By Jay Rogers
Published May 1, 1991
MOSCOW (FR) – Two years ago, Eugene Mastratov worked as an oil prospector searching the northern reaches of Soviet Asia for natural gas and oil. Today his life has been radically transformed. He is still compelled to travel to obscure lands, but his purpose is changed. His life has become emblematic of the mandate of the Apostle Paul, “to preach Christ where he is not known.”
Last March, Eugene was sent out as a campus worker for Christian Youth International to several cities in southeastern Soviet Asia. His task was to invite Christian students to a conference in Moscow for five days of teaching and training in evangelism. Instead, his time among students, many of whom had never even heard the name of Jesus Christ, became a time of sharing his testimony and preaching the gospel.
Visiting the cities of Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Yushno Sakhalinsk, and Irkutsk (see map on page 13), Eugene talked to many young people in the university classrooms who were not yet acquainted with the concept of a personal God. Taking about two-thirds of his time to explain that “religion” portrays a false picture of God, Eugene would use the remaining third of his time to introduce the students to the power of the Holy Spirit and Biblical Christianity.
Once the students were introduced to Jesus Christ as a living, personal Savior, “their eyes lit up like fire.” Seeing their spiritual hunger, Eugene invited them to pray with him and receive salvation. Later, he met with the students in his hotel and talked with them further about salvation and the Christian life. Several of these students were able to travel thousands of miles to the evangelism and leadership training conference in Moscow on April 3-7.
Today Eugene Mastratov, a young Christian who recently committed his life to Christ in January of 1991, has a burning vision to spread the gospel all over the Soviet Union. He spoke of his desire to boldly preach where Christ is not known. There are many cities in the Soviet Union, founded since the communist revolution, that have no churches and no gospel witness.
This summer he hopes to travel to three such cities, Kamchatka, Magaden and Irkutsk. In doing so he will accomplish important apostolic work, bringing the message of salvation to many who have yet to hear about Jesus Christ.
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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).
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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?
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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.
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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.
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