Rush of Fools Concert at UM

We had an incredible time with Rush of Fools last night at the University of Montevallo’s Palmer Auditorium.  We’ve been planning this for nearly a year it was a huge success!  I am so grateful for Lance’s hard work in pulling everything together.  It would not have gotten done without him.  I’m also grateful for the hard working volunteers from Mountain Valley and Baptist Campus Ministries who did everything from selling tickets to tearing down equipment.

We enjoyed nearly two hours of worship and heard songs from ROF’s first album and songs from their upcoming album “Wonder of the World.”  The CD is coming out September 19th.  I highly recommend you pick up a copy.  I really enjoyed “Undo”, “We All”, and “Can’t Get Away”, “All We Ever Needed”, and their new song “Freedom.”

These guys are so talented, but I think I was more impressed with their humble, enthusiastic spirit.  They weren’t concerned with accolades during their introduction, but said they wanted to serve our church and worship God.  We had church at Palmer Auditorium and lives were touched.  We had the privilege of praying with several people about issues they were facing in their life.

I really enjoyed talking to Wes and Kevin about their passion for addressing the terrible problem of pornography and sexual addiction.  They are incredibly bold about a topic that most people shy away from.  Their partnership with Freedom Begins Here is exposing a problem that is rampant inside the church.  Statistics say that 50% of Christian men and 20% of Christian women are struggling with pornography and sexual addiction.  Please join me in praying that these young men will have a powerful impact on the lives of the many people who listen to their music.

Most importantly, I believe we made many connections with students on campus.  Our church has a huge burden for these young men and women.  I pray that we can impact them in a positive way during one of the most critical times of their life.  Please pray for our church as we follow up with contacts and share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I’m grateful for Wes, JD, Jamie, Kevin, and Jacob and pray that God will continue to bless their ministry.  Keep up the good work guys!

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Teen Girls Forced to Grow Up Too Fast

The Church Leaders Intelligence Report posted the following information recently:

InfoYouth groups and teen ministries will benefit from a study by Girlguiding revealing three leading potential “triggers” for serious mental health problems in girls: premature sexualization, commercialization and alcohol misuse. The report reveals a loss of childhood innocence and says girls today experience high levels of “stress, anxiety and unhappiness”. Premature sexualization and pressure to grow up too quickly are two key influences in the anxiety felt by girls. The study, funded by the Girl Guides and the Mental Health Foundation, found 66% of the girls surveyed feel “anger and sadness” at least some of the time, and 50% find those feelings difficult to manage. 25% are “often worried,” while 50% find their anxiety hard to handle. Many have friends or family members who have suffered mental health problems. 40% know someone who has self-harmed, 33% had a friend who suffered from an eating disorder and 40% know someone who has experienced panic attacks. 25% know someone who has taken illegal drugs, while 40% have experienced someone drinking too much alcohol. They see supportive families and friendship groups as the “most important factor” in dealing with these problems. Girls are especially under pressure to look like the celebrities they see in magazines and on TV. 66% admit they felt worse about themselves when they saw pictures of models in magazines and on TV.
LifeSite News 7/14/08

I have two precious girls myself.  We must aggressively fight to protect our girls from the pressure of society to become women too fast.  It’s a challenge, but we have the responsibility to teach our girls to be strong and courageous in the face of sexuality.  Where has modesty gone?