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Born to Win's Daily Radio Broadcast and Weekly Sermon. A production of Christian Educational Ministries.

Born to Win's Daily Radio Broadcast and Weekly Sermon. A production of Christian Educational Ministries.


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Born to Win's Daily Radio Broadcast and Weekly Sermon. A production of Christian Educational Ministries.




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Christian Origins #78 - Hebrews

Of all the things we know about God, one of the most disconcerting is that there is no place to hide from him. But let me put your mind at rest on something. God is not a voyeur. Just because you can’t hide from him doesn’t mean he watches you take a shower. The story of the Garden of Eden is fascinating in this sense. The story is clear when you read it. When God returned to the Garden, he did not know what they had done until it became evident. That is not to say that he could not have...


Christian Origins #77 - Hebrews

One of the greatest pieces of symbolism in all the Bible is the Jordan River. It has captured the imagination of hymn-writers and theologians, generation after generation. When I was growing up, my father sang in a gospel quartet, and one of his solo numbers was . In the Bible, the crossing of the Jordan and entering the land is the same as entering the rest of God. It became, not only the symbol of leaving the wilderness and entering the land, but also of leaving this life, and all of its...


Christian Holidays #9

Of all the Christian holidays, the one that surprises me the most is Pentecost. It surprises me that every Christian does not observe it. After all, it is the birthday of the New Testament church. It is the day the Holy Spirit fell on the church in power. You would think that if they are going to celebrate anything, they would have an important anniversary every year at Pentecost. On the other hand, it is a fact that more than half of all Christendom observes Pentecost. In England it is a...


Christian Origins #76 - Hebrews

Who was Jesus, anyway? Was he really God? Or was he just an angel in the flesh? Or was he even flesh? We know he was the son of God, but is that literal, or just a figure of speech? If you have simply read through the New Testament, some of these questions may sound strange to you, but every one of them has been asked quite seriously by this or that Bible teacher. The branch of theology that concerns itself with questions like these is called Christology, and if you are going to study...


Christian Origins #75 - Titus

No matter how you slice it, a church is, always has been, and always will be a political institution. And let me be sure you understand what I mean by . The word has to do with the exercise of power in the governance of an entity. Usually, we think of this in terms of the state, but it applies to any community of people who band together. Now here is the problem that all this creates. The mere forming of a church creates, automatically, power. I suspect that is the intent of building a...


Christian Origins #74 - 1 Timothy

What happened to old people in this country before Social Security? Did a lot of them starve to death? Did they get sick and die alone with no one to look after them? I ask this, because I once heard a politician bragging about what a good thing social security was for the American people and it surely looks like a good thing. But I asked some friends of mine who were old enough to remember, They looked at me like I wasn’t all there and explained what seemed obvious enough. No, old people...


Christian Origins #73 - 1 Timothy

Do you suppose it is possible that you could be deceived? Religiously, I mean. The answer ought to be evident, because every one of us has been snookered at one time or another. We have been lied to and believed it and gotten hurt as a result. It is hard to grow up in this world without being taken in by a believable lie. So the idea that we could be lied to about religion should occur to us at some point. But a lot of people assume that they have it all sorted out about their faith and...


For the Love of God



About the Jewish Sabbath #3

You know, it isn’t generally realized that even the non-Jews among the First Christians were already God-fearers and Sabbath keepers before their conversion to Christ. They had come to understand the God of the Bible, to believe in the God of the Bible, and to believe in his Law. And while, in most cases, they had not gone as far as being circumcised, they nevertheless attended synagogue, listened to the Scriptures being read, and tried to order their lives along those lines. Now, what...


Christian Origins #72 - 1 Timothy

Do you think that ministers should be better than the ordinary Christian? Is there a set of higher requirements for ministers than for others? Like a lot of other questions arising from the Bible the answer is and . Using Paul’s letter of 1 Timothy, we can learn something very important about both the structure of New Testament ministry and Paul’s expectations of Christian conduct.


Christian Origins #71 - 1 Timothy

There is a dirty little secret about religion that I want to air out with you. It has dogged the steps of every kind of organized religion for 2,000 years. It is especially relevant now because in our reading of other people’s mail, we have come to a very personal letter from Paul to Timothy, and this dirty little secret is discussed in what might have been intended as a private letter, but which has now been read by millions. The faith of the Bible, whether it be Christianity or Judaism,...


Christian Origins #70 - Colossians

I realize that the Old Testament law poses some really sticky problems. There is a law back there that regulates the conditions under which a man can sell his daughter. What do you do about laws like that? And there is another law that requires us to wear a blue tassel on our clothes. Does modern man have to do that? Almost everyone agrees that Christians don’t have to do that, but the reasons why they believe that are widely varied and sometimes colorful. And usually, they are wrong. We...


Christian Origins #69 - Colossians

How does a strange new religious idea get started? Does someone wake up in the morning and say to himself, ? Do little boys say, ? No, I suspect it is a little more subtle than that. But it certainly is persistent. You can give man an absolutely perfect religion, a true faith, and he can’t stand it. He will have to improve it somehow. The church at Colossae is not mentioned in the Book of Acts, and it appears that Paul had never been there. But some really screwy ideas had turned up in...


About the Jewish Sabbath #2

What did the First Christians believe about the Sabbath day? Did the first Gentile Christians see this important issue differently from the Jewish Christians of that era? An unusual group of Christians developed quite early in a town called Antioch in Syria, near the coast. The church came into existence when some Jews from Cyprus fled there after the big persecution described in Acts 8. They spoke to the Greeks about the gospel and the result was one of the most forward-looking churches of...


Christian Origins #68 - Philippians

I have given this a lot of thought, and I have finally figured out what’s wrong with Christianity. It’s people. There is not a thing wrong with the Christian faith. After all, what could be better than a religion brought in person by the Son of God? And think of all the wonderful teachings of Jesus, of love for God and neighbor, of gentleness and kindness and goodness. The problem with this is that Jesus left this marvelous religion in the hands of people, and that’s where things tend to go...


Christian Origins #67 - Philippians

All of us have special people in our lives. These are people who give us great happiness—people who we love to be with. People we can talk to anytime and into the small hours of the night. Even pastors of churches who have been through many cities have people who are very special to them and who they long to see again. Think about that. What is it that makes people special to one another? I am not talking about romantic love. We all understand that. What is it that makes the deep...


Christian Origins #66 - Ephesians

What does it mean to ? Paul called on the Ephesian Christians to: This is a high calling. As a child will imitate the mother or the father, so we are to imitate God. But how can we do this? God is in heaven and we are on earth. In Ephesians 5, Paul provides us with a starting point—the imitation of Christ—and more.


Christian Origins #65 - Ephesians

Funny things happen to us whenever we try to organize ourselves. I guess it is just in the way we are made. Even cows do it. When they start back from the field at milking time they follow a regular path, and I’m told they line up in order. And chickens must do it do, otherwise where does the expression come from? And so it is with churches. We all have our pecking order, but sometimes the whole thing gets out of hand. We say we love order, and we put together hierarchies with pecking...


A Mother to Remember

What would happen to you if you were down and out and there was no one to help? Where would you be if you were sick and broke in a strange city with no place to sleep and nothing to eat; no money, no credit cards, no checks; no one to accept a collect call, no one to send you bus fare home, no one to send you money for a meal, and no home to go to; no father, no brother, no sister, no one? You know it doesn’t take long to start looking like a tramp. It doesn’t take very long before you...