Labourers Urgently Needed!
Then saith he unto his disciples,
The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest,
that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
The world, as you know, is fast approaching the time
when our beloved Saviour will return. The signs he foretold in
Matthew chapter 24 are being fulfilled all over the earth. Time is Short; but there is still much to do. This file describes a way you can help take the Everlasting Gospel to all the world and witness the greatest harvest this universe has ever seen!
THE PRINTING PRESS , THE POSTAL SERVICE & THE INTERNET
When it arrived some 550 years ago the printing press opened
up enormous opportunities for the spread of Truth. Together with
the regular postal service it made it possible for organisations
to publish the Bible and contact folk in every country. But
the printing press, with its trusted ally the regular
postal service, is slow and expensive. By comparison the computer,
the telephone and the Internet are extremely
fast and inexpensive. Since you already have the equipment (computer, modem
and telephone) we now invite you to help us take the Everlasting Gospel to
millions of ordinary people who would hesitate to enter a church building
or be seen reading the Bible. Indeed most people on earth
do not even possess a Bible or know that it is Life's User
Here is how you can help proclaim the Everlasting Gospel.
CREATE YOUR OWN WEB SITE
Few believers, comparatively speaking, have a Web site.
Many use the Internet for e-mail purposes and surfing the Net;
but little else. Well, I can tell you that it's possible for
you to have your own Web site and use it to proclaim the Everlastng Gospel to all
the world - at no extra cost to yourself. After all, you already
have a computer and use e-mail; so you are well equipped.
The following instructions are by no means detailed, but they
will give you some idea as to how you could go about setting up
your own Home Page.
I realise that all this will appear either too basic for words,
if you already have a Web page; or too complicated if you
haven't. But take it from me, creating a simple Web page is not
beyond anyone who can read and send e-mail; and that includes
- Since you already have an e-mail address, the first thing
you should do is find out from your Internet Service Provider
(ISP) if you are allowed to place files on his server. As
a paying client, you should be allowed at least 5 megabytes
of space for your own files.
- If your ISP's answer is 'yes you are allowed space' then
proceed as follows.
- First design a Home Page. This should not be flashy or flamboyant. Remember we're advertising Truth, not furniture. A Home Page, which should be more than about 3 screens, could contain, amongst other things, information such as:
- A graphic which puts you or your organisation in the
picture. Graphics may be created with a drawing program or
they can be a photograph scanned in to form a computer
graphics file. Keep oft-used graphic files below 10k in size; else visitors to your site may become impatient opening them and move to another site.
- An introduction about yourself or your organisation. This
should not be lengthy; not on a Home Page at any rate.
- Links to the various categories of articles.
- Links to a few important files, held either your own or another site.
- Your ordinary mailing address.
- Your Home Page address.
- Your e-mail address.
- The last updated date.
- You then begin to actually create your Home Page. This is how
- Create your graphics file. A graphic (picture) as mentioned
above, is either a scanned photograph or some art
work produced with a drawing (Paint) program.
- Create your Text file. Text files may be created with
an ordinary Word Processor just as you would compose
an ordinary letter. This Text file will form the main content of
your page. All the rest is cosmetic. Always bear in mind that attractiveness without meaningful content is pretty useless at best.
- Next add the HTML format instructions to your Text
file to make it acceptable for the Internet. If you download and study a few Source files from this site you will see what HTML instructions we have used. To view a Source file in your browser, go to the View Menu and click on Source. Print out the Source file and study the HTML instructions. Apply these to your own HTML document.
- Once you have created your Home Page, you can then load your
Internet browser and check the results - offline.
I can assure you that you will not get it right the first time;
but with a little practice you'll soon see how each
HTML instruction is used by the browser to display the finished
page on the screen.
- If you have reservations about your ability to create a Home Page, then purchase a HTML instruction book or a HTML authoring program; there are several inexpensive programs on the market.
Visit a computer shop and ask to see what's available. An HTML
authoring program will take your word processed article and automatically add the HTML code needed to display
it on the Net. Some word processors (i.e. MS Word version 7) even have a facility to save a file in HTML format.
- After creating your HTML file (which is really a text file with the suffix .htm or html) you should then load it into a WP progarm or Text Editor (I use Word Pad rather than MS Word) and make the necessary changes: i.e. adding instructions to load your graphics file and inserting the HTML links which point to the other files at your site, or to other sites on the Net. And here is where SBS could help you.
You could either:
- Write for a Free website CD containing all the Stewarton Bible School's files and use copies of the files you deem suitable for your own Web site. Remember that SBS publications are not copy protected. So feel free to use any of the files we send you on your own site. See file: Copyright for more information about this.
- Or simply link to the SBS pages from your own, using the Internet addresses which appear in the Location bar when you view one of our files in your browser
SBS Contact Persons
A SBS Internet Contact Person is:
The explanations given above have become necessary in order to remove confusion
in the minds of many. Please e-mail (see home page) if you need further clarification on these or any other points.
- One who has accepted Yeshua the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, as his/her Saviour and one who believes and seeks to proclaim the Everlasting Gospel
- A believer who also endeavours to express his/her faith in keeping the commandments of Jehovah the Almighty God of Israel. This means one who keeps, amongst others, the weekly and annual Sabbaths as listed in Exodus 20:8-11 and Leviticus chapter 23.
- One who is a 'real Bible'-believing Christian. By the term 'real Bible' I mean the King James Version. English-speaking believers who do not think the King James Version is the infallible Word of God and/or who take the unethical course of changing it in hundreds of places to suit their particular religious beliefs, should not refer to themselves as SBS Contacts.
We have absolutely no objection to them using our material or linking to this site; but they must not call themselves Stewarton Bible School Contacts if they think the King James Version is full of errors and needs correcting.
- An Internet user who places a link to the SBS Home Page on his/her Home Page. Linking to a copy of our Home Page held on a server in the USA is, strictly speaking, not linking to to SBS Home Page in the UK. Please note that an ordinary URL link to the SBS site doesn't in itself make one a SBS Contact. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London has a URL link to the SBS site; as do hundreds of other individuals and
organisations in other countries, but these are not SBS Contacts. Oh no! A SBS Contact is one who, after fulfilling the first three conditions given above, then places a link on his/her Home Page to the SBS Home Page in the UK. In effect for such a link to be valid, the URL shown in the Location bar of a browser displaying our Home Page will be: http://stewartonbibleschool.org/index.html
Now let me introduce you to Max Mader, a 'real' SBS Contact Person who lives in Toronto Canada.
Max is a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and is now dedicated to proclaiming the Everlasting Gospel from his Internet site. Though not a computer professional, Max has designed and developed a web site which is well worth looking at. His faith in God and his enthusiasm to become involved in the Gospel work has greatly encouraged us in Scotland. I visit Max's site every week. Indeed his dedication to Truth has prompted me to throw open this invitation concerning Contact Persons to Christians around the world. Perhaps the Holy Spirit will cause you to join us labourers in the field. If so, then do not waste any time; because the harvest is plenteous, but the labourers are few - and Time is Short! We have prayed, and continue to pray, to the Lord of the harvest that He will send more labourers into His harvest.
Are you willing to become a labourer in the field? If so, your web site could become a powerful reaping tool in the Saviour's hand!
To find out more visit Max Mader's web site: www.avoiceinthewilderness.org
Obviously your Home Page will be different from Max's or ours. Everyone is different; but the Gospel we proclaim is the same. Max's Page will give you some ideas as to how you could set out your Home Page which, though reflecting your own personality, will still be proclaiming the Everlasting Gospel. If you have any reservations or queries about becoming a SBS Contact,
then write to us or Max.
I'll end here, reminding you that "The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few." Come and join us in the field!
Do let me know your web address if you decide to become a SBS Contact Person.
Meanwhile may the blessing of the Almighty rest upon all who seek to learn and do His will.
In Emmanuel's Name
Elder: David B Loughran
Stewarton Bible School, Stewarton, Scotland.