|Mini Devotional||Flee Idolatry|
"Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry," (1 Cor. 10:14)
Idolatry is undue adoration and/or reverence for something above and beyond what is due to God. Since God is the supreme and holy Lord, he should always be first in all areas of our lives. We should always be seeking to bring glory to him and to live for him.
But, whenever we give attention to something else so that our relationship with God suffers, in that sense we become idolaters. This does not mean that God is going to destroy us. But it does mean that we must yet again turn to the cross, repent, and give God what is proper in worship and adoration.
Therefore, we must ask ourselves where the passions of our lives reside. Do we love our jobs, or our families, or our hobbies with such fervor that they interfere with our relationship to God? There's nothing wrong with being devoted to our work, our families, or our hobbies. It's just that we must always remember to keep God as their center, so that the reason we do our work well, raise our families properly, and enjoy our hobbies, is for the glory of God.
|New Newsletter Format||I hope you like the new CARM newsletter format. It's good to change styles every now and then. This is simpler, not as cluttered, and I hope more appealing to the eye.|
|Is there anyone out there who would be interested in doing volunteer video editing for CARM? I've been trying to teach myself some software (Liquid 7), but it is too time consuming and I'm getting nowhere. So, I was thinking of doing video shoots, in different contexts, on different topics, etc., transferring the raw material to a DVD and mailing it to someone who could do all the whiz-bang stuff and make it look good and flow properly. But please don't do this on a whim. This is a serious effort and I only want seriously minded people. |
So, if you are interested please contact me at [email protected] Thanks.
|I received an e-mail recently asking why I would include hate mail in these newsletters. Here's the reason. I believe it is important for people to understand that this ministry is involved in a spiritual battle. I believe that the hate mail (and the love mail) reflect the spiritual status of the readers. There are demonic forces at work in this world and the hate mail is a reflection of those forces at work through the unwitting servants of darkness. |
So, please consider this Ministry as an important spiritual effort worthy of your prayers.
|Pray for CARM||Speaking of praying. Please pray for this Ministry. Please pray specifically that my motivations would be for the glory of God and not for self exaltation. Pray that God would open up the doors to bless this Ministry both financially (so more staff can be hired) and in scope (some more people can be reached). We need to expand internally as well as externally. Through all this, the goal is to bring glory to God. So, please pray.|
|To High School and College Pastors||I would like to begin research for a possible writing and/or video series dealing with equipping Christians with the tools needed to be able to retain their faith in high school and college. The rate that Christians lose their faith in secular school is exceedingly high (even for Christians who were raised in godly homes and went to a good church). CARM hopes to deal with this issue by providing resources. So, to this end I have developed a brief questionnaire as the first step in gathering information. |
If you are a high school and/or college pastor, would you please consider printing up the questionnaire and having your group answer the questions? Then, could you mail them back to the address at the top of the questionnaire? It is designed to print straight from the web and should fit on one page. You can easily print multiple copies and hand them out. I thank you in advance.
Link for questionnaire: http://www.carm.org/school/questions.htm