick is seeking temporary employment in order to pay the bills. It has been difficult to find work that will not conflict with the radio show schedule and pays more than minimum wage. CARM is still supporting Matt Slick's family, but this is difficult with the recent IRS bills. When the summer donation slump is over, Matt can then continue full-time with CARM. Please keep this issue in prayer. Even though this is a set back for CARM, we feel that the best thing to do is continue forward to do the work of the ministry. We believe that if we accept the difficulties that hit us and let them stop us from doing God's work, then the enemy has succeeded. Therefore, we feel it is best to trust God through it, look forward, and move ahead.

Sacramento Trip
A gracious woman contacted CARM and volunteered to sponsor Matt Slick for the Sacramento Mormon Temple opening beginning on August 14. If there is no job offered this week, Matt will accept the offer to go to the Sacramento Temple and assist others in passing out literature exposing the errors of Mormonism.

In Mormonism there are temples which are suppose to reflect the Old Testament temples in the Bible; they don't. The Mormon Church opens them in different parts of the country on a regular basis. In these temples "sacred" rituals are practiced such as marriage ceremonies, baptism for the dead, and rituals aimed at helping Mormons become gods. With each new temple building the Mormon Church opens it to the public for a few weeks so that non-Mormons can check it out. Their goal is to get even more converts to the Mormon Church by trying to arrange Mormon missionaries to visit those who have attended the temple opening. Our goal is to stop people from being deceived into joining the Mormon Church by distributing information that exposes the true teachings of Mormonism.

CARM Needs
Letting our needs be known. We are definitely planning to expand, to move ahead. The Lord provides where He guides.

  • Printer Fund
    One of the additional projects we hope to get going is writing evangelism tracts and brochures to send out to pastors, churches, and radio stations. For this we would like to have a color laser printer. We are still researching them and it looks like the Dell 3110cn Printer seems to be a good deal for around $500. We also need a duplexer (for double sided copying, for $199) and 1 Gigabyte of additional ram at $150 (printer graphics for brochures and tracts). So we need $850 for the printer. If you would like to contribute to the printer please check out CARM printer fund.

    Also, if you have experience with color laser printers and have a good recommendation that is in the same price range, please let us know.

  • Laptop
    CARM has need of a laptop for the radio show and as a back up system in case the main CARM computer breaks. This will help us with speaking engagements as well. Dell puts out a great product. The XPS M1210 with the basic bells and whistles needed for a decent system would be around $1500.

  • Fund Raising
    After much discussion with two of the board members of CARM, we have concluded that in order for CARM to progress and to be able to meet the new needs, research requests, and developing projects, we need to hire someone. This is a major event and a necessary one. We hope to raise $30,000 support the first year salary for the new person. We are letting people know about the need so that you can pray. The Lord provides where he guides. Right now, CARM only is able to support one person, Matt Slick.

    If we had the funding for another person to work with CARM, this person would need to be able to manage projects, research, write, and do web development. There is a great deal to do at CARM and this Ministry has the potential of reaching millions. In fact, the CARM website was accessed 1.2 million times last month in the CARM discussion board was accessed over 2 million times.

  • Programming Need
    We need someone to write a program for CARM that will allow people to save web pages to projects that they can name. They could log in (email/password) and save various CARM articles to their projects. This would not mean that people had to log in to view CARM. This is an extra feature should anyone want to use it.

Reminder: The Online Schools are now for an Unlimited Duration
The CARM online schools (Theology, Apologetics, and Critical Thinking) are now for an unlimited duration when you sign-up. For those of you who already have, I will gladly extend your access time. Just let us know at [email protected] Also, the program that governs how the school is accessed has a maximum duration of 20 years -- but we'll extend it another 20 when you get there. Please consider supporting CARM and getting something in return. This is a major Ministry offering of CARM that is used both to support CARM and to equip Christians. Please consider signing up for the schools so that you can defend the Christian faith better. By the way, I'm offering all three schools at a substantial discount if you are interested.

The Boise Weekly
Someone has donated $350 towards the fund for putting an ad for the Faith and Reason Radio Show (hosted by Matt Slick of CARM) in a local newspaper that is aimed towards unbelievers. That will cover the adds for one month. Praise God and thanks.

CARM stats

  • In the month of June, CARM had 260,956 unique visitors, 56,715 returning visitors, with a total of 962,559 page views.
    • Average per day for June: 8,699 unique visitors a day. 1,890 returning visitors a day. 32,085 page views a day.
  • In the month of July, CARM had 317,540 unique visitors, 67,907 returning visitors, with a total of 1,213,329 page views.
    • Average per day for July: 10243 unique visitors a day. 2191 returning visitors a day. 39,140 page views per day.
CARM Modifications
We are still working hard on researching and modifying the CARM site for a future makeover. (See the sample layout page for articles). In addition, we will open CARM up for other writers to contribute, if they are qualified.

Want to write for CARM?
We are doing a revamp of the CARM website. As mentioned above, we will be opening it up to other writers. However, the qualifications to be able to write for CARM will be rather high. We're looking for theologically trained Christians (or who have proven their grasp of Christian theology) who have at least a bachelor's degree. Masters degree level is preferred. However, we are aware that there are very gifted researchers and writers who do not have bachelors or Masters degrees. We are open to discussions with them as well. If you think that you would be interested in writing for CARM, please contact CARM at [email protected] We are trying to begin the dialogue process.

Those who write for CARM would have to understand that what ever is used on CARM becomes the property of CARM. Of course, the original author would be able to use the material elsewhere. The point is to allow CARM to modify the articles, if necessary, and to sell them in any potential future works such as the MOAN (mother of all notebooks), and other such offerings. Furthermore, there is a "CARM style" of writing. It is simplistic and to the point and anyone who would write for CARM would have to learn how to do that. It isn't difficult and we would explain it over the phone.

Podcasting
CARM now has podcasting ability: http://feeds.feedburner.com/carmorgpodcasting.

Radio
The owners at the Christian radio station are behind the Faith and Reason Radio Show 100% and want to expand into other markers. Thank you for the suggestions about possible radio stations. If you have not already sent me a suggestion, please do so at [email protected] Second, we're looking for sponsors who would be interested in expanding the Faith and Reason radio show Again, if you are interested in doing this, please contact me at the same e-mail address.

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 Hate mail

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

  • Love mail:

    • I found found your website recently and I have been hooked on reading your pages. Thanks for doing such a great ministry, I'm sure that I speak for many other believers when I say that we really appreciate what you are doing. No need to reply, I know you are busy. Jason

    • Matt, I really don't like atheism and heretical religions, I support your website and keep fighting against satan's handiwork, especially atheism... Joe

    • I just wanted to thank you guys at carm for all you do. This website is amazing and I have used it a lot. Thanks! Mike

    • I just wanted to let your team at carm know that your work and service is appreciated from a brother in Christ. I encourage all your efforts. Your research and insight into the Mormon cult aided me greatly. You see, part of my family is LDS and I was praying to God to give me insight into Mormonism to be able to explain to them the true Jesus. I guess God led me to your webpage. Justin

    • I really enjoy your site, me and all of my coworkers and even a few in my Sunday school class use it. I always recommend it to others. I teach a young adults Sunday school class at a first Baptist church in the Dallas area. Brandon

       

  • Hate mail:

    • Wow You are just well, just wrong..... Hope you know the False Christ comes first.

    • You are teaching untruths about Roman Catholicism......why don't you just preach your stuff and let us preach ours........what you do is teach hate........

    • Where do idiots such as yourselves get these crackpot ideas?

    • You have an extremely closed-minded screwed up website and you need to get over yourselves. Anyone who would believe that crap is either insane or completely brainwashed!!

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

 

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From the Theological Dictionary
Depravity
Moral corruption, a state of corruption or sinfulness. Total depravity is the teaching that sin has touched all aspects of the human: body, soul, spirit, emotions, mind, etc

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