HAPPY NEW YEAR
Welcome to the first CARM Newsletter of 2003. (Did you know today's day is 01/02/03?) I hope that everyone had a great holiday and that you have all been blessed. Of course, the holidays are tough for many people and for those of you who have had a difficult time through it, you have my sympathy.
A lot has happened in the past year and CARM has grown significantly. I want to thank all of you who have supported CARM, who have prayed for me, my family, and this ministry. I also want to thank all of the board administrators on the CARM forums (http://new.carmforums.org/dc/dcboard.php) who spend so much time watching over the thirty-plus discussion boards. It is a lot of work and they have made the boards a good and decent place to learn as well as get challenged.
CARM will end the year with a weekly average of 18,500 visits to the Home Page per week averaged over the entire year. For the year 2002, the past three months hit average increased to 20,000 per week where the first three months of the year had an average of 16,500. Praise God. Please pray for me as I prepare them.
Look for the release of a section on CARM called "Evidence and Answers" which is coming in January. Also, I'm working on several other sections as well.
PRAYER AND TRACTING
Thank you so much for all the response to the proposed prayer list. I was amazed that several hundred people responded. Therefore, I plan to find and implement a script that will allow people to sign up for regular emails regarding prayer. Also, I will look into developing a web page with various prayer requests and their answers. I think that it could be very beneficial to a lot of people.
The Warning Tract idea is still in the works. With the past car issues and sick children (btw, my daughter's fever of 104.8 finally broke and she is okay.). I am going to try and set up a date either this month or in February for the distribution of the warning Tract.
For those of you who are new to the newsletter, there is a warning tract linked on the CARM home page. You can down load it for free, print it up, and the goal is to have as many people as possible, all over the United States, pass out the tract at mall parking lots on the same day. Then, I'll publish how many were passed out after people email me and let me know their counts.
SHORT BIBLE LESSON - TRUST IN THE LORD
Who do you know that is trustworthy? I mean, really trustworthy. Do you know anyone that you could trust with your life? With your money? With your home? If you do, then you know there is a special bond between you. One of the reasons you are able to trust another so much is because of the character of that person. You can't trust a thief or a liar. But you can trust someone who has a track record of integrity, honestly, faithfulness, etc. So, in a very real sense, trust (faith) is only as good as the one you put it in.
God is trustworthy. The Bible tells us to trust God. In fact, the middle verse of the Bible is Psalm 118:9 which says "It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes," (KJV). While we sleep, the Lord is awake. Though we cannot see the path ahead of us with all its blessings and troubles, the Lord sees it and guides us through it with His love. These are truths we need to hear. Has not the Lord been ruling the world before we were born? Most assuredly yes. Will He not rule it in the future? Of course. Since these are both true, then should not all of us Christians be trusting the Lord to rule not only this world but also our lives in the present?
Faith is an awesome reality when placed in the True God. The false gods of the cults and false world religions cannot save help anyone anymore than the false gods of money, possessions, and power. Oh sure, we can make ourselves safe by getting a good job, having good insurance, or getting check ups. But, the reality is that all of the blessings that we receive are ultimately from the Lord (Matt. 5:43-48). In fact, to put your trust in anything without giving glory to God, the True God, is a waste of time since it is a temporary satisfaction. Ultimately, we will stand before God on the Day of Judgment.
If there was any time when you need to trust anyone for anything, it is on the coming Day of Judgment when the Lord Himself will judge the works and motives of all people who have ever lived. We need a fair and righteous Judge who will impartially and perfectly administer righteousness to everyone -- and that is just what will happen. God's holiness requires perfection and those who have sinned against Him will be judged. You can trust God to do that and to do it correctly. And that is the problem for us. Because I can trust the Lord to do what is right, I must stand before Him and be judged...as will you. But, for those of us who have trusted in Christ, we are the only ones who will escape the righteous judgment of God upon the sinners. Only those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus, God in flesh, risen Lord, Savior, will be able rest and not fear on that Day. Why? Because we can trust God at His word that when He says we will be saved from condemnation if we trust in Jesus, that it is true. You see, our trust, our faith, is only as good as who you put it in.
God is not a man from another planet (Mormonism). Nor is Jesus a created angel (Jehovah's Witnesses). Jesus is not a mere prophet (Islam). He is not a man in tune with the divine consciousness (New Age). Nope. Jesus is God in flesh, creator, redeemer, and the lover of our souls.
Therefore, trust in Him and in Him alone in all things. Trust Him to be faithful to you. Look to Him in all that you do and in all that you experience, even when it is difficult. Remember, faith is only as good as who you put it in. Since we Christians serve the true and awesome God of the universe, our faith, our trust, will not be wasted.
VERSE OF THE WEEK.
"Behold, God is my salvation. I will trust and not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation," (NASB).