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: July 25, 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 22, 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 Service, 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 3) (Forty Day Fast)
By Apostle Dennis G. Smith
     For those who might ask themselves the question,” When shall I pray?  What time of the day should I pray?  Also for those who only think it necessary to pray in times of trouble or in times of grief we say that the Bible teaches all believing Apostolic Christians to include prayer everyday in your life.  In the morning at your wakening hour and throughout your daily scheduled activities in your life.  This is the reason why there so many types of prayers offered such as morning meditation, grace or prayer over our breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, or midnight supper.  Then our prayers throughout the day and our prayer at bedtime before we fall asleep.  We continually offer prayers for our daily success in life and intercessory prayers for the success of others. 

Colossians 4:1- 5 Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.  Continue in prayer and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:  That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.  Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

We are constantly giving thanks to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for is loving kindness and tender mercy in helping us daily to overcome all sinful ways and to grow in grace toward others.

1THessolonians 5:17 - 18 Pray without ceasing.  In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

     In marriage we refrain from sensual physical contact with each other by agreement of a time when we will give ourselves to fasting and prayer to keep our relationship with each other and our entire family closer to God which strengthen our relationship with each other and gives us continual victory over Satan and his temptations.  Many married couple can experience greater victory over sensual desires and lust if they will continue the recommended weekly fast that is put forth by many Apostolic Christian Churches.  Usually this it the 4th Day and 6th Day fast known as Wednesday and Friday which is done every week all the days of our life.  Apostle Shelton also recommended a third day during the week chosen as an individual fast for personal strength to be included with the weekly lifelong fast days.

1Corinthians 7:4 - 5 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.  Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

     I must emphasize again that our Lord Jesus Christ encouraged his disciples to pray in secret in their private rooms not to be seen of men which is usually taught by most Christian Churches as the Lord’s Prayer  and the Disciple’s Prayer by some for the purpose of establishing a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ who is God Almighty or coming to know him as your personal savior.  

     This does not condemn public prayer but should make all people understand that prayed should never be use as method for fame or recognition by crowds of people.  Sometimes so-called faith healers abuse the intercessory prayer for healing for the single purpose of attracting a crowd to themselves.  This is the reason why we have maintained the simple prayer of anointing everyone with oil in the name of Jesus Christ and asking God to grant their partition according to his will during our Divine Healing Services.  

     This is often emphasized because we know that throughout the history of the Church, men and crowds have rose up to set themselves up as those who determine your contact with God with all kinds of cultic demands.  When you know God for yourself you will have the power to resist the demands and persuasions of wicked dishonest people who may work to make you concede to gang style religious aptitude for their own person desires seeking a following of people after themselves and not following the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  In many cases they are seeking monetary gain, personal fame, and sometimes political control.

Matthew 6:5 - 13 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.
             As we continue our forty days of fasting and prayer, we hope that all of the Saints are able to choose a time during each day to fast and pray.  We will continue this message in a 6-part series titled,
                " Men ought always to Pray," a part for each week of our forty days of fasting and prayer.  
     We recognize that people have many different schedules in this modern 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 and a prayer, and a scripture reading from one the Poetic Books of the Bible usually referred to as Job, 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. 
     Some Saints have chosen noon until 4:00pm as a midday fast others may have chosen a different time in which we 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 and food only if we are in a high temp environment that may produce 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 one of the biblical poetic books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, or Song of Solomon.   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 your individual faith in God.
We continue with part of a Message from Apostle S. McDowell Shelton …. “Does Prayer Really Change Anything?” ………
Does Prayer Really Change Anything?” (part 3)
By Bishop S. McDowell Shelton
     Our answer to the question, " Does prayer really change anything," will surely be influenced by the following outstanding Biblical characters:
 1.  JOB: There is evidence in the Book of Job that prayer did something for him.  Job was right, but his friends tried to condemn and find fault in him. However, when it ended up, Job had to pray and offer sacrifices for them.  The Lord rebuked Job's friends; not this only, but his latter end was more blessed than the beginning.  He endured the suffering by waiting the long wait until his change came.  Then he could testify: "I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee." (Job 42 :5)   Job had heard about God, but after he had suffered and prayed through, he knew God for himself. There was no more second-hand knowledge.  I would strongly suggest you read the whole book of Job, as it will prove a very good lesson for you.
2. HANNAH: Does prayer change anything for women?
I am persuaded, on the basis of evidence, that it does.  Here, a woman by the name of Hannah not only prayed, but told God specifically what she wanted. In I Samuel 1 : 11,  she asks for a man-child and God granted her petition.  Then, what I really love about Hannah, was that after she received her answer, she did not forget what she promised God ; that ". ..I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life."  God blessed Hannah and she gave the child to the Lord all the days of his life. For scriptural reference, see I Samuel, 1st chapter.
3. HEZEKIAH: Do you know a man by the name of Hezekiah, or have you heard of him? He shows us that prayer will add years to a believer's life. Do you want to know the secret of old age?  Prayer! It was time for Hezekiah to die.  The message from God to Isaiah for Hezekiah was quite different after the latter had offered prayer.  At first the command was : Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live."  But Hezekiah prayed.  Then I have heard thy prayer.  there came another message : I have seen thy tears: behold. I will add unto thy days fifteen years."  What a wonderful testimony!  (Isaiah 38:1-5)

Hezekiah also had an experience with God when Sennacherib and his mighty Assyrian army was coming against him—but he prayed. (2nd Kings 19:20.) They wrote Hezekiah fearful letters which would have excited him had he not prayed. But he took those letters and spread them out before the Lord, (2nd Kings 19:14,) and God gave him the victory. This shows that prayer can alter something in the slightest detail.  No kind of letter offsets people that pray—only shallow people with no depth or spirituality.
You will find people who are naturally malnutrition: every epidemic that passes through is contagious to them.  You will find someone else who has a strong constitution and has never been sick a day in their life.  The only thing that was ever wrong with them was the day they died—their heart stopped beating.
4. JOSHUA: Let us talk about a man by the name of Joshua.  This man's prayer became so effective it influenced the very elements. Many of us remember and are familiar with the fact that Joshua stopped the sun, but, my friend, he stopped the moon also. In fact, if he were to stop the sun, he had to stop the moon. Very few people are cognizant of this fact. "Then spake Joshua to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou Moon, in the valley of Ajalon." (Joshua 10:12)
This was not done in a corner, but he believed God so fully, until he said in the presence of all Israel: "SUN, STAND THOU STILL UPON GIBEON: AND THOU, MOON, IN THE VALLEY OF AJALON!"  
''And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies.  Is not this written in the book of Jasher? the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day." (Joshua 10:13) The prayers had reached up and the sun obeyed Joshua's command.  It does not appear from this text that Joshua prayed a long prayer—it was just a few words spoken by faith.

During the Divine Healing services, we sometimes anoint people by simply saying "in the name of Jesus Christ". Yet, they do not feel they are getting a special blessing. What is any stronger than "in the name of Jesus Christ."   That name has all the power.  However, there is something lacking in the individual. 

"And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the Lord fought for Israel. Joshua 10:14.
5. JESUS THE CHRIST: Did you know that Jesus Christ, who is God Almighty, showed how prayer can prepare you to go through the hardest task of life? When you have a difficult decision to make, the thing to do is pray about it.  There will be times you will not know which way to turn; but pray first for God's guidance and His strength. There might be a time you will have to tell someone something and they are very dear to you. This is something that will hurt them deeply; yet you PRAY.  Because Jesus Christ was in the flesh, he had to come to a great decision.  Finally, he said, Nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done." (Luke 22:42)
It takes prayer to come to that stage. Most people want their will to be done.  Prayer prepares us for the difficult tasks of life and aid us in making grave decisions.
We will continue with these messages in part 4………..
          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 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.