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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: July 11, 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 July 8, 2021, the City of Atlanta, Georgia remains in Phase 4 of the Reopening Plan.   
·        Social distancing is recommended to control the spread or for individual safety.   Gatherings with face mask and social distancing are allowed.
·         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, and temperature checks.  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:
 Men Ought Always To Pray, And Not To Faint …! (Part 1)
Luke 18:1 - 7 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.  And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.  And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.  And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?  I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? 

     During this time of the year we are observing our forty days of fasting and prayer which began on First Day ( Sunday) July 4, 2021 and will end on Sixth Day ( Thursday) August 12, 2021 this year.   We will examine the strengthening of our Faith that come by fasting and prayer in our encouraging words during this time.  We hope that all of the Saints are able to choose a time during each day to fast and pray.  We recognize that people have many different schedules in this modern world economy and may chose different times based on their daily working hours.  We sincerely hope that all will make a time to devote to fasting and prayer.

     We generally start the period of our fast with a song, a prayer and a scripture reading from the poetic books of the bible such as Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, or Song of Solomon, then we anoint our heads with blessed oil and fast during a chosen time during each day of this period.  We continue to perform our normal daily chores or routines or work schedules and continue the day as normal refraining from food and drink if we are in an environment that does not rapidly dehydrate us, or refrain from food only if we are in a high temp environment that may produce dehydration we may continue to drink liquids to avoid dehydration.  At the ending of our fasting period, we usually close our fast with a song and a prayer to conclude our devotion for that day.  We usually also read a passage of scripture from the biblical books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Songs.   We make a genuine effort to continue this until the conclusion of the forty days of fasting.  This continuous dedication to communication with God gives us greater experience in the Spiritual Realm.  

     Fasting and prayer is not something that you have to debate about with people or try to prove to people because there is no gain in fasting to be seen of men or to appear holy to other people.  Fasting and prayer is about your strength and faith in God and your experience and communication with God Almighty.

Matthew 17:14 - 21 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.  And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.  Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.  And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?   And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.  Matthew 17:21

     Prayer is an invocation or calling on the Lord Jesus Christ who is God Almighty by an individual or group of believers that seeks deliberate communication and empowerment from the one and only God whom we love and worship.  Many understand that fasting or refraining from food and drink or other fleshly desires for a period of devotion and prayer increases their discipline to resist fleshly lust or desires and devote themselves to God.  Prayer is also an act of supplication, making a request for help on behalf of yourself or intercession making a request for help on behalf of others to God for deliverance from detrimental things in a person’s life or healing from sickness and disease.   Prayer also has the purpose of thanksgiving, praise, and worship in meditating on the word of God.

     Prayer is usually spoken in a variety of forms: it can be part of a set liturgy or a standard of words spoken, and it can be performed alone or in groups. Prayer may be spoken in the form of a hymn, formal statement of beliefs, or a spontaneous unplanned utterance from the praying person, but it must always be sincere and truth.   Most of the Apostolic Christian believers teach that prayer can be practiced by anyone at any time usually after the manner in which the Lord Jesus Christ taught his disciple to pray commonly called The Lord’s Prayer by most people.  We simply say call on Lord Jesus, and he will answer your prayer.  We never use prayer words for the purpose of being seen of men through vain, useless repetition, but we give honor, thank and praise to the Lord Jesus Christ sincerely from our heart.

Concerning Giving to those in need the Lord Jesus Christ taught us to do it in this manner:

Matthew 6:1 - 4 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.
Concerning Prayer the Lord Jesus Christ taught us to pray after this manner:

Matthew 6:5 -15 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.  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.  Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.   For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Concerning Fasting the Lord Jesus Christ taught us to fast after this manner:

Matthew 6:16 – 18 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

We will examine some biblical occasions of praying to God seeking a change to a situation for the better and the results achieved as an encouragement to all the Saints and in hope of strengthening your faith in praying to the Lord Jesus Christ for a blessed outcome in all life situations during this series while we fast and pray during the upcoming weeks.

We continue with part of a Message from Apostle S. McDowell Shelton …. “Does Prayer Really Change Anything?” ………
Does Prayer Really Change Anything?”
By Bishop S. McDowell Shelton
     THIS MESSAGE IS especially dedicated to the Daughters of Zion, the officials, members, and to those of you who are reading this sermon. God bless you as you pursue another year and that it will be filled with answered prayers.  That, I must say, is a beautiful wish: a year filled with answered prayers.

     I am certain you want your prayers answered the many prayers that have gone up before God, to become as a memorial. You are not just saying words to beat the air, but you want results. 

     We should like to put a very pertinent question before you, my dear reader. The question is: DOES PRAYER REALLY CHANGE ANYTHING?  We are not so much concerned with the offset, such as prayer moving a mountain or causing a limb, that is missing, to grow.  Prayer, if you believe it at all, can do much.

     Shall we just go into the matter and find out does it really do anything at all.  Can prayer heal a simple headache?  Can it just bring a few moments of peace and joy?  Let us search the Holy Record and examine the facts on the matter because at the end, it is a fact that is included in the Bible, as we know them in our own experiences.  No one can take an experience from you. Let us study together the experiences of those who have used this appointed powerful weapon of prayer and evaluate the results derived from this endeavor.

     First, however, I think it is only fair to appraise the hindrances (if there be any and I believe there are) from getting prayer answered. First, we must ascertain if the exterior failures or ultimate "flops" are caused by some weakness in God's ability or is man's deficiency germane to his prayers not being answered.

Let us go to the Bible. God has given to His people, an irrevocable promise in:  

II Chronicles 7:14: "If my people, which are called by mv name. shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven. and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

This is the first requirement. You must humble yourself in order to seek His face. There is a catch in getting your prayers answered. God is going to hear from heaven; He is going to forgive your sins.

DOES PRAYER REALLY CHANGE ANYTHING? There are some hindrances. Shall we look at them?

1. Doubt, unbelief

2. Love of worldliness; trust in uncertain riches

3. Sin, which acts as a deterrent

4. Having ought against your brother

Doubt: "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed." (James 1 :6)

When you ask God for something, you must come believing that He is able and willing to do what you want. You do not ask God timidly but come boldly before the Throne of Grace. You ask in faith, not wavering.  You, that have attended our Divine Healing services, might wonder why sometimes, I ask you in meditating, during the Prayer of Faith, to get just one thing on your mind. When you have so many things on your mind, you cannot get anything from the Lord.  In praying, you cannot be thinking, for instance, about the dishes you forgot to wash; you cannot be worrying about someone breaking in your front door; you cannot be plagued by the idea that perhaps you left the gas turned on. You are wavering from one thing to another: daydreaming.

"'For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." (James 1: 7, 8)

An unstable person cannot get anything from the Lord.

We will continue with these messages in part 2………..

          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
The online service Zoom link is sent out each Sunday at or before 2:00 pm to the Saints registered 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 service after 2:00 pm.  The online zoom service will not take place on July 4, 2021. We wish everyone a Happy Holiday!! We will resume the on Sunday, July 11, 2021.
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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.
 Present Guidelines for Individual and Businesses in PHASE 4
·        Limited trips outside.
·        Wearing a face mask in some indoor public facilities is a mandate.
·        Frequent hand washing.
·        Continue to practice Social distancing.
·        Increased occupancy in food and retail establishments with social distancing and other protective measures.
·        Begin phasing in non-essential workers return to on sight working with safety precautions including social distancing and temperature checks.
·        Frequent cleaning of public and high touch areas
·        Small gatherings with social distancing
·        Some essential and non-essential City facilities and programs may begin to open.
·        City continues to accept special event applications subject to COVID safety requirements
·        Continue communication with local and State authorities to monitor public health metrics
 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.