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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, Presiding Elder
If You Want JOY
I USED TO KNOW a fairly young woman who spent all her time in
the pursuit of
joy and pleasure. There is almost nothing she hasn't tried. She's had money, sex, alcohol, drugs, fine clothes, and, for a while, a husband that let her do anything she wanted to. It would seem that she should be totally, blissfully happy. What more could she want?

But she is not happy. In fact, she is one of the least happy persons
I have
ever seen! Twice, she tried to commit suicide and failed. Her oldest daughter became an unwed mother at a very early age. A younger daughter did something for which an adult would have received at least five years in prison.

Why is this woman not happy? She lived exactly as she pleased.
She was not
bound by any moral codes or social ethics. And
nobody had better tell her
that she was not perfectly happy. But everyone who knew her knew she was really a very miserable person.

This young woman is only one of thousands who are eagerly searching for that blissful happiness that always seems just ahead but never quite attainable. Who completely rebel at the mention of moral laws or Christianity and scoff at the idea that anyone can be happy who lives for Jesus Christ.

Many have been turned off by some "christian" who has a case of "mule-face religion" and who criticize everyone and everything in
the name of Christ.
Peace, joy, happiness and fulfillment are just not their idea of what being a Christian means!

Those of us who have found the real meaning of LIFE realize that
just as the
Bible says, "The god of this world [Satan] hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the express image of God, should shine unto them," (2 Corinthians 4:4; John 12:40).

This has been true in every age. It can be safely said that the harder
person pursues joy and happiness, the more surely it evades him.
But the more a person pursues after the things of God, forgetting his own happiness in the effort to help others, the more joy and happiness come to him. "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you," (Matthew 6:33). This is one thing that no one seems willing to do,
yet it is the one thing you MUST do if you
want joy, peace and happiness.

Now let me ask you, are you really happy? Are you satisfied with
your life
as it now is? Have you found the reality you are looking
for in drugs? In
sex? In alcohol? In "rock music"? Are you really "doing your thing"? Or are you still trying to find out what your
"thing" really is?

If you've tried everything else and it has failed, how about trying
Christ? Let His electrifying POWER get ahold of you and
you'll never be the
same again! "Peace I leave with you, My
peace I give unto you; not as the
world giveth...," (John 14:27).
"These things have I spoken unto you that in
Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer;
I have overcome the world," (John 16:33). "There is no peace,

saith the Lord, unto the wicked," (Isaiah 48:22). "Whom [Christ]
having not
seen, ye love: in whom, though now ye see Him not,
yet believing, ye rejoice
with joy unspeakable and full of glory,"
(1 Peter 1:8).

How do you come to Jesus Christ? How do you find this joy, peace and happiness through Him? When you truly believe that He can save you and give you peace, then you "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission [forgiveness] of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy
Ghost [the Comforter]," (Acts 2:38).

Feel that you're not good enough? "But God commendeth His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us," (Romans 5:8). "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life," (John 3:16).

What happens when you believe, repent, and are baptized in Jesus' name? You receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and "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). New desires, new goals, and peace, joy, fulfillment. "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, Gentleness...,"
(Galatians 5:22).

If you're tired of the old rut, try Jesus and get turned on as never before in your life! Get TRANSFORMED, get POWER, get a whole NEW LIFE!!

- S.M.S.
This tract was first published in Columbus, Ohio in1972 and countless thousands
have been distributed. It is also available in Brazilian Portuguese, Ilocano
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