We are coordinating with lots of volunteers who have contacted CARM at [email protected]. There are a lot of talented people out there who want to serve the Lord and we praise God for them. So, if you want to volunteer for something and really feel led of the Lord to do something for CARM, please contact us and Diane will get back to you.
If you go to the CARM homepage and hit refresh if you haven't been there in a few days, you'll notice a link near the top that says, "CARM Convention 2003, Bloomington, MN." On August 9th we will be having our second annual CARM convention. Last years was in the Ft. Worth, Texas area. This year is in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Like last year, we will have lots of speakers. More details are coming and will be included in that link on CARM in the next few weeks. Hope to see you there.
One more thing, as you know CARM is not a multi staff organization and is still in its infancy. So, we are looking for donations for the radio ads in the Twin Cities area to begin a couple weeks before the CARM convention. We have a radio ad from last year that we will modify. http://www.carm.org/audio/carm1.wma is the windows media link for the ad and http://www.carm.org/audio/carm1.rm is for the real player version. So, if you'd like to donate to getting the radio ads on air, please send them to "Radio Donations, P.O. Box 995, Meridian, ID, 83680." With 19,700 people on the CARM email newsletter list, we should be able to make a good dent in the costs.
Also, if you just want to help support CARM, all donations are welcome. The goal of CARM is to get fulltime, produce audio and video teaching tools, PowerPoint Presentations for downloads, a snail mail newsletter, a magazine, and radio. CARM is a very present and pervasive presence on the internet. Let's make it a full time ministry designed to reach more and more people for Jesus.
SHORT BIBLE LESSON - ENSLAVED
Are you a slave? There are two kinds of slaves we can choose to be according to the Bible. First, 2 Pet. 2:19 says, "...by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved." Second, 1 Cor. 7:22 says, "For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is the Lord’s freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is Christ’s slave."
Before we were Christians, a great many of us followed the lusts of our heart, indulging in our flesh, our egos, and our desires. We were slaves to these lusts and answered their call, all the while thinking that it was us who was in control. But, what benefit were we deriving of those things that we are now ashamed of? I see no benefit. Rom. 6:21 says, "Therefore, what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death." The truth is that being a slave to sin brings nothing but bondage, suffering, and sin.
But now, by the grace of God, we are set free from the enslavement of our passions. We are called of the Lord, freedmen, the slaves of Christ. I would rather be the slave of Christ than a slave of my flesh. The former brings joy and peace. The later brings pain and anguish.
Which are you? Which do you want to be? It is a good idea to periodically sit back and analyze your relationship with God. First of all, are you saved? Have you trusted in the sacrifice of Christ alone, who is God in flesh, for the forgiveness of your sins. Are you are justified by faith (Rom. 5:1)? Have you received Jesus (John 1:12)? Do you rely in no way on your own effort to be saved (Rom. 4:5)? If so, then praise God. But, if you have not done this, then you are still a slave to your sins -- whether you believe it or not -- and are on your way to eternal damnation.
However, if you are a Christian and still struggle with some of the sins of your past, there is comfort for you. First, you must understand that God still loves you and forgives you -- because of Jesus. Second, you must realize that you are not saved by your "staying good." You are saved by grace, not by your sustained goodness and obedience. Third, you must continue to war against your sin and confess it to the Lord -- each and every time you fall. Fourth, you must, by faith, receive the forgiveness of Jesus and not guilt-whip yourself into a false sense of "penance" in a morbid attempt to appease God by making yourself suffer so as to be found worthy to be with God. There is nothing you can do to be found worthy to God. All your worth is found in Jesus. You must look to Him and to Him alone for your salvation and your sanctification. You must throw yourself completely upon Jesus and trust Him alone -- for everything.
Jesus is the one who you must seek. Spend regular time with Him in prayer asking for strength, for deliverance, and faith. Remember that Jesus is gentle and kind. He loves you and is desiring fellowship with you. Go to Him in all things.
THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT
I want to thank all of you who are supporting CARM financially. We are moving closer and closer to being able to go full time. I figure at this rate, in about a year to a year and a half, I can take the step. Praise God.
For those of you who are supporting CARM regularly, could you please do me a big favor and email me with how much you're sending, how often, and for how long. I want to make sure that I am getting the numbers right for the next board meeting.
In the meantime, if anyone wants to start supporting CARM, please go to http://www.carm.org/goods/donations.htm. Thanks.
VERSE OF THE WEEK.
"Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. "For My yoke is easy, and My load is light," (NASB).
Matt Slick, your missionary to the Internet.
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