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: February 12, 2023

 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 are now advising people to wear face mask in public gatherings, use social distancing, and get vaccinated for your own health and safety from the Covid-19 virus.  In some places wearing face mask is no longer mandatory in indoor public spaces. 

·   February 3, 2023, community transmission of Covid-19 is now in the green zone in Atlanta, Georgia. This means that the spread of the virus is at a low level in Atlanta and you should continue to take precautions based on for your individual health condition. All must continue to be cautious because the area where you live may have a high spread.

·         Face masks continue to be recommended in public gatherings for individual safety based on your individual health condition and risk.  

·         Gatherings indoors is allowed without face mask, but each individual should be aware of their health risk.

·         Vaccinations and boosters remain the recommended most effective way to control the spread of Covid-19 according to health authorities. 

·         Covid-19 vaccinations and boosters are offered to everyone in the State of Georgia. 

      We are open for indoor in-person services with face mask, social distancing, temperature checks and Covid-19 testing when needed. Each person attending in-person services should be fully aware of their own health risk as mask may be removed during singing and speaking, and some may attend without mask. 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:


         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: 

   Choose eternal Life rather than eternal death!

by Apostle Dennis G. Smith

     What is death according to the bible and the dictionary? Most will probably give a dictionary definition of death as the separation of the spirit or soul from the human body after the bodily functions stop which is the end of the natural life cycle.  And many will see spiritual death as the separation of a person from God through disobedience of his Word. 

      From the biblical scriptures given in this message you will come to an understanding that life is living in right behavior and conduct which is obedience to the order and commandments of the Lord God Jesus Christ and death is living in sinful, wrong behavior and conduct which is disobedience to the order and commandments of the Lord God Jesus Christ.   Then clearly all should come to an understanding that living in disobedience to the commandments of God implies separation from God.
     This is why all must repent and be baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins and received the gift of the Holy Ghost because this is the commandment given by Apostle Peter in obedience to the Lord God Jesus Christ.  

     There is no way around this commandment if you want to be in the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ and enter into the Kingdom of God.  If you refuse to obey this commandment you will not be a part of the resurrection of the just and you will not receive eternal life if you die during this dispensation of Grace and the Church Age.  But you will rise in the resurrection of the unjust and give an account for every sin you committed in your life leading most people to eternal death and punishment.

Proverbs 8:35 - 36 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.  But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.

Proverbs 10:02 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.

Proverbs 11:19 As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.

Proverbs 12:28 In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

     We can see and understand from the bible that sinful ways is the thing that leads to eternal death which is separation from the joy of the Lord God Jesus Christ.  If is equally true, that the natural body will die one day but this is not the end of the existence of the human being themself.  They will continue to exist in the joyful paradise of the Lord if they obey his commandments or exist in eternal punishment if they do not obey his commandments.  

     So, the Lord God Jesus Christ in his love for all mankind have given us a chance to overcome sinful ways and choose life.  We do not have to perish and endure eternal punishment.  Most people know that all people who have ever lived on this planet with the exception of the Lord God Jesus Christ in the human form himself have committed sin in many different forms and is therefore doomed for eternal punishment in the lake of fire unless we turn from sinful ways and turn to obedience to the commandments of the Lord God Jesus Christ.  We all have a choice to make even when we are children or full-grown adults which is eternal life in joy or eternal death in punishment.

Deuteronomy 30:18 - 20 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.  I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:  That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

When people choose to live according to the ways of the world, they are choosing death over life!!!  When people regret not experiencing the sinful pleasures of the world, they do not have godly sorrow for their wrongful conduct and they do not  regret the wrong conduct that they participated in.  Sinful conduct is what world has to offer and as a result people who regret that they did not get to enjoy the pleasure of sin have not truly repented or turned away from their sinful ways which will continue to bring upon them death and everlasting destruction. It may be odd to know that there or those who feel that they are  missing out in enjoying the pleasure of sin when they called themselves Christians.  And when we have a true understanding of the need to repent or turn away from sinful behavior, we can respond to the call and warning of the Lord God Jesus Christ that except you repent you shall all likewise perish. All must come to actually regret the sins that they have committed and have the desire to never sin again.

2Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

The Bible tells us to cast away all of our transgression and make a new heart and a new spirit.  This tells us to turn away from our old sinful ways with a changed heart and a changed spirit just as the Lord spoke the same words to the house of Israel by the Prophet.

Ezekiel 18:31 - 32 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?   For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

     When we know to do the right thing, when we know to live a righteous, holy lifestyle, and we do not obey the will of God, then we also know that punishment and death will be the consequences for our disobedience.  It does not matter what the false prophet and false teachers told you when they said that you was saved without repentance, baptism, and the receipt of the Holy Ghost with the sign of speaking in other tongues.  You knew that they were not telling the truth because the Lord God Jesus Christ and His Apostles and His Prophet never taught this in the bible for salvation during the Church age which is His Word.  Therefore you will have to face the consequence of your response to their deception.  But there are people who were raised as children under false teaching and many times have been completely kept ignorant of the truth.  Though they are not in the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, and they are not a part of the Kingdom of God, they will rise in the resurrection of the unjust and be judged by what they knew.

Luke 12:47 - 48 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.  But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

     We all must learn to set our daily life activities toward living a righteous holy life.  When we are at home, on our jobs, at the various schools, in the business and corporate world, we must not yield ourselves to give in to uncleanness- impure thoughts and behavior, iniquity- wicked wrongful conduct, in any activity that we engage in.  We must set ourselves to live free from sinful ways in everything that we do.  And when we completely set ourselves to live free from sin, then we achieve true repentance and eternal life.

Romans 6:19 - 23 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.  For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.  What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All people must come to know and continually remind themselves that eternal life is only through obedience to the commandments of the Lord God Jesus Christ.  This what God accomplished when he was in the natural flesh body as Christ reconciling the world to himself, giving all people a chance to make the choice for eternal life.  

     So, when we donot believe that Jesus Christ was the Son of God in the natural flesh and blood body and was the manifestation or visible appearance of the invisible Spirit of God which is God himself then we cannot and will not be saved.  In simple words, no one can be saved unless they believe in the Lord God Jesus Christ.

John 3:35 - 36 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

     People may go and be uplifted by motivational speakers.  False prophets and false teachers will tell them that they are saved by praying a made up so-called sinners prayer.  But when they do not obey the commandment to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sin, the sins that they have committed in their lives have not been remitted or cast away and they will give an account when they stand before the Lord God Jesus Christ.  When we ask God in prayer for forgiveness of sin, we must be sincere by obeying his commandments. The Lord God Jesus Christ has a commandment that will give all people who obey remission of their sins.  People are not saved under the blood until they believe and obey the Lord God Jesus Christ.  And the Lord God Jesus Christ gave a commandment through Apostle Peter that all must repent and be baptized in his name and receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost to be saved under the blood from the day of Pentecost until he comes back to take away his Church in the translation of the Saints. Every one who rejects this commandment is choosing death rather than life!!!

Romans 6:15 - 18 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey, whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?   But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.  Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

     When people truly listen to the word of God and obey what the word has said, only then can we all know that we hold and accept what has been commanded as the truth.  There is no room for doubt in this conversation about life and death.  There is no middle ground to stand on.  You must either believe and obey or you will be eternally lost.  There is no room for good feelings according to what is acceptable before the worldly crowds of people. You must reject all sinful ways.  Even though we live around sinful people we are not among their sinful behavior and we never join in with their sinful behavior or try to find a way to justify their weakness of sin because we have made a determination to live according to the Word of God.

John 5:24 - 25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

When we come to a point in our natural life that we hate the sinful ways of worldly conduct that many follow for the pleasure that they receive, when we totally reject the sinful lifestyle of the world, and instead commit ourselves to living a holy lifestyle separate from the pleasures of sin in obedience to the commandments of the Lord God Jesus Christ, then we gain eternal life because we can now receive immortality which is everlasting or eternal life through obedience to the gospel.

2Timothy 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

John 8:51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

So, make the choice right now for life.  Come and repent of your sins and live your life from now on in obedience to the commandments of the Lord God Jesus Christ.  There are eternal blessings for you if you choose life.

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 you must continue in prayer to the Lord God Jesus Christ asking him for the Holy Ghost, calling on His Name which is the Lord Jesus Christ and waiting or tarrying until you receive the gift of the Holy Ghost with the sign following speaking with other tongues as the spirit gives you utterances.  This experience with God will endow you with power.

 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.

 Then you must 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

   The online service Zoom link is sent out each Sunday at 9:50 am for Eternal Life Church of the Living God and 12:00 noon for the general Ministers of Jesus Christ Church services to the Saints and friends who sent in email addresses.  If you wish to worship with us, please send you email address to: info@mininstersof and we will email you a link to join the service.  We start the zoom services 10 am each Sunday morning. 

  We also start the Thursday Evening Bible Study and Auxiliary meetings at 7:30 pm.  You should attend the meetings for as long as you can to learn all the Doctrines and Rules of the Church and to participate in the operation of the Church. Thank you.

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 Everyone should remember the phrase: “My mask protects you; your mask protects me.”