Welcome to the July 11, 2007 Newsletter
Mini-devotional - Don't be afraid.
"Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid," (Mark 6:50). The context of this verse is when Jesus was walking on the Sea of Galilee and the disciples saw him approaching and were frightened. He said "Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid." These words can be taken from their context and applied in different situations and I suspect most of them would be appropriate. But context is always the most important part of understanding Scripture. As I've said, Jesus was walking to the disciples on the water. Now think about that. The disciples were in the boat fishing about three o'clock in the morning. The wind was against them and the situation was getting dangerous. Ten out of the darkness, a figure comes walking to them.
But this is impossible. No man can walk on water. This cannot happen and so the disciples were afraid because they understood what was and was not possible. What they were seeing made no sense. This is why they were afraid. But the problem is their fear could only become real because of their ignorance of Christ really was. They did not understand that he was the creator, the sovereign of the universe who could command wind and water. And though the situation was dark and dangerous Jesus performed a miracle and came right to where they were -- doing that which was impossible.
When he got into the boat the wind stopped. In other words, in his presence they were safe. In fact, you never find any place in the four Gospels where anyone dies in the presence of Christ. Why? Because with Christ there is safety.
Life can become quite dark and dangerous. But Christ is always aware of your situation, of where you are in life. And though things around you may look bleak, the impossible can occur because Jesus is God in flesh and he promised us that he would always be with us (Matt. 28:20). Therefore, we must trust him and believe that when things are difficult, they are such because he has allowed it in our lives and since he loves us so deeply, what he allows must be for our good even though we sometimes fail to see the light.
As the disciples went about their work in darkness, and though they could see no light because of the storm, the True Light came to them in the midst of their danger -- but not right away. They were delivered, but only after the situation was bad enough that the miraculous could be seen.
Keep your eyes open for the miraculous.
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).
- Hate mail:
- [This one is a doooooozy, but this is what I face frequently in online debates, discussions, etc., and this is a good example of what is out there.]
"I had the misfortune of finding your site while looking for insults against Christians. It was like watching a masochist lash himself, but you guys are into that kind of thing, I hear. I hate to give addicts a fix but how about trying these insults on for size? You are the ubiquitous filth of the world which howls at not having been able to completely smother the light of reason. You couch your hate, racism, and sexism in the corpse of a dead Jew and bribe the desperate on the dollars of your minions. Jesus is dead. He has not come back because people do not rise from the dead, you *******! You are no different for any other T.V. addicted imbecile, who drools and gawks, weeps and screams in defense of his favorite show or football team, defying all comers and sense. The bible isn't called the greatest story ever written for nothing it's fiction, air-for-brains. To kill, denigrate, cause suffering (physical or mental) to another human being because of a story is unconscionably selfish, self-righteous and evil. Only the lowest, feeble minded ego-less coward would declare that he had the corner on truth. You have no life, no joy, no happiness, no money because if you did, you wouldn't waste your time hating people you don't know and trying to control their lives so you can prove to yourself that you are better than they are since you deprive yourself of life, joy, happiness and money because a bunch of fairy tales tell you so. It seems to me your god sits on the throne and waits for the pathetic lifeless zombies of the world to do his work for him...If you stopped harassing people with your dribble and busybody wheedling what would your god do? Do you think he would he get off the throne? No, he wouldn't because he is just a figment of your feeble imagination. But why don't you give the world a break and wait and see what happens when you don't bow down and ....***...***..**.**? But no, you won't stop being a cannibal and loving it because then you would have no purpose for your useless, only good to feed bacteria meat-sack life. By the way his so-called son was a Jew from the Middle East not a Nordic barbarian. If you don't even know what he looked like how can you pretend you have any idea who Jesus was? Face it, you only make the world worse with your filthy lies, telling people that you know the face of the divine, and it is your own white one. Look in the mirror ******* and you will only see someone picking their nose and eating it! All you do is hide behind your so called truth because you are too cowardly to face a chaotic world that you don't control. Get over it. You don't know where you came from. You don�t know where you are going. You don�t know why you are here. There is no heaven up there only stars and that is for the best, waste-of-space. I know you people glory in martyrdom, I hope you get your wish. I look forward to it everyday
- Love mail:
- I just want to thank you and encourage you for your wonderful website. I am a committed Christian, who was rather caught unawares by a Jeheovas witness the other week. My faith and more specifically my doctrine had never suffered such a challenge. Your website has helped me answer the challenges and has provided me with some very valuable information. The Jeheova's witness is calling back next week, so i think we will have a lot to talk about.
- I just wanted to thank you so much for all the info on CARM. I recently got injured at work and have spent a lot of time at home on the internet trying to win souls for Christ. I also get to talk to a lot of Mormons and such that come knocking on my door. You would not believe how much of Carm I use for references. It is a GREAT witnessing tool, thank you.
- I think this is a wonderful Website. It was sent to me by my sister and I am just beginning to get into it. I love to learn about the Word of my God and what I have read so far if very enlightening. I have been here for the last couple of hours enjoying every minute. I guess I had better go and have breakfast now because the morning is ebbing away. I just felt that I should give you a little encouragement. May our God continue to bless you in your endeavors.