|Devotion||Security is a tenuous thing. It is based on expectation, regularity, and trust. We expect people to drive on the correct side of the road. We depend on the regular routines of work, shopping, and church. We trust doctors to know what they are doing. But, our sense of security is sometimes at its weakest when it comes to trusting God for our everyday needs.|
Economies grow strong and weak. Our health improves and fails. We lose our jobs. We get sick. We hope and we try to abide in faithfulness to God through everything that comes. But, to be honest. We struggle with keeping a peaceful and contented heart when that which undergirds our security is threatened.
If we lose our job, we worry about the bills. If we get sick, we wonder if it is 'the big one'. Are our children going to do well when they grow up? Will I have enough money to retire with? Will my lack of medical insurance mean I'll end up going bankrupt?
Such concerns, which are part of life, are tests of our trust and hope in God as well as His faithfulness to us. Sure, things can get tough. Yes, we worry and fret. But, think about your past. Through the tough times have you "somehow" survived? Did you experience unexpected blessings, support, and help through difficulties? If you have, then you've experienced the support of God. He knows what you need and when you need it.
Our security is ultimately in God and we need to live our lives as though that were especially true. Remember, we are secure in His love for us, which was demonstrated in the cross, and His love means He will provide for us. He will never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5). So, pray and ask Him to increase your trust and hope in Him as He works through situations to develop your sense of security in Him.
|From Matt Slick||It's been two months since we sent out a newsletter. We apologize for this but Ryan and I have been extremely busy converting the site into a new CMS format -- to be released in 2-3 weeks. Ryan will talk about it below, but it has taken all of our mental energy and focus. Also, with the holidays we've been busy, out of town, etc. But, we're back on track.|
I'll be out of the state in California for a vacation (much needed) and will be back in the office later this month. Ryan will be holding down the fort.
The New CARM Website: Whew! Matt and I certainly have been busy since we sent the last newsletter out. We have spent most of the past two months getting the new CARM site ready for release. Yeah, this certainly is not glamorous work, but it is necessary. We spent most of our time converting articles to the new CMS format, cleaning up old code, adding new information, etc. Anyhow, we are basically done that process and we should release the site in the next few weeks.
CARM headquarters in South America: CARM has been in contact with a Christian man named Carlos Garbiras who lives in Bogota, Columbia. Carlos has a passion to reach the Spanish speaking world in the area of Christian apologetics. Over the past few months he has been helping us translate most of the CARM website into Spanish and has finished about 25% of the relevant CARM articles. He hopes to have all of the main articles translated in a few months.
Once he has completed the translation work, we plan on releasing a Spanish apologetics website. We already have the domain name and he is registering the Spanish version of CARM in his country and other Latin American ones. It will take at least three months before we release the site in Spanish. Anyhow, Carlos will run the ministry out of Bogota Columbia named Ministerio de Apologética e Investigación Cristiana under CARM's supervision and guidance. It has truly been a blessing to find such a passionate individual as him. We intend for the Spanish Site to support him full time. And, we plan to go to Bogota in a few months to meet him in person, speak at churches, and further establish the ministry there.
Finally, we are looking for bilingual Spanish speaking people who would be interested in helping CARM with the outreach to the Spanish speaking world. We need email responders, Power Point producers, programmers, etc. Please contact Ryan at [email protected] if you are interested.
Also, we need people who'd like to do the same thing in another country. If you know of someone, please let us know.
|Radio Show||Due to Matt going on vacation for these next several days, I will be hosting the CARM radio show. On Wednesday through Friday of this week, I plan on discussing "Has the Bible been accurately copied?" and "How do we choose a good Bible translation?" Next week, I will be interviewing a number of different individuals including Marcia Montenegro of www.christiananswersforthenewage.org regarding "Oprah's Spirituality and Its Effect on America." To listen, please visit www.carm.org/radio.htm.|
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This feature is not so we can make fun of anyone. This is serious stuff. It is to show what kind of thinking is out there. We regularly get stuff like this. Pray for this ministry.
|CARM Needs Staff||How would you like to work in the ministry where the rewards are small, the challenges are huge, you get ridiculed, there's spiritual attack, sometimes you don't know if you are going to make it financially, you have to support yourself, and you have to research and write about false systems and compare them with Scripture? |
If that sounds appealing, then maybe you might be interested in working with CARM.
You can be male or female. You have to agree to the CARM statement of faith, and I prefer (though it is not necessary) people who are educated and/or experienced in their field of expertise. But I must reiterate; this is not an easy ministry. It is time-consuming, often unrewarding, frustrating, etc. But, there are rewards. You get to know that what you produce will affect thousands of people for years to come. This ministry is a challenge and it is not for the fainthearted. Interested? If so, contact Matt at [email protected].
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