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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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Default Settings

Default Settings

Computers have what is known as “default settings”. This is the format to which all documents or files of a particular program will always return to follow unless the operator overrides or resets the default settings. 

Do the default settings just happen? No way! Some highly educated computer programmer determines a need for a certain type of program to accomplish a certain task, whether it is recording business data, simple word processing, or complicated color graphics and art work, or even  manipulating movement and animation of artwork. 

Nobody in his right mind would attempt to say that over even billions of years, given the right temperature and environment, a computer would evolve and begin working, with all the right default settings without any designer or programmer. 

Look at all the default settings we can clearly observe in nature. Monarch butterflies, which hatch from eggs laid by adult Monarch butterflies hatch to become — not the beautiful Monarch butterfly, but a worm-like caterpillar totally incapable of flight and which feeds on the leaves of plants. That is its nature and it will always do this in every case. That is a clear, scientific fact. There is not a single piece of fossil evidence that it ever has happened any other way since the world began! Then that caterpillar reaches a point at which it instinctively stops eating and spins a cocoon around it, in effect dieing to its old self and burying itself in the cocoon. Some time later, after a metamorphosis,  the creature having gone through a total change of form, emerges from that cocoon as the Monarch butterfly. Its parents have long since died, and yet its default setting tells it that after flying about for a while and feeding on the sweet nectar of flowers, it needs to congregate with others of its kind and start flying south. Thousands of miles later, they arrive at the same wintering site in southern Mexico that its parents, grandparents and all its forebears have wintered in ever since their species has existed! How in the world did such a default setting evolve? The thought is both totally ridiculous and against the Rule of Scientific Evidence. 

Baltimore orioles and certain other birds have default settings that cause them to build a unique nest woven into a hanging basket, which helps protect the baby birds from predators. Many birds also have default settings that cause them to migrate thousands of miles to winter and return to their original nesting site the following year. How is this possible? Because a default setting is designed and built right into their brains which compensates for cross winds, storms that force them to stop at unexpected places and the seeming impossibility that such a small creature could possibly have enough energy stored in its body to make such a trip. Whales, lemmings and nearly, if not all other species also exhibit the presence in their brains of default settings. Chance evolution or Divine design? Which is truly more scientific? 

Well did the Psalmist write, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good,” (Psalms 14:1). And the Apostle Paul, in the New Testament, said, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: “Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them,” (Romans 1:28-32)

There is a default setting in every human that knows there is a God and has a desire to know Him as Heavenly Father. Men who rebel at God’s laws spend hundreds of millions of dollars in their vain efforts to disprove Him, but still He remains in full control. Want to know the Creator, the Great Designer who programmed your own default settings?  Then “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 2:38-39)

Like the butterfly is transformed from the caterpillar, so will your life change. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new,” (2 Corinthians 5:17).  

— S. M. S.






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