|Devotion||Heb. 13:15, "Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name."|
Praising God is one of the most important things we can do as a Christian. When we take time out of our day to look to the Lord and praise Him, we are expressing our devotion, admiration, respect, and love for Him. To praise God means to extol Him, to speak of His greatness and His worth. Though God does not need our praise, it is the right thing for the redeemed to do because it properly elevates Him and puts us in a humble relationship to His magnificent glory. In our praises, we are acknowledging our dependence upon Him as well as recognizing His greatness. Our praises help magnify the distinction between God and ourselves and this is something we need to proclaim as well as experience.
We need to proclaim God's greatness because it is the proper act of worship that we as Christians need to practice. We need to proclaim the Majesty of His greatness that all people need to hear. It is simply the right thing to do. But not only that, in the quietness of our own devotions we need to praise God because it is a blessing to Him and it is healing to us. Praising God's greatness helps us to experience the condition of humility that we so desperately need. After all, pride is a sickness of the heart. If our humility before God is increased, then we will be more apt to depend on Him, to trust Him in life, needs, sickness, and health, etc., and less apt to trust ourselves. Though He has given us the ability to accomplish much, we must do so to the praise and glory of God, not for our self exaltation. All of this comes from the act of praise by which God's greatness is described and proclaimed and we are brought into proper relationship with the Almighty.
It is great to finally be in the CARM office in Idaho! I arrived two weeks ago after two days of driving over 1,100 miles. The two weeks here at CARM have been quite busy since I have had to help answer emails, start to learn CSS and HTML, and help integrate our volunteer base. I also am currently doing research on various Eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism. My hope is to produce a section on Eastern religions on CARM in the next upcoming months.
My passion is to help equip missionaries with material to better spread the gospel in the "uttermost parts of the earth." However, I am personally convicted of the failure of most Christians to share their faith. With the vast majority of the world facing an eternal hell, it is time that we wake up and train the church to spread the Truth. I truly desire for CARM to produce a basic apologetics and evangelism training series to enable Christians to know their faith and share it.
Interestingly, last week I had the pleasure of going to Manti, Utah to witness to numerous Mormons. Most of the Mormons I spoke with could not give a basic defense of their faith. After I gently shared the gospel with one Mormon, he told me that he was shaking. He said, “I feel sick after talking to you.” I kindly responded, “Could it be that God is convicting you?” He later told me that in two months he was going on his two year mission for the Mormon Church. My prayer is that this guy will truly know the true gospel which is by faith alone in Christ. It is truly an honor to be able to share the truth of the gospel with Mormons!
|Manti Mormon Pageant||On the 20th and 21st, last week, Ryan and I drove down to Salt Lake City in Utah to stay with Bill McKeever of mrm.org. Bill, with several of his friends, along with Ryan and I, attended the Manti pageant. It is an event were Mormons gather to watch a pageant put on by the Mormon church. Basically, it is a public play where actors recount the means by which the "gospel was restored." I watched it and it is a blatant misrepresentation of the state of the Christian church in the early 1800s. The play represents Christianity as a mass of churches that do nothing but contradict each other while each one claims to be the only true church. This, of course, is not how it was but this is how the Mormons represent Christianity. It is a straw man, a false representation of the facts.|
Because it is an annual event, a lot of Christians go there to witness. So picture this. 10,000 to 15,000 people milling around in a half mile by half-mile area were Mormons and Christians are interacting, arguing, debating, talking, listening, etc. It is really a lot of fun.
Both Ryan and I spoke with several Mormons over the two nights that we were there. We got to share the Gospel many times. One of the Christians at Manti named Aaron, who works with Bill McKeever, was standing on a small pedestal and preaching the gospel. A small crowd gathered around him to listen. As he would gather the crowd, a lot of Christians would gather as well and listen to the comments made by the Mormons. Then, they would start conversations with the individual Mormons and try to witness to them and present them the truth. As you can imagine, a lot of the conversations were heated but most of them were quite polite.
At one point while Aaron was preaching a young teenager approached Aaron and threw a cup of water on him. Aaron reacted in the most gracious manner possible. He called the young man back and gave him five dollars. The young man accepted it and then Aaron used the altercation as an illustration to talk about Grace, getting what you do not deserve. It was great!
Here's something that was quite interesting. There were bathrooms on private property attached to the street in Manti where people were milling around. Since it was a public event, the bathrooms were open to everyone. However, at one point the Mormons with the help of security and the police said that the Christians could not use the bathrooms. You might ask how they could tell the difference. Apparently the Mormons in security had been watching the Christians who kept starting conversations in the street near the bathrooms. As the night wore on and some of the Christians tried to use the facilities, the security and police turned them away. So, we call this bladdergate. Anyway, the Mormons did not come off looking too good and on Saturday night there was no such restriction.
Anyway, Ryan and I were very happy to go and we plan on going again next year. If you're interested in attending, please contact me at [email protected]
|Debate Videos||The DVD's for the Pensacola debate that I had with an atheist in April are here. If you are interested in getting the video DVD's, then go to http://shop.carm.org/shop/?shop=1&cat=35&. We will provide the MP3 (audio format) for download later.|
|Radio Interviews||Heads up on two good upcoming Radio Interviews. On July 1 I will be interviewing Michael Leahy on the topic of pornography. He's a Christian and we will be dealing with pornography and its harmful effect upon men. The next day, July 2, I'll be interviewing John Woolsteder on Islam and its threat to America. Both men have written books on their respective topics. These interviews should be quite interesting. You can listen live by going to http://www.myfamilyradio.com/player.html and clicking on the a.m. link to listen. If you cannot listen live (6 p.m. Mountain Time), then you can go to the podcast at http://feeds.feedburner.com/carmorgpodcasting.|
|Please Support CARM||Things are getting tight here at CARM. Would you consider supporting CARM at $5 a month? We really need it. http://www.carm.org/goods/donationscarm.htm|
You can go to http://www.carm.org/online.htm to sign up. It's easy. But, if you are interested you can get something for your support of CARM by signing up for the schools.
As summer approaches, support usually dwindles. I just wanted to remind you that if you're not already supporting CARM financially, would you please consider doing so? All we ask is a commitment of five dollars a month. If you are interested in giving up a large Latee once a month for this ministry, please go to http://www.carm.org/goods/donationscarm.htm. Thanks!
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This feature is not so we can make fun of anyone. This is serious stuff. It is to show what kind of thinking is out there. We regularly get stuff like this. Pray for this ministry.
|How Are You At Devotions?||Please check out www.istinkatdevotions.com. It is a ministry that supports CARM and is dedicated to helping Christians develop a better devotional life.|
|Shopping CART||As CARM grows it is becoming more and more evident that we need help from experts. One such area is in the system that governs the shopping cart, access to schools, MP3 downloads, payment gateway, etc. Actually, it isn't one system, it is several that have pieced together over the years. But it is evident that we need to combine everything into one place. So, I'm looking for someone who really knows shopping cart integration with websites. I'm willing to buy a GOOD program and pay someone to implement it. Do you, or someone you know, have expert knowledge on this topic and would be willing to do this? If so, would you please call me at the office 208-466-1301 or email me at [email protected]? Thanks.|
|CARM Needs Staff||How would you like to work in the ministry where the rewards are small, the challenges are huge, you get ridiculed, there's spiritual attack, sometimes you don't know if you are going to make it financially, you have to support yourself, and you have to research and write about false systems and compare them with Scripture? |
If that sounds appealing, then maybe you might be interested in working with CARM.
You can be male or female. You have to agree to the CARM statement of faith, and I prefer people who are educated and/or experienced in their field of expertise. But I must reiterate; this is not an easy ministry. It is time-consuming, often unrewarding, frustrating, etc. But, there are rewards. You get to know that what you produce will affect thousands of people for years to come. This ministry is a challenge and it is not for the fainthearted. Interested? If so, contact me at [email protected]
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