Ministers of Jesus Christ
Church of The Lord Jesus Christ
Assemblies of The Apostolic Faith
Atlanta, Georgia - USA
Apostle Dennis G. Smith, Pastor and Spiritual Overseer

 Home Page 


   Date: August 2, 2020

To all the Saints of God,

Grace and peace be unto all the Saints of God around the World.  As this Coronavirus Pandemic continues, we are continually reminding the Saints of God that we are obeying the magistrates and following the guideline of the health and governmental authorities for the safety of all people. 

      Health authorities and governmental officials continue to strongly encourage people to wear face coverings in public and use social distancing, wash your hands, and get tested with or without symptoms.  In some places wearing face mask is mandatory in all indoor and outdoor public spaces.  

     Health authorities are indicating that the covid-19 infection data for the City of Atlanta, Georgia is not favorable at this present time, therefore the in-person services will remained on hold until further notice. Our city is requesting people to stay -at-home or shelter-in-place at their homes and only leave for essential tasks.  The State of Georgia is allowing some gathering when social distancing can be maintained therefore, we will be producing online services with a few Saints present to assist us.  You will be able to tune into this live service shortly.

      As we obey the Magistrates, we have complete faith that God will continue to hear our prayers and provide a way for us through these uncertain times.

 Romans 13:2-4 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

TITUS 3:1-2 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.  

This week’s encouraging words of growth focuses on:

The renewing of your mind part II

By Apostle Dennis G. Smith

     Ephesians 4:22 - 23 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

     When we truly believe in Jesus Christ and repent of our sins and is baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of our sins, we declare that we have left the world on practicing sin, continuing in sin behind us.  If we return to a sinful lifestyle or sinful conduct, then our declaration is false.  From this you should begin to understand the connotations of false Church, false brethren and or false prophets.  In other words, their declaration of turning from sin is not true.  Even though they carry out praise and worship which is our reasonable service to God, they continue to live a sinful lifestyle.  They have a form of Godliness and appear Godly in form only to be seen of men or to for money, making merchandise of real people seeking to worship God, overcome sin, and love all mankind.  True repentance is a change of mind that involves a conscious turning away from sinful ways, bad attitudes, sinful thoughts, wrong actions, that conflict with a Godly righteous lifestyle and biblical moral commands, and an intentional turning toward doing those things that are holy, and not sinful that pleases God.  Repentance requires an admission of guilt for committing a wrong or for omitting to do the right thing; a promise not to repeat the offense; an attempt to make restitution for the wrong, or in some way to reverse the harmful effects of the wrong or the omission where possible.  Without true repentance, all of our worship is in vain because God is commanding all men to repent.  He is a merciful God and will forgive us as often as we ask.  He will pick us up again and again if we keep our mind on him.

 Acts 17:30 - 31 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

Luke 13:1 - 5 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.  And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?   I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.  Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Matthew 24:3 - 14 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.  And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows.  Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.  And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

     Many times, people are struggling with their pride not their lack of understanding.  They do not want to humble down, ask for forgiveness, and make restitution for the wrongful things that they have done to other people or confess their past and present sins.  Their love has waxed cold because of the continual practice of sinful conduct in their life for which they have pleasure.  They enjoy the drama of gossip about other people problems, they enjoy material possessions that give them a feeling of status and exalted high looks which gives them a sense of accomplishment.  Sometimes colored cosmetic makeup is worn not because of skin imperfections or injury but to give a false look of prideful beauty and sensual attraction.  The very notion of using cosmetic makeup in moderation or using modest hair styles would make them look no different than the average pretty girl which would be a blow to their egotistical, high minded thoughts of themselves. The very conversation about a society without high-class and low-class people but a society where all men are equal is a boring prospect.  The idea that each person should serve each other in love is too far reaching for those who have no intention of doing anything but satisfying their selfish desires.  You should now clearly see the need for the renewing of each person’s mind.

 Proverbs 16:18 - 19 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.  Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

     Pride is an emotional state which refers to a corrupt sense of personal value, personal status, or personal accomplishments.  A personal view of oneself as better, more important, wealthier, more intelligent, more beautiful, etc.… than others.   Pride often refers to independent self-reflection, a feeling of belonging to a special group achieving a high social status or the love of one's own excellence.  Pride is the specific feeling through which egoism, the thought that you are the best, the greatest, the most beautiful or most handsome and other people need to acknowledge and recognize your greatness manifests as vanity and vainglory.

     Some people cannot not listen to other speakers or other testimonies because they think of themselves as too intelligent to hear the lesser educated people even if they come with the word of God and true visions from God Almighty as evidence.  The inability to conversate and listen to others, I believe is the quickest way to become a doctor of dumbness spreading teachings that were never taught by Jesus Christ, his Apostles or Prophets but focusing on books written by the so-called Roman Catholic Fathers and the councils of a Roman Emperor which history records as having departed from much of the Apostle’s doctrine. 

Acts 4:13 - 14 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.  And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.

Vanity refers to an excessive or irrational belief in one's own abilities or attractiveness in the eyes of others.  When people have a prideful, arrogant high opinion of themselves, you can easily understand that they are also concerned with how well they appear in the eyes of other people.  Their pride has led them on a worthless road of people recognition which has absolutely no benefit to eternal salvation. This Vanity means emptiness, untruthfulness, foolishness, empty pride, pretense, and fake appeal to be lifted up in the eyes of men.  When you think of the depression and unhappiness that results from pride and vanity failures, when the people you are trying to please reject you, it should make you wonder why it is so hard for some to be content with the one who love you the most…Lord Jesus Christ.

Vanity can lead to self-worship or self-idolatry, in which a person rejects God for the sake of their own image in the eyes of various colleagues or co-workers causing them to refuse baptism, tarrying service and even ordinances of God leading to a loss of salvation.  We witness this in many people who will not participate in the Communion and Foot Washing Service even though Jesus Christ who is God Almighty told the Church to do so.  They in essence reject the word of God in favor of their own ego and the social status that they perceive themselves to receive from the people they seek to please. They will speak a lot of eloquent words about how they have humility but are too good to wash the feet of Saints of God.  I have seen men and women who supposed to be leaders in the Church who have rejected the participation in the Foot Washing Service every time I have attended the Service.  And we are still loving them and hoping for the renewing of their mind. We baptized people because Jesus Christ commanded that we do so to all nations regardless of what the doctors teach or write about, God is not a respecter of the personal status of men.

Matthew 28:19 - 20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Mark 16:15 – 16 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Acts 2:37 - 40 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?  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.  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

We continue with the message from Apostle Shelton(now deceased).........The Christ Mind...

'THE CHRIST MIND" (part 2)

By Bishop S. McDowell Shelton

     We do not have to worry about people when they have the Christ mind—whether they will pay their tithes, their offerings, and their sacrifices.  You do not have to pull them out of people when they have the Christ mind, because that Christ mind works in them; it tells them to bring all of their tithes and offerings. Yes, it does.  You are easily entreated; you do not become a scoffer or a vain talker when you have the Christ mind.  You cease to a criticizer of things which are good. 

     Not only that, but in the time of your sickness, in the time of your sorrow, you learn how to take it without murmuring and without complaining.  You learn how to say "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him," because you know about Him. You know your redeemer liveth; you know that you have made your calling and your election sure. You do not charge God foolishly; you do not charge that He has done you wrong: that He has mistreated you because you are ill or afflicted and you do not seem to be improving.  But you thank God for your affliction when you have the Christ mind.  You thank Him for the patience to wait on Him, and you say with our brother Job—in all my appointed time, I shall wait till my change comes.  (See Job 14:14)

JOB14:14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.

Or, you might say as Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-neg) said—our God is able to deliver. Be it known to you, O king, we know His ability; there is no limit to His power, we know of His deliverance, we know of His infinite mercy, but let us tell you this—we are not coming to you for any type of bargaining; we will not come for any short term consideration, we go all the way.  If He will not deliver, then we will go completely into the furnace. Whichever way it goes—not as we will, but let His will be done.  We will not make any kind of reservation on or try to muscle Him or force Him into the corner, but Lord—have your way, for we have set our seal. We have set ourselves to go through this ordeal knowing that you are able to deliver, and we are not going to bow down to the pressure of this earthly power. We are not going to give in to our carnal concepts, we are not going to give in to worldliness, we are not going to give in to the encroachment of the of the society in which we live.  We shall forever remain with our Christ mind--stranger in the very country wherein we were born.

(See Daniel 3rd Chapter) Daniel 3:14 - 18 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?  Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?   Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.  If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

     Yes—and we in this present day have the testimony that if the very household in which we live is not Apostolic, then we will be strangers and sojourners even to the woman who brought us forth into the world. To our mother, to our father, to our sister and our brother we shall be strangers, unless they come, also, into the fold, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins and receive the gift of the Holy speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. We know that if our sister or brother forsakes us, the Lord will take us up. The Lord will be our help, the Lord will be our sustainer, the Lord will be our keeper, the Lord will our redeemer, the Lord will be our present help in the time of trouble.

     This God, who is for us—is more than they who be against us.  We have come to this beautiful conception, we have come to this marvelous realization that we can do all things through Christ, which strengthen us. We have come to this fulfillment of knowledge since we have received the Christ mind. Of a certainty, we know that Christ is not far from us, that He is nigh us, even in our mouth.  He is there just for the asking.  He is there for belief in the name of Jesus Christ. In sickness and in sorrow, in pain and in need—He is nigh us, even in-our mouth. Just call on Jesus. You do not even have to say it audibly, for it is not necessary for your lips to move at all.

     Was it not our sister Hannah in the Old Testament Church, who prayed in the temple and they could not understand what she was saying? Old Eli thought Hannah was drunk: that she had gotten a hold to some of that wine, but Hannah explained herself. Please take note, she did not get up and rebuke the prophet, but she explained herself in her own polite way. She said—I am a woman who is sorrowful of heart.  I am not drunk; I am praying to the Lord.  She explained her condition—that she was barren.  And if you feel barren from the blessings of God, if you have not brought forth the Holy Ghost speaking in other tongues, if you feel barren in your life because you have not received the kind of job that you want, if you have not received the kind of grades you desire, if you have not achieved the kind of happiness and fulfillment that you seek—believe us when we tell you it is nigh you, it is even in your mouth.

1 Samuel 1:13 - 18 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.  And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.  And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.  Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.  Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.  And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.

     Oh, yes, it is! Just get the Christ mind.  Ask and believe! Hold on to God for what you want. Do not be distracted by the petty annoyances of life. Oh my, we know about those weights which would so easily beset you. We know because we have lived through them. We know because we have fought with them as men fight brute beasts.  We know because we have wrestled with principalities and powers.  We know because we have battled with wickedness in high places; we know because we have vied with evil spirits which would have offset us and destroyed us, but we cried the victory cry! We cry that "All is well!"  We cry that God is triumphant!  We cry that we have been redeemed! We cry that we have overcome!  We cry that God has set us on a high place!  We cry that we have the sword of truth in our hands, and that the battle has been turned to the gates!

     He has not withheld any good thing from us, because we have walked uprightly before Him.  Because our soul has delighted in Him, He has given us our heart's desire.  As the heart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth our heart after Jesus Christ.  He draws us and we run after Him.  He calls us and we say "Yes, Lord!"  We surrender all that we have to you, Lord.  We surrender our very body it is yours for safekeeping. We surrender our mind that you can fill it with YOUR wisdom and YOUR knowledge.  We surrender the things which we have read in books ; we surrender the things that we have seen because He has given us a greater vision: We know this—that these eyes have not seen, neither have these ears heard what the Lord has in Store for us and for you, also.

     What is it that you want?  What is it that you need?  What is it that you would like for God to do?  When you have the Christ mind, when you get that mind in you that is in Christ Jesus, or: that was in that body—then you become of the same mind with Him. You begin to speak the same language. You began to think the same thoughts and, therefore, you begin to utilize within yourself that same. Power which He has, which He used when He healed the sick, when He raise the dead; that power with which He performed all the miracles in His time. You can have that same rind!  It will tell you what to do. It will tell you what to say. It will tell you how to act. It will tell you where to go.  Oh, yes it will! It will tell you where your blessing is. It will tell you what you must do to get it. It will tell you what sacrifices you must make. When you must stand back. When you must stand up. Where you must sit down.

     All the directions come with the Christ mind.  He communicates with you through that mind. He knows that mind. He refuses that ordinary mind of yours—that carnal mind, but when He sees that you have the- Christ mind He willingly communicates.  It can be directed by Him, just like a circuit.: and when you have the same current, then the electricity, the power, can flow through from God to you. You are connected into God, when you have the Christ mind you hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.  You know what the Lord has concerning you and you give thanks. You give thanks because you know this is God's will concerning you.

The renewing of the mind enables us to overcome the love of the world ( the disobedient character of mankind), the lust of the flesh( food cravings, hunger, sensual promiscuous appetites, lust of the eyes ( materialism, possession and vanity or status in the eyes of other people), and the pride of life (egoism or high opinion of self and also status in the eyes of other people).


We will continue with this message next week.

May the Lord Bless you and Keep you and eternally hold you in the center of his will, may he open your understanding that you will come to know that you must repent of your sins and be baptized by immersion in water in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, then continue in prayer, tarrying until you receive the gift of the Holy Ghost with the sign following speaking with other tongues as the spirit gives you utterances.  Then you must leave the principles of the doctrine and go on to perfection overcoming the love of the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life and continue steadfastly in the Apostle’s Doctrine remembering always that he that endures until the End, the same shall be saved.  In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ who is God Almighty. Amen

With perfect love,
Apostle Dennis G. Smith


Guidelines for Individuals in Phase 1:

Guidelines for Businesses in Phase 1:

Guidelines for City Government in Phase 1:


 Social Distancing guidelines:

When to Wear a Mask:

Those who are staying home and have no close contact with people who are infected with COIVID-19 do not need a mask most of the time. However, wearing a nonmedical or homemade mask may be helpful in certain situations or for certain populations. Wear a Mask when:

Because homemade masks protect everyone else from the droplets created by the wearer, it is important that as many people as possible wear these masks when leaving their homes. This helps prevent those who may be infectious but are only mildly symptomatic or not symptomatic from spreading the virus to others in the community.

Everyone should remember the phrase: “My mask protects you; your mask protects me.” By increasing the overall number of people who are containing their coughs, sneezes, and other droplets, it will help us control the overall spread of the virus.


Atlanta entered Phase 2 at the end of May:

·        which allowed for small, private gatherings of no more than 10 people with social distancing and allowed for to-go and curbside pickups from restaurants (previously allowed in Phase 1) and retail establishments. The gathering size was increased to 50 people with social distancing.

·        Phase 1 is implemented when the percent of hospital and critical care capacity remains above 50%.