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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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Seeing God in Your Circumstances
      Philippians 1: 12-21 The life of the indwelling Christ enabled Paul to be free from worry and self-care during his imprisonment, which could have led to death. Paul was bold and unashamed and was concerned only that Christ would be magnified in his bod ... read more

Seeking God's Will
      1 Samuel 30:1-8, 18-26 When David and his men found Ziklag burned with fire and their wives and their children gone, they wept. This was a bitter blow to all of them. David in particular, however, tasted the bitterness of being without God's protecti ... read more

Sickness and Sin
      James 5:13-16 The reason for calling the elders was apparently because the sickness referred to by James was a sickness that resulted from sin. The elders were the spiritual leaders of the assembly of believers, and because of the type of problem invo ... read more

Sowing and Reaping
      2 Samuel 12:1-10 David's harshness and lack of pity were due to his being out of touch with God. No wonder he failed to remember the judgment prescribed by the Law. At this point the Holy Spirit gave Nathan boldness to say to David, "Thou art the ma ... read more

Spiritual Unity Is Not Automatic
      Ephesians 4:3-7 The unity referred to in Scripture is a spiritual unity of everyone within the Body of Christ; that is, all who have received Him as personal Saviour. This means that our unity must always be based on the truth of the Scriptures, which ... read more

Submitted but Faithful
      Romans 13:1-10 It is possible for a believer to be in a situation where he cannot obey the government, but he is to submit to it. Submission refers to our attitude--how we respond inwardly to those who are in authority; obedience refers to our visible ... read more

Sufficient for Each Day
      1 Kings 17:8-16 Because Elijah was a man like us, he undoubtedly wondered what God had in store for him when he saw the brook beginning to dry up. Since he was trusting in God, however, he believed and help arrived. God did not send a sudden squall ... read more

The Birth That Brings Death
      James 1:12-15 When temptations to do evil come into our lives, let us never think that they have come from God; instead, God is doing what He can to prevent us from falling into sin. However, our flesh is so weak that we disregard Him occasionally and ... read more

The Dilemma of the Disobedient
      1 Samuel 28:1-19 David and his men became bodyguards to Achish, king of Gath, and this soon put David in a dilemma. The Philistines decided to go against the Israelites, and David apparently could see no way out of going along and fighting against his ... read more

The Fire Falls
      1 Kings 18:30-39 By having water poured over the sacrifice as often as he did, Elijah prevented any human counterfeiting or trickery. Then he began to pray. This short prayer has only 63 English words (even fewer in Hebrew), and it takes about 20 se ... read more

The Key to the Treasury
      Ephesians 1:2,3; John 15:1-10 The believer's resources--all spiritual blessings--are "in Christ" (Eph. 1:3). Christ is the life of the believer and thus provides for him all that he needs. Before salvation the individual was in Adam, but after salva ... read more

The King Gives Victory
      2 Samuel 5:1-10 So impregnable did the Jebusites think their fortress to be that they jeered at David and his men, saying that the blind and the lame could hold it against David's army. "Nevertheless," we are told, "David took the strong hold of Z ... read more

The Life That Is New
      Colossians 3:5-11 In Colossians 3:10,11 Paul revealed three truths about those who have put on the new man. First, they have a divine nature. Each person who trusts Christ as Saviour has "put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the ima ... read more

The Majority Can Be Wrong
      1 Kings 18:25-29 As the majority group, the worshipers of Baal had been given first chance. Because there were so many of them it took them only a very short time to prepare the sacrifice. As is often the case in matters that pertain to God, however, t ... read more

The Marks of a Christian
      Galatians 2:1-10 Four marks of a Christian are set forth in the Book of Galatians. First, a Christian is one who has the living Christ living in him. "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life wh ... read more

The Power to Love
      1 John 4:7-21 The apostle did not say, "Try to create and produce love." He said, "Let us love." In other words, we are to release that love. Some may protest and say they cannot love certain people. That is true from the natural standpoint, bu ... read more

The Religion God Wants
      James 1:26,27 When Jesus Christ is really indwelling a person, it will result in true religion. The word "religion" as used in James 1:26,27 is not synonymous with the word "salvation." James used it in the sense of an outward expression of that w ... read more

The Renewed Mind
      Philippians 4:8,9; 2 Peter 1: 1-9 A good exercise is to analyze the kind of thoughts you have been thinking. Some will be spiritual thoughts that make a positive contribution to life, others will be thoughts about things that are not necessarily good o ... read more

The Secret of a Controlled Tongue
      James 3:7-12 Is it not strange that the tongue can be praising God one moment and be slandering some person the next moment often right in the church where the tongue had been used to praise God? We may even hear the preacher talk about not slandering ... read more

The Spirit Also Loves You!
      Romans 15:30-33 The Holy Spirit is a Person because He has emotions. He has the ability to love. Romans 15:30 says, "Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in yo ... read more

The Unchanging Flesh Nature
      2 Samuel 11:6-15 David's scheme was to bring Uriah home on a military furlough, hoping that he would be considered the father of Bathsheba's child. Uriah was much more righteous than David in this. He would not permit himself to relax until the war ... read more

The War Within
      James 4:1-3 James was well aware of the fact that conflict among believers comes from the personal war that goes on within each person. This conflict within the believer is also referred to in Romans 7:23: "But I see another law in my members, warrin ... read more

The Word Cleanses Your Walk
      John 17:13-19 The Bible speaks of our being sanctified by the Word of God as well as by the blood of Christ and by the Holy Spirit. Just as Christ is not of the world, so the believer is not of the world. God uses His Word, under the power and work ... read more

The Word Is Central
      Philippians 2:15,16; Psalm 119:9-16 Never forget the centrality of the Word of God to the believer's witness. The Christian is to study the Word, apply it to himself and then translate it into daily living before a crooked and perverse world. And ever ... read more

      Ephesians 5:25-33 No believer lives a spiritually isolated life. Together, we are members of Christ's Body (Eph. 5:30) and have responsibilities to each other. Ephesians 4:25 says, "We are members one of another." Therefore, Spirit-filled believers ... read more

Triumph in Tribulation
      Romans 5:3; 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 Humanly speaking, no one likes tribulation. Within ourselves we react negatively to difficulties. The word "glory" means "rejoice." No unbeliever can do this, but the believer's whole outlook is changed because of ... read more

Truth, Not Popularity
      1 John 4:1-6 It is sad, but many who talk about our Saviour and use His name do not believe that He is the eternal God, the Creator of all things, and that He came to die for the sins of mankind. In the verses previous to this, the apostle discusse ... read more

Two Burdens
      Galatians 6:1-10 To speak of bearing one another's burdens and then to say that every man shall bear his own burden appears on the surface to be a contradiction. This really is not the case. Two different words are used in the original language that a ... read more

Two Burdens
      Galatians 6:1-10 To speak of bearing one another's burdens and then to say that every man shall bear his own burden appears on the surface to be a contradiction. This really is not the case. Two different words are used in the original language that a ... read more

Two Inseparable Truths
      Job 42:1-6 Job had a new comprehension of God, which brought a new comprehension of himself. He acknowledged that he was vile. Many believers think they have reached the end of themselves when they give mental assent to the doctrine of human depravi ... read more

Understanding Your Standing
      Romans 5:1-5 Our standing before God is in the grace to which we have constant access (Rom. 5:2). We do not need new credentials each time we come to God, because our standing is constant since we come by means of what Jesus Christ accomplished for us. ... read more

Unity, Not Uniformity
      Philippians 2:1-5; Psalm 133 The Christian life is not a stereotyped life composed of rules and regulations. It may involve rules and regulations, but the Christian life is essentially the presence of Christ in the believer. This is why Paul said, "As ... read more

Victorious Faith Defeats Satan
      Job 1: 12-22 According to Job 1:12 the Lord gave Satan permission to afflict Job up to a certain point. God told Satan that he could do what he wanted with all Job had, but he was not to touch Job himself So Satan set out to prove that Job was not w ... read more

Vindicated by God
      Job 42:7-17 The vindication of Job was a vindication before his "friends." God called him "my servant" and had him act in the capacity of a priest for the three who had so cruelly slandered him. We not only need to see what God was able to do with ... read more

Waiting for God's Time
      11 Samuel 2:1-11 Second Samuel 2 opens with these words: "And it came to pass after this, that David inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the Lord said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up ... read more

We Can Do It Also
      James 5:16-18 The Bible says Elijah was a man subject to like passions, or as another translation says it, "A man of like nature" (James 5:17, RSV). God permits us to see where Elijah failed so that we need not think we are dealing with a perfect man ... read more

What Do You Believe In?
      Colossians 1: 1-8 Almost everyone talks about faith because almost everyone has faith in something. But faith is only as good as its object. It is important to recognize that we are not saved from condemnation by having faith in faith. Paul commended t ... read more

What to Do With Anger
      Ephesians 4:17-27 It is apparent that we should be angry with sin and come to hate that which would separate us from God or cause loss of fellowship. This means there will be times when we will hate what others do because it goes contrary to the Word o ... read more

When God Says No
      2 Samuel 7:1-13 Nathan commended David for his desire to build a temple and then went to his own house. That night God spoke to the prophet, and as an obedient servant, Nathan brought the word to David. The message was no. God was not going to allow D ... read more

When God Speaks
      Job 38:1-11 God spoke to Job out of a whirlwind at this point, and what He said had an immediate effect. God's voice made Job conscious of the presence of God, whom he had not seen and said he could not find. Before this the discussion had been about ... read more

When Is It a Sacrifice?
      2 Samuel 24:18-25 The Lord not only stayed the plague, but through Gad He also instructed David to build an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Ornan, the Jebusite (1 Chron. 21:18). The Lord was very specific about this and left no alternative ... read more

When the Heavens Seem As Brass
      Job 31:6-8,33-35 Job was an unusual man. He had done many noble deeds. He was outstanding in many ways. He was the kind of man who, once he humbled himself before God, could be trusted with more responsibility. The Scriptures say that the person who is ... read more

Where Do We Stand?
      1 Kings 18:7-16 Elijah commissioned Obadiah to tell Ahab that he was looking for him. Obadiah's response was one of fear. This man seems to have lacked moral strength and spiritual backbone. When the commission was given, he was reluctant to obey. ... read more

Whose Prisoner Are You?
      Ephesians 4:1,2; Acts 16:25-31 It is interesting to note the difference between the ways Paul referred to himself in the first half of Ephesians and the last half. In beginning the first half, or doctrinal portion, Paul referred to himself as "an apos ... read more

Wisdom From Heaven
      James 3:13-18 It is significant that the characteristics James first listed for godly wisdom are purity and peaceableness. These two have an important relationship. An individual is made pure through faith in Jesus Christ, and this establishes peace b ... read more

With Us-Not of Us
      1 John 2:18-9 We are able to detect who the antichrists are: "They went out from us, but they were not of us" (1 John 2:19). This does not mean that they left a particular denomination or church. They left the fundamental doctrine of Jesus Christ. T ... read more

You Are Part of His Treasure
      Ephesians 1: 16-18 From Ephesians 1:18 it is apparent that we are more than a mere inheritance of Christ. Paul emphasized the kind of inheritance we are to Christ in the words "riches of the glory of his inheritance." Believers are an inheritance of ... read more

You Get Nearer by Getting Lower
      James 4:8-12 Concerning James's command to "draw nigh to God" (James 4:8), we must remember that it takes time to be holy. Although our position in Christ at the moment of salvation provides an absolute holiness, as we live the Christian life from ... read more

You Grow the Way You Were Born
      Colossians 2:1-7 Paul spoke here of the necessity of the Colossians to continue as they had begun. In other words, he was telling them, "Get settled in Christ; see that Christ is everything in your life." Paul wanted the Colossians to recognize that ... read more

Your Debt to God's Spirit
      Romans 8:6-17 It is not a sin to be tempted, but it is sinful to allow oneself to be drawn away and to yield to the temptation. So at the time when temptation arises is the moment to apply Romans 8:13--to mortify the deeds of the body through the Holy ... read more

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