Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
April 24, 1969

This I Believe

Voyd N. Ballard

I believe that as we grow older our hope grows stronger and our desire to go to Heaven becomes greater. We are in better position to appreciate the one hope (Eph. 4:4) which we have "as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil" Heb. 6:19.

I believe that even though the "outward man perish yet the inward man is renewed day by day." II Cot. 4:16 I believe this hope belongs exclusively to the faithful child of God and that faith is the foundation for this hope. Heb. 11:1

I believe this faith is produced the Word of God (Rom. 10:17) and is the "evidence of things not seen."

I believe that God, in His wisdom, has revealed unto us "all things that pertain unto life and godliness through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue." II Pet. 1:3 I believe He has given us "all things" through the gospel of His Son, and therefore, this gospel is

all sufficient. It is the "power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth." Rom. 1:16. I believe man must accept God's Word at face value, not because it agrees with human wisdom, but because God said it. Faith and acknowledge of God never comes from the wisdom of man for, "the world by wisdom knew not God. 1 Cor. 1:21.

I believe that our faith in God and His word will save us and assure us a home in He.aven. This is the faith that obeys without question. This is the faith that never argues with God. Rom. 9:20. This is the faith that says, "Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth." I Sam. 3:9 I believe there is a crown of righteousness laid up for every faithful child of God who has fought a good fight, finished the course, and kept the faith. II Tim. 4:7,8. Therefore, "let us run with patience the race that is set before us" (Heb. 12:1) that we may one day wear that crown with joy and thanksgiving.