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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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
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!
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 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.
We have many Bible Tracts online. Our online tracts have taken over 83,000 hits.
One of the tracts we have online is "The New Birth" by late evangelist Paul Levin. I received an email from a gentleman in Cameroon late last week:
i am saved
THANKS FOR LEADING ME THIS FAR.I WILL EQUALLY LIKE TO START THE
CORRESPONDING COURSES .thanks
Maureen and I praise God for the ministry the Lord has given us and the ability we have to be used to reach people in all parts of the world. We have requested further information and will be sending our new brother Bible Courses to help him to get grounded in the Word of God. We thank everyone that holds up our ministry in prayer and financial support. None of this would be possible without either!
On Sunday, Maureen and I had the pleasure of visiting Sandy Lane Baptist Church in Fort Worth Texas. We have been hosting their web page (sandylane.org) since 2009.
We had a great visit. After an excellent message by Pastor Robert Moreland, they were celebrating the 90th birthday of Pastor emeritus Billy Beck.
I had the opportunity to discuss (briefly) the website with Pastor Moreland, and we decided to set up an appointment to sit down and discuss the WordPress website.
Yesterday I drove back out the Sandy Lane Baptist Church and spent a couple of hours with Pastor Moreland.
We discussed what he would like to do with the website. I made some minor changes to the website that allowed him to start a blog. We installed the WordPress app on his smartphone. He was able to start posting on the website through his phone.
We went through the basics of pages and how to build menus. I installed a photo gallery plugin for him.
I gave Pastor Moreland a general idea of what was available of what was available in the way of themes, and made a minor change in the themes to allow his Blog to show up on the website.
We discussed our ministry and Pastor Moreland said he would look at the possibility of scheduling our coming out and presenting our ministry to Sandy Lane Baptist Church.