Welcome to the Dec. 15, 2006 Newsletter
50th Birthday Party
On Saturday, December 9, I celebrated my 50th birthday party. It was a blast. We had a costume party at a local "barn" with dancing to music from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. We had swing, some people did the jitterbug, and a whole bunch of people bebopped out on the floor and had a great time. We had a game where everyone was given a piece of paper with the name of an animal on it. Then, they were all asked to make the noise of the animal (cat, or dog, or monkey, etc.), find other people making the same animal noise, and group themselves together. The first group to find all of their "kind" would raise her hand and win. Boy, was it loud, noisy, and hilarious.
In addition we were visited by Fred and Wilma Flintstone, Zorro, two Mormon missionaries, two 80s rockers, Cher (aka a guy named Russ), Lucille Ball, a geisha, a cop, two hippies, a monk, Dilbert, Robin Hood and his merry men (a bunch of kids), and a host of others. It was absolutely a great time. In fact, we had so much fun that people are talking about having another costume party in the spring or early part of summer. The barn is situated in a nice open area where we could do a barbecue, play frisbee, volleyball, etc. I'm already looking forward to it again.
Also, several CARMites showed up, one from New Jersey, two from Santa Cruz, California, one from Irvine California, two from Mission Viejo California, and one from Portland, Oregon. It was absolutely great.
Radio Show Status
We are still reassessing the radio show (www.carm.org/radio/radio.htm). It will continue through the end of the month and then were going to Decide what to do. It all comes down to support. We almost have enough to keep it going. But I'm trying to decide if God wants me to do radio five days a week or once a week. It all depends on what happens this month as far as donations go. I'll keep you informed. And, I'm also going to develop a CARM Web page that shows how much is being committed to the show on a monthly basis.
One a side note, the podcasts of the show are being downloaded around 10,000 times a month!
Book by CARM Volunteer
One of the people who helps answer e-mails on the CARM website is a gentleman named Matt Paulson. He has written a book called Breaking the Mormon Code. I wanted to let you know about it and recommend that you pick it up. He's done a great job of challenging Mormonism.
Videos via CARM
If you go to a CARM homepage you'll see some videos that we are selling On cults, debates, Hollywood's assault on Christian values, etc. We've made a connection with a great Ministry that produces them. We're going to try this for a month or two to see how it works. Hint: they would make a great Christmas gift.
I figured I might as well let people know about the various needs we have in this Ministry. People do ask and though I'm usually hesitant to let them know, periodically I will. Here they are.
First, we still have need of a good video camera that can produce DVD quality images. It needs to have an audio input jack. The purpose is to produce teaching videos, interviews, etc. for release on CARM.
Second, a laptop capable of replacing the primary CARM desktop unit should something happen to it. This would serve two purposes: as a backup system and something I can take to seminars and the radio station. I have a laptop, but it is about six years old and so slow that it can no longer handle the new programs, new Bible study software, and speech recognition programs that I use. So, time to upgrade.
Third, desktop computers. Since I was a computer tech for five years, I know how to fix computers. So if you have a computer that you'd like to donate to CARM, please let me know. I'm able to piece them together and produce a new system. As CARM seeks to have a staff members on site, we will need to have the hardware in place to meet the need.
Fourth, a printer. A few months ago I asked for donations for a color laser printer. $352 came in. A laser printer is more cost-effective than inkjet. After a lot of research I've pretty much settled on the Dell 3115 priced at around $900. This will more than adequately meet the needs CARM office sounds in both scanning, copying, producing black-and-white documents as well as color prints - for producing color evangelism tracts for give away and/or sale on The CARM website. One of the main purposes is to produce a quality product for distribution. Many times, ministers and foreign countries request tracks for free. I would love to be able to send them up to them in their own languages. a laser printer would mean that the cost per page would be very acceptable cheap. If you are interested in helping out with this, please contact me 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 need of someone who could move here to the Boise Idaho area, support him or herself, and help research and write for CARM (and move to full time as the support comes in). 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 like 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 prayerfully. Please don't contact me unless you are very serious about it: [email protected]
I am converting the CARM website over the CSS -- I'm using Microsoft's Expression Web. I've done a great deal of search-and-replace to alter the code fragments from HTML to CSS. All I'm doing now is polishing up the results. Most of the work is already done. If you feel led to volunteer to help finish the conversion, a bit of a tedious task I might add, please let me know. You'll need to know CSS at a basic level and have a CSS capable authoring program. I would be willing to send a zipped file of the CSS encoded directory and you could send back a zipped file(s) of complete folders which I could review, and upload to the website. If interested, please contact me at [email protected]
An example of the new look is found here http://www.carm.org/apologetics/intro.htm.
Finally, I taught myself CSS (if I had the grade my abilities I would say it was a C-). So, if you are a whiz at CSS and would like to look at my code and maybe clean it up, make improvements, and or have some comments, I would more than welcome it.
Another need for the website is to have a bit of code (in concert with the CSS redesign -- example) where users can click on a link (to be located in the yellow blocked area) and then register and create an account for bookmarks, favorite webpages, etc. We have our own server runs PHP, etc., so if you know how to do this and would like to volunteer a little work, please contact me at [email protected]
Also, I'm looking for a feedback option for each article I could embed in that same block. Got any ideas?
The CARM Discussion Forums are doing extremely well. In less than a year we have over 12,000 people signed up as participants. We even have a donation option for people to support the Ministry and have extended posting privelaes. 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.
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 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.
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).
- Slick like a snake. I wanted to write an email and thank you for demonstrating what “false church” and “false teachings” are. I would suggest you change your organization from CARM to HARM, to reflect what you are actually doing. Perhaps this is your private inside joke – in which case; I get it. I still have one question on my mind. When you pray to John Calvin, for making up this stuff you believe, how do you address him in prayer? Do you treat him as your Father like the Roman Catholics call Mary their Mother? As futile as it may seem to you, I will pray that you are shown mercy on the “day of judgment” for leading people so far away from Christ’s teaching
- Love mail
- For me and in my studies I find your website to an invaluable tool. I thank God for your website and your calling; I read one of your news letters and was shocked by the hatred and foaming at the mouth attacks on your ministry and on your person. I can only assume by these responses that when the “light of truth” shined on them, the demons ran around like a bunch of roaches trying to get out of the “light”. Ignore them. They “don’t know their right hand from their left” as Adonai told Jonah and “Father forgive them, they know not what they do” as spoken by Yeshua on the stake.
Same as Last Newsletter
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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.
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