|Dec. 29, 2004|
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CARM NEWSLETTER CHANGE:
This is the final CARM newsletter of the year 2004. With that, there will also be a major change in the newsletter. As you know, the newsletter has been free for three years. But now, if you want to continue receiving it you will need to sign up for a subscription of $12 per year. The reason for the change is to facilitate the final move into full-time status that I have been working towards for several years with this Ministry. Lord willing, it should happen in 2005.
If you sign up, you will receive the same newsletters with the same format and content as you have before.
CARM is bringing in an almost enough to support my family as well as this Ministry. I sincerely hope that you will consider signing up for the one dollar a month subscription rate. If CARM has been a blessing to you in the past, and if the newsletters have ministered to you are subtly, would you please consider signing up in support of CARM? If you do, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you're helping this Ministry prosper as well as helping me get full-time.
If this is not something you wish to do, you can please access the future CARM e-mails on the web site. However, they will be posted after three month delay. This means you will have access to the latest CARM newsletters, three months after they are initially released.
New Home: My family and I are scheduled to move into our first house next month. We praise God for the new home and enough room for me to have a dedicated office. If and when I go full-time at this Ministry, I will have plenty of space for the books and equipment needed to make CARM even better.
UPCOMING DEBATE WITH AN ATHEIST:
I am scheduled to be in a debate with an atheist on Thursday, December 30, at 8pm EST. It will be on paltalk.com, Social Issues Room. Paltalk is a free voice chat system that is perhaps the best in the world on the Internet. The ministry that has arranged the debate tells me that there will be approximately 20,000 to 40,000 listeners via paltalk, radio, and other internet listeners. So, please pray for this event and that I would present the gospel well, defend the faith, and bring glory to God. Most probably, I will put the debate up on CARM later.
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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.
We have all experienced physical, emotional, and spiritual fatigue. The truth is that in our fallen state we have weaknesses and those weaknesses affect all of what we are. We are mortal and subject to the frailties of our flesh. We grow tired if we do not have enough sleep, or if we work too hard, or if we do not eat right. Emotionally, if we are under prolonged strain we can show signs of stress. We become more irritable, less patient, less clearheaded, and often physically sick because of it. Finally, spiritual fatigue can manifest because of the battles intercession, pleading, confession, doubt, and neglect of spiritual food.
But, how wonderful it will be when we join Christ at His coming and we in our new and resurrected bodies clothed with immortality, will no longer suffer the fatigues of the flesh, of the emotions, or of the spirit. Fatigue will be an unknown thing in the presence of God. Fatigue will be a distant memory that has been vanquished because of the work of Christ on the cross who has given us all that we need in Him.
As Christians, we need to take a hope and comfort in the knowledge that there will come a time when we will enter into the eternal Sabbath of rest. Jesus said, "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls," (Matt. 11:28-29).
Is true that our rest, our true rest, is found in Jesus. Not only does He satisfy all the requirements of righteousness in God's holy law, but He gives us His righteousness so that when we stand before the Father, we are seen as righteous (Rom. 5:1). Likewise, we can take comfort in the work of Christ knowing that our future will contain an eternity of rest. Fatigue will be no more and we will not worry about weariness of body, of emotion, of mind, of age, or anything to which fatigue can attach itself. In the presence of God and His Holiness, and in the heavenly realm, we will have the greatest of rest and peace. To this end, look to Christ and by faith know that one day you will rest and dwell with God forever.
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