02/20/04, CARM Newsletter
|Mar. 4, 2004|
PREACHING: Last week I preached at four services at Mount of Olives Lutheran Church (Mission Viejo, CA.), one on Saturday Night and three on Sunday Morning. It was a good experience. The people were warm and the services were great.
MOVING: Thank you everyone who emailed me back about possible housing locations to move to. Please forgive me for not responding to all of you since we received hundreds of of emails. My wife and I went out to dinner with a stack of email printouts from areas that we thought would be appealing and read through them. We've decided that in June we will fly to Portland Oregon on June 11th, rent a car, drive to Spokane, WA, to Couer d'alene, Boise, back across to Oregon, to Corvalis area, down south through northern CA to Redding, Chico, etc., and back to San Diego. We will be checking a lot of areas as we aim to get back home around June 19th or 20th.
So, if you're in those areas and really want to meet me or have me speak/preach at a church, then please let me know and we'll see if we can arrange something. Also, as time gets closer I might email people and ask for recommendations of places to stay, houses to look at, etc.
ONLINE SCHOOL: The online school for CARM is still going strong. I expect its completion in about 2-3 months. If you want to see a demo go to www.CARM.org/demo/equip.htm." It will be tuition based. $50." The goal is to both educate the body of Christ as well as help provide funding for CARM going full time. At the time of its release, if you cannot afford the online school then email me requesting a free signup and I will set you up for free, no questions asked. Remember, everything on CARM is free. Eight years of writing and 24 years of research have gone into it. I hope to be able to move CARM to a full time position so that I can research, write, and provide more free information. If you want to see what groups are listed for analysis, then please see the To do list of groups, issues, and people to cover.
CARM CONVENTION:" The Next CARM convention is planned for May 22, in Redlands California at The River Christian Reformed Church." We hope to arrange a debate for Friday night and then follow up on Saturday with a full day of speakers." For more information on the conference please see, CARM Conference 2004. Pre-registration is available.
Eschatology: The study of end times. Amillennialism is the position that the Christian church is now in the millennial reign of Christ, that Satan was bound during Jesus' earthly ministry, and that the 1000 years is a figurative period of time. This is the majority position throughout church history. Premillennialism is the position that there is a future 1000 year reign of Christ. During that period, Satan will be bound and let loose near its completion. Postmillennialism is the position that through the preaching of the Gospel, the world will be converted to the truth faith and this will usher in the return of Christ.
Which ever position you hold, remember to be gracious to those Christians with whom you disagree.
When Jesus was praying in Luke 22:42, in the Garden of Gesthemene, He asked the Father, ";Father, if Thou art willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Thine be done." Jesus did not want to go through the ordeal of the crucifixion and He asked the Father for a way out. His prayer was not answered the way Jesus requested. Nevertheless, He submitted His will to the will of the Father, and that is the key to prayer.
What would be a good prayer? Depending on the subject, it would be a request to the Lord to forgive, to heal, to reveal, to interceded, to help, etc. But, and this is important, we must realize that it is not our will that is to be done, but God's. We must primarily ask for God's will to be accomplished, not ours. This means that we must enter prayer by faith and accept, in advance, that what we are requesting may not be answered the way we hope it will. We must look to God as the wise counselor, the all-knowing Lord who loves us deeply and who hears our prayers, but has a divine plan and purpose for His creation that God will carry out. Therefore, we must not only pray for others, for forgiveness, for healing, etc., we must also pray that we are moved into the will of God in every area of our lives so that our prayers might more accurately reflect the will of God.
Furthermore, we must ask the Lord to reveal to us anything that we are doing that prevents our prayers from being heard and prevents us from being in His will. We must seek forgiveness for our sins and conformity to God's purpose and plan. Then, our prayers will be more frequently answered.
Are your prayers answered? If not, perhaps you might want to evaluate whether or not you are in the will of God? Perhaps you might want to pray specifically to be in the will of God in your life, your desires, your location, your job, your service, etc. Ask God to speak to you and to guide you into His will.
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus,"; (NASB).
Rev. Matt Slick, your missionary to the Internet. Equipping the church to defend the faith in a secular society.
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02/20/04, CARM Newsletter