|Dec. 11, 2004|
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Here is a list of quick updates, thrown together.
CARM AND THE INTERNET
Every now and then I peruse various web sites and discussion boards that deal with anti-Christian material. I look at groups such as atheists, Muslims, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, etc. On many of these sites, CARM is sometimes mentioned, almost always in a derogatory fashion... but I don't mind.
One of the things that I find very interesting is the common threads that exist in some of these web sites. First of all, I notice the generic attacks on the Bible (from atheists and Muslims) that are easily answered -- but the answers are never seriously considered. Second, the spin that is put on some of the comments condemning the word of God and Christians, is very revealing since it often shows almost a deliberate distortion of facts and the apparent refusal to use basic logic when examining biblical themes and teachings. Third, in the atheist web sites you can clearly see the hatred and blindness of the authors intermixed with vulgarities. I notice how freely they cuss and swear and think nothing of saying some of the most debauched and foul things about the Christian God and the Bible. Then again, there are the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Mormons who display polite and proper conversation, but are so deceived in their understanding of who God is that their teaching is, of course, of no value. They or Christians but in reality are not.
I bring this up because I want you realize how extremely important the Internet really is. The Internet is probably one of the greatest inventions in human history. At the tip of your fingers you can get information on almost any topic, instantly. We take it for granted. But its value is immense and its potential is enormous. Where else can you go, in the comfort of your own home, and find out detailed information about religious systems, what they believe, why they are wrong, why they are right, etc.? It is an amazing invention. I praise God for it. Unfortunately, however, false religious systems are using it very effectively to propagate their false teachings. This is why we need more Christians on the Internet teaching the truth. As Christians, we need to be aware of this and we need to support those who work on the Internet to refute the errors, and expose the false teachings that are out there, to provide a free and accurate information.
So, to that end, please remember CARM in your prayers. This is not an easy Ministry. There are many times when I am personally under heavy spiritual oppression. Also, there are occasional attacks upon the CARM web site, a host of condemning e-mails that come in containing threats and cursing. There are numerous challenges offered to CARM, alleged refutations, of CARM articles, and numerous misrepresentations propagated by those who do not know God. I cannot keep up with all that since I have a full-time job and do this in my spare time. So, please, remember to pray for this Ministry as I seek to go full-time with it and attempt to try and research more groups, answer e-mails, and teach God's truth.
ONLINE SCHOOLS OF APOLOGETICS AND THEOLOGY
If you want to support CARM financially as well as get something back for your support, you could sign up for one or both of the online schools. Go to www.carm.org/online.htm and check them out. All the information you need is there.
Are you hungry? Would you like a great snack, something that really hits the spot? Or maybe you would prefer a fine dinner at a nice restaurant. Does that sound good?
We frequently will cater to our appetites by finding a restaurant and laying down a good portion of our income in order to be waited on and fed. It is one of life's simple pleasures. There's nothing wrong with having a great dinner. After all, we do need to eat and we have physical needs. But, what about your spiritual needs? What about your spiritual hunger? Do you feel a spiritual hunger?
Do you feel the need to fellowship with God, to read His word, to spend time in prayer? Maybe you have a deep hunger for God and you daily partake of the nourishment of His word. Then again, perhaps you have have been having difficulty with those daily devotions and intimacy with Christ. Whichever it is, there is a whole range of experiences that we Christians can encounter in a relationship with God from intense hunger and desire for His word in His presence, to apathy and fatigue in the daily battle.
Nevertheless, whether you feel that you need to pray or not, or that you desire the word of God or not, or church is either dull or exciting, or that you don't feel as close to God as you would like, or whatever, no matter what your situation, you need spiritual food. If you don't have it. You'll dry starve and wither away.
Spiritual food is easy to get and its free. You can pick up your Bible any time and read a single verse (or more) and meditate on that verse. You can offer up a quick prayer praising God, asking for His presence, seeking His guidance, or interceding for someone. You can talk to Jesus and tell Him that you are thankful for what He is done for you. You can confess your sins to God in the quite of the own heart while you're driving down the road, sitting in class, at work, or as you pass through the daily rhythm of your life. Whatever you do or whenever you do it, God is there. He is a prayer away and always ready to feed you.
This verse has always intrigued me. Here we find Jesus who had just spoken to the woman at the well and was now addressing the disciples. He tells them that His food is to do the will of the Father. Jesus is not saying that He did not need physical nourishment. After all, He was a man (and it still is, see 1 Tim. 2:5). But Jesus was speaking of spiritual food and He was telling the disciples that He was fed spiritually by doing God's will and accomplishing God's work. If Jesus, who is God in flesh, came to do the will of the Father and it fulfilled Him, then how much more should we seek to do the will of God and seek to accomplish His work that Hee has for us? And, doesn't this mean that we will be fed spiritually when we do what God has for us to do? Yes it does.
Perhaps some of you have experienced the spiritual pleasure of accomplishing one or more tasks that God has given you to do. If you have, then you know how it feeds your soul and leaves you wanting more. There is a comfort and a fulfillment and being in and accomplishing the will of God. but, how do you find out what it is God wants you to do? It's simple.
You need to pray to the Jesus, seek His face, confess your sins, read His word, hear it be preached, and continue in the intimate relationship with Christ that God the Father has called you into (1 Cor. 1:9), an intimate relationship that only Christians have with Christ. Finally, in all of this, you need to be seeking God's will and be available to do what He called you to do when He calls you to do it. Oftentimes, you will only know His will when as it is happening and ask you have stepped out in faith.
Remember, your spiritual food can only be found through Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for sinners, and redeems and cleanses all who trust in Him alone. Only those who are in Christ can partake of Him, and be fulfilled in the inner man with a spiritual food that only God can give us. Only Christians are truly fed from God and are truly satisfied to do the will of the Father.
"that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man."
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Rev. Matt Slick, your missionary to the Internet. Equipping the church to defend the faith in a secular society.
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