CARM Newsletter 11-27-06

 

Welcome to the Nov. 27, 2006 Newsletter

From the President, Matt Slick
I will try and keep this newsletter short and to the point.  A lot has been happening and there are more difficulties facing this Ministry of late.  Therefore, I'm going to write very quickly and to the point.  Please excuse my brevity and seriousness.

I missed last week's newsletter because I was so very busy working on CARM, answering e-mails, you know, the usual stuff.  I've also been doing a great deal of research on Roman Catholicism and have discovered a a lot more about its history, its positions, and its errors.  I've released some new articles on CARM and plan to release several more in the next couple/three weeks.

Thanks for praying for my Father
For those of you who prayed for my father, I want to thank you.  It looks like your prayers paid off.  I spoke with him and he's doing rather well. At 80 years old he is surprisingly agile and alert.  However, because of the latest episode that he had in the hospital (we thought it was a stroke but it wasn't) he's no longer able to drive per doctor's orders. He's handling this setback well.  Nevertheless, I will need to go out to St. Louis, MO, in a couple of months to see how he's doing.  Maybe I can meet some of you who live out there at the same time.

Radio show coming to an end
I got word tonight from the station owner that they are canceling my radio show.  It looks like we have till the end of the year.  They have been very gracious and have given me a very affordable deal.  However, they are a business and do need to make money.  Therefore, since I can't afford to pay but a fraction of the actual costs of the show, they've let me know that it's ending.  Depending on the financial requirements, it may end much sooner than that. Nevertheless, I'm thankful that the Lord has given me a year of radio experience.  It's been fun and I learned a lot.  Finally, I have no problem with the show ending.  It might be a blessing in disguise so the Lord will have me do other things.  Besides, my plate is so full already working on CARM about 60 hours a week.

DVD Videos for sale
I've arranged a deal with a supplier of good quality Christian DVD/videos and am now offering them on the CARM website.  You can go to the homepage of CARM and check them out if you're interested.  There's some good material on various topics and some might make good Christmas presents.  Topics:  Hollywood's assault on Christian values, a debate on global warming, Francis Schaeffer's teaching, the marks of a cult, rock rap and the spiritual world, and more to come.

CARM improvements
I've been trying to think of ways to improve CARM and one of them has been in the  presentation of information.  There is a trial run, so to speak, of what a new look concerning the articles might be.  The original style is found here:  http://www.carm.org/40_objections/40-3BAK.htm.  The new style is found here:  http://www.carm.org/40_objections/40-3.htm. It would be a lot of work to convert the entire site, but I think it would be an improvement.  Please let me know what you think, both pros and cons, at [email protected]  Thanks.

Need staff:  someone to raise support and move to Boise, ID.
I've let this request run for several newsletters and have received some responses.  For the sake of brevity and efficiency, I need to let people know that I'm only interested in qualified individuals.  What makes someone qualified is an education and/or a calling with natural ability in apologetics.   I deftly need of someone who could move here to the Boise Idaho area, support him or herself, and help research and write for CARM.  You don't have to be educated, but it would help.  The Lord will tell me who was the right person.  So, if you're interested, slightly obsessive, don't have both oars in the water, can write and research, are persistent, don't mind doing some grunt work here and there, and why to stick your nose where some think it doesn't belong, then you might be the right person for CARM. 
I'm looking for people who are very dedicated, not those who express interest on a whim because they think it would be cool.  One more thing, this kind of Ministry is definitely difficult and it carries with it a lot of trials and tribulations.  Anyone who seriously considers doing this must expect difficulties spiritually, financially, physically, materially, etc.  That's the reality so consider this very seriously and prayerfully.  please don't contact me unless you are very serious about it:   [email protected]

Support
CARM is supported by the voluntary gifts and offerings of people like you.  The holiday seasons is here and things get tighter financially For everyone.  Please don't forget CARM.  This Ministry doesn't stop for Christmas.  CARM is on the front lines and we need all the help we can get.  Please pray for us.  We need it.

Thanks Again
Thanks to all of you who have been signing up for the online schools and donations to CARM.    They have been a real encouragement to this Ministry as they have increased lately.

Suggestions?
Do you have any suggestions for the newsletter or the CARM website?  If so, let me know at [email protected]  Thanks.

Love and Hate Mail

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:  (Maybe I'm slipping, only one hate email this week.)

    • The section called Witnessing to those in Wicca is both offensive and wrong!
  • Love mail
    • I just wanted to let everyone at CARM know what a great job they're doing!  As a Christian student attending a secular university, it has been an amazing resource.  Your website addresses so many topics and gives great answers to tough questions.  I'm currently using it for a persuasive speech to convince students to be pro-life and CARM has been so helpful.  Keep up the good work!
    • You know each time I pick up a new book on the cults and read about them (JW's at this point in time) I find them all good but lacking clarity in facing the fallacies within the cults. I Praise the Lord each time I come back to your site and find clear logical and most importantly biblical answers to my questions!! Praise be to the Lord Jesus for the wonderful gifts he has given members of the body!!
    • I have begun reading your web site and I find it very useful.  Thank you for your efforts in writing it.
    • I am just amazed at the attitude of these people about not bashing other religions. We didn't make the statement " I am The Way The Truth and The Life, No one comes to the father but by me" We just believe it and teach it. Keep up the Excellent work Matt, don't stop.

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CARM Ministries

  • Please consider supporting CARM financially at $5 per month: here

  • 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.

  • Online Schools. Theology, Apologetics, and Critical Thinking.  You can support CARM and also learn.

  • Discussion Boards - http://www.christiandiscussionforums.org/v/index.php.  We have a very active discussion boards.

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

  • 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.

  • Weekly Teaching Time on Paltalk - Every Tuesday evening I host a live discussion room on paltalk.com. Paltalk is a free voice chat system that is quite good. It 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 interested, please join us for our weekly discussion by going to paltalk, download the program, and join us on Tuesday evenings at 8pm, Mountain time.

Suggestions?
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

Fatalism
The idea that all things are predetermined to occur and that there is no ability of the person to alter the predetermined plan of God in any event.  This is not the correct biblical view.  The Bible teaches us that we can influence God with our prayers (James 5:16).  How this influence is worked out by God who knows all things from eternity is something apparently unexplainable in Christianity.

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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