CARM Newsletter 08-14-04

Aug. 14, 2004

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WE MOVED:

We did it. We moved to Boise Idaho. Goodbye Southern California. Hello potato land.

My wife and I arrived here a week and a half ago. The trip up from San Diego took three days of driving a 24 ft. truck (fully loaded with all our stuff), pulling a car, and with my wife driving our minivan pulling up the rear. We spent the first three nights in hotels while we waited for our apartment to open up. When it did, it took about four hours to unload the truck -- it took four days to load it.

We moved up here because the housing market in San Diego is so very expensive. There is no way we can afford to pay $425,000 for a home. But, here in Boise the average price of a home is around $125,000. That we can afford.

When we arrived we only had two contacts. We desperately needed help unloading the truck and to people from Calvary Chapel showed up along with a muscular guy named John from a local Baptist Church. They were all very gracious and work toward helping us. I thank the Lord for the Christians who lent us a hand.

I have already started work. I transferred from Hewlett-Packard San Diego to Hewlett-Packard in Boise. I get a lot less money and work a lot harder. But, it will be worth it if we can get a home.  In fact, we were about to be approved for a home loan and, Lord willing, in about a week we can start shopping for a house. Praise God.

So, it thank you to all of you who prayed for our move. It worked out well. We arrived safely.

CARM NEEDS SUPPORT:
As many of you know, the primary goal of CARM is to provide free information for the body of Christ to help Christians to defend the faith. There is a lot of false teachings out there and most Christians are not equipped well enough to be able to deal with evolution, Islam, atheism, etc. CARM does the research and provides the analysis.

The second goal of CARM is to go full-time so that I can provide more information. If you think CARM is worth the effort, then please consider supporting CARM financially. CARM is slowly producing a support base and I am potentially within a year's time of full-time status.  My wife and kids are very supportive of CARM and my wife wants me to go fulltime, too.  I'd be quite a commitment and a step of faith, but it'll be worth it.

You could support CARM through regular donations on the donation page (http://www.carm.org/goods/donations.htm). But, you could also sign up for the online school of Christian theology ($50) and you get something for your support (http://www.carm.org/online.htm).  The $50 for the online school is not tax-deductible, but other donations are.

Please understand that it takes a great deal of effort and expense to research groups. I must spend many many hours reading false doctrines, buying cult/atheism/evolution books, etc., finding members of various belief systems to discuss their beliefs with, and then analyzing them in a logical and coherent set of articles so that the Christian body can have them for free.   Its work.  I love it.  But, my family and I need support if I am to do this full time.  Is the information worth supporting?

APOLOGETICS ONLINE SCHOOL:

I am still working on the apologetics online school. A lot of people have expressed interest in it. You can find a demo of it at http://www.carm.org/demo2/equip.htm.  This apologetics school takes much material from Carm and arranges it in a systematic manner accompanied by questions and answers. It also has focus point listings as well as actual dialogues that have been analyzed -- not to mention some entirely new information, particularly in the evolution section. The purpose of the apologetics school is to help equip Christians in defending the faith. If you are interested in it, please send me a quick e-mail with "apologetics school" in the subject heading so I can get a prerelease estimate of the interest. Thanks.

SNAIL MAIL NEWSLETTER:
I am also contemplating beginning a snail mail newsletter. It would be a contact newsletter with information and updates. (The email newsletter has devotionals) The purpose is to provide a simple one or two sheet information-set on a regular basis that people could put into notebooks as they collect them. If this sounds interesting and you would consider being on this list, have suggestions for what you like addressed, or are potentially interested in contributing articles, then please e-mail me at [email protected] and let me know. If you put "snail mail" in the subject of your e-mail, I can more easily categorize the results. Thanks.6


Stepping out in Faith
Sometimes God asks us to do things that are not easy. Sometimes He lets our lives move in such a way that the only real option we have is to step out in faith. Why?  Because it is necessary.

We can not know the future. We cannot predict perfectly how long we will live, or how our financial situation will be, or where we need to live, etc. We can make predictions and plans and try to carry them out. But we know that there are many unexpected events in our lives that change the direction we are going. They often have profound effect upon us and we either suffer through them or simply survive them.  But, the scripture says, "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose," (Rom. 8:28).

Have you ever been in a situation where you need to make a big decision, you've prayed, but God is not necessarily prompting you either way?  Take for example my brother who quit one job in order to take another. His first job provided security and benefits and enough money to pay the bills. The second job did not have that security but had greater potential. He weighed the options and made a calculated risk and took the second job. He didn't feel a prompting from God either way.  So, he made a decision and acted on it.

God lets us make choices. He is sovereign enough to work in and with our choices so as to provide for us.  But, please note:  stepping out in faith is not as risky as you might think. After all, who are you trusting to provide?  Only, the infinite God of the entire universe!  That's why it's okay not have every avenue pre-set and provide for in the future -- if we did, where is faith needed?

When my wife and I moved from one state to another, we needed people to help us unload a huge truck. But we did not know anyone in the new area. We prayed and trusted God to provide for us. Of course, we did not sit around idly. We put the word out that we needed help and we trusted God. To make a long story short, the Lord provided amply. The day we needed people is the day they showed up even we didn't know if anyone would for sure. God works this way many times. He likes to see us step out in faith trusting Him and then He provides for us at the last minute. That may not be very comforting for some people, to think that God wakes the last minute to provide, but that is how God often works. He wants us to trust him. He is worthy of the trust.

The greatest proof of God's trustworthiness is the cross. It is in the cross that God is asking us to trust Him the most. Think about it. 2000 years ago a man was lifted up on the cross where He died.  This is the place where the sinfulness of men met the holiness and God -- and God suffered --  because He was providing for us.  This is the greatest act of love ever demonstrated and it is perfect proof of God's commitment to us. Remember, "God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it," (1 Cor. 10:13).  Nothing comes to you that God has not permitted.  Therefore, you know He is in control..  You can then step out in faith and your faith will be rewarded.  Praise God.

Memorization Verse
2 Cor. 4:15,
"For all things are for your sakes, that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God,"

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SUPPORT
We need your support.  If you think CARM is a worthwhile ministry, please seriously consider  supporting it financially and prayerfully as we move closer to full time status.  CARM is a ministry to the  Internet that affects thousands of people in the real world.   If you want to be a part of supporting this missionary work that  please prayerfully consider donations. All donations are tax deductible.   (If the buttons below did not work, please go to http://www.CARM.org/goods/donations.htm).  If you do contribute, could you please email me at [email protected] and let me know?  Thanks and God bless.
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In Him,

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

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