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Up Way Publications 37th Anniversary

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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Failure's Triumph

Failure's Triumph

While victory seldom seems as sweet as was dreamed of, the victor can certainly be proud and say, "Hey, I won! I must have done everything OK, so what's to worry about." After all, why should the one who succeeds to expectations or nearly to the goal or maybe even overshoots the goal bother to stop and analyze? Obviously they have done pretty nearly the right thing to have successfully achieved the goal. "I must be pretty smart, I'm just good!"

But when one loses a hard run race, or some other failure occurs, there tends to be the cry, "Oh, God, What did I do wrong? How did I fail? What can I do to turn defeat into victory." And it is in this careful analysis of failure that most of the greatest victories and successes come.
Seldom if ever do you see a successful person doing a thorough analysis of why he or she succeeded, but if they failed to achieve their high goals and aspirations, there will often be a time of self analysis, assessment and study. "Why did I fail? What happened?" Every attempt will be made to assure that the next time is not a failure also. This is true whether one is running a footrace, running a business or attempting a successful marriage.

But let a person fail and he or she begins thinking over what he might have done that would have brought success. Friends, business associates or teammates are often critical and faultfinding -- even fellow Christians or fellow ministers may be critical and find much fault. This actually may be a blessing because it provides insights which may be helpful as well as discouragement which causes still more self-analysis. Really, even deciding on the right solutions is hardly enough until the correct actions as determined by this close study have been tested and brought to a successful completion. Merely figuring out what went wrong is not enough. We then begin to practice, to exercise the right action.

Some people, especially truly dedicated Christians, are gifted in the ability to analyze problems in their own lives and reach right conclusions the first or second time. Others require several failures and some never do reach the right conclusions.

We all want to be winners and dislike losing, but history is full of instances in which a great 

golf or chess champion lost many times before making that great historic win. Many a famous author wrote his work and sent it to publisher after publisher before one, perhaps grudgingly finally accepted and published the work which immediately became a runaway best seller. Many are the stories of runners who failed badly in the first, second and many other races in which they competed. The same is true of every contest, competition and business enterprise. The loser cried out within himself or herself and asked, "Why did I fail? What did I do wrong? What could I have done better? Did I have impossible expectations? Was I properly prepared? Did I have some wrong information?"

A racing automobile must be prepared in certain ways if it is to win a race. It is in the correct assessment of the reasons for failure to win the last race, to perform as expected in time trials, lesser races, or even in the beginning laps of the big race that enables the mechanics and driver to make the adjustments to the car and driving habits that will result in a win the next try.

Our real victory comes when we determine, ÒI can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Philippians 4:13). When Emmanuel, God with us" is on the throne of our lives, when we allow Him to be captain of our ship, we can know that He knows the passage over the rocks and through the shallows.

We may liken the trials and tests in our lives to stones. We may leave them laying about in a haphazard way on the racetrack of our lives and if we don't watch our step carefully, they may trip us and cause us to fall. But if we take those same stones and use them we can build a house or use them as stepping stones to cross a stream. Trials and temptations in our lives may either trip us up and cause us to stumble and fall, or we may overcome them through prayer determining that we will serve the Lord no matter what comes our way and that becomes a point of overcoming which builds our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and His power to protect, lead and guide us. Satan may roar and rage against us, but Jesus is our rock on which we can stand firm.

 — S. M. S.
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