- Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - My last newsletter was in October. As usual, things are very hectic here at CARM and trying to keep ahead of the tsunami of work is quite difficult. So, my apologies for not producing a newsletter sooner. Nevertheless, I sincerely hope you have a good Christmas season. It is not about getting gifts or giving gifts. Jesus is the reason for the season. Remember that our Messiah, the one who fulfilled the law, the one who became flesh and dwelt among us, the one who bore our sins in his body on the cross, the one who died and rose on our behalf, has given us the greatest gift anyone could ever receive. The eternal life and forgiveness of sins that we have in Christ has no comparison in value. So, during this holiday season do not neglect to thank our Lord for such a great work of salvation that he has given us.
- Possible support for Prison Ministry - We recently received a request for some of our Basic Christian Doctrine manuals to be given to a local prison ministry. Many ministries are facing financial hardships and CARM is no exception. We cannot afford, because we don't have the money, to donate the manuals that we would like. They are asking for 50. The total would be $425 and that is at cost. If you would like to donate to this fund, please go to carm.org/donate and make a donation. In the comment section please mention that it is for the prison manuals. If you're not able to comment, then email us at [email protected] and let us know that you donated so we can properly designate your donation. Thank you.
- CARM Redesign - Unfortunately, it will take another two or three months to be able to utilize the new CARM design with its additional features. One of the problems we have discovered is that the code given to us by the company who did the redesign was not efficient. It slowed the load time down significantly. We do not have the finances now to pay anyone to clean it up. Now, you might ask if we can get our money back, and no, that option is gone. Anyway, it's just another project that has had to be pushed back.
- CARM Finances - I do not like asking for donations. However, CARM, by the first of the year will be officially broke. All of our reserves are gone and we will not be able to make the payroll for the few people we support. We need help. Please consider donating at carm.org/donate or CARM, PO BOX 1353, Nampa ID 83653. Thanks.
- Philippines Trip - A local pastor goes to the Philippines once a year for preaching and teaching. The ministers there have asked him to teach on various theological topics and he has asked if I would be willing to go since I know those topics well. We both want to serve the Lord over there by preaching and teaching, but we will also be doing relief work in the areas hit by the hurricane. I've told him that I would like to go. However, the CARM finances do not permit me to go at this time. So, if you have a special burden for the Philippines and would like to support my trip, the total cost will be around $4000. If you donate for that trip but the total amount is not raised in order for me to go, then I can take whatever you donate, convert it to cash and give it to the pastor (Randy Reams) to take with him. Each time he goes he leaves more than $1000 in cash for the missionaries and the locals. So, we want to leave as much as possible with people. I ask that you would prayerfully consider supporting either of my trips, and/or give a financial gift for the Christians (and non-Christians) in the Philippines.
- Salt Lake Radio Show - As you may know, months ago we began working towards increasing the radio outreach. It took quite a while to arrange everything in Salt Lake City as well as Boise Idaho. It's going well. We are now getting regular calls from the Salt Lake City area which, we're glad to say, covers around 2 million people. Please pray for the financial support of that radio show at that station. We don't want to have to cut it back.
- Since last newsletter - Since the last newsletter I have released over 80 articles. I have been bolstering the questions section with some of the 2000+ questions that have been sent to CARM. I've also begun research on the Orthodox Church. So far the section I released on it only has a few articles, but there's more to come.
- Got suggestions? - Do you have any suggestions for CARM? We want to know what you think. Please help us out by emailing us at [email protected] 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.
- I just wanted to thank you for your informative article on the subject of Homosexuality. I knew most of it, but couldn't quote it chapter and verse or word for word. The reason I Googled and found your site was to get all the Bible's verses on the subject. I have been reading all the articles about Phil Robertson and his quotes in GQ magazine and the uproar. I'll admit he kind of got blunt there, but the message came out loud and clear, I guess. I read the comments left by people and it just amazes me. I know the US and It's amazes me how many people and even our President condone such activity. People seem to be non-belivers or they twist the Scripture to fit their ideas and opinions. If it's okay, I might leave a post with the link to your site. It might help some of them get the true scoop on the subject.
- I cannot tell you how much of a joy that your website has been to me. I attended Liberty University and recently graduated with my B.S. in Religion. That, in itself, is an achievement for my family as I'm the first one to actually achieve that level (my father never graduated high school). However, I want you to know that I wouldn't have been able to do it without your material. I'm 37 years old and have a full time job with three young children. Let's say that time was a luxury for me. However, I used your website quite a few times in my papers because I love the way that your material was composed and it fell in line with my doctrine. I thank you from the bottom of my heart on how much that you taught me over the years. I now take the papers that I have written and pass them on to others.
- please this is urgent, you are chosen among many and highly favored, i want you to sponsor me to preach the mysteries of the kingdom on radio and tv, remember this is urgent, there is a lot you need to be taught about me, am not a human am an angel, last angel with the message of mysteries of the kingdom and if you love and fear God truly then this is time to prove it. this is a test, am God Almighty, i have chosen you, remember i say it is a test. But i will help you by some quotations about this day and this test. please pray before and read carefully.
- Calvinists called CH Spurgeon the "Prince of Preachers", If Spurgeon is the "Prince of preachers" then what is Paul? The only thing higher than a prince is a king and we only have one King and that is Jesus. So Calvinists put Spurgeon above Paul and Paul heard directly from our risen Lord. That means that Calvinists put Spurgeon above the word of God. That's a cult. Cults put their faith in human beings, not in the words of Christ. Carm puts their faith in Matt Slick, not in the words of Christ. That's why Matt is right about one thing when he said, "Carm is about one man, me." That's a cult.
- Ezra the Scribe EZRA & THE BLOODLINE Racism was invented By the Jewish Priest Ezra! Ezra & Hitler are in total agreement. In ancient Israel mixed marriages had been allowed, but eventually they came into disfavor. Foreign women were blamed when Jewish men failed to fulfill their religious obligations or fell into idolatrous worship. The reaction against such marriages was an attempt to avoid influences that might dilute or corrupt Judaism. Those who continue to assert the narrow, tribal nature of Judaism are ignoring the outcome of the struggle between the opposing viewpoints during the fractious post-exilic period. Today, it is the lesson of Jonah, not that of Samuel, that is read as the prophetic portion on the Day of Atonement, a message of universalism.