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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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What's Your Treasure?
Treasure: Wealth or riches; things of value; Anything or person highly valued or prized.

So what is YOUR treasure? Are earthly possessions most important in your life, or the things of God?

Of course you’re a Christian. After all, you live in “Christian” America and your parents attended church every Sunday. You were “baptized” as a child and you’ve never been a bad person. You never stole anything or cheated on your wife (or husband) and you’ve never been really drunk. All in all, you’ve lived a good, clean, moral life, so you must be alright. Besides, you go to church pretty often yourself and your oldest child won an attendance award. Of course you believe in God and Christ and all.

“I’m a member of the First Church and everyone there says I’m OK, so I guess I’ll get by,” you say. “And I pay my tithes regularly.”

But is that really what being a Christian is all about? Do you know for sure that if Death came to take you right now, you would be ready to go? Would you be carried to heaven or sent to hell? And if you think you’re too young to die yet, just remember that diseases, automobile accidents, fires and airplane crashes do not spare the young! Teenagers and even young children and babies also face Death.

Perhaps you are even a “Charismatic” or Pentecostal and have spoken in “tongues.” Yes, but let me ask you this: Are the FRUITS of the Spirit evident in your life for all to see? (Galatians 5:22) What are you doing for the Kingdom of God? Today? Right now? You know you have no promise of tomorrow! “Be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves,” (James 1:22).

It is very easy to tell how much of a Christian you really are, for Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matt. 6:21, Luke 12:34) and “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh,” (Luke 6:45; Matt. 12:35). So your conversation will tell whether you are really a Christian or not.

If all you can talk about is automobiles, then that is your treasure and God is shoved into the corner. If all you can talk about is bowling, golf, baseball, football, sex or even your work, you will discover that whatever it is that dominates your conversation is your real treasure. That is what you live for. It is your real god. Only if your conversation and your life reflect honor to the Lord Jesus Christ, only if your life is Christ-centered are you a REAL Christian.

Again, Jesus speaks: “Why call ye me Lord, Lord and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46; Matt. 7:21-23). The Matthew passage even goes on to say that those who have done good works and miracles in His Name but not His Will will be told, “Depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.”
Is YOUR treasure, the thing you most highly value, to be doing the will of God? Are you truly seeking first the kingdom of God? (Matt. 6:33). Are you letting your light shine? (Matt. 5:16). Are you going to the world, including next door, on the job, on the street, and spreading the Gospel? The Good News? (Matt. 28:19, Mark 16:15). Do you LOVE the Lord and His ways?

If you see that you don’t measure up to God’s standards and you know there is a void, a vacuum in your life, Repent, for the Bible says, “To him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin,” (James 4:17). “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,” (Acts 2:38). The Holy Spirit gives you the power, the anointing, the desire and the wisdom to please God. The thing you greatly value is to please Him.

It doesn’t matter a bit what your church says about you. The real question is: “What does God say about you?” “…Now is the day of salvation,” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

—  S. M. S.
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