TWO WEEKS TO GO
Only two weeks to go until the first annual CARM Convention. For those of you who can't make it, I plan to put up a page with pictures and audio (maybe video) from the convention so you can check it out later. It'll be a lot of fun and a great learning experience for me. The radio ads start Monday, June 10th, and Colleyville First Baptist Church has graciously consented to buy a large segment of air time for the radio ads. Praise God.
So, for those of you who contributed to the Radio Announcement fund, I need to ask you what you would like me to do with the money. I can return it to you or simply use it for furthering CARM. Please email me and let me know.
Again, to listen to the radio spot, go to http://www.carm.org/audio/carm1.wma (Windows Media Player) or http://www.carm.org/audio/carm1.rm (Real Player) to listen. I should have another, new radio spot up on CARM in a few days.
For more info on the CARM convention go to www.carm.org. On the right side is a link in yellow that says, "CARM CONVENTION." Just click on it and you can have regular updated information. Hotel info will be linked shortly.
CARM has more than 30 discussion boards. If you are interested in some good interaction with different people of different faiths, sign up at http://www.carmforums.org/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi. At the top of the page is a "help" link. Click on it and it will tell you how to register.
if you feel led to help out with getting carm to full time status, please consider it. The only way I can go full-time is if people like you support it financially. If you could spare a $5 monthly deduction from your credit card and want to see CARM become much bigger than it already is, then please check out the donations page at http://www.carm.org/goods/donations.htm. If enough people signed up for just $5 a month, I could do this full time and start to work on getting a staff. It is slowly working.
PLEASE VISIT THE CARM HOMEPAGE
At present, there are 9,000 people on this email newsletter list and it grows by about 50 a day. That means that a lot of people are checking out CARM . So, when you go to CARM could you please click on the Home Page, http://www.carm.org. It helps to be counted. So far, CARM has had over 1,881,000 visitors.
SHORT BIBLE LESSON - WHO OR WHAT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?
The Holy Spirit is almost the forgotten member of the Trinity. Christians know that He is a member of the Godhead. But, is the Holy Spirit a force like radar? Or is He alive? Is He is own God? Or is He a person like the Father and Son? Though many think they know, a lot do not. The Jehovah's Witnesses and the Christadelphians teach that He is a force like radar. They are wrong. The Mormons teach that He is a male personage of flesh and bones. Actually, the Mormons teach that the Holy GHOST is a god, the male personage, and the Holy SPIRIT is the presence of God the Father. They also are wrong. But what is He really?
The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity. The Trinity is the doctrine that there is only one God in all creation, all time, and all places. This one God exists as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person is not the same person as the other, yet there are not three gods, but one. The Holy Spirit is just as much God as is the Father and the Son. But remember, there are not three gods, but One.
The Bible has many references to the Holy Spirit. A quick examination of them reveals many interesting characteristics. The following list is taken from a new paper on CARM dealing with the Holy Spirit at http://www.carm.org/doctrine/trinityspirit.htm.
-- The Holy Spirit is mentioned on equal level with God - Matt. 28:19, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,"
-- The Holy Spirit is referred to as a person by scripture -- Rom. 8:11, "But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you."
-- The Holy Spirit grieves -- Isaiah 63:10, "But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit; Therefore, He turned Himself to become their enemy, He fought against them." And, Eph. 4:30, "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption."
-- The Holy Spirit loves -- Rom. 15:30, "Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me."
-- The Holy Spirit has a mind -- Rom. 8:27, "and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God."
-- The Holy Spirit speaks -- Acts 8:29, "And the Spirit said to Philip, "Go up and join this chariot." And, Acts 13:2, "And while they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."
It should be very obvious that the Holy Spirit has self identity, is aware, and is not merely a force because a force doesn't speak, love, grieve, and have a mind. But the cults tend to ignore these verses and tell us that the Spirit is nothing more than some presence or power. Sure, the Spirit is a presence and a power, but that is not all He is. He is the third person in the Trinity. He is the one who applies the redemptive work of Christ to the believer. He is the one who convicts the world of sin (John 16:8), who teaches (John 14:26; 15:26), and who anoints (1 John 2:27).
But, the Holy Spirit is also humble because He points to Jesus (John 15:26). Therefore, anyone who is truly indwelt by the Holy Spirit will likewise bear witness of Jesus.
HAVE YOU SIGNED THE GUEST BOOK YET?
CARM has a guest book. It's been up for a couple of years. At one point it was so full that I had to delete hundreds of entries. If you want to just pop on and say something profound, go to http://www.carmforums.org/cgi-bin/dcguest/dcguest.cgi. You can read what others say as wells as blab away all you want.
GOT A SUGGESTION FOR CARM OR THIS NEWSLETTER?
If you have suggestions for what you would like to see in this newsletter or for CARM, please return e-mail me and let me know.
VERSE OF THE WEEK.
“And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words,"(NASB).
Matt Slick, your missionary to the Internet.