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The Russian Missionary and Educational Society To be incorporated

Rev. Cortland Myers, D. D., President Rev. J. Wilbur Chapman, D.D., Vice-President Rev. W. H. Griffith Thomas, D. D., Vice- President Rev. William Fetler, Director for Russia George L. Leonard, Secretary G. Percy Fox, Treasurer 1820 Spring Garden Street, Philadephia, Pa.

The Russian Bible and Educational Institute To be incorporated

A School of the Russian Missionary and Educational Society, 1818-1820 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, Pa.

Rev. William Fetler, President Rev. George W. Price, Chairman Rev. Harry S. Tillis, Secretary G. Percy Fox, Treasurer

Purpose To train evangelists, preachers, Bible teachers, and other missionaries for work among Russia's 182,000,000 people, the 30,000,000 Ukranians in Russia and Galicia, and for work among these same, and other Slavic groups in Canada and the United States.

Basis of Work The following fundemental truths are at the centre of the teaching and practical activities of the instituation: the inspiration and supreme authority of the Holy Scriptures; the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ; His incarnation, stoning death, bodily resurrection and personal return; the work of the Holy Spirit in the regeneration and the sanctification of believers; and obedience to the last command of our Lord in praying and working for the evangelization of the world.

Students from Nine Nationalities The Institite opened in Philadelphia October 1. 1917. Nearly one hundred students are enrolled. Nine nationalities are represented: Russian, Ukranian, Serbian, Estonian, Croatian, Lettish, Polish, Jewish, and Finnish.

Jewish Department A Jewish Christian Department is planned as soon as practicable arrangements can be made. We desire to prepare workers to evangelize the 8,000,000 Jews in Russia, and for work among the nationality elsewhere. We have already two Jewish students, a brother and sister, both of whose lives have beem consecrated to work on behalf of their own people, and a dozen more of our Russian students have signified their desire to prepare for mission work among the Jews.

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Our Financial Needs Building Fund Under the direct guidance of God, property has been purchased, consisting of two main and two rear buildings, with deep intervening lot, affording room for large extension work. This could not be duplicated for $100,000. There is needed to complete the purchase...$40,000

Alternations Toward the expense of interior and exterior changes, for adaptation to chapel, dormitory, class, dining and administration purposes...$10,000

Administration For teaching and administration staff, taxes heat, light, equipment, school supplies, janitor, kitchen and other help, and miscellaneous expenses, for school year...$12,000.

Maintenance Provisions for 100 students for the school year, $9,000, of which the students themselves will contribute $4,000...$5,000.

Will not your Church, Sunday School, or Society undertake the support of one student for a year, $250, including food, tuition, room, etc?

For all our needs we trust in God's ability to supply through faithful stewards among His children

All contributions should be sent to G. PERCY FOX, Treasurer 1820 Spring Garden Street, Phone, Poplar 7151 Philadelphia, Pa.

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Services at the Russian Bible Institute 1818 Spring Garden Street

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Sunday 3 p. m. Sunday School 5 p. m. Evangelistic Service Friday 8 p. m. Lectures on the Bible, by Pastor Fetler Saturday 7.30 p. m. Week-end prayer meeting and special lectures by a converted Hebrew Evangelist, Rev. A. A. Holzer, Pastor Fetler and others.

RUSSIAN

Sunday 10 a. m. and 8 p. m. Monday 9 p. m. Russian choir practice Saturday 7.30 p. m. Evangelistic Service

UKRANIAN OR RUTHENIAN

Sunday 5 p. m. and Wednesday 8 p. m.

POLISH Sunday 5 p. m. and Wednesday 8 p. m.

LETTISH Sunday 10 a. m. and Monday 7.30 p. m. Evangelistic Service and Bible teaching by Pastor Fetler.

HEBREW (JEWISH) Saturday 5 p. m. Under the superincendency of the Hebrew Christian Evangelist, Rev. A. A. Holzer. NOTE: In our services we are endeavoring to keep to the simplicity of the primitive Christians, and stand for the whole Bible as the inspired Word of God; the atoning sacrifice of Christ by His precious blood, and believe in the Deity of our Lord. We are learning to have the co-operation of the Holy Spirit in our work. If you meet somebody from any of the nationalities mentioned above kindly tell him of these meetings or give him this leaflet. Through that you might become the instrument of saving a soul from many sins, and leading him to a personal knowledge of Jesus Christ as a Saviour.

You are cordially invited to visit the Institute, meet the students, and hear them sing. The best time is at 12 o'clock noon, or 1.00 p. m. when the mid-day meal is served.

All contribations should be sent to G. PERCY FOX, Treasurer, 1820 Spring Garden Street, Phone, Poplar 7151 Philadelphia, Pa.

Students and Staff of Russian Bible and Educational Institute

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NOTICE TO READER,—When you finish reading this magazine place a 1-cent stamp on this notice hand same to any postal employe and it will be placed in the hands of our soldiers or sailors at the front. No Wrapping—No Address. A. B. BURLESON, Postmaster General.

[photo of D. L. Moody] [caption: D. L. MOODY]

[photo of Paul Rader] caption: PAUL RADER

GOOD NEWS PUBLISHED WEEKLY BY THE MOODY CHURCH 808 North La Salle Street "Entered as second-class matter March 3, 1917, at the postoffice at Chicago, Illinois, under the Act of March 3, 1879.

Vol. 3. $2 per Year. CHICACO, ILL., SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1918. Price 5 Cents. No. 5.

"Develop your missionary efforts on the mountain of prayer, through the revelation of God." (Heb. 8.5) Pastor WM. FETLER.

[column 1] MORTGAGE PAID

When Jesus died and His Blood was spilt on Calvary He paid the debt for your life. He took over the old business or body, and He is going to tear the whole old structure of the body down and put up a new. He paid the mortgage on the old place. Like the rich man Mr. Dawes told about, who went back to the little New England farm, the little farm and house where his father had lived. When he got there, he found that the man who now owned it had a mortgage of $17,000 on the place. He took a carpenter along with him, and they walked around the buildings. He asked the carpenter, "What will it take to bolster up the old barn?"

The carpenter said, "It is useless; it can't be patched up."

They looked at the old house, and he asked him, "How can you fix it up?"

The carpenter replied, "You can't patch that, either, it is useless. The boards are rotten and the foundation is rotten—the whole thing is rotten.

"What shall we do?" he asked him.

"Do you love this spot?" asked the carpenter. "I certainly do love this old spot—this was my father's farm and buildings.

"All right, then, we can build another house just like this one—a new one."

So they tore down the old one, and in its place put up a new one just like it. The man paid the mortgage off and built a new house on the old spot.

Thank God, Jesus' Blood paid the mortgage on this old farm of ours. These old bodies are wrecked and ruined by sin, and God could not have lived in them and gotten his glory in them as he desired; so His Son paid the mortgage on our souls, and the old spot—and soon the buildings, our bodies, will be made new.

Oh, it is detestable to the heart of God these days to hear a lot of theories about "the Divine spark in man," when he is a dirty, tumble-down, rotten shack on the outside, and eaten upon on the inside by the mortgage of sin. But Jesus has paid the mortgage, and will give you a new heart—you are born again and the Holy Spirit can come in then and dwell in your heart. He will give you a new house to live in later; perhaps tonight. PAUL RADER.

Nuggets from Mr. Rader's Scripture Reading, January 20

"Thy God hath commanded thy strength; strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us." We can expect God to do His work. He says in another place, "Concerning the work of my hands, command ye me." When a man gets to the place where he leans upon the strength of God and the promises of God, there comes a place in prayer and in the faith life where, concerning the things of God, He say "Command ye me."

Don't let the devil bluff you. Don't sit and plead for the joy of God, nor for the strength of God, nor for His benefits. Just tell the devil to take his hands off your throat this morning.

"His strength is in the clouds." He [/column 1]

[column 2] REVOLUTION AND RELIGION IN RUSSIA

During the days on the Conference on behalf of Israel, the ministry of Pastor Wm. Fetler, President of Russian Bible Institute of Philadelphia, proved a great blessing to all who heard him, recognizing in him one marvelously filled with the Spirit of God, annointed seemingly to be "the apostle to the Russians." Mr. Fetler addressed the great audience gathered at the Moody Tabernacle on Sunday evening, being introduced by Rev. E. Y. Woolley, Associate Pastor, in the following words:

"You remember what Paul said about his experiences in preaching the Gospel, 'In perils oft.' Well, it has been given to some of the present day disciples of Jesus to be in perils oft, and we are to hear tonight from one who, for his love for Jesus, his heart-consuming passion to preach the Gospel to his beloved countrymen in Russia, has been so continually in danger of his life that it has been really a matter of the day's routine.

At one time the Russian policemen met him at the door of the hall where well nigh a thousand Russians had gathered to hear him preach 'the unsearchable riches of Christ.' They showed him a command from the Czar forbidding him to preach. 'Well,' he said to the officers, 'can I pray?'

They looked puzzled and finaly decided there was nothing in the command forbidding him to pray, so he got up in the pulpit and prayed his sermon out to God, while the policemen stood on either side to see that he did not preach.

Sentenced to Siberia, as he was saying farewell to his beloved ones, through the influence of a nephew of the Czar, his sence was commuted, and he was exiled to America. (Which announcement was greeted with a hearty 'Praise the Lord').

Mr. Fetter will tell you how the Lord has used him here in his exile, to still send the Gospel to his countrymen; and now that the Czar is deposed, and the bars and barriers down, he will present to you the greatest Gospel opportunity any of us have ever seen."

Mr. Fetler's address is given below:

I want to just to recite two passages as a foundation for my remarks to you tonight, both from the book of the Prophet Isaiah "Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordon, in Galilee of the nations. The people that walked in the darkness have seen a great light; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined." Isa. 9:1,2. "The Burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, 'the morning cometh, and also the night; if ye will inquire, inquired ye.' Is. 21:11,-12.

A great many Bible teachers and students explain that Russia has something to do with the prophesies of Gog and Magog, that Russia will be one of these [/column 2]

[column 3] dawning still more upon the Russian people and before Gog and Magog are destroyed there must be hundreds of thousands—even millions of them— gathered at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ.

I believe that God could not justly give a reformation to the Teutonic people, and the Anglo-Saxon people, and spread the Gospel news all over these religions, into France and Holland and along the British channel, and in your country where so many Anglo-Saxon people are living, also in Bohemia through John Huss, and to a great many people in centuries gone by through Savonarola, and then that God would pass by the Great Slavonic people, which, as no other nation of white people, has been religiously inclined after God. The very national name of the Russians means, "Carriers within them of God," people who are searching for God, and "Holy Russia" has been imprinted on the Russian people for many centuries gone by. In their folk-lore, in their hymns, in their aspirations, it is always "Holy Russia," and that very characteristic of Russian people shows to me that there could not be such a great desire for God without their being satisfied by God; and, of course, God satisfies a people through those who have already been satisfied.

What of the Night?"

Of all the great missionary calls, I do not know of one, so far as the white people are concerned, which could appeal to Christian people more, or which would be more promising of great success (if we might use that expression), as this great missionary call for the Russian people. I am glad, happy, and proud to be alive at such an hour as this. I believe that this war, this terrible dismal, awful war, the worst of all wars that this world has ever seen, must naturally result in some of the greatest blessing that this world has ever seen.

I prophesy that there will be such an ingathering of souls for Jesus Christ throughout the world, and especially among the Russian people, and the other Slavonic people, the Poles, Montenegrans, Bulgarians, Serbians, etc., as we have never dreamed of. I stand this evening before you on their behalf. I believe God has already called you in the past, especially the regenerated people of the Moody Church, this crowd of Holy Ghost people, people given up to God, to be in definite, live touch with the great movements which are going to take place in Russia, and which you hear are already going on in a very remarkable degree.

The great hour of Russia at last has come. Russia has waited long and patiently for about a thousand years. The Russian people have been waiting for the dimness and the darkness to be changed into light. It has been a long, terrible waiting indeed which the Russian people have passed through during the last centuries.

The Russian state was formed in 862, A. D., when some princes in Scandinavia [/column 3]

[column 4] PALESTINE'S RESTORATION In last weeks Good News some articles were published regarding plans for the reclamation of Palestine. At the Hebrew Conference, in session this week at the Tabernacle, Dr. Harris H. Gregg offered the following interesting comments:

"The prophets of the Old Testament announce repeatedly that the land of Palestine is going to be like the Garden of Eden. It seemed, humanly speaking, in the days of Moses, when that land was a land flowing with milk and honey, impossible that it would ever be what Moses described it, and as we know it actually in our own day; and it seems to the natural man today, just as impossible that that land shall be as the Garden of Eden, as that it ever should have become a ruin; but it will not become a Garden of Eden through the poor colonists that are going back, but through that Man on God's right hand, who will make 'Jerusalem a Praise on the earth.'

"Where the past has been a desert, the future of that land shall be as the Garden of Eden, and then you will not have to read the Psalmist, when he says in the 67th Psalm, 'God be merciful unto us (Israel), and bless us; and cause His face to shine upon us.' And then he says, 'Selah' which has been translated, 'Think of that!' Think of that!' That Thy way may be known upon earth, Thy saving health among all nations. Let the people praise Thee, O God; let all the people praise Thee. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for Thou shalt govern the people righteously and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.' (Think of that!)

"First Israel and then the nations. 'Let the people praise Thee, O God; let all the people praise Thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.'

"We are going to have fine crops when the land of Palestine is like the Garden of Eden. Illinois will have some crops, real crops. We are having sort of crabapples now; but we will have real apples then; and when God makes the desert in that day 'blossom like the rose,' I tell you the American Beauty will be a bloom.

"How is the rose going to bloom? "Why don't you say a word about bringing the king back?"

Grace Sufficient My grace is sufficient in thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Cor. 12:9.

Let us have no more weak excuses for our infirmities. Our trouble is not in our circumstances, but in ourselves; the man who finds it impossible to be good in one condition would find it equally impossible to be good in another. We all think that our conditions are un[/column 4]

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caption: D. L. MOODY

caption: PAUL RADER

808 North La Salle Street "Entered as second-class matter March 3, 1917, at the postoffice at Chicago, Illinois, under the Act of March 3, 1879.

Vol. 3. $2 per Year. CHICACO, ILL., SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1918. Price 5 Cents. No. 5.

"Develop your missionary efforts on the mountain of prayer, through the revelation of God." (Heb. 8.5) Pastor WM. FETLER.

[column 1] MORTGAGE PAID

When Jesus died and His Blood was spilt on Calvary He paid the debt for your life. He took over the old business or body, and He is going to tear the whole old structure of the body down and put up a new. He paid the mortgage on the old place. Like the rich man Mr. Dawes told about, who went back to the little New England farm, the little farm and house where his father had lived. When he got there, he found that the man who now owned it had a mortgage of $17,000 on the place. He took a carpenter along with him, and they walked around the buildings. He asked the carpenter, "What will it take to bolster up the old barn?"

The carpenter said, "It is useless; it can't be patched up."

They looked at the old house, and he asked him, "How can you fix it up?"

The carpenter replied, "You can't patch that, either, it is useless. The boards are rotten and the foundation is rotten—the whole thing is rotten.

"What shall we do?" he asked him.

"Do you love this spot?" asked the carpenter. "I certainly do love this old spot—this was my father's farm and buildings.

"All right, then, we can build another house just like this one—a new one."

So they tore down the old one, and in its place put up a new one just like it. The man paid the mortgage off and built a new house on the old spot.

Thank God, Jesus' Blood paid the mortgage on this old farm of ours. These old bodies are wrecked and ruined by sin, and God could not have lived in them and gotten his glory in them as he desired; so His Son paid the mortgage on our souls, and the old spot—and soon the buildings, our bodies, will be made new.

Oh, it is detestable to the heart of God these days to hear a lot of theories about "the Divine spark in man," when he is a dirty, tumble-down, rotten shack on the outside, and eaten upon on the inside by the mortgage of sin. But Jesus has paid the mortgage, and will give you a new heart—you are born again and the Holy Spirit can come in then and dwell in your heart. He will give you a new house to live in later; perhaps tonight. PAUL RADER.

Nuggets from Mr. Rader's Scripture Reading, January 20

"Thy God hath commanded thy strength; strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us." We can expect God to do His work. He says in another place, "Concerning the work of my hands, command ye me." When a man gets to the place where he leans upon the strength of God and the promises of God, there comes a place in prayer and in the faith life where, concerning the things of God, He say "Command ye me."

Don't let the devil bluff you. Don't sit and plead for the joy of God, nor for the strength of God, nor for His benefits. Just tell the devil to take his hands off your throat this morning.

"His strength is in the clouds." He can tie up the United States with pretty little soft snowflakes. His strength -------------------- "Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered in silver, and her feathers with yellow gold"—Ps. 68:13.

Dirty, smutty, greasy vessels— "though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered in silver, and her feathers with yellow gold,"—old bums, sinners saved by grace, wearing the robes of righteousness. Wonderful—out of the pits and the quagmires of sin, to be joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. [/column 1]

[column 2] REVOLUTION AND RELIGION IN RUSSIA

During the days on the Conference on behalf of Israel, the ministry of Pastor Wm. Fetler, President of Russian Bible Institute of Philadelphia, proved a great blessing to all who heard him, recognizing in him one marvelously filled with the Spirit of God, annointed seemingly to be "the apostle to the Russians." Mr. Fetler addressed the great audience gathered at the Moody Tabernacle on Sunday evening, being introduced by Rev. E. Y. Woolley, Associate Pastor, in the following words:

"You remember what Paul said about his experiences in preaching the Gospel, 'In perils oft.' Well, it has been given to some of the present day disciples of Jesus to be in perils oft, and we are to hear tonight from one who, for his love for Jesus, his heart-consuming passion to preach the Gospel to his beloved countrymen in Russia, has been so continually in danger of his life that it has been really a matter of the day's routine.

At one time the Russian policemen met him at the door of the hall where well nigh a thousand Russians had gathered to hear him preach 'the unsearchable riches of Christ.' They showed him a command from the Czar forbidding him to preach. 'Well,' he said to the officers, 'can I pray?'

They looked puzzled and finaly decided there was nothing in the command forbidding him to pray, so he got up in the pulpit and prayed his sermon out to God, while the policemen stood on either side to see that he did not preach.

Sentenced to Siberia, as he was saying farewell to his beloved ones, through the influence of a nephew of the Czar, his sence was commuted, and he was exiled to America. (Which announcement was greeted with a hearty 'Praise the Lord').

Mr. Fetter will tell you how the Lord has used him here in his exile, to still send the Gospel to his countrymen; and now that the Czar is deposed, and the bars and barriers down, he will present to you the greatest Gospel opportunity any of us have ever seen."

Mr. Fetler's address is given below:

I want to just to recite two passages as a foundation for my remarks to you tonight, both from the book of the Prophet Isaiah "Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordon, in Galilee of the nations. The people that walked in the darkness have seen a great light; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined." Isa. 9:1,2. "The Burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, 'the morning cometh, and also the night; if ye will inquire, inquired ye.' Is. 21:11,-12.

A great many Bible teachers and students explain that Russia has something to do with the prophesies of Gog and Magog, that Russia will be one of these great northern nations with a northern king, that will array in battle against the city of the Lord, and that of course the Russian people will be destroyed, in accordance with that prophecy; but here it is, "Wathman, what of the night? The morning cometh and also the night."

Before Gog and Magog go against the Holy City, the morning cometh for many of them to hear the Gospel. "The morning cometh," and I am here this evening, as a messenger of the largest white nation upon the face of this earth, to tell you that this prophecy must be fulfilled; that morning has come, and is [/column 2]

[column 3] dawning still more upon the Russian people and before Gog and Magog are destroyed there must be hundreds of thousands—even millions of them— gathered at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ.

I believe that God could not justly give a reformation to the Teutonic people, and the Anglo-Saxon people, and spread the Gospel news all over these religions, into France and Holland and along the British channel, and in your country where so many Anglo-Saxon people are living, also in Bohemia through John Huss, and to a great many people in centuries gone by through Savonarola, and then that God would pass by the Great Slavonic people, which, as no other nation of white people, has been religiously inclined after God. The very national name of the Russians means, "Carriers within them of God," people who are searching for God, and "Holy Russia" has been imprinted on the Russian people for many centuries gone by. In their folk-lore, in their hymns, in their aspirations, it is always "Holy Russia," and that very characteristic of Russian people shows to me that there could not be such a great desire for God without their being satisfied by God; and, of course, God satisfies a people through those who have already been satisfied.

What of the Night?"

Of all the great missionary calls, I do not know of one, so far as the white people are concerned, which could appeal to Christian people more, or which would be more promising of great success (if we might use that expression), as this great missionary call for the Russian people. I am glad, happy, and proud to be alive at such an hour as this. I believe that this war, this terrible dismal, awful war, the worst of all wars that this world has ever seen, must naturally result in some of the greatest blessing that this world has ever seen.

I prophesy that there will be such an ingathering of souls for Jesus Christ throughout the world, and especially among the Russian people, and the other Slavonic people, the Poles, Montenegrans, Bulgarians, Serbians, etc., as we have never dreamed of. I stand this evening before you on their behalf. I believe God has already called you in the past, especially the regenerated people of the Moody Church, this crowd of Holy Ghost people, people given up to God, to be in definite, live touch with the great movements which are going to take place in Russia, and which you hear are already going on in a very remarkable degree.

The great hour of Russia at last has come. Russia has waited long and patiently for about a thousand years. The Russian people have been waiting for the dimness and the darkness to be changed into light. It has been a long, terrible waiting indeed which the Russian people have passed through during the last centuries.

The Russian state was formed in 862, A. D., when some princes in Scandinavia were asked to come up and rule over the Russian people. At that time many of the Russian tribes were scattered over the large plains across the Baltic Sea. "Our land is great and plentiful, but there is no order in it," said the messenger from Russia to the Scandinavian princes, "Come and rule over us." And the Russians are still waiting for help from abroad.

I will not say much about their history, except that one of the greatest and most awful experiences was the yoke of the Tartars, under which (not unlike the children of Isael spending cour cen-

(Continued on page 2) [/column 3]

[column 4] PALESTINE'S RESTORATION In last weeks Good News some articles were published regarding plans for the reclamation of Palestine. At the Hebrew Conference, in session this week at the Tabernacle, Dr. Harris H. Gregg offered the following interesting comments:

"The prophets of the Old Testament announce repeatedly that the land of Palestine is going to be like the Garden of Eden. It seemed, humanly speaking, in the days of Moses, when that land was a land flowing with milk and honey, impossible that it would ever be what Moses described it, and as we know it actually in our own day; and it seems to the natural man today, just as impossible that that land shall be as the Garden of Eden, as that it ever should have become a ruin; but it will not become a Garden of Eden through the poor colonists that are going back, but through that Man on God's right hand, who will make 'Jerusalem a Praise on the earth.'

"Where the past has been a desert, the future of that land shall be as the Garden of Eden, and then you will not have to read the Psalmist, when he says in the 67th Psalm, 'God be merciful unto us (Israel), and bless us; and cause His face to shine upon us.' And then he says, 'Selah' which has been translated, 'Think of that!' Think of that!' That Thy way may be known upon earth, Thy saving health among all nations. Let the people praise Thee, O God; let all the people praise Thee. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for Thou shalt govern the people righteously and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.' (Think of that!)

"First Israel and then the nations. 'Let the people praise Thee, O God; let all the people praise Thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.'

"We are going to have fine crops when the land of Palestine is like the Garden of Eden. Illinois will have some crops, real crops. We are having sort of crabapples now; but we will have real apples then; and when God makes the desert in that day 'blossom like the rose,' I tell you the American Beauty will be a bloom.

"How is the rose going to bloom? "Why don't you say a word about bringing the king back?"

Grace Sufficient My grace is sufficient in thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Cor. 12:9.

Let us have no more weak excuses for our infirmities. Our trouble is not in our circumstances, but in ourselves; the man who finds it impossible to be good in one condition would find it equally impossible to be good in another. We all think that our conditions are unfavorable to piety. So they are. Mine are very unfavorable, very; I have never found any that were not.—Samuel W. Chadwick. ------------------------------- Radergram: Before the war is over thousands of people will slip their cog on the blood of Jesus Christ, just because they want to praise certain heroes, and get men who have died for their country into heaven, and set the blood aside, and say "Jesus will take care of them." Jesus saves men who are washed in the blood and only such. There is no other class of men that is saved. [/column 4]

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turies in Egypt, under the Pharohs), the Russian people for four long centuries were enslaved. For four centuries they had no civic government of their own. The Russian princes had to go to the capital and the dwelling places of the ruling Tartar "Khans" and bring in their gifts; they had to bend down and render obesiance to the Tartar princes.

In those dark hours, to whom should the Russian people turn but to that God whom they knew so dimly? Although in their hearts they were heathen, and very little troubled by the experience of trouble, and somehow in those four dark centuries, those light streaks were warm within the tissues of the "religious feeling," the feeling after God. The people turned towards God and prayed as they understood.

I have visited some of the large monesteries in Russia, and there have been shown, with lighted candle in my hand, the subterranean passages where the monks used to worship, and strive, through a great deal of self-sacrifice and all kinds of ascetic experiences for holiness. Some of the monks made little holes in the rocks down below the earth, and there they would lie and spend many years of their lives. Others sometimes would ask to be buried in the earth, half of their bodies covered, until they died of thirst, and hunger, and exposure to all kinds of deprivations. There has been one great, long, awful striving on the part of the people of Russia for something better. Why was this so? I guess you who have truly come to the Lord understand this. It was the great burden of sin upon ther conscience.

The Russian people know what sin is. I have never seen such repentance as among the Russian people. In our school, the Russian Bible Institute, in the city of Philadelphia, where the Lord has given me about one hundred bright Russian men and women students, preparing the Lord's work in Russia, when they gathered together, and we were lying upon our faces before the Lord, I wish you had heard their repentance for their past life. The Russian man sins deeply, but he also repents deeply, and he understands what "repentance" means.

Do you know, one of the greatest dangers in your Protestant churches in this country is that many of them have forgotten what it is to have conviction for sin. In many places I have found they wanted to receive members into their churches as easily as possible, with little conviction of sin, and they imagine that there should be some kind of a made-up joy in the mind of the Christian, without first of all experiencing the bitterness of Calvary. Among the Russian people, this very feeling of sin, this very degradation, made them dwarfted and undeveloped in those things which had been putting more than the yoke of the Tartar upon the heads of the nation. It was their awful abysmal sin, and that very sin made them turn to God. They wanted, they waited, they longed for something better.

Now this is practically the first time a man has stood in your presence after the Russian revolution, with a definite call for missionary effort among that people. The Russian people are not better than they used to be before they were made free. They were under the burden of sin before, but we were not allowed to bring them relief. If we did we were imprisoned and sent to Siberia, flogged, or beaten almost to death.

One of our dear brothers was standing up before his congregation in the southern part of Russia about four years

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However, this is hardly the place to say that, for I believe if any people believe it is their business to reach the dying millions, it must be the Moody Church in Chicago, and that is why I have come here with great anticipation and great hope; and because the Spirit of God constrains me to do so, my desire is to present to you the great need of my people.

In regard to this revolution, some people might say, "What about this revolution? What about the deposition of the Czar? What part did you Christian people in Russia have in the matter of starting this revolution?"

I would answer in a two-fold manner: first, nothing; secondly, everything. We, as Christians in Russia, always have believed in honoring and respecting our government, whatsoever it be. The only weapon we had against a bad ruler was to pray for him, to bring him before God; so that when the revolution broke out, so far as I know, our Christian people were just as quiet as they could be. Many times, when visiting a ruler, the Russian Prime Minister, or other officials, I told them, "We evangelical people in Russia are the most loyal subjects of his Majesty, the Czar." I spoke the truth.

I remember before the war broke out I was in the office of the Minister of War. I had a petition to offer. They were trying to forbid us to go from place to place. I was ordered not to preach in any place but my own pulpit, and no one else was to come to preach in my pulpit. They were very much upset because many people were getting saved wherever the evangalist traveled throughout the Russian Empire. I went to plead on this and other matters. I arrived early in the morning. The audience room of the Minister of War was crowded full of generals and all kinds of high personages and petitioners, many of them in uniform, with swords by their side.

One after another was called in. I awaited my turn. Finally the room was almost empty. I had been five hours waiting for the gracious reception, and could not understand it. Many times before that it had been enough for me to call up the office on the telephone, or even sometimes the home of the Prime Minister, for his wife attended my meetings, and I was able to get the audience in a short time, while other people had to wait for two months; and now I could not understand what was the trouble.

By and by the War Minister came out. Few petitioners were left, and they were all lined up, I among them. He went to the third, the fourth, and I was waiting for my turn. At last I stood before him, not trembling, because I have never been accustomed to tremble since I trembled before the Lord. If you tremble before the Lord you will not tremble before men or devils, but if you do not tremble before the Lord, you will tremble when a cat or a rabbit runs across your path. I stood there, very humbly, and said, "Your High Excellency, I have a petition to make," and presented my paper. "Nothing doing! Nothing doing!" he said, "I will not do it."

He became very angry with me, as if he had seen some terrible enemy of his. I understood then that he had been incited, of course, by the priests or some other reactionary agency. I had waited five or six hours, was exhausted, and had been praying the whole time, and expected some leniency on the part of his Excellency. He practically took me by the collar and said, "You go through that door and don't come back," and I went.

Some of you may have had some unpleasant experiences and know how I felt. I went out stirred up, out into the street, and kind of a human resentment

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He said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." So instead of asking for God to punish the War Minister, I said, "Lord, bless him, forgive him, open his eyes, and bring an awakening to Russia that there will be no more persecution."

"All Things Work Together for Good"

I did not know at that time that this prayer would be answered so quickly. I did not know that after the darkest of nights the morning would come, such a bright one, but, praise God, it has come. I was sent out of my country, and instead of going to Siberia was allowed to come to this land, and said goodbye to my church, a party of my friends, my family and others, my secretaries and associate pastors standing at the station as my train was about to pull out one midnight, with gendarmes walking on each side, suspecting something dangerous was out there. When the last bell (a bell on the station rings three times before the train pulls out), rang, they stood waving their white handkerchiefs. I heard the goodbye once more from the lips of my dear wife and friends and I was left practically to myself, leaning against a window in the darkness of the night, hastening toward the borders of Sweden—to what I did not know.

Then I felt the presence of one that sticketh closer than a brother, a sister, wife or children, there by my side, and knew that He was carrying the heavier end of the cross. He seemed to put His hand on my shoulder and to say, "Be of good cheer, I am with thee, and when thou passeth through the waters they shall not overflow thee, and through the fires they will not consume thee; but go ahead, I will hold thy hand," and I went.

Never once could I suspecct that things would be changed so remarkably. Never once could I expect that in three years such a change would come for my beloved country. Never once could I guess that the very priests who incited my banishment were committing one of the greatest boons and blessings for Russia that even angels could not devise, for I could never, in Russia in perfrect freedom, all these three years since the war has been going on, have accomplished by God's grace and under the guidance of the Spirit of God one thousanth part of the blessing I have seen through this banishment.

Let me give you a piece of advice. Don't be troubled about circumstances. Be troubled about yourself. You get right with God, and by the Spirit of God, and by the Blood of the Lamb right with God, and never mind if you have to make your bed in hell, you will awake in Paradise. You cannot keep in hell when you are right with God. You cannot keep in Siberia if you are right with God, and so the Lord is working wonderfully.

Sometimes people come to me and say, "Pastor Fetler, what should we do? This is such a bad experience, and there is this trouble and that."

I just put a finger over their heart and say, "Isn't there some trouble there in your heart? If there is no trouble in your heart, go ahead. The lions may roar around you, and bears, and wolves, and gendarmes and secret police, but never mind if you are right with God. Go ahead. Go ahead."

I stand before you tonight as a witness of the wonderful grace of God. Through all these years of my humble ministry in Russia, and these three years of my alienation from my native land, I have learned simply that there is one head of the Church of Jesus Christ, He Himself, and that we simply have to be in His way, to be following Him, and caring for nothing. Let me just show you in one or two ways what the Lord has done.

Some of you know the story already. One of the blessings that I got was before I came to this country. I had the privilege of reaching a great number of

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and New Testament could be sent into the prison camps. The work began before war was declared on Germany. I got into communication with the State Department at Washington, and they graciously consented to send our mail through diplomatic channels to the U. S. ambassador in Berlin, and through him into the hands of our field committee

First of all, we translated some tracts and put them in type. We made brass plates so that they could be printed over there. One of the first sermons published was "Fact, Faith, Feeling," by F. B. Meyer, the second, "Safety, Satisfaction and Enjoyment," by Geo. Cutting, and the third, "Hell," by Dr. Torrey. Some of my friends in New York of the New Theology type said, " 'Hell?' Don't send that tract!" They thought there was no such thing in existence. I said, That is the very thing I want to send. We Russians believe in heaven and hell; we want to know how to get out of hell and get to heaven."

To our disappointment, I received letters that these brass plates never reached our friends on the other side. Some of the authorities evidently thought we were trying to camouflage way to smuggle bass into their country, and the plates were confiscated. "Necessity is the mother of invention," and instead of making copper plates, we made paper plates, which of course cannot be made into cannon balls, and sent these paper mache plates by first class mail to Sweden, and our Swedish committee got them safely into the hands of our printers. As a result, millions of copies of tracts have been printed, and spread among the Russian war prisoners, and great have been the results.

A Harvest Coming

I am glad that the Moody Church was back of this work almost from the beginning, not without a good deal of merit to my "little friend with the big heart," Woolley. When I was here about eighteen months ago, friends gave money to publish a sermon by D. L. Moody, and one by your present pastor. I published a sermon by Moody, on "Repentance and Restitution," and a tract by Paul Rader on "Naaman, the Great Syrian General." My wife translated them both into the Russian language, and many thousands of copies have been printed on those two subjects with the money which the Moody Church friends gave.

You might ask, "Well, what is the result?" Sometimes we are not allowed to see results immediately, and sometimes we see them fairly soon. The latter has been the case with this work. I do not believe D. L. Moody ever preached a sermon before any American or English congregation which has given more blessings than those two sermons which we sent to the two million war prisoners.

In one of the larger camps, where I think there are perhaps ten to fifteen thousand Russians together in Germany, fourteen Russian Christians got together. Some of the Russian Christians had been called to war. Sometimes I wondered why they were called, and then I found that the Lord wanted to have some evangelists among the troops. These fourteen were from many different places, but they got together and started a prayer meeting, and Bible reading. Then they got our tracts. Not many months went by, when, instead of fourteen believers, there were in that camp, as my reports tell me, 618 converted men. They organized a "Moody Church" in Germany, found there miniature "Paul Rader" and elected him pastor, and probably they also found a Russian "Woolley." Now they are going ahead, and I do not know how many more believers there are, for my report is five or six months old. I would not be surprised, however, if there were a thousand Russian converts already.

Now this is not the end of the story, because when the war is over, and the Russian soldiers return to their native.

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