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Theodore Epp

Theodore Epp (1907 - 1985)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Theodore Epp in text and pdf format. Theodore H. Epp, a graduate of Southwestern Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Texas, was the founding director of the Back to the Bible Broadcast. He began his ministry as a pastor in Goltry, Oklahoma, where he received his first taste of radio preaching. He moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, to establish the Back to the Bible Broadcast, and the first program was heard on May 1, 1939, on a small local station.

He served as General Director for the broadcast until his retirement from on-air radio speaking in 1984. He continued to serve the ministry as well as perform other speaking engagements until his death in 1985.

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A Believer Out of Place
      1 Samuel 29 Now we can see how God delivered David from the dilemma sin had gotten him into in Gath. He must have been a troubled man when Achish told him that he and other Philistine princes were going against Israel. But when those princes came, ... read more

A Glimpse That Strengthens
      Job 1:6-11 In the first two chapters of the Book of Job, God gives us a look behind the scenes so that we can see events on earth from the standpoint of heaven. There is no doubt that if Job could have seen into the councils of heaven before and dur ... read more

A Matter of Life and Death!
      James 3:1-6 Consider four parallels that a fire has with words spoken by the tongue: It hurts, it spreads, it consumes, but it can have a good use under control. It only takes one false or bitter word to hurt deeply. In fact, the hurt may be so deep ... read more

A Mighty Man Falls
      1 Kings 19:1-8 Elijah traveled on foot about 95 miles to the southern border of Judah. Then he went another day's journey into the wilderness. By that time he was completely exhausted. He had remarkable physical strength and endurance, but he had e ... read more

A Misplaced Confidence
      2 Samuel 24:1-14; 1 Chronicles 21:1 This last attack of Satan upon David took place about 38 years after David had ascended the throne and about two years before his death. Satan was successful for a brief time in enticing David into sin, which shou ... read more

A Secret Believer
      1 Kings 18:1-7 As Elijah, in obedience to God's command, set out to meet Ahab, he saw that the famine was very severe in Samaria, one of the areas ruled by Ahab and inhabited by the Israelite people. Apparently it extended beyond Ahab's kingdom, b ... read more

A Sin unto Death
      1 John 5:14-21 We do not always know whether a Christian's sin is unto death; for that reason my own suggestion is that we should be sure to pray for such a person if we are in doubt. If we see that God is not going to answer, it could be that the ... read more

Added, Not Mixed
      Galatians 3:15-25 The passage before us says that the Law "was added" (Gal. 3:19). It was added to something already existing. John the Baptist introduced our Lord to the public and said of Him, "The law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came ... read more

Balanced-and Blessed!
      Philippians 2:12-14; Jeremiah 6:9-15 Every Christian needs to work out his salvation with a tender conscience and a watchfulness against temptations, trials or testings, shrinking from whatever might offend God or discredit His name. Each of us need ... read more

Be Cautious When You Criticize
      Romans 14:10-13 When we realize that each of us must give an account to God, it will cause us to be more cautious about criticizing a Christian brother. We will then heed what 1 Corinthians 4:5 says: "So do not make any hasty or premature judgments ... read more

Beware of False Peace!
      Colossians 3:13-17 We must beware of false peace. Some who do wrong may have a peace about it, but it does not come from God. As someone has said, "Peace of heart alone is not always the peace of God." A significant test to apply to determine the ... read more

Boasting That Brings Blessing!
      Galatians 6:11-18 It is remarkable to realize that the crucifixion is a way of life, not just a way of death. Christ's crucifixion was not the end of His redemptive work, for He arose from the grave and provided us with the resurrection life. Roman ... read more

Born Free!
      Galatians 4:19-31 The lesson God has for us in Galatians 4:19-31 is that we cannot ever fulfill the commandments of God by our own human efforts. They can be kept only as we accept Christ as Saviour. Then, through the indwelling Spirit, the life of ... read more

Bypassing Death
      2 Kings 2:1-11 The closing incident in Elijah's life was perhaps the most touching in his whole history. He was translated to heaven without having to die. His ministry may have covered 15 or 20 years, but the public aspect of it was much briefer t ... read more

Can You Claim This Promise?
      Philippians 4:17-20 Philippians 4:19 cannot be understood apart from the preceding verses. Some Christians have claimed verse 19 but have not met the conditions of the preceding verses; therefore, they are unwarranted in expecting God to keep His promi ... read more

Can You See Where You Are Going?
      1 John 1:5-10 For a person to walk in the light requires that he first receive Christ as personal Saviour. The light of God's Word must first have enlightened that person's heart and convicted him of his sin. That same light reveals to us the hol ... read more

Cast Your Vote for Victory!
      Galatians 5:13-26 The flesh and the Holy Spirit are contrary one to the other. Their aims and purposes are diametrically opposed to each other. Each one says no to the other. They checkmate each other. This, of course, results in a stalemate for the ... read more

Cast Your Vote for Victory!
      Galatians 5:13-26 The flesh and the Holy Spirit are contrary one to the other. Their aims and purposes are diametrically opposed to each other. Each one says no to the other. They checkmate each other. This, of course, results in a stalemate for the ... read more

Character Comes First
      Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1: 13-21 There is much talk today about "working for Christ" but little about "being like Christ." Being like Christ means more than just following Him as a good teacher or example; it refers to the believer's being molde ... read more

Charge and Countercharge
      1 Kings 18:17-19 The monarch's first words were "Art thou he that troubleth Israel?" (1 Kings 18:17). I am not sure how Ahab said that, but I have a feeling he was shaking in his boots. He was standing before a man who had been in the presence of ... read more

Christ Eternal!
      Colossians 1:13-19 Christ existed prior to all creation. He is "the firstborn of every creature" (Col. 1:15). From the original language of the New Testament, this phrase is literally "firstborn of all creation." The Greek word translated "firs ... read more

Christ in You
      Colossians 1:21-29 On the surface, the emphasis of "Christ in you" (Col. 1:27) may not seem so important. But when we grasp the significance of this great truth, our thinking about Christ and ourselves will be changed, and even our prayer life will b ... read more

Christ, the Great Example
      Philippians 2:5-11 It is apparent that there was some element of Jesus' equality with God that He was willing to set aside during His earthly ministry. One cannot give up the qualities of his inner nature, but he can relinquish the right, in some r ... read more

Citizens of Heaven!
      Philippians 3:17-21 All of us who have believed in Christ, like the patriarchs, are "looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God" (Heb. 11:10, NASB). Believers of old were "seeking a country of their own" (v. ... read more

Claim Your Inheritance
      Ephesians 1:7-15 An inheritance is something that a person comes into possession of because of his relationship with another. It is not something that is earned; it is a gift. The believer's inheritance includes life itself. By receiving Christ as ... read more

Confidence in God, Not Man
      Job 13:4-15 As we read in Job 13, Job again spoke quite forcibly of his refusal to let his "friends" arbitrate his case for him. He declared he would take it to God himself. Job brushed his "friends" aside and told them that what they knew he kn ... read more

Considerate Christians
      Philippians 4:1-7 The word "moderation" (Phil. 4:5) emphasizes pliability and agreeableness. It is a special consideration given to other people, and it is to be the additive that causes a believer to patiently forbear under injury without desiring r ... read more

Contentment, Not Complacency
      Philippians 4:10-13; 1 Timothy 6:6-11 Nowhere does the Bible suggest that we should be content with unsatisfactory conditions. But because of our personal relationship with Christ we can be content in them. As different situations arise and we learn ... read more

Controlled to Convict
      John 16:5-14 The indwelling Holy Spirit helps us to share Christ with others. The Lord promised this in John 15:26,27: "When the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, ... read more

Counsel Based on Human Experience
      Job 4:1-7 Eliphaz was possibly the eldest of the group and supposedly the wisest also. However, superior age does not mean superior wisdom. The philosophy of Eliphaz was based on what we will call general observations and spiritual illumination. He ... read more

Counsel Based on Logic Alone
      Job 11:1-7 Zophar is the most dogmatic of the three. He assumes many things, based on his own intuition, or common sense, and then states his conclusion with a finality that permits no opposition. For Job to differ with Zophar's conclusions is proo ... read more

Counsel Based on Tradition
      Job 8:1-10 Bildad made no appeal to the revealed will of God but only to whatever wisdom the fathers may have taught. He asked if God perverted justice. The answer, of course, is no. Then Bildad used this premise to argue that Job must have lost his ... read more

Dead Reckoning
      Romans 6:11-14 Reckoning is based on absolute truth. We are not called upon to reckon something to be true that is not really true. It is true that Christ died for us and that when we believed in Him as Saviour, we died with Him. That's a fact. In ... read more

Dead to the Law
      Romans 7:1-6 Everyone who claims he can keep the Law does not have a proper knowledge about the purpose of the Law. It was not given to save anyone; it was given to show everyone their need of placing faith in Christ. The Law exhibits and expounds G ... read more

Dealing With Disagreements
      Romans 12:14-21 It is not our business to repay people for what they do to us. Vengeance belongs to the Lord, even as it is indicated in Deuteronomy 32:35. Since vengeance belongs to the Lord, we would be presuming to take the Father's business out ... read more

Dealing With Disagreements
      Romans 12:14-21 It is not our business to repay people for what they do to us. Vengeance belongs to the Lord, even as it is indicated in Deuteronomy 32:35. Since vengeance belongs to the Lord, we would be presuming to take the Father's business out ... read more

Dealing With Your Past
      Philippians 3:12-14; 1 Timothy 1:12-17 We can do nothing about the past except make necessary confession. And when confession is made, the Bible promises: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from ... read more

Do You Have 'Pet Cares'?
      Philippians 4:6,7; Matthew 6:24-34 There are at least three characteristics, or marks, that indicate we have excessive care. The first is being more concerned about things than about God's will for us. We will never have peace by acquiring things; ... read more

Does Christ Feel at Home in Your Heart?
      Ephesians 3:14-17 Paul referred to his relationship to the indwelling Christ when he wrote: "I am [have been] crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me" (Gal. 2:20). Thus, as Paul prayed for the Ephesians, he p ... read more

Doing and Teaching Go Together
      Romans 2:17-29 We need to ask ourselves if our lives are good illustrations of what we teach. We teach that people should not steal, but do we steal? We may never rob banks, but are we guilty of withholding money that rightfully belongs to others? A ... read more

Don't Court the World
      James 4:4-7 Consider the accusation of James concerning the illicit love affair with the world as stated in the following paraphrase: "You [are like] unfaithful wives [having illicit love affairs with the world and breaking your marriage vow to God]! ... read more

Don't Minimize God's Grace!
      The basic error the Apostle Paul was dealing with was the mingling of Law with grace. There are three grave errors that arise out of this. First there is what we call "legalism." This is the teaching that people are saved by works or human effort. Th ... read more

Don't Rob Yourself!
      Ephesians 4:28-32 In our relationships with others, we need to be sure that we do not steal from them. We need to be honest in business transactions and be faithful in giving service for which we are paid. If we are paid for a full day's work, we s ... read more

Dying to Live
      Galatians 2:11-21 The new life is life "in Christ." The word "in" does not in this connection speak of location, such as "in an automobile," but carries the idea of union. We are in union with Christ. T hrough Him we are dead to the Law, havin ... read more

Enthroned and Enabled
      Ephesians 2:1-10 Because we are seated in the heavenlies in Christ, we should have spiritual rest and relaxation. However, many who know Christ as Saviour are characterized by worrying. The Bible says, "Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neithe ... read more

Facing Sin
      2 Samuel 11:1-5 We have seen before that God does not gloss over the sins of His children. David, though a man after God's own heart, was not sinlessly perfect. We come now to the darkest hour in this great man's life. It seems that the higher th ... read more

Fullness Begins With Thirst
      John 7:37-39 Along with obeying we must desire to be filled and then appropriate the filling. Our Lord said in John 7:37, "If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink." Here are two prerequisites for the filling of the Holy Spirit: thirst a ... read more

      James 1: 1-8 The more often faith is tried, the easier it becomes to endure trials because they produce patience. And through trials, the believer becomes more steadfast in his faith. Endurance is the ability to withstand hardship or stress. Patienc ... read more

Getting Right With God
      Psalm 51:1-17 David asked God to create in him a clean heart (see Ps. 51:10). With regard to the unbeliever, this would be a matter of regeneration, but for the Christian it involves renewal and restoration. David said, "Cast me not away from thy p ... read more

God Doesn't Need Help
      11 Samuel 1:1-16 Second Samuel opens with the account of a messenger coming to David and telling him that Saul and Jonathan and many others were dead. Thinking to gain David's approval and possibly receive a reward from him, this messenger, who was ... read more

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