New theme on TFR

Today ought to be a slow day for us here at TFR, so we’re going to try the updated P2-breathe theme, still with the front-page posting. Fellows, please note that the option to open up the subject line is located at the top right of the formatting bar.

This should take care of the problem of comments made to individual posts from the front page showing up in the wrong place.

This is still in something of an experimental stage. If there are severe problems, we’ll revert to the old theme.

The background tile chosen doesn’t please much, so it’ll likely get replaced.

Fellows, please, please, familiarize yourselves with the new theme at this link here: and here:

#housekeeping #themes #progress

When posting comments

Eugene noticed this behavior, and it happened to me today. I tried to reply to a comment, when I was on the front page, and instead of the proper article, it was posted to another one. This must be a theme problem. So we recommend that when you post to an article, to click on the title, go to the address of that article, and comment from there.


Transfer begun of The Fellowship Room

Earlier this year, we mentioned that we would move TFR from WordPress hosting onto our own paid hosting service. That process has begun. Along with that, the domain name became available, and since it’s best to have a dot-com domain we bought it and will be using it.

As soon as the new domain is pointing to the new installation, we’ll export from here the posts and import them there. The old dot-org domain will be pointed to the new one.

This means for the Fellows that we’ll have to fix you up with new accounts, or at least new passwords. Await for word on that.

This is a great step forward, we hope, to serving the brotherhood in a great way.

#changes #housekeeping #internet

Forthright sites down (now restored)

If you try to access a Forthright/GoSpeak site hosted by, it will tell you the account has been suspended. We’re trying to discover what the problem is. Hope to have some news before long.

UPDATE 5:35 CT: The support guy couldn’t fix it, so he opened a ticket and knocked upstairs to the senior support. We’re waiting for a fix.

UPDATE 11:35 CT: Sites are now restored, as of about 30 minutes ago. Sites were down for 7 hours. We were suspended, but nobody can tell us why.


Welcome Dan Mayfield as our newest Fellow

Please welcome Dan Mayfield, our newest contributor to TFR. We look forward to his insights and perspectives. Continue reading

#fellows, #housekeeping

Oops! More traffic than the plan can handle


Our sites have exceeded bandwidth already on our new host server, so they’re down for the moment. Must have been the video link on BNC that we published last night.

This is the second time it’s happened in a week or so, so we’ll have to up the limits with a new plan, apparently. Sorry for the inconvenience.

The image reminds me of someone who saw a lady in line at the airport as she got ready to go through security. She saw the restrictions on a sign. So she took her large water bottle and stuck it it one of those small plastic bags. The bag held about a third of the bottle, and she tried to carry it through like that. She couldn’t understand why TSA wouldn’t let her through with it. Off topic, but another example of too much for the container.


Believing Prayer gets facelift

Do you approve? See the new theme for the Believing Prayer website. This site also was transferred with our move to a new host, so it seemed a good time to update the theme. I’m sorta kinda on a day off, but have been tinkering with this neglected spot of ours.

Also, make use of the Prayer Journal page, which uses the nifty Muut forum system, for your prayer requests and thanksgivings. Here’s the website link:

#housekeeping, #prayer

Update on transfer of sites

Brotherhood News is offline at the moment. Matt is working on it. It’s the last to get transferred to the new hosting service, and there appear to be some issues with the transfer.

Other sites have been transferred already and are up. Forthright Press has to be redone, with the shopping area added a second time. That doesn’t get transferred automatically.

In other news, The Missus and I fly home to Brazil on Thursday, arriving, Lord willing, Friday morning sometime. It’s been a good visit with friends, family, and supporters. A positive thing about travel also is returning home, sleeping in one’s own bed, and returning to one’s own routine.

#housekeeping, #websites

10 advantages to sharing your content on TFR

tfr-logoHere are ten advantages of posting to The Fellowship Room. These are mentioned here (a) to encourage our present Fellows and (b) to motivate others in the Lord’s church who might be interested in joining in our fellowship fest. Continue reading

#group-blog, #housekeeping, #writing

Followers and posting

TFR now has over 3000 followers, says the WP system count. This includes social media contacts also, so it’s almost as good as it looks.

Question: how many of the Fellows use the post option on the main page? How many use the dashboard? Just thinking here in terms of theme change. This one is not responsive, that is, doesn’t adapt well on mobile.

There’s a child theme to this one that does, but we’d have to move off of the WP hosting onto our own host server. Which is not a bad thing, but would involve some work.

#followers, #housekeeping, #posting

Some of our sites are offline due to a server outage

OfflineOur hosting server, for FPress, Forthright Mag, BNc, and others, appears to be down and has been for an hour or so, at least. My blog is also on this server.

I’ve not heard from anyone about it, but I assume it’s not a problem with just my access. My IP was blocked a couple of times from it, which was, and is, an unwise approach.

TFR is unaffected, since it’s hosted by So everyone can double up here for reading and interaction.


WordPress has made a major update and it…

WordPress has made a major update, and it appears that our theme used here on TFR does not agree well with it. Social media share buttons are aligned vertically. There’s nothing we can do but wait for the Great Ones who run WP to fix it.

#housekeeping, #wordpress

Time to renew hosting and domain name of…

Time to renew hosting and domain name of TFR, along with a number of other domains and Internet charges that belong to the Forthright / GoSpeak ministry. No single fee is large, but over the year they add up. Seems many, if not most, of our renewals come in January.

If you, as a child of God, have been blessed by TFR, Forthright Magazine,, Christian Hub, Believing Prayer, or any of our other sites, please consider a donation to help keep them going. You can use PayPal or send a check through the mail to our overseeing congregation in N. Little Rock.

Every gift, no matter the size, makes a difference.

#donations, #housekeeping, #internet-ministry

Welcome to Josh Gulley

josh-gulleyWe’d like to welcome Josh Gulley as the newest Fellow here on TFR. Josh teaches chorus at DeKalb County High School in Middle Tennessee and attends the congregation in Smithville.

Eugene has posted a number of Josh’s articles from the Smithville church bulletin, so he arrives as a figure already familiar to us. And he’s already made his first post today, which we hope will be the first of many edifying articles.

We had the privilege of meeting Josh earlier this year at Tenn. Bible College’s Spiritual Renewal Lectureship.

Please make Josh feel welcome.

#fellows, #housekeeping, #tfr-gang, #writers


(#74) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:1-Home-wreckers Need Not Apply!

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 14:1: “The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.”

“Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established” (Proverbs 24:3). It takes a wise woman to build her house (not talking about the building, but the life in it). Truly, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the LORD” (Proverbs 18:22). Finding a good wife means knowing her family, and this cannot be done over the Internet! Jesus gave insight into home-life when He said a “house divided against itself will not stand” (Matthew 12:25).

The “foolish” woman destroys her own house by being:

1. Foolish, that is, ignoring or challenging God’s rules for living right. Every good marriage involves 3: the husband, the wife, and God (Colossians 3:16-21)!

2. Contentious (“dissing,” chiding, scolding, fussy, fretful), a tyrant by tantrums.

“Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, Than in a house shared with a contentious woman” (Proverbs 21:9); “Better to dwell in the wilderness, Than with a contentious and angry woman” (Proverbs 21:19); “It is better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, Than in a house shared with a contentious woman” (Proverbs 25:24); “A continual dripping on a very rainy day And a contentious woman are alike; Whoever restrains her restrains the wind, And grasps oil with his right hand” (Proverbs 27:15-16). There is no relief from a leaky roof “on a very rainy day,” and so a contentious woman can literally drive her family up the wall to the attic, or out the door into “the wilderness.” She is as impossible to deal with as “the wind,” or the fragrant odor of “oil” (perfume) once it’s in the hand. She has turned against her mate who should be her support, and her children who would unconditionally love her. The home should be a refuge, not a hunting ground!

3. Selfishly Independent, that is, she must be willing to uphold her place in the home. Too many, it seems, are like young widows, not ready to settle down into being a wife and mother. “But refuse the younger widows; for when they have begun to grow wanton against Christ, they desire to marry, having condemnation because they have cast off their first faith. And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not” (1 Timothy 5:11-13). Some mothers dress and act like they are still in the “singles scene,” looking for a mate, not like they have taken themselves “off the market” because of responsibilities at home (1 Timothy 5:14).

Some women disrespect God’s Word by not marrying, not being a good wife, not being a proper mother, or by making her own home-life miserable!

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#attic, #bible-study, #busybodies, #children, #contentious, #family, #foolish-woman, #gossips, #housekeeping, #jesus-christ, #leaky-roof, #marriage, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #wilderness, #wisdom, #wise-woman