From a prisoner in MS..

From a prisoner in MS..

Thank you for sending me the Bible study lessons to work on and for allowing me to continue in studying God’s word with FamilyNet. I learn things that I never knew before with each lesson that I complete with FamilyNet. I trust you can send the replacement certificates for the Bible study courses that I completed thank you. I said a prayer for you that you can find someone to help you with your Bible correspondence program. Keep me in your prayers as I continue to rebuild my life and live fully for the service of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

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Lampasas Baptist Church

Lampasas Baptist ChurchI received a call from Lampasas Baptist Church in Lampasas Texas. I had “rescued” their domain (lampasasbaptistchurch.com) last year when it had expired and they wanted to know what they needed to do to take control of the domain again.

Let me take time to briefly explain the domain “rescue” mission we have here. The Baptist Ministry Database (baptist-ministries.org) is a link based database. A domain with many links into it has value, no matter what is on it. People will hit links to a website causing hits to that website. A domain that takes hits is worth money, and as such can and will be registered by someone looking to collect on a minimal investment (a .com domain can be registered for a year for about $10).

As I was going through and checking links out I found ministry websites that had expired had been re-registered and now contained advertising content (not optimal) and even pornography. You can imagine how I felt, having a Baptist Ministries Database no linked to a pornography website!

The domain for Lampasas Baptist Church had just been released and I found it was in several Fundamental Baptist Directories and I rescued it.

Back to yesterday… we talked for a little while and Pastor Stall decided that he would like to keep their domain (lampasasbaptistchurch.com) on our hosting, and that his son would update the website using WordPress. I installed a WordPress Website for them with an SSL certificate, and gave them the login credentials. They were able to get a basic website up and running in a short amount of time.

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From a Pastor in Alabama

From a Pastor in AL…

In this booklet I learned what was inside the Ark and how the whole courtyard speaks of Christ.
I loved this lesson. Very informative.

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From a 71 year old student in Arkansas

From a 71 year old student in Arkansas…

I really enjoyed the Light from the Old Testament course.
I learned so very much. I had never realized that the sanctuary was all about Jesus.
Thank you so much for letting me take these courses.

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Calvary Baptist Church in Crockett Texas

East Texas Baptist Camp Meeting

East Texas Baptist Camp Meeting

      On Tuesday, July 19, 2017, at the East Texas Baptist Camp meeting Dr. Paul Carlin (D. Min) and I sat down and had a discussion. Dr. Carlin wanted to get a website for his home church (Calvary Baptist Church in Crockett Texas).
      Dr. Carlin has developed a technique called “Belief Therapy” (you can see his ministry at The Therapon Institute) and is heavily involved in prison ministry as well as the Therapon Theological Seminary & Bible College.

     Dr. Paul had a display set up next to us.     We had a several discussions during the East Texas Baptist Camp Meeting and the Lord spoke to my heart through Dr. Carlin.
Calvary Baptist Church in Crockett Texas is a small church, and they are trying to rebuild after several problems. I suggested a website (cbccrockett.com) to Dr. Paul, and he thought that would be fine.
Dr. Carlin had to leave Wednesday night. I told him I would build a basic website for them, and wait for he (and/or a friend of his) to send me some pictures and some additional information on the church.

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Victory Baptist Church in Salado Texas

At the East Texas Baptist Camp Meeting Monday night, it was my pleasure to meet Pastor Billy Barho, Pastor of Victory Baptist Church in Salado Texas.

Victory Baptist Church in Salado Texas

Victory Baptist Church did not have a web page. I had an “unofficial” web page up for them for a while using a “spare” domain I had (victory-baptist.com). While neither he, nor anyone in his church had any expertise in creating or maintaining a website we had a brief discussion about what our ministry offered. I told him I could create (and maintain if he needed me to) a website for them. He told me he would be returning Tuesday and we could discuss it a bit further.

     Pastor Barho was presented with a Doctor of Divinity degree from the Therapon Theological Seminary & Bible College Tuesday night at the East Texas Baptist Camp meeting.

     I had a brief discussion with Pastor Barho. He had discussed the website with his secretary and they decided they did want to pursue an official website for Victory Baptist Church in Salado Texas.

     I created a basic WordPress website for them. Pastor Barho will contact me after the Camp Meeting ends and we will talk about how I can get more information about the church to update their website for them.

     Victory Baptist Church in Salado hosts an annual conference called “Days of Refreshing.” Maureen and I are going to try to get down there next year for at least part of the conference.

Maureen and I are looking forward to attending night four of the 20th Annual East Texas Baptist Camp Meeting tonight!

 

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Osage Baptist Church – Amarillo Texas

On Sunday, July 16, I had the privilege ministering at Osage Baptist Church in Amarillo Texas.  We have been hosting their website (osage-baptist.org) for 10 years now.

Osage Baptist Church

I have spoken to Pastor David Speed many times over the last several years, and it was a blessing to meet him and the members of this friendly, small church. Pastor Speed has been using his Apple Mac for his website, and is interested using WordPress. I will be converting their website over as time permits.

I was able to do our power point presentation during the Sunday school hour, and was given the opportunity to preach the morning message. Osage Baptist Church was truly a blessing.

Osage Baptist Church

Pastor Bostick and Pastor Speed

I was surprised to find out that Pastor Speed had “promoted” himself to “member” status (retired) at the Wednesday night service. The members had a mini Pastor Appreciation award ceremony as well as a dedication ceremony for their fellowship hall.

Osage Fundamental Baptist Church was a blessing with traditional music and a spirit-filled atmosphere. If you are looking for a small friendly church in the Amarillo Texas area, I would consider checking Osage Baptist Church out as a potential church home.

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Fredericksburg Baptist Church

     I was contacted by brother Edward Elizondo of Fredericksburg Baptist Church in Fredericksburg Texas over the weekend. Edward is the brother of Rudy Elizondo, Pastor of Marion Baptist Church, one of our supporting churches. Edward contacted Rudy to find out if Rudy knew of anyone that could help FBC get a website online.

Fredericksburg Baptist Church
Fredericksburg Baptist Church’s pastor retired and they have a new pastor.
Fredericksburg Texas is a community of about 10,000 located about 70 miles north of San Antonio. According to Edward, there are many tourists coming through Fredericksburg.
They wanted to get a web presence back up in part so tourist can find their website, and so home bound members can listen to sermons.
After some discussion about a domain name the church settled on the available domain name fredericksburgbaptist.org (I had no idea how many Fredericksburg Baptist Churches there were out there).
Edward and I discussed what the church wanted to accomplish with the website and I he picked out a template. I set up a WordPress installation for him with a SSL certificate.
I spent a couple of hours on the phone with Edward and we set up the Fredericksburg Baptist Church website. He has been able to make some updates, and has a person in church that will be able to spend some time with him and give him some more one on one training.

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Followup from Cameroon!

On 6/30/17, Maureen Hoffman  wrote: Hello
We are praising the Lord about your salvation.Bible lessons were mailed to you on the 19th of June. Hope they arrive soon and safely and that you learn more about Jesus Christ. God bless you, Bob & Maureen Proverbs 3:5&6


On 7/1/17, NEW CAMEROON YOUTHS wrote: SIS MAUREEN,Thanks for the effort.I pray god the lessons arrive safely.I am waiting  xpectantly.


On 7/2/17 NEW CAMEROON YOUTHS wrote:SIS MAUREEN,I just realised my spelling of GOD had a small  G in the above correspondence .That was a typing error. GOODNEWS! My wife confess JESUS and is ready to study along side with me,this is a great miracle.Please pray for us. We will be doing the corresponding courses together when they arrive.I AM certain the courses will be an avenue that many in Cameroon will be saved.Glory.Just keep the good
work.


This gentleman has just gotten saved via an online Bible tract.(The New Birth). He has already led his wife to the Lord using the same Bible tract, signed her up for Bible courses and has a burden for soul winning! Praise the Lord. Please join us in praying for Thomas and his wife in Cameroon as the begin their spiritual lives in Jesus!

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Calvary’s Grace Baptist Church

I received a phone call this morning from Pastor Jeremy Allen of Calvary’s Grace Baptist Church in Eastman Georgia.

Calvary’s Grace Baptist Church

     Calvary’s Grace Baptist Church had a website in the past and had a lot of literature with their website on it, but the fellow that had set up the website had left their church and their domain had expired.

      Pastor Allen ran into my friend Evangelist Timothy Holtsclaw (theholtsclawfamily.com). Dr. Holtsclaw explained our ministry of providing help in getting ministries online to Pastor Allen so he decided to give me a call.

     Calvary’s Grace Baptist Church’s domain (cgbceastman.com) was available so I registered it and set up a WordPress website for Pastor Allen. He provided me with several pictures. I built a basic website, and provided Brother Jeremy with several websites of churches we host so he could get a feel for what is available out there.

      Pastor Jeremy will look things over and get back to me at some future point and we will work on refining (or rebuilding Calvary’s Grace Baptist Church’s website.

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