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New Gym/Chapel Floor Project Started

by ABI Admissions (5/18/2012)


A few months ago the class of 2013 completed their final fundraiser for the gym to get a new floor. They raised over $3,000 for this project.

This week we have seen the result of their effort as the old floor was torn out. Some students helped with the tear-out process which was an awesome stress reliever.

Brother Sanders and Brother Murphy have put many hours into this new floor-scraping it clean, filling holes. They are now beginning to lay the carpet. We appreciate the hard work they put in all around the school. Not only are they laying the new carpet but they have also finished the outside insulation around the school. It looks great!


Jay A. Perry I'm sorry to see the old floor gone from the 'Old" Chapel. The time I spent at ABI I shed many a tear on that floor.

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Seven Secrets of Champions

by Hugh Plappert (5/14/2012)


The stands are holding their breath. Your fans are counting on you. Your peers are in the blocks. The gun sounds the start of the race.

The Scriptures use the Olympic races as an example for our spiritual life (I Corinthians 9:24).

At the Apostolic Bible Institute we believe in our young people. They have the potential to develop into Champions for God.

What does it take to be a Champion?

1. Dedication

God does ask us to be set apart. This is why Apostolics are passionate about living holy lives. Preparing for your Laymen or Pastoral ministry also necessitates for you to separate yourself from personal time or convenience to assist others. Stepping out of your comfort zone to train for the field of your calling takes dedication.

2. Financial Responsibility

A financially responsible person has the freedom to go and come as they please. If you are burdened down with excessive debt, you will be locked into a schedule. Your lack of finances will keep you from engaging in activities that could assist you in reaching others. In addition, as a financially responsible person you will be an example that others will want to follow. As a Pastor or a Lay Minister others will be looking to you for financial direction.

3. Leadership

There will be no change in a person's life unless there is someone who can show them the way. You will never reach a lost soul until you become a leader. God will build on your soul winning leadership skills and place you in leadership positions where He can use your willingness.

4. Servant

People need help. They do not need to know that you are smarter or have a better lifestyle than them. God cannot work through an arrogant person. When we have a servant's attitude, He can shine through us. A Bachelor Degree from the Apostolic Bible Institute is wasted if it is not in the hands of a servant.

5. Network

No one person will be able to succeed on their own. David did not kill Goliath by himself. He had a faithful grandmother in Ruth. Somewhere there was a faithful "Sunday School teacher". We are the Body of Christ and we will only succeed in the purpose He has for us by networking together.

6. Established in the Word

There is no book, seminar, website, or video that can do more for you than the Word of God. Knowing it and living it daily will prepare you for success. Having an understanding of how to properly apply it will give your ministry an Apostolic distinctive.

7. Communicate

There are many problems that have roots in poor communications. Mastering the English language and presentation skills has advantages. In addition, understanding how others hear you will make you a better communicator. Using technology to replace your lack of communication skills is not the answer. Technology will only amplify your mistakes.

These seven attributes are woven through out the lessons you will learn here at the Apostolic Bible Institute. With our on campus program we are able to maximize each of these areas with face-to-face lectures, visits with faculty, and engaging classmates. Request information and start the application process by calling or texting Seth Gillet, our Recruiter, at (651) 248-3359.

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Bro Talmadge French : a Oneness Student

by ABI Admissions (5/14/2012)


Bro.Talmadge French was here recently teaching first year Theology and I got a chance to sit down and talk to him about his work and a little bit of history. He currently pastors in Jonesboro, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. He and his wife have just finished their PHD's from the University of Birmingham in the UK. Bro. French hopes to have his doctoral work concerning the rise of the Jesus' Name Oneness Movement published very soon.


Bro. French first heard of Jesus' Name through the Harvest Time radio program voiced by Bro. Urshan. After three years of wrestling with the idea of oneness he got baptized. After some convincing by his pastor,the late Rev. Raymond Roach (an ABI graduate), he and his brother went to ABI.
It was at ABI that he found an even deeper love for the word of God. He had been drilled on the concept of the Bible being the spoken word of God in his previous denomination. Bro. S.G. Norris, however, convinced him that the Oneness Movement was totally committed to the Bible and did not look to twist it, but only to do what the scriptures said. It was the mentoring of Bro. Norris that influenced Bro. French's lifelong commitment to preaching, translating and interpreting the Bible. He stated, "The greatest crisis in the Oneness Movement is staying true to the infallibility of the Bible."

I asked Bro. French what he would say to those that read this article who may be thinking of going into the ministry. He had this to offer:

" I would say that the Apostolic movement has its greatest days ahead of it. Our
future is our brightest ministry. We are already standing on the giants of the past.
It is really time for the last days' revival that God called us to have. It is our
day; the greatest revivals are yet to be held; the greatest sermons are yet to be
preached; the greatest books are yet to be written. Now is the time to hold fast and
defy what history tells us: That people lose motivation in a subject over time."

When not studying, Bro. French enjoys the outdoors and fishing; especially in Red Wing, Minnesota.

We thank Bro. French for his contribution and lifelong study of the Oneness Movement.


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ABI in the Community

by ABI Admissions (5/4/2012)

The Freshman class this year decided to put together a fundraiser at the local Culver's Restaurant. The fundraiser was a great opportunity for the church and students to fellowship together, as well as outreach and be a presence in the local community.

I received many compliments from the Culver's staff and customers in regards to the friendliness of the church and students of ABI. It is comforting to know that the fruit of the Spirit is shining out of us like a light to those around who are in darkness. I personally was able to get contact information from one of the Culver's staff to fellowship with him and play some basketball.

Additionally, I had an opportunity to speak with two older gentlemen about the Word of God and what our church and school were doing at Culver's. It is imperative to remember that some people will only know Jesus and the Bible by what they know and read from you and your life. People are drawn to His Spirit and can see it in His people, and therefore are drawn to His people.

I believe that First United Pentecostal Church and Apostolic Bible Institute presented a wonderful representation of our Lord Jesus Christ, while being able to have a fun, relaxing, and enjoyable time of fellowship. Thank you very much for all of your support!

May Jesus Bless you!


Becky Brandt I am so very excited about attending ABI in the fall!!!!!!!! =]

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Second-rate Coaches or Passionate Teachers, Rev. J. Merrick

by Hugh Plappert (5/1/2012)


Rev. James Merrick pastored in Green Bay, Wisconsin during the days of legendary Vince Lombardi. He heard of Lombardi's greatness in the barber shops and on the streets. By the next year everyone spoke of the football great as a nothing, a nobody, his team had lost. Rev. Merrick saw it for what it was, hero worship.

His mother discovered something with more significance and life long stability. She set out to challenge the new movement her friends had gotten involved with called Apostolic Pentecost. After searching the scriptures in her oversized family Bible she discovered the Truth that would change her family's life forever.

Rev. Merrick's love for the Word of God started when he was a young teenager. His Pastor in Jackson, Ohio, Rev. Paul Leaman, and the Bible class at the Ohio youth camp taught by Rev. S. G. Norris planted the seed. It was in one of the Ohio camps while Sister Norris was teaching that around 28 young people received the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues in the morning class and it continued thru lunch and into the afternoon. The following year Rev. Merrick experienced it for himself.

God has directed Rev. Merrick's ministry after graduating from the Apostolic Bible Institute in 1966 to Green Bay, Wisconsin and then on to Pastor a church in Duluth, Minnesota for 38 years. He was the Minnesota District Superintendent for 30 years. Today, he serves as the Vice President of the Apostolic Bible Institute, sits on the General Board of the United Pentecostal Church International as an Honorary Member, makes himself available as a Camp Bible Teacher, and provides prophecy seminars entitled, "Tomorrow's News Today", to churches.

With this experience and his passion the book of Romans is brought to life in the classroom and his love for the Word of God is shared with the students of the Apostolic Bible Institute. He believes that Bible School puts one years ahead and has great value in providing fellowship with like minded young people.

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