By Jay Rogers
Published September 1, 1993
The goal of The Forerunner is to establish a network of media resources around the world that may enable Christian nationals in foreign countries to publish reformation newspapers similar in vision to The Forerunner using cutting-edge computer technologies. Here are the most recent developments:
Predvestnik: The Voice of a New Generation
KIEV, Ukraine (FR) – Roman Medvid, staff editor, informs us that the seventh issue of Predvestnik has been produced. There are now ten major distribution centers throughout cites in Ukraine, the Russian and Kazhakstan. Recent issues of Predvestnik have been carried into Moldava and the Baltic States.
The two most recent issues contained a series of articles on church history. Roman Medvid compiled history series featuring figures and events such as the Nicean Council, Saint Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Finney and Dietrich Bonnhoeffer. Sergei Zavgorodny is writing a series concerning the great changes in the political structure of the former USSR and how this will affect Christians and young churches. Predvestnik is being distributed freely in the public schools of Kiev and other cities as well as on university campuses and through churches.
Predvestnik’s newest staff member Segei Zavgorodny has a vision for reaching Muslims with a special edition of Predvestnik. There are millions of Russian speaking Muslims throughout the former USSR. Some of the largest Muslim groups are the Tatars and the Turkish peoples throughout central Asia. Sergei believes that now is the time to reach Muslims with a newspaper specifically geared to these people groups.
Our goals for 1993 and 1994 are to publish Predvestnik on a bimonthly schedule; increase circulation; and continue to expand distribution throughout the former Soviet Union. We plan to use Kiev as a base to print the Muslim newspaper and a Reformation newspaper to reach mainland China!
The Forerunner: Preparing The New South African
BRAAMFONTEIN, South Africa (FR) – Dawson Lewis, missionary to South Africa, has had a burning vision to establish the South African Forerunner for several years. Dawson’s church is involved in ministry on the university campuses and in establishing a Christian school in South Africa. Three other churches, part of His People Christian Ministries, are networked with them in the vision to reach the university campuses and to establish a publication. Nicky Becker, managing editor of The Forerunner: Preparing the New South African, began working as a part of this ministry last year and has produced three issues.
Says Nicky: “The Forerunner was birthed in October last year out of Maranatha Christian Church of South Africa which has now merged with His People Ministries. The magazine has been modeled on The Forerunner USA newspaper. It is, however, in its very beginning stages. I need to establish exactly what equipment we need. Also, we need advice in raising finances, personnel rrequirements, marketing methods, etc. We have a mailing list which includes business people, pastors, people involved in the political arena, etc. The magazines are distributed on three campuses in Johannesburg and one in Cape Town. We would very much like to link up with you for the purpose of training.”
The Mandate: Liberating China
DURHAM, North Carolina (FR) – The 1990s promise to be a significant time of change for China. That’s why The Mandate is being produced: to give the tens of thousands of Chinese students here in the United States a blueprint for the reformation of their culture and society.
In early 1994, The Mandate will emerge with an all Chinese language version. Our goal is to sow the seed of Christian ideas on the university campuses where there are many Chinese international students. Many of these young people have come to America seeking answers to the problems that their country faces. Unfortunately, the American university classroom is a very hostile place for the Christian message – we intend to counter that with a relevant presentation of Christian ideas so that the entire Chinese international student community studying in the United States can be prepared for revival!
Our desire is to greatly increase campus distribution through interested individuals and churches. We must reach the thousands of Chinese students here in the U.S. with the gospel of Jesus Christ. If we enter this battle of ideas with the message of the gospel, thousands of Chinese internationals will respond to the call of God on their lives. Many of them will return to their nation to assume places of power and effect lasting change according to biblical principles.
This first edition appeared this fall in English in order to raise the financial support that is needed to accomplish this great task that lies before us. The Chinese publication will be ready in early 1994 and we want to have the finances available to make a large impact on the Chinese international population with the very first issue. At the moment, we are not only putting together the Chinese version, but also looking into ways that The Mandate can be distributed in China.
Reaching The Nations With The Printed Word
The world of the 1990s is changing at a rapid pace. The gospel of Jesus Christ is destined to penetrate every stronghold of darkness from the communist bloc to the Islamic nations. The goal of The Forerunner International is to reach young people who will be used of God in liberating the nations.
We will do this by training the young editors of the emerging network of Forerunner newspapers. We will help them to publish the message of Revival and Reformation so that they can be used of God to effectively transform their nation. Our goal is to establish a network of media resources, information sharing and news gathering services so that young people the world over can catch a vision of the progress of the gospel worldwide.
At this time we are in great need of finances to move forward. Contributions will be used for equipping and training staff of established publications, personal support for our staff and establishing new publications. Your contributions are tax-deductible and most appreciated.
Your financial contributions will help to put hundreds of thousands of copies of The Forerunner into the hands of the world’s future leaders. With your help we can liberate the nations!
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Who is the Real Jesus?
Ever since the dawn of modern rationalism, skeptics have sought to use textual criticism, archeology and historical reconstructions to uncover the “historical Jesus” — a wise teacher who said many wonderful things, but fulfilled no prophecies, performed no miracles and certainly did not rise from the dead in triumph over sin.
Over the past 100 years, however, startling discoveries in biblical archeology and scholarship have all but vanquished the faulty assumptions of these doubting modernists. Regrettably, these discoveries have often been ignored by the skeptics as well as by the popular media. As a result, the liberal view still holds sway in universities and impacts the culture and even much of the church.
The Real Jesus explodes the myths of these critics and the movies, books and television programs that have popularized their views. Presented in ten parts — perfect for individual, family and classroom study — viewers will be challenged to go deeper in their knowledge of Christ in order to be able to defend their faith and present the truth to a skeptical modern world – that the Jesus of the Gospels is the Jesus of history — “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He is the real Jesus.
Speakers include: George Grant, Ted Baehr, Stephen Mansfield, Raymond Ortlund, Phil Kayser, David Lutzweiler, Jay Grimstead, J.P. Holding, and Eric Holmberg.
Ten parts, over two hours of instruction!
Running Time: 130 minutes
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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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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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Is there a connection between pagan religion and the abortion industry?
This powerful presentation traces the biblical roots of child sacrifice and then delves into the social, political and cultural fall-out that this sin against God and crime against humanity has produced in our beleaguered society.
Conceived as a sequel and update to the 1988 classic, The Massacre of Innocence, the new title, The Abortion Matrix, is entirely fitting. It not only references abortion’s specific target – the sacred matrix where human beings are formed in the womb in the very image of God, but it also implies the existence of a conspiracy, a matrix of seemingly disparate forces that are driving this holocaust.
The occult activity surrounding the abortion industry is exposed with numerous examples. But are these just aberrations, bizarre yet anomalous examples of abortionists who just happen to have ties to modern day witchcraft? Or is this representative of something deeper, more sinister and even endemic to the entire abortion movement?
As the allusion to the film of over a decade ago suggests, the viewer may learn that things are not always as they appear to be. The Abortion Matrix reveals the reality of child-killing and strikes the proper moral chord to move hearts to fulfill the biblical responsibility to rescue those unjustly sentenced to death and to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 24:11,12; 31:8,9).
Speakers include: George Grant, Peter Hammond, RC Sproul Jr., Paul Jehle, Lou Engle, Rusty Thomas, Flip Benham, Janet Porter and many more.
Ten parts, over three hours of instruction!
Running Time: 195 minutes
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“When the lives of the unborn are snuffed out, they often feel pain, pain that is long and agonizing.” – President Ronald Reagan to National Religious Broadcasters Convention, January 1981
Ronald Reagan became convinced of this as a result of watching The Silent Scream – a movie he considered so powerful and convicting that he screened it at the White House.
The modern technology of real-time ultrasound now reveals the actual responses of a 12-week old fetus to being aborted. As the unborn child attempts to escape the abortionist’s suction curette, her motions can be seen to become desperately agitated and her heart rate doubles. Her mouth opens – as if to scream – but no sound can come out. Her scream doesn’t have to remain silent, however … not if you will become her voice. This newly re-mastered version features eight language tracks and two bonus videos.
“…a high technology “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” arousing public opinion just as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 antislavery novel ignited the abolitionist movement.” – Sen. Gordon Humphrey, Time Magazine
Languages: English, Spanish, French, South Korean, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese
Running Time: 28 minutes
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