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

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


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




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The Minor Prophets #10 - Hosea

It’s painful watching history repeat itself. It’s even more painful to realize you can’t do much to head it off. But there’s nothing new under the sun, and the prophets of old must have felt much the same way. And it was harder for them because God immersed them in what was happening and he used them as object lessons. Poor Hosea had to marry a hooker and have children by her. You know how on earth a people come to such a sorry pass. Well, it takes time and a long series of bad...


The Minor Prophets #9 - Hosea

I remember a time when I thought all those references in the Bible—and the prophecies in particular—to adultery and harlotry were talking about spiritual adultery. The idea was that Israel was married to God, she went off after other gods, and thus it was spiritual adultery. It came as a bit of a shock to me when I started researching the issue and found there was a lot more flesh involved, as well as spirit. It is still jarring when you read the Bible and encounter words like whoredom,...





The New Calvinism

Let me tell you an obvious fact you may never have thought of: You hold a set of ideas, some of which are contrary to what your church actually believes. And you are probably unaware of that. It has just never been important. You go to church to worship God, not to study theology. And if you did really look at the theology of your church, you might be shocked at what you find. I was surprised a few days ago, when I got a letter from a chap complaining about his church. It seems his new...


The Minor Prophets #8 - Hosea

Unfortunately, the Biblical prophets don’t write their story like history. I say , but that’s strictly from a 20th-century point of view. It’s probably because we aren’t really quite on the right wavelength. Instead, the prophets write like poetry—calling up verbal imaginary to add weight to what they’re saying. In fact, what it is they’re adding is an emotional content which, if they just told us what would happen and when, would not be there. They actually lend themselves remarkably well...


The Minor Prophets #7 - Hosea

I have always said that whenever you see a prophet coming down the road it is almost certainly bad news. Because God doesn’t send us a prophet to tell us how well we are doing. You don’t need an , when you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing in the first place. But that’s not entirely fair to the prophets—they did have good news in the end. But the problem is it was a long way off and a long time coming. I think it would really be a downer if a prophet said, And I think if God really...


50 Days to Pentecost

The listeners to our one station in the British Isles will know Pentecost as (White Sunday, that is.) from the custom of the newly-baptized wearing white. I was surprised on a visit to London a few years ago to find that Whit Monday is also a holiday there. They get a extended weekend, the Brits do, based on an ancient Jewish holiday. Go figure that. The Jews know it as Shavuot or the Feast of Weeks. When you understand what Pentecost is, it is a wonder it isn’t a much bigger thing among...


The Minor Prophets #4 - Amos

In the days of the Old Testament prophets, the gate of the city was like the county courthouse used to be. It was where the courts were but also where most business was conducted. It was the official gathering place for the town council—the elders in those days. Even today, if you’re going to foreclose on a piece of property, you have to go down to the steps of the county courthouse and auction it off, right there, on the courthouse steps. In Old Testament times it would have been the...


The Minor Prophets #3 - Amos

Therefore flight shall perish before the swift, and the strong will not strengthen his force, neither shall the mighty deliver himself: neither shall he stand who handles the bow; and he that is swift of foot shall not deliver himself: neither shall he that rides the horse deliver himself. And he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day, saith the Lord. What a thing to consider, all these things have to do with the warfare of the time. Men who were swift of foot...


The Minor Prophets #2 - Amos

When men forget God their society heads for ruin. And so, at critical junctures, here comes a prophet to call us to our senses. That’s the good news—the prophet comes. The bad news is that people hardly ever listen to the prophets; they’re just like a voice crying in the wilderness. God rarely picks a Billy Graham to serve as a prophet. The reason I think is quite simple: it is the message that is the thing, not the messenger. Be careful not to despise the messenger. If God ever does decide...


The Minor Prophets #1 - Amos

I can’t help wondering why Christians don’t read the Old Testament more than they do. Of course, I guess I could raise the same question regarding the New Testament. Some Christians just don’t read their Bible enough, period. I realize well enough there are parts of the Bible that are hard to understand but we can’t neglect a task just because it’s hard. I’ve always taken the approach with the Bible that when I find something that’s difficult to understand, something obscure, or something...


Only 120?

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...


Three Days and Three Nights

I love a good mystery. Puzzle solving is a favorite pastime of mine. So perhaps I can be forgiven for saying in a recent radio program that God also loves a mystery. Sometimes of course, God speaks plainly—the Ten Commandments are plain enough—but at other times the truth is far more subtle. I might offer reasons for God’s subtlety, and they are there, but I hardly need to prove that. Anyone who pays attention to God’s actions in the world will be well aware that God prefers to be subtle,...


Progressive Christianity

If there is a real and mortal danger for Christians, it is that we will try to make God over into our own image. It is not new. It has been in every age of man. Paul was driving at that right from the start in Romans, when he spoke of men who But surely, we know better now, don’t we? Sadly, we also keep trying to remake Jesus Christ in our own image. And the worrisome thing is that Christian leaders have not slapped all these ideas down. They are silly at best, and destructive of faith.


Who Killed Christ?

When the Pope viewed Mel Gibson’s movie, , he is said to have remarked, The Vatican later tried to spin that remark to bring it back in bounds, but I have little doubt the Pope said exactly that—because that is the avowed object of the movie, to tell the story of the suffering of Jesus as it was. But that seems to be a real problem. And if the Pope is right, then it is not Mel Gibson’s movie that is the problem; it is the Bible. Few things I have read bring this into focus like an article...


The Reality of Christ

Years ago a friend told me what I was. Most of us have had that experience at one time or another. If not who we are, at least where we can go. My friend told me that I was an apologist. I would have been flattered if I’d known what that meant. It was somewhat later I encountered one of the greatest of Christian apologists, C. S. Lewis. And then recently I came across a quotation from C. S. Lewis that explained a vague disquiet that follows me around. Lewis was remarkable in this regard. He...


Passover Service 2000



The Redeemer

What I want to tell you today is crucial for both Christian and non-Christian alike. For too long, for generations, Christians have cloaked their faith in church-speak—in jargon that, too often, they don’t even understand. I suppose it is inevitable that it should be so, because most of the church or religion radio and television programs you encounter are taped in church—before a live church audience. That is to say that the speaker is talking to an audience of insiders who know the...


The Lie Inside

Many attribute the fall of the Soviet Union to the fact that the government lost control of information. At one time, virtually all information that reached the public was under governmental control. In the USSR, the popularization of the fax machine was the first step in the fall of the government. The fax machine became practical, if expensive in the mid-1970s, but by the 1980s, I was in use all over the world. In July of 1989, a man named, Mikhail Komissar, with colleagues from Radio...


Recycling the Planet

In the scientific and political debate surrounding global warming, let’s see if we can get one thing straight—one thing everyone with knowledge has to agree with: The earth we walk on is a temporary phenomenon in space. It wasn’t here 4 billion years ago, and it won’t be here years from now. We are sort of lucky to be living when we are, but the time will come when our descendants will not be so lucky. They will face the end of life on the planet well before the end of the planet itself....