CARM Newsletter 07-26-07

Welcome to the July 26, 2007 Newsletter

Mini-devotional - Don't be anxious
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus," (Phil. 4:6-7).

these often repeated verses are so important for the Christian.  We are susceptible to worry, apprehension, and fear.  Even though we trust in the true and living God there are times when we are anxious, not praying, and not being thankful.  These words remind us of who God is.  You see, there is a relationship between how much we trust God and how much we worry.  Since God is the creator of the universe, the sovereign Lord, the one who became man and died for our sins, and we should not be worried about our lives.  We need trust him even beyond our ability to comprehend.

That is what true faith is.  Faith measured by the amount of trust you put in God when everything around you encourages you to be unsettled.  So, as you put your faith and hope in the living God, through the person of Jesus, you are free to not be anxious and to give all things to God in prayer and experience the peace that God brings.  It's real, just as real as God is.

Support
I want to thank all of you who have been supporting CARM.  The summer months have been rather tight and this week we got enough donations so we won't have to worry about finances for a few weeks.  The Lord has provided and I know that he will continue to do so through the body of Christ.

 

Love and Hate
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:
    • Grow up you pathetic little babies!!! Do you also believe in superheroes? So where are the dinosaurs mentioned in the bible? Losers.
    • I have spent a long time on your web site and it is really funny how much you do not know.  You do not even know the Bible.  Well did Jesus speak of you--Matthew 15:7-9 "Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.  But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." Or Isaiah 29:13 " Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men."  But thanks for the good laughs.   Don't bother responding
  • Love mail:
    • You did GOOD resisting the impulse to reach through the phone and strangle that guy.  the worse kind of arguments to defend is the word buffet argument....keep pulling items from all over the buffet line and throw them at you without order or "logic." Are you sure you really want him to come back and throw more mud against the wall to see if any sticks.  "Bantering" is a kind way to describe what was really him trying to overwhelm your better arguments with word overload.
    • Thank you so much for the very informative site! It has been very   helpful! :)
    • I must commend you on the depth and accuracy of the data you provide on this site. I have used much of your material to witness to both Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons, and in both cases, I have successfully shaken their faith in their false beliefs. I provided some of your data to a church member, and he used it to witness to his father, who has since accepted Christ. I know that at times you must feel a bit like John (the voice of one crying in the wilderness), but know that your devotion and your dedication is changing lives. God bless!

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About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.