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perspective, surely there was       How do we respond given the          December/January/February 2016-2017	             Vol. 92 No. 1
a better time and location for      uncertainty of our day? In John
God to send His only begotten       15, Jesus was sharing with His        OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF THE CONGREGATIONAL HOLINESS CHURCH
Son into the world. God’s           disciples some of the reactions                                   EDITOR
people were under the harsh         they should expect from an
rule of Rome and the madman         unholy world. I would remind                                         William Strickland
Herod, who was notorious            us that we should expect the         The Gospel Messenger (USPS 223-340) is published quarterly for
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Elizabeth said, “As soon as the     is in us, it will reflect itself in
voice of thy salutation sounded     our everyday life. Joy is the                        GENERAL EXECUTIVE BOARD
in mine ears, the babe leaped in    outward expression of an inward
my womb for joy” (Luke 1:44).       experience. I pray that each of      Ronald Wilson	                               General Superintendent
Joy always accompanies Jesus.       us will stir up the gift of God      Wayne Hicks	             First Assistant General Superintendent
Did the situation in that part of   that is within us, so that we can    Danny Jones	         Second Assistant General Superintendent
the world immediately change        rise to the occasion facing our      Leslee Bailey	
for the better? No. In fact, in     generation.                          Kenneth Law	                                          General Secretary
some ways it worsened. But                                                                                                     General Treasurer
a Savior had been born! And             As you and your family
that one moment in time would       celebrate the Christmas season,                      GENERAL MINISTRY DIRECTORS
change the world forever.           Marlene and I pray that God’s
                                    blessings will rest upon each of     Charles Hanson	                                         World Missions
    As we fast forward back         you. “Joy to the world, the Lord     William Strickland	                                         Mission USA
to the twenty-first century,        has come!”                           Maggie Pruitt	
the question again becomes,                                              Tonya Cook	                     Women’s Ministries International
                                                                         Ronald Cook	                                   National Missionettes
                                                                         Brian Willingham	
                                                                         Marlene Wilson	                     Men’s Ministries International
                                                                         Wanda Murray	              National Royal Rangers Commander
                                                                                              Ministers’ Wives Fellowship International
                                                                                               Lady Ministers’ Fellowship International

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