Ron Dart's 2006 sermon Shared Suffering. Dart reflects on recent deaths in his congregation, and Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning" and concludes that shared suffering increases love. Same with shared pain, shared projects, shared time, shared work, shared play, shared food. In times of need, we lean on family and church. Judging others harms this reservoir of love, unless discussed with the judged. Dart wants to share all things, good and bad, share his life with people who are down-to-earth, don't exalt themselves, are well-behaved, and more. Dart finishes with an excellent look at loving others, even when it is hard.
Ron Dart's 1989 sermon Small Things. "Men fail to do a great work for God because they set out to do a great work for God." They despise the day of small things, tasks they feel are not important enough for them to do. Every great work is made up of small things. God repeatedly works outside of the "organization". The big-thing syndrome can discourage people from trying. But there is no reason why you can't go read the Bible to a blind person. Your kindness, your patience, your letter, your little work will be added to others' as God sees fit. Your best opportunities to do good are often random in your life. You can make a difference in the life of another, and do so in the name of Jesus Christ, if you are aware, thoughtful, and willing to do the small things. Dart gives some steps you can take. Small things lead to other small things that taken all together make a big difference in people's lives.
Ron Dart's 1989 sermon Why Marriages Fail.
1) People won't listen to each other or a preacher or a counselor or even to God
2) People react too easily to provocation
3) People get even, rather than turn the other cheek
4) People won't forgive each other
5) People don't keep their word. God will hold you to your promises.
Marriages need a good dose of basic Christianity – sermon on the mount – 1 Corinthians 13 – fruits of the spirit – etc. Do this first. Never allow profanity to enter your marriage. No name calling. Address actions. Don't lie to each other. What your marriage needs is Christian love.
Ron Dart's 1989 sermon Strength in Weakness. Dart contrasts David and Gideon. With Israel, David's mighty men were great warriors. But, with Gideon, not so mighty. God was showing that the success of Gideon's army was absolutely a miracle from God. Israel's full army would not have demonstrated that. The strength, the faith, the power, the courage of the people God chose are not a factor in the victory. Most of us are like Gideon, not David. We don't have the power, the courage, the faith as did David. We need God to intervene in our weakness. For Paul to be of value to God, he had to be weakened, as was Gideon's army. God's strength works in weakness. In Romans, Paul explains how Israel failed because they tried to accomplish salvation through their own work and power, but what saves one is Jesus Christ. He is our Savior. God does not directly work through human strength, but through human weakness.
Ron Dart's 1989 sermon The Devil's Tracks. Dart looks at encounters with the spirit world, including the "Prince of Persia", the "King of Tyre", angels, adversaries, and Satan himself. When we "go with the flow", things are easy because "the flow" is the way of this world, the way of Satan. It is when you start resisting that flow as you start to try and obey God, that you have resistance from the enemies of God. Dart talks about looking for signs of the devil. God-hating in Hollywood; the gender abolishment movement; the hidden agenda in the abortion industry, the gay rights movement, radical feminism, and ultimately the movement to abolish the Father. The devil's tracks are all over; we can see them if we look. It is very important that Satan will one day be bound, yes, he is all around us now. Thus, it is critical to maintain a close relationship to God. Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee. Speak no evil of one another. Also, stay attached to a church.
Ron Dart's 1990 sermon Service. The church is a service organization. Just keeping busy is not enough if not in service. Church government is a matter of service rather than of rulership or control. There is no gain from providing a service that nobody needs. Dart looks at the church from the point of being a service business. What would "customers" need from us? What the "customer" wants and needs that we offer is a relationship. If they get that, they become a member, if not, it may be our fault. We're all part of the "store" in providing customer service. Jesus established this service mentality right off the bat by saying that you should not lord it over as the gentiles do, but should be a servant. Humble yourself, take on the form of a servant, as Jesus did, washing one another's feet. Service is not just about "religious" needs.
Ron Dart's 1990 sermon The Power of Hope. Dart discusses his experience in the CGI ministry prayer sessions and how they wearied him. Does God weary of our prayers? He is compassionate; He cares; does He weary? Philippians 4:6, bring your prayers with thanksgiving. Be anxious for nothing. What does "saved in hope" mean? A positive anticipation. If you believe, all things are possible. When God has given us every reason to trust Him, and then we don't, why would He intervene for us? The value of appreciation and positive anticipation are exhibited in Psalm 23, a source of encouragement; that God cares. Do we say, "Nothing ever works out for me"? Or do we expect great things from God? Do we delight ourselves in God? Commit yourself to God and He will bring it to pass. Pray fervently to God; do your part; then leave it in God's hands. Don't worry – have an expectation that God will deliver- hope, faith, belief. Start making plans accordingly. God takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant. Rejoice always, pray with thanksgiving, dwell on the positive. Practice this way of thinking.
Ron Dart's 1990 sermon Power and Corruption. Dart examines Matthew 8-12, looking at the concept of power, what it was used for and why. Power – is it energy? Authority? Strength? Ability? Jesus had all these traits of power and Matthew 8 & 9 show the tremendous power Jesus had over many things, even death. Jesus also had power in His teachings, and called His disciples and gave them power and told the to do many of the same miracles. "Jesus will never tell you to do something without giving you the power to do it."
Ron Dart's 1992 sermon How Old is God? Dart takes a stab at just how old the universe might be, and then states that God is far older. What has God been doing all that time? In light of that immensity, what is man that God is mindful of him? Why do we worry about trivial things? What is God doing? What is our role in it?
Ron Dart's 1990 sermon Mustard Seed Faith. Dart addresses the issue of faith. What is it? Can you measure it? Does it come and go? Is it a gift? Or is there something we can do about it? Is it belief? Jesus rebuked people for their lack of faith or belief, indicating these people were somehow at fault. It seems that if we do not believe, if we do not have faith, we have only ourselves to blame. So, what do we do about it? 1) Take no anxious thought; don't worry. 2) When you have put something in God's hands, dwell on the good ways it can work out, not the bad. 3) The most destructive thing to faith is the human imagination, which we have control over. 4) Do not harden your heart. Instead, trust God. Expect. God will bring forth the good. Don't practice a lack of faith by worrying. "They could not enter in because of unbelief" -- something they could have corrected. "Rejoice in the Lord always!" The power of positive thinking is the bottom line of faith – Jesus & Paul both support this idea. Why would Jesus criticize the disciples for their unbelief and lack of faith, if it wasn't within their power to do something about it? Choose wisely what thoughts you dwell upon.
Added Randy Stiver's 1995 sermon It Is a Good Day to Die. In the aftermath of the 1995 WCG apostasy, UCG pastor Randy Stiver discusses martyrdom for Jesus Christ. He speaks of the critical importance of courage, giving examples from the Old and New Testaments. In a battle, you might die. He intersperses references to Star Trek and the U.S. founding while discussing the kingdom of God and refuting the wrong teachings that WCG has come out with. True martyrdom has no ego. Jesus – the ultimate martyr. He reconciles the concepts of martyrdom and the place of safety. The statement "You must be loyal to the Lord's anointed or you won't go to the place of safety" is a snare that trapped many. Are we prepared for the ultimate witness for Jesus Christ? The martyr does not fear men, and Satan has no leverage on him.
Ron Dart's 1990 sermon Gifts of the Spirit. What are spiritual gifts? Who has them? Why are they given? How can you tell the true from the false? A spiritual gift from God is not for you, it is for others. Gifts are distributed to according to the will of God throughout the church, for the purpose of building the church, making individuals more like Christ. It is not for division. Beware of unworthy motives. Gifts are distributed widely; they do not all fall upon one man, neither does one gift fall upon all men. But they do work together. If we have a gift, or the spirit moves us, just do it. You don't have to figure it out, God has already. If a spiritual gift is used to divide or cause strife, it is not of God. Spiritual gifts are given not to control, but to serve. By their fruits you will know them.
Ron Dart's 1989 sermon Change or Growth? Entropy leading to disorder is inevitable, without design and power to impose order. So, with change inevitable, how can we direct that change into growth? Dissatisfaction with our life leads to the establishment of goals and objectives you can impose on your mind. Paul provides several things we can and should impose upon ourselves. Letting others be free to impose change upon themselves, we can all combine to grow the church. Change, without a goal, leads to chaos. The ministry has a role in this, also. Use adversity to motivate yourself to impose change. Can you grow in a trial? Or will you let your suffering be in vain?
Added Ron Dart's 1991 sermon Fatherhood of God. The religion of the Bible is patriarchal. Why? The 70 elders were all men. The priesthood was all men. Jesus chose 12 men. Paul established that only men are to lead the church. The husband is the head of the wife. Why? How does modern society view this? Abraham was a father. Jesus has revealed that we are to relate to God as Father. Is this just sexism? Or is it really something else? Dart answers these questions, and addresses the role women play.
Added Ted Armstrong's 1978 sermon Explaining His Disfellowshipment. In the first part, Armstrong goes into some of the accusations made against him, showing why they are false and addresses different aspects of the conflict intermittently as he goes through the sermon. He recalls his childhood in the COG, Oregon Conference, before going into the main sermon, where he addresses the 7 churches of Revelation, emphasizing the saving purpose of Jesus Christ and the expansive nature of preaching the gospel. While expressing doubt that the 7 churches represent 7 eras, he says, “There is a message for every person in every era in each letter to all the churches.” The gospel is more than an announcement. Armstrong asserts that there is no hierarchical relationship among the apostles. He calls “unbiblical” the statement that there has never been a time, in the history of the world, where there was not one man, and one man alone, through whom God worked. He concludes with a declaration of his dogged determination to preach the gospel any and every way he can.
Added Ron Dart's 1994 sermon To The Work. The church was almost obsessive about "The Work" when Ron Dart joined in 1958. The Apostle Paul believed that what he did made a difference in the number of people that would be saved. There is very much more to doing the work than preaching the gospel. Paul didn't hesitate to risk life and limb for the work. Dart essentially gives a tribute to Paul, that it might inspire all of us. Like Oskar Schindler, we can save some, we can't save all, could we have saved more? Also, What was the seed that eventually led to the failure of the Worldwide Church of God to do the work? It was not failed prophecy, as problematic as that was.
Added Ron Dart's 1993 sermon World Tomorrow Workshop. There is work that is more fun than play, and is far more satisfying. This is what God has prepared for those that love Him. Dart looks at all the problems that will exist at the start of the millennium, and how the solutions will be up to us to fix. We will have the power, the sense, the direction, and the help of God. We won't just sit around and watch God do miracles. The faithful will have rule over cities. The Gentiles will come to OUR light! Dart vividly describes what it might be like. A complete redesign and remake of the world, physically and socially. Why didn't God start out with the millennium? Is this planet earth project the first time God has done this? After all is said and done on earth, what then? What is in your future? What do you have to do to not miss out?
Added Ron Dart's 1990 sermon Marriage - Who Leads? Starting at Genesis, Dart looks at marriage. Sin led them to hide from each other, as well as from God. It kept their children from ever becoming would they could have become. Was Adam the leader even before he sinned? What about a long-haired man? A woman' head covering? The responsibility of the husband/father and why? How to lead. Some relationship principles of marriage. We need to learn our responsibilities and let other's learn theirs.
Added Ron Dart's 1983 sermon Should Sinners Attend Church? Dart reviews the multiple incidents where Jesus interacted with "sinners". They were drawn to Him, and He directed much of His ministry toward them, yet most of the religious leaders loathed Him. The difference was that the "sinners" knew what they were. Dart points out that Jesus did not turn the sinners away and even encouraged them to come to Him. Dart then effectively criticizes churches that screen their prospective visitors. (Note: this is a complete version of the previously incomplete version that was on the "Miscellaneous" page.)
Added Ron Dart's 1993 sermon Why Cults? Dart tells the story of a pastor who left WCG, started a cult, gained a following,failed spectacularly, quit his ministry, and went and got a job. Dart uses this to examine cults, why they occur. How they are an authority disorder. How your authority must be the written Word of God. What about progressive revelation? What about "call no man father"? Does God know everything about the future? How to avoid getting caught in a cult.
Added Ron Dart's 1990 sermon The Next Temple. Given in the context of the first Gulf War. Dart speaks on the politics, history, and religion in the Middle East. He expounds on the prophecies of Luke21 and Daniel 11, the tribulation, King of the North and King of the South. It would seem that the sacrifices must be resumed, requiring an altar and a priesthood -- and a temple? -- a tabernacle? Why the Jews haven't built one already and what might trigger them to do so.
Added Ron Dart's 1991 sermon Springfield Mo Campaign. An evengelistic message at Springfield, Missouri. Dart uses the current USSR instability to show that WCG and CGI have always believed there will not be WWIII between the US and the USSR. Why? The what and when of a prophecy is worthless without the why. What the difference is between apocalyptic literature and prophetic literature. Prophetic literature has a moral teaching as part of it. The Book of Revelation shows the what and when, and it frequently references back to the prophetic books, where we can learn the why. Why does God bother to reveal prophecy to anyone? Dart gives the 2 reasons. We know a diabolical world order will come to power at the end time. We know some people will be protected. Those who understand have an obligation to tell others.
Added Ron Dart's 1998 sermon The Historical Passover. Jesus observed the Passover early on the 14th, yet the Jews observed it late on the 14th. Were the Jews wrong? Dart examines the Exodus Passover account. What is "between the evenings"? How the Exodus Passover was different from the rest. What the Bible says about sunset. Leaving by night. The night to be much observed. The "9th day at even" is the end of the 9th day. There is little dispute today about when Christians are to observe the Passover. But, there is much dispute about the timing of the Old Testament Passover.
Ron Dart's 2002 sermon Liberty. Why did God put that tree in the Garden of Eden? Why is there suffering? Why, when there is a good God, do so many bad things happen? Dart answers these questions and more in a thought-provoking message. Every intervention of God in the affairs of men is an abridgment of the freedom He intended for men. Dart explores liberty, the loss of liberty, and how God restores it, symbolized by the Jubilee. Men are conflicted about the responsibilities and consequences of freedom. Jesus was subject to the freedom of others. Now, He restores ours.
Obituary for Ronald L. Dart
Services for Ronald L. Dart, 82, of Tyler, Texas will be held, Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 2:30 p.m., at Stewart Family Funeral Home with Jonathan Garnant officiating.
Burial will follow at Whitehouse Memorial Cemetery in Whitehouse, Texas.
Mr. Dart passed away Saturday, January 23, at his home in Tyler, TX.
He was born January 7, 1934 in Harrison, Arkansas to Tildon and Eva Dart.
Ron Dart was the founder and president of Christian Educational Ministries and the voice of the international Born to Win radio program. He attended Hardin Simmons University, graduated from Ambassador College, and had work towards his PhD at the University of Texas, Austin. He was gifted with the ability to make a difficult subject clear and understandable and his knowledge of the Bible drew many listeners. He wrote 11 books on various Bible subjects. Born to Win will stay on the air and continue doing the work Mr. Dart began.
Ron Dart was preceded in death by his father, mother, and sister, Nana Williams.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Allie.
Pallbearers will be Gary Gibbons, C. Rod Martin, John Currier, Willie Oxendine, Joshua Voyce, and John Beasley.
Visitation is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 26, at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, Tyler.
Memorials may be made to Christian Educational Ministries, P.O. Box 560, Whitehouse, TX 75791.
From Allie Dart: Ronald L. Dart died peacefully in his sleep early this Sabbath morning, January 23rd, from a prolonged battle with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. His remarkable gift of clarity and love and understanding of the Bible were devoted to teaching others.
Christian Educational Ministries, founded by Ron Dart in 1995, will continue to promote his timeless insights into God’s Word through the Born to Win program, his books, essays and audio messages. He was a gifted speaker and teacher who leaves a legacy of knowledge and understanding of the precious Word of God.
Mr. Ron Dart has passed away. Here is a tribute from Ken Swiger:
I learned this morning of the passing of an old friend, a brother in the faith, teacher, preacher, and a man I consider a mentor.
Mr. Ronald L. Dart passed away peacefully in the early morning hours on this Sabbath day following a multi-year battle against cutaneous T-Cell lymphoma.
God has richly blessed the Church of God movement to have allowed us to have Ron Dart in our lives for so many years. So many of us can look back at what we have learned from Mr. Dart's ministry and give thanks for this Godly man and his work. Please join me in praying for Mrs. Dart.
Allie has also been a faithful worker in the fields of the Lord and as innovators in Christian ministry. Together they have advocated for active involvement of children in the worship of God and led the way in involvement of the laity in the planning and execution of independent Feast of Tabernacles sites.
Let's be in prayer for Allie Dart, The BORN TO WIN team, and all the family of faith as we grieve this loss.
We are saddened by our loss, but we know that our brother Ron has completed his race, and in his next waking moment will be with the King of Kings. Take comfort in that sure knowledge.