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“Polyphonic 2017”

A final concert of VIII International Contest of modern spiritual and polyphonic musicians “Polyphonic 2017” took place in the St. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church (Peterskirche) in St. Petersburg.

About 150 people gathered in Peterskirche to listen to the concert. Young musicians performed their compositions in different musical styles. For instance, student choir of St. Petersburg Herzen State Pedagogic University “Ex anima” sang cantata by M. I. Glinka. A young flute player performed a solo song by a composer Artur Onegger. A female trio performed a piece for hoboy, flute and piano.

There were foreign guests as well as foreign students studying in St. Petersburg among the performers. For example, a young British piano player from Manchester played a partita by I. S. Bach. And a student from China sang a tenor aria of Faust from the Charles Guno opera, he was accompanied by the piano.

At the end of the concert, all award-winners were given prizes by the main organized of the contest – the professor from St. Petersburg Culture and Arts University Dmitry Schirin.

“Concordia” Foundation was one of the “Polyphonic” festival sponsors. Soloists were given prizes among which there were table calendars published by the Foundation. Besides, about 100 brochures by “Concordia” containing invitations to do the correspondence course “Steps of Faith” were distributed among participants and the audience, as well as pocket calendars, inviting to do an e-version of that course on web-site.

One of the soloists of the “Ex anima” choir asked to shoot the choir performance and agreed to give invitations to  the “Steps of Faith” course to all choir members .


Testimony of prisoner

I serve a life sentence in prison in town Sol-Iletsk (Orenburg Region). Before reading the “Conversations” I believed somewhere deep inside, but after doing the course, it became easier to understand God’s Word. I studied at school only for for years, but with the “Conversations” I better understand the basics of Christianity. The course helped me know more about God. There are questions and answers to those questions.

When I was reading Bible or New Testament, I didn’t understand many things written, but the “Conversations” explain really thoroughly. I read Bible every day, I don’t swear, don’t smoke, help my cellmates. I need your help with finding a church, since I think it is better to communicate with believers and become stronger in my faith. Our Lord changes even the worst of criminals, we read about that in Apostle Paul’s Epistle. Our Lord Jesus Christ came to this world to save me, He gave His life, took my sins, and cleansed me of all the dirt, and gave me eternal life.

Once I got really sick. It was decomposition of lungs. Blood blew from throat. I was moved to prison hospital. Doctors said it was my time to die. I prayed staying in bed. I didn’t get up, doctors stopped giving me any medicine. But God heard me and gave me another chance. In some time I became stronger, started getting up. Doctors couldn’t believe I got better. And since then I have believed in God, I try not to sin and to live according to how He wants us to live. Human beings always look for trouble and create problems for themselves, that is why I have chosen to be with God and I am grateful to Him for everything.

I am sending my photo with this letter. It is the only copy I have. Can you please make some extra copies and send them back to me. My brothers in faith ask me for my photo, but I cannot give it to them.

Thank you! May God bless you!

Erdenkov Ilya Mikhailovich

Seminar in Vyborg

Seminar in Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Vyborg. The seminar was mostly attended by youth. Its topic was “Apologetics as the mean of evangelism”.

Comparison of two points of view: creationism and evolutionary theory. Proving impossibility of life originating from non-living material due to the second law of thermodynamics. The entropy increase law in the open system.

Impossibility of evolving due to impossibility of new information to appear on its own. Validity of Creation theory. Necessary information was “loaded” into the living creatures during the Creation.

All main stages of Creation are written in the 1st chapter of Genesis. John 1:1-3 says that everythign was created by the Word, and the word if Logos, in other words knowledge, data – information.

Apostle Paul in Colossians writes that all things have been created through Him and for Him, and in Him all things hold together. “Him” means Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Him. Which means, that every person needs Jesus if they want to have eternal life.

There were many question about different aspects of Creation asked. The youth leader Andey Myasischev told an interesting story how he came to Church.

Several years ago he read that the secon law of thermodynamics contradicts evolutionary theory. He got interested in the topic. So he came to the Lutheran Church to find out the reason and how could our world appear. And he stayed in the Church.

Darwinism ideology and its consequences

Some philosophers still consider evolution a scientific theory. There even are some attempts to accommodate Bible notions and some hypothesis of modern natural science, recognizing a priory evolutionary theory as science.

The question “Did God create through evolution?” is still burning.

Morality and ethics of modern society are determined by two polar principles. On one hand, it is secular point of view, based on evolutionary theory in its different instants, on the other hand, it is admitting the first role of the Creator as the Source of moral laws and human conscience.

Brochure “Darwinism Ideology and Its Consequences” shows negative influence of evolutionary ideas upon ethics and morality of modern society. And opposed to that is spreading ideas of creation, mainstream fiction of Creation paradigm, which tells that the main role in the world belongs to the Creator.