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

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Date: June 28, 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.

     To accommodate all Saints, we are continuing with these scheduled in-person services wearing the recommended personal protective equipment:

On Sunday June 28, 2020 Youth Department meeting and Church Services from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.

On Sunday July 5, 2020 Executive Board meetings and Church Services from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. 

On Today Sunday July 12, 2020 Sisters Department meeting and Church Services from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.

On Sunday July 19, 2020 Brothers Department meeting and Church Services from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.

      All services will take place on Sundays only from 11am until 2pm to allow for proper cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces. No night services during the week due disinfection procedures. Baptism, pray and tarrying service, will continue each Sunday following all safety protocols including the use of personal protective equipment and body temperature checks.  

     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:


EZEKIEL 34:26 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.

    This is the week that we were scheduled to have our Showers of Blessing week of Services and Modest Apparel Fashion Show.  Most gatherings have been canceled during this covid-19 pandemic due to social distancing and disinfection procedures.  Nevertheless, we would like to continue with the theme of the many blessing that we are receiving from God.  As a result of the Love of God, we can concentrate on the favor and gifts from God Almighty given to us to bring happiness, healing, joy, to each of us and our fellow man.  We can continue to testify of the fruits and benefits of prayer and the Holy Ghost sent from God almighty.  For he has truly made the people of God a Blessing to the entire world. When you commit your way to the Lord your life will take a positive turn to everlasting joy and security with God almighty and Showers of empowerment.  Perhaps one of the greatest empowerments that I can testify about is contentment. I have learned to be content in whatever state I am.

PHILIPPIANS 4:11 - 13 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.  I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things, I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

GALATION 5:22 - 23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

There is no law against the fruit of the Spirit which empowers us to overcome the sins of our carnal nature, brings victory to our own personal circumstances, and favor to all others around us. This is one of the many emphasis of the celebration of Showers of Blessings.

      The general meaning of the text understood by many readers is that God would make Jerusalem and the places round about his hill a blessing. When they associate Jerusalem, the City of God or capital city of the United Kingdom of Israel; the people of God with the Church or Saints of God, they see the Blessings emanating from the Church throughout the world.

     Apostle Shelton in this message iterated the Blessing of the hearing the truth of God because that is the only thing, we are going to tell you. We are not interested in telling you anything but the truth, because it profits us nothing to tell you a lie. We are not seeking anything from anybody, other than that you would repent of your sins, and be baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins. Then, you must receive the gift of the Holy in other tongues as the Spirit gives you utterance and continue on to perfection. You may hear a lot of different ideas and philosophies that might catch a little rainfall for a little while, but the thing we are offering is something that will last when other things go out of style. That which we are offering stays constant amidst all the excitement; and when the dust is cleared away and the show is over —it will still be there, for it is eternal.  What we are offering is sure and secure, something that is perfect, something that will give you a hope. It will give you an assurance, it will give you a steadfastness,  it will give you a life beyond what you see,  beyond what you think—beyond what you could possibly hope for. All things that are good, all things that are right, all things that are just will be granted unto you.

      During our Shower of Blessings service, we are reminded of the many Blessings of the Church and a preview of the shower of blessings which shall come.  The Mountain of the Lord’s House or the "hill" of God is associated with the Church of The Lord Jesus Christ, those baptized in the Name of the Jesus Christ and filled with the gift of the Holy Ghost  being continually endowed with showers of his  loving-kindness, Divine favor,  Divine truth and power, and imparting these supernatural benefits to the entire world. We receive continual blessings from Jesus Christ; and communicates these blessings of love, salvation, healing, prosperity, and hope to a lost, barren world.  We know that some bible teachers point this to Jerusalem only, but many Christians can clearly see these benefits in all the people of God.

In EZEKIEL 34:23 it says:  And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.

 In other words, God is not going to have all of these different kinds of false prophets over His people. He is going to have one shepherd over them, because when you get so many diversities of opinions the people will not know exactly-what to eat. When there is only one pasture in which to feed, they will not have to be confused or undecided.  When we follow the one Good Chief Shepherd and the one and only plan of salvation all confusion is done away with. The Throne of David will be established forever upon which Jesus Christ the one and only God Almighty will rule. This does not mean one preacher, but one way to God doing away with all confusion and false religious worship.  It clearly reveals all manmade religions which are set up for power, riches, and control for making merchandise of people.

ISAIAH 9:6 – 7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

EZEKIEL 34:24 - 25 And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it.  And I will make with them a covenant of peace and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.

     You will not have any anything to fear. You will not have to worry about muggers on the street who creep by night. You will not have to be concerned about the drug addicts, or the reefer smokers. You will not have to worry about someone walking up fast you and grabbing you, and the next thing you know you wake up in a hospital. You will be able to sleep in the woods and not have to worry or wonder if you will be the victim for the horror headline of someone slicing up a body. Not only will the wild and ravenous beast be quieted, but the beast in man also will be taken out.

EZEKIEL 34:26 - 28 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.  And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.  And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid.

     But in the meantime, He is not leaving us comfortless. In the meantime, He is not leaving us hopeless.  In the meantime, he is not leaving us desolate, because as His gospel drops as the rain and His speech distills as the dew, there is a blessing for those who wait on Him and wait patiently on Him. There is indeed a blessing in store for them who have trusted in the Lord and have made Him their sure tower, made Him their fortress. It is true that even those who trust in God, who believe in God have afflictions. But it is not all pain, it is not all poverty, it is not all sickness. There are some good days, there are some good times, there are some happy hours, there are some blessings, there are some days when you can thank the Lord with joy and peace. They may be few and far in between, but nevertheless, they are on their way.

The Prophet Zechariah once talked about some bright clouds….

 ZECHARIAH 10:1 Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.

     In other words, when God gives a thing, when God gives a blessing, He gives the clouds a brightness—not the dark and gruesome things of trouble and sorrow that you ordinarily associate with rain. When God sends an outpouring, when God lets His blessing descend upon you, there is a difference—it has a cleansing effect, just as rain has the tendency to clean and clear the air. When God drops His blessings out of heaven upon you, though your sins were as scarlet, He makes them white as snow, and the heaviness and burden and oppression that you previously felt is lifted. He gives you peace, He gives you joy, and He gives you hope. He gives you a heart of fight, that you can turn the battle to the gate. He grants you a refreshing that cleanses your mind and your spirit, whereas before your thoughts were foggy and unsure, you are now able to think more clearly and see your way. You were wondering how you were going to make it and He showed you the path and the direction—the solution to your problems.

     Still yourself and let the blessings of God descend upon you and speak to your heart; and then you will know, then you will understand, and then you will be able to see. Once you doubted, but now you have swift feet and you have strong knees. You have strong arms to fight your battles and you see where you can make it.  You see where you overcome. You gee where victory is ahead. You can see where God is coming into your life. You feel like a new creature, and indeed you are newborn again. God gives you a new lease on life, enabling you to say that it is not so bad after all. That I knew He would come, and that He would bless me.

     Of course, that is what God wants to do if you will just open up your mind, open up your belief, open up your heart and let all of your doubt and skepticism just go away. let it disappear and let the Lord fill you with his living word. Let Lord and give you strength to make it another year, another day, another moment. The problem is that you have crowed Him out with your affairs of the day. You have crowded Him out with the cares of this life. You have crowded Him out with doubt, you have crowded Him out with gloom, you have crowded Him out with hatred.  And so, He just wants you to sweep it all aside.  He wants you to just move everything out of the way because He is knocking. "Behold," He says, "l stand at the door and I knock." "I want to come in." "I want to speak to you." "I want to speak hope to you." "I want to encourage you." "l want to make you more courageous." "I want to make you a better person.  "I want to help you overcome, but there are so many cobwebs, there is so much clutter."

      You are so crowded and full with the things of this world and the things of this life." "You are so busy, and you are so breathless—running a race that does not profit you." "You are so tired, and you are so weary, until you just do not have time to listen to me." "You are so busy trying to do those things which does not profit your soul, for what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and loose his own soul?" Jesus Christ, who is God Almighty, wants to give you life, and life more abundantly. He wants to give you a life that will be free from fear, a life that will be free from anxiety, a life that will be full of hope, a life that will be full of joy.

     Though you walk through the valley and the shadows of death, you will fear no evil. He wants it so that you will feel His presence with you wherever you go, even in the of presence your enemies. That you will have the blessed assurance that He is with you always even to the ends of the earth. He wants you to feel His divine presence abiding in your life, even a well of living waters. 

     God wants to be in you. He wants to be to you a force of strength that you call on in the time of trouble. There is a reservoir inside of you once you become a believer in Him. He becomes a reservoir of power and strength. They talk about the power shortage of electricity and petroleum, but God has never run out of power, no matter how many people draw on this power of the Holy Ghost. For He said that after the Holy Ghost has come upon you, you shall have power. (Acts 1:8)

ACTS 1:8 – 9 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.  And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

      There is something most remarkable about this well of living water. The more you draw from it, the more it renews itself.  You cannot see where any of the power has been drawn out or used up.  So, this is what the Showers of Blessings means to all of you. There is no blessing in keeping pagan festivals, because when we searched the Scriptures we have never read where the Old Testament Church (or the New Testament Church for that matter) ever celebrated any day in the week named after Wooden, the pagan god of war,. known as Wednesday, and then during pagan Easter, called it "Ash Wednesday".  We have never read where the Old Testament Church or the New Testament Church ever instituted for the people, a period of forty days for penance or lent.  Here Apostle Shelton explains the truth about the  celebration of the Days associated with what is commonly called the Christian Calendar as Easter from the pagan goddess Eastra or Ostara, or Christmas commemoration of the birth of Christ from the pagan worship of the birthday of the sun. Though it is said that the Catholic Church installed many of these mass celebrations to combat the paganism in society, it is imperative that we tell the truth about all celebrations that there is no judgement or requirement to celebrate these days in the Bible.  We worship, commemorate, and celebrate the Lord Jesus Christ everyday of our natural life and will continue to worship Him thoughout all eternity.

The Scripture says to—"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."(Acts 2:38)

     We do not see where palm, or the ashes of palm used as an insignia on the forehead of human beings, has any significance or relevance to Christ. And when we search the scriptures, ashes in the Old Testament and the New Testament generally signified some kind of sorrow, or shame, or sin, or degrading force.  When someone had done some particular type of sin, then the ashes of the red heifer or whatever would be used, etc.  Also, they would sit in ashes to show their humiliation, but never in the New Testament covenant was it ever placed as a sign.

     But this is a sign, that “these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." (Mark 16:17-18)

     These are the signs. And of course, without the shedding of blood, there was no redemption. So, God used this sign—the shedding of His precious blood—to show or indicate the power of redemption and remission of sins.

     What God is asking for in ashes, is the ashes of the old man of sin. He is asking for the ashes of your old ways, for the ashes of all your old habits and ideologies, that they be consumed, that they be burned, that they be destroyed! God wants them all to be burned with the refiners' fire! And from these ashes He wants to raise up a beauty, for He promised to give beauty for your ashes. He said that out of the ashes of the old man will rise a new creature; that He will beautify the one who has been baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. He will beautify that one who has received the gift of the Holy Ghost—speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives them utterance. With what will He beautify them? He will beautify them with salvation. When you have been born again of the water and of the Spirit, you can look for the shower of blessings of which we speak. 

"And I will make them and the place round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing."
(Ezekiel 34 :26)

We thank God for this encouraging message from Apostle Shelton that has blessed the Saints throughout the years as we continue the Showers of Blessing Service.    

 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 in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, then continue in prayer until you receive the gift of the Holy Ghost with the sign following speaking with other tongues as the spirit gives you utterances.  That you will 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. Amen

With perfect love,
Apostle Dennis G. Smith


Guide to Church Meetings during this coronavirus pandemic

Please be aware that if someone infected with coronavirus comes into the Church building it may contain infection for 72 hours afterwards unless cleaning is carried out.  Remember that the Church building is being accessed by other people undertaking essential work such as construction contractors, cleaning and maintenance personnel so that the proper safety protocols must be followed such as social distancing, and the use of personal protective equipment such as mask, gloves, and possibly face shields.  Because of the risk of infection, it is best that you get tested for the virus to protect yourself and others before attending a meeting as the restrictions are lifted.

     If multiple people are entering the building, even one at a time they must  maintain  the six feet apart  social distancing recommendations.
All individuals entering the building must be warned of the risks to their lives should someone enter not following safety protocols calling reckless endangerment to others as faith in God which is absolute foolishness.   A record of who goes in the building and when will be kept with proper regard for the risk of transmission. A supply of hand sanitizer, mask, and gloves will be kept with the record near the main entrance to the church. It is best for people to bring their own pens to use or wear gloves when touching all surfaces including Bibles.  A record of who is in the building and when will be maintained so that if there is an incident at the Church it will be clear who was the last person known to have been in the building.  Do not listen to those who call safety guidelines lack of faith or who have a poor understanding of the doctrine on fear. Fear is only detrimental to your soul when you are afraid to live a holy life because of what people will say or do to you, or when you have no reverence and love for the Lord Jesus Christ who is God Almighty.


What Is Social Distancing?

·         Social distancing means staying away from close contact in public spaces. It includes actions like staying out of places where lots of people gather and maintaining distance — approximately 6 feet — from others.

·         Social distancing also includes minimizing contact with people by avoiding public transportation when possible, limiting nonessential travel, working from home, and skipping social gatherings.

·         All people should practice social distancing — not just those who are seriously ill or at high risk.

·         Social distancing is a proven way to slow the spread of pandemics.


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….

·        Shopping at essential businesses, like grocery stores or pharmacies.

·         While visiting your health care provider.

·         Traveling on public transportation.

·         Interacting with customers/clients at essential businesses.

·        When feeling sick, coughing, or sneezing.

·        In all public spaces indoors and outdoors.

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.


How Long Does the Coronavirus Live on Surfaces?


The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 mainly spreads from person to person. When someone who is infected coughs or sneezes, they send droplets containing the virus into the air. A healthy person can then breathe in those droplets. You may also catch the virus if you touch a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touch your mouth, nose, or eyes.

The coronavirus can live for hours to days on surfaces like countertops and doorknobs. How long it survives depends on the material the surface is made from.

Here is a guide to how long coronaviruses -- the family of viruses that includes the one that causes COVID-19 -- can live on some of the surfaces you probably touch every day.

Keep in mind that researchers still have a lot to learn about the new coronavirus. But you are probably more likely to catch it from being around someone who has it than from touching a contaminated surface.

Different Kinds of Surfaces

Examples: doorknobs, jewelry, silverware
5 days

Examples: furniture, decking
4 days

Examples: milk containers and detergent bottles, subway and bus seats, backpacks, elevator buttons
2 to 3 days

Stainless steel
Examples: refrigerators, pots and pans, sinks, some water bottles
2 to 3 days

Examples: shipping boxes
24 hours

Examples: pennies, teakettles, cookware
4 hours

Examples: soda cans, tinfoil, water bottles
2 to 8 hours  

Examples: drinking glasses, measuring cups, mirrors, windows
Up to 5 days

Examples: dishes, pottery, mugs
5 days

Examples: mail, newspaper
The length of time varies. Some strains of coronavirus live for only a few minutes on paper, while others live for up to 5 days.

Examples: takeout, produce
Coronavirus doesn't seem to spread through food.

Coronavirus hasn't been found in drinking water. If it does get into the water supply, your local water treatment plant filters and disinfects the water, which should kill any germs.

Examples: clothes, linens
There’s not much research about how long the virus lives on fabric, but it’s probably not as long as on hard surfaces.


One study tested the shoe soles of medical staff in a Chinese hospital intensive care unit (ICU) and found that half were positive for nucleic acids from the virus. But it’s not clear whether these pieces of the virus cause infection. The hospital’s general ward, which had people with milder cases, was less contaminated than the ICU.

Skin and hair

There’s no research yet on exactly how long the virus can live on your skin or hair. Rhinoviruses, which cause colds, survive for hours. That’s why it’s important to wash or disinfect your hands, which are most likely to come into contact with contaminated surfaces.