We have completed another year of publication of the Timely Messenger, a ministry that was begun by Pastor Ike T. Sidebottom August 13, 1940. He served as editor until the mid-1960’s when his health kept him from continuing this work. Pastor R. B. Shiflet took over as editor for the next few years. When Pastor Charles Wages became pastor of College Avenue Church he took up the editor’s job and continued in this role through the end of 2002 when he stepped down.

It has been my privilege to serve as editor for the last three years; to help continue a work that has been used of the Lord to reach many for Christ and to help others come to a better understanding of God’s Word, “rightly divided.” Besides these pastors who edited and contributed to this little Bible study paper, many other faithful servants, both men and women, have written, printed, prepared mailings, prayed, and given in support of this work. We thank the Lord for those who have labored together with us in this ministry. We would also like to thank you, our readers, for your faithful support. Many of you not only read the paper, but you pass it on to others, write letters of encouragement, provide financial support, and pray for our endeavors. May the Lord richly bless you! As we begin another year for the Lord, we would ask for your continued prayers that God would enable us to proclaim the gospel of God’s grace and to speak the truth in love, all for His glory.

— Gregg Bing, Editor

“But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with
the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God
who tests our hearts.” —1 Thessalonians 2:4