Added Ron Dart's 2000 sermon A Vision for the Church. What we believe and know to be true is important, but a knowledge-based church will eventually divide, as there are so many ideas, and it can only be held together by coercive force. Dart looks at the unity chapters of 1 Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4 and asks, if there is no overt authority to hold the church together, what will? How Christians, led by the holy spirit, work together to do God's work. Why unity cannot be achieved by top-down government, which in fact, can be counterproductive if it thwarts the working of the holy spirit in individuals. Government and organization should be the product of unity, not the creators of it. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1984 Bible study Wisdom. A Bible study on wisdom. Why do the Jews so often find themselves in positions of power? Why is wisdom a trait often associated with the Jews? A look at Solomon's wisdom. How is it acquired? The law of God is foundational, but must be practiced with wisdom. Part of wisdom is knowing the limits of yours. Is it possible to lose wisdom? How? Dart give examples from WCG 1978-80. To stream or download, go to this page.
Ron Dart's 1999 sermon No Turning Back. Given on the First day of the Feast of Tabernacles. Why do we keep the feast? What does it picture? What lessons? Dart relates the story of Israel in the wilderness and what was really behind the failure to enter into the promised land for 40 years. It was the people who were unable to be independent. He likened this to the people who were in the Worldwide Church of God. They were told what to do, what to think, and had their decisions made for them. They became timid people who wanted to be protected from false prophets, wolves, heresies, from having to do the work themselves. And, after being out of that, some wanted to go back. But they could not go back. A minority have the faith to go forward. It is time to move forward or die in the wilderness. It is the time to teach the next generation how to live as free men and free women, in the new church. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1988 sermon A Secure Person. Secure: Free from fear, care, doubt, or anxiety. Not troubled, worried, or apprehensive. Offense-proof -- like a child. A secure person really can't be offended. Dart: "If you are offended, it is your fault." Although those who causes offenses are warned, Jesus actually caused offense at times. What can you do about people who seem intent on offending? Those who cause division? A secure person is immune. Examples from Paul's experiences. Where do you set your affections? Good advice on offense avoidance from Colossians 3. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1993 sermon Basic Christianity. What exactly do you need to know, do, be, and practice, in order to be a Christian? Interesting origins of the early Greek words for Christians. Why did Paul go up the temple? What is the relation between the Christian and the law? The Old Testament? The prophets? Dart discusses the identity of God and all His traits, and how that identity is central to Christianity. True religion is a way of life. It is also a relationship that defines who you are, who your God is, and how you relate to Him. Christians define that relationship via Christ. Justification, righteousness, circumcision in the Old Testament and the New. Christianity is not a new religion. It is the logical progression of a very old religion. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1981 Bible study Background of Acts. A Bible study on the beginning of the book of Acts. Luke's background in writing both Luke and Acts gives him the perspective of a historian, more than that of a witness. Dart examines Acts 1 and part of Acts 2 looking over many details, including the theme of Acts, the clear teaching that the Holy Days were observed by the early Christian church, and many other interesting points. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 2002 sermon The Prayer of Jabez. Dart looks at the best-seller by Bruce Wilkinson, neither as an endorsement nor a review, but as a trigger to discuss various aspects of prayer. The value in simple prayers. Persistence. "Not my will...." Be more ready to listen than speak. Expanding your borders. A problem that can be encountered with being blessed by God. You will encounter spiritual opposition. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 2003 sermon The Hatred of God. There are people who hate God. They want all evidence of God expunged from society. There is a war going on. Many statues, monuments, and public displays are not opposed, unless it is Bible-related, then it is fiercely opposed. Dart gives Biblical examples of how, if you are a bearer of God's Word, they will hate you. It is out there. It is real. It comes to the point that anything having to do with God will send the God-haters into a blind rage. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 2001 sermon The Axe and the Fire. A Feast of Tabernacles sermon. Dart launches into a brutal criticism on the exclusivity and arrogance of the Church of God as a whole. Being Sabbath-keepers, Holy Day-keepers, and God's chosen people isn't enough. The Pharisees were all these, and were rejected by Jesus. Is this was happened to WCG? Will it happen to the COG now? When a church says "We are God's people, and you're not", they are headed for destruction. "The axe will be laid to the root of every tree." Who you are makes no difference if you don't produce. Jesus cursed the unproductive fig tree. What will he do to the unproductive church? Dart skewers the Church of God with numerous Biblical parables and stories intended to shake it out of its complacency. This is a very powerful chastisement; worthwhile for every serious Christian to think about. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1990 sermon Caretaker or Savior? When you sin, God will forgive you upon repentance, but He may not remove the consequences. Whatever a man sows, he will reap. God's objective is salvation, and the lessons learned through consequences may be useful to that end. Our job is to bear our burden and wait on Jesus to do what we can't. It is not for Jesus to do for us what we can do for ourselves. We may just want relief from our burdens, a caretaker, when what we really need is salvation. The problem with that is, once forgiven, we have a responsibility for our behavior, not just relief from the consequences. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1994 sermon Can Man Become God? It sounds blasphemous. But is it? Dart explores the different ways the Bible uses the word "God", and as long as we are not talking about the One Supreme Being in the universe, then the answer is an amazing yes! Dart gives a thorough, Biblical explanation of this doctrine. Family, inheritance, angels, salvation, glorification, born again. The Father and the Son: A God who has a God? Dart frames human life and all of its pain and suffering with the fantastic and unavoidable answer to the question of "why man?". To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1980 Bible study Genesis 39-44. A Bible study in which Dart reviews Joseph, Potiphar, Potiphar's wife, prison, the baker, the cupbearer, Pharaoh's dreams, Joseph elevated in power, bounty & famine, Joseph's brothers, and Jacob. All narrated with Dart's homespun style and excellent commentary. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1992 sermon Out of the Shadows. Do you have a shadow that hangs over your life? Is there a way out? Do you feel like a victim? The day you take responsibility for what you have done and what has happened to you is the day you begin to recover and overcome it. If you believe you are not responsible because church government told you to do something, you do not know the Bible. Dart repeatedly states, "I am responsible." He talks of his experience in leaving WCG. The importance of confession to God in recovery. Walking with the Light drives out the shadows hanging over us. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1991 sermon First & Second Tithes. Dart explains that there are 3 tithes: 1 - for the work, 2 - for the festivals, 3 - for the poor. He explains 3 portions of the law: 1 - the commandments, based on the nature of man, the nature of God, and the way things are, 2 - the statutes (one of which is tithing), 3 - the judgments, which can be personal or collective, which are made by the Levites or the church leaders. Dart's primary subject is the 2nd tithe, although he does spend time on the 1st and 3rd tithes, as well. He explains the Bible, CGI's position on how these tithing statutes apply to the Christian, and what to do if you think you can't afford to tithe. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 2001 sermon What Lies Beyond? We are saved by grace, but what about works? Rewards? Dart explores the parables that teach rewards. Is there at least a minimal amount of "works" we have to do to avoid "weeping and gnashing of teeth"? Dart gives a good explanation concerning the servant who buried his talent. These are people of God, who were gifted by God, yet failed. Also, will we continue to grow and learn after the resurrection? In fact, for all eternity? A very inspirational message that will make you think. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1989 sermon Earthquake '89. In the context of the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, which had just happened the night before, Dart gives a Feast of Tabernacles message on disasters. First, anyone who thinks that the victims of a tragedy deserved it, are self-righteous. "The got what they deserved and I didn't because I'm better than they are." Dart briefly encourages people to make practical physical preparations, before going in-depth into Bible teachings on disasters, both historical and prophetic. The conclusion is that we are to be spiritually ready now, and always. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1988 sermon God's Standards. God does have standards that men are to live by. What are those standards and who is authorized to tell us what those standards are? How important are those standards to the Christian? What about repentance, justification, baptism, obedience, the law? Dart harshly criticizes those who use their own authority to teach contrary to the Bible. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 2001 sermon A God With a Face. Many can see that any nation that keeps the last 6 commandments will prosper. Why, then, are the first 4 important? The last 6 are reality-based, not arbitrary, natural law. The first 4 are spiritual - identify God. Deuteronomy 28 represents the natural law. You do the right thing, the blessings come upon you. You do the wrong thing, curses. These apply to every nation -- a simple cause and effect. An example: AIDS - you disobey the law, you suffer. As long as the law is kept, it works. But, if a society forgets the first 4 commandments, they will lose the foundation for the last 6. Sooner or later, that society will decide the last 6 are arbitrary and can be changed. And it will be the end of prosperity for that society. The first 4 commandments are important because they identify God, the guarantor of the last 6. The 7th-day Sabbath is the identifying sign of the Creator God, who made all these laws, and unless you maintain the identity of Jehovah God, the Creator, you will not be able to hold on to the laws that brought the prosperity. Dart shows how ancient Israel turned from God and was destroyed. What about the United States? To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 2001 sermon Adopted or Born? It is generally accepted that we are brought into God's family by adoption, and there are verses that seem to support that. But what did Jesus and Paul say? What did Jesus say to Nicodemus? What is "born again"? Dart discusses "only born son", "first born", "preeminent", "heirs", "co-heirs", and "resurrection". What does the resurrection resemble? Adoption or birth? To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 2000 sermon The Culture of Prayer. When there are problems in the church, emphasis needs to be on the inward man, specifically, prayer. We are dramatically different from the early church in prayer. They had specific times and places to pray. We are much more ad hoc. There are few things the Christian is called on to do that are easier than prayer, and few things that are easier to neglect than prayer. Thus, a discipline of prayer is necessary, else it will fall by the wayside. To stream or download, go to this page.
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Also added his sermon Call No Man Common. Prejudice and hate is all too common in humanity. With that backdrop, Garnant launches into a detailed examination of Acts 10. Cornelius, Joppa, Jonah, Nineveh, Simon the Tanner, common vs unclean, and unlawful are some of the subjects Garnant covers. How we can overcome prejudices. To stream or download, go to this page.
Ron Dart's 2003 sermon Liberty and Justice. Dart looks at the concept of theodicy, why God lets bad things happen to the good. God is a god of liberty and justice. If men are free, they are free to do evil. But if there is no justice, what difference does it make if one does good or evil? Dart looks at justice, the great evil spoken of by Jeremiah, and how they relate to today's society. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 2001 sermon Trial By Ordeal. Dart explains what was "nailed to the cross", what was "blotted out", and what "let no one judge you" really means as he looks into Colossians, Numbers 5, the trial of jealousy, Jewish traditions, the oral law, and the written law. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 2000 sermon No More Prophets? The prophets are sent with a warning. Nineveh listened, Judah did not. There will be the two witnesses at the time of the end. Might there be a prophet before then? Dart explores the scriptures, specifically the parables of the sower and the seed plus Lazarus and the rich man, notes the purpose of these parables, and draws a conclusion. Dart speaks for 31 minutes, then conducts a Q&A session for 37 minutes. These sessions are not unusual in his non-sermon presentations, but it is unusual for CEM to distribute them. In it, he addresses questions about "the end of the law" and "sacred names", among others. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 2000 sermon That They May Be One. We are not all equal; we are all quite different. Yet we are to be one, so we might accomplish more together than each of us could do separately. Gifts are given by God to that end. We're one because we fit together. Like a jigsaw puzzle, with a lot of work, slowly and carefully, the pieces connect to each other, and become one. A storm may blow away unattached pieces, but those attached remain. Dart speaks on the 1 Corinthian 12 and Ephesians 4 structure of the church. Dart believes this principle applies to the local church, the most basic building block used by God; where people are nurtured and come together. Thus, attendance is important. Dart discusses Biblical leadership that can lead, not to conformity, but to unity that comes from growth together. To stream or download, go to this page.
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Added Ron Dart's 2001 sermon Letters From God. Dart looks at the letters to the 7 churches in Revelation, and asks what we must do as a church and as individuals. With the repeated admonition to overcome, we will become stronger by struggling against obstacles, problems, tests, and sufferings. Dart looks at each church specifically, and suggests that Laodicea's weakness is because they don't have a problem to struggle against, and are therefore prescribed a trial. All of these admonitions are designed to change and strengthen us into becoming what God wants us to be. Sometimes we are to wait on God, but sometimes we are to act; He may be waiting for us. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 2000 sermon Should We Care? Dart looks at our society, especially in light of the disputed 2000 presidential election, and asks whether we should care about societal issues. After all, this isn't God's world, right? Dart talks of his experiment to read the strong Biblical condemnations on his radio show and see what results. The only power to trust is God. There is chaos and confusion throughout our government. Corrupt leaders, materialistic societies. Yet, all shall be made low. Dart goes through Psalms, makes observations, and looks at results, prophecies, instruction. He cites condition after condition that is common to man and society and answers "should we care?" To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 2000 sermon The Land Speaks. How does blood defile the land? Why does the land mourn? When the Bible speak of this, what does it mean? Dart explores the sinful causes of the land being cursed and relates it to the immorality in today's society. What is the role of the church leaders in this? Of the civil leaders? How can the Christian survive in such an environment? God may be silent, but the prophets are not. And, the land speaks. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 2000 sermon Pentecost 2000. Dart discusses the traditional Church of God view of the meaning of the holy days. They have been valuable in helping many to understand the plan of God, but there is more to them. We need not be restricted to these traditions. For instance, why does Peter, in Acts 2 on Pentecost, discuss the end-time prophecy of Joel? What does that have to do with Pentecost? Dart explores Joel in the end-time context of the Feast of Firstfruits. To stream or download, go to this page.
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Ron Dart's 2002 sermon Out of the Rut. Does there come a time when it is too late? If you have changes you need to make, when will you make them? Do you order your life right? Will you know it when you're on the wrong track? Our relationship with God and Jesus must not be casual. Ezekiel and Jeremiah were commissioned to tell stubborn people of their sins; this relates to our calling to change our behavior today. Dart shows how we can find out if it applies to us. How can we confidently ask God, when we have been disobeying for years? Dart closes with solid advice on how to get out of the rut. To stream or download, go to this page.
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Added Ron Dart's 1988 sermon The God of the Old Testament. No one has seen God, yet the God in the Old Testament was seen. How is this explained? How can one be God and be with God? Who was the Creator? When did Jesus come into existence? Who was the God of Moses? Of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? Who was Israel's God during the Exodus and all the Old Testament? Who thundered the law from Mount Sinai? Who created the Sabbath, clean and unclean meats? Who was Melchizidek? The Old Testament God was harsh and Jesus is gentle? Who wrote the Ten Commandments on stone? Who destroyed Sodom? Ron Dart asks and answers all of these questions. To stream or download, go to this page.