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Trod Gladly Into The Night

Hi friend! Poet Minnie Haskins penned what has become known as "The Gate of the Year." It reads in part: And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: 'Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.' And he replied:'Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.'...

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Is This The End?

This Sunday atLowCountry Community Churchwe are wrapping up our series on Eschatology, "Is This The End?".Eschatology is the study of what the Bible says is going to happen in the end times. Many people have found themselves reeling from the last few years, asking if this is the end? And if not, where do we go from here?As a part of this sermon series, wehave given an ov...

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Eschatology

Eschatology is the study of what the Bible says is going to happen in the end times. Many people regard Eschatology as a branch of theology that should be avoided. But how we comprehend Eschatology affects how we conduct our lives and what we may expect to happen in God's plan. Eschatology unfolds the prophetic program for humanity, Israel, the Church, and the whole create...

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Deborah

The book of Judges describes an absolutely horrible time in the history of Israel. This was Israel's darkest hour. The nation of Israel would do evil and worship other gods. As a result, Jehovah God would give them over to one of the nations that surrounded them, and for a period of time, they would be oppressed by their enemies. Then they would cry out to God, and God wou...

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Will the Real St. Patrick Please Stand Up?

I can stand it no longer.I have something within me, that whenever I see an injustice being committed on such a regular basis, I must address it and do all I can to set the record straight! I feel like this around Christmas and Easter each year when I see what has become of the "high and holy days" of the Christian faith.The holiday I tackle with you now, is not on the sa...

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Five Signs of a Healthy Church

Every year I visit my doctor for an annual check-up. The doctor often tells me things I'm relieved to hear ("Your ears are still attached") and things I don't want to hear ("I'm not sure how you are still alive, but since you are, here's your bill."). Okay, those two things are fictitious but you get the idea.
Since the church is more of an organism than it is an organiz...

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Five Ways To Move Off A Plateau

If you're a leader, you are probably acquainted with times of slow or no growth. Times whenthings have plateaued; times of discouragement; times even of decline.

 Does it have to be this way? Is your work small and struggling? Does it feel like the church plant or small business is taking forever to gain traction?
Here are some principles I have found effective whe...

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Four Barriers to Connection

Visitors. First-time attenders. Guests. Here at LowCountry Community Church we've seen over 450 of them since the beginning of the year.Churches know they are there. Most pastors are on the lookout for them. Yet church after church places barriers in front of newcomers that hinder them from connecting into the life, heartbeat, and ministry of the church. Here are just four...

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Leaders See and Meet Needs

Early in his career, Thomas Edison invented a vote-recording machine for use in legislative chambers. By moving a switch to the right or left, an official could vote for or against a proposal without leaving his desk. The machine would replace the tedious business of marking ballots, counting them, etc. Elated with the prospects, Edison obtained a patenthis firstand heade...

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Thankful vs. Entitled

I recall watching a group of protesters on TV bundled up against the cold weather in one of our major cities who were chanting loudly (and rather obnoxiously), seeking to make their point, change public opinion, influence policy and get something from the government.What that was really doesn't matter.Their chant must have taken hundreds of hours to come up with: WHAT DO...

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