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For the last three semesters our Youth Group was blessed to have a student who was able and willing to lead us in worship through song. But, as happens in Youth Groups, she graduated leaving us with nobody currently willing to lead us. My wife asked me if I would be willing to lead a few songs each week. I am a poor guitar player and and even worse singer, but I agreed to do it. I did it because it is important and because it is necessary. But I also did it, despite my lack of musicianship, for three main reasons.

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Often people who are finding themselves unsure of what to do during a devotion time ask me for a few book recommendations to help them along. So, I’ve compiled a short list of a few books I believe every Christian should read. These books are all meditations by the authors themselves, which serves the double purpose of providing those of us reading them with a solid example of how to reflect on scripture and God’s presence.

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This week the video above of a North Carolina Pastor has gone viral and North Carolina  passed an amendment defining marriage between a man and a woman. This has brought, once again, the issue of the church vs. the LGBT community to the very front of most people’s minds. What is the role of Christians when it comes to issues like this?

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