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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.


Whitehouse, TX


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




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Christian Holidays #1

Are you ready for a quiz? Grab pencil and pad and write down the names of the two most important Christian Holidays. It should only take you a few seconds. No consulting your calendar allowed; just write down two holidays. Got it? And the days are: Christmas and Easter—and I’ll bet you got it right. But let me tell you something curious. Neither one of these days is found observed anywhere in the Bible. And if they had the importance in the early church that they do today, you would think...


About the Messiah

What did the first Christians believe about Jesus? He was the Messiah, of course, but more than that. Jesus himself laid out the question before the Pharisees one day. While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying, What think you of Christ? whose son is he? […] Now, I think everyone knows that the term basically means the Messiah—the Anointed One. This question is really loaded in this environment, at this time, because messianic expectations had been running...


Christian Origins #52 - Romans

I don’t know what Paul expected when he set out on his first missionary journey, but I don’t think it was what he got. He does not seem to be prepared for the rejection he keeps on encountering. Time after time, he hits a brick wall in the synagogue. There may be a few who believe him, but sometimes no one does. And sometimes there is outright hostility, even attempted murder. At the same time, the Gentiles come to him in droves to learn more. They are converted in their hundreds. It...


Christian Origins #51 - Romans

Do you believe in predestination? And if you do, what sort of predestination? Does a man really have a choice in all this, or has God long ago decided who should be saved and who should be lost? I think there are people who believe this, but when you start reading their papers on the topic, it isn’t long before you get lost in all the theological jargon. I believe it is okay to bring common sense to table to talk about this, and I believe it is okay to talk about it in simple terms. Paul...


Christian Origins #50 - Romans

I don’t know what it is, but preachers of every stripe, myself included, are prone to lay a guilt trip on people from time to time. It is almost as though we were your mother. Human nature being what it is, something like the projection of guilt was hanging around the edges of the early Christian church. It was often a legalism issue, and in the Roman churches, it was a Jew/Gentile concern. So Paul spent an inordinate amount of time in his letter to the Romans dealing with the question of...


Christian Origins #49 - Romans

Imagine for a moment that you are a highly successful cat burglar. Then one rainy night, you discover that you are not as good a driver as you are a cat burglar, and you are killed—graveyard dead. They bury you, and word spreads to a dozen police agencies that your miserable career has finally ended the hard way and they put your files where the files of dead people go and forget about you. In the words of the Apostle Paul, you have become dead to the law. Now let’s change the story just a...


Out of the Rut



On Death and Resurrection #2

Many pastors and preachers see nothing wrong with the fact that today’s church doesn’t believe exactly the same thing as the primitive Christian church believed and taught. They place no small amount of weight upon what succeeding generations of theologians believed and taught. After all, those were learned men, and the primitive Christians were, well, primitive. They were fishermen, tax collectors, tent makers. What did they know about theology? The problem is, these fishermen, tax...


Christian Origins #48 - Romans

I am surprised at how often Christian people are conflicted on ethical and moral principles. I am not surprised that we struggle over some of the choices we have to make, but that people don’t seem to have a framework within which they can make the hard choices. When a person makes the decision to become a Christian, what is he supposed to do with his life after that? What forms the basis for the life decisions he has to make? He has been saved by grace, now what does he do? The apostle...


Christian Origins #47 - Romans

Do you think you would ever be willing to die in someone else’s place? Can you imagine a really good person whose life and lifestyle was so worthy, that you would say “No, let them live. Take me instead”? You might. Although chances are, it would not be the goodness of the other person but your love for them that would cause you to take their place. But what about stepping up and dying in the place of someone who was really a louse; someone who really deserved to die? What then? This is a...


Christian Origins #46 - Romans

Why on earth would anyone be happy about being in trouble? Why would you take satisfaction, even pride, in severe affliction? You read people in the Bible who talk this way a lot, but does it make any sense to you? Wouldn’t you be just as happy to be out of trouble? Now every Christian has heard all about being justified by faith, about peace with God, and that faith gives us access to the grace of God which is our salvation. You may even have heard a lot about enduring tribulation, why bad...


Christian Origins #45 - Romans

The Christian faith is constantly at war with itself over questions of grace versus obedience. There is nothing new in this, because the discussion was going on right from the start. I think the problem comes about because once you start talking about obedience you have to ask The logical answer is . And once the law enters the picture, legalism is not very far behind. And if the letters of the apostle Paul in the New Testament seem a little confusing on this point, there is a reason for...


Between the Hailstones



On Death and Resurrection #1

If you have been blessed with a good Bible teacher, or some good books about the Bible, you already know that a lot has been said about the influence of Greek philosophy on the Christian faith. Some of it is even true. After all, the New Testament was written originally in the Greek language, and the language reflects a Greek worldview to that extent. That said, every author of every book appears to have been Jewish, and it is a Jewish worldview that is seen in the pages of the Greek text....


Christian Origins #44 - Romans

I would have to conclude that there was a lot of tension between some of the Jews and Gentiles in the early Christian church. Paul is at such pains to chastise both Jew and Gentile equally in the early chapters of the book of Romans that there must have been some politics at work. There had been no apostle at Rome by the time this letter was written, no central figure around whom they could rally, and it is likely that the five or more small house churches in Rome were at least a little...


Christian Origins #43 - Romans

There’s a lot of fatuous nonsense out there today masquerading as serious theology. It happens because of the doctrinal and theological disputes going on between sects and churches. In the discussion of proof texts and disputed passages, how much human reasoning is proper? Now, when I bring up a common-sense approach in a theological discussion, someone might want to say, human To which I would reply, Here’s a insight into theological study: It is okay to bring common sense to the table...


Christian Origins #42 - Romans

Is there any English-speaking person in the world who hasn’t heard of the Garden of Eden? That’s the garden that God planted, and the presumption is that the garden was fabulously beautiful and rich in every beautiful and fruitful plant. I think a lot of people assume that Adam and Eve didn’t have to turn a finger. Just eat the fruit of the trees…make love. One thing I don’t think we have thought about very much: What would they do when their bellies were full and they had made love? Talk?...


Christian Origins #41 - Romans

When you are reading someone else’s mail, it’s really easy to get confused. You don’t know the players, the history of the arguments, the attitudes, or the story behind the punch lines. When we read the Apostle Paul’s letters in the Bible, we are not only reading a letter written to someone else, it was written 2000 years ago in another language to another culture. But in spite of everything, Paul’s message still comes through clear enough. Today be begin study on Paul’s long and...


Unrighteous Anger



About Heaven

What did the first Christians believe about heaven? When they spoke of heaven, when they thought of it, what did they visualize? Was their concept of heaven the same as our own? I don’t think so. I’m not talking about the difference between Greek words and English words; I’m talking about how they (and we) conceive of heaven. From as early as the 11 century, heaven seems to have been conceived of as a place. The dictionary says it’s The operative word is —heaven is a place. Was that how...