CARM Newsletter 2-8-2014

2013 Statistics Last year, 2013, was CARM's best year ever as far as visitors go. We had a total of 8.9 million people come to the site with 21 million page views. Every single country visited CARM. That is a huge amount of reach into the world. And, already we can see that we are on course to do even better this year than last. We praise God that he is using us for his glory. May he continue to use us in the future as we expand into other languages and venues.
 
Atheist Debate and Dan Barker  A few weeks ago I was contacted by a local secular group from Boise State University and they asked if I would be willing to debate the atheist Dan Barker on "Does God Exist?" I, of course, agreed. However, a few days later my contact at the secular group let me know that he did not want me to debate by quoting Mr. Barker or bringing up anything about morality. I would not agree to his terms and I told him I would not debate Dan under those terms. They found someone else. However, to my surprise, Dan Barker emailed me and we discussed the "confusion" that led to them to find a replacement for me. To make a kind of long story short, I invited Mr. Barker to come into the radio station so we could have a discussion on air. He has agreed and he came in on Friday and we talked about his history and why he was an atheist. We bantered back and forth a bit before we started getting into the tough stuff. But, it was a good interview and he expressed interest in calling in to do it again. I’ll let you know what happens. 
 
Philippines Trip Thank you to everyone who has purchased items from the Amazon Wish List for this trip. The Philippines trip is getting closer and I'm looking forward to going. It will be a long trip since we will be gone about 24 days. I have been praying that the Lord will be glorified. As it turns out, we will be speaking in two prisons, an orphanage, a seminary, and numerous churches. So, please pray for the word of God to go forth with power, that local pastors would be edified, that people would be saved, and for our safety and health as we travel and go to areas devastated by the last typhoon. If you are interested in contributing to the trip in any way, we appreciate any cash donations because we want to take money and leave it with different pastors. We do not want to be a burden on anyone and so we'll be taking enough money to buy food not only for ourselves, but also for others. I've developed an Amazon Wish List where I placed a lot of items that would be helpful for the trip. If you want to help us out, please consider going to the wish list and purchasing stuff for us. Thanks.
Also, I plan to be uploading pictures to the cloud so that one of the CARM staff can keep people updated on Facebook and Twitter.
 
Israel Trip We are heading to Israel next year for a Bible lands tour. I did it last year and was thoroughly satisfied with how great the trip was. We went to the seven churches of revelation in Turkey, a surprisingly pleasant extension. And when we got to Israel, we had the great privilege of seeing so many of the things that are mentioned in the Bible. I am most definitely looking forward to going back. If you'd like to join us just go to http://carm.org/2015-israel-tour. It is an awesome trip.
 
Salt Lake Radio Show The Salt Lake radio extension is working well. We get calls now regularly from the Salt Lake City area and were very grateful that God has provided the finances for that. Our funds are not very high and were just barely keeping up with the bills. By God's grace, we hope to venture out into other radio markets.
 
Got suggestions? Do you have any suggestions for CARM? We want to know what you think. Please help us out by emailing us at carmstuff@yahoo.com to submit suggestions. Now is the time since we are in the redesign process of CARM and, as we make plans, we want to improve in areas which will matter to CARM's readers.
 From The Desk of Ken Cook  Traveling to Boise This weekend I am traveling to Boise to meet with Matt face-to-face to work on new software integration for the sight, map out some goals and procedures for this year, and help run things while Matt is gone to the Philippines for about a month. I was booked to fly out on 2/7 but due to the weather in Portland, OR I was unable to take that flight. It has been rescheduled to 2/8. It has been a bit frustrating, but I am looking forward to the trip
New Projects We are constantly living under the motto, "so much heresy, so little time!" We are working hard to get the level of information you've come to expect from us on several new and exciting projects. Please keep us in prayer as we venture into new cults, heresies and religious groups.
Gregg Harris is a dear friend and brother. If you live in the Portland Area I would highly recommend checking out his upcoming seminar on time management. I have provided the details below.
Making the Most of Your Time & Space
9 am to 5 pm, Saturday, February 22, 2014
In The Conference Room at Noble Institute6920 SE Hogan Road
Gresham, OR 97080 "Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is." —Eph. 5:15-17Join the 2% who make the most of their time!
Less than 60% of people have set any goals at all. Of those, less than 10% have made any plans. Of those who have made plans only 2% follow through and do it. That means 2 people out of 100 ever actually make anything happen. The other 98% are pushed around by circumstances they think are beyond their control. The truth is, we can work with God to make a difference. We can do hard things. Invest in this training, and I promise you can join the 2%.
If we trust God enough to actually obey Him, we will have to do hard things. And if we intend to do hard things, we will have to learn how to make the most of our time and space in this world.

"The noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands."— Is. 32:8     Newest Article What is divine healing and is it for today? By Matt Slick  Divine healing is the act of God through the person of Jesus and the prayers of the saints where a person is healed physically and/or delivered from emotional, mental, or spiritual affliction. Most often, it is seen as a physical healing of sickness such as cancer, diseases, deformities, etc., but it is not restricted to the physical.
 
Sometimes such healings are accompanied by rituals such as specified prayers and fasting, and often with the anointing the sick with oil. The one who is afflicted is supposed to faithfully trust and expect a healing to occur as he or she prays to God in Jesus' name. In all Christian groups that seek divine healing, it is always associated with the atoning work of Christ where, it is said, he purchased healing for us. So, those church groups that emphasize divine healing also emphasize the idea that the redemption of the soul also purchased redemption of the flesh which includes healing. Some of the verses used in support of this doctrine are as follows...
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Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.