Here I Raise My Ebenezer —Progress of simplybible.com
The 19th of December 2012 was a special day. It was simplybible.com’s 10th birthday online. This may not mean as much to you as your own birthday, but perhaps you can appreciate my gratitude to the Lord for helping my ministry, as webservant and author of this site, to reach this ten year milestone.Since then another 3 years has been added to make 13 years online.
1 Hither By Thy Help
"Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and named it Ebenezer, saying, 'We have come this far with the Lord's help'"(1Samuel 7:12). The name Ebenezer means “Stone of Help”.
I cannot compare myself to Samuel, nor do I raise up a stone cairn anywhere to acknowledge the Lord's help. I raise my Ebenezer in my own heart. This page is my heartfelt acknowledgement to you that the Lord is no respecter of persons, and just as he helped the great Samuel, so he helps the ordinary man who seeks to serve him well. He will do this for you as he is doing it for me.
If my ministry through simplybible.com these ten years is worthy of any note, it is all to the credit of Jesus whose providence has enabled me to serve.
Jesus tells me that I am "an unprofitable servant"(Luke 17:10). It hurts me to read these words of his, not because I think he is wrong, but because I know he is right. However the hurt is easily borne because I know he loves me as he loves you. I know that he can make what I have done profitable, if I commit it to him. This I have done wholeheartedly. So have those who have helped me.
2 Early Milestones for simplybible.com
On 19 December 2002, simplybible.com went on the internet. For the previous year I worked offline to create the site, trying to maintain my faith that I could do this thing —fully aware that I did not know what I was doing. However, with the Lord's help I learned from various quarters the skills required.
There are a few milestones recorded below that show how simplybible.com has developed in its first ten years. I will add new milestones beyond the first ten years as they pass.
2001 Researched/studied website design and markup, and produced 80 pages.
2002 Site went online at around 80 pages.
2002 Site increased to 200 pages.
2003 Site accepted by dmoz and Google
2003 Site increased to 300 pages.
2004 Domain name simplybible.com was secured.
2004 Site increased to 400 pages.
2005 Site was allotted its own exclusive webspace.
2005 Additional domain name simplybible.com.au was secured.
2005 Site increased to 600 pages.
3 Ebenezer Revisited
"You ought to say, 'If the Lord wills we will live and do this or that'"(James 4:13-17).
Shortly before the 3rd birthday of simplybible.com I nearly died. Fortunately the Lord provided the medical aid I needed to save my life. I was very conscious that as I set goals for more milestones into 2006 and beyond, they would be achieved only “if the Lord wills...” As further milestones are recorded, I shall say to Jesus, “Hither by thy help I've come”.
2006 Monthly requests for pages exceeded 50,000—a rate of one access per minute.
2006 Site upgraded to a minimum standard for transitional html.
2006 A glossary system was added as a special study series.
2006 The service pages were upgraded and given a new look.
2006 Site increased to 800 pages December 5.
2006 The simplybibleFinder search engine written, introduced, and under development.
2007 The simplybibleFinder search engine out of beta at version 7.1.