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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: September 6, 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. 


     Health authorities and governmental officials continue to strongly encourage people to wear face coverings in public 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 all indoor and outdoor public spaces.  

     Health authorities are indicating that the covid-19 infection data for the City of Atlanta, Georgia is improving.  At this present time the city remains under phase 1.  When the City moves to phase 2, we are planning to restart limited in-person services to assist us with virtue online service at different locations wearing face covering and using social distancing which limits small gathering of no more than 10 people with mask and social distancing. The medically fragile are advised to continue to shelter in place.


     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 central goal of all followers and believers in Jesus Christ is to receive eternal life with Christ.  We have been forgiven for our sins through our believing in his sacrificial death on the cross and obedience to his commandments therefore we will not suffer eternal punishment.

     The concept of dying like all other flesh and blood animals must now be seen in a different way. Since we will rise again, we will never cease to exist after our natural body dies but we will live on.  This is the reason why the death of the human body is described as sleeping.  When we sleep, our natural body may be unconscious as to the natural surroundings, but our mind, spirit, or soul enters the dream state or a consciousness on another plane.  On this dream plane, we can suffer or experience life and enjoyment which resembles the life we live when fully awake while the dream state is in progress.  We can experience enjoyment or nightmares while our body is asleep.  From this experience all human being know something about eternal life or eternal punishment. 

John 11:25 - 27 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:   And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?   She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

     The nature of the resurrection of the dead and the translation of the living then becomes the issue.  That in the Last Judgement the dead will be raised, and both the living and the dead shall be transformed into "spiritual bodies”.  It is through the power of Jesus Christ that Death is swallowed up in victory. Apostle Paul asks: "O death where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory?"  Thus, when we live a victorious righteous life in Christ also called Victorious Christian living, the natural process of the flesh and blood body dying is no longer equated with sin and death because the Law of sin has now been conquered and superseded by the victory of Jesus Christ.  We now know that this natural body whether living or dead will have to be changed to inherit eternal life.  So that dying become equated with the process of change by the Saints of God.

1Corinthians 15:49 - 58 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  So, when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?   The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.


When we speak that the wages of sin is death, we are referring to eternal punishment in the lake of fire.  We can suffer and die because of sin and lift up our eyes in hell eventually cast into the lake of fire when we enter a Christless grave or state of death having never believed and obeyed the words of God.  Or we can die in a peaceful manner looking forward to the resurrection and translation of the Saints of God into everlasting life in the presence of God.


Genesis 2:16 - 17 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.


The tree of the knowledge of good and evil clearly presents opposite choices to man leading to his disobeying God and establishes moral and immoral choices.  When God forbids the man to eat from the tree of knowledge, he says that if he does so, he shall surely die.  The indication is that the punishment for this disobedient act is a death sentence of separation from the life that God had given them in the garden and a return to dust before the translation of the Body. Since the punishment for disobedience to God was death in the garden, you should now see that the wage for Sin or disobedience to God is a death sentence of separation from the Holiness and Righteousness of God. This is probably the simplest way to understand disobedience to God.


There are differing viewpoints about death, heaven, and hell among so-called Christians Believers.  Most Apostolic Oneness and Trinitarian Pentecostals hold to the Pretribulation rapture viewpoint also called Pretribulationism which is the most widely held view in America today, which may include the midtribulational viewpoint and various other disputes among evangelicalism.  Evangelicalism or evangelical Christianity is a worldwide movement within Protestant Christianity that maintains the belief that the essence of the Gospel consists of the doctrine of salvation by grace alone, solely through faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ. Evangelicals believe that all people must be “born again" in conversion experience to received salvation, in the authority of the Bible as word of God to measure all truth, and in spreading the Christian message.


 Those who believe that one must be born again as stated in John 3:5 can be found in nearly every Protestant denomination and tradition, particularly within the Reformed, Baptist, Wesleyan, Apostolic Pentecostal, and charismatic churches.  There are also differing views among Christians regarding the rapture or aerial gathering of the Saints of God.  For this reason, you must learn to speak of Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ when comforting all believers until we come to the unity of the Faith.


1Thessalonians 4:15 - 18 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.


The majority of other so-called Christian and mainline churches do not subscribe to pretribulational views. Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Presbyterians, United Methodists, the United Church of Christ, and most Reformed Christians do not generally use rapture as a specific theological term, nor do they generally subscribe to the premillennial dispensational views associated with its use. Instead these groups typically interpret rapture in the sense of the elect gathering with Christ in Heaven after His second coming and reject the idea that a large segment of humanity will be left behind on earth for an extended tribulation period after the events of 1 Thessalonians 4:17 But the thing that most, if not all  believers see and understand is victory through our Lord Jesus Christ concluding in eternal life.


Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.


     Life is actually quite pleasant when we function in a Godly order.  The taste of food, the warmth of the sunshine, the breeze of a gentle wind, the chirping of the morning birds, the singing of the nightly crickets brings a comforting feeling and the joy of living.  But the seasons must change and the warmth of the summer must change into the cool breeze of the autumn and fall weather and with the change come storms, lightning, and strong winds and yet in the midst of the stormy weather life is still lived with the knowledge that the storm will pass over and the sweet sounds of the natural order will return so that we can go through the hard times with the expectation or hope of better days to come.  Notice the pleasant thoughts we have in the natural order of God.

     But then cometh sin…. False Gods made by men seeking to control and own other men.  Disrespect to parents, the jealousy and envying of other people leading to murder in many cases.  Lustful use of the Body for pleasure and riches.  All of these and other sins disrupts the order of God, produces pain and suffering and separation from God the creator of all things.  When we sin, we move from comfort to trouble, from peace to war, from reward to punishment, and from life to death.  We find that there are some who take pleasure in causing the pain of others, causing troubles and war, for Satan walks about as a hungry roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.  You should begin to recognize the contrary, slanderous, accusing and devilish spirit in evil people who are seeking to cause trouble and to inject drama and turmoil in the peaceful life of those who function in love.


1Peter 5:8 - 9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.


     I can remember the times when I was a child and the wild berries grew throughout the open forest.  There were fruit trees, nut trees, honey suckers, wild sugar cane and even tasty flowering plants on the ground for sampling.  And all you had to do was walk into the open woods and learn what to eat and what not too.  In most cases you could watch the insects, the squirrels and the birds and follow their pattern. The food kept growing back each week and the seasonal plants kept producing each season.   But then the commercialization of land and food continued to increase, and they cut down the natural gardens of God in favor of manmade development and the once childhood delights were taken away.  They passed laws that prohibited the raising of chickens and ducks in the back yards of homes and the fresh eggs that my grandfather raised in his hen house were taken away.  As a result, people began to lose their reliance on God and look to the commercialization of man.  This is also what happen to us in the order of the natural flesh and blood body we try to make it extend beyond what the creator intended and began relying on man. 

     Preaching should be for the deliverance of the words of God because Holy Prophets spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost, not because they were trying to sound impressive to other people. 


2Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.


They did not speak to gain the crowds for recognition or to lead captive lustful sensual women using their bodies for wealth and pleasure.  But they spoke as moved by God almighty for the health and wellbeing of all mankind to lead them to the everlasting love and joy of God almighty.  And when we stop the sins that cause the pains and suffering of death, we can see our eternal victory in the Joy of the Lord Jesus Christ who is God almighty.


Isaiah 25:8 - 9 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.  And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.


We can see the Healing of our minds and bodies from sickness and wounds.  We can see how-to do-good deeds any day of the year including so- called religious days of celebration.  We can see the natural aging of our bodies according to calendar and cycle of life looking forward to eternal life with God.


Matthew 12:11 - 22 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?  How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.  But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;  And charged them that they should not make him known:   That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,  Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.  He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.  A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.  And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.  Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.


We can see the victory over fleshly desires and learn to love our fellowman.  We can love and gives enemies the grace of God to overcome sin.


Psalms 98:1 - 3 O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. The LORD hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.  He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.


We can now live in hope of eternal reward again when we are restored to Godly order the Holy state that we lost in the garden of eden.


Revelations 7:16 - 17 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.  For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.


Revelations 21:4 - 5 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.




We continue with a message from Apostle Shelton………………The Storm is Passing Over………...



By: Bishop S. McDowell Shelton


Preached: Monday night July 5, 1965

    Many of you who are in the services tonight have been up since early yesterday morning. You have been out on our estate in Marlton, New Jersey (Cherry Hill Township) where I believe we had a wonderful time, in spite of the rain and with the rain. We can truly say that God was in our midst and brave soldiers stayed there even though some had to sit in their cars and wait until the storm passed over. Some came in the tabernacle and lined up along the sides. They continued in the services until the storm passed over. Just as I was about to leave the sun began to shine. 

     My, this gave me such a beautiful thought: If you will just wait until the storm passes over, the sun will come out by and by. And so, if you wait, just be patient—even though you are weary.  Perhaps you are weary in body and in spirit, troubled by some personal problem.  This, I say to you, tonight: Wait until the storm passes over.  


     As I was riding through our estate in Marlton, New Jersey, a song came to me that my grandfather used to sing. At that time, there was a hard-blinding rain. Yet, something inside was singing: The storm is passing over.  Halleluiah!  The storm is passing over.  Halleluiah!  Have you noticed when a storm is extremely bad? You look around and cannot see a butterfly most of the time. The birds that were singing seem to go someplace and hide. Even the animals in the forest find some kind of hiding place. 


      Someone said, "Lead me to that that rock that is higher than I, because He is going to be a shelter in the time of storm. He is going to hide me in His pavilion until the storm has passed. He is going to keep me in safety until everything passes over."  After while the darkness disappears, and the sun begins to shine. You see the pretty butterflies coming; the birds are singing; the animals are coming out of their hiding places. Life is coming to the world again! Someone remarked: How good it is for the to behold the sun!  Even if you have pain in your body, rheumatism, when that sun comes out, you begin to feel good in your limbs; good in your mind and it makes you feel young again. 


     And so, it is when the Lord has come and has taken away your reproach, your problem, your pain and sorrow. There is joy in His presence. Keep looking and keep waiting because the storm is passing over.  God has directed our path. We thank God, that as we look ahead, we see the path shining brighter and brighter, until we reach that perfect day.

Here Apostle Shelton tells the testimony of a Saint dying a Victorious death during his early Ministry……...


     Precious in the sight Of the Lord is the death of saints. (Psalms 116:15)

     Usually when someone dies, I feel a kind of grief, but not as overwhelming as I have in this case. If I did not know God, I would not know the word. I would certainly say that it would seem more practical for someone to die who was older with no small children to leave behind.  You see, our thoughts are not His thoughts; neither are our His ways. 

     This was a very heart rendering experience. This particular sister had been asking for me to come and I had been so busy and unable to come. One night, I decided to just take off and went where she was.  She felt that when Bishop would come, everything would be all right. When I entered the room, she was in pain. She grabbed my hand and said, "Bishop, you're here! I am so glad you came. I'll be all right, now." When I prayed, I tried to say, "Lord, heal her". But all I could say was: "Lord, deliver her. Blot out all of her transgressions and count her worthy to escape." When I Would again try to say, "Lord, heal her", out would come the words: "Lord, ease her pain and give her joy." As I was there in the room, I felt a kind of resignation or satisfaction that now she was ready to give up the ghost.  I do not feel that way often about people. One particular thing that was very touching about the situation: I like to see a husband or wife—regardless of the differences that have existed between them —when they really need each other in the hour of sore and dire need,—they are there at that crucial moment. There he was by her bedside. He took care of her laundry, the children sat by her while she was ill. She sent for her husband before she fell asleep. He was at the farm and I called there to tell them to release him and let the other engineer take over.  He made it before she said her last "Peace Be.  And so, at the end: united and at peace.  Not only with her spouse, but with the Lord. 
Who could ask for anything more?

 "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. (Psalms 116:15)   

     People wonder about us and think of us as barbarians. They remark, "Why, those people don't even have funerals We don't need funerals because the most precious thing has already taken place. If we only had hope in this life, then there could be weeping and wailing. But the Psalmist said, "Precious, in the sight of the Lord…."   If the Psalmist says "Precious", what do you say?   You know, this scripture began to work on me when I was praying a prayer.   Something came to me saying, "Precious….”, No matter what step you might take, if you are right, the Lord will remind you of His words.

The scripture points out by exclamation, "I love the Lord because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.  Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will call upon him as long as I live." (Psalms 116:1, 2)

     Whenever someone is baptized, and they are honest in heart; they tarry for the Holy Ghost and give up as far as their knowledge is concerned. You know, he that knoweth little, little is required of him. Even though they may not come up with the bride—if they were sincere in their heart, God will count them worthy with the righteous. Those of you who know much and do not have the Holy Ghost: I would not advise you to depend on that. You had better get the Holy Ghost. Some of you have been baptized for over ten and fifteen years. God is going to require from you the water and spirit or tarrying without ceasing, that is, every time you have an opportunity to tarry.

Then when the Lord comes, He will say, "Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when he cometh shall find watching." (Luke 12:37) 

     I would like to say that Sis. Dorothy Knox is not the only one that is going. There will not be too long before others will be going, also. They will not be very old, either.

 “The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow. Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul. Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful”. (Psalms 116:3-5)

     God will be merciful unto you if you will come and be baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ; if you will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost speaking in other tongues as the spirit gives you utterance. He will be merciful unto you if you will lay aside your pernicious ways, leaving the principles of the doctrine and earnestly contend for perfection.

  The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me." (Psalms 116:6)


     When we get down to the last notch, the bottom of the barrel; when it seems that all hope is going, His long arms seems to reach down and lift us up. He stretches out on a high place and prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemy and causes our cups to run over. When they try to prophesy failure for The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, instead of failure, we begin to increase. So much so, until we begin to be even more recognized by the country. When God saw our helpless estate, when no one else could help, but the Lord, He delivered and lifted us up out of the dung hill. He kept our feet on a solid rock. Rain came and winds blew, but tonight still finds us standing. We are still on that high and lofty summit.  We are high up in the mountain of the Lord's house where all nations are flowing. 

"Return unto thy rest, O my soul, for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee. For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling." (Psalms 116:7, 8)

     Do you know that the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord?  That is why you cannot catch me in your booby traps, you set for me, but you will find yourself falling therein.   It is impossible for me to lose. "Lose" is something I have taken out of my personal vocabulary. I consciously think of nothing, but winning. Not a "bag of wind" like you false prophets. Failure has given place to victory; capture has given place to conquer.  My beloved children you can always win. I have no better sense than to believe, that whatever situation I find myself in, therewith be content. I am content when I cannot do any better. But, as soon as I see that I can do better . . . some people take that scripture the wrong way by letting the forces of evil keep them not reaching out and upward.

Philippians 4:11- 13 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.  I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things, I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.


     While you are down in the crevices, while you are laying in the bowels of the earth; while you are in the pit, look up! Lay there while you cannot do any better, but as soon as you figure a way to crawl out, then come on out. After you get out, you might be in another situation. Then, therewith be content. Each time let the situation find you climbing higher and higher. Never be satisfied with the success you have made today. Be thankful, but do better tomorrow. That is why I keep going up and keep pulling you with me. I cannot sit down and depend on last year's testimony because time is marching on.  I have the "Alpha"; now I am reaching out for that "Omega". Do you know what I am talking about?   What was and what is, is all right.   But the thing you have to worry about is what is to come. 

     "l will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.  I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted." (Psalms 116:9, 10)

     Some people just run their mouths with a lot of conversation on faith and when it comes times for "works", you cannot find them. Whenever you testify, stick to it. It might cause some embarrassment sometime or some discomfort, but stick to it.  This one thing I would like to get into your minds. If you are ever going to have victory with God, you will have to learn to take low, even when you could take high. You have to learn how to be humiliated, even when you could be the star. Humiliation is a part of your salvation.  You see, God was led as a lamb to the slaughter. Some people will never achieve victory because they do not know how to be humble. Any great leader will have to learn this.   A little saying the children used to have was: "You can dish it out, but you: cannot take it." Anything I dish out, when it comes back, l can take it.    I set myself for this.    Every day I set myself for the worst, but I look for the best.   Believe me, the best is going to come.  Not one day, but every day.  When I walk out on the street, I look at the world and say to myself: This is a wicked and horrible place! Who can be in a worst place than this earth, except it be hell?  This actually is the beginning of hell because this is where hell is going to be.

Here Apostle Shelton speak of the Earth passing away with a fervent heat or fire…

     But with all that, there is something else which says to me: the next hour will be better.  Tonight, or tomorrow will be better.  All of these and small minded faithless human beings who think everything is getting worse (perhaps the world is, but you are in the world not of the world), let me inform you that things are getting better for me.  I happen only to be a stranger and a pilgrim here.  Since I am not entangled with the affairs of this world, its degradation, and its corruption, it does not bother me, I am looking for a better country, and a better home—After this one is dissolvedeternally in the heavens.

2Peter 3:10 - 13 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

"I said in my haste, All men are liars." (Psalms 116:11)   It appears so, sometimes, doesn't it?   "What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me." (Psalms 116:12)  You might think everyone is against you, but remember that God has an elect here. Otherwise, if He did not, He would not. have anything to return for. After this man came to his self, he said, "What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me." (Psalms 116:12)

      Disillusioned, saddened, disappointed, lost faith in humanity, but he collected himself in the next verse and comes to the conclusion, how wonderful God has been to him and he wants to do something for this wonderful God.  He goes back to his original testimony when he says, "I love the Lord ... He reverts back to that thought saying, "What shall Then he I render unto the Lord… he answers himself, saying, "I will take the cup of salvation, and all the name of the Lord." (Psalms 116:13) . . .And that is a strong "cup". If you can drink of the cup that He drank, you are good one. There is sufferings, sickness, sorrow, loneliness, and all manner of deprivation in that cup.  Who can hold it and who can drink thereof?  

Aren't you glad tonight that you know the name of the Lord? Because everyone does not know it. The Lord answered Paul, saying, "I am Jesus.”  Acts 9:5)   This man (in returning to our thought in Psalms 116) did not forget what he had promised the Lord. You know of all the things you promise the Lord when you are going through a test?  After things got better, you forgot about them; all the things you promised him when you were scared, and suffering and you felt condemned. You said, "Bishop, you'll never have any more trouble out of me.  I will surrender and do whatever you want me to do." Then when things go well with you, your testimony changes. My, my, my!

 Psalms 116:14 – 17 “I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.  Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. “O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.  I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.

     He is not going to be unthankful, but will offer unto the Lord the sacrifice of thanksgiving, Again he brings the calling the name of the Lord into his testimony. Then he promises, “I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all his people" (Psalms 116:18)

I am going to catch up on my tithes, my Apostolic Faith Day Fund.  That is what you say. But you will end up catching up with your lies! You are lying to God by making promises and not keeping them. 

"In the courts of the Lord's house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the Lord." (Psalms 116:19)

Let all the saints say: "Praise the Lord!" When a real saint vows unto the Lord, they do everything to keep that vow. If they cannot keep that vow, they will get up in the presence of the saints and let them know: "Pray for me, because I vowed to do something for the Lord and I was not able to do it." 

Your false preacher in the false church makes vow by saying: "I will therefore baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" and never does it..

Write, blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yeah, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them." (Revelations 14:13)

You have your opportunity to eternal life or damnation; to pay your vows or lie before the Lord; to be weighed and found wanting.  In the sorrows and troubles this psalmist came across, he did not lose his integrity. And so, he leaves us with this comforting thought:

 PRECIOUS IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD IS THE DEATH OF HIS SAINTS.   The Ultimate Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 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


Coronavirus outbreak in Churches from health reports:   August 30, 2020

·        One of the essential workers from our local Church has tested positive for Covid-19 which he acquired on the job, but since we have continually practiced the recommendations of the health authorities no one else has been affected thus far.  Many Churches may find it difficult to monitor this spreading virus if the people around them are not obeying the recommendations and getting a test to assure of their status.  This may become much more difficult with the confusing information coming from some governmental officials about when to get tested.


·        The new church outbreaks come several weeks after a large outbreak at the Andrew Wommack Ministries bible conference in Woodland Park.


Present Guidelines for Individuals and Businesses in Phase 1:


 Social Distancing guidelines:

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:

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.


Present Guidelines for Individuals and Businesses in Phase 2:

·         Small, private gatherings of no more than 10 people, with social distancing