The staff of Forthright Magazine ask God’s blessing upon you in all the ways that matter. We desire above all that you and those close to you may comprehend the love of God and respond to that love in daily faith and unquestioning obedience. Continue reading Merry Christmas
Richard Mansel has been named managing editor of Forthright Magazine, effective immediately. In his previous post as assistant editor, Richard went far and beyond the call of duty. The new position reflects much of what he’s already been doing — working hard as an editor and doing much more than a mere assistant. Continue reading Richard Mansel assumes role as managing editor
We’d like to welcome Mike Greene as a monthly contributor to the Restoration History column. Mike is well qualified for this subject with his long-term interest in it. His bio and picture are now on the About Us page. Mike’s first article will appear later this week, and as soon as it’s posted here, the column link will be active. Our prayers go out to our associate editor Barbara Oliver who undergoes major surgery this morning. We invite you to pray with us for her recovery and good health. Barbara has been a major force in the smooth operation of … Continue reading Mike G. and Barbara
Effective immediately, Richard Mansel assumes the duties of Assistant Editor of Forthright Magazine. Richard is well known as the writer for the Square One column, so we are excited to have his expanded participation in the magazine. … Continue reading A New Addition to the Team
by J. Randal Matheny, editor
After my Forthright article this morning, “Words During the Supper,” imagine my pleasant surprise to read a communion meditation, by a guest author, in Neal Pollard’s Daily Bread email.
For a long while I have dreamed of a communion meditation column in Forthright Magazine, but we lacked a columnist.
So I decided to strike out on faith and start the column, without a columnist.
I’m praying that people will respond with submissions for the column.
Next Sunday, watch for Tony Raburn’s meditation, “We’re Going to Heaven!”
After that, it’s your move.
We regret to inform our readers that J.C. Choate, long-time missionary, editor and publisher died around 12:20 p.m. CST at his home in Winona, Miss. … Continue reading Veteran Missionary J.C. Choate Dies
by J. Randal Matheny, editor
Friday our family returns to Brazil, after some five weeks in the USA. The big event was our son’s wedding December 15, which I’ll refrain from gushing over.
Other moments were also encouraging and uplifting. Churches responded to help make up some of the financial loss we’ve sustained over the past few years, with a 65% drop in our buying power. (For those who don’t know me, I’ve been a missionary living in Brazil since 1984.)
One of the other encouraging moments has been my participation with the men’s prayer group at the Center Hill congregation in Paragould, Ark. This church has supported us in Brazil since the beginning.
Every Monday morning they meet together in the multi-purpose building with a list of people who need prayer. The list includes the sick, caregivers of the sick and missionaries. I was gratified and humbled that my name was on the list.
Each brother “pours out his heart before God,” as organizer J.T. Ashby put it, with his own concerns, while mentioning a portion of the list, name by name.
The ministers and several of the elders and deacons participate.
For three weeks I met with these good brothers. Each time I came away refreshed spiritually and braced for greater service.
J.T.’s stout coffee, as good as it was, didn’t warm the atmosphere as much as the united devotion of the men.
I return to Brazil Friday knowing those men better. And growing closer to my Lord.
Those prayer meetings are a high point of this trip I’ll not soon forget.
“So confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great effectiveness,” James 5:16 NET.
Here’s a different new year blessing, written by Cornelius Claassen in South Africa.
“During the coming New Year, may the blessings of God harass you and happiness attack you wherever you go. May your miseries be hijacked and may the tsotsis (street thugs) pickpocket all your worries. May peace break into your house and may the thieves steal all your debts. May all your problems forget your home address.”
You’re welcome to add your new year blessing, pray or wish below in the comments section.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday. It testifies to the Christian underpinnings of the United States. Though other countries have imitated the observance, they lack the tradition which forms a basic underpinning of the American nation. No nation in the world is so generous to share its blessings than the United States. This sharing certainly comes from the sense of gratitude that many feel for the Lord’s copious outpouring of generosity toward us. On this Thanksgiving Day, I’d like to share three needs that I personally know about and can recommend to you as worthy causes. Your sharing will directly help … Continue reading Share the Blessings
Frequently asked questions of the Forthright Magazine site. Why Forthright? The word Forthright is not only an adjective which means “honest, straightforward,” but also a noun which means “a straight path.” We want to take that path to the Cross of Christ, while speaking in a direct, clear and loving manner. Who’s behind it? A group of friends publishes Forthright. Editor Randal Matheny has lived in Brazil since 1984 and works in publishing, evangelism, church planting and leadership training. Assistant Editor Barbara Oliver works with Gospel Opportunity Evangelism in Winona, Miss. The staff writers have come on board at different … Continue reading FAQ