This one is for you

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

We’re grateful to the TFR Fellows for their wonderful contributions to the knowledge of God.

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

#holidays, #joy, #prayer, #thanksgiving

Keep it Going!

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!” (Psalm 106:1). Thursday, perhaps all of last week, we were conscious of our blessings and expressed our thankfulness to God. We used our national day of “Thanksgiving” to remind ourselves of the fact that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17). On “Turkey Day” most of us gathered with our family, ate a delicious meal, reminisced and, perhaps, watched a football game. Most importantly, we gave thanks to the Lord “for He is good.”

Keep it going! Keep your heart in tune to the manifold blessings of God! Express your thanksgiving! Live a life of thanksgiving! Every day is “Thanksgiving Day” for the Christian. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

We may struggle with the idea of giving thanks “in everything.” Sometimes our circumstances do not lend themselves to being thankful – there are dark clouds. I am reminded of the story of Matthew Henry, the respected Bible commentator. When robbed of his purse, Mr. Henry expressed thanksgiving! He wrote, “Let me be thankful, first, because he never robbed me before; second, because although he took my purse, he did not take my life; third, because although he took all I possessed, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed.” Thanksgiving is always a matter of perspective. Even in the storms of life we can thank God for the cool breeze. We can always find something (many things) to be thankful for. Have a blessed day…and be thankful!

Dwight Fuqua – via Focus on Findlay (Findlay church of Christ – Sparta, TN)

#gratitude, #thanksgiving, #thanksliving

Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation of 1863

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God.

We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to God that made us!” – Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day, Washington, D.C., March 30, 1863

To read more on this topic, especially in light of our current political situation, you can follow this link and this link to the official site.

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1 COR. 14:26


An E-Letter from Ted & Barbara Knight to our Romanian Family

Dear Brothers, Sisters, and Friends,

Today in America we are observing what our forefathers designated as a ‘Day of Thanksgiving.’ It is one of our favorite days of the year. School is dismissed, many people are not required to work, and families gather for a time of great food, fellowship, and pleasant memories. I am sorry that in the last few years more emphasis is placed upon shopping, which requires that all the stores are open, and other activities and it seems to me that the focus on ‘Thanksgiving’ is somewhat diminished. But, that is a choice that everyone makes for themselves.

Very early this morning My Lady and I lay in our bed and we began counting our blessings. It seems that the list would be endless and it really is, when you began to put those blessings into words to yourself and someone else, it really makes them come alive. We want you to know something; “Very close to the top of those blessings that we thank God for is our family of Christians and friends in Romania.” In 2014 we will begin our 20th year of work and association with the people of Romania. You will never know what an impact you have made on our lives. There are some people who go into another country and they come home and forget who they met and some of what they did. That is not true of us. We remember the first baptism of Horia and the second one was Ramona Manescu, followed by many others. We remember bible studies and many of you translating for us, the bus rides between Pitesti and Craiova, and the wonderful times of fellowship when our work was done at days end. We could write many pages from the memories that we have of all of you and the love that we have for you. So, on this Day of Thankgiving, please be assured that you are a vital part of our prayer of thanks to God and we pray that many more years of memories will be made.

We pray that God will bless you and keep you lovingly in His arms.

With Much Love,

Ted & Barbara

#fellowship, #missions, #thanksgiving

Hugh’s News & Views (I Am Thankful)



As we approach another season of thanksgiving (but as Christians, shouldn’t we be thankful to our Heavenly Father all year ’round?), I am immensely thankful for a vast number of things, not the least of which is the blessed assurance I have of everlasting life with my Lord in heaven. No explanation should be necessary as to why this is at the top of my list of things for which to be thankful. As one who has already entered the “red zone” of earthly life, I have been livingimperfectly though my efforts have beenfor heaven since my pre-teens. As I have advanced through the years, eternal life has become more precious to me, and I am deeply thankful for its glorious prospect.

According to Christ, eternal life comes from knowing God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ (John 17:4). It is the gift of God (Romans 6:23). It is to be found only in Christ Jesus (John 14:6) where one becomes a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17), is able to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:3-4), is without condemnation (Romans 8:1), and has eternal life (1 John 5:11-12). Outside of Christ no one has any hope whatsoever of everlasting life in heaven. To that end, one needs to come to terms with what the Scriptures say with reference to how one enters Christ (Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:27) and remains in Christ (John 8:31-32; John 15:4-7; 1 John 1:5-9; 2 John 9). (One would be wise to look up, read, reflect on, and comply with these divinely inspired statements.)

Heaven is a place Christ has gone to prepare for His faithful followers (John 14:1-3). Those who enter that place must make preparation to do so. No one coasts into heaven. As has been often stated, “Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.” One must do the will of the Father to enter His everlasting kingdom (Matthew 7:21). One must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Christ in all things (Matthew 16:24). Those who have the right to the tree of life and who are granted the privilege of entering in through the gates into the heavenly city are “those who do His (God’s) commandments” (Revelation 22:14).

When the great apostle Paul recognized that the time of his departure (death) was at hand, he was comforted by the assurance that there was “laid up for [him] the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, [would] give to [him] in that Day; and not to [him] only, but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8). During this Thanksgiving season, I am thankful for that same blessed assurance and earnest expectation of everlasting life in heaven.

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!

O what a foretaste of glory divine!

Heir of salvation, purchase of God,

Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

–Fanny J. Crosby

Note: The above article appeared in the November 19 issue of the e-magazine Hope and Expectation at the request of its editors, Dale and Jeff Jenkins of The Jenkins Institute. The Jenkins institute is an on-line service designed to assist and encourage preachers of the gospel in their work. It is named in honor of Dale and Jeff’s father, the late Jerry Jenkins, who was a fellow student of mine at Freed-HardemanCollege back in the mid-1950s. Jerry was a most able and faithful preacher, and Dale and Jeff have followed successfully in his steps. I appreciate them giving me permission to use the article (with a few adaptations and additions) as my essay for this Thanksgiving week’s edition of “Hugh’s News & Views.” May all of my readers have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Hugh Fulford

November 26, 2013

#hughfulford, #thanksgiving

Thanksgiving and Family

Thanksgiving adds value to our family in several ways. Here are a few to think about:

  • It causes us to realize that there are things in life that we don’t control by encouraging us to look to the One who controls all things
  • It makes the little things of life such as the minutes and hours, and not just years, that we spend with each other large enough to be seen
  • It causes us to be grateful by saying those words that mean so much when they’re said with the heart – thank you
  • It makes us appreciate those in our life who have shared their love and most importantly, if it’s there, their example of a faithfulness to God that knows that life doesn’t always work out the way we think it should, but nevertheless we have a God in our life who has worked out what we need the most by his grace

So many words are contained in the single word thanksgiving that I don’t know if they could all be counted, but that’s why it adds value to so many things including our family when we understand what it is.

Remember, the Bible never uses the word thanksgiving in connection to a day that America celebrates, but it does use it in the same way that we can we celebrate this coming day in America – and that’s with an open heart.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;” (Philippians 4:6)

#family, #personal-insights, #thanksgiving

Christian Worker on the subject of “Thanksgiving”

Here’s a link to a PDF of this month’s Christian Worker. This issue of the Christian Worker examines the topic of “Thanksgiving.” Please click on the link to open it, and read it with your Bible in hand.

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

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