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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

28 Day Journey-Day Seventeen

Wednesday 12//21//02
17 Connected

[OK, the Christmas crunch is here and the comments are dwindling...are you guys with us??]

Now that we've gotten that out of the way....Today's question: What do these people have in common?
Emily from Wartburg College in Iowa (Go Knights!)
Douglas from Rhodes University in South Africa
Amy from the University of Central Oklahoma
Benjamine (do you go by Ben?) from Marshall University in West Virginia
Megan from Vandy (Go Doors!)
Rodolfo, a college leader from Rio (as in de Janeiro, Brazil)
Katherine from Samford

Yep, good guess! They all registered for Passion06 in the last few hours and are headed to Nashville. The message today: you are not alone! You may be at Auburn, surrounded by hundreds (if not thousands) of followers of Jesus or you may be one of the relative few at Washington University in St. Louis who claim the Savior of the world. But, in either case you are part of a massive army, countless thousands, hundreds of thousands, running after Him with everything they've got.

That's one of the things I love most about Passion. It's a neutral ground connecting spot for people from different churches and campus ministries representing every kind of campus in the nation. We all come from different streams, but our common bond is Jesus Christ. He is the corner stone on which all of our hope is built. His unique life, matchless atonement, distinct grace, historic resurrection and unending reign are the source of our rejoicing. That's why His name is our desire and His anthem our loudest song.

That's why it's not enough for us to champion 17,000+ people packed in an arena. We have added smaller Community and Family Groups to the mix so that you can link your journey with other students from places you may have never heard of before and leave knowing you've got a lot of company as you seek to live for Jesus. We're glad you're coming with the people you see everyday, but we also want you to meet someone who's living the same faith, but in a completely different part of the country/world.

So come ready to connect with others who are seeking a deeper faith and a louder voice. Who knows, maybe Douglas will be in your family group and you'll leave with a new pal from south of the equator.

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6.

Today's prayer:
How cool would it be to pray for the others who you are going to be in a Family Group with befoe you ever meet them. God knows the names of the 8-10 people in your group already, so ask Him to prepare them for the days in Nashville and give them a fresh awareness of Himself during Christmas.
Pray for your Community Group facilitator and worship leader as they prepare to help you process what God is during during the days of Passion06.
Look for the chance to connect with someone in the middle of the mass at Passion06 who needs to know they're not alone. Come ready to unite...and with one loud voice glorify Jesus Christ.

Father, thank You for connecting us through the Holy Spirit, kniting us forever to You in Christ. While we celebrate our various streams and distinctives, we boldly rejoice in our common Savior. Release a spirit of unity in our midst and tear down competition and pride for Jesus' sake. You have made us one and one we will be for You. For a louder shout of His name. Amen

Through the day: I'm in a big, big family.

30 Comments:

  • I need a place to stay for volunteering. I am a male. if anyone has room in their room, contact me directly. luke at lukepools.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/21/2005 1:05 AM  

  • It's awesome to when you thing about how large that family is! 12 more days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/21/2005 1:36 AM  

  • Thanks Louie for the constant devotion to writing these entries for this extremely encouraging prayer journey. (Although, there are some slight spelling and grammar errors every so often :p). It's great to be able to start the day off with something to really focus on.

    Tuesday was the day I chose to fast both from using my computer and from eating food. Definitely had some good 'Selah' and prayer moments throughout the day, and I must say, I've never studied so productively in my whole life! My Biochemistry exam is later today at 2PM, and I will finally be finished with this semester - more time to prep for Passion 06 and more of me to focus on the unending glory of His name.

    Thanks for challenging us to pray for someone that does not know Christ -- as I'm sure many people have, I chose my roommate. I also wanted to let me know how much your work at 7|22 has impacted my life -- I believe it was the Passion 05 CD release, and you gave a talk about the woman from England who started up a church, got a group of people together, road the elevators at nighttime in the dorms, went door to door and prayed for every person in their residence(s). Just wanted to let you know that I've been trying to go door to door praying for every person in my residence. There're name tags on the doors and it helps a lot! So far I've prayed for everyone in the building once, I hope to be able to make more rounds and pray for them again. I never realized how much courage it takes to actually go out (even in your own residence) and walk in the hallways late at night, pause, and pray for every person in every room of the building. I'm excited to see God's huge plan unfold at the University of Western Ontario.

    Unity has already been a massive theme this year -- Passion Toronto brought all of us together under one roof, and soon after, we had our first Unity Semi-Formal. God's definitely up to a lot of cool stuff on campus, I'm ecstatic that I get to be a "supporting role" in His huge story :D

    Our God is GINORMSTROUS (yea, I just made that up), our family is huge, Praise the Lord :D

    "When the Lord brought back the captives ones of Zion,
    We were like those who dreamed.
    Our mouths were filled with laughter,
    Our tongues with joyful shouting
    They say among the nations, “the Lord has done great things for us”!"

    By Blogger Christopher Luk, at 12/21/2005 4:40 AM  

  • I am not a college student, but I have worked with college students for the past 10 years. I am to old to "blog" (what does that stand for anyway?). But I am encouraged everyday to see this generation committing themselves to a vital real relationship with our Creator. I am excited to be part of the prayer journey at Passion06 and am looking forward to what God has in store for all of us. Yesterday's post really hit home, keep it up.

    thanks

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/21/2005 8:25 AM  

  • yep, we're still here!!

    I'm so excited...and thank you for doing this. It's going to be amazing when we all come together and are kind of spiritually "on the same page" because we've been praying about the same things for 28 days. Yay!

    By Blogger Lauren, at 12/21/2005 8:56 AM  

  • I'm gettin' pumped...

    By Blogger David, at 12/21/2005 9:01 AM  

  • looking forward to getting connected. it's been a privelege and a blessing to be on this prayer journey with others who will be at the conference.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/21/2005 10:10 AM  

  • Thanks for the Prayer Journey every day it is awesome to be able to pray for those who will be there, even if I'm not a college student!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/21/2005 10:41 AM  

  • We are still with you brother! This prayer journey has been extremely encouraging and centering as I prepare for Passion 06. I hope all my brothers and sisters in Christ are continuing on the journey of prayer that will lead us to Nashville. Just to think about the fullness of diety in a helpless babe this Christmas is.... wow. God has no match!

    Lord may we keep you at the center of all we do. We are made by you, for you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/21/2005 10:45 AM  

  • It's funny how we almost wish our lives away-isn't it? There's always the next______ (you fill in the blank) to look forward to and if we're not careful we miss the here and now.
    Don't get me wrong I am incredibly excited about Passion, in fact, so much so that I almost missed Christmas and New Year's and yesterday and today.
    Over the last several days the Lord has been whispering to me "Don't miss it. Take time to be present-right here, right now. I have poured so many blessings in your life-have you noticed, have you enjoyed, have you said thank You, and Bev, I have work for you to do TODAY!"
    I have been reminded that I am not guaranteed a tomorrow-but I do have today. Today to serve Him, today to live for His glory, today to praise and worship Him, today to delight in His goodness to me. The Lord is in my today, and should tomorrow come, He promises to be with me then too. His presence is why I have freedom to fully live TODAY. "I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance."
    I have been diligently praying for Passion and I eagerly anticipate all that the Lord will do in answer to our prayers. However, as of late, I have added a new request to my list. My prayer has been that we will all arrive in Nashville having been faithful stewards of the same 24 hours that we all are given each day-regardless of what part of the world we arrive from. Faithful to do His will so that when Passion 06 becomes a part of our yesterdays we will continue to live for Him!

    Lord,
    I ask for grace to fully live today!

    By Blogger bev strob, at 12/21/2005 11:19 AM  

  • We just had a small group Christmas party in OK (I go to the U of Arkansas) and had people from OK, England, and even Zaire praying for what's coming at Passion! God is HUGE.

    By Blogger Shelly, at 12/21/2005 11:30 AM  

  • God is so good. We are all so blessed and fortunate to have these opportunities. I am looking forward to Passion and the blessing it will be in all of our lives. I'm trying to live each day in the moment, but also think about the tremendous impact we'll be able to have once this experience is all said and done. Thank you Lord for blessing us and for your faithfulness. I pray we will all arrive in Nashville safely and find ourselves drawing closer to the Lord as each day passes.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/21/2005 11:43 AM  

  • Amazing. Although, I do not know anyone else who will be at Passion, I feel as though I'm coming home. Thank You Jesus for the unity of believers!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/21/2005 11:45 AM  

  • Yes we are with you! These entries have been so encouraging... The past couple of weeks I have almost forgot about the excitement of Christmas hustle and bustle (which I can't stand... who even knows what Christmas is about anymore? Happy Birthday Jesus!) because I am so anticipating Passion. What a preview of Heaven!
    -Katie from Seattle Pacific University

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/21/2005 11:57 AM  

  • Louie, and others,

    I'm always here; at least once daily! Just because I'm quiet sometimes doesn't mean I'm not constantly bubbling over with HIS spirit! As you said, our family is huge, and it's really weird that we'll never know 1/2 of them while we're alive. Just one thing that reminded me of that huge family was getting a Christmas postcard from my Taiwanese friend who lives in Pittsburg, is doing a rotation in Japan, and is staying there with a Japanese Christian family! I can't believe that she'll go to a Japanese Christmas Service on Sunday! How awesome is that! I'll try to be better about commenting in the next few weeks!

    In HIM,

    Silke

    By Blogger Silke, at 12/21/2005 12:25 PM  

  • I'm on the infold of the Passion '05 cd case.

    You know what's sweeter than that? Jesus!

    By Anonymous Robert, at 12/21/2005 12:52 PM  

  • Louie,

    Thank you so much for this prayer journey. It is so important that we not just show up, that we have our hearts prepared for what God is going to do there. I am so grateful to God that there is an organization like Passion to minister to this collegiate generation. I thank God that he has allowed me to have some little part in all he is doing through Passion.

    I am sure there are a lot of students and voluteers that read the journey messages and prayers and do post a reply.

    I was so excited to see the listing of a student by the name of Emily from Wartburg College. I have been praying for a long time that a movement would start on this campus.

    I am a volunteer for Passion and am praying daily for the Students, Passion staff and all the volunteers that will be coming to Nashville.

    I can hardly wait to get to Nashville and see the big things that our awesome God is going to do.

    God bless you all.

    Roger
    Iowa

    By Blogger Roger, at 12/21/2005 1:21 PM  

  • one body, many members
    one mind, many gifts
    one cross, many kneeling
    one Lord, a promise kept

    Our God is more zealous and faithful to His covenant than we could ever be. Praise the God of pursuit, who is leading us unto Himself. Gracious and perfect prize, heaven's boast, Christ Jesus our King.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/21/2005 1:47 PM  

  • one body, many members
    one mind, many gifts
    one cross, many kneeling
    one Lord, a promise kept

    Our God is more zealous and faithful to keep His covenant than we could ever be. Praise God who is calling us unto Himself and to one another. Precious Reward, Heaven's Boast, Christ Jesus our King.

    By Blogger Kendra, at 12/21/2005 1:53 PM  

  • Thank you so much for your devotion to Passion and your heart to see students connect and grow to closer to the Lord. I cannot wait to see what God has in store, it is going to be incredible!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/21/2005 2:30 PM  

  • wow, Bev, thanks for an incredible message there! and thanks Louie for the prayer journey, it's been amazing for me...today particularly...what's infinitely better than having your name mentioned twice on the Blog!! ...Jesus :-)
    I praise Him that you are all a part of my family already and I cannot wait to get to know as many of you as possible!
    Jesus, keep all those who are gathering in your name, for your renown.
    Zephaniah 3:17

    By Blogger Douglas, at 12/21/2005 3:36 PM  

  • In the spirit of being connected, I brought a group of 10 students from various churches to Passion 05 and have a group coming to Passion 06. If you are in the South Florida Area and are looking for a group to connect with (need ride, reg, lodging) on the Journey to Passion 06 e-mail me at sakeller_us@yahoo.com for the details of our journey.

    Serving Him,
    Steve Keller
    Eph 3:20
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    By Blogger Steve, at 12/21/2005 3:44 PM  

  • This is for Amy coming from the University of Central Oklahoma. I don't know if I know you, but thank you for being one more person to bring Christ back to UCO and Oklahoma. Go Bronchos!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/21/2005 5:18 PM  

  • I have already graduated from Florida State. I am 23. Even though I am not going with a group, and I am not in college anymore I am still so excited about meeting other people with a passion for Christ from other places! I am driving solo up to Nashville from Gulf Breeze, Florida, and I am certainly looking forward to that time of solitude and worship as God continues to prepare my heart for what's to come. It's so cool that I've already seen God breaking me of myself. This prayer journey is awesome. It has definitely helped me to focus on making everything about God. Everything for His glory! Yesterday, I was driving home from a movie when I chose to listen to Chris Tomlin rather than Mariah Carey's old Christmas album. As I listened and sang along I began to cry. I don't usually do that in my car. I was crying because I was realizing the great potential that God has given me to be so much more of a useful tool for his kingdom. I have been complacent and lazy and afraid to charge after him with all of me. The point of this story is that every day since my parents gave me a ticket to Passion for my birthday in November, multiple times through out the day, God has shown me himself and has been breaking me and teaching me and preparing me. I am so excited. I can not wait. I am in desparate need of a "recharge" for him.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/21/2005 5:37 PM  

  • Louie,

    Thank you for your postings everyday. I'm following along on the prayer journey and keeping the Passion06 meetings covered in prayer. I won't be attending, since I have to start an internship shortly after the first of the year, but my thoughts and prayers will be with the leaders and the students as you all gather in Nashville.

    I'm so encouraged to hear about all of the students that will be attending and want to make a difference on their campuses. I work in the area of student affairs and have such a heart for young adults of this age group. I understand some of the pressures that they can go through when being miles away from family and established support groups. I pray that each one of the students know that they are not alone and that they will be able to find at least one other believer on campus to share their journey with.

    Much love and prayers to all who are sacrificing their time to put together such a wonderful event. Know that I will be lifting you all up in prayer that week, even though I won't be there. :(

    By Blogger SusanW, at 12/21/2005 5:55 PM  

  • O God let us be the generation that seeks, who seeks your face O God of Jacob! :D

    By Blogger ohsoyoungpat, at 12/21/2005 10:06 PM  

  • You know what song comes to mind, this hymn: "I'm so glad I'm apart of the family of God"
    I pray for my family in Christ now and as Passion comes closer till I meet you all face to face!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/21/2005 11:00 PM  

  • Thanks for giving us the prayer journey. I'm really excited about Passion, and I have been eagerly waiting for the new things to pray about everyday! I can already feel God at work in my heart just from this prayer journey, and I can't wait to see what He has in store for me through Passion '06.

    Also, thank you for letting us break up into small groups during passion with people from all over the world. I was really blessed from it last year at Passion!

    Thanks again for all ya'll do!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/22/2005 12:51 AM  

  • i think the family group was just as amazing as the big sessions. i am still in contact with many of those i met there

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/22/2005 4:17 PM  

  • don't worry louie, we're all still here! it's amazing how God has put me in contact with people from all over the country in the past few months because of 06. two of my three roommates are from other states. i know God has something huge planned for 06. i've felt His preparation for the last month,and it keeps growing. i can't wait to go back home in 11 days and see how His Spirit moves!

    By Blogger ForHisRenown, at 12/22/2005 4:44 PM  

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