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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: February 7, 2021

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 to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.  In some places wearing face mask is mandatory in all indoor and outdoor public spaces.


     As of February 4, 2021, the City of Atlanta, Georgia remains in Phase I of the Reopening Plan due to the increasing spread of the coronavirus.   Throughout the State of Georgia businesses must continue to operate with social distancing and sanitation rules to keep customers and employees safe.  Covid-19 vaccinations are available and distributed under phase 1A+ plan in Georgia. The vaccine is in limited supply and currently offered to health care workers, first responders, individuals ages 65 and older and their caregivers, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and 911operators.


     We are continuing online service through Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube.   Baptism and prayer service are available using social distancing and personal protective equipment.


      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:


New Testament Apostles and Prophets From God Almighty (part 2)

 By Apostle Dennis G. Smith


We are continuing from the point of how the Apostles are or were chosen by God Almighty? …

Joses whose surname was Barnabas the one that stood up for Apostle Paul when the others at Jerusalem did not believe that Apostle Paul was a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ because of his past persecution of the Church was chosen by the Holy Ghost and separated to stand with Apostle Paul on a mission from God.  In other words, some Apostles were chosen by God Almighty after he was no longer bodily present in the flesh as son.  The Apostles at Jerusalem later acknowledged that Apostle Paul and Apostle Barnabas were Apostles to the heathens.

Acts 4:36 - 37 And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.


Acts 9:17 - 27 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.  And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.  And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.  And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.  But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?   But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.  And after that many days were fulfilled; the Jews took counsel to kill him:  But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.  Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.  And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.  But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.

Acts 13:1- 3 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.  As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.  And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.  So, they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.

Acts 14:12 - 15 And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker.  Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people.  Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein.

Galatians 2:8 - 9 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)  And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.


     70 Others disciples were sent out by the Lord Jesus Christ during his earthly lifetime sometimes referred to as the Seventy Disciple or the little commission and were told that if the cities they went to would not hear them they in all essence had rejected the Kingdom of God. Notice that they are given the same instructions as was given to the first twelve Apostles.  This is one of the clearest proof texts of men sent by God and commanded to speak the same thing that there be no divisions among the Church, the universal Body of Christ.  This is also why you can easily know or recognized those who are sent by God Almighty in that they will all speak the same thing taught in the Bible which is the Apostle’s Doctrine.  If they make a mistake, they will correct it when shown as Apollos did when Priscilla and her husband expounded the way to him more perfectly.

 Luke 10:1 -12 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.  Therefore, said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.  Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.  Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.  And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house.  And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.  And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.  And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you:  And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.  But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say, Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.  But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.

Acts18:24 - 26 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.  This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

     From the Biblical example you should see that the disciples were clearly followers of the Master Teacher; our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and their goal was to imitate Christ in love, lifestyle, conduct and to copy the things that he taught and did for the purpose of lifting up the Lord Jesus before the whole world for the salvation of all those who believed in him.  


     The New Testament records many followers of Jesus during his earthly bodily ministry as the Son of God.  Some disciples were given a mission, such as the Little Commission which was the commission of the seventy in Luke's Gospel.  Some were given a commission after his resurrection from the dead such as the Great Commission given to the Apostles to teach all nations to obey his commandments and baptizing them in his name.   Some were given a commission after his ascension into heaven and return as the Holy Ghost such as the conversion of Paul, the choosing of Barnabas by the making them apostles and charging them with proclaiming the gospel (the Good News) to the world. The Lord Jesus Christ informed them of what they would face in the world by being his disciples as it pertains to their natural life and the response from unbelievers in the world.

     There were also women who followed our Lord Jesus Christ and ministered unto him out of their substance… which reveals that the Lord Jesus also uses women according to their role. 

Luke 8:1 - 3 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.

     One of the women who received him into her house was hindered from hearing the words of the Lord Jesus because of her service to the guest she had received, but the other woman went to hear the words of the Lord Jesus which he said was the good part.  This is the reason why women should not allow anything to move them from the word of God because the word is the most important thing.  Service in the house should not be put before the word of God.  Many people try to use the caretaker role of women in front of her knowing and living by the word of God which is not what true followers of God should do. Women should be trained in the word as well as men but learn that the male and female role is not interchangeable.  In other words, a Father can never become a Mother just as a Mother can never become a Father.

Luke 10:38 - 42 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.  And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.  But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.  And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:  But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

      There were women who followed the Lord Jesus Christ and witnessed the crucifixion and the resurrection. This should establish in your mind that women are also faithful and loyal to the Lord Jesus.  When we acknowledge the faithfulness of women, we can realize that God also uses women, and we must learn to understand and respect their role in the Body of Christ.  We should see clearly that God uses male roles and female roles in the body of Christ according to his order of creation.

Women at the crucifixion…

Mark 15:37 - 41 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.  And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.  And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God. There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome; (Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him;) and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem.


Women at the resurrection…

John 20:1 - 20 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.  Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.  Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.  So, they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.  And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.  Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.  Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.  For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.  Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.  But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.  

     And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.  And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.  Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him, hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.  Jesus saith unto her, Mary.  She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.  Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.  Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.  And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

Mark 16:1 - 14 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.  And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.  And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?   And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.  And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.  And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.  But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.  And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they anything to any man; for they were afraid.  Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.  And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.  And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.  After that he appeared in another form
 unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.  And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.


We continue with a Message from Apostle S. C. Johnson …. Who Hath Believed Our Report? ………



By Bishop S. C. Johnson

Our thought is: WHO HATH BELIEVED MY REPORT?  The people today is just as far from what the prophets and teach as the east is from the west. When the Church was first started on the Day of Pentecost, Peter did not tell them to bow their heads and raise their hand accepting Christ as their personal saviour. That is the wrong report.  Peter did not report such!  They came with the gospel given by the Spirit following all that which the prophets

said. Then Peter went. back into prophecy to get a background and a support.  When they heard the Gospel preached by Peter with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven, they cried out to him and to the rest of the Apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?  

Acts 2:37 - 38 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.

The information given by Peter on the Day of is what the world has to hear now.  Once they have obeyed Peter, they will have also lined: up with the prophets.  The world today is not accepting a report.  When the people did not get the report through the prophets, Isaiah said,

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

The Lord showed us the one plan of salvation by which the world must be saved.  When the Gospel was preached on the day of Pentecost at Jerusalem, they were told to repent.

Acts 2:39 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.

Apostle Peter lined up with the prophet because he believed the prophet's report: therefore he (Peter) said,  2Peter 3:2 “That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:”

     So, the world does not believe the words of the prophets and now they lay in darkness.  In the religious world today, no one has the truth (unless you preach the Apostle's Doctrine).  When you check behind the false preacher, you find they have done nothing like the Bible.

     Now, my listeners, you have a chance to hear, get your Bible and check up on me.  Here is my doctrine according to that of the Apostles and Prophets.  I believe the report of the prophets.  Their report was so good until Jesus Christ called everyone “fools”.


Luke 24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

 That which was spoken of by the prophets went into the hearts and mouths of the Apostles, who came telling the entire world what they must do saying,

 "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."

(Galatians 1 :8)

     We have to line up according to II Peter 3:2 with the prophets and apostles and Jesus Christ Himself, the Chief cornerstone.  Peter tells us to mindful. You do not have any salvation until you line up with the Word of God.  The apostles did not tell anyone to baptize using the term: "I will therefore baptize you in the name of the Father. and of the Son. and of the Holy Ghost."  In other words, using the titles and leaving off the name.  NO!  The Apostles used the name.  Baptizing the people in the name of the Father: Son, and Holy Ghost which is "Jesus Christ".  Followed by that, they received the baptism of the Holy host speaking in other tongues as the Spirit of God gave them utterance.  That, which began on the day of Pentecost—in this time.   Nothing else was started.  

     Bear in mind that everyone which practices a religion apart from what the Prophets and Apostles teach, has a damnable religion.  It will not stand the test when you go to meet the Lord.  Everyone under the sun will give an account to the Lord for what they have heard.  If you do not have it like the Bible says, then you are eternally lost forever.  You are lost—practicing religion; lost—in a false church; lost because the Bible tells me when they received it on the Day of Pentecost, they continued steadfastly in the Apostle’s doctrine.  


Apostle Paul said in 1Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.  May God bless you, and open your understanding that you might the obey the Word.

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


Present Guidelines for Individuals and Businesses in Phase 1:

·        Stay home except for essential trips.

·        Wear face coverings in public.

·        Frequent hand washing.

·        Social distancing followed and enforced where practical.

·        To-go and delivery orders from restaurants.

·        Continue practicing teleworking.

·        Frequent cleaning of public and high touch areas


 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.