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It turns out that some of the board moderators did not like the approach I used -- letting the atheists go unmoderated so I could cite their rule violations. But, most of them thought it was great. We found out that a couple of moderators who disagreed with me actually started feeding the atheists information from private conversations that only the moderators and I have access to. There are so many more details (atheists hassling Christians, berating them, etc.) that could be mentioned, but suffice it to say, it has been an uphill battle defending the faith and keeping the CARM boards civil. It turns out the atheists don't like being proven wrong.
Finally, our move to Idaho has gone very well. We are in the process of buying a home and hope to move into it in February. We will have a large upstairs bedroom that we can divide in two by putting up a wall. I can then use part of it as an office. It should be big enough to hold me for a few short years. But then again, getting the house may not occur because my job is now at risk. I work at a large corporation keeping people's computers operating on site. The number of calls coming in for computer repairs has dropped significantly and there will probably be layoffs as a result. Since I'm the newest person there on the site, it seems logical to say that I am at risk of losing my job. But you never know. Therefore, please pray for the situation since getting a home depends on me retaining this having this job. Lord willing, after we move into the house, I can much more easily move into full time status with CARM. We are almost there.
The requests for information keeps coming. As I said in the last newsletter, the best I can do is put them on the to-do list and hope to be able to get to them in the future. Once I get full-time with CARM, I will be able to produce a lot more information and, hopefully, finally get a staff to help work full time with CARM, not to mention positioning someone to take it over after I'm gone.
The second goal of CARM is to go full-time so that I can provide more information. If you think CARM is worth the effort, then please consider supporting CARM financially. CARM is slowly producing a support base and I am potentially within a year's time of full-time status. My wife and kids are very supportive of CARM and my wife wants me to go fulltime, too. I'd be quite a commitment and a step of faith, but it'll be worth it.
You could support CARM through regular donations on the donation page (http://www.CARM.org/goods/donations.htm). But, you could also sign up for the online school of Christian theology ($50) and you get something for your support (http://www.CARM.org/online.htm). The $50 for the online school is not tax-deductible, but other donations are.
Please understand that it takes a great deal of effort and expense to research groups. I must spend many many hours reading false doctrines, buying cult/atheism/evolution books, etc., finding members of various belief systems to discuss their beliefs with, and then analyzing them in a logical and coherent set of articles so that the Christian body can have them for free. Its work. I love it. But, my family and I need support if I am to do this full time. Is the information worth supporting?
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I'll produce a devotional next newsletter.
"In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God...and the word became flesh and dwelt among us.
We need your support. If you think CARM is a worthwhile ministry, please seriously consider supporting it financially and prayerfully as we move closer to full time status. CARM is a ministry to the Internet that affects thousands of people in the real world. If you want to be a part of supporting this missionary work that please prayerfully consider donations. All donations are tax deductible. (If the buttons below did not work, please go to http://www.CARM.org/goods/donations.htm). If you do contribute, could you please email me at [email protected] and let me know? Thanks and God bless.
Rev. Matt Slick, your missionary to the Internet. Equipping the church to defend the faith in a secular society.
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