In the mercy of God it has been possible to continue the publication of Gospel Tidings through another year and the Publishers send their heartfelt thanks to all who have encouraged us with their letters and gifts. Above all we give thanks to the God of all grace for His help in all that has to be done in producing and distributing the magazine and in constantly updating the mailing list and keeping the financial records.
My personal thanks go to fellow-trustees David Oldham, John Jarman, and Paul Watts for all their help. We are repeatedly indebted to friends at Evington and Coventry as they do all the practical side of mailing each edition.
Next January will mark the thirty-fifth year since my father was taken to glory and left the work of editing this magazine to me. Since it will also be the beginning of a new situation for me as I retire from the pastorate at Forest Fold Baptist Chapel after twenty-four years, there are serious questions that have to be faced. Does the magazine have a sufficiently useful niche to fill amongst the many Christian magazines now available? As the circulation gradually decreases the question takes on a more urgent aspect even though the financial support is so kind and constant. Is there a suitable person to take over the editorial responsibility when the time inevitably comes for me to hand on that task? I simply ask for the prayers of our readers as I have to face and decide on the answer to these questions.
`Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen’.
Hebrews 13. 20-21.
All grace grows as love to the Word of God grows. Philip Henry.
There is no death of sin without the death of Christ. John Owen.
God has more remote ends than short-sighted souls are able to espy.
God’s providence leaves room for the use of our prudence.