Flashback 2003: Happy Birthday To You!
Vol: 28 Issue: 14 Saturday, October 14, 2017
It was two years ago today that the first Omega Letter Daily Intelligence Briefing went out by email. A lot has happened in two years. Some good, some not so good, but all interesting. When the first Omega Letter went out, Mike had not yet constructed the Omega Letter website. We sent out the emails through our ISP’s email server. At the outset, all we had to offer was promises, and you took them on faith.
You made it possible for us to obtain our own web servers. You waited patiently for us to get our first website off the ground, subscribed when it had virtually no content, stuck with us through our growing pains, and forgave us our errors. You have been there to encourage us through the rough spots, support us when subscriptions sagged, and forgave us when the circumstances of life interfered with the timely performance of our duties.
You have made the Omega Letter a family ministry — one in which we minister to each other, from the far-flung corners of the world, providing insights and perspectives that, in my own case, have opened my eyes to truths I would never have otherwise seen.
You have become my closest friends and my most trusted advisors. This is YOUR Omega Letter. And I am honored to be a part of it.
I’ve watched you make it your own — and to the enemy, a force to be reckoned with over the last two years. Our forums have produced teachers and disciples, unstructured Bible clinics containing deep pools of accumulated wisdom, and unintended but incredibly effective spiritual ‘therapy groups’ for the many members of the Church of the Walking Wounded who discover there, to their relief, that they are not alone.
We want to do something special to mark our survival for two years in a most hostile environment.
Mike has been building a new and improved Omega Letter website for some months now, in anticipation of our two year anniversary. Because of one of those ‘circumstances of life’ I mentioned, he had to take considerable time away from the project to gut and rebuild his basement after flooding caused a destructive mold infestation.
Despite all the slings and arrows (and a few bombs) that have been tossed his way, Mike says the new site will go active sometime today.
From there, it gets better. We are developing a much nicer forum home, with lots more options, a much sleeker look, a better interface and lots more bandwidth.
You all supported me enthusiastically when I was working on my book, ‘Bodyguard of Lies’ and were as disappointed as I was when a deadline glitch pushed its publication back several months.
Last week, Hal and I decided that pushing back the publication would ‘date’ the book, making much of the material obsolete by the time it hit the bookstores.
Hal proposed a different book, with less news analysis and more Bible teaching, about the development of the three pillars of the antichrist’s government, with the most focus being made on the global economy, and the history of the money trust that controls it.
So it’s back to the drawing board, for me. But it will be an exciting project. (My pre-production deadline is November 15) 🙂
I was perplexed about what to do with the Bodyguard manuscript. Wylie proposed converting it to an e-book and offering it to the public for a donation of any size to the Omega Letter.
I would be interested in your thoughts on this. The Scriptures say “in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.” I’ll seek your counsel in the member’s forum.
We have other new features in the works as well, but I don’t want to speak prematurely. Let me just say that Wylie is working hard on developing some new membership benefits, and Mike is working hard on some really cool interactive features for the new website.
As I reflect on the last two years, and how much we’ve learned as we’ve matured as a web presence in our own right, I can only get excited about the prospects for the next two years.
But all of that is secondary to how exciting it is to know that our work is being carried out in South Africa, in the UAE, in Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, the UK, Europe, South America, Africa . . . it is staggering.
Each of you, when you post in the forum, is speaking directly to a global audience, each of whom is a whole person in their own right, with a full network of friends, relatives, co-workers and acquaintances.
You reach them all. The Omega Letter reaches them all. And the Gospel reaches them all.
“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in ALL THE WORLD for a witness unto ALL nations; and THEN shall the end come. . .” (Matthew 24:14)