Next Step


“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door.” Bilbo Baggins

Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu once said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” In the “Where” you need to ask yourself, “Where do I want to start?” Most tasks, whether big or small, are made up of many little steps – from washing the dishes through to building the Great Pyramids. There is always an initial and most logical first step that leads to the second, then to the third and so on until completion.

So it’s time to ask – what is your first, next step?

The world seems to be made up of two kinds of people: those who make things happen and those who watch things happen. I want to encourage you to be one of those who make things happen. Like Joshua, we need to be bold and courageous and step out in faith, trust God and work with Him to make the world a better place.

The world doesn’t need many more thinkers or dreamers, it needs more people of action. People who are willing to stop and do things no one else is doing. Will you be one of these people? There are so many opportunities and exciting possibilities in the world but so many of these are going unrealized. There are also many needs in the world, so many things could be different.

So what are the first things that you need to do to make a start? What are your small daily goals? Who could you call upon to keep you accountable to accomplishing these goals? Take the first step. Schedule it. Don’t get overwhelmed by the thousand mile journey, just take the next step!

It’s time to get started…

Questions for reflection: What might hinder you the most from getting started? How can you overcome that barrier?

Action to take: What one thing can you do today that will start you on your journey of Passion, Vision and Action?

“We’re the people that live.”

Credit: Our Daily Bread

Kick Silence and Speak Up

There is a quote which has been a catch-phrase of Christianity for decades“ Go into the world and preach the gospel, and if necessary use words”.

Many Christians have adopted this mantra. Ceasing to witness with words, they live in silence, hoping that their actions will point people to Jesus. Sadly, it hasn’t been effective.

Sharing about Jesus is not incidental. It is central to our faith and that calls for more than a silent witness.

Speaking the Gospel, the good news of Jesus, was never meant to be optional when following Him. In fact, it isn’t even really a task. It should be a natural action out of the overflow of our love for Jesus and His love for others. Yes, people will see our good deeds and glorify God, but the Bible is clear that the story of Jesus’s death and resurrection is too good and too important to leave to guesswork. We must share, we must speak up. The love of Christ compels us!

It is time kick silence and speak up. Why not talk to someone about your faith today? That could be with a colleague, on Instagram, or to the attendant at the store. Regardless of who you speak to, it is important that you do. All you need to share your faith effectively is a relationship with God and a relationship with others. Sharing your faith is simply connecting the people you know with the God you know. The eternities of those around us can be changed forever simply because we choose to share Jesus.

People are open to talking about Jesus, they are just waiting for you to start the conversation.

Thanks to Lyle Dietrich for providing the content for the weekly inspirational bulletin.

Let God Fight For You

According to Strong’s Concordance, the Hebrew word for “fight” is “lacham” (H3898) which means, “To do battle or to make war.” Together as a couple, make the decision not to fight or to make war against one another. The war is not within the walls of your marriage. The battle is against the enemy and against every trap and tactic that he sets up against you. Use your time and energy to fight the enemy instead of fighting each other. Hold your peace and fight together.
Choose to make peace and allow God to guide and lead your house. Choose to let God lead your words and actions. Let God guide the heart and course of your marriage. Let God guide your thoughts and hold your peace. Before you speak — choose to hold your peace. Before you act out of character — hold your peace. Before you sow your words recklessly — choose to let God lead your words and impart peace. Sow into the heart of your spouse. Sow peace and not discord. Let God rest within the heart of your marriage.

DON’T JUST SURVIVE! – Your Marriage Was Meant To Thrive!
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Revival is Now!
Revival stirs Godly desires within you!
Revival gives you unusual boldness!
Revival gives you a powerful sound of freedom!
Ready or not, it is here!

Are you hungry for God to move in your life?
Are you ready for Godly desires to be stirred within you?
Are you ready for revival?

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The WLCC service is set up to accommodate everyone during the pandemic:
• Sunday Service: Starts @ 10:00 AM at the
Old Stone School,
37098 Charlestown Pike, Hillsboro VA

•We have a drive-in service where you can stay in your car, watch the service, and listen to Pastor Ray by tuning your car radio to 1610 AM
•We have socially distanced indoor seating.
•We also have numerous tables, spaced appropriately, for anyone wishing to attend the outdoor service in a more personable atmosphere.
• WLCC continues to stream Sunday Service at 10:00 AM on Facebook and YouTube.

Bible Study Group occurs virtually every Wednesday at 7:30 pm.
Youth Group occurs virtually every Monday evening at 7:00 pm
Join us for a lively discussion. Check your email for the online link to the meeting.

Western Loudoun Community Church is about being the church — not just some religious exercise. We are about fulfilling the Great Commission and living the Great Commandment.

Come see what all the laughter and joy is about.
Senior Pastor Ray Cowell