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10/25/2019

UPLift: All things change, except one

UPLift is moving to the Forthright Press website. Come along!

UPLift is moving to the Forthright Press website. Come along!

In this edition:

  • All things change, except one
  • Make a difference
  • POEM: God Creates Anew

ALL THINGS CHANGE, EXCEPT ONE

Remember the web back in the 90s? Do you pine for those days when spam and bots weren’t a thing? Would you go back to those days and give up all the development that has occurred since then? I thought not.

Change is a given. It’s going to happen whether we like it or not. Things and people die, other things and other people are born. It’s not a cycle, but a progression. Time moves forward. We think it may move slowly or rapidly, but it does move. And is reaching toward the End.

Many changes are uncomfortable. They require we adapt and regroup. One that was recently announced is Google’s end to the free ride. They’re going to start charging for online storage, once you hit your limits. Of course, you were always paying, if not in cash.Read More

08/28/2019

Practicing Proverbs, chapter 3

7 points to get you started practicing the book of Proverbs, from chapter 3.

7 points to get you started practicing the book of Proverbs, from chapter 3.

We’ve published a few of these on the Forthright Press blog, and here’s yet another one — out of order as far as the book’s chapters, but within, we hope, the great order of God’s wisdom. So here are 7 important points of wisdom from chapter 3 of Proverbs.Read More

02/24/2019

Changes coming to Forthright Press and Magazine

Major changes are now occurring, and we take them as opportunity for growth.

Major changes are now occurring, and we take them as opportunity for growth.

As of Feb. 25, Barbara Ann Oliver will step down, due to personal reasons, from the daily operations of Forthright Magazine. We will miss her presence and good work.

Thanks, Barbara, for your wonderful contribution all these years.

For now, I will resume editing of articles. We are searching for a managing editor, a volunteer position since the magazine is a free service.

Forthright Magazine has been around since the mid 1990s. It was our first online effort. Everything else we do online has grown out of it.

My son Joel has begun reworking the Forthright Press website and will take over the marketing and sales. He brings experience and knowledge to the process.

Every change is an opportunity for growth. We trust in the Lord to show better ways of serving the church and of helping others seek his way.

06/01/2018

Practical Guide to Bible Study (Portuguese)

Jon Gary Williams wrote and published the book, A Practical Guide to Bible Study. We translated it into Brazilian Portuguese and published it in 2018.

The paperback has a full-color cover, with 101 pages, done in high-quality printing. It was printed in Brazil. We’ve had requests on how to get a copy outside of Brazil.

To order a copy of the book outside of Brazil, do this:

  • Send US$15.00 (per book copy) to our PayPal account.
  • Email us with your complete mailing address, including full zip code.

International snail mail is taking weeks to arrive, so please be patient. Contact us if you’ve not received it after two months.

For other books in Portuguese see our website for Projeto Alcance.

11/08/2017

Practicing Proverbs, chapter 2

This is an exercise we’ve done with several chapters in the book of Proverbs for our own edification. This seven-fold list might encourage you.

  1. Wisdom (and the truth behind it) is discoverable, 1-11. We can know the truth, Jn 8.31-32. Pilate’s question, “What is truth?” has an answer.
  2. To “call out for” discernment and “raise your voice” for understanding, 3, indicate the intensity of desire for wisdom, reinforced by verse 4. The search must be real and all-consuming, or “extreme” (now a positive quality).
  3. Wisdom must enter the heart, 10. Truth comes from outside man, Ps 51.6. The popular idea of looking within oneself for truth and guidance is terribly misguided.
  4. Wisdom is a savior from evil men and immoral women, 12-19. It works powerfully in a fallen world.
  5. The marriage covenant is “made before God” 17. It is more than a contract between two people. God unites them, so it ought not to be broken.
  6. The upright who reside in the land, 21, are those who prosper and have peace by seeking God’s wisdom. See Mt 5.5.
  7. Wisdom and wickedness are two ways of life—and the only two that exist—that lead to two different destinies, 21-22. Which will you choose? 20.

11/29/2016

Your favorite content links all in one place

The Forthright/GoSpeak team is one of the most prolific producers of spiritual and biblical content on the web. We’re grateful to work with a large and diverse group of faithful brothers and sisters in Christ.

The question is how to keep up with all that good content. Social media limits access to much content, and moving timelines and statuses can cause one to miss it.

On our website, we’ve solved that problem. Bookmark the ((feeds page)), which is updated automatically as new content by our team is published.

But don’t wait long to check back. Every day the team publishes plenty of new articles, posts, prayers, and poetry.

There’s something here for everybody.

05/24/2016

Time is not your enemy

Following is an excerpt from the book, Choose!

We see time as the enemy. Something we work against. Something that works against us, robs us of life, cheats us out of youth, health, and happiness. Milton called time “the subtle thief of youth.”

We consider time the upturned hourglass whose last grains of sand fall through the aperture while we watch helplessly. A fleeing rabbit to be chased and, by some miracle, trapped.

Yesterday holds a log of lingering woes and fading memories. Tomorrow appears a gathering storm or the bottomless pit of our good intentions. Today we fight a fog of uncertainty clogging along in our daily routine.

But our despair about time wastes it. The Now is where we live. This moment is not merely “all we have,” as if it were little enough, but the gift of God to enjoy, the plenitude of life’s possibilities, the flower in full bloom.

Today draws loved ones near, the present makes plans come to fruition, this moment breathes the air of all that is.

Mick Jaggar, not my favorite philosopher, said, “Time is on my side, yes it is.” He’s right, if I choose today.

The choice, then: to fritter time away by the minute and hour, or to choose today as my day to live, to shine, to love, to laugh.

Choose! makes a great personal or group study, with questions at the end of each of its 13 chapters. Get it here.