Month: June 2016

From a pastor in Louisiana

From a Pastor in LA who takes our Bible lessons… The course God's Great Salvation, lessons 13 & 14, God's Great Plan and God's Blessed Hope, he wrote, Every bit of this is important. This whole book is my favorite out of all them so far,...

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Sandy Lane Baptist Church

     Back in 2009 I “rescued” a domain “sandylane.org” for Sandy Lane Baptist Church in Fort Worth Texas. I worked off and on with the pastor at the time, but never really established an official website for the church.      I received several phone calls over the years from people wanting to set up websites for the church, but for whatever reasons, no one ever followed up on getting the domains taken back, or I was never able to contact the pastor of the church in a timely manner to verify the person(s) were acting on behalf of the church (I will never turn over a domain to an unknown person unless I am reasonably sure that person actually represents the ministry that should own the domain). Believe it or not I was actually burned before by people that took over a domain claiming to represent a ministry that they did not.      I have had a burden to visit this Sandy Lane Baptist Church since we went back full time in the ministry. Several months ago I received a call from the pastor I had worked with, asking what it would entail to get back control of the domain, I tried to explain, but I never heard back from him.      We decided to visit Sandy Lane Baptist Church this morning. I told Maureen as we were driving...

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Bible Baptist Church – Harrisburg Illinois

     I "rescued" a domain for "Bible Baptist Church" in Harrisburg Illinois back in 2009. They are a small Independent Baptist Church. Harrisburg Illinois has a population of around 10,000 people. We have been "officially" hosting their website since a member found their "rescued" in 2010. He has been creating offsite content and uploading the content to our server via FTP.      I received an alarm from their website (harrisburgbiblebaptist.com). I run monitoring software, and when a website we host goes down I get notified. This website had been down for a while and I needed to do some research.      I checked the server and saw that all the files were gone from the website, and of course I was in a panic. I had some old offsite backups, and the server has some backups onsite as well, but I wanted to try and contact the webmaster before I tried a restore.      I had not been in contact with this church, or the webmaster for several years, but was fortunate enough to reach the webmaster Richard, on the first try.      Richard was revamping the whole website and had decide to start with a clean install, so he had deleted everything. That was a relief for sure!      Richard said he was glad I called, he was going to try and get in touch with me, he...

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Grace Baptist Church La Porte Texas

I was contacted last week by Pastor Rawls of Grace Baptist Church in La Porte Texas. He said he was unable to get into his account to pay for his web hosting and wanted to update his credit card information.      I chuckled and told him that if he had to pay for his hosting I was definitely not providing his hosting for him, and explained to him that I did not charge for anything I did.      We talked a bit and he told me he thought he was with us, he was getting our newsletters, and explained he could not log into his hosting account, and no one knew how to get in, the hosting account was about to expire, and the website was about to go down.      While we were talking I had done a search through my database, gone to their website, and checked the whois record on their domain. Their domain was registered through Godaddy, their hosting was elsewhere.      I finally remembered Grace Baptist Church in Laporte Texas. I was providing their hosting when back in 2011, they moved their domain to Godaddy and their hosting somewhere else. Pastor Rawls said he would have his wife give me a call, he wanted to get his hosting back on our service.      Later on in the week I received a call from the...

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Grace in Gun Barrel!

     Maureen and I had the pleasure of visiting Grace Baptist Church in Gun Barrel City Texas today. We had not visited the church in about four years or so and I had not been able to get in touch with the church via telephone.      The church is a very small church and is typical of the kind of church that we started our ministry to help out. They have no expertise in building a website (the pastor does not even own a computer), and, in fact would have no idea in how to start going about the process of getting a website built (if the thought even occurred to them).      The church is still up on the old Website Baker templates and I want to update the website to WordPress. I had registered one of my favorite domain names ever for this church back in 2011 (graceingunbarrel.com). I got some new pictures and will upgrade the website to WordPress some time next week.      Gun Barrel City Texas is a small City with about 5700 people. Pastor Mickey Loftis has been faithfully preaching there for the last nine years to a small older congregation.      It has truly been an honor to host and maintain their website.       Maureen and I had a wonderful time of fellowship with Pastor Loftis and his wife Jodi after the...

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