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: May 03, 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 many 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 beginning to lift these restrictions in phases. 

Religious institutions and businesses
"In accordance with Georgia Govenor's executive orders, businesses across the Peach State must continue to operate with strict social distancing and sanitation rules to keep customers and employees safe through May 13, 2020. Those rules vary by business type for a measured, health-driven approach.

Religious leaders are encouraged under safety protocols to limit and control in-person gatherings to avoid endangering their congregants as the restrictions for gathering are lifted. To accommodate all Saints, we are planning to implement these services when the entire order is lifted in Georgia on June 12, 2020:  1st week Sisters Department, 2nd week Brothers Department, 3rd week Youth Department, 4th week all Department officials for Executive Board meetings. All services will take place on Sundays only from 11am until 2pm to allow for proper cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces. No night services during the week due disinfection procedures. Baptism, pray and tarrying service, will continue each Sunday following all safety protocols including the use of personal protective equipment.  

Many States are under a Stay at Home Order through May 8, 2020. In Georgia Governor Kemp has extended our public health state of emergency through June 12, 2020 to continue enhanced testing across Georgia, ramp up contact tracing, and maintain effective emergency response operations in every region. "To protect vulnerable populations, the executive order requires the medically fragile and elderly Georgians to continue to shelter in place through June 12, 2020. Our recommendation is for all to seek testing for personal and family contagion to help prevent spreading this virus.

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:

Fear and Faith Healing

But the fearful (cowards, people who are afraid to follow Christ because of what others might say about them or do to them),

and unbelieving (people who do not believe that Jesus Christ is God Almighty, his virgin birth, His death and resurrection and his second coming to rule the whole world with a rod of iron),

and the abominable (people who are uncaring and unconcerned about the wellbeing of others, who continuously do evil to others as to cause the generation of hatred and intense dislike),

and murderers (people who intentionally kill innocent people to promote themselves, because of hatred or dislike, robbers and thieves who kill for money)

and whoremongers (people who engage in sexual relationship outside of marriage with multiple sexual partners or with more than one person who they are not married to),

and sorcerers (drug abusers, people who are guided by addictive behavior, magical arts, witchcraft, demons or evil spirits and not by the Spirit of God),

and idolaters (people who do not put God first and put anyone or anything before God, their father, mother, children, home, job, false Gods, kings and queens, political or religious leaders, etc.),

and all liars (people who knowingly make untruth statements by word of mouth, on written documents, is untruthful about paying their bills, omit things for the purpose of deception, etc.)

 shall have their part in the lake of fire which burneth with fire and brimstone.. Revelations 21:8.

That God open your understanding is our prayer that whosoever believes and obeys might be saved.

The conclusion of the bible reveals all those who will be lost if they do not overcome their wicked behavior.  The natural response to this terrible ending is to respond in fear of eternal damnation and in faith trusting the promises of God and holding all his promises for eternal life or eternal damnation to be truth. In other word believing in his word regardless of what other people say or do around you. That is to respond in fear of God and the lost of salvation not in the fear of man.

The natural response should be to save yourself from this terrible End. In doing so we can see that fear is a human emotion triggered or brought on by danger or threat of bodily harm, which causes behavioral changes to protect oneself from the lost of life or painful suffering from injury.

When Lord Jesus sent out his disciples, he told them he was sending them in the mist of wolves or danger. And advised them to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

 MATTHEW 10:16 -28 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.  But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;   And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.  But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.  For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.  And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.  But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.  The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.  It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?   Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.  What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

From these scriptures we can clearly see that fear is a natural human emotion triggered to protect oneself from bodily harm or destruction. Fear itself is not sin or lack of faith as some misinformed individuals have said. It is then also clear that when the outcome is known to have the possibility of leading to pain and mortal death, the focus of protection should be on preventing the soul’s destruction in hell. This is what our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ told his disciples to do and left for the Church to follow. We can also see here that the issue that threatens a person’s soul is not diseases but dishonest wicked people from all walks of life including family members.

     The same response should normally occur to this worldwide pandemic to the coronavirus unless someone deceives you into false hope or faith based on false promises.

     Faith healing through the laying on of hands, healing cloths, intercessory prayer,  also called supernatural healing, divine healing, and miracle healing, is a Christian belief that God heals people through the power of the Holy Spirit using both the natural and the supernatural to heal, with or without medical treatment sometime described as a physical expression of salvation. Which in many cases reveals that all healing power is from the kingdom of Heaven.

A fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah 53:5: "He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases".

Examples of the healing power from heaven are revealed in the scriptures and is the reason we rely on God for our deliverance from disease, injury and all sickness regardless of the method he uses, with or without medical treatment.

This man believed in the power of God to heal the contagious disease of leprosy and God responded according to his faith.

MATTHEW 8:1 - 4 When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.  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 man believe that Jesus could heal and cast out demons by speaking the word only.

MATTHEW 8:5 - 13 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,  And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.  And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.  The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.  For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.   When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.  And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.  But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

Jesus Christ healed again through the touch of his hand and casted out devils healing all that was sick with his word only.

MATTHEW 8:14 - 17 And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever.  And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.  When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:   That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

This should open the eyes of the whole world to see that Jesus Christ heals all through his own will, love,  and desire and in his own time. In other word we do not earn healing through our own pious works.  And there are some questions about healing we can never answer because God’s ways are past finding out.   

ROM11:29 - 36 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.  For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:   Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.  For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.  O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!   For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counseller?   Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?   For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

Jesus Christ who is God Almighty answers our prayers according to his own will. We by faith or trust in God, simply believes or holds it to be true that he can heal us of all our sickness and disease and ask him for healing in our prayers, believing nothing is impossible with God. We ask God for forgiveness of all our sins because he took on flesh and blood and paid the price for our sins fulfilling the word spoken by the Prophet Isaiah.

ISAIAH 53:1 - 11  Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?   For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.  And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

This does not mean we temp God or try to boss God by demanding that he do it the way we want it to happen,  or jump off a skyscraper building, or walk in the midst of a tornado wind storm,  or deliberately put ourselves in danger to test God calling it faith, or resist medical treatment or known cures calling it a lack of faith because he died for our sins and we are healed by his stripes.  For it is written they that are sick need a physician.

MATTHEW 9:11 - 13  And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?  But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.  But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Can you now see and understand that God provides salvation and healing through his own love for mankind, it has nothing to do with those who try to boss God or engage in religious showmanship to be seen of men. People are lost because of sin and are saved by turning away from sin through the love of God.

Lord Jesus heals many sicknesses in which modern medicine has no treatment plan or cures. One example is the woman with the issue of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was not getting better but rather grew worse. But when she spoke words of belief and faith that “if I can touch his clothes, I will be whole”.   When she believed and she reached out to God almighty she was instantly healed.  Many times when I pray for people I want them to say that they believe that God will heal them or state what they believe by faith. A similar incident happened in the birth of a child in Church when a Sister followed me out to my work van after Church and asked me to pray. Even though I and her husband was believing God for a miracle for many years when she took my hands and we prayer for the clearing of her tubes the next meditative pray I saw what looked like smoke in the spirit going toward her womb and I said after the service she has the blessing now even though the vision was now about 14 years old and it was already foretold to be in God’s will.  Then two weeks later she informed us of her pregnancy and after about 15 years of waiting by faith the child was born. Her faith in God had made her whole.

MARK 5:25 - 34 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,  And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,  When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.  For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.  And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.  And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?   And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?   And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.  But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.  And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

Because we are sure of God’s love and providential care about all of us, we can now make good decisions in the face of the changes that happen throughout our lives.  In the mist of the pandemic and epidemic whatever caused them, rain, storms, sunny days, and dark night we cast our cares upon our creator the Lord Jesus Christ.  We know that fear is our natural emotional protector and faith in God is our natural and spiritual guide.  And anyone who tries to twist these mental and biological responses to cause us to make errors in judgement or bad choices is offering false hope and not obeying the word of God.  If you care about all people, then seek their wellbeing.   Just as love is the fulfilment of the law, when we respond in the love of God, we feel fully protected casting out all fear because he cares for us.

JAMES 5:13 - 16 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.  Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:  And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Let us all join with the Elders of the Church in prayer for those who are sick and continue to ask God for forgiveness for all believers seeking eternal life in Christ and not stirrup conflict and debate. Mark the things that cause divisions and have no part with misguided information. The sign of the believer is to cast out devils.

MARK 16:17 - 20 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.  So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.  And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Many will now see, and associate gifts of healing given by the spirit to include many of those who work in the health care field with the Elders and praying Saints of God. This will defeat the false information that cause people to speak wrong about the way of truth. One of the greatest difficulties for some have been the inability to see that God can touch and move anyone in the world with his spirit regardless of who they are. This is why we pray for all world leaders.

1CORINTHIANS 12:6- 11 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.  For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;   To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;  To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:  But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

This is why we pray for all people throughout the world.  Because God can touch and move anyone. In time past, some thought that the moving of the spirit happened only after you receive the gift of the Holy Ghost with the sign following speaking in other tongues as the Spirit of God gave you utterances. And while it is true that you receive the indwelling power through the receipt of the Holy Ghost, God has moved people throughout the dispensations through angels, prophets, visions and dreams. It would be useless to pray for anyone if God could not touch or moved them before they come in the Church.  We would then have to wait until people are saved before praying for them. But the bible tells us to pray for them which despitefully use us and persecute us.  So, continue praying for all people and especially your world leaders, medical personnel, first responders, essential workers, and be obedient not adding to the danger and turmoil they are already faced with, be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

 That God will give them the strength to hold out and find eternal life and peace in his word. May the Lord Bless you and Keep you. May he open the understanding of all of the need to repent and be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ and continue in pray until they receive the gift of the Holy Ghost with the Sign following speaking in other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterances.

I will always love all of you,

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.