Who We Are
Christian Educational Ministries was founded in November, 1995 as a service ministry with two major goals. First, in the hearts of all Christian people is the imperative to share the Gospel with the world, to evangelize, to make disciples for Jesus Christ. Second, it is our desire to teach those who are disciples of Jesus all that He commanded His disciples to do (Matthew 28:19-20). Paul expanded on this latter objective in his last letter to Timothy:
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be proficient and equipped for every good work.2 Timothy 3:17 (KJV/NRSV)To this end, we teach the Bible with a view to helping people make their own lives work while they are a positive influence and blessing to those around them.
Our primary mission is carried out through the Born to Win radio program, literature, essays both in print and on the Internet, and published books. We also make available sermon CD’s and an Adult Bible Study Course in our CEM Bookstore. Another major effort is the education of youth. Youth Educational Adventures is an arm of CEM created to systematically educate children and young people in God’s way with a curriculum of lessons spanning 17 years of a child’s life, beginning with age three to 20. CEM is here to serve the public, individual Christians of every stripe, and community based churches in every tradition. We are an independent, non-denominational ministry. Our Confession of Faith is broadly stated and not intended to be exclusionary.
This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NIV)Our objective is not to advance this or that belief system. It is to know and understand God on his terms, instead of our own. What we think or believe may have to change to be conformable to the Word of God, therefore being locked into a belief system seems unwise. The best way to understand what we believe is simply to listen to the program and then evaluate what we say based on Scripture. Peter said it well: “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” You can’t grow in knowledge if you already know it all. For Ronald L Dart’s personal confession of faith, see this link.
Christian Educational Ministries and its broadcast program, Born to Win, are supported by tithes and offerings. These come from dedicated people and some community churches. We are most grateful to those who make it possible for us to provide educational materials for our youth, churches, and those who strive to improve their walk with God. Christian Educational Ministries is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax-exempt.
No, we work in a cooperative manner with churches. Our goal is to make the job of community churches easier and more effective by providing educational materials and services.
Our mission is fourfold:
- First, to share the Gospel with the world, to evangelize, to make disciples for Jesus Christ.
- Second, to teach those who are disciples of Jesus all that He commanded His disciples to do (Matthew 28:19-20).
- Third, share with this generation the words of the prophets and how these words were written to, and apply to, people today.
- Fourth, to teach and train the next generation to carry on our mission by a broad youth ministry, including Youth Educational Adventures materials & YEA! Let’s R.E.A.C.H, a computer based program where preschool children can learn the Bible using the phonics teaching method and all children and young people can down load FREE daily Bible based activities to do.
To this end, we teach the Bible with a goal of helping people make their own lives work while they are a positive influence and blessing to those around them.
Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.Proverbs 23:23This passage is telling us to get hold of the truth and keep it. It means that we shouldn’t sell it in the sense of disposing of it. Taken too literally, this passage would even prohibit the selling of a book that discusses the truth or conveys truth. It would even prohibit the selling of a Bible. You would not even be able to buy a Bible because no one would be selling them! There is nothing in this passage to say that it is wrong to sell a CD with a sermon on it. In fact, it plainly tells you to buy it if it is the truth. The other scripture is from the words of Jesus:
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.Matthew 10:8 (KJV)The first thing to know about this passage is that it is specific to the occasion. On this first “missionary journey,” Jesus is sending out the twelve with a restrictive set of instructions so they can learn some important lessons. You can also read this article for more information.