Born To Win Podcast - With Ronald L. Dart

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Born to Win's Daily Radio Broadcast and Weekly Sermon. A production of Christian Educational Ministries.

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  • Was Jesus Married?

    07/06/2021 Duration: 28min

    As a member of the public, you should never, never, take biblical scholarship too seriously. You can only do that if you are a scholar yourself, and carry not only the training but the responsibility to examine claims by your fellow scholars. The 21st century has seen an explosion upon the public consciousness of what I would call bad scholarship (or in the case of The Da Vinci Code, no scholarship at all). It may come as a surprise to you to learn that precious little is known of the world of the Bible beyond the book itself. For a while, a range of scholars argued that King David never existed. He was just a Hebrew myth. Why did they think that? Because archaeology had found no evidence of him in ancient inscriptions. The Bible doesn't count as evidence, I fear. Then, in more recent years, an inscription mentioning the House of David explicitly was found by accident. It is surprising how many significant finds have come about by accident. The problem with archaeology is that we are left to put together a

  • A Flash of Wisdom

    04/06/2021 Duration: 28min

    Insight comes in small packets. There's no landslide of wisdom. You can't go to school and take a course in Wisdom 101. But she is everywhere. Every day, she is always around. Solomon said, Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech. Wisdom is just everywhere. Now it follows naturally that the message of necessity is broken up into packets that come to you at odd moments and odd places. One moment you don't see something and the next moment you do. She demands your participation in the shaping of wisdom. She demands that you be attentive. She demands that you think about it and that you work your way through it. Now, you notice I speak of wisdom as she? I do it because Solomon did in the Book of Proverbs—I think with a reason in mind.

  • Before the Beginning

    03/06/2021 Duration: 28min

    We have two sources of information about God. First, we have his revelation of himself in the Bible. Second, we have God’s revelation of himself in the creation. From those two witnesses we have a glimpse into the entirety of God’s plan—from now all the way back to the beginning.Let’s think the unthinkable for a moment. The first words of the Gospel of John tell us that in the beginning, the Word already was. It did not come into existence in the beginning, it just simply was. What I want us to think about today, though, is the time before the beginning. (I warned you that I wanted us to think the unthinkable.)So, is there anything from these two witnesses that we can use to better understand what happened before the beginning?

  • A Righteous Vengeance

    02/06/2021 Duration: 30min

    I was initially surprised, in the days following the attacks on 9/11, at some public figures allowing that it was wrong to merely seek revenge on Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. But when I thought about it, I realized there are some fundamental misunderstandings on the nature of vengeance and the responsibilities of both governments and individuals. The title of this message very well could be “Vengeance for Dummies”, borrowing from the popular series on computer programs designed to make them simple and understandable. “Dummy”, as used in this context is not a put down. People buy the “dummy” books in their millions. It is simply an acknowledgment of ignorance. So, lets clarify the issues and deal with some misunderstandings—and turn dummies into knowledgeable people. First, we speak English, so let's be sure we know what we are talking about in our own tongue. Some definitions: Vengeance: The infliction of injury, harm, humiliation, or the like in return for an injury or other offense received; revenge. Rev

  • Disappearing Dreams

    01/06/2021 Duration: 28min

    What do you do when you wake up some morning and realize that you have run way too far down the wrong road? Life isn't working. You feel absolutely lost. I used to hear Billy Graham say that Christ is the answer, and that's true enough; but I couldn't help wondering what a man with a terrible hangover, who knew that his life was coming apart, would think that meant. Johnny Cash's recording of Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down haunts my mind to this day. Kris Kristofferson wrote the song; but Johnny Cash, being a man who found some kind of redemption in his life, sang the song with a special feeling—the feeling of a man who had come to realize that everyone else in the world had a reason to be alive that Sunday morning, but he couldn't find one for himself. In the park I saw a daddy with a laughing little girl that he was swinging. And I stopped beside a Sunday school and listened to the songs they were singing. Then I headed down the street, and somewhere far away a lonely bell was ringing, and it echoed through t

  • Without Love

    31/05/2021 Duration: 30min

    What do you think about an urban school district that, in the first three months of school, had 19 reports of weapons confiscated and 42 assaults by kids? That’s awful, you say. What a shame, you say. Yes, it is; but that’s not the half of it: That was in kindergarten and first grade. Claudia Wallace, writing in Time magazine, reported this from Philadelphia. It would be terrible if this were the case in only one city. It is not. According to some authorities, violence among kids is getting a younger and younger face. At first, it was high schools that had to have special schools for disruptive youngsters. Then it was the intermediate schools. Now it is elementary schools that have to have special schools for unmanageable kids. Something terrible is happening to our youngest kids. I could give you all the statistics. I could give you examples of bad kids that would curl your hair. But I am not sure you would grasp the significance of what I am saying. Claudia Wallace cited a an example of a three-year-old w

  • The Test of a Prophet

    28/05/2021 Duration: 30min

    I honestly don’t know what people expect in terms of a prophet. I don’t think many people even know where to look for one. You certainly would be making a mistake if you looked for one in a pulpit of a church or speaking in a stadium in front of 60,000 people. You aren’t likely to find a real prophet in those environments. One ancient prophet, for example was a sheep-herder and a fruit-picker before God spoke to him. And he seems to have been a reluctant prophet, at that. He wasn’t schooled, trained or taught. On one occasion, when he had delivered an unpleasant prophecy concerning Israel, he was told to knock it off, go home, and shut up. We’ll find his reply, as well as a most interesting principle regarding how God chooses to reveal his secrets to man, in the Book of Amos.

  • The Minor Prophets #32 - Malachi

    27/05/2021 Duration: 28min

    I don’t suppose there has ever been a man on the face of the earth who had the power at his beck and call that Jesus had. But there was never a time when he abused it. He tried to make this lesson clear at the last supper when he got up, took a towel, laid aside his outer garment, got a basin of water, and began to wash his disciples feet. He said, If I have washed your feet, you should wash one another’s feet. The whole idea is that we are all servants. We’re not emperors, lords, nothing of the kind; we are not masters, we are servants. It seems odd to me when I think about it, but of all the things that Jesus might have said, of all the instructions he might have left us, these are his only words about church governance. He forbade his men from exercising dominion over, or authority upon, the people. It’s that simple. And Jesus, it seems, also taught that he is governed best who is govern least—that old principle still applies. And if you trace the grief that has befallen the c

  • The Minor Prophets #31 - Malachi

    26/05/2021 Duration: 28min

    It seems like it’s very hard for the servants of God to keep their act together. The worst thing that can happen to us is good times. For the Israelites who returned to Jerusalem from exile, the times had indeed been very hard for a while. They had started rebuilding the temple, then they had to stop because of political pressure. Then, under the prompting of the prophets, and with God’s protection and blessing, they set to work again and finished it. Two men played a major role in all of this: Joshua the high priest and Zerubbabel the governor. They were good men and they wanted to get the job done, they had prophets along that were stirring everybody, up and the work got done. But there is another danger all of us face. When God has blessed us, we assume we have his approval in more areas than are really justified. In other words, we think that since we built the temple—we got it done—we are really good people. There is yet another danger when any long-term goal is finally realized.

  • The Minor Prophets #30 - Zechariah

    25/05/2021 Duration: 28min

    When you begin pondering the last days (as the Bible presents them) and you read what the prophets have to say about that time, you’re inevitably drawn to the Book of Revelation. And what I find fascinating is how commonly the Old Testament prophets are cited in Revelation. If you have one of those Bibles that have marginal references in it you can easily find where so many things that are said in Revelation originally come from. It shouldn’t be surprising, in a way, because all the prophets had a sense of a judgment day—a time when God would tie up all the loose ends and bring history to an end. I don’t know that they could have looked at the world and have imagined how things would end, but they knew all too well that God had a special place in his heart for Israel. They knew the history of the things he had done to judge those who had afflicted Israel, along with Pharaoh and others. And knowing God’s love of judgment, his love of mercy, his forgiveness, they were not entirel

  • The Minor Prophets #29 - Zechariah

    24/05/2021 Duration: 28min

    There is really no question that when you read an Old Testament prophet you should ask how he was understood at the time, and how the prophecy would apply in his own lifetime. But if you stop there you may miss something very important. What a prophet like Zechariah was seeing and hearing from God would tend to repeat in successive generations; like a standing wave repeats—they come they go, it ebbs and it flows. There may be any number of reasons for this, but two basic principals need to be taken into account: Human nature never changes. The divine nature doesn’t change, either. Therefore, history naturally tends to repeat itself. But then another question follows closely, What was God really aiming at in that prophecy? Was it an earlier wave of history, or was the earlier used only as an example—a type of what was ultimately to come and what God was really aiming at? What makes me wonder is the way a prophet like Zechariah will move so easily from something that can only apply in his

  • The Minor Prophets #28 - Zechariah

    20/05/2021 Duration: 28min

    When you are reading the Old Testament prophets, there’s a particular challenge you run into again and again: What time period is the prophecy aimed at? Now, I have long since explained that in order to understand a prophet you need to know where he was and how his prophecy would be understood by the people who heard it. Some of the prophecies are purely historical, others are set in the near future, and still others are way off—beyond the prophet’s horizon, and sometimes even our own. The prophet Zechariah is really an interesting case in point. He was writing in a clear, historical context and uses names of real people, dates, and places. His prophecies were delivered to real people who were affected by those prophecies. But every so often his prophecies, what shall I say, they fall off the table historically and suddenly you find they’ve joined up with the Book of Revelation—which is looking down to a time that is almost universally understood as the last days. In some cases i

  • To Lose Your Life

    16/05/2021 Duration: 38min

    That first Pentecost must have been an incredible experience. Do you every find yourself imagining it happening again? Would you want to be one of those to whom it happened? But you do realize, don't you, if it did happen to you that your life would be over? I mean your life as you have lived it to date. It would be over, swept away. And most of the things you look forward to this day would, in one fell swoop, be gone. It brings to mind something Jesus told Peter: I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.John 21:18 NIV Peter's old life was gone. He would never go fishing again. It also brings to mind what he said to another unnamed young man: And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?Matthew 19:16 KJV And this, basically, is what most people think religion is all

  • Judgments

    17/04/2021 Duration: 30min
  • Only 120?

    03/04/2021 Duration: 30min

    Perhaps the most astonishing thing about Jesus' ministry is that after three and a half years of hard work with his disciples and others, after healing who knows how many hundreds of people, having fed crowds of several thousand, with people thronging him everywhere he went—that in the end he was left with 120 disciples. Have you ever thought about that? I know sometimes we become a little frustrated that we serve, we minister to people, we evangelize, and sometimes it seems that the results are slow. And I know that oftentimes we become very discouraged when, after having let's say built something up, all of a sudden something happens—some little thing happens—and all of a sudden some of our people are gone and are not with us anymore. They've gone somewhere else, doing something else; or they've lost interest, have left God entirely.