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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 #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



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 this...


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...


Christian Origins #1 - Acts

How many hundreds of millions of Christians are there in the world by now? What is your guess? Well, I looked it up. Christianity of all stripes is the largest religion in the world and Christians number one and one half billion people. How did this happen? How could twelve men, bearing witness of one man, create a religion that has, in fact, changed the world? Everywhere Christianity of any stripe has gone, it has made men’s lives better. Oh, I know about the abuses, the corruption and the...


A Forecast for the Future

If you were looking for a resolution for the new year (or the new decade), you'd have to go a long way to do better than this: Wash you, make yourself clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do good; seek justice, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as...


Whatever Happened to the Bible?

When I was a lot younger, I was associated with a church that was, hands down, the most Bible-reading group of people I have ever known. With all of the faults of that generation and its leadership, they had a passion for the Bible. And if I may say so, if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be here doing what I am doing. And here we are, in a generation where Bible study doesn’t seem to be valued like it once was. All the great leaders of our founding and succeeding generations were Bible...


About the Bible

What did the first Christians believe about the Bible? It is an interesting question for several reasons, not least because the Bible, as we know it, had yet to exist. The components of what we call the New Testament were being written in the years between about AD 55 and 70. To the first Christians, these were written testimonies and letters of the apostles. However, the first Christians were not without a Bible. But they referred to it by a different name. I won’t bore you with the...


Not Guilty

A long time ago, when I was a very young minister, a series of remarkable things happened to me. I found myself deeply troubled by what I called at the time “wrong thoughts”. It was a very disturbing thing. I would be trying to pray and thoughts would enter my mind that had no business being there. Mind you, I had spent four years in the Navy and I had all the vocabulary that went with it. But it wasn't just that. It was more. I fought that battle and won, but that didn't end the...


The Tree #2

The apostle John is in vision, and he’s nearing the end of an incredible experience. Step by step, he has seen the sequence of visions that make up what we all the Book of Revelation. I would think that he is pretty well wrung out by the time he gets to the end of all this. It must have been some experience. What he has seen are the last days, and late in the 20th chapter he summarizes it all. He says: And the sea gave up the dead who were in it; and death and hades delivered up the dead...


The Tree #1

There’s an odd thing about the Bible that’s easy to overlook: It begins and it ends with a tree. Everybody knows that in the Garden of Eden there was the Tree of Life. What’s easy to overlook is that, in the very last chapter of Revelation, God says, Now, as you know, the Tree of Life was in the Garden of Eden, and it hasn’t been seen since Adam and Eve were evicted. But you also need to understand that the Garden of Eden was not everywhere. It was a little world of its own within the...