Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

General Questions

  1. Where can I purchase a copy of the Believers Hymn Book?

Spiritual Questions

  1. Which "church" do you go to?
  2. I was baptized when I was a child, doesn't that make me a Christian?
  3. Is baptism necessary for salvation?
  4. Can a person ever lose their salvation?

Technical Questions

  1. When I click on a tune nothing happens or I don't hear any sound. Why does that happen?
  2. The words on your website are very small. How can I make them bigger?
  3. Why do the tunes sound fine on one computer, but like a harpsichord on another?

General Questions

1. Where can I purchase a copy of the Believers Hymn Book?

The Believers Hymn Book can be purchased from John Ritchie Ltd, Christian Books & Publications.

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Spiritual Questions

1. Which "church" do you go to?

I fellowship with non-denominational Christians that are simply gathered to the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I once read a lovely poem someone wrote to describe groups of believers who gather in a similar manner as we do. Here it is below:

"MY JEWELS"

In a day of closing darkness, when the outlook is so black;
When the hearts of men are failing, and the feet of saints turn back;
When corruption spreads her mantle o'er the minds and ways of all
When the violent do prosper, and men's passions rise and fall;

When amid the gloom and darkness shines one feeble ray of light
Some, who feel and own the ruin, seek by faith to walk aright.
Some, who fear the Lord of glory, and who think upon His Name
Some, who often speak together of His glory and His shame:

Some, who often round Him gather to exhort and sing and pray
Some, who prove amid the darkness they are children of the day
Some, who wait a coming Saviour, and who long His face to see
Some, who wait their hope's fruition 'til conformed to Him they be:

GOD, Who dwells in heavenly glory, He beholds this feeble few
HE records in His remembrance all the sorrows they pass through.
HE discerns each true affection, and declares "They shall be Mine
When I gather up 'MY JEWELS' - these shall in My Presence shine."

- G.W.F.

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2. I was baptized when I was a child, doesn't that make me a Christian?

No, it does not. (I must confess it both saddens and angers me that this belief is so prevalent today when the evidence is so clear.) Christ suffered at the hands of sinful men, and untold agonies upon the Cross as God punished Him for our sins in those three hours of darkness. He cried "It is finished" before He dismissed His Spirit signifying that the work of redemption was 100% complete. See Matthew 26:66-68, 27:22-50, John 19:28-30. In light of the enormity of Christ's sacrifice, I find it rather disrespectful and irreverent that some would teach that salvation is obtained through dipping oneself in water for a mere 30 seconds or less. Also read the next section's explanation.

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3. Is baptism necessary for salvation?

Absolutely not! (This is really easy to show.) While there are many verses to show this and much could be said in explanation, I'm aiming for conciseness so here are just a few examples:

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4. Can a person ever lose their salvation?

No! Read John 10:28-29, Ephesians 1:13-14, Hebrews 7:25, 10:17 .

People have tried to use the argument "{name} was so active in the church, but now he/she is completely living a life of sin and doesn't want anything to do with God. Surely, they must have fallen-away and lost their Salvation." Sadly, these people never truly received Christ as their Saviour, and have tarnished the image of genuine Christians. Often times, the fault lies in them hearing either an erroneous, unclear or watered-down Gospel message. Afterwards, they think they have become a Christian when in reality they have not, and their life eventually proves it.

People who are truly born-again understand that their souls have been delivered from Hell for all eternity at great cost through the tremendous work of Christ upon the cross for their sins. Because they really love the person of Christ and appreciate His sacrifice, they would never reject Him. See 1 John 2:19.


Technical Questions

1. When I click on a tune nothing happens or I don't hear any sound. Why does that happen?

There could be many reasons why you don't hear anything. I would suggest you try one or more of the following steps:

  1. Make sure the volume is turned up. If you are using Windows, check the Volume Control panel typically in the bottom right hand corner. Adjust the main and midi sliders up. Also make sure that the "Mute" option is NOT checked.
  2. Make sure you have Windows Media Player installed. If it's not installed, install in from your Windows 98/2000/Xp CD or download it from the Microsoft website.
  3. If you have a slow internet connection (less than 56k) you may notice after clicking on a tune that Windows Media Player opens but no sound is heard. Wait about a minute and see what happens. If there is a great deal of internet traffic on the server, a lag can occur before a tune plays.
  4. You may have to link the .mid file extension with the Windows Media Player application to play automatically when you click on a midi file using Internet Explorer. Here's how you do it for Windows 98 (it will be similar for Windows 2000/XP users also):

    1. Download a midi file from my website by right-clicking the mouse on a tune and selecting "Save Target As..." Keep the specified filename. It should end in .mid. Choose an appropriate destination on your hard drive and press Save.
    2. Run Windows Explorer from the Start Menu.
    3. Navigate to the destination where you downloaded and saved the midi file. Select the file by clicking once on the file name.
    4. Hold down the Shift key and right-click the mouse on the selected midi file. Select "Open with ..."
    5. Scroll down the list and choose MPLAYER or preferably MPLAYER2. Also put a check mark in the box labeled "Always use this program to open this type of file." Click OK.
    6. You should now be able to click on a tune from my site and have it play automatically.

  5. If the previous step didn't work, you may have to define a MIDI Sequence first. Do the following:
    1. Run Windows Explorer from the Start Menu.
    2. Go under the View menu and select Folder Options.
    3. Click on the File Types tab and scroll down the list to see if you have a type listed as MIDI Sequence. If it's present, ensure that the file type details agree with those in Diagram 1. Otherwise, click on New Type and enter the information as shown in Diagram 2.
    4. Now go back and repeat Step 3.
  6. If the two preceding steps don't work, you will have to right-click on the tune, select "Save Target as..." to download the midi file to disk, and then double-click on it to play the song.

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2. The words on your website are very small. How can I make them bigger?

In your web browser, go under the View menu and look for a setting to increase the Text Size.

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3. Why do the tunes sound fine on one computer, but like a harpsichord on another?

There could be several reasons for this:

  1. Your PC speakers could be low quality.
  2. Your sound card could be low quality.
  3. The software drivers for your sound card could be out-dated, consider going to the manufacturer's website to download updated drivers.

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