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The Bible Apostolic Logo features the golden sun rising from a deep blue morning sky. The Bible as  the one foundation upon which we build and are establishes is marked open by the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Great Creator who so loved us  that He became flesh and dwelt among us, then bled and died to pay the debt for our sins. The golden sun arc doubles to represent the open tomb from  which He arose triumphant. The descending dove represents the coming of the Holy Spirit to us and the flame represents the fire and power of the Holy Spirit in the life of every true believer. When asked if we are Fundamentalist, we are more Fundamental than they. Are we Evangelistic? Very! Are we Baptist? We place a higher value on Biblical water baptism than the Baptists. Are we Pentecostal? We definitely believe in the entire of the Acts 2 experience including that the promise of 2:38 and 39 is to all that the Lord our God shall call. Are we Apostolic? Our desire and goal is to preach, teach and practice that exact same Gospel that Jesus Christ and His Original Apostles taught and would still be teaching if here in person, as we prayerfully try to be their faithful representatives. — Samuel M. Smith, Editor,
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Totally Changed

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A Caterpillar crawls on twigs and branches, feeding on leaves and tender new shoots, for the most part not consciously aware of the predators for which it would be an easy meal, yet often avoid it because of built-in stinging hairs on its body. Because of its urgency to feed on leaves and new growth, the caterpillar is often considered a destructive pest and mankind tries to kill all of them he can to protect his crops. 

Then, after a time, a natural urge causes the caterpillar to spin a cocoon around itself and go into a dormant stage known as the pupae stage. During this time of seeming death, the cocoon is its only protection from predators and often the instinctively placed location of its cocoon makes it seem invisible to its enemies.

 After a period of time, while in this hidden place, changes take place that cause its stubby gripping legs to change, its strong chewing jaws disappear entirely, replaced by a long, flexible, hollow tongue; wings develop, and a completely changed, usually slender body form replaces the chubby, worm-like body it did have and it  becomes an often beautiful Butterfly or Moth. Now, It has no interest in eating leaves and doing destructive things. It flits from flower to flower and sips nectar, often providing a pollination service to the plant and becoming beneficial to man. What a transformation! What a change!

The perspective from which the new creature views its world is no longer limited to the twig it is crawling on seeking tender growth to eat and its direction also changes, as it flies freely above plants, houses and in the case of the Monarch butterfly, flies thousands of miles on a winter migration.

After living as a caterpillar, crawling along twigs and chewing on the edges of leaves, how does a butterfly know from which flowers to sip nectar? Why doesn’t it try to chew leaves as before? Who teaches it to fly? Since its parents are already dead, who teaches Monarchs where to migrate to the same fields of flowers its ancestors visited every fall and back every spring? What chance is there that this evolved? Not one in 100 billion! Likewise, the person who has lived the life of swine on the world’s pleasures has a hard time to believe that pearls are really more valuable and enduring than slop!

The caterpillar has to be ”buried” in a cocoon and rise to walk and fly in newness of life and nature. It no longer thinks of clutching twigs with short stubby legs, but flits gracefully on beautiful wings covered with thousands of tiny, colorful feathers!

The caterpillar eats all it can. As sinners, we gorge on sinful practices. These provide us the raw materials which, when digested through the death of our caterpillar nature, burial in our cocoon, and resurrection in butterfly form, help us to minister effectively to the needs of others.

Unfortunately, many who came to believe they were sinners and that Jesus saves and felt strong conviction of the Holy Spirit as a result of that belief were told that believing was all there was to it. They didn't have to repent or be baptized like the Bible declares over and over again that the Apostles (including Paul) taught, preached and practiced for the first 150+ years the church existed. (Check every recorded conversion in Acts and read Paul's explanation in Romans 6:1-4, Galatians 3:27 and Colossians 2:12.) That only believe doctrine is like cutting a butterfly out of its cocoon while it is still in the pupal stage. It can never fly. Nor will the "believer" who has not died to his (or her) sin nature like the caterpillar who wraps himself in a cocoon "casket" have the overcoming power of the Holy Spirit. The cocoon is an example of the grave in which we are buried with Jesus Christ in Baptism as Paul explained in his epistle and the butterfly emerging from the cocoon as a totally new creature is an example of the new creature in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 6:4) that we should be if we be truly born again. Its old destructive nature of crawling on plants and chewing its leaves and new growth is replaced by a nature that flies freely without restraint and it sips on the sweet nectar of the plant's flowers, often also providing a beneficial pollination service.

While many people refuse to believe it, human beings also are designed to change radically ever since our first ancestors disobeyed our Creator God. In our pre-Christian form, we are selfish and self-centered worriers, fearful at every turn. Where is the money coming from? Will I die in a car wreck or of cancer? How can I get that handsome hunk or that beautiful chick to fall in love with me? We live much like pigs, always looking for the next bucket of slop and thinking we have the best. But if we will stop and wait upon the Lord and surrender our driving passions to Him, He will turn our lives around. No more will we crawl on the twig chewing leaves and unable to see beyond the next bite or two, but we can fly and enjoy a whole new life and perspective. Our purpose and goal is to be a beautiful blessing to all who see us and a positive reflection on the goodness and love of God.

 No more are we just a destructive pest.  We are growing into a mature, reproductive, spiritually powerful Christian, as God ordains.

How can this happen? “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23). “But God commendeth His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,” (Romans 5:8). “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
“For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call,”(Acts 2:36-39). “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved,  (Acts 4:12.).

—  S.M.S.
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