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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: January 9, 2022
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.
     We are continuing limited indoor, 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:
 Faith without works is dead being alone (part 2)
By Apostle Dennis G. Smith
     The idea of being saved by faith alone is often attributed to Martin Luther who is sometimes recognized as adding the words "justification by faith alone" to the biblical teachings.  The bible teaches us that  “the Just shall live by faith”. (Romans 1:17)
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Romans 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
     Martin Luther and the other reformers challenged the Catholic Church that sold indulgences, "a way to reduce the amount of punishment one has to undergo for sins" which they believed was salvation based on the works of a person. Martin Luther taught that salvation was based on faith alone, and not received based upon a person’s meritorious works. 
     While the statement that salvation is not obtained based on good works done by an individual for the purpose of earning salvation for themselves is true, it is error if it promotes the idea that a person is saved without any actions at all, or without any works at all or without  obedience to the commandments of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who is God Almighty. 
Ephesians 2:8 - 10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

     A simple example can be understood by anyone who is hungry or thirsty.  A person will never receive food or water by simply saying I believe God will feed me or give me drink because he will provide my every need. When a person believes that God will provide, they go about seeking the food and drink that will satisfy their hunger and thirst by their own actions or works.  Notice how their faith produced actions or works in obtaining food and drink. 
            We should all now avoid this confusion and come to see that Martin Luther was wrong to change the interpretation of Holy Scripture in the sixteenth century to imply that we are saved by “faith alone” because it denies the need for repentance and water baptism for the remission of sins and therefore is not the teaching of the Apostle's Doctrine.
     Apostle James teaches us that faith if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.  Apostle James also taught that we show our faith by our works. True faith in Jesus Christ will naturally lead you to perform good works by imitating the life of Jesus Christ.
James 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?  James 2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, James 2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?  James 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being aloneJames 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
We continue with a Message from Apostle S. McDowell Shelton … "Without Faith It Is Impossible To Please Him"
By Bishop S. McDowell Shelton
        In this time and in this day, the only way you can go back to a mental innocence is by being born again of the water and of the Spirit and become a new creature all over again. Through this new birth you can start out anew and start your life fresh. You can have a new beginning and a new existence that is not like that old existence. You will find strength and belief and peace, not in the old existence—it is not in the old Adam, but it is in the new man Adam; it is in the new spiritual self.
     In the 3rd Chapter of John, we read of Nicodemus—a man of the Pharisees, who came to Jesus by night: "There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, HOW can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?" (John 3:1-4)
     Once you get out here in this world of conflict, of hardship, of battling day and night, you probably will wish you could enter the womb the second, third and fourth time. But you are here, and you must face it. You are here and you must stand. You are here and you must exist; so, therefore, you need direction, you need added strength, you need power, and you need endurance. The only way you can do it is by receiving a new birth.
     "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That, which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, 'Ye must be born again." (John 3:5-7)
     Jesus continued and told the man what he must do. Even though Nicodemus was looking at the words of Jesus from a natural point of view, Jesus was referring to a spiritual body, because He stated"That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that Which is born of the spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." 
     Therefore, you must not marvel when we say unto you that, in your life, you must return to a point of spiritual innocence. You must return to the place where you can believe in the totality of the power of God: where you can believe that God is working for you—in you—through you—and about you. That God is moving toward you, and that he is indeed answering your prayers.
      We realize it is, truly, a difficult task to return to this state of childlike belief, because your innocence is gone. You have become so wise to the ways of this world and life, and you remember the time that you tried to trust Him and this or that happened, or it didn't happen, and you became discouraged, and your direction was changed. 
     But once you have really been born again of the water and of the Spirit, and your mind has reverted to the innocence of infancy—even though you have had setback or disappointment in your life, you don't let it scare you. You clear your mind of all doubt. You do this by constantly moving toward the Lord and getting rid of all those negative hindrances until your mind is filled with belief; until your mind is filled with that innocent trust, and you believe that He will, He can, and He is. 
     You must get to the point where you can speak about those things for which you are praying in the present tense. You don't have to wait until you have it in your hands. You don't have to wait until it is in your house, but you can talk about it in the present tense. 
     When you come to this place of innocent belief, when you come to the place of this childlike faith, you can call those things which are not as though they were. When you regain this simplicity of faith, you are like a little child whose father has promised him a gift. The child is promised a bicycle and he jump up and down with glee and tells all his friends about it. He says—"0h, I'm going to get a bicycle!", and he tells them what color he wants it to be. He can rejoice so happily about it because he believes it so emphatically.
We will continue with these messages in part 3………
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 and boosters in Georgia:
     Everyone age 5 and older.  Note: Pfizer is the only COVID vaccine currently approved for children aged 5 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.