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A computer-wise Arkansan repulsed by obscene material available on the Internet has started a company that blocks access to such matter.

Neil Willis, a 26-year-old Air Force trained technician, founded Alphanet Internet Communications Inc. in 1995 as a web site design company. But in December, Alphanet began providing protected access to the Internet and it already has gotten business from churches, Christian schools, Arkansas' Baptist hospital system, and the largest bank in the state. Twenty percent of its business is from pastors and churches.

Last year, Willis and a friend were browsing the Internet and "we stumbled upon some pornography without even looking for it," he says.

"We were looking for something else," he says. "We didn't know."

Willis was designing home pages in his spare time. His full-time job was as an information services manager for a large insurance firm. But Willis had been praying for several weeks that the Lord would direct him to the work He wanted him to do.

"I went to my Source," says Willis, who named the company Alphanet because God is fir...

By every measurement, John Redman was a prodigy. He finished high school at 16, entered medical school at 18, and earned his doctor of medicine degree at 22.

He entered the Air Force as a major at 27. By 31, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, he was the youngest urology department chairman in any medical school in the country.

By 53, he had 240 of his medical papers published, had been president of the Southern Medical Association and had received the distinguished faculty award from his med school's alumni association.

"I had far exceeded any dreams of success that I had ever had," Redman says. "I had money, I had power, I had prestige."

He was just as pleased with his personal life, where he was known for his carousing.

"Not only did I violate God's laws, I flaunted them," Redman says. "My lifestyle even offended decent nonbelievers. Probably the most delicate way to describe my ...