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Mr. Dart has been teaching the Bible's basic truths for more than 40 years. He is the founder of Christian Educational Ministries.

Mr. Dart has been teaching the Bible's basic truths for more than 40 years. He is the founder of Christian Educational Ministries.


Whitehouse, TX


Mr. Dart has been teaching the Bible's basic truths for more than 40 years. He is the founder of Christian Educational Ministries.




Christian Educational Ministries P.O. Box 560 Whitehouse, TX 75791 903 839 9300

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Christian Origins #32 - Corinthians

If a man die, shall he live again? That is the question isn’t it? Is this all there is? We live out our lives, we return to the dust and oblivion forever. It was a man named Job who asked the question, and he had good reason to ask whether life was even worth living. He had lost everything he owned. All his children had been killed when a storm collapsed house around their heads. He was in constant pain from boils on every part of his body. And his wife’s best encouragement was, He wanted...


Christian Origins #31 - Corinthians

There is something truly seductive about any manifestation of the supernatural. Every human being experiences doubts once in a while. It is not so much a question of unbelief as it is a difficulty in maintaining belief in the midst of a world that seems designed to stamp out belief. And so any manifestation of the supernatural has a great deal of appeal. I think one of the reasons people become involved in the occult is because it seems better to see the devil than to see nothing at all. I...


Christian Origins #30 - Corinthians

One of the truly sad things in the history of religion is the hostility that persists between Jews and Christians—sometimes it even becomes hatred. It’s very old, of course. It dates from the very beginning of the Christian faith—not only in the conflict between some Jews and Jesus, but even in the Book of Acts, among the followers of Jesus who wanted to maintain the faith of Jesus as a Jewish sect and not admit Gentiles. It is almost as though there were a jealousy between Jew and Gentile...


Christian Origins #29 - Corinthians

Of all the ceremonies that are connected in our mind to the Christian faith, there is probably nothing more fundamental than that ceremony we call the Lord’s Supper, or Holy Communion, or the Eucharist, or the Christian Passover, even. You would think that if something was so central to the Christian faith…that, at least, would be something we would not have any argument about. Well, you’d be wrong, because Christians do differ on many thing—on what they call it, when they do it, how they do...


Close to God

When a person knows that God is there—but he can't touch him, can't see him—there should be a longing for God. Unless, of course, God is not in his thoughts. Then, if God is not in his thoughts, a man can walk through life with no awareness of God—no sense of God's presence, no awareness of the closeness of God. But when we are far away from God, whose fault is that? Has God left us, or have we just forgotten him? What you need to look for in yourself is not so much the presence of God, but...


Christian Origins #28 - Corinthians

We all know that we are sinners. And we know that there is no combination of our own works, our own efforts, that can save us. But having been saved by the death and life of Jesus Christ, does it make any difference how we live our life? Now, common sense tells us that it does make a difference. We aren’t comfortable with the idea that a man can be saved, then go out and be a womanizer for the rest of his life, and be in the kingdom of God in the end. I know there are those who say that the...


Christian Origins #27 - Corinthians

Why do you suppose that Israelites, so very long ago, lived about as long as we do today with all our advances in science? The answer is pretty straightforward: Israel had a very down-to-earth law that dealt with prevention of disease rather than cure. And I think you will find that the major advances in longevity in civilized nations have more to do with sanitation than with medicine. For example, there was a law that said a man should have a spade with him when he went out to relieve...


Christian Origins #26 - Corinthians

The Bible is a very down-to-earth book. It is written for men and women who actually have to live every day in this world—who have to deal with human needs and human nature. High and lofty ideals are in the Bible, make no mistake about that. But most of us live most of our lives a long way short of the ideal. Does the Bible have anything to say to those of us who are struggling down here in the mud? Does God care that we are often alone and depressed? Does he understand that when we have...


Christian Origins #25 - Corinthians

It has to come as a surprise to find a Christian church—a Gentile Christian church—observing the Passover. The Passover is a Jewish festival, right? Then what is a gentile church like Corinth doing observing the Passover? Paul gives us no wiggle room at all, and scholars have long realized, that the allusions to the Passover in 1 Corinthians 5, make it clear that the Corinthian church was observing the Passover when Paul wrote them the letter. Why on earth would they do that? And if they...


Beauty and the Power to Love

Sometimes important ideas can come from unexpected places. I came across an article in the journal, , by an architect who had been provoked by a piece on church architecture by another architect. I have no idea what would have prompted me of all people to read an article on church architecture but, having picked it up and read the first paragraph, I couldn’t put it down. The author wrote very well. He pulled no punches and he hit on something that has been nagging at my mind for quite a long...


Christian Origins #24 - Corinthians

If there’s one thing that is clear when you study the New Testament with an eye to the origins of the Christian church, it is that the apostles were not . Oh, there is reason to believe that they were loved and respected (at least some of the time), but not very many people were in awe of them. That kind of attitude came later when the clergy became distant and exalted from the ordinary people. One would think that the original apostles must have struck awe into people, but they were too...


Christian Origins #23 - Corinthians

If a man sets out to convince an audience of the truth of his message, why would he not give it his best shot? Wouldn’t you normally think a man would pull out all the stops—make every effort to persuade? Wouldn’t he use every rhetorical trick—every possible, honest means of persuading his audience? There is an old saying, Which of us has not gone along with something, when we weren’t entirely persuaded? In fact, to with something in our language implies a lack of persuasion. We go along...


Christian Origins #22 - Corinthians

The last time the Christian church was perfectly joined together, of the same mind and of the same judgement was nearly 2,000 years ago on that Pentecost when the Holy Spirit fell on the church and they baptized 3,000 people in one day. From that time forward, it has been one fight after another. It would be no trick to maintain unity in the church if we just didn’t have any people in it. But there are people in the church and we do find a lot of things to disagree over. We can disagree over...


Christian Origins #21 - Acts

It is astonishing, when you think about it, how much hatred can be generated by religious beliefs. From the earliest times, Jews persecuted Christians; and when Christians came to power, they persecuted Jews. It is almost as though the closeness of religious belief is a measure of the heat of the hostility, for Jews have persecuted other Jews and Christians have persecuted other Christians. There is a lot of blood on the hands of a lot of very religious people. And none of it would be there...


A Doctrine of Grace

No matter how we rationalize it, David did break the law when he ate the showbread in the Tabernacle. Then how could God justify David when there was no remorse or repentance on his part? God did it not because David was right, but because God is gracious. What does it mean to say, “God is gracious”? “Great grace” was upon the early church, but it is not on the church today. The lack of grace is at the root and core of most of our church problems. Grace was the characteristic that led Jesus...


Christian Origins #20 - Thessalonians

Everyone knows the end of the world is coming. The only questions left are when and how. Scientists tell us that in 3 to 4 billion years our sun will blow up and turn our planet into a cinder, so there really is an end to all this. It doesn’t matter to us whether it 3 billion or 3 million, our end is a lot sooner than that. Even the Bible tells us there is going to be an end to this , this system. It suggests that if God doesn’t stop us, we will end up destroying ourselves. But it speaks...


Christian Origins #19 - Thessalonians

Is it hard to be a Christian? I suppose it depends on where you are and what you are doing. There are people in the world, right now, who are being shamefully and brutally treated because they profess the name of Jesus. But you are probably not one of them; I certainly am not. Who do you know, personally, who has been killed because of his belief in Jesus Christ? Do you know anyone who has been beaten? Do you know anyone who has been jailed because he refused to deny the name of Jesus? Do...


Christian Origins #18 - Galatians

I know sometimes it is a little hard to grasp, but the conflict between Jesus and the Pharisees was a matter of power and control. When this conflict reached the churches of Galatia, it split them wide open, and is a classic illustration of what happens when you put new wine in old wineskins. Paul wrote of those who caused this problem: They are zealous of you, but not for good; yea, they would exclude you, that you might be zealous of them. It is in the nature of legalism to divide...


Christian Origins #17 - Galatians

I know this may seem obvious, but it must be said: Christianity and Judaism are two very different religions. I think Jews know this better than Christians. We speak of things as though they were two denominations of the same faith. Jews and Christians share one thing: that book we call the Old Testament. At some level of understanding, we may share a belief in the same supreme being, but there are some who would even dispute that: Christianity believes that Jesus is God, and Judaism most...