The Absence of Holiness

December 14, 2018
Born to Win with Ronald L. Dart

Jeremiah #25

December 17, 2018

I have to wonder how a prophet ever rises to prominence. We look back on these men as giants, but in their own generation, they were just ordinary men with an extraordinary message. One of them was a sheep herder and part-time fruit picker. Most of them were very young when first called of God and commissioned—one of them, just a child. Think about it, some kid shows up claiming to have a message from God. Would you take him seriously? But by the time these men reach old age, they start posing a real threat to men in power. How do they get from obscurity to prominence?

For one thing, they speak the truth. And even when we don’t like it, we have a way of recognizing that it is the truth. And God has his own ways of establishing a prophet and making his voice heard. Sometimes, it is his enemies that give him prominence and make his message significant. For if he was not telling the truth about them, they would leave him alone.

But it is also important to realize that real prophets are political dynamite. We believe in separation of church and state in this country, and that is a good thing. It is too bad that some have interpreted that to mean a separation of God and state, because that is not a good thing. And anyone who thinks that a prophet should not address political issues hasn’t read the prophets very carefully.

References: Jeremiah 38:1-41:18

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Born to Win is the radio ministry of Christian Educational Ministries (CEM).  CEM is a service ministry with two major goals, first, to share the Gospel with the world and make disciples for Jesus Christ and secondly to teach those disciples of Jesus all that He commanded His disciples to do (Matthew 28:19-20).  Paul later expanded on this in his last letter to Timothy: 

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be proficient and equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17 from KJV and NRSV).

CEM was founded to serve the public, individual Christians of every stripe, and community based churches in every tradition. We are an independent, nondenominational ministry. 

About Ronald L. Dart

Ronald L. Dart is a gifted teacher of the Word of God.  People around the world have come to appreciate Ron’s easy style, his non-combative approach to explaining the Bible, and the personal, almost one-on-one method of explaining what’s going on in the world in the light of the Bible. People say they get hooked on Ron’s depth of insight into the Bible and appreciate the unique gift for clarity and simplicity that enable him to hold an audience. His listeners don’t want to miss a word this broadcaster has to say and they want their community to hear it as well.

 Mr. Dart was born to young parents on a farm just south of Harrison, Arkansas.  His father worked for the railroad and also sang bass with the Melody Four Quartet.  He started school in a one room schoolhouse in Gaither, Arkansas and finished high school in Houston, Texas where he met his wife to be, Allie Driver.  

He joined the Navy in September of 1952 and earned the rating of petty officer first class in four years.  After the Navy, Ron attended Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas for two years, and Ambassador College for two years, getting a bachelor’s degree.

Ron served as a pastor of a church, and returned to college to get his Master’s Degree. Then he went to the University of Texas, in Austin and did work towards his doctor’s degree in communications. It is through his continued studies in theology and  communications that Ron’s gift for teaching the Word of God became evident.  He has taught Old Testament Survey, Epistles of Paul and public speaking.  He has CDs of sermons he has given on virtually every book in the Bible. After retiring from teaching and church administration in 1995 he started Christian Educational Ministries and the Born to Win radio program.

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