History Of This Ministry
History Of This Ministry
The ComingInTheClouds.org Internet ministry has evolved (for lack of a better term) very much over time. By God’s grace, this evangelism and discipleship ministry has been going on in one form or another for perhaps 25 years. It actually started out before the Internet came into being – with a weekly lunch-hour bible study where I worked. Some of the bible studies developed for that group are on the current website. At about that time I started to write my own gospel tracts for street evangelism I was doing with a brother in the Lord, from around 1989 to 1996. We were looking for tracts that gave people the whole council of God – Most of the tracts for sale at Christian books stores or at church tract racks were pretty watered down and often omitted the “H” word (hell) and talked about the Love of God without saying much, if anything, about His wrath and judgment. Eventually I started writing gospel tracts for Dan Gentile, a pastor of a small local church, back around 1994. Dan along with his young son Sam and my street evangelism friend George and I would go door-to-door sharing the Gospel and handing out tracts with the church contact info printed on them. Because of personal reasons Dan had to retire early from both pastoring the local church and his roofing and construction business. He then went on to become an evangelistic long-haul truck driver.
Some of those early Gospel tracts written for street evangelism and door-to-door evangelism are on the current website, though some have been edited to be more in line with the Doctrines of Grace.
All these accumulated tracts and bible study materials ended up becoming part of a website called “The Agape Website” around 1997 or 1998 which ran on a free website service (www.castle.net) that is no longer in existence. Then it was moved to another hosting service (www.truepath.com) that also had free web hosting. Here is a snapshot of our early “Agape” website from back then:
Truepath.com still is in business but no longer has free website hosting. Then the site got too large for their free services and was moved a new site from around May of 2000 until about March of 2002:
But that newer paid site was sharing space with other sites I was maintaining as a hobby. So “The Agape Web Site” was moved to its own dedicated account and renamed to Acts413.org in 2001:
Acts413.org existed from at least November of 2001 until around June of 2007:
In the 2008 timeframe, Acts413.org became comingintheclouds.org which started out looking like this:
and ended up looking like this before being upgraded to new website software in March of 2014:
The website update was performed to make the site more user-friendly. But the only simple way to do that without having the site out of commission for a very long time would be to setup at new site in parallel to the old site. So I setup a site called protestantanswers.com in parallel until I could find the time to merge the two sites.
At this point in time God has blessed this ministry and website with thousands of visitors every month from all over the world. Our list of popular articles can give you an indication of the volume of people seeking discipleship information at ComingInTheClouds.org.
The website currently has hundreds of gospel tracts, bible studies and discipleship articles that I either wrote myself or I obtained from other Christian authors (and that were posted as-is or were slightly edited for clarity or biblical accuracy). Any material that is not my own, I do my best to give credit to the author, if known.
Through the years God has enabled this Internet ministry to operate on a very low budget. A lot of the software used to build and maintain the website is free open-source software. As God put people in my path to teach me new things about web site design, I have been able to affordably improve the usefulness of the website. I hope it is a blessing to you and to whomever you share the materials with.
PS: Because of the “watchman” nature of this website I realize that some visitors may get the impression that the site is advocating being a lone-wolf Christian or it is encouraging Christians to bash churches and their leaders. Christ didn’t advocate that and neither would I. The major focus of this website is to encourage others to:
- Test the spirits
- Prove all things
- Earnestly contend for the faith
In the process of doing those 3 things in a luke warm church environment a person can get discouraged and want to either give in (to mediocrity) or give up. But if you are like most true believers who are passionate about biblical truth, you will absolutely love to fellowship with and dialog with other Christians who have the same hunger and thirst for righteousness and you will do that whatever it takes. And in that regard, God has blessed me – over time, not overnight – with more than a few wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ whose own spiritual gifts have blessed me in various ways. Some of them have contributed articles to this site or have reviewed existing articles. Others have brought discipleship materials and ministries to my attention that were then mentioned on the website.
Surely, in the Church at the local level – especially in a conventional church with many “members” – it can get lonely at times. Which is why it is important to have a solid network of friends whom you can call, email, text, write to or visit locally or visit virtually with services like google video chat or Skype.
Christ Died For The Ungodly
by Horatius Bonar
The divine testimony concerning man is, that he is a sinner. God bears witness against him, not for him; and testifies that "there is none righteous, no, not one"; that there is "none that doeth good"; none "that understandeth"; none that even seeks after God, and, still more, none that loves Him (Psa. 14:1-3; Rom. 3:10-12). God speaks of man kindly, but severely; as one yearning over a lost child, yet as one who will make no terms with sin, and will "by no means clear the guilty." <continued>