By Editorial Staff
Published April 3, 2008
I have been very grateful to our Lord beyond my ability to express for what He has done through you with The Forerunner. And now we have the Russian and Chinese versions! Only when we are in “our Life Hereafter” will we as parts of the “cloud of witnesses” come to know what an enormous uplifting effect those great periodicals (Predvestnik and The Mandate) have had and will be having on our world.
Robert M. Metcalf
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Champions for Christ in the Amazon
I am writing this note from the Amazons of Peru. My family and I are here for a two month span. I am holding a school of evangelism for 60 Christian leaders, as well as going into the schools and university campuses. The group here who invited us to come have a real vision to reach the Indian tribes throughout the jungles, as well as start Bible studies in the many villages which grow cocaine for U.S. consumption – The best way to curb the drug problem (U.S.) is to get the growers saved and under the Lordship of Jesus! I’m teaching new strategies for evangelism in the ’90s. All are multi-media evangelistic tools that attract huge crowds of non- believers in Latin America. I’m teaching them also how to preach Lordship, lay foundations, of true repentance, etc. It’s exciting! Thanks for the wonderful article you ran on Campeones para Cristo (Champions for Christ). Could you send us all the back issues of The Forerunner to help us as missionaries? We’d love to keep up on what’s happening. The cutting-edge articles will also help us to help others.
Freedom for former USSR permanent?
Some time ago, two ministries I have respect for both warned about the freedom in the C.I.S. being not permanent. A number of pastors in the C.I.S. told that the Holy Spirt had impressed upon them that the freedom of religion would not go on indefinitely. There was a vision of a wheel which rolled in one direction and the more it rolled the more freedoms the Russian people experienced. But by and by the wheel began to slow down. Eventually the wheel came to a stop. After hesitating a bit, the wheel began to roll back in the direction from whence it came, and as it rolled back, the freedoms the people had enjoyed began to be taken away one after another. I don’t know whether this will occur soon or not, but this is from respectable men with good ministries.
Editor’s response: Our strategy for reaching nations in the former USSR and now communist China is to act urgently not knowing how long the opportunity of openness may exist. However, we are not driven by prophecies, visions and dreams predicting the failure of the progress of liberty in the world. This is not consistent with what Jesus Christ himself prophesied: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then the end shall come” (Matthew 24: 14). It is possible that freedoms in the former USSR may be short lived, but we are driven by a gospel of victory not of defeat.
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“Give me liberty or give me death!”
Patrick Henry’s famous declaration not only helped launch the War for Independence, it also perfectly summarized the mindset that gave birth to, and sustained, the unprecedented experiment in Christian liberty that was America.
The freedom our Founders envisioned was not freedom from suffering, want, or hard work. Nor was it freedom to indulge every appetite or whim without restraint—that would merely be servitude to a different master. No, the Founders’ passion was to live free before God, unfettered by the chains of autocracy, shackles that slowly but inexorably bind men when the governments they fashion fail to recognize and uphold freedom’s singular, foundational truth: that all men are created in the image of God, and are thereby co-equally endowed with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
This presentation is a similar call, not to one but many. By reintroducing the principles of freedom that gave birth to America, it is our prayer that Jesus, the true and only ruler over the nations, will once again be our acknowledged Sovereign, that we may again know and exult in the great truth that “where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17).
Welcome to the Second American Revolution!
This DVD features “Liberty: The Model of Christian Liberty” along with “Dawn’s Early Light: A Brief History of America’s Christian Foundations.” Bonus features include a humorous but instructive collection of campaign ads and Eric Holmberg’s controversial YouTube challenge concerning Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.
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Foundations in Biblical Eschatology
By Jay Rogers, Larry Waugh, Rodney Stortz, Joseph Meiring. High quality paperback, 167 pages.
All Christians believe that their great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will one day return. Although we cannot know the exact time of His return, what exactly did Jesus mean when he spoke of the signs of His coming (Mat. 24)? How are we to interpret the prophecies in Isaiah regarding the time when “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:19)? Should we expect a time of great tribulation and apostasy or revival and reformation before the Lord returns? Is the devil bound now, and are the saints reigning with Christ? Did you know that there are four hermeneutical approaches to the book of Daniel and Revelation?
These and many more questions are dealt with by four authors as they present the four views on the millennium. Each view is then critiqued by the other three authors.
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That Swiss Hermit Strikes Again!
Dr. Schaeffer, who was one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the twentieth century, shows that secular humanism has displaced the Judeo-Christian consensus that once defined our nation’s moral boundaries. Law, education, and medicine have all been reshaped for the worse as a consequence. America’s dominant worldview changed, Schaeffer charges, when Christians weren’t looking.
Schaeffer lists two reasons for evangelical indifference: a false concept of spirituality and fear. He calls on believers to stand against the tyranny and moral chaos that come when humanism reigns-and warns that believers may, at some point, be forced to make the hard choice between obeying God or Caesar. A Christian Manifesto is a thought-provoking and bracing Christian analysis of American culture and the obligation Christians have to engage the culture with the claims of Christ.
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“Here I stand … I can do no other!”
With these immortal words, an unknown German monk sparked a spiritual revolution that changed the world.
The dramatic classic film of Martin Luther’s life was released in theaters worldwide in the 1950s and was nominated for two Oscars. A magnificent depiction of Luther and the forces at work in the surrounding society that resulted in his historic reform efforts, this film traces Luther’s life from a guilt-burdened monk to his eventual break with the Roman Catholic Church.
Running time: 105 minutes
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Special Two-Disc Set!
After 40 years of intense study and world-wide ministry, Dr. Francis Schaeffer completed his crowning work of scholarship – to present profound truths in simple film language. Dr. Schaeffer’s brilliant analysis of the past and predictions for current trends have proven so uncannily accurate that this amazing series still feels contemporary almost three decades after its initial release. Ultimately, Schaeffer concludes that man’s only hope is a return to God’s Biblical absolute, the truth revealed in Christ through the Scriptures.
Available for the first time on DVD, this documentary spectacular also includes intimate in-depth conversations with Francis and Edith Schaeffer. With the on-disc study guide, this presentation forms a unique course of comprehensive study. While this series forms an innovative analysis of the past, this outstanding work is more than history. Each episode focuses on a significant era, yet speaks clearly to 21st-century man with answers for modern problems.
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