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*Moving to self-hosted WordPress

Hello friends. BIG NEWS. I’m going to move Swordsman Network and Swordsman Beginnings to a single self-hosted WordPress site (using the open-source software from WordPress.org). The new website will still be called Swordsman Network, but with my study journal now an integral part of it. Also, my plan to host and curate Christian resources remains unchanged. They will all be parts of this new website.

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Talks about rest, blogging, and foundations

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I’ve been resting for the past several days. Watching movies mostly. Catching up on my sleep. And doing some chores. Taking my mind away from all the works I need to do.

That is, all the works I need to do by faith.

It does take its toll in a man’s heart. Believing in a vision. And working to achieve it. Having faith in a God who seems intent (at least to me) to always bring me to, and to test, my limits. Especially if there are very little visible rewards — for now.

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*Free Online Bibles has changed its address…

Hello friends. This is just to inform you that my Bibles site, Free Online Bibles, has moved to a new address. It is now located at:

books.swordsmanoftheword.com/fs/bibles/

This is no longer an independent website, but part of a larger one.

Also, I’ve made some changes in its appearance that make it even better than before :)

*Publishing Christian Books Online

Hello friends. As you have seen, I’ve been distracted from studying and writing by my latest works for Swordsman Network — planning its future, redesigning this website, publishing audiobooks, and creating a new foundational site, Free Online Bibles.

Also, as I told you, I’ve wanted to finish publishing the WEB Audio Bible ASAP. But God, who is my boss, has had other plans for me. You see, my friends, for the past several days I’ve been trying to solve this problem: how to easily publish books online, particularly the texts of the audiobooks I’m going to host. For like with the audio Bible, I want these texts readily available to you. No need to download anything, or to search for them. And so when you want to listen to a recording, you only have to click the Play button, click on the link for the text, and read along while you listen.

The truth is, though I’m more than willing to hosts these Christian audiobooks on this website, I’m not that willing to publish their corresponding texts here. Given the nature of WordPress, that is just too much work, and too time-consuming. And besides, I don’t want my own writings to be overshadowed by them.

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*My New Bibles Website

Hello friends. I have a brand-new site for Swordsman Network, and it’s called — simply enough — Free Online Bibles.

In this website, I have gathered into one place three of the best Bibles from eBible.org — WEB, ASV, & KJV — and I’ve used the very HTML pages they are published in (which are available for download) to create the website. To suit them for my purposes, I’ve slightly modified the HTML pages, but not the biblical text (of course!).

These three Bibles are in the Public Domain, and so I’m free to publish them in this way — as part of the foundations of my blogging ministry. Meaning… that I will refer to them, read them, study them, build the ministry on them. And of course, you can do these things too, if you want.

Recently, I wrote about rebuilding our towers upon the Rock…. Well, making this website that contains three good translations of God’s Word available to all of you — a website that feels more personal than other Bible sites (at least, that’s how I feel) — is one sure way of doing that.

Anyway, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, I do have another website like this, but only for the World English Bible. It’s the one I’ve been linking to in the WEB Audio Bible. Well, that website is no more. I’ve deleted it, and replaced it with this new one. A much better one.

And so… what that means is that I’ll be even more delayed in publishing the audio Bible, because I’ll also be updating the links I’ve already made, not just the formatting… :(

Oh well….

*Website Redesigned

Hello friends. In the light of the new path that Swordsman Network is taking — to become a full-fledged website that serves as the news, portal, and resource site for Swordsman of the Word — a website that hosts audiobooks as its special function — I’ve had to change this blog’s theme and then redesigned it. And that is because the previous theme I was using is not well-suited to publishing lengthy literature, and it doesn’t showcase well the resources I’ve planned to publish.

The good news is that I have now finished this redesign (as you will see when you visit this site online). The fonts I’ve selected are formal, as befitting the website’s purpose. And the colors, I hope, are easy on the eyes, for long reading. There’s no sidebar, but the footer is a good place to advertise the audiobooks and other resources. This new theme I’m using, called Hever, is one of the recent ones (though it’s a bit older than my last theme), and it uses the latest WordPress technologies. Because of this, I’m hoping that it will serve me for many years before I had to change it again.

That’s the good news. But there’s also a bit of bad news that this redesign has brought — formatting problems, esp. on the pages of the WEB Audio Bible I’ve been publishing. I’m more than halfway through the work, but because of this, I have to edit those pages again before I can continue.

And so, my friends, even though I’m committed to finish publishing this audio Bible as soon as possible (I see this as one necessary foundation for my blogging, and I’m feeling the urgency to complete the task), the work is now unavoidably delayed.

And because it is already delayed, I’m also taking this time to step back a little and deal with the other things I’ve been neglecting because of this work, like my writing.

The remaining days of this month of May. This is the time I’m allotting to finish publishing the WEB Audio Bible.

A path I’ve never imagined… plus faith talk

LibriVox books

I’ve been busy. Not with writing, sorry. But with planning the future of this blog, Swordsman Network, and with publishing the WEB Audio Bible. And this is just the beginning. For the next several months, as God provides, I’m going to turn this blog into a full-fledged website that hosts audiobooks of the Bible and some other priceless and classic Christian literature (the conservative kind, of course). These audiobooks, unless I find other free sources, will all come from LibriVox.

Truly, this is a path for this WordPress.com blog that I’ve never imagined — when I moved Swordsman of the Word out of here, to be transformed into a static Hugo site and to be self-hosted.

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*Hosting the WEB Audio Book

Hello friends. I’m starting a small project for the Swordsman Network blog. I’m going to host here the full audio book of the World English Bible, the one recorded by Winfred Henson and released by LibriVox. There are 89 recordings in all, each one about 70 minutes in length, and each recording will get a page here in the blog. There will also be links to the biblical text, so you can read along while listening.

Obviously, this project is going to take some time to complete, but I’m putting now in public view the links and pages to it, even though it’s still being worked on. And that is because right now I’m only borrowing a laptop to do these works I can’t do in my smartphone, and our internet connection these days are not that reliable. So it’s better for me to work on this project little by little, than to reveal it to you all at once when it’s completed.

As some of you may know, I was working on my own small collection of Christian resources, Swordsman Library, but my work on that was suspended, along with some of my other works. The best thing I can do for now is to publish some resources here in the Swordsman Network blog, and this WEB Audio Book is going to be one of my price items.

And as to my purpose for publishing these resources: There’s a plethora of Christian literature and multimedia out there — some good, some bad — and they can be overwhelming and intimidating. These resources I’ve personally selected and recommend can help you to make a good start in your studies and inquiries.

SB: Rebuilding Our Towers Upon the Rock

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Post from Swordsman Beginnings

Being a longtime user of secondhand computers has taught me two important lessons: 1) don’t depend too much on the computer (as if my entire life would come to a halt if it breaks down), and as much as possible, be always prepared to transfer my work on another unit; and 2) always have backups of my important files, both in USB drives and DVDs.

Furthermore, being a longtime Windows user has taught me another important lesson, and that is, to never build some important works that are fully dependent on the operating system itself (and other commercial applications). And that is because, some years down the road, the OS will inevitably and drastically change (and so do the applications built on it), and it will most likely leave my works obsolete. (Therefore, all my investments of money, time, energy, and creativity will be lost!) Mind you, I’m not a power user or a programmer, but this affects me as a regular user nonetheless. Just imagine the vast amount of computer programs ever written (and all that went into producing them) that have become unusable because the systems they were built for are now no more.

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Leaving the past behind… yet again

For the past several days I’ve been hard at work: 1) doing my laundry (about three weeks worth of dirty clothes), and 2) cleaning and reorganizing my room.

Of course, I have an excuse for the first: I’ve been very busy setting up my blogs & sites, so that I can come back to blogging. And for the second, well, it’s something I don’t do very often. You see, our house is beside the road, and my room overlooks the street, and so dust (and noise!) have always been my enemies from time immemorial. It takes a lot of willpower, energy, and time to do a general cleaning, and being a man, such chores have always been low in my priorities :)

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