Who We Are
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.
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 CDs 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.
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.
Ronald L. Dart is a gifted teacher of the Word of God. People around the world have come to appreciate Ron’s easy style, his non-combative approach to explaining the Bible, and the personal, almost one-on-one method of explaining what’s going on in the world in the light of the Bible. People say they get hooked on Ron’s depth of insight into the Bible and appreciate the unique gift for clarity and simplicity that enable him to hold an audience. His listeners don’t want to miss a word this broadcaster has to say and they want their community to hear it as well.
Mr. Dart was born to young parents on a farm just south of Harrison, Arkansas. His father worked for the railroad and also sang bass with the Melody Four Quartet. He started school in a one room schoolhouse in Gaither, Arkansas and finished high school in Houston, Texas where he met his wife to be, Allie Driver. He joined the Navy in September of 1952 and earned the rating of petty officer first class in four years. After the Navy, Ron attended Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas for two years, and Ambassador College for two years, getting a bachelor’s degree. Ron served as a pastor of a church, and returned to college to get his Master’s Degree. Then he went to the University of Texas, in Austin and did work towards his doctor’s degree in communications.
It is through his continued studies in theology and communications that Ron’s gift for teaching the Word of God became evident. He has taught Old Testament Survey, Epistles of Paul and public speaking. He has CDs of sermons he has given on virtually every book in the Bible. After retiring from teaching and church administration in 1995 he started Christian Educational Ministries and the Born to Win radio program.
- 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 download 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.