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Editorial: Good News

George O. Wood
July 14, 2013

For the past 100 years, the Pentecostal Evangel has served as the communications glue that has held our Movement together!

My first serious interaction with the Evangel came when I was a student in college. I cannot remember whether it was just a class assignment or curiosity about our Movement’s history — but I came to the Assemblies of God archives and read through all the early years of the Evangel. It was a fascinating experience as I read the articles, absorbed the issues that came to define the Assemblies of God doctrinally and experientially, and read the great reports from the beginnings of missions around the world. What a treasure trove!

I realized in reading those primitive early issues — with none of the color and graphics we have today — that God’s great works always start small. Before He builds an interstate, He starts with a path, then a trail, then a road, then a highway — and finally the four-lane interstate.

So it was with the Evangel. It began as a small path for Pentecostal folk to travel on, to write their accounts of God’s moving in our day, to tell the story of the growth of small Pentecostal works here and overseas.

At times, the Evangel took a stand against the “wildfires” that sometimes blazed in the Movement. One article compared the Pentecostal church to a lit lamppost that in the summer drew all manner of bugs, and noted that nevertheless God was cleaning up His Church.

For the century of its existence, the Evangel has reported on the wonderful works of God. It has carried defining doctrinal truths, told countless stories from missionaries and pastors of God’s miraculous work in our day, and offered article after article that inspires, informs, and motivates us to live for the Lord.

It has been my privilege throughout my adult lifetime to write for the Evangel. My series on the Psalms, carried weekly for three years, formed the popular book A Psalm in Your Heart. For almost five years I’ve presented a weekly exposition of the Gospel of Mark. I am indebted to the Evangel for giving me the opportunity to share God’s Word.

The word “evangel” means “good news!” Thanks to the Pentecostal Evangel for bringing the good news of the full gospel for 100 years! Happy Birthday!


George O. Wood
General Superintendent
Assemblies of God

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