Notes on Web Browsers Embedded Players and Files:
Because there are a growing variety of browsers today for desktops, tablets and mobile devices, messages are now becoming available with three different embedded players—along with the traditional linked titles (which are directly linked to the MP3 files). It may be necessary to update your browser and/or install an Adobe FlashPlayer plug-in module for the on-site embedded players to work. FlashPlayer is available for free (see the links below). Take into consideration the notes that follow & experiment with your device to see what format works best for you.
Clicking/Tapping on the Linked Sermon Titles: (traditional way):
Positives: This method worked across all platforms that we tried. An Adobe FlashPlayer add-on is not required. Right-clicking on a file enables you to download it for off-line hearing. These pages can contain both 16kbps and 32kbps versions of sermons, and even may have ".MWV" videos (as they are available). Note: these videos only play on platforms that can handle "WMV" files.
Negatives: In some cases this method uses a full-screen embedded player—so browsing cannot continue using that tab while the message is playing. A simple work-around is to just open another tab.
Windows devices: Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Opera browsers play the audio using their own embedded players (sometimes the whole file needs to load before the audio starts playing—give it a little time). Internet Explorer and the Windows version of Safari ask if you want to OPEN or SAVE: selecting OPEN plays it with your system's default MP3 player, while selecting SAVE allows you to save it for off-line playing/archiving.
Andriod's browser: Asks if you want to play the file with GooglePlay or with a different app (eg.: Opera). In some cases the file starts playing automatically — in other cases it may be necessary to to press PLAY.
iPhone/Safari: Tap on a file to play.
LIST-VIEW Player ("BLACK") (requires Adobe FlashPlayer plug-in):
Positives: An excellent over-all player, especially when hearing a series in sequence. When one sermon finishes it automatically drops down and starts playing the next, and keeps going until you hit STOP. Plays highest quality available.
Negatives: The Progress-Bar does not give a precise minute/second indication, so if you leave off in the middle of a sermon it can be hard to pick up exactly where you left off when resuming. (Work-around: leave the window open and put your device into SLEEP or HYBERNATE mode rather than turning if off). Works great on Windows. Has not worked on any Android or iPhones that we tried.
Embedded Player “A” (blue) (Requires Adobe FlashPlayer plug-in).:
Positives: These pages can have links to two audio qualities, and the embedded player will play highest quality available.
Negatives: The Progress-Bar does not give a precise minute/second indication. Works great on Windows. Has not worked on any Android or iPhones that we tried.
Embedded Player “B” (gray):
Positives: Works on Windows, Androids and iPhones. Plays the highest quality version available. Gives precise progress time on some platforms (Edge, Firefox, Chrome-for-Windows, Android's browser, Opera-for-Android).
Negatives: Plays fine—but does not give a precise minute/second indication on some platforms (Chrome-for-Android, Opera-for-Windows). Up until recently this player displayed itself as gray (see first screen-shot, below) — but recently on most platforms has begun displaying itself as white (see lower screen-shot). iPhones show it as gray and plays the message fine—but for some reason only the lower half of the PLAY button shows.
In some cases we have seen that PLAY may need to be pressed twice -- the audio should begin shortly after “ | | ” appears.
Browser "Zoom" size:
FireFox must have the screen size set to “100%” to display the players properly. Hold down the CTRL key & turn the mouse-wheel to change sizes (this method works with many browsers - for others you may need to look through HELP).
Embedded Player becomes blank:
Occasionally we have seen the blue and/or black embedded players turn white - there are no play/pause buttons or volume slider, etc. Reloading the page always seems to correct it (press F5 or the browser's refresh button).
Google Chrome for Windows:
This works best, overall. Recent updated versions had no problems displaying the embedded players properly or playing the files.
Mozilla Firefox for Windows:
Updated versions which have the Adobe FlashPlayer Add-on played everything okay, but if Zoom is set above 100% it messes up the display of the black "List Multi-Player" (see screen shot below)
Not recommended. Most versions of Windows Internet Explorer that were tested had various troubles. A few versions worked – to a certain degree. These showed Embedded Player “B” at twice the normal height & had no progress bar. Some showed this player & played the files, whereas others showed it but did not play the files. Sometimes it falsely reports that the link is not valid. Others do not show the player(s) at all. Generally, this browser is not recommended for this site. (Conspiracy Theory: is Microsoft doing this deliberately so folks will be forced to move to ,,,,,)
Microsoft's new “Edge” for Windows 10 was tried and has worked very well.
We try to check links but if you come across any that do not work, please let us know so they can be corrected. Our Conctact-Us form can be found here.
Sound Qualities/Bitrates/File sizes:
If no bitrate is specified on links, sermons are generally 16kbps (for more information about “bitrates,” click here). Embedded players are linked to the highest quality files available. Lower-quality, smaller-sized files are for faster downloading. File size can be an issue if internet speed is slow, if data-usage is a concern, if storage space is limited, or if you wish to download a lot of files in the shortest amount of time (say, for a long series). Some of the messages on the site come from very old, sometimes very cheap and/or frequently recopied tapes, so background noise may be present. Efforts have been made to minimize this & to adjust for speed problems, but in some cases the quality will still be so-so. Since the content of the messages is of primary importance, we trust that you will bear with any shortcomings.
The latest Browser/Flashplayer update links for various players/platforms are available here::
(be sure to un-check “optional offer” if not interested)
An example of what happens on some browsers with Zoom set to higher than 100% (note the white space).
Chrome's built-in embedded "full-window" player - clicking on an open link plays the files as shown (be patient: it may take a while to load).
Some versions of I.E. cannot show the player correctly (as on the right) - others show it okay (left) [?] -- go figure.
"Player B" as shown on Chrome, Firefox and some versions of I.E. respectively (which is black instead of gray, twice as tall, no progress bar[?] -- go figure).
"Player B" as displayed on other versions of I.E. (“browser not supported“”).
Player(s) blank-out occasionally even on Chrome -- not sure why -- page just needs to be refreshed.