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04/07/2016

A generous family of faith

Our people have long been generous to support good works. Let us also do what money alone cannot.

Our people have long been generous to support good works. Let us also do what money alone cannot.

Over where it all started, on Forthright Magazine, I posted yesterday a rare editorial, “Changes afoot,” detailing a few upcoming novelties. I mention a boyhood memory:

Brotherhood evangelistic efforts, as a rule, do not ask for donations from people they are trying to reach. They seek support from within the brotherhood. I remember watching, as a boy, “The Herald of Truth,” when Batsell Barrett Baxter was the speaker, and feeling glad that, differently from denominational programs, no financial appeal was ever made on the program.

Our people have long been generous to support good works. Such generosity signals spiritual health. Let us develop that willingness to spread the Good News of Christ. Let us seek out people laboring in the fields. And let us do what money alone cannot: pray to the Lord of the harvest for more workers.

He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest, Lk 10.2.

Pray that God will produce fruit from every good effort. Pray that he will uphold the hands of those who labor. Pray that these will be faithful in their task and teaching.

And continue to grow in support of those workers, in every way.

12/20/2014

Our GoSpeak prayer for your holiday

Why put this prayer on GoSpeak? We explain in the last paragraph.

Why put this prayer on GoSpeak? We explain in the last paragraph.

Please see on the GoSpeak site our holiday prayer for all our friends, fellow saints, and coworkers in this great effort.

We’re grateful especially to the Forthright Press authors for their wonderful contributions to the knowledge of God.

GoSpeak is the ministry arm and main umbrella for all the Forthright efforts.

03/02/2014

Let us pray for Christian authors, writers, and poets

Have you ever prayed for a Christian writer busy in his task?

Have you ever prayed for a Christian writer busy in his task?

pray-writersA large religious publisher apparently makes a monthly call for prayer for its authors. Their practice reminds us that many in the brotherhood are writing books, Sunday school curriculum, articles, poems, and posts. Wouldn’t it be a grand thing to include them in our regular prayers?

Perhaps you’d like to include such a supplication to the Lord in a prayer with your brethren as well in private.

01/01/2014

A year of plans, one day at a time

Please read our wish and prayer for you in this new year.

Please read our wish and prayer for you in this new year.

Barbara Ann Oliver and J. Randal Matheny
Barbara Ann Oliver and J. Randal Matheny

On behalf of the dozens of people who contribute in some way to the Forthright / GoSpeak / Old Paths family, we pray the Lord’s blessing be upon you for the coming year of 2014.

Fellows and admins of The Fellowship Room, editors and columnists of Forthright Magazine, advisory board members, editors, and contributors of BrotherhoodNews.com, members and collaborators of other sites and efforts, as well as supporters and encouragers of this service done for the approval and glory of God, all join to call upon the Sovereign Ruler for his powerful presence to bring to your life meaning and joy and peace and every good thing.Read More

10/21/2012

When the news is bad and incomplete

How to react to news about brethren in compromising situations.

How to react to news about brethren in compromising situations.

Brethren in moral failuresA recent report on BNc sketched out news about a Michigan preacher who went missing, only to be found safe a few days later in Virginia. He’d left willing, without a word, without his cell phone.

The tendency, in the lack of information, is to speculate. Obviously, something was wrong in some way, but to imagine causes leads one into fruitless directions.Read More

03/26/2011

Prayer invitation for April, 2011

We invite you to devote yourself and invite others to the Prayer of the Month for April, 2011, in these two petitions before God.

We invite you to devote yourself and invite others to the Prayer of the Month for April, 2011, in these two petitions before God.

Prayer of the month for April, 2011

We invite the brotherhood to dedicate the month of April to the following petition:

That we may have a healthy concern for the spiritual well-being of our brethren, by not letting them confront the dangers of immorality or false doctrine alone.

May our missionary petition be:

That we may communicate the gospel “by all means,” as did the apostle Paul.

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