Welcome to the July 06, 2007 Newsletter
Mini-devotional - First Fruits
"But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep," (1 Cor. 15:20). Jesus' physical resurrection is an essential doctrine of the Christian faith. This means that you cannot deny it and be a Christian. The resurrection of Jesus is proof of the acceptance of his atoning sacrifice by God the Father. But, Jesus' resurrection isn't simply a resuscitation of a dead body. It is far more than that. Jesus was raised in a glorified body. This is why he is called the "first fruits". Jesus is the first one raised in a glorified body, a body that will not suffer decay, sickness, nor death.
Because Jesus rose from the dead this way, we Christians will rise from the dead in glorified bodies as well. This is his promise to us. It is a message of hope and confident expectation in the work of Christ. Our resurrection will occur in the future and though there are debates about exactly when it will happen, it will happen nonetheless. When Jesus returns, those who are asleep (those who have died as Christians) will be the first ones to receive their glorified bodies. Then, those who are still alive on earth will be transformed in the twinkling of an eye. "Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed," (1 Cor. 15:51-52). It is by faith that we accept and believe in the future glorification of all Christians.
So, take comfort in knowing that though our lives now are full of difficulties and the imminent approach of sickness and death, the final victory which was accomplished 2000 years ago on the cross guarantees that we will be changed and will longer be subject to sickness and death. This is one of the great accomplishments of Christ's sacrifice and resurrection.
Going to North Carolina
Lord willing, I will be attending the 2007 national conference on Christian apologeticsFriday and Saturday November 9th-10th, 2007 at Calvary Church Charlotte, NC, I. I won't be speaking. So, if there are any CARM-ites out there who would like to get together for dinner or something, please e-mail me at [email protected].
Stickam is a video place like youtube. They provide a great service for free and we are trying to figure out exactly how to use it for the promotion of the gospel. I've created a few accounts there and will be, hopefully, using the system to disseminate Christian information via teaching videos. If you are interested in checking out the video experiments of carm, please consider the chat link, www.carm.org/boards/chat.htm. We're still experminenting and learning, though. And, I need to warn you. Stickam is not the most godly place to visit. But, that's where unbelievers hang out by the droves. So, that's one of the places we Christians need to be so we can preach and teach the truth.
Woo hoo. Someone sent me a video editing program. That is going to help a great deal. I just bought some lights yesterday and have the microphone setup arriving next week in the mail. It has taken a long time to research and gather the right equipment to began developing videos (not to mention the cost!). Of course, the first ones will be less than stellar but, hopefully, as we learn more and more the quality and length of the videos will increase. I want to thank all of you who have supported this effort thus far.
Check out http://www.logos.com/carm for a great Bible program. I use it all the time. If you purchase software through the CARM link, you can get a discount and it helps to support CARM as well.
Please remember to support CARM through these difficult and slow summer months. We survive through the generation contributions of Christians. Remember, we have three online schools (theology, apologetics, and critical thinking), with which you can support CARM. If you sign up for them, to be helping us out a great deal. We also accept any donations.
Love and Hate Mail
CARM is constantly getting e-mails of thanks and praise and condemnation. Here are a few...in the raw. (At the suggestion of a reader, the hate mail is first so that the last taste in your mouth, is the love mail).