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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: December 5, 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.



     We are continuing limited indoor, in-person services with face mask, social distancing, temperature checks and Covid-19 testing. 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:


 The Mountain of the Lord’s House (part 2)


By Apostle Dennis G. Smith


     The mountain considered as "the mountain of the LORD'S house," may lead some to think of the Physical temple in Jerusalem with all of its priestly services and sacrifices.  But Apostle Paul calls the House of God, the Church of the Living God.


1Timothy 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.


The requirements for membership in the New Testament Church is obtaining salvation by repentance, water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ, and being filled with the Holy Ghost, then continuing steadfastly in the Apostle’s Doctrine and continuing fellowship with all the Saints.


Acts 2:36 - 47 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?   Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.  And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.  And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.  And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.  And all that believed were together, and had all things common;  And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.  And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,  Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.


This is the entrance into the Kingdom of God by the New Birth of water and Spirit.


     From this scripture we can all clearly see that the Kingdom of God is closely related to the New Testament Church. The kingdom of God is also known as the kingdom of heaven.


Matthew 3:1 - 3 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.


Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


     While it is true that the Jews expected an earthly kingdom to be established by the Messiah, but the Lord Jesus Christ offered an immediate, spiritual kingdom that provided forgiveness of sins and spiritual deliverance (Matthew 12:28; Mark 2:1-12).


Matthew 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.


Luke 17:20 - 21 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.


     Once again, from these scriptures all can clearly see that the Kingdom of God today is the reign of the Lord Jesus Christ in the hearts of people that believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and are born again by the new birth of water and Spirit. Let us repeat that the Kingdom of God is now in the hearts of those who believes and obeys the commandments of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the Second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and during the millennial reign of Jesus Christ the King of kings shall be visible again in his glorified resurrected Body.


     The Church is the present manifestation of the Spiritual Kingdom or the rule of Jesus Christ in this world today. During this period or the dispensation of Grace, the Church is the visible form of the Kingdom of God in this world, and as such is the salt of the earth and light of the world. And the King commanded us to teach and baptize all nations.


Matthew 28:18 - 20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


Colossians 1:9 - 18 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:   In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.


In Isaiah 2:2 "The mountain of the LORD'S house" and all nations flowing into it is clearly seen in the Apostolic Christian Church during this dispensation of Grace..   We all can see the fulfilling of this prophecy in the:

Great Commission: After His resurrection the Lord Jesus said that all power was in his hand, and commissioned His apostles to go make disciples of all the nations as stated before. Matthew 28:18 - 20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


The Promise of Power from the Holy Ghost to all believers: Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.


The Day of Pentecost:  Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. ACT2:02 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. ACT2:03 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. ACT2:04 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. ACT2:05 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.


At Cornelius House the gentile: Acts 10:34 - 35 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:  But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.



The Ethiopian: Acts 8:26 - 38 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.  And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:  In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.  And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?  Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.  And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.


The city of Samaria: ACTs 8:12 - 13 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.


They were called Christians: Acts 11:25 - 27 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:  And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.  And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.


City of the Living God, Church of the firstborn: Hebrews 12:22 - 24 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,  To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,  And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.



     From these scriptures all should fully understand that the prophecy of Isaiah 2:1 - 5  about the Mountain of the Lord’s House is about the Spiritual Kingdom of God or the Church which is the house of God. People from every nation who believe are flowing into the house of God, which is governed by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the King of Kings.  And when we submit to His government, we learn to live peaceably with all men. We learn to love our enemies, we do not need to lift up swords or weapons of war against people who are now our Brethren in the Church who are from nations that were enemy nations before they were born again by the new birth of water and spirit because the Brethren have found peace through the blood of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The enmity or hostility that resulted in conflict between them has been abolished.  This is the reason hostile, violent disagreements among Saints is not expected because we suffer wrong rather than engage in unrighteous conduct.


     In the Church we should not need to learn war anymore. Our goal must always be to look for a peaceful end to all conflict among the Church and with all men in every nation throughout the world. 


 Hebrews 12:14 - 15 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:  Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;


     We the Saints of God, are pressing towards the highest calling in the Mountain of the Lord’s House achieving love and peace with all mankind…


Romans 12:17 - 20 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.


We continue with a Message from Apostle S. McDowell Shelton … "THE LORD'S HOUSE ESTABLISHED IN THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN"





By Bishop S. McDowell Shelton


     But continuing our original thought "And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore." (Isaiah 2:2-4)


     In Acts the Second Chapter, while the people were gathered at Jerusalem for the various feasts, they heard those gathered in the upper room speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance:


"And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?" (Acts 2:1-8)


     They were amazed, and others were in doubt and they said to one another "What meaneth this?” And some mocked and others said they (those in the upper room) were full of new wine, but Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice and said—these are not drunk as you would suppose, but this is that which was spoken of by the prophet Joel. In the last days, the Lord was going to pour out His spirit upon all flesh. God was doing all of these things, and Peter wanted them to know that God had made that same Jesus (whom they had crucified) both Lord and Christ. This Jesus Christ of Nazareth was both human and divine. The flesh part of him was of short duration, but that divine part of Him was of everlasting. It was the Alpha, it was the Omega; it was the beginning, it was the ending: it was the first, it was the last; it was the "He-that-was", the "He-that-is", and the "He-that-is-to-come.” He was the Almighty God! But that part of Him that was flesh was the lamb slain.


     God knew it was going to come to pass that He was going to get a body, and that it would be for a sacrifice. That is why when He said on the cross it is finished— He meant just that! It was finished, for He doesn't lie. That was the end of His sonship. We took on the sonship, the Church then became the son. We are the son of God now.


      The Scripture says in Acts the Second, “let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." (Acts 2:36) 


And do not be confused when it mentions Christ sitting on the right hand of God. When you find a spirit with a right hand, then we might understand where the right hand of God is. But whenever God showed or manifested a right hand, He had to bring forth a visualization of Himself, as He did with the Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace, or when He would show Himself as an angel coming from heaven, or when He wrestled with Jacob, or when Manoah saw Him and inquired after His name. He visualized Himself for a time, but when that experience or occasion was over—He would go back to spirit. But the first time He ever became flesh and blood was when He was born of a virgin. However, God is a spirit! When you get confused about your right and your left, how are you going to under-stand God's right and left? All these things are figmentations of man's mind. They are a delusion. Right and left, as far as man sees it, is a delusion. Right and left is just the continuation of the other. All you must do is turn around and right becomes left and left becomes right.


         So, whenever you are reading the Scripture, you have to seek the Christ mind. You have to do it by revelation, and you have to do it according to the Scriptures. You cannot use your thoughts and your ways. If you do, you are always going to be in conflict. You are always going to be confused. The Scripture speaks about—’Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures. (Luke 24:45)


And Peter, through his preaching, opened their understanding. "Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their and said unto Peter and to the rest of the Apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." (Acts 2:38)


     The Word of God was going out from Jerusalem. The Word of God was emanating from the top of the mountain, from a high and elevated place. It was coming down from heaven! It was coming out of Jerusalem and is referred to as being established in the top of the mountains, but the Scripture also says it is a highway.


     "And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be calm The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein." (Isaiah 35:8)


     We do not have any kind of sympathy for people who write and tell us they are trying to find the right church, and that they hear so many other churches and they want to know what is right. The Bible says you shall know the truth! You just shall know it, and it will make you free! If you will know of the doctrine, you shall know of it. "And ye shall know the truth, and truth shall make you free." (John 8:32)”


      Also, the Holy Scriptures say — “And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow…."(John 10:4-5)


     When people must do all this fasting and praying and all of these other things in order to find the truth—in most cases, somewhere along the way in some of their fasting and praying they are going to go into another delusion. Whatever religious organization they are in, they are going to find something wrong with it and claim they see some other light.


     Even if you fight the truth like Paul fought it, there is going to be something inside of you that is going to give witness. Once Paul was knocked down, once God spoke to him, there was no longer any resistance. Paul then asked — "Who art thou, Lord?" (Acts 9:5) Paul did his praying afterwards. The Bible speaks about him praying afterwards. Paul might have kept some of the fasts under the law, he might have prayed whatever form of prayer they prayed under the law, but after God spoke to him — there was a change. God spoke to him and there was no resistance because Paul was honest.


     So, therefore, God has established His Church in the top of the mountain. And everyone who wants to be a part of it must come up to it. 


     Folks used to talk about “I humbled myself down and got baptized." Don't do us any favors! There might be fewer of us here in the area of Denver, but the last census taken estimated that there were about five million of us (Apostolic believers) in various parts of the world. (Today it is reported that the number is above 14 million). However, wherever we are, we are just as independent as we can be. We don't want anybody coming down to us! If you think you have to come down to us, then keep on going down until you end up in hell! Just by-pass us! But that is not where you will find us, for we are surely on the top of the mountain.


     If you felt that false religion you were in was so great, you should have stayed there. If it is so great—go on back! We are not begging; neither do we need the assistance of anyone. The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith is independent! If you come and become one of the bodies and believe everything and strive to practice all of it, then we thank God for you.


     We were asked—if someone comes and gets baptized in the name of Jesus Christ in this Church, but tells you they are going to go back to their church that does not believe in the Apostolic Church and its doctrine, what should you do? Let them go back to that false church and tell them you are very sorry that they do not have a better understanding. You explain to them that the Apostolic Church condemns everything that is not according to the Bible. We are not going to strengthen the hands of evil doers. You tell them that when they are ready to come and be saved —we will be here. The Bible says to repent and be baptized. (See Acts 2:38)


     And when somebody comes in the Apostolic Church and has really repented, they are not going back to what they were doing. If they are going to go back, the Bible says it would have been better if they had never started:


"For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment de-livered unto them. But it happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire." (II Peter 2:22)


     If they don't tell you that they are going back to their false doctrine, you go ahead and baptize them, for the charge won't be laid on your account. But, for example, if someone should ask you for a dollar and tell you that the dollar is for some evil purpose (like buying a drink), you would be a partaker of his evil deeds if you gave it to him. But if you give them a dollar and they don't tell you what it is for until afterwards, then it is not laid to your charge.


     Likewise, when we baptize folks, we baptize them for dying out to this world. We bury them in baptism, that they will die out to all of the things which they previously did. We baptize them that they might come out from their false doctrine and inherit a new life. The Church is no "halfway" house. Here, you must come all the way, or forget it! You must come and repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, that you might receive the gift of the Holy Ghost — speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives you utterance. 


Without this new birth of the water and the Spirit—you are lost forever!!


      Now may the Lord bless you. May the Lord keep you; May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift His countenance upon you and give you peace. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is God Almighty. Amen.


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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     Everyone age 5 and older.  Note: Pfizer is the only COVID vaccine currently approved for children aged 5 and older. People younger than 18 years of age are not authorized to receive either the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.




• Vaccination remains the most effective protection against COVID-19

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• Practice telework and staggered office schedules where feasible, with safety measures

• Non-essential City facilities may open to the public. Masking will be mandated for now and the number of persons indoors may be limited to avoid crowding


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• 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.


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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.

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• 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.