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.
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Added Ron Dart's 1990 sermon Financial Planning. How do you leave an inheritance to your children's children? How can we be a good steward of the things that God has given us? Dart sharply criticizes credit, asking whether you would rather pay other people or have them pay you? The positive psychology of paying cash. How much better off you will be by not going into debt. This is all in your control, your choices.
Added Ron Dart's 2004 sermon The Passion of Jesus Christ. In the context of Mel Gibson's movie, Dart examines the movie's accuracy in terms of the Bible and asks the question "who really killed Jesus?" Dart studies the crucifixion events closely. The evidence points overwhelmingly to the temple elite, the religious hierarchy. But is that the answer?
Added Ron Dart's 1980 sermon Exodus and Passover. The law is more than regulatory, it is revelatory, showing man why, rather than just telling him how. The Passover is one such component of the law. Dart examines the Exodus account of the Passover, answering questions like: Why select on the 10th? Keep it at home or at a central location? What is the purpose of the ritual? Is it a feast, a meal? Is it for the Christian? What is the body, the bread for? Why a male lamb? Why without blemish? What does "between the evenings" mean? Why unleavened bread? Why burn the leftover lamb in the morning? Observe this forever? Why Hyssop? Why cedar? A great many of these issues have great symbolism, in great detail, and point forward to Jesus Christ. Dart concludes with the overall importance of the Passover, fellowship with God and Jesus Christ.
Added Ron Dart's 1990 sermon Your Hostility Quotient. Dart discusses the psychology of hostility in the context of the Bible and common human experiences. Anger, how it happens, why it happens. Why is it hard to pray, when it is so easy? Hostility, resistance, resentment, enmity toward God. People don't like restraint. After baptism, there is even more restraint. Don't get hostile with anyone who hasn't done you any harm. You cannot enter the kingdom of God with hostility. The role of the tongue in hostility, and how it follows the heart. How this can be overcome and the consequences if it can't.
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.
Added Ron Dart's 2004 sermon What About Judas? What will be of Judas? Dart explores this question. Why did Jesus choose Judas? Did Judas repent? Dart covers the events, what the gospels say about Judas, and what the prophecies and psalms say about Judas. Dart also discusses betrayal, and how we can count on Jesus to never betray us.
Added Ron Dart's 1994 sermon Is There No Sin? How shamed would you be if your sins were exposed? Then why shame others? Dart discusses grace, mercy, works, election, justification. He Emphasizes that none of us is any better than any other. Obedience is required for salvation, yet we are saved by grace, not works. Why did God choose you and apparently assign some to be a vessel of wrath? After God gave you mercy and grace, that your shame will be hidden, why do you not do the same for others?
Added Ron Dart's 1992 sermon Justice and the Poor. How would we eradicate poverty? Should we try? What causes poverty? The Proverbs say: worthless pursuits, slothfulness, lack of dilgence. But poverty is not always the person's fault. But, to "cure" poverty, you would have to take away one's freedom. Dart emphasized how our society oppresses the poor and how we can avoid that. It is better to be taken advantage of, than to turn your back on the truly needy. Ultimately, it is how we personally treat the poor.
Added Ron Dart's 1980 sermon Second Principle of Financial Security. Should you save for retirement? Should you leave your children an inheritance? Dart effectively resolves what could be seen as a conflict between saving money and giving one's all. What if the end-times are very near?
Added Ron Dart's 1984 sermon Who Is The Enemy? Satan is, of course, an enemy of the church, but Dart is convinced that in the last 2000 years, the church has done more to hurt itself than any other adversary. And it is still happening today. Dart covers Diotrophes' motives, tactics, and politics. Barnabas and Paul division. The conflict in Thessalonica. Another one in Corinth, following men. Each is unique and offers lessons for us. How to recognize it, what to do. Dart outlines the ultimate solution to handle all these situations, following the example of Paul.
Added Ron Dart's 1984 sermon Those Who Went Back. Why do people come to church? What are they looking for? What were the people who followed Jesus looking for? Their expectations were off-center. "It is me you need." But they were looking for more, for something else, and many were offended. Jesus talked about the supreme importance of belief, trust, and acceptance of Him as Savior. Dart gives repeated examples of un-belief, and laments those who have left the church. Did they ever believe?
Added Ron Dart's 1989 Bible study Life of Christ 2. What if a new gospel was discovered? Dart explores the idea of the early gospels, how they were propagated, preserved, copied. What if there were discrepancies? How do we know they were inspired? In this Bible study, Dart asks and answers these questions and more in an interesting style that will make you think. Why is there no gospel of Jesus? Why not just one perfect gospel? Discussing these issues is important to build one's defense against attacks on the Bible. In the 2nd half of the study, Dart discusses the birth of Christ and surrounding events, again with interesting insights and commentary.
Added Ron Dart's 1985 sermon The Working God. Dart gives several examples of Jesus and God working, and how they are working now. What is that work? Do we acknowledge it? Miracles, feedings, healings, cursings. Dart explores all that God does and puts it in perspective for us in our daily lives. This message evolves into encouragement for us to glorify God as creator, and to express deep, sincere gratitude.
Added Ron Dart's 1983 sermon Facing the Future. Upon entry into 1983, Dart discusses negative bias in the news and how pessimism is a reflection of the recent past, not an indicator of the future. Also, if society fears a catastrophe is coming, it is probably wrong. Dart then gets more personal, talking about the coming year, carnal desires, normal desires, Godly desires, how to order your life, how to achieve perfection. He gives a great analogy about inviting Jesus into your home to fix a plumbing problem and He ends up remodeling the whole house, if you let Him.
Added Ron Dart's 1983 sermon Agape - Charity. A remarkable message discussing agape. Dart points out that agape is not about feelings or emotions or affections. It is about a virtue, the kind of person you are, based on God's law. It is about how you behave, not how you feel. It is not a matter of liking or not lliking, it is a matter of action toward others. Dart gives excellent examples and scriptures showing how practicing agape toward others is better for you.
Added Ron Dart's 1980 Bible study Genesis 11:27 to 14. Dart gives a Bible study on Genesis 11:27 through Genesis 14, offering insight and commentary throughout. Centers on Abraham, covenants, prophecy of blessings. Were there Holy Days at this time? Includes a lengthy discussion on Melchizidek and tithing.
Added Ron Dart's 2004 sermon Seeing God. The 24 elders "saw" God. Job "saw" God. Sinful Isaiah's experience in seeing God. Jacob's interaction with God. We, however, have never had a "close encounter" with God. Neither did King David. Yet, David never considered there was no God, and he remained close to God. Do we just go about our business being distant from God? Dart seeks to impress on us the immediacy of God; the closeness of God. Do not let yourself forget. It is a greater danger than temptation.
Added Ron Dart's 1981 Bible study John 7 Bible Study. A look at the events of John 7-8, Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles, the woman taken in adultery. The woman washing Jesus’ fee with tears. Jesus as forgiver. Dart touches on Matthew and Luke as they relate to John’s accounts.
Added Ron Dart's 1980 sermon The Publican and the Pharisee. For the self-righteous and judgmental, the focus is on the self, even to the point of demonstrating hostility toward others. The Bible examines these personalities and harshly condemns them. People resist correction, blame others. Dart skewers the arrogant, using the Bible as a weapon.
Added Ron Dart's 1991 sermon Hands in the Dirt. God created man with the idea that all of creation will be put under man. How was Jesus made perfect? How did He deliver us from the fear of death? What does that mean? Jesus had to learn what it was like to taste death to be the captain of our salvation. He experienced what we go through. To know Jesus Christ was everything to Paul. God is still very much working on His project.
Added Ron Dart's 2004 sermon The King of the South. Islam is the most dominant religion the world has ever seen. It is the most dangerous religion the world has ever seen. Dart explains why, by examining some very interesting Islamic history and how it impacts us today. He then transitions into Daniel 11 prophecies and the King of the South. Dart notes that some of Daniel 11 has yet to happen, and also, just because a prophecy happened once doesn't mean it can't happen again. Dart goes through some end-time prophecy, cautioning against assumptions. Available on this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1994 sermon A Better World. “The government of man, apart from God, is what has made this world a mess.” There is a better government coming. People will seek it. The fundamental law will be the law of God. Old Jerusalem became a “whore” at the height of its prosperity, and Dart laments what American has become since he was a child and the cause of the decline of both. Dart the fires the imagination with our role in the future government, as the forgiven and the redeemed. Available on this page.
Added Ron Dart's 2005 sermon Where Do We Go From Here? We have all been confronted with the question "Where do we go from here", whether concerning the church or not. And, we will be confronted with it again. The apostle Paul had just such a momentous decision, but didn't get a clear answer, so he did what he did best. "God is not going to tell you the end from the beginning." The holy spirit will lead, but you need to be flexible – Dart gives examples. Do the right thing and prepared to go where the divine wind leads. Available on this page.
Added Ron Dart's 2000 sermon The Wrath of God. Why did God see it necessary to kill the first born of the Egyptians? Dart narrates the story of Israel in Egypt and shows the clear reason. God is a God of justice. He will not just stand by and let evils take place. Dart brings up the horrors of partial-birth abortion. He gives an excellent explanation on how God hardened Pharaoh's heart. Without justice there is only evil continually. Was the Civil War similar justice? What kind of justice will be exacted as we approach the end times? A very sobering message. Available on this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1990 sermon Is God Essential? Are the holy days required of the Christian? Is the Sabbath? Does our form of worship really matter? Dart shows how, if you begin to minimize God's commands and statutes, if you excuse some, or think them non-essential, you are moving toward the latter-times failings of men outlined in 2 Timothy 3. This is what has happened to much of society today. Available on this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1999 sermon Once More Into the Breach. Dart looks at the chilling prophecy of Ezekiel 22, its harsh criticism of the leaders, and suggests: "The only reason the leaders are the way they are is because it's the way the people want it." Who will stand in the gap? Abraham did. Moses did. Aaron. Dart relates it to today's political leaders. You really don't want "God to work it out" because He will do so punitively because you failed to take care of it. Dart concludes by emphasizing the importance of teaching our children God's ways. We may one day need them to stand in the breach for us. Available on this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1981 sermon Who Then, Will Save Us? The priest can turn out to be a stumbling block. So, too, can the prophet. The watchman only warns. Who then, can save us? In Ezekiel, some were marked or sealed to be protected. They were not removed, but were among those who were destroyed. The distinction starts at the sanctuary. In the New Testament, Dart shows why those who might escape are no more worthy than those who don't. And, there are those who are not worthy at all. No man can save us, only Jesus Christ. Dart lists the traits that the saved have (and, of course, membership in a particular organization is not one of the traits stated). Given in 1981, this almost certainly was Dart's rebuttal to those who believed that staying in WCG and following HWA would result in their being protected in the tribulation. This lesson applies directly today to those who remain in a group only because they think that group will be taken to the place of safety. Available on this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1980 sermon The Last Great Day. Why does God not reach down into everyone's life and reveal everything to them? What happens to those who die having never heard the truth? Dart opens up with the Ezekiel 37 dry-bones prophecy, establishing that it is a physical resurrection. They were lost, cut off, returned to Israel, given a second chance at life, and a first chance for salvation. Today is not the only day of salvation. Paul talks extensively about these people. Dart explains God's selection of individuals and strongly warns those selected to not to be conceited. God has blinded people, that they might eventually be saved. When? Who? When does the judgment take place? How do the holy days fit in? The parables? The book of Revelation? The book of life . . the immortality of the soul . . . predestination. Dart answers these questions straight out of the Bible. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1993 sermon 7 Objectives for the Church. What if you preach the gospel to millions and don't convert even one? Have you done Matthew 28's Great Commission? No. You have failed. The commission is not optional. It is not negotiable. There are no excuses. Matthew 25's "talents" parable shows how important results are. We are accountable. Dart lays out 7 objectives of the national church, followed by 4 objectives for the local church. A church's objectives should be written down and quantifiable. Greater works can still be ahead of us. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 2000 sermon Who Killed Christ? Who killed Jesus? Surely it was the Jews. No, wait, it was the Romans. Judas? The chief priests? The elders? The council? Dart goes through the betrayal, arrest, interrogation, trial, and crucifixion, examining clues. Once again, Dart's excellent narration skills are put to good use. So, maybe it was us who killed Him with our sins? Listen for the most-interesting conclusion. To stream or download, go to this page.
Ron Dart's 1991 sermon The Lesson in the Wilderness. Given on the Last Great Day. Dart notes how the Feast of Tabernacles is required for God’s people and will one day be required for the whole planet. He then cites the parallels between Israel’s wanderings and entrance into the promised land with our journey in life and entrance into the kingdom of God. We are to remember what happened on that journey and what we learned. What does God have in store for our eternal life that necessitates our need to learn lessons in this life? If God is chastening you, even severely, thank Him that He is working to create something in you that isn’t there now. God will have you, no matter what it takes. The stakes He is playing for dwarf anything in this life. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1998 Feast of Tabernacles sermon Why Prophecy? Does God have an exact schedule for end-time events? Is prophecy "history written in advance"? Dart examines our methods of analyzing prophecy and the damage caused by mistakes in doing so. He challenges a lot of assumptions about prophecy and the future. Dart's conclusion? "All prophecy is conditional." The Bible shows us that we need not say "There is no hope". God tells us the future so that we can change the future.... just look at Nineveh. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1986 sermon The Abolition of Man. A Feast of Tabernacles sermon. There will, ultimately, no longer be man. Dart speaks of mortality, the yearning for eternity, the decaying of the outward man, the renewing of the inward man. He takes a look at concerns about this life (including money), trust in Jesus, chastisement from God, what we set our hearts on. Biblical examples of those who focused on the eternal and those who did not. Given the reality of the end of your life and the end of man, where should your focus be? If you're excited about something you're going to do tomorrow, what does it matter if you sleep first? The idea behind the FOT is 1) to acknowledge our days are numbered 2) confess we are strangers and pilgrims here 3) to declare that we seek a kingdom 4) To voluntarily for a moment divorce ourselves from our work 5) to pray from our hearts, thy kingdom come. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Jon Garnant's sermon God & Neighbor. Garnant looks into the two great laws of the New Testament and shows that they are based clearly on the Old Testament. He delves deeply into the multitude of Old Testament scriptures teaching the principles of love, grace, caring, kindness, fairness. The New Testament does not introduce these concepts, but expands on these Old Testament principles. There has always been a spiritual component to the law. It guides us in honoring God by fulfilling our obligations to our neighbor. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1994 sermon Frozen in Time. Dart talks of Herbert W Armstrong's legacy and groups that claim it as their own today. How can that be done when HWA changed so much over the decades. Dart learned many things from HWA, the two most significant being: 1) The law of God was not abolished, and, 2) Man is destined to become god. However, WCG's claim to have the truth inhibited further growth. Its arrogance paralleled the self-righteous Pharisee, stunted growth, and kept the church "frozen in time". The discomfort Dart experienced in when he left in 1978 led to growth in understanding. Students of WCG history will want to listen to this sermon. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1989 sermon Half a Savior. In our zeal to preach Jesus' gospel about the Kingdom of God, have we neglected to speak about Jesus Himself? A Christian may consider himself to be to be "born again" at baptism, but that is not what Jesus and Nicodemus were talking about in John 3. Dart further discusses the resurrection and Jesus our savior. It is easy to forget that Jesus is the Light and we are to love the Light. The gospel Jesus announced is important, but so, too, is the gospel about Jesus Christ. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 2004 sermon What You May be Missing. The traditional Church of God meaning of the Holy Days is fine, that God has a plan and these days illustrate it. But there is so much more. Dart goes into a deeper meaning of the Holy Days. Why does one have to dig into the Bible so hard to find this? Well, you have to understand the basics first. Dart then goes beyond the basics and states that the Holy Days are a fundamental Christian institution and have been intended to be so from the start. There is a comprehensive Christology to the holy days. They all picture Jesus Christ, His ministry, His life, His work, His goals, His purposes. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 2004 sermon A Call to Freedom. Dart talks first about politically free countries and how the wide availability of information thwarts government power to control. He then discusses two propositions: 1) Liberty is the plan of heaven for humanity, and 2) It is the calling of the United States to bring that liberty to the world. How does God's look upon human liberty? Dart states that the United States is the spiritual descendant of ancient Israel, and as a result, inherits the responsibilities, one of which is being a blessing to the world and spreading freedom to it. Also, as inheritors of Israel, rebellion, complaining, and turning from God have become our lot. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 2003 sermon On Being Perfect. While Dart mentions that the Greek word for perfect can also mean complete, that is not the thrust of his message. Rather, he points out the pitfalls of perfectionism and instead encourages excellence. Maintain high standards for yourself, but don't expect others to conform to your standards. Biblical adminitions for excellence. Conduct your affairs so that people will know that Jesus is your lord without you having to say a word. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1993 sermon A Younger Ministry. The naivete of youth can be an advantage, along with zeal and enthusiasm and energy and fresh idealism, but youth make mistakes. So should we play it safe? Jeremiah was young, Ezekiel was young. Samuel, David, the disciples, even Jesus Himself. Without a younger ministry, you will never have a minister with 35 years of experience. Dart concludes with a solid reasoning on the value of men who start their ministries at 30 years old, without dismissing the value of veteran ministers. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1994 sermon The Aborted Generation. Long before the current controversy, Dart speaks of the evil of making "practical" use of aborted baby parts, of "harvesting" for various uses. The bigger issue is, of course, abortion. The heart of a generation has been cut out. What has been lost? Will there be no consequences, even apart from God? Economic, ethical, long-term? Is it too late? He reflects on Jeremiah's lament for a once-vibrant, now-silent city. Dart talks most soberly about the future of a people that kills its children by the millions. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1992 sermon Let Lower Lights Be Burning. Dart narrates a dramatic story about people who are really hurting and looking for a light. How the Christian can help guide people to the Light, Jesus Christ, and be a light himself. The role of Christian people in helping those in need, including responsibilities, obligations, and opportunities. To stream or download, go to this page.
Added Ron Dart's 1986 sermon Can You Flee From God? Where is God? Is He in a specific place? If He is, can you flee from Him? What about Jonah? When God has called you, is working with you, put His spirit in you, He will not leave or forsake you. He knows you intimately, and the Psalmist knows the reason for this is God's love for you, as a mother wants to know about her baby. Every wrong thought, every cancer cell, every hope. God has made His abode with us, not to punish us, or spy on us, but because He loves us and will never forsake us. Psalm 139. To stream or download, go to this page.
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.