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Concerning My Blog, Web Site and other areas of Ministry

October 16, 2011 2 comments

To give just a short history of the struggle to maintain my sites, blogs, etc…

I have for many years tried to build a web site, blog, Facebook fan page, and several other Internet sites in order to spread and promote what I believe to be the true teachings of the Bible. As most know the doctrines that I believe the Bible teaches is primarily contained in the doctrines of the Reformation, particularly the five solas, the doctrines of Tulip, and what is commonly branded today as Calvinism. (I would stress that I am Reformed Baptist-Covenantal, Amillennial, and believe in the sovereignty of God in salvation). I have wanted to build an interconnected group of resources that would help the Theology student or layman learn as much as possible about the Reformed faith.

I have worked with a dial-up Internet connection spending many hours at a time on the Internet while trying to only place 10 new links on my web site every other week.  In order to get the 10 new links I would have to crawl out of bed on a weekend at 3:00 to 4:00 A. M. and spend 5 to 6 hours on the Internet a day in order to gather the material. I would then spend around 6 hours on a Friday trying to post this material (only ten links) to my web site. Once you add in the blog, the Facebook fan page, Vodpod, Twitter accounts, and trying to find good links in order to expand my web site, then you can see the hours every week I have had to spend in order to gather much material in order to expand these pages and sites. (Throw on top of this a 53 hour work week at the job, maintaining my own cars, house, etc….and trying to spend time with family, then you can see that I have no time for anything else.

I eventually upgraded to a Blackberry that has Internet access and began tethering with it. This made life so much easier. I was surfing the web with greater speeds, therefore it was cutting down the time in which I had to spend on the Internet. The only problem is that I am on AT & T’s service. The problem with AT & T is that their service is rather pathetic. They actually came forward at the beginning of 2011 and apologized to the city ofTalladega, here where I live, because the service was so pathetic. Upon doing this they done something to the towers and my Blackberry then was allowing me to surf with ease. Yet the past few months my service has fell in to such a slump that I can’t even make calls without the calls dropping. Also trying to get on the Internet takes many attempts and much time seeing that the service will not provide an adequate connection.

So it is with great sadness that I will say that I am going to post pone this blog for the time being. I have no way to get on the Internet. The only decent means of getting a connection in my area would be with a Verizon Pc card or air card. The only problem with that is the fact that it runs around 80 dollars a month. I just can’t afford that type of cost for Internet service. Reformed on the Web receives no outside support and the cost for web space, etc…, comes from my own pocket.

Therefore until I can find some support or some cheaper method of Internet, then I must put on hold my sites. I hate to do this, but have no other choice. Some could say that I could go to my public library and get on their free Internet in order to maintain my site. It is true I could do this and have done this many a time. I have also gone to McDonald’s and Jack’s Hamburgers where free wi-fi access is available, but who has time to live at the library or a burger joint? Not I. I could also appeal for donations, but I believe that God’s people are in enough strain financially in the economy we live in. Nevertheless if someone feels led to do this, then I would thank God for it.

Anyway I hope and pray to eventually get back to upgrading my site, for I have much material right now that I would like to add, and also to get back to maintaining my blog. I ask everyone to pray for the means to do this.

God bless,

Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.

P. S. From someone who has struggled with dial-up for many years———–People who have Internet access do not know how blessed they are. I wished I had high speed and have prayed for this for many years.

 

Weekend Pause

God bless you for following this blog.

Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.

Truth above all Else

Peace if possible, truth at all costs.

Martin Luther

Concerning Proof of Election

It is only in proportion as the Christian manifests the fruit of a genuine conversion that he is entitled to regard himself and be regarded by others as one of the called and elect of God. It is just in proportion as we add to our faith the other Christian graces that we have solid ground on which to rest in the assurance we belong to the family of Christ. It is not those who are governed by self-will, but “as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Rom.8:14).

Arthur W. Pink

Concerning Knowledge without Christ

Knowledge of the sciences is so much smoke apart from the heavenly science of Christ.

John Calvin

 

Life Carries Pain

October 11, 2011 1 comment

“What!” cries one, “Is there not a terrible amount of pain connected with death?” I answer, No. It is life that has the pain; death is the finis of all pain. You blame death for the disease of which he is the cure.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) _Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit_

 

Whom God Saves, He Sanctifies

Whom God legally saves, He experimentally saves; whom He justifies, them He also sanctifies. Where the righteousness of Christ is imputed to an individual, a principle of holiness is imparted to him; the former can only be ascertained by the latter. It is impossible to obtain a Scriptural knowledge that the merits of Christ’s finished work are reckoned to my account, except by proving that the efficacy of the Holy Spirit’s work is evident in my soul.

Arthur W. Pink