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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: April 19, 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.   In most places you are still under “Stay – At – Home” executive orders therefore public gathering has been canceled temporary to control or prevent the spreading of this virus.  All individuals subject to this policy must STAY AT HOME” except for certain essential activities and work to provide life-sustaining business and government services. Many countries and states are preparing to lift these restrictions in phases. 

Religious institutions
Religious leaders are encouraged to find alternatives to in-person gatherings and to avoid endangering their congregants. As these restrictions for gathering are lifted, we will be following the recommended guidelines. We are continuing to carry out the business of the Church according to their recommended safety protocols. Resuming normal services will also include their recommended safety criteria. To accommodate all Saints, we anticipate multiple services will be needed.

Many States are under a Stay at Home Order through April 30. In Atlanta, Georgia the order has been updated and is now in effect until 11:59 p.m.  Thursday, April 30, 2020.  This is subject to change again depending on the recommendation of health officials to the Magistrates and governmental officials.

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. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:  For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain.

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, Obedience, and Biblical Cures 

     Perhaps the greatest danger we face in uncertain times is from those who will use the suffering, sickness, and pain of others for personal persuasion, personal recognition, personal agendas, personal judgement, and mind control.

2PETER 2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;

     I have had many Preachers, so-called friends, and other acquaintances who called me over the years to try to persuade me, “Saying to me that if you have faith, then quit your job and rely on God.”  Trying to persuade people who are sick, injured or with bodily deformities and pain to not seek medical attention when they are ill. Using all kinds of words for people seeking companionship and marriage.  Tricking and taking advantage of people who are having financial difficulty and hard times. And now for many people in the world they are again calling some and posting their opinions to persuade you against the recommendation of medical disease health authorities.
     It is imperative and most important that you understand the tenements of your faith in these times or they will control your mind and make you think that you must attend gatherings that spread infectious and contagious disease to you, your family and all people throughout the world. I continued to work on my jobs and trusted in God, never following the mindset of evil and uninformed people.  Most firemen will not run into a fire without protective equipment. Most people will look both ways before crossing the street. Most people will test the brakes of stopping power on their car generally called safety checks.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a part of most dangerous jobs and has absolutely nothing to do with a person’s faith or lack of reliance on God. Separation for Leprosy or uncleanness was a part of the Biblical Levitical Order.

2PETER 2:9-10 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:  But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.


     After we have done all that is in our power for the health, safety, and welfare of all people, we are still relying on God to protect us, heal us, grant us victory, and eternal salvation. Notice how clear it is that only God can save us…. therefore, walk according to your faith.

MATTHEW 9:27-31 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.  And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.  Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.  And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.  But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.


One person called me and said that the people who wore protective equipment did not have faith and was scared.  But he was not scared and would not wear a mask or engage in social distancing. I informed him that he may not be allowed to shop in certain stores if he did not comply with safety guidelines. The choice to not wear protective gear is his own personal decision and personal consequences. There is history for parents who went to jail after children became sick.

ROMANS 14:01- 5 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.  For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.  Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.  Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike.
Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind


Notice the humbleness of Jesus Christ, God almighty in the flesh in not sounding a trumpet at the suffering of others and the request of the sick man, Lord if it is your will….. and the proof that God is above all disease as he touched a contagious man and healed him..
MATTHEW 8:2- 4  And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped worshipped him, saying,
Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.  And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.  And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

 This healed blind man exercised obedience, honesty, and faith in the mist of accusations and persuasion by the Priest… who were more interested in a show of religious ways than the healing of the man. Yet God used his blindness as a manifestation of his healing power.
JOHN 9:1- 13  And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.  And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?  Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.  I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.  As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.  When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,   And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.  The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?   Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.
Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?  He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.  Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not. They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.

 Their focus was on keeping the sabbath day, not the healing of the blind man…..
JOHN 9:14- 22 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.  Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.  Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.  They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.  But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.  And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?   His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:  But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.

Even his parents were more interested in their place in the synagogue than the truth about the healing by Jesus Christ…..
JOHN 9:22- 29 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.  Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.  Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.  He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.  Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?  He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?  Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples.
 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.

The Priest were angered by truthful and honest words that did not meet their agenda……. and cast the healed man out of the synagogue.
JOHN 9:30- 35 The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.  Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.  Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.  If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.  They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.  

But God cames to the rescue of the healed man who was casted out by the Priest and increased his faith and fellowship….this reveals true reliance on God and not catering to demands of religious showmanship and form that deny the Power of God.
JOHN 9:35- 41 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?   He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?  And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.  And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.  And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.  And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?  Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.


The Faith to ask God for Mercy and obedience to his command resulted in healing from God…Notice that God simply gave words to obey…LUKE 17:12- 19 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:  And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.  And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.  And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,  And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.  And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?  There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.


The protection against death of the first born was blood of the Passover lamb on the lintel and door post so that if the Israelites were relying on the word of God from Moses whom they believed to be a Prophet who was following God and not making up his own way they would obey and received the reward for their obedience. This is why the True Prophet will obey the word of God not presumptuous people speaking from their own opinion.
EXODUS 12:21- 29 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.  And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.  For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.  And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.  And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.  And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?  That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD’s passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.  And the children of Israel went away, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.  And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt,  Read EXODUS 11 and 12 Chapters.


 Elisha instructions sent by a messenger to Naaman the Captain of the Syrian host( army ) who had Leprosy was to dip in the water seven times, wash and be clean. This made the Syrian Captain mad because he thought that the Prophet would perform as he desired having a special service calling on the name of the Lord over him.
2Kings 5:10- 12 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.  But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.
 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.

     This reveals how many people come to expect religious showmanship when expecting something from the Lord. But Naaman’s servant gives him good advice to obey the word of the Prophet even if it did not meet his expectation of doing some great thing.
2Kings 5:13- 14  And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?  Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

 As the Bible is our measuring rod, and the scripture teaches us how we are to deal with contagious disease and to lay hands on the sick.  Notice it can be done without large gathering, in isolation, with social distancing and personal protective equipment.  

In Leviticus 13, the Lord God almighty gave instructions through Moses and specific procedures for dealing with a person suspected of being infected with leprosy. The instructions provided a basic guidelines for distinguishing temporary conditions from chronic ailments, for pronouncing people and items with "leprous" spots ritually clean (in cases of stable or healing states) or ritually unclean (in cases of infectious and spreading states), and for preventing defilement or contamination of others normally by isolating the infected person or item.
LEVITICUS 13:01- 4  And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, saying,  When a man shall have in the skin of his flesh a rising, a scab, or bright spot, and it be in the skin of his flesh like the plague of leprosy; then he shall be brought unto Aaron the priest, or unto one of his sons the priests: And the priest shall look on the plague in the skin of the flesh: and when the hair in the plague is turned white, and the plague in sight be deeper than the skin of his flesh, it is a plague of leprosy: and the priest shall look on him, and pronounce him unclean. Read LEVITICUS 13, 14, and 15 Chapters

To be declared unclean because of leprosy meant that the unfortunate person had to tear his clothes and put a covering upon his upper lip and cry, "unclean, unclean." If the condition was contagious, such individuals were to live separated outside the camp. Separated from the community, family and friends. In approaching Jesus, the man who was afflicted with leprosy cleary exhibited faith in the healing power of God and Jesus revealed his healing power over contagious disease in touching the leper.  But notice, no special service was called which threatens the lives of others. This is the example we see in many first responders, Doctors, nurses etc. When I prayed for some in hospitals, I obeyed and followed the hospital’s protocols and laid hand on the sick and they recovered if it was the will of God.  No special service was called. Usually when you are in the hospital you are not with your immediate family even though they can come to visit in some cases.


MATTHEW 6:1- 6 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.  Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.  And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

I sincerely hope that you can see that our confidence in God is not based on the judgement and expectation of man. This is the reason why we do not allow people to use their thought and opinion to turn us from our reliance on Jesus Christ. If some criticize you for protecting yourself and your family, please continue to love them regardless of what they say.

MATTHEW 5:44- 45 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

May the Lord Bless you and keep you in perfect love,

Apostle Dennis G. Smith


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 contacts who are infected with COIVID-19 don’t need a mask most of the time. However, wearing a nonmedical or homemade mask may be helpful in certain situations or for certain populations.

       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.

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.