What Must We Do to be Saved?

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Be Born Again
John 3:5
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

How do we do that?
Acts 2:38
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.

How do we know when we have received the Holy Spirit?
Acts 19:5-6
When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying.

The Bible standard of full salvation is:
• Repentance- asking forgiveness for and turning away from sin
• Baptism in water by immersion in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission (forgiveness and washing away) of sins
• Baptism of the Holy Ghost with the initial sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance.

What is Apostolic?

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Our full name is Apostolic Pentecostal, but we generally use just Apostolic because it’s shorter.

One God

  • We believe in the one ever-living, eternal God.
  • This one true God has revealed Himself as:
    • Father: The title of God in parental relationship
    • Son: God incarnate in human flesh- Jesus
    • Holy Spirit: God in activity as Spirit working within us

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one.” Deuteronomy 6:4

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

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December 13, 2018

Last night, I was having a conversation with Joe* about a sensitive issue for me and about how I have prayed and prayed about not only this issue but many others. He tried to encourage me, as he always does, but I went to my room feeling sorry for myself.

I tried to pray, but instead poured my frustrations out to God. I even called myself names and told God how worthless I was for not being able to change myself into the woman and mother I want to be. I have had this conversation many, many times with God, but tonight He gave me a word.

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You Can’t Take It With You

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November 27, 2018

Today I was praying, and just fell silent before the Lord. I often do this, just sit in silence and listen. Today I feel like God was telling me, “You can’t take it with you.” So many times, I feel “less than” compared to some of my friends. Wishing I could bake or cook like this one, or dress or decorated like that one. 

But today, I feel like… what good is all that? Sure, it’s nice to have nice things or have a nicely decorated home. Nice clothes, nice house, or a nice car, but you can’t take it with you. It might make me happy for a little bit. But soon, I will get tired of those clothes, bored with the decor, the car will get trashed… why bother?

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What Makes Us Human?

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July 12, 2013

Back in my nursing school days, I had a homework question:

” What about our DNA makes us human?”

Moral Conscience

My answer- “Although I have read about and agree with the physical, human characteristics produced by DNA, I believe what truly makes us human is so much more than that. The most intriguing of these traits, to me, is our ‘moral conscience’.

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I’ve Been There

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May 2, 2019

Listen, I’ve been there. Maybe not exactly where you are, but there. I’ve suffered with anorexia and told myself I was fat and worthless for eating fruit while wearing a size 3. I’ve been physically, mentally, and emotionally abused while being made to feel like I was the bad one.

Lost custody of my kids then told I was a horrible mother for it. Locked myself in the bathroom and cut my arms while my older kids screamed and cried, pounding on the door.

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Epiphany

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May 27, 2017

I believe I just had some sort of epiphany.

My five-year-old was sitting in the bathtub and I was standing there playing on my phone waiting for the tub to fill. And then something told me to put the phone down and go hang out with my son. So, I sat next to the tub on the floor. He just looked at me with his huge brown eyes and smiled and I started to cry.

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I Have This Hope

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April 26, 2019

What is it that causes someone to exhale with relief when finally given a diagnosis after many tests and doctor visits? Why do we feel almost joyous when we find someone who is going through the same thing in life as us? What is it that instantly makes the clouds lift and the colors bright again?

It’s hope.

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