Mike G. and Barbara

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

A New Column: Communion Meditations

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.

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The Men Pray Together

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.

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A Different New Year Blessing

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.

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