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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: May 16, 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 encourage people to wear face coverings during public gathering and use social distancing, wash your hands, and get tested to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.  For those who have been fully vaccinated, mask may not be required in some places.  We are continuing to observe all safety precautions for the sake of the Children below 12 years old and the unvaccinated.
·        As of May 12, 2021, the City of Atlanta, Georgia remains in Phase 2 of the Reopening Plan due to the infection rate of the coronavirus.   
·        Social distancing is recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to control the spread or for individual safety.
·         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. People younger than 18 years of age are not authorized to receive either the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.
     We are continuing online and limited in-person services through Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube to maintain safety protocols.   In-Person Baptism and prayer service are available using social distancing and personal protective equipment.
      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:
  The Meaning of Judgement (part 2)
 By Apostle Dennis G. Smith

Judge not means …… to be longsuffering, be patient, show restraint, compassion, and be merciful.  It means to have mercy and not condemn a person who is sorry for their sins and wrongdoing, who have a repentant heart.  It means we must focus on the fact that God is giving all people a chance for salvation. 

      It does not mean to condone, approve, or to justify their sinful ways.   We judge not a person who is seeking salvation, we have mercy on a person who has a sorrowful repentant heart, and we condemn not any person who is seeking salvation because we have all sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.  We judge not because we will all be judged by our own verdict or our own conclusion about others or upon others who are striving to overcome their sinful ways.

 …. Look at yourself, the person in the Mirror!!
Matthew 7:1 - 5 Judge not, that ye be not judged.  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?   Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

      When we show mercy to others, mercy will be shown or given to us, and when we give to others, we will receive blessings of giving returned to ourselves even when we give to others and expect nothing in return.  So, then we are measured by the way we measure other people, or we are treated by the way we treat other people, and we reap from others what we have sown.

Luke 6:37 - 38 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:  Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

     We can understand from the previous scriptures is that when we judge, we look upon ourselves knowing that we also have sinned and fallen short of righteous conduct and are merciful to those who are repentant, who are seeking to overcome their sinful ways, because we consider our own condition. 
     But we do judge actions, just like we can judge the change of the seasons, the coming of rain from the clouds in the sky.  We can judge what is right because we have discernment and can determine things to be true or false, right, or wrong, by our knowledge of the truth and by what is happening around us.

Luke 12:54 - 59 And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is.  And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass.  Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?   Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?   When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison. I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite.

     So, we can see the work of the Flesh and the Fruit of the Spirit.  Those that follow the work of the flesh shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.  This is judgement based on the knowing what is right and what is wrong.  We have knowledge of what leads to eternal life with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and knowledge of what leads to eternal damnation in the lake of fire.  We know that all people who belong to Christ will not follow or live by the lust of the flesh but will live by the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, longsuffering, restraint, mercy, Etc.

Galatians 5:19 - 24 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 
    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

      We do not judge concerning the stance of men with God, only their faithfulness to the stewardship given them. The intent of the heart God will judge.  Are they working in pretense for the purpose of gaining fame and recognition from a audience of men?  Are they seeking a following of crowds of people for themselves?  Apostle Paul in Acts 20th Chapter warned the Church with tears that these types of people would be among the Saints of God.  But in matters of stance before God we judge nothing before the time.

1Corinthians 4:1 - 6 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.  Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.  But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.  For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.   Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

     We do not judge in respect of holy days or holidays because we are fully aware that many different nations celebrate different holidays for various reasons.  We warn people to learn not of the ways of the heathen, the unbeliever because their customs are vain, useless, and sometimes very sinful.  Any day observed as a special day, is just another day that God has made, and we should all rejoice and be glad in it, but we should never participate in sinful conduct or the promotion of sinful ways during any celebration no matter what day it is or what day a person considers to be special.

Colossians 2:16 - 17 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:  Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

     A person is known to us by their own actions and conduct.  Just as a tree is known by its fruit.  We call the tree an apple tree because it produces apples.  We called the man a thief because he continues to steal, a murderer because he kills innocent people, a liar because they continue to utter lies, a fornicator because they engage in many forms of sensual contact that are abomination and sinful before God Almighty.  All people that continue to practice unrepentant sinful conduct while claiming to be righteous are false based on their own actions.

Matthew 7:15 - 23 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?   Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.  Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?   And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

      We judge them that are within.  We never keep company with so-called Brothers and Sisters in the Church who condone or justify sinful conduct.  As long as a Brother or Sister continue to confess and repent of their sinful ways, then we are merciful to pray for their forgiveness.  But if anyone walking among the Saints of God proclaim that it is okay to practice sinful ways, we reject the person and their teachings or their proclamations and never take part in the unfruitful works of darkness but renounce their evil ways.  We know that when we are among people who are unbelievers in the world who have rejected God Almighty, we live peaceably among them whenever possible knowing that they are lost sinners.  We must also know that we will have to reach out to the lost people of the world in order to persuade men about salvation.

1Corinthians 5:9 – 13   I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:  Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.  But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.  For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?   But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore, put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

     The four beatitudes also known as the four blessings or good happenings of the Bible are brought about when a person can face the troubles of life with joy, confidence, and faith in the promises of God.

Luke 6:20 - 23 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.  Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.  Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.  Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

    And the four woes or Bad happening of the Bible are brought about by a person establishing their life based on materialism or the desire for excessive possession to reach a status of recognition among both worldly and religious people. It is not uncommon for people to speak well of falseness that is pleasing to their own desires.

Luke 6:24 - 26 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.  Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.  Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

     The natural desire for retaliation or vengeance to harm a person in return who has caused us harm.   The natural desire to take matters into our own hand when seeking to obtain justice is an element that we have to learn to handle through the justice system given by God Almighty.  The Lord Jesus is not condemning the punishment of evil doers, but teaching us how to handle criminal actions, harmful acts through his justice system and not through personal revenge and retribution which usually promotes further conflict.  Some see this as nonviolent teaching, but we see this as the righteous process of justice and reconciliation through magistrates of the civil courts for justice, welfare, and safety of all people.

Matthew 5:38 - 41 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:  But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.  And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.  And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

     To be able to live peaceably with all men, we must Love our enemies!!

Luke 6:27 - 30 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.  And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.  Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.

     One of the central teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is his emphasis on the fact that loving people who love you is nothing special because this is common among all people even worldly and evil people.   He instead teaches and commands us to love those who hate us, and to be merciful doing unto other as we will have them do unto us, treat others the way we would like for them to treat us.  This is generally called the Golden Rule!

Luke 6:31 – 35   And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.  For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.   And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.  And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.  But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

     A person must have the ability to see the Kingdom of God before they can live a life that is truly inspired by goodness.  This is obtained by the New Birth in receiving the Holy Ghost and studying the bible to show yourself approved.  We have to learn the way of salvation before we can lead others.  Some people will try to lead people base of their own opinions accepting what is the majority agreement.  Sadly, what most people agree on may not be the words and the commandments of God Almighty.  And when people follow popular thought that is blind according to the word of God, they make people the children of hell.  People must be taught and learn to follow the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  This one of the reasons we must continue to assemble together, attend Church services that promote growth and understanding, not showmanship and entertainment.

Luke 6:39 - 40 And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?  The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.

     We should carefully guide those who have a weak conscience and spare them.  We must recognize that some people are weak in faith, stumble at false doctrines about food, drink, dress codes, cosmetics, holidays, etc.   We should not use Christian freedom to harm, but rather to help the weak.  Though all things are lawful, all things are not expedient or useful for growth and unity in the Body of Christ.

Romans 14:1 - 7 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.  He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.  For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.

     When we make decisions and judgments based on the knowledge given by the word of God then and only then will we have full understanding of what judgement means.  And when we have full understanding of the precepts of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ then we are confident and will not be persuaded, and tossed about on every wind of false teaching promoted by those teaching error,  some of whom are simply desiring vain glory….

     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 Individuals and Businesses in Phase 2:
·        Stay home except for essential trips.
·        Wear face coverings in public.
·        Frequent hand washing.
·        Social distancing of 6 feet recommended where practical according to CDC Guidance.
·        To-go and delivery orders from restaurants.
·        Continue practicing teleworking.
·        Frequent cleaning of public and high touch areas
 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 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 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.