I want to thank all of you who have signed up for the CARM newsletter. This is the first one of the year and I hope that you enjoy it as well as the rest of them to come. And, thank you for supporting CARM. It is a big help.
I should let you know that my wife and I are seriously considering me quitting my computer job and trying to work with CARM full-time. It seems as though the Lord is preparing us for this. When we moved from San Diego to Boise Idaho, I took a significant cut in pay. Furthermore, I just found out yesterday that my pay is being lowered again by two dollars per hour. This is because the company that I work for is having financial difficulties. So, it seems as though the Lord is slowly weaning me from secular support and moving me to a full-time position in CARM.
Please remember me in your prayers concerning this issue. It is a great responsibility to provide for my family and I take it very seriously.
We are scheduled to move into our new house in three weeks. We praise God for this opportunity. If and when I go full-time, I will have a large office to house my very large library, or I can finally unpack all the books that people have sent me over the years, place them on bookshelves, and continue to do research. It is very time-consuming and mentally challenging to read through false literature, false doctrines, document the errors, and then write about it. But, I love it and look forward to being able to get back into tackling the issues with which to the Lord has commissioned me to do.
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT CARM?
following are just some of the e-mails I have received with comments from people regarding CARM.
Let your mind dwell on these things.
Perhaps you have heard the saying, "a mind is a terrible thing to waste." It is true. What we think in the deepest parts of our minds is the true reflection of who we are and if we let our minds dwell on that which is unholy, then we are, in a sense, wasting our God given gift of life and redemption. Jesus said,"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also," (Matt. 6:21). Scripture uses the term "heart" as a symbol of the deepest part of what we are. This is why Jesus says that where our treasure is, that is where our hearts will also be.
Where is your treasure? To what do you devote the most time? I'm not speaking about a job where you need to devote a lot of your time to provide for yourself and your family. I'm speaking of those things that occupy your mind when you have free time. What do you think about? What is your heart's desire?
For some people, sports is a major part of their lives. They fill their minds with statistics. For other's, it's cooking, or their children, or buying that next special something, or whatever else it might be. Of course, there's nothing wrong with being captivated by something in our lives that gives us passion purpose -- as long as it isn't sinful. I remember a friend of long ago who had a passion for plants. He loved exotic species from around the world and could recite their Latin names as well as their English ones. He could tell me where each plant came from, what it could in could not do, if it bore flowers, or any other special point about almost any plant. He had a fascination with them and a love for them. Therefore it was easy for me to conclude that he treasured plants and that his heart was truly "in" to plants. Of course, I could not relate. My treasure is in Christian apologetics to which he had no interest. We're all different aren't we?
Sometimes our minds dwell on those things that interest us because our interests drive our minds. But the Scripture says that we are to have our mind dwell upon good things. In other words, instead of letting our minds be led around by our passions, we are to discipline are thinking to godly things. This is what the Bible says: "Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things," (Phil. 4:8).
There are eight conditions that Paul mentions with which our minds are to dwell. This does not mean that a particular mind-topic should qualify in every single area. Instead, the idea that Paul is trying to get across to us is that what our minds dwell on is important and that we should be thinking of things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, good, excellent, and worthy of praise. Therefore, you need to ask yourself if what you think about, if what your treasure is, falls under the guideless listed in Phil. 4:8.
God has given these words of wisdom not as a restriction, but as a protection. What we think and how we think can influence what we are down deep. If we are to reflect Christ in our lives, should we not think of things that are true and good and right? Should we not have our minds dwell upon that which is holy and pure? Absolutely. In fact, God always dwells upon that which is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, good, excellent, and worthy of praise. He does this because He is holy. Because God is Holy, God says to us, "You shall be holy, for I am holy," (1 Pet. 1:16). So, train your mind to think on godly things.