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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: September 12, 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 gatherings 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 indoor public spaces.
         ·        As of September 8, 2021, the City of Atlanta, Georgia remains in the Red Zone due to high community transmission of Covid-19.   
         ·        Social distancing and face mask are mandatory for gatherings to control the spread of Covid-19 or for individual safety.   
         ·   Limited Gatherings to avoid crowding with mandatory face mask and social distancing are allowed.
         ·   Vaccinations remains the recommended most effective way to control the spread of Covid-19 by health authorities. 
         ·   Covid-19 vaccinations in Georgia are offered to everyone 12 years of age and older.  
           Note: Pfizer is the only COVID vaccine currently approved for children aged 12 and older.
     We are continuing limited in-person services with face mask, social distancing, temperature checks and Covid-19 testing.  We are also continuing online services through Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube.   In-person Baptism and prayer service are available by attending our local service on site, attending our services on Zoom or emailing your request to: or
      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:
Benefits of a Holy Lifestyle
By Apostle Dennis G. Smith
2Peter 1:3 – 8   According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Holy Living or what we emphasize in the word of God as living a Holy lifestyle instructs all mankind in living a virtuous life, increasing personal devotion and piety, and avoiding temptations and sinful ways.  And if you live a Holy life, you will also achieve a Holy Blessed death when the term life of the natural flesh and blood body come to an end as we know that it is appointed to man once to die.   Those of us who live a holy life will of remain in the presence of God for all eternity.  This is meant to teach all mankind in the way of having a blessed transition from the natural mortal body which we know as the dying, passing away, or the ending of the natural body to everlasting life with a spiritual existence known to all believers as eternal life (salvation).  For we all eventually grow to know that the spirit in man will never cease to exist.   So that the issue is where will we spend eternity.  Will it be in the holy city with God or in the lake of fire suffering for all eternity?

     Holy Living in the old testament and new testament deals primarily with morality, justice, and Godly order which is still the focus to today with the ultimate purpose of overcoming sinful ways.  When a false teacher implies that a person does not need to turn from sin to be saved, they are teaching a great lie and deceiving their followers because practically all Christians Churches teach that you must repent in order to be saved. 

    Some so-called Churches deceive people by implying that repentance is only a turn to Christ, or only accepting him as the sacrifice and payment for sins without a turn from sinful ways.  Whenever a person does not regret sinful ways or have Godly sorrow for sinful ways and does not change from sinful ways to holy ways, they have not repented of their sins and are not saved.  Most Christians believe that if a person intentionally continue to practice sinful ways they were never saved at all.  Can you now see why false teachers use the word repentance without saying repent of your sins?

Act 3:19 – 21   Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:  Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

   It is known today that the internal virtues of the new nature of the believer received by the infilling of the Holy Ghost which will lead to Holy conduct by a believer who is filled with the Gift of the Holy Ghost and led by the Spirit of God Almighty, that this holy lifestyle can also give health to our natural bodies, and benefits to our daily life, benefits all mankind, and benefits to the whole planet as a heavenly celestial body.  Notice that we refer to eating good food as health food today.

     Even ancient teachings in old civilizations taught that it was necessary to govern or set all life in Godly order.  The stars, the seasons, and the actions of mortal human beings and angelic heavenly creatures must live and function according to the plan and design for which God created them or the result will be chaos. We read in Genesis that God gave order to the universe during creation and did not allow creation to function in chaos and disorder.  So God created man to live Holy and continuously commanded Israel to be Holy.  Notice how that sinful living brings disorder, disobedience, chaos, lies, and injustice to all creation, sickness to the natural body, sickness to the mind, natural and spiritual death.

     Virtue is excellence conducts, traits or qualities that is deemed to be the foundation of good moral behavior.  In other words, virtue is a behavior that shows high standards in doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong. The opposite of virtue is vice or unrighteous sinful behavior and conduct.

      In Apostolic Christian teachings we speak of virtue which we understand to mean morally excellent behavior in doing what is right as temperance, prudence, courage or strength , or  fortitude to resist evil wrongful behavior that is not according to the plan of God Almighty, justice, faith, hope and love (charity) these make up much the power that we receive from the Holy Ghost mostly described as the new nature, the new man, or the divine nature.  

     Our old carnal nature is one that is full of sin and known as the deprave nature under the general heading of depravity that cannot please God.  So that when a person lives a worldly sinful lifestyle, they cannot please God.  It does not matter what a false teacher tells people in an attempt to make them feel comfortable in their sinful ways.

Romans 8:5 - 9 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

     Piety is the virtue which means devotion to doing the things that are pleasing to God in overcoming sinful ways.  The determination by the devoted person to please God by obedience to his commandments show honor, respect, and worship to God Almighty.  Piety is then expressed through pious deeds done in the name of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who is God Almighty.

Colossians 3:5 – 10 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:   For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:  In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.   But now ye also put off all these, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him”

Colossians 3:16 - 17   Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.   And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

     Let me repeat that it is known fact today that the internal virtues of the new nature that leads to Holy conduct by a believer who is filled with the Gift of the Holy Ghost can also give health benefits to the natural our bodies for by his stripes we are healed.  The internal virtue of the new nature also benefits to our daily life for he is the rewarder of those that diligently seek him.  The virtue of the new nature benefits all mankind for we live peaceably with all men, and it benefits the whole planet as a heavenly celestial body for we are good to animals that live on the planet.  Notice that we refer to eating good food and doing good things as health food and healthy behavior today.  We who believe know we will receive the benefit of the reward of inheritance and eternal life with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Colossians 3:24 – 25   Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.  But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
     We continue with part of a Message from Apostle S. C. Johnson ………. “God’s Purpose” ………
By Bishop S. C. Johnson
     Greetings everyone! This is the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith.  We are glad again to have the privilege of bringing to you the one and only plan of salvation by which men and women must be saved.
      The Bible tells us in Ephesians 1:3-4 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in  heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy., 

That's what God purposed!!!!

The Bible also says, “…. as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand.” (Isaiah 14:24)

     It was the purpose of God that men and women live holy: not live in sin or after the flesh, but to live holy.  Men have gone contrary to God's purpose. Millions upon millions have gone contrary.  They do not want to be corrected—and many millions will never be corrected.

     You know, the Bible says, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." (2nd Timothy 3:16)

     If you would take what the Bible says, then you would get something that is profitable—not naturally speaking, but it is profitable to your soul.  When you get the benefits from the Word of God for your soul, then God will bless your body.  He said so.

Deuteronomy 28:1 – 6   And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:  And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.  Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.  Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.  Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.  Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
Matthew 6:31 – 34   Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

    God will bless you in everything, but first get your soul straightened out.  Now, if this thing dealt with the natural, everybody would readily hearken to it.  I would not have any trouble.  Just show them something for the natural, right away without even hesitating they will take to it. They come and question me about something touching the natural, but they never question me about the spiritual.  

     So many people hear my broadcast in this city. While I was putting up my tabernacle here (they knew I was building) why, they were coming from every direction: they wanted me to give them a job! They did not come for my gospel.  How sad it is! that’s the reason Jesus said, "Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life. . .” (John 6:27)

     It is hard to tell men and women about eternal life. Its' “just hard” that's all.  They do not want to hear me.  When you speak of the natural, they will hear. “They will come for that; they are ready for that. If you begin to deal with them in things which pertains to the spiritual part, they are not interested.  Nevertheless, the time will come when they “will wish” they had laid aside everything—it will be too late So, here comes a warning from God to you.  He is going to let you be the judge after you hear this.  He ordained “that men live holy”.  That was the only purpose God had concerning man being here on earth.

     If you purpose to eat some hot biscuits, you will work out that purpose. You would not make them and then throw them in the garbage can. You had a purpose before you made the biscuits: that you wanted some hot biscuits with butter.  Your purpose did not change.  You will cook them and eat all you can eat; the rest you will put away.  What are you going to do with them? You are going to keep them to eat “later on.” If they get cold, you will “heat them.” Your purpose has not changed.  It is no use of your trying to get away from this because God is not going to let you get away.  He is still here. He has the same purpose concerning the human family now after He made you as He had before He made you.  He is not going to change it.

     When a cat catches a rat, his purpose is to kill him.  Of course, the rat will holler and try to get away, if possible, but that does not change the cat's plans.  It is no” maybe so about it.  So! God has not changed His purpose concerning the human family.  The Bible says,"….as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand." (Isaiah 14:24)

     Now, it has come to pass what God has purposed and what He has thought: somebody is living holy.  However, He has commanded EVERYONE to live holy.  They do not want that.  They have a purpose apart from God's purpose and, of course, they are going to try to carry it out.  His purpose is going to stand.
They have made an agreement with hell, but God says it will not stand.  It is Not going to stand.  Before we got here, God had a purpose that we live holy.

     Man will quickly yield to the devil. The reason he will do it so willingly is because he does not want to do what God says do.  You know, anytime you are told to do something you do not want to do, you will gladly hearken to anything somebody else tells you just to get away.  However, you ought to do what you were told to do.

     Man is quick to listen to anything.  Look how rapidly- the women hearken to the devil and pull off their clothes: walking around showing their naked hips, thighs, and legs.  They will do that quicker than they would live holy. If they lived holy, they would cover themselves.  They would be filled with the Spirit and the Spirit of would teach them knowledge and understanding.  They do not want to do what God said do.  The devil told them to pull off their clothing.  They have done it.  Look in the streets.  You will see!

     God Almighty ordained that we should be holy.  “In order to live according to the ordination of God's purpose, we “have to” put” our natural, carnal self or thoughts to death. Man does not want to do that.

     God will give you power over all the powers of the devil He said, “…Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you…." (Acts 1:8)

     When you get the Holy Ghost, you have the power. Many do not use the power. They do not use the power because using the power is against what they desire.  If you desire a thing not to be done to you, you have the power to prevent it.  If you do not prevent it when you “have power to prevent it", you just want that thing done. You do not use the power that God Almighty gave you.

     To live holy you have to "repent" and be baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost speaking in other tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance: just as they did on the day of Pentecost. (See the 2nd chapter of Acts)

Acts 2:2 - 4 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.   And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

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.

    God bless you. Consider what I have said. Remember that God purposed in Him before the foundation of the world that we should live holy.
      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
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Currently the following groups are eligible for COVID vaccine in Georgia:
     Everyone age 12 and older.  Note: Pfizer is the only COVID vaccine currently approved for children aged 12 and older. People younger than 18 years of age are not authorized to receive either the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.
• Vaccination remains the most effective protection against COVID-19
• Practice social distancing
• Frequently wash hands
• Frequent cleaning of public and high touch areas
• Practice telework and staggered office schedules where feasible, with safety measures
• Non-essential City facilities may open to the public. Masking will be mandated for now and the number of persons indoors may be limited to avoid crowding
Social Distancing guidelines:
• 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 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.