REGARDING MY MOTHER: I wanted to thank all of you who e-mailed me about my mother. I had asked for prayer concerning her health. I received so many e-mails that were so comforting that could not answer them all. But they were very welcome and through them the Lord ministered to me. So thank you.
Now, I have peace that my mom knew the Lord and that now she is in His presence. On March 30 she passed away. I was able to spend the night in the Hospice with her before she died. I was the last one to see her conscious. Late at night she woke up asking for help. She was disoriented. I told her that I was there and after a few minutes she recognize me. She received some pain medication and then went to sleep. She never woke up again. My dad was there when she passed away.
Again, I sincerely and deeply thank all of you who wrote so many wonderful e-mails. You do not realize how valuable they were during this time and how the Lord used them to minister to me. Thank you very much.
JOB: My job situation has improved. My time at work has been extended two to three more weeks. They are training me for something else with the hopes that I will be retained. Unfortunately, we do not know what the management will ultimately decide as far as headcount goes. So, my job is not secure, but at least I have the few weeks reprieve. Please remember this and prayer if you think of it.
My wife is a wonderful, supportive woman. But, perhaps her faith is greater than mine, for I am worried that if I were to take such a step, that we would falter financially and my family would suffer. CARM's income has been increasing steadily as donors, contributors, and sales of the notebooks are steadily increasing. I would love to do this full-time. As my wife says, "Matt, you are made for this." So, please pray that the Lord's will would be done and pray that I can go full-time. Also, if you feel so lead to support this ministry financially, please prayerfully consider it. If you do want to help out, please see the bottom of this newsletter.
Christ: Christ is a title. It is the N.T. equivalent of the O.T. term "messiah" and means "anointed one." It is applied to Jesus as the anointed one who delivers from sin. Jesus alone is the Christ. As the Christ He has three offices: Prophet, Priest, and King. As Prophet He is the mouthpiece of God (Matt. 5:27-28) and represents God to man. As Priest He represents man to God and restores fellowship between them by offering Himself as the sacrifice that removed the sin of those saved. As King He rules over His kingdom. By virtue of Christ creating all things (John 1:3; Col. 1:16-17), He has the right to rule.
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord," (Rom. 6:23).
"For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection," (NASB).