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Hundreds Of Thousands Students Gather For See You At The Pole

September 26th, 2018
  For over 25 years, See You at the Pole events have united students around the world to gather at school flagpoles and pray for their schools and communities. Whether you attend private, public, or home school, you are invited to attend, so please encourage others to join with students all over the world. Together, we will give thanks for hope in Christ, seek His grace and truth for our schools, and ask for the Spirit to work in and through us. Check out the stories and pics and add yours!  
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Christian Singer Bigger Than Drake & Ariana Grande… (Rolling Stone)

September 24th, 2018
Lauren Daigle’s chart-topping debut highlights the deep enduranc
  By Amy X. Wang Paul McCartney easily took the top spot on the Billboard 200 this week when his new album Egypt Station blew past 153,000 equivalent album units — a forceful 147,000 of which were traditional album sales. Eminem’s Kamikaze, now two weeks old, slotted in at Number Two with 136,000 units. But just under those two, and well ahead of records by Drake, Ariana Grande, Mac Miller, Post Malone, Travis Scott and Nicki Minaj, is a somewhat unexpected record called Look Up Child by 27-year-old Christian singer...
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How Adele's 'Husky' Voice Inspired Lauren Daigle to Accept Her Own (PEOPLE)

September 19th, 2018
  Lauren Daigle is seeing fans of her music “take out all their emotions” following the release of her latest album, Look Up Child, earlier this month.   Daigle, who recently turned 27, spoke to PEOPLE about finding herself and seeing her music change people’s lives.   “People started blowing up my YouTube and my Instagram and saying, ‘Hey, I have wanted to commit suicide — this song completely just got me out of it,’” she says of her single “You Say.”...
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The Unlikely Endurance Of Christian Rock (The New Yorker)

September 19th, 2018
The genre has been disdained by the church and mocked by secular
By Kelefa Sanneh In 1957, less than a year after the end of the Montgomery bus boycott, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., took a part-time job as an advice columnist. His employer was Ebony, and his ambit was broad: race relations, marital problems, professional concerns. In the April, 1958, issue, King was asked to address one of the most polarizing issues of the day: rock music. His correspondent was a churchgoing seventeen-year-old with a musical split personality. “I play gospel music and I play rock ’n’...
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FDA Cites ‘Epidemic’ Of E-Cigarette Teen Use

September 13th, 2018
By Sarah Owermohole • Politico.com he FDA launched its boldest move yet to combat vaping by teens and avoid a new generation of nicotine addicts, threatening to pull flavored e-cigarettes from five manufacturers if the companies don't submit plans to curb the use of their products. The agency gave e-cigarette maker Juul and four other companies 60 days to submit plans or face regulatory consequences. Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he's reevaluating a decision last summer to delay moves to regulate e-cigarettes until 2022, citing...
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How Teens Use Social Media in 2018 vs 2012

September 11th, 2018
You heard it here first! Go to this link to get the rest of the insightful infographics that you and your youth ministry team need to stay up to speed on your young friends and their social media tendencies.
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USA Today: Teenage Suicide Is Soaring…

September 10th, 2018
By Jayne O'Donnell and Anne Saker, USA TODAY Network. Contributing: Marquart Doty, Janiya Battle and Ashanea Parker of the Urban Health Media Project, which O'Donnell co-founded.     J.C. Ruf, 16, was a Cincinnati-area pitcher who died by suicide in the laundry room of his house. Tayler Schmid, 17, was an avid pilot and hiker who chose the family garage in upstate New York. Josh Anderson, 17, of Vienna, Va., was a football player who killed himself the day before a school disciplinary hearing.    The young men were...
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Teen Xanax Abuse Is Surging

September 4th, 2018
  By: Christine Vestal, The Pew Charitable Trust   BALTIMORE — Teen drug use during the summer often goes unnoticed. It’s when school starts and students nod off in class, exchange pills in the hallways and fail tests that the truth becomes apparent.   This school year, addiction specialists say they’re expecting an onslaught of teens addicted to Xanax and other sedatives in a class of anti-anxiety drugs known as benzodiazepines, or “benzos.” Many teens view Xanax as a safer and...
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