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Mr. Dart has been teaching the Bible's basic truths for more than 40 years. He is the founder of Christian Educational Ministries.

Mr. Dart has been teaching the Bible's basic truths for more than 40 years. He is the founder of Christian Educational Ministries.
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Whitehouse, TX

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Mr. Dart has been teaching the Bible's basic truths for more than 40 years. He is the founder of Christian Educational Ministries.

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English

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Christian Educational Ministries P.O. Box 560 Whitehouse, TX 75791 903 839 9300


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The Solitary Man

1/19/2018
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Everyone knows this verse by heart. But there may be something here that lies unnoticed even though it is crucial to the story. Later on in Genesis, Lord So, on the sixth day of creation, God not only created man and woman, he created something else. He created a relationship; we call it marriage. And in his formulation, , God iterated a universal principle—a universal truth—that goes far beyond marriage. We know these things, almost intuitively, but sometimes it isn’t easy to express them...

Duration: 00:28:07


Introduction to the New Testament #12

1/18/2018
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The Book of Acts sits in a pivotal position in the New Testament. The early Church fathers tended to speak of the New Testament in terms of Gospels and Epistles, but Acts fits in a different category altogether. The Gospels anticipate the Church, while the Epistles presuppose the church. Only Acts tells the story of the propagation of the faith and the development of the church. There is a surprising amount of detail in the book, much of which the casual reader will pass over without even...

Duration: 00:28:15


Introduction to the New Testament #11

1/17/2018
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The Gospel according to John is a very special book. If you ask me to explain why, I would have a hard time telling you. It is the fourth Gospel, but some scholars think it may have been written first. Actually, there is no hard data on this. So you can safely read the four Gospels and decide for yourself. In fact, that is probably a useful exercise for a Bible reader. It will cause you to pay more careful attention to the details—and that is a good thing. This Gospel was written by a very...

Duration: 00:28:15


Introduction to the New Testament #10

1/16/2018
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We take the reading of histories for granted, and it is hard to realize that most people haven’t got a clue what it takes to actually write a history. People call Herodotus the . He composed his writings in the fifth-century BC, and is considered the first historian in the true sense of the word. His work consisted of istoriai ()—which you don’t have to be a linguist to recognize as the origin of our word . When we come to the New Testament, we encounter the first Christian historian. His...

Duration: 00:28:15


Introduction to the New Testament #9

1/15/2018
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Among the earliest Christians, Mark did not command the attention of the Fathers. According to Everett Harrison, they placed Matthew and Luke in the most prominent positions. But Harrison also notes that in modern times Mark has surged to the fore, , among the first three Gospels. I think there are two factors at work here. For one, the early Fathers found a lot more meat in Luke and Matthew than they found in Mark. And after all, Matthew was an apostle and Mark was not. But there is...

Duration: 00:28:15


What Do You Want to Believe?

1/12/2018
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What do you want to believe? You should really give that question some serious thought before you ever look at the evidence in a given case. Because what you want to believe is like a giant thumb on the scales as you balance the evidence before you. People commonly sweep incontrovertible evidence under the rug in order to believe what they want to believe. And perhaps, when you are trying to understand some egregiously stupid behavior on the part of a friend, just ask yourself, Another,...

Duration: 00:28:06


Introduction to the New Testament #8

1/11/2018
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When you pick up the Bible to begin reading the New Testament, you will commonly start with Matthew. It may come as a surprise to you to learn that the Gospel itself makes no claim as to authorship. But all the early Christian traditions ascribe it to Matthew. As we can see in Matthew 9, this is the man who was a tax collector before becoming a disciple of Jesus. Many scholars think that Matthew had Mark’s writings in hand when he wrote his account, but I don’t think so. I think what he had...

Duration: 00:28:15


Introduction to the New Testament #7

1/10/2018
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There is little to learn from the order in which the books of the New Testament are presented in the Bibles we have today. There is no evidence that there is an . And there is little understanding to be gained from a chronological order—even if we could be certain of it. Why? There are two reasons in particular. The four gospels are intended each to stand alone as independent witnesses. They do not depend on one another to tell the story. Therefore, while their dates may be of importance to...

Duration: 00:28:15


Introduction to the New Testament #6

1/9/2018
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The New Testament is really an amazing set of documents. It is only logical to ask how it got written in the first place. We have already talked about how it was transmitted to us, how they were copied, how the texts were scattered all over the Middle East, and how textual critics study them to try to find out what the original text really looked like. But we left open the question of its original composition until now. One of the best ways of getting at this is to take a look at what...

Duration: 00:28:15


Introduction to the New Testament #5

1/8/2018
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The New Testament is really a miracle in every way. We now know that most of the books that form our New Testament were written in a short period between AD 50 and the destruction of the Temple in AD 70. I often ponder why this is so. It gives the impression that, in the earliest years of the Christian faith, a lot of them expected Christ to come back in their own lifetime. If so, what’s the point of writing things down if there wouldn’t be anyone there to read it? At some point, however,...

Duration: 00:28:15


The Imitation of Christ

1/5/2018
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There’s a funny thing about people. We seem to have a need to conform to something or someone. Children, for example, are great imitators; it is how they learn. One day I was walking across campus behind a fellow faculty member who, because of an old injury, walked with a peculiar, bowlegged gait. Alongside him was his very young son who, although he had nothing wrong with his legs, was walking exactly like his dad. But the curious thing about it is that this childhood tendency doesn’t go...

Duration: 00:28:04


Introduction to the New Testament #4

1/4/2018
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When you think about it, it is a logical question. Why didn’t Jesus write his own book? For that matter, why didn’t an angel hand the prophets a golden plate with prophecies written by the hand of God himself? (The Ten Commandments, after all, were written with the finger of God on tables of stone—God can write.) There is no reason why Jesus could not have written his story, so we are left to ponder why he did not. There is a reason, and it turns out to be of profound importance in dealing...

Duration: 00:28:15


Introduction to the New Testament #3

1/3/2018
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It is of some interest that the New Testament church soldiered on for some 20 years before anyone wrote down anything that has remained for us to look at. (The fact that transitory papyrus was often used as a writing medium certainly didn’t help.) So, looking at your Bible, what is your best guess as to which of the New Testament books was written first? Matthew, perhaps? (It is the first one listed, after all.) No. As odd as it seems, the first of all the New Testament documents that we...

Duration: 00:28:15


Introduction to the New Testament #2

1/2/2018
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When you sit down to read the New Testament, you encounter a strange cast of characters. I say —but only strange to us. The New Testament writers didn’t bother to explain, because all these characters were well known to their initial audience. If I may digress, it is important to keep in mind that the New Testament was written with contemporary readers in mind. They were either writing letters or recording their testimony for people they knew, to a people they understood, and in a language...

Duration: 00:28:15


Isaiah at 2000

1/1/2018
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Introduction to the New Testament #1

1/1/2018
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Imagine that you are in a room, all by yourself. No one else is there. No one else is supposed to be there. You are in the process of carrying out a rather simple task, but one that requires you to pay attention to what you are doing. All you have to is to carefully replenish the incense burning on a small altar. Then, with no fanfare, no warning, no noise, there is suddenly a man standing there just to the right of that small altar. One minute he isn’t there, and the next minute he is. All...

Duration: 00:28:15


Love and Law

12/29/2017
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It is a quirk of human nature that we don’t like to do as we are told. I have heard it said that you can surround a kid with toys, but tell him there is one toy he must not touch. Leave the room, they say, and he will go straight to that toy. I do know that Adam and Eve were just fine with a hundred trees in the Garden of Eden, but there was one tree there they were to leave strictly alone. If I read the story right, they went straight to that tree and ate, when they could have eaten of the...

Duration: 00:28:04


The Ten Commandments #15

12/28/2017
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When the last words of the Ten Commandments had rolled down Mount Sinai, and the last echoes had faded away amid the hills and valleys, the people standing at the foot of the mountain were a total wreck. They were shattered. The earth had moved beneath their feet, the mountain had smoked, the air had been split by lightning and peals of thunder, and the words—preceded by an ear-splitting trumpet blast—were strong enough to move your chest. And all the people saw the thunderings, and the...

Duration: 00:27:31


The Ten Commandments #14

12/27/2017
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Of all the Ten Commandments, there’s one that can be called the “Peace of Mind Commandment”, or if you prefer, the “Mental Health Commandment”. It is the Tenth Commandment, “Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's house. Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is your neighbors” (Exodus 20:17). At the bottom of the scale, “We are not to covet our neighbor’s ass.” That says it all, doesn’t it? What is there to...

Duration: 00:27:33


The Ten Commandments #13

12/26/2017
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The very foundation of our legal system is truth. If people can come into court, swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth and then lie through their teeth, justice flies right out the window. No one can get judgment. No one can get justice. It's over! The Old Testament system was a little different from ours, but it was based on the same principle. Actually, I think in some ways it was a better system than we have. Leviticus 5 verse 1 says this: If a person sins...

Duration: 00:28:01

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