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CHURCH. In a moral or spiritual sense this word signifies a society of persons who profess the Christian religion; and in a physical or material sense, the place where such. persons assemble. The term church is nomen collectivum; it comprehends the chancel, aisles, and body of the church. Ham. N. P. 204.
     2. By the English law, the terms church or chapel, and church-yard, are expressly recognized as in themselves correct and technical descriptions of the building and place, even in criminal proceedings. 8 B. & C. *25; 1 Salk. 256; 11 Co. 25 b; 2 Esp. 5, 28.
     3. It is not within the plan of this work to give an account of the different local regulations in the United States respecting churches. References are here given to enable the inquirer to ascertain what they are, where such regulations are known to exist. 2 Mass. 500; 3 Mass. 166; 8 Mass. 96; 9 Mass. 277; Id. 254; 10 Mass. 323; 15 Mass. 296 16 Mass. 488; 6 Mass. 401; 10 Pick. 172 4 Day, C. 361; 1 Root Sec. 3, 440; Kirby, 45; 2 Caines' Cas. 336; 10 John. 217; 6 John. 85; 7 John. 112; 8 John. 464; 9 John. 147; 4 Desaus. 578; 5 Serg. & Rawle, 510; 11 Serg. & Rawle, 35; Metc. & Perk. Dig. h.t.; 4 Whart. 531.

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At such times she knew that her life counted, no matter how careless some people were in the house of the Lord.
Herbert Daughtry said at The House of the Lord Pentecostal Church in Brooklyn.
The final words of that Psalm remind us all that those who follow the Great Shepherd throughout their earthly life can look forward to spending eternity in "the House of The Lord for ever ".
The one thing I ask of the Lord - the thing I seek most - is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
It is therefore urgent that our Church authorities give back to Christ, truly present in each tabernacle, the predominant location in our churches so that they may become again what they once were: the House of the Lord, a house of prayer.
Herbert Daughtry, pastor of the House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn, told the Associated Press, "If the mayor wants to protest this artwork as a citizen, it's one thing.