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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.
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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.




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


Christian Origins #15 - Galatians

Visualize a horizontal line. That line represents perfection in keeping the law. Everything below that line is sin. Everything above that line is righteousness. Simple, right? But wait, if the line represents perfection in keeping the law, how can you get above it…by keeping the law? Obviously, you can’t. And the line itself is not righteousness; it is merely your duty. So how do you get above the line? How is righteousness achieved? Is it by obedience? No, that is the point we have just...


Christian Origins #14 - Galatians

It is odd, don’t you think, that man is so dissatisfied with God? Seriously, we seem to think that we can improve on what he has done. It is one thing when we do this by breeding a new kind of rose, or a new kind of dog. It is another thing altogether when we think we can improve on God’s religion. And we certainly think we can. If we weren’t so busy improving on God’s religion, would there be so many varieties of religions as there are in the world? At the time Jesus walked the streets of...


Christian Origins #13 - Acts & Galatians

It is almost funny, in reading thorough the life of the apostle Paul, how often his friends had to get him out of town to save his neck. Paul was a firebrand. He was a first-class intellect, extremely well-educated, and highly intelligent. But what made him really troublesome was that he couldn’t leave a bad idea alone. You know how often you hear someone say something really stupid. Most of the time you let it go by because it isn’t worth the argument. Well, for Paul, it was always worth...


On Christians and Judaism #1

What did the first Christians believe about Judaism? When I speak of the , I mean all Christians everywhere in the years the New Testament was being written—say between the ascension of Christ and AD 70. Some call these , but that implies that we are more advanced in understanding than they were. I don’t think so. I think they understood Christ better than we do. So I want to talk about them as the . Did they look at their faith as an entirely new religion with a new God? Or did they...


Christian Origins #12 - Acts

When you read the New Testament, you really want to see a group of people united in purpose, thoroughly converted, working together for the greater purpose of converting the world to Christ. It is a measure of the honesty of the New Testament writers, though, that you see them for what they were: thoroughly human, torn by dissension, disagreeing on the very fundamental doctrines of the faith, struggling for the very soul of the infant church. None of this should surprise us at all if we set...


Christian Origins #11 - Acts

Imagine that you attend a small church of, say, 50 people. You have been meeting together for quite a long time. You have a common set of beliefs and practices. You get along well together. You are comfortable together. Now imagine that, for some reason, your church doubles in size in a mere 30 days. Do you think that would change the character of your church? Of course it would. Some of those new people would come from a religious background that differed in some ways from your own. The...


Christian Origins #10 - Acts

The very first Christian missionaries in all history were a couple of men named Saul and Barnabas. (We know Saul better as the Apostle Paul.) They had no pattern to go by, no methodology, no background is missionary work as such. All they had was as set of very simple instructions. Those came from Jesus and were given to all his disciples. Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: Teaching them to observe all...


Christian Origins #9 - Acts

The greatest missionary church in history was established by men whose names we do not even know. No, it wasn’t Jerusalem, in spite of everything that happened there. We know that every missionary effort ever undertaken originated in Jerusalem, in a sense, but those were never generated by the church. People were scattered by persecution and took the gospel with them wherever they went. And in spite of all Jesus’ instructions, apart from a few Samaritans, the gospel was taken to the grand...


Here I Am, Lord

Where is the leadership of the church to come from? I am not talking about the next generation. I am talking about now. I have thought often about youth and ministry. When God first spoke to Samuel, he was just a child. Most of the prophets were very young when God first spoke to them. For one thing, the prophets needed plenty of time to finish their job. For another, they were going to need the energy and faith of youth for their task. What about their older years? There would be other...


About the Old Testament

What did the first Christians believe about the Old Testament? I might as well have asked what they believed about the Bible because, as the faith developed, the Old Testament was all the written word they had. Jesus himself laid the groundwork for a uniquely Christian understanding of the Scriptures. Consider, for example, one fundamental difference between Pharisees and Sadducees. The Pharisees believed that God gave the law to Moses in two forms: oral and written. That is, that Moses got...


The Seventh Rest



Christian Origins #8 - Acts

I would not like to suggest the apostles of Jesus were stubborn or blockheaded, because that would not be fair. The transition they were having to make was no simple matter. It is easy from our perspective to think they should have understood or should have seen more quickly, but we were not in their shoes. They had grown up in a religious system—the prevailing version of Judaism that they had all grown up with—and they were having to make major adjustments in their thinking. The modern...


Christian Origins #7 - Acts

You have to wonder about a man like Saul of Tarsus. Here’s a man that we will come to know as the apostle Paul—probably the strongest intellectual figure in the history of Christianity, the man who has probably done more to establish the general direction of the Christian faith than anyone else since Jesus. But, in the beginning, this man may have been the most severe persecutor of the Christian church. So you have to wonder: What drove this man so hard to persecute the church? The truth is...


Christian Origins #6 - Acts

There is a great divide between Christianity and Judaism. And it goes back a lot further than most people realize. It goes back way beyond Paul, and way beyond the early days of the church. In fact, it goes back, at least, to Jesus himself. Because, the truth is, he found himself continually in conflict with the leaders of Judaism. And, eventually, of course, the religious establishment in Jerusalem kill him. This echoes the message of the prophets down through the generations who again and...


Christian Origins #5 - Acts

I think it is fair to say that God used the power of the Holy Spirit to jump start the early Christian church. They started with 120 members, then baptized 3,000 people in one day. Not long after that, they had another 5,000 believers. The town was buzzing over what these few disciples had accomplished in such a short time. In fact, there were some who were already trying to figure out how to kill the leadership. The truth is that anything that moves so fast is more than a little...


This Old House



How to Read the Bible

I forget where I first saw the book title, , but I recall a certain, what shall we say, amusement. I thought, I think there may be a dozen books in print with that title, but a short review by the features editor of was very useful in understanding what at least one of the authors was driving at. The article was titled by R.R. Reno. Professor Reno noted that I had noticed that, but had never put my finger on it. What caught his interest was the book by James L. Kugel In the world of...


Christian Origins #4 - Acts

I remember my first experience with power. It was behind the wheel of a 1948 Chevrolet. Granted, by today’s standards, that is not a lot of power, but it was power to me. If I handled it just right, I could even burn rubber. Power and freedom are exhilarating. I can only imagine what it is like to sit on the end of a runway and crack in the afterburners on two jet engines and roar off into the sky carrying enormous destructive power in the missiles under my wings. The young men who do...


Christian Origins #3 - Acts

Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked for alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then...


Christian Origins #2 - Acts

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them separated tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of...