`Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.’ Philippians 3.1.
Paul uses this word, ‘Finally,’ not to suggest that he is about to die or that he will never see the Philippians again, because in chapter 1, verse 26, he anticipates a future visit if it would prove to be the Lord’s will. He uses this word in the sense of ‘for now’ or literally, ‘for the rest’, so that these last verses were his concluding thoughts.
He repeats the word in a similar way in chapter 4, verse 8, ‘Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.’
Paul’s burden and concerns for dear friends are closely similar to my burden and concerns for all the dear friends who have so prayerfully, constantly, and kindly supported the work of Gospel Tidings for so many years, some since its beginning when my father had a burden to begin this work in 1965. I am deeply grateful to my dear friends, the trustees, David Oldham, Paul Watts, and John Jarman, for all their willing help and encouragement in so many ways. We are greatly indebted to John who has for so long managed our finances, kept the mailing list up to date, and written countless letters of thanks. Also much gratitude is due to my son, Paul, for his work with the printing of the addresses for each issue, and friends at Evington who have so efficiently done the packing and mailing of the magazines. There are so many others who have been so willing to assist in various ways and we are deeply grateful to all who are still living and prize the memory of those who are now with their Lord in glory.
A number of factors have conspired to bring the Trustees of the Gospel Tidings Trust to the conclusion that the magazine should cease publication. And so the word, ‘Finally’, has an obvious suitability in this last issue.
As was indicated in the previous issue, The Gospel Tidings Trust will continue but with reduced activities.
It is intended that the Gospel Tidings web-site will continue with the same address: www.gospeltidings.org.uk which means that the whole nineteen volumes will be freely available to access from a computer which will allow detailed searches to be made of authors, titles, and contents.
The publishers have constantly expressed their gratitude to the many
readers who have most generously supported us through the years, so that the Trust has never been in debt. There are Trust funds sufficient to more than cover the possible costs in future and so we ask that there be no more donations. We are deeply grateful to all kind friends and thank you again for your practical and prayerful support. Any surplus funds will be donated to charities involved in the publication of Christian literature faithful to the Word of God.
With affectionate thanks to all our readers from the Editor