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Friday, January 06, 2006

I'm Sorry I Didn't Tell You Before You Came

For all you people new to Passion, I'm so, so sorry we didn't inform you before arriving about the post Passion dilemma of trying to tell people who were not there about what happened. I mean, honestly, have you ever felt more frustrated trying to search for mere words? So you say a lot of things that are sort of discombobulated and exasperating, hoping that the exploding radiance in your somewhat droopy eyes translates more effectively the surging truth and emotion that are about to blow your heart wide open.

If you're still searching for an answer to the "How was Passion" question, I like what one blogger wrote:
"when asked by a friend, "how was it" all i could do is hug them with everything i had and tell them, that's just the first 30 seconds of the conference. imagine 4 days of that, but with God's intensity."

Oh, and I also forgot to tell you that your brain would hurt for a few days.
And that songs would thunder in your head.
And that you would find yourself drifting back into that massive crowd.
And that you would feel like you had known your Family Group forever.
And that you would wake up wanting to head to your Community Group.

And, most of all, in the midst of all that was running through my head Thursday morning, I forgot to say on behalf of Passion, thank you for the amazingly generous way you worshipped in the offering to help us reach more Bostons, NYCs and Torontos. It was stunning, to say the least, as you gave $216,542... and that number is growing as others continue to respond. Speechless, again. We will follow God, and serve Him through your provision to touch the lives of students around the globe.

Reading every comment on the Blog just now has made me smile at God. I don't have a lot of words to describe how I feel about Passion either, so let me just give each of you a huge hug and say, more to come as I can gather enough tiny words to do this glorious God justice.

Spent and happy, Louie

157 Comments:

  • that is an amazing way of putting it, and it is completly true. People we are saved and loved by a God who created everything we can see and can't. we are going to be with him forever. that just really hit me this week. forever with the one who truly completes us, and with how perfect and holy He is, and all of the atrocious things we do to him. it still astounds me that he chooses to loves us to the point of his death. how can we kepp that to ourselves? how can we not help everyone to know this God who is hope? how can we keep it in? I know i can't, and won't. I know that this is all such an understatement, but its the best i can do with words. i agree with what that guy said that passion was like a hug with God's intensity for 4 days, but it is about so much more than that, its about that hug for eternity.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2006 7:20 PM  

  • Right on man! Its not indescribable, but pretty hard to describe. What is God going to do next in this movement? I cant wait to see. I will wait on You...I will trust in Your unfailing love!

    By Blogger Garrett, at 1/06/2006 7:22 PM  

  • $216,542 & growing! WOW! College students have it and will give it when challenged! Louie...God is touching the nations through the Passion movement and thank you for being obedient to God in your calling. - Steve

    By Blogger CrossCampus International, at 1/06/2006 7:23 PM  

  • The experience of this event lingers in our eyes, in our laughter, our tears, our attitudes; our very beings are portraying the experience, the understanding, the love of...Jesus. This is why we call it Passion.

    By Anonymous Tina, at 1/06/2006 7:25 PM  

  • It's going to be exciting to watch the "ripple effect" of how God is going to work and spread His fame & renown across the world now that Passion 06 is officially done.
    Our flight out of Nashville was delayed by over an hour and it was interesting to note how many people were sitting at the gate who had Passion wristbands on. What an encouragement to watch them! And to hear the conversations going on about how unbelievable God is! When we finally got on our plane, it ended up being a plane that had been re-routed to Nashville from Alabama en route to Detroit. We had to board the plane and find any available seat to sit. I sat between 2 gentlemen, who it turns out, were both believers, which was incredible. Normally, I just like sitting on a plane and reading whatever book I have with me, but the conversation just started pouring out as we discussed what God displayed at Passion and how incredible He really is. The one man's daughter had attended Passion and so he was itching to hear how she ended up liking it.
    God is going to work and move in ways we cannot imagine over the next little while. Let's remember Beth Moore's analogy of the seed and make sure that we sow this seed, which is soooo good, into the reality of our lives, and watch God spread HIS fame & renown!

    By Blogger Jen Lenhart, at 1/06/2006 7:30 PM  

  • my words simply can't give our Glorious and Gracious God justice. God really opened my eyes to His Will and Greatness this week. And He filled my spirit with so much joy and excitement Monday night when all 18,000 of us were singing to Him. I had spent the past week feeling like there are so few of us who know Christ and didn't have much hope for my own personal ministry. But being with my family members really lit a blazinf fire inside, and now i'm like "We CAN show Christ's Glory to our peers!" Since I've made that proclamation inside, the enemy is already trying to slow me down, but God told me not to give up in 1 Peter 10:5. Check it out.
    God is SOO big, we're so small, and i'm still blown away that He has an amazing Plan and Purpose for us. He is INDESCRIBABLE. that word just can't be used enough.

    By Blogger Keith, at 1/06/2006 7:33 PM  

  • Please consider a 2-disc passion CD to cover the amazing music that was played. Or a dvd/cd combo. Thanks for all you are doing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2006 7:40 PM  

  • I am so glad it was good and sounds like many more people were able to go and many people who werent there last year got to go

    By Blogger Christina in ATL, at 1/06/2006 7:54 PM  

  • wow . . .
    trying to find words to describe an indescribable God.
    I found myself sitting in the midst of 18,000 people and yet, I knew that it was just me and God in that moment. What a HUGE yet personal God that he could and would and did meet with everyone on a personal level in the midst of our "passion community".
    The face of college campuses across this world will not be the same because of what happened at Passion.
    Louie, how can I even begin to say thank you for your obedience to the call of Christ in your life. Praise the Lord for what He has done through a willing servant.
    "We have all we need in You, and all we need is You."

    By Blogger Eric, at 1/06/2006 8:39 PM  

  • Wow. As I begin to try to process the last few days, I find myself overwhelmed by how God has revealved Himself. Even now, I'm in tears just thinking about it. I want to share with you the verse that God branded on my heart in these last couple of days - "I am the LORD, that is my name. I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols." Isaiah 42:8

    By Blogger beckytony, at 1/06/2006 8:46 PM  

  • Hey Louie, I have been dealing lately with a lot of questions about politics in our country. I'm trying to figure out my political beliefs so that they will line up with my Christian beliefs and I would LOVE for either you or Beth or anyone to give a speech about your opinion on politics in America. I feel like I can influence more people at my school if I really know my issues and why I stand for them. That would be awesome!! Passion was amazing thanks for all your hard work! Amy

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2006 8:54 PM  

  • As I read Louie's last entry, I could not help but agree. With each line I thought "yes, yes, yes, YES" that is exactly how I feel. This was my first Passion and as I try to describe it to family and friends I dive into a detailed explanation only to realize that others can't picture it like I do, they haven't expereinced it. My shortened version ends of being a bunch of words jumbled together that ends up in something like "God is great and glorious and indescribable. Go to Passion next year." I can't wait to see how God is going to use me because of what I learned the past four days!!

    By Anonymous Sarah B., at 1/06/2006 9:05 PM  

  • no words could describe the conference. It was beyond awesome, and when asked what i thought about it, all i could do is smile and say, it was like visiting with GOD for 4 days. I am truly lookin forward to the 07 conference in Atlanta. I am ready to go out into the mission field of my college at McNeese State University in Southwest Louisiana and shine for Jesus.

    Brandon

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2006 9:08 PM  

  • i wasnt able to go, but a good friend of mine did... he came back just gushing at the seams. cant wait for the cd to come out!
    i put some of his pix up on my blog...

    http://www.xanga.com/rockypillows

    By Anonymous tray, at 1/06/2006 9:08 PM  

  • Absolutely amazing. Great Worship, messages, and God is mobilizing a generation for His renown. The art wall 'box' that covered the worship leaders at the end was a powerful statement that it's about the move of God in this generation. I absolutely sense in my spirit the vision to go to the urban centers especially in the Northeast. That is a God vision. One word of caution - the strong Calvanism could threaten the unity Passion has enjoyed so far - I pray God's favor rest with the Passion leadership. I'd like to see a bigger vision, let's not just do Atlanta, lets go North, South, East, West... with God nothing is impossible...

    By Blogger bobby, at 1/06/2006 9:12 PM  

  • "And He set me on fire, I am burning alive with His breath in my lungs I am coming undone"....those words have never felt more true. If I try to comment in my own words I think I might break the backspace button on my computer because I am completely stuttering over here trying to make sense of what we have just encountered. I think you said it right when you said God met us there in love. Overwhelming love...my heart is aching for home; that is exactly what Passion is....a glimpse of home. His glory shown bright in my family group, in the heaviness of the Spirit in Gaylord Arena and most purely in my friend Nola who met Jesus for the first time at Passion. By far my greatest joy came from hearing her explain how she met Jesus with pure words from a heart that is just coming to know our wonderful Savior and Creator of the Universe. Last year my friend Susan left our group to go sit by herself in the very upper level of the arena. She is now serving the Lord as a missionary in South Asia and at Passion is when the Lord was calling her there. One night while we were worshipping I looked around at all the college students in the arena. It was worshipful as I thought of my sweet friend across the world and saw where she once retreated to be alone with Him, this year filled completely with students. His story is amazing. Thank you all for pointing me to Him.

    By Anonymous amy, at 1/06/2006 9:16 PM  

  • How come Christians used to think that rock and roll music was satan's music? And now it's ok?

    By Anonymous Troy, at 1/06/2006 9:31 PM  

  • I'll admit that I'm nervous, excited, overwhelmed, and overjoyed all bundled together inside. It's a scary feeling, but I'm glad that I can be confident that God is completely with me. Such a great feeling that overpowers the fear. I've yet to put into words what this past week has done for me. But I can say that as a Christian since childhood, I am amazed and grateful that God has renewed my love for Him in a whole new way. He has put a new flavor and spice in my life (because in Texas, spicy = savory goodness)! Even now, tears fill my eyes to fully understand again the price that Jesus paid for lil' ole me and everyone around me, and I never ever want to go back to the mediocrity in which I was once living. I want to step up to the challenge that has been presented to me this past week, and I want to go out of my comfort zone for the sake of Jesus' name and glory!

    PRAISE GOD FOR HIS GRACE! Gotta love Him. :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2006 9:36 PM  

  • After the message on Wednesday night, I couldn't address God as anything when I prayed. There were no words that could hold Him and His glory...

    Thank you for being used by God to reach college students like myself...

    Soli Dei Gloria

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2006 9:38 PM  

  • To the Passion Family,
    Thank you so much for your beautiful hearts and passion for the fame of our Savior. I live in Atlanta and I am a senior in High school. I've been going to 7:22 regularly since last January(i know i was too young ;))and have been waiting for the opportunity to attend the conference for the whole past year. I've been a Christian for most of my life but have much of a prodigal son(or daughter) story. I came back to God a little over a year ago and was called to full time Christian ministry. I loved every moment of Passion and just was so humbled by how big our God is. Thank you for being so obedient to the call of Christ and providing this beautiful time of renewal and refreshment for the cause of Christ. I learned so much...and most of all, I feel more ready than every to live for the glory of our great God on my college campus come August. My heart is burning...and I know this is no "spiritual high". The Passion movement will continue to grow and be blessed by God, and I pray that you will see the fruits of your labor...if not now, then when you reach glory. Thank you for all you do. God has moved. And He hasn't stopped in Nashville. Glorious, Over Us, You Shall Reign, GLORIOUS!!
    Jenny
    Lilburn, GA

    By Anonymous Jenny, at 1/06/2006 10:10 PM  

  • I volunteered and will volunteer again next year for sure. I documented everything on my blog at http://www.wonderingfellow.com. I can't express everything yet though. I had so little sleep (having too much fun to sleep) that I'm still getting caught up but as I'm getting cought up I'm getting more of my thoughts together and I'm realizing that I didn't have a "mountain-top" experience. It was an experience from God that has changed who I am! Thanks Louie and Passion for being used by God to spread His renown!! I understand!!

    By Blogger Sid, at 1/06/2006 10:12 PM  

  • Louie, i just want to thank you for the message that you gave durring Passion 05'. yes even though this is my first passion experience i listened or watched your message on being a Saint and a Sinner and how its not possible, and how we can overcome satan even though were just Big Fat saints. And again this year when you said that you had failed out of college 2 times, it realy opened my eyes that i have been takeing education slack. that if i want to do what God has called me to do (preach). God spoke to my heart through that. This is a Random question but how long does it take to set up and break down all the stuff from around the town!?...On another note the mentioning of haveing songs sounding in your head for the next few days and you missing your Community Group like they are family youve known forever, and you waking up wanting to go to you Community Groups....SO TRUE, i miss my community group, i miss being able to wake up and just take with ppl about the Lord and what he has done for me, that and Worship with Christian....i miss it all, but ill be back next year in Atlanta! i know this is getting long but i just wanted to share what some ppl with my youth did while we were in TN at passion. We took our break and instead of going to the hotel to rest (i think we racked up maybe 9 hours of sleep all week) or getting some food for ourselves we decided to stop at the life way, and get some $.99 bibles and some traks, 12 pepsi cans, 12 Mc D's Double Cheeseburgers and medium fries and make bags to feed the homeless people. It was so awesome how they were so hungry not only for the earthly food but for spiritual food also, just showing Gods love through us they started to break down, they wanted prayer they wanted CHRIST!! It was a joyous day in Heaven, the only song that i could think of was the one by David Crowder when he yells "THIS IS FOR GLORY...(this is for glory)...HEAVENS GLORY...(heavens glory)..." All i have to say is Praise our God for he is good! God Bless and take care!

    Brother in Christ,
    Bryan Flake

    By Blogger Child Of God, at 1/06/2006 10:14 PM  

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    By Blogger aaron, at 1/06/2006 10:16 PM  

  • Wow... I'm not a crier and I almost cried reading that, because that is exactly how I feel right now. You all put on a great party for us to worship God to. I will never forget it as long as I live. Knowing how awesome something as small as a confrence of just 18,000 people is makes me think of how AWESOME the party is going to be in Heaven. I feel almost bad, because I want everyone to have the experience I have had over the last week.

    By Blogger aaron, at 1/06/2006 10:18 PM  

  • Passion was amazing, there just aren't words amazing enough to describe it!! Thank you and your staff for all that you do and for having a Passion for College Students. Taking Passion farther than the U.S. is something that's really been put in some of our hearts. We work with some memebers in Guatemala and send so many mission teams out constantly but I believe there is a need for something like Passion for the thousands of college students there. We brought one of them to Passion '06 with us and he had a blast imaging what his fellow class mates could experience. I just ask that you help us pray about other countries whether it's Guatemala or Africa, no matter where it may be there are college students all around this world who don't know the Lord and all He's done for us. Just keep them in your thoughts and prayers! Thanks!! And thank you Louie for another awesome year at Passion! See you next year in Atlanta! :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2006 10:30 PM  

  • when i came to passion 06, i wanted to feel God's embrace.. i wanted to feel that he was there. atlas, i didn't get that. however, i did hear His voice and because i didn't get what i wanted, i came to be more closer to him. i've talk to Him more than i've ever done. i don't regret coming to passion 06 because God really spoke to me... it was his own way for me to capture my attention by not having me feel his presence. did that make sense? if not, sorry for confusing you but it makes sense to me.
    God bless you Louie and the worship leaders. Thank you for taking action to your calling.
    -katherine, school of visual arts, nyc.

    By Blogger stranger, at 1/06/2006 10:31 PM  

  • MY VOICE IS GONE!!! But not even my broken tone and lack there of reaching high pitches can not contain the exploding joy in my heart after an event that has made God more real to me then I've ever seen Him.But there are no words, not enough at least in our whole vocabulary of how God Clearly appeared in every days event and presented Himself to be taken up, sometimes for the very first time PRAISE GOD, and filling hearts with PASSION for HIS GLORY.
    AGAPE my brothers and sisters in Christ.
    ELOHIM ADONAI IS MY ALL <><

    By Anonymous LiZ, at 1/06/2006 10:38 PM  

  • I'm just getting back home today from Passion and as I sat here reading the many postings from students and reflecting back to this past week of my first week at Passion as a volunteer, I am just totally speechless. And to think we have raised over $216,000 so far.....WOW!!! The students were just so incredible, friendly and their passion for the Lord is truly evident. I just want to thank everyone for their prayers. I arrived in TN on Sunday so wired up and pumped up. Me and my 3 roomies hardly got any sleep that Sunday night, we were just so excited and could feel God's presence so strongly. The warfare was indeed intense, yet to see how the many prayers lifted up to God just literally blew the enemies attacks out the window was incredible. As we began breaking things down on Thursday, I thought that even though Passion in Nashville has come to an end and it is a sad feeling, but it is not really the end. I loved Louie's talks about taking Passion out onto all campuses. Let us continue to pray that students will carry this fire onto their campuses, churches, neighborhoods, everywhere. It would just be so amazing that by next year we would have thousands more come. I also loved what "C" had to say in the other posting about having the chance to talk to the techs about Passion while getting the car looked at. That we could be a witness to those in the area and these people can see just by the amazing love of the 18,000+ and experience a glimpse of God's glory and love for them. What an incredible witness!!! As I struggled on what I know is my calling and knowing despite my circumstances, this is where I need to be next year.......except in Atlanta next year. Christinah......perhaps I will see you there. I can start praying that my boss will be understanding that this will be a yearly thing for me to have this time off. This week has just been a blessing for me as well as I watched the love of Christ in these students faces, their hands outstretched praising God was such a beautiful sight and emotions were pouring high throughout the arena. The sight of leaving from my Community Group on the last night as everyone walked in silence.....such an example of love and obedience for our Saviour. You students are so beautiful....every single one of you! I love you guys (and ladies)!

    Thanks Louie & Shelley, Chris, the Travelers, Matt, Charlie, David & band, Nathan & Christy, and many more for your obedience in serving the Lord and helping lead this generation to the Lord.

    Glorious, over us
    You shall reign glorious!!

    By Blogger Donna Versace, at 1/06/2006 10:51 PM  

  • Amazing experience!! Last year only 3 people from my church went.. this year we tripled~ and next year hopefully more will join us! Passion absolutely changed my life and I want to share it with everyone at church and school! ATL here we come!

    By Blogger gRaCe~!, at 1/06/2006 10:51 PM  

  • Right on!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2006 11:03 PM  

  • though it has been said many times in the christian realm at how great our God truly is, it was never more apparent to me than this week. it finally clicked. this God that we serve stands over all of creation as everything in it worships Him. yet this most powerful God and so mighty is so eager to love each one of us and has a purpose for our lives. that continues to blow my mind yet causes my heart to rejoice. louie you are awesome and i thank you for being completely receptive to God. this week has been absolutely incredible and i have no words to say how amazing God is. He truly is indescribable

    By Anonymous britt, at 1/06/2006 11:14 PM  

  • The thing that impressed me the most about Passion 06 was the attitudes of the volunteers. They were inundated with tons and tons of college students, yet the volunteers were smiling, helpful, happy, and pleasant. I don't know that I could have been so nice...they were amazing and deserve so much recognition. Their hearts were wide open to the students. They will reap what they sowed...maybe not here, maybe not now, but God will bless them. (And I went as an 'adult' with a college group, I'm 30) I loved the attitudes of the volunteers. They amazed me!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2006 11:15 PM  

  • For me the conference can be summed up in one word: VICTORIOUS! At my school, we talk a lot about living a victorious Christian life, but we have a hard time describing what that really is. Through the conference and especially the party Wednesday night, I came to realize that a victorious Christian life is living every consumed by God's glory and celebrating His grace. Thanks to everyone who worked soooo hard to make Passion a reality. Would it be possible to get a DVD of the talk Wednesday night? It's extremely hard to describe everything that went on in that session without all the pictures!
    God Bless and thanks again! SarahC

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2006 11:15 PM  

  • Oh....I forgot something. For the many at Passion who, just like me, were very curious and asking about that one song that was being played at the Community Groups and in the arena. The one that has that mystical sound that is so mezmerizing. Well, they got the information on the song and announced it Thursday morning at the end of our group. The song is "This Time Around" sang by Helen Steller and is on the Elizabethtown Soundtrack.

    By Blogger Donna Versace, at 1/06/2006 11:26 PM  

  • it's getting kind of repetitive to say this, but that is exactly how i feel! thank you for the incredible week, it was such an amazing experience i'm ready to go back right now.
    i also wanted to second an earlier comment about putting out double cd or cd/dvd combo. i want the worship so badly!!! i know many other people do too, so that would be incredible if it's possible.

    By Anonymous emily, at 1/06/2006 11:26 PM  

  • Amen! Amen! Amen!
    I brought one student to Nashville. I'm praying she and I will bring at least a dozen students to Atlanta!
    To God be the Glory!
    ...and yes, it IS difficult to concentrate at work with all those glorious songs rushing aorund in my head and in my heart!
    Kim from NJ

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2006 11:36 PM  

  • the conference was amazing. God is so, so good. i didn't learn anything "new" per se, but i certainly was pushed forward in everything that i had been learning, particularly about the importance of KNOWING scripture.

    my friends and i are taking you up, louie, on learning colossians 2. we're shooting for memorizing it by the first of may...

    my college group at church will finish the entire bible in september... we've just started the old testament and read the new testament this past fall.

    i'm so excited to see what God is going to do in the next year, and i'm very excited to see how the Word is going to transform my life.

    thanks for all you do.

    By Anonymous Paul, at 1/06/2006 11:50 PM  

  • Louie,
    Thank you so much for following God's calling for your life(even if it did mean sitting in the guidance office ALL day to let you into classes!). Passion 06 was indescribable. God worked in my life in AMAZING ways and I was reminded of the importance of finding my satisfaction in HIM alone. My view of God was also challenged and I've come back home with a deeper desire to glorify God in both the good, the bad and the ugly times. Thank you ( and the rest of the Passion staff and team) for your prayers, time and energy you put into impacting college students to reach their generation for Christ!! May God continue to bless you and your ministry!

    By Blogger Charissa :), at 1/06/2006 11:52 PM  

  • Passion was Incredible! God really spoke through everyone and it was amazing seeing that many people worshiping God in one room! I enjoyed all the main sessions, late nites, and breakouts. I must say my favorite breakout was the worship panel. It was cool to see all 5 of you guys kind of up close and personal. It was also funny to hear Matt Redman talk about "baseball". I really grew a lot this week...learning more to depend on God in everything I do! My family group was awesome! You are defintely right when you said we would have felt like we knew them forever! God Bless you in all that you do!
    Love,
    Megan (One of the High School Seniors that can't wait till Passion '07!)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2006 11:59 PM  

  • Praise God for the gathering of our generation. It was this year that the flame for my campus was freshly fanned and fueled. I wept Thursday morning for the lost on my campus. I desire to see my campus groups united and working together to bring Christ's fame, Name, and Renown to KU. Not many students from my school were in attendence at Passion. I pray that the time of revival has come. I have caught the vision. Jesus, please come to our campus' with power and awe.

    Louie, thank you for your faithfulness my brother. Thanks for the offering total as well as your willingness to be a piece in God's story.

    Prayers with Dr. Piper for his news about cancer. I pray for Him and rejoice with Him.

    D <><

    By Blogger David B, at 1/07/2006 12:06 AM  

  • "WE'RE GONNA SHOUT LOUD, LOUD UNTIL THE WALLS COME DOWN-SHOUT LOUD UNTIL THE FINAL SOUND---CUZ WE'VE ALREADY WON AND YOU DON'T HAVE A CHANCE! YEAH, WE'VE ALREADY WON NO YOU DON'T HAVE A CHANCE! IT'S ALREADY DONE, AND YOU DONT HAVE A CHANCE BECAUSE WE'VE ALREADY WON!!!"

    Do you hear the HOLY ROAR?!! Praise JESUS that we can shout LOUD a declaration of VICTORY in HIM!! All I can say is RIGHT ON about the lack of words or language adequate to express the glory and greatness and vastness of the Lord!!! I attended passion last year and the Lord absolutely changed my life! I had nothing but the highest expectations for this year, and I praise God that "He does IMMEASURABLEY MORE" than anything I can even think to ask or imagine!! What a PRIVELEGE to enter into the Holy of Holies and worship the King and Lord of ALL creation!! How amazing to PARRRRTTTTYYYYYY with 18,000+ children of God ALONG WITH all of God's creation and the heavens!!! You are GLORIOUS Lord!! FOREVER YOUR KINGDOM SHALL REIGN!!! I don't know about anyone else (although I'm sure I've got a good feeling), but I can't wait for the PAARRRTTTAAAYYY in the A-T-L next year!! WATCH OUT!!! Until then, Lord I want MORE of you!! Holy Spirit CONSUME ME and Christ Jesus live through me so that everything I do will be EXCELLENT and glorifying to you!

    Thank you faithful servants and followers of Christ for your obedience to His call and for following HIS PLANS to allow Passion to happen--THE LORD SPOKE FOR HIMSELF!! :)

    By Blogger gagirl4christ, at 1/07/2006 12:09 AM  

  • sweet...the offering we gave to Him sweet...I have no doubt in my mind about where it will go!!

    I was wondering if you guys will put the breakout sessions on the website to buy if they were not in the whole package. I REALLY want to listen again and again to John Piper's breakout...it was AWESOME!

    So if there is someway of letting us know that would be great! thanks!

    By Blogger Stephanie, at 1/07/2006 12:11 AM  

  • I don't mind the post Passion dilemma (The part about the music still being in my head and the urge to go to community group). You're right in saying that it's hard to explain everything, but I'm glad I can explain a littl bit of what was most impressed on my heart. Well, I'm still so glad I came and can't wait to see how God uses me this semester as school starts again on Monday. I'm kinda scared because I feel God telling me to talk to random people in my classes and talking isn't really one of my stronger gifts. But I'm gonna totally rely on God to help me through and get His work done. Thank you again for the work you're doing!

    By Blogger Mary, at 1/07/2006 12:14 AM  

  • ps...have you guys ever thought of resourcing all your sermons on itunes?

    By Blogger Stephanie, at 1/07/2006 12:14 AM  

  • As a leader/bus driver I watched this generation speak volumes to my heart. It is awesome to see and as we prayed in our prayer triangles I asked and continue to ask God to send these students to touch older generations to come to Christ as well as younger. The force that was in the city of Nashville and the buildings used for passion was incredible. It has even compelled me to write to the hotel, police department, the city of nashville, etc. to express our gratitude for a job well done there. They were as much a part of Passion 06 sucess as anyone involved. I challenge all to be the men and women of God and lets fill these people with the Love of God through our expression of appreciation to them. You can e-mail most organizations there. Also much Thanks to the entire passion staff. You guys ROCK. For such very very very small beings, God has made you SO very huge in sharing his praise and glory. I have been blessed by you as you have allowed God to use you to flow his love to us.

    By Anonymous Ron Jones, at 1/07/2006 12:17 AM  

  • SIMPLY AMAZING!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2006 12:18 AM  

  • I can't believe you didn't warn me!!! 'Cause like you said... my brain has been racing since I got home...it's been absolutely crazy...
    As one of the highschool seniors that attended this year... I'M SOOOOO excited that I get to be apart of this!!!
    Thanks so much!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2006 12:19 AM  

  • Beloved,
    Do not settle. Do not let these day in Nashville be that time in your life when God met you. He longs to meet you like that everyday. Don't settle for just His surprise encounters. Search them out. Pursue Him as hard as you just did. He hears you when you call. Press in. The wisdom you heard here... He IS Wisdom Himself. The songs we sang, He IS the Sweet Sweet Song. The awe you saw at the conference will either dim or grow deeper and more steady and more vibrant. Dim or Deepen... Choose Glory. Everyday is Passion. Everyday to live is Christ. And we shall bless His Name together again one fine day when we're swept Home.

    For the Lamb's Reward

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2006 12:19 AM  

  • Louie, you're so right about not being able to describe Passion. People ask me, and I just start throwing out stuff that probably doesn't make sense to them, but that is just SCREAMING to come out of me. For the first time in my life, I've come to an understanding of WHO GOD IS and how GREAT and GLORIOUS and FAMOUS he is...and how little and tiny and how unworthy I am. All I can say that makes sense when asked how it was is, "I wish I knew then what I know now. Things would have been so different." But praise God, because I've seen him for who he is. I've realized that EVERYTHING is for HIS glory and renown. My whole attitude and outlook and mindset has completely changed, and I'm humbled and in complete awe of my Father.
    I could type for days how much I learned over that 4-day period. Those were the 4 most amazing and mind-altering days of my life. I will truly never be the same again.
    GLORY to God
    Kristen Valentine
    Richland, Mississippi

    By Blogger Kristen Valentine, at 1/07/2006 12:28 AM  

  • I just wanted to say that Passion 06 was amazing. I was kinda doubting whether i should go or not, but I am very glad i chose to go. God was definately there the whole time. The whole experience was great. From the volunteers, to the venue workers, and even residents of the city were very welcoming. The music was awesome and David Crowder along with 18000 children of christ rocked the house. i wish i could be back now. That is the best way i can describe it. Thanks Louie and 268 fam for a great experience. I will be joining you in Atlanta next year.

    By Anonymous Brandon Jones, at 1/07/2006 12:29 AM  

  • God has blessed Passion so much to reach the campuse's all over the world! Thanks again!

    Lisa Gardiner

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2006 12:36 AM  

  • I loved Passion! It was my first time and I absolutely loved it. My only problem with it was that you say not to save seats but do not enforce it. My friends and I constantly had to search for unsaved seats when there were more than enough saved ones. A thing I might suggest is that large groups of people should break into smaller groups of 3 or 4 so is and when they do save seats it isn't one person saving whole rows. Again I loved Passion as a first timer and am looking forward to bringing others with me next year.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2006 12:36 AM  

  • Hey all you other bloggers, maybe even Louie! I hope you had an amazing experience at Passion! I'm so excited about what God did in our group and in my life...I do have one question, and after about 20 minutes of google-ing..i got pretty frustrated and decided to go here. I was wonderfing if anyone knew where to find that picture of the inside of the spiral galaxy? The one with the picture of the cross in it. I can't get it out of my head, and i really want to find it some how. If you can offer me any tips let me know...i'll check back later i guess..thanks!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2006 12:39 AM  

  • I totally agree with the hug. It's almost indescribable what happened and how close we were drawn to God. He's what is indescribable! I just keep recapping different sessions and pulling out my notes and pictures/video of the conference to show everyone, and there are some who are way excited about going to Atlanta! It's for HIS Glory and not our own that we had this experience. I don't remember a time when I've been more excited to share my faith with people and shout it from the mountain top, or even while in the lowest valley. I've experienced some hardcore opposition even since being home for 1 hour, actually I wasn't even home when I recieved a phone call from someone who is very close to me explaining that he knows that Christianity is Truth, but he doesn't want to believe it and that he's struggling. This made me realize that one major reason for me going to the conference was for me to be restored by his rains or sweet renewal before I could be able to help him. And I know I'm not the one who is going to help him, but it's just God's using me to bring him back to Him. God is so faithful to us. And he asks us to have faith in Him in return. Just be in prayer for my friend. He truly needs to be renewed and see God in a new light. Praise be to our God and Savior and may the whole Earth tremble at his marvelous name! AND Hugs to all!

    By Anonymous Sarah, at 1/07/2006 12:43 AM  

  • I am a 32-year-old leader and I, too, have had difficulty conveying the impact of the past four days to curious friends. Well put, Louie. This was my 2nd Passion conference, in addition to Passion 03. I grew up in Christian school, went to a well-known Christian university, have been in ministry since 1996 and lead worship at my church, as well as working with students. I have NEVER encountered God the way I did on Wednesday night of Passion 06. At first, I thought I had been missing out all these years...then I realized that God had ordained that moment for me before I was in my mother's womb...thank you for listenting to God and allowing Him to glorify Himself through you. Life on this speck of dust in a sunbeam is a bit sweeter than it was before.

    By Blogger Sheryl, at 1/07/2006 12:44 AM  

  • Passion 06... you will live out your belief system. sudy your doctrine, live it out with your life. Louie, I was so encouraged this past week. Passion 05 began in me, what I believe, is a great work...and Passion 06 has continued that work in my heart. Thanks to you and your team for the sacrifice and obedience invested in this ministry. I don't know if you will read this personally, but this might be the only way to suggest this: Passion in Cordoba, Argentina. Argentina has been a desire of my heart for over 5 years now. I will soon be leaving for an extended church plant there in Cordoba. Cordoba is a university city, full of college students. I don't know if it's ever been done, but surely by the grace of God can be...Bilingual Passion Conference. This was my prayer and hope I prayed as I was putting my offering into the bucket: Cordoba for Christ's glory. I can't even begin to imagine what kind of impact something like Passion would bring to that city.
    Well, once again I would like to express my thanks...first and foremost to the One who has awakened us from death to life, Christ Jesus. And after Him, all of you at passion...John Piper, Beth, and of course you, Louie. Thank you so much! If perhaps you are interested in the vision for Cordoba, my e-mail is la.jaki@gmail.com

    By Blogger Jaclyn, at 1/07/2006 12:49 AM  

  • wow. i have been so challenged by passion and the vision because it is and has been my vision for long time now for the entire world to know Jesus . i have no doubt in my mind that within the next couple of years i will be serving in some capacity overseas as either JMan or Career and i can't help but to think that God used passion to ignite that fire inside of me. although that is to come, right now Daddy has me ministering to inernational students at my school. we have a very large number of asian students this year, much more than any other year. it has been so amazing to watch our Father open doors for me and others on our campus to begin building meaningful relationships with these guests. anything from a trip to wal-mart to chick-fil-a for some chicken that has never been tasted before. the rare and precious moments the Lord is opening up have been so precious and priceless. one girl works with me and continually asks me question after question about my faith and life and i continually smile and thank Jesus for these precious moments. i hope next year to bring a few of these new friends with me. i love passion and the vision it encompasses for people to know Him. blessings for you today. psalm 37:4

    By Anonymous Sam, at 1/07/2006 12:50 AM  

  • Hey Luie, what will happen to the GLORIOUS art piece? Will it be preserved? If so, how, where?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2006 1:47 AM  

  • I was so blessed by this experience. It can't be put into words. I'm trying to think of ways to bring some of this passion back to my church. Hopefully the glow from being in His presence will be enough. In the meantime, I'm so excited that you're coming to my hometown next year!!! I'd invite you all to stay at my house instead of a hotel, but I don't think I have enough beds!!! I love you guys! Keep singing to the Glorious One!

    By Blogger BornAgainAmen, at 1/07/2006 1:56 AM  

  • To the person looking for that picture...it took me forever too. It's called the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51). Search for "'X Structure' Whirlpool M51 Galaxy" or something to that effect, and it will pop up!

    By Blogger Kristen Valentine, at 1/07/2006 2:10 AM  

  • Louie, I want to say just a small thanks for answering our God's call on your life. That in itself is very inspiring to me. Since seeing you and Chris at Student Life camps a couple of times at Covenant College back in the day I have and continue to be by you both. Thank you for receiving the vission for Passion and submitting to God through it all. Submission is never an easy task, but you seem to have embraced obedience with open arms. We all need to be reminded of the honest truth sometimes, and Passion 06 has done that for me. I'm motivated to Be the Way I Was Made (I bought the book at Passion and started reading on the way home today). Again, thanks.

    By Blogger phil, at 1/07/2006 2:22 AM  

  • I'm speechless as well. I just want to thank the Passion team for everything that you all do....and all for the glory of our God! I love it. I had one question...Are you all going to sell shirts on the website? I looked and there weren't any. I wanted to buy one at the conference but they ran out of my size. Thanks again, See you next year!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2006 2:39 AM  

  • day one without passion down.
    364 more to go.

    beautiful post. this sums up the passion 06 experience perfectly! i am so blessed to have had this experience! so anxiously anticipating passion 07! may the next 364 days be filled with passion and perseverence, and great stories of God's glory to tell at Passion 07. God Bless you!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2006 5:31 AM  

  • You know, it's funny how true that is Louie. You hit the nail on the head when you said we would want to wake up and go to our community groups. There is no other place I would rather be right now than back at the Gaylord Arena with every single person who came to Passion! It has been hard to describe everything but I think that most people can just see the brightness in my face and feel my love for them and for God and they know how incredible it was. I have never been moved more by any speaker than I was by you Louie, you are so amazing and I wish I had gotten a chance to meet you! Thank you for sharing your gift of powerful speaking with all of us!

    By Blogger Hilari Dawn, at 1/07/2006 8:57 AM  

  • I completely agree! When I came home and people asked me how the conference was, I was so speechless! There really are no words that can describe God's incredible presence in that arena during the conference. Passion changed my life, giving me a greater revelation of God's love for me and of His greatnes (how big our God realy is). I'm anticipating how God is going to use me to impact my campus for His name and His renown! We serve an incredible God!

    By Blogger ewarrior414, at 1/07/2006 10:48 AM  

  • Donna - I will definately go next year if everything works out. I really hope to meet many of you.

    I posted this on another blog, but I would love to meet someone from my school who attended - anyone from the Art Institue of Atl? I have yet to meet any Christians that I know of. I would love to get something started on that "campus" (small school) and see others in that school come to know God the way we do.

    By Blogger Christina in ATL, at 1/07/2006 11:31 AM  

  • 270+ Pictures, all I ask is an email telling me you are using the pictures elsewhere. Please share

    http://jr3id.com/passion06/

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2006 11:49 AM  

  • I think right on is the best thing to say here. Louie, I was lucky enough to be one of the college students who volunteered in the setup of the Go Center on Friday-Monday morning and then was able to experience a wonderful time of feeling God's presence throughout Nashville. Thanks for continuing your hard work for God's glory and renown in this generation and make sure to tell all at the house thanks for everything they did to coordinate all 18,000 of us as we roamed the streets of Nashville together! What an amazing week that I will continue to think about for days to come!

    By Anonymous Robert Curry, at 1/07/2006 11:50 AM  

  • That is really cool. Its so true. I have a hard time explaining it to people. It reminds me of Lord of the Rings, at the end of the last one, when Sam, Merry, and Pippin are sitting at the tavern...completely speechless, because somehow, any words they found wouldn't be able to describe it.

    I was talking with my mom about it, and she actually understood what I was feeling. She said, "You can't explain it, because its unexplainable. You can't say it was the speakers, because it wasn't. It wasn't the music, it wasn't the people. It was the fact that you met God there. And he met you there...you can't explain that."

    By Anonymous Jon, at 1/07/2006 12:37 PM  

  • I am happy to know that I am not the only one who remains speechless about what God has done through PASSION 06. When asked "How was it?" I find myself with my hands out and stupid grin on my face...what can you say to effectively communicate what it was like to meet face to face with the ONE who created you, standing along side thousands of others, hands raised, screaming at the top of your lungs HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD!!!!

    By Anonymous Beth, at 1/07/2006 12:45 PM  

  • Wow! I was definitely struggling with how to answer because I just had no words.....but when I read this post, I couldnt agree more with what that guy said. And I definitely find myself drifting back into the crowd, I still have Chris Tomlin's Glorious song running through my head non-stop, I want to go to community groups when I wake up and at night I feel like I should be worshipping with 18,000 people. Walking out of Passion 06, I have never been so content in Jesus.

    By Blogger Hannah, at 1/07/2006 1:01 PM  

  • I would just like to say that the money that was raised at previous Passion conferences that payed for the Passsion Toronto event in November was well used. I think that there was never more interest in astronomy by Ontario university students than after Louie's talk. :) We were blessed to participate in the first international Passion event- hopefully the first of many.

    By Blogger fedora, at 1/07/2006 1:07 PM  

  • When Louie talked about whatever you do, do it the absolute best you are able to, I feel like he captured what is so great about Passion. Everything - the worship, the message, the breakouts, even the coordinated t-shirts and design - was top-notch professional. Great job! For fun I'm trying to list out what the ideal Passion'06 CD/DVD would include...feel free to comment:

    Hall: Center
    Hall: All I Need
    Hall: We Are Yours
    Crowder: You are my Joy
    Crowder: We Win!
    Redman: Once Again
    Tomlin: Glorious
    Tomlin: Your Kingdom Reigns
    Tomlin: Party
    (?): Salvation is Here
    (?): O Praise the One who Paid my debt...

    If anyone can remember his name, that would be great! He was incredible and definitely should be on the final cut.

    Romans 12:2
    letmebenothing.blogspot.com

    By Blogger Kyle Hughes, at 1/07/2006 1:17 PM  

  • Kyle
    I bet ? is Kristian Stanfill from NorthPoint Church in Atlanta where Louie goes. He leads worship for 722 a singles bible study along with Steve Fee and Todd Fields. He played with Chris Tomlin correct? I saw pics and saw him and was excited. The song Salvation is Here is from Hillsongs United - great cd!! Go out and get it - it is called Hillsong United Look to You. Comes with a dvd too

    By Blogger Christina in ATL, at 1/07/2006 1:51 PM  

  • Speechless! That is how I left, definately touch by God's Grace! I am a high school senior, from Harrison, in Kennesaw, Georgia, and I can't even begin to explain the way God spoke to me this past week! Never in my life have I been to place where that many people gather for the very same reason, to worship a MAGNIFICENT GOD! God definately pulled me out of my pit, He is my Rescuer, and I am FOREVER thankful! I WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR! And I'm so excited its in the ATL! I'm so excited what God will do until then!

    By Blogger ashfrx, at 1/07/2006 2:02 PM  

  • Salvation is Here is originally from Hillsong United, I think... and Jesus Paid it All is the title of that last song. Since I wasnt there, I can only say I'm hugely looking forward to Tomlin's "Glorious"

    WHAT A MOMENT! Wow. Jesus and the 268 team really partnered together (as in, Jesus doin at all, right Louie?)... to accomplish the Mission of Christ in the world.

    By Blogger Brandon, at 1/07/2006 2:06 PM  

  • SPEECHLESS! That is how I left Passion 06! I was so privledged to get to go, I am a high school senior, from Kennesaw, Georgia! Passion 06 was the most amazing experience I have ever had. God pulled me out of my pit, and He is my Rescuer! It was so cool to gather in a place with 18,000 other people to worship ONE GOD! It was also really cool to come to this place struggling, and you meet someone you've never met before and they are struggling with the same thing! God is GOOD! I can't wait to see what God will do until Passion 07, and I WILL BE THERE! Thanks to everyone, for making this such a great experience, ESPECIALLY OUR LORD!

    By Blogger ashfrx, at 1/07/2006 2:07 PM  

  • Kristian Stanfill was one of the Community Group worship leaders at Passion06 too... my friend told me!

    yes... wow... I wish I could have gone. I had been looking forward to it since like, May05... and I couldnt go.

    But I'm content in seeing pictures, and imagining the wisdom of teachers, the worship of God... and his glory falling to the arena... on more than 18000 people.

    Brandon
    (High school senior)

    By Blogger Brandon, at 1/07/2006 2:10 PM  

  • In coming to Passion 06 for the first time, I must admit that I was completely blown away. More then the messages but seeing 18,000+ students rising to sing songs of worship and express their love for Christ by traveling from all over the nation. That alone, should tell you how big God truly is.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2006 2:27 PM  

  • January 7, 2006
    My name is Carley Block, and I had the extreme privilege of attending the Passion 2006 conference.
    I am a pastor’s kid, so I have attended pretty much every conference, camp, retreat, convention you could imagine! However, NONE of them touched me as much as this one did. I just arrived home in Arizona last night, after a 33 hour bus ride home from Nashville. I would leave again this morning, if it meant I could re-live the entire experience. I don’t know who is reading this or if this is even going to the right place, but I pray that whoever reads this will be blessed by what I have to share.
    I believe with my whole heart that this week was completely God-ordained. I left home, leaving behind parents who had just been fired from our church. Leaving behind suffering that I have endured for the last 2 months. You can imagine my relief when I read some of the titles of the talks. All on suffering, and Francis Chan’s talk about hurting in our lives. I attended that breakout session, and balled my eyes out, feeling as though he was speaking directly to me. I left that session understanding a lot more about hurt and why we go through it. I just had the ability to share what I learned with my parents this morning, as we chatted over breakfast, and I re-lived every moment of my magical week with them. We were all in tears, knowing that God had no mistakes in my attendance in that conference.
    This was the first passion event I have taken part in and will NOT be my last, as I will be the FIRST to sign up for Passion 2007 and any other Passion event that I will see. I am incredibly blessed to have had the ability to take part, and was so pleased and eager to help out with getting other conferences started around the world!
    I dedicated my life to full-time Christian ministry when I was in 7th grade, and have NEVER forgotten that promise. Conferences like this one make me so eager to graduate college and get out there speaking! I am transferring to Azusa Pacific in the fall, and am pursuing a doctoral degree in ministry. I long to speak to high school/college aged students and encourage them in their journey with Christ. Every word that was spoken during that convention impacted my life right where I stood.
    I want to personally thank all of the people that helped to head this conference up. I know what it takes to put something like this together, and it’s not easy. I want you to know that for me, it didn’t go un-noticed. Thanks to all of the speakers, for sharing from their hearts and from their life experiences and hurts. Thank you most to Louie Giglio for following his calling in his life to form this movement that has, in turn, brought me closer to Christ. I can’t wait to get to heaven and do this for eternity.
    Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart.
    Carley Block
    James 1:1-8
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    By Blogger Carley, at 1/07/2006 2:31 PM  

  • Before I came to Passion, I was reading a card in my bible where I had written down "blessing verses". I turned to one of the verses and felt that the Lord layed it on my heart for Passion. So I began to just proclaim that verse even before I stepped foot in Nashville. You know what it said? "Open your mouth wide and I will fill it with good things." Psalm 81:10. Yep, the same verse that Louie read over us on the first night of Passion. As I heard him read it while in our prayer triangles, streams of tears rushed down my face. I was AMAZED that my God would prove his faithfulness to me in such a mighty way. He sure did captivate me at that moment, and throughout the week He did nothing less than that. Praise you Father for filling us with good things! May we continue to open our mouths wide, for we are HUNGRY for You.

    By Blogger schromiester, at 1/07/2006 2:36 PM  

  • can't even put it into words. let me just say thank you for worshipping god through this event. you and everyone else involved in the event held colossians 2:17 close as you planned and executed every detail. i'm a pastor's kid, so i've been arund a lot of religion and a ot of events, but i've never been around something so thoroughly bathed in humility and so single-minded in its purpose. i go to ucla, and like many campuses around the nation, its pretty much covered in darkness. i can't wait to go back. i've never understood my hope of glory like i do now. i just want him to shine in me. thank you louie. thank you for responding to the call of the holy spirit. i can't wait to see my generation blur the line between the sacred and the secular. see you in atlanta.

    By Blogger kevooo, at 1/07/2006 3:09 PM  

  • I came in to the week so ready to just soak in whatever it was God had for me to hear and see and know. I felt like I left Thursday having heard so much Truth, and having taken in so much about our great God, and who He is, and how much He loves me. It was a great re-awakening of identity for me. Here's a few of my most prized memories from the week:

    (1) COME AND LISTEN: from the first song, I knew I was where I was supposed to me. That song said everything about where my heart was heading into Passion.

    (2) SWALLOWING SEEDS: Never heard Beth Moore before... but wow... what a challenge to plant the seeds of God's Truth in my life and not merely be a "swallower of seeds."

    (3) GLORIOUS: Beautiful song... beautiful message. Louie, could you (or someone else who remembers them) post the words to the VERSES of the song so that we could go back and reflect on them between now and April when the CD comes out?

    (4) OH PRAISE THE ONE...: It was great to see Kristian up there leading us this week... and even greater to see this beautiful hymn brought back in to the forefront... and Alex's new bridge to the song is perfect! What an amazing declaration from the saved to the Savior!

    (5) COLLEGE LIST: It was a great way to fully grasp the size and significance of our mission to be history-makers for Jesus Christ as school after school flooded the screens Thursday morning.

    (6) INDESCRIBABLE: Louie... that was one of the most amazing messages I've ever heard in my entire life. I am taking the DVD down to Cocoa Beach, FL, to watch with my grandfather, a non-believer with a great love of NASA and the space program. I've been looking for a way to share God's love with him, and I really think this may be it! Thank you!

    (7) OUR GOD REIGNS: Sometimes the simplest expressions have the deepest impact. I've been singing this one in my heart everywhere I've gone since we left!

    Louie, thanks for casting the vision for Passion... God is using you in an amazing way! We are grateful!!!
    =rg=

    By Blogger Rob Greene, at 1/07/2006 3:22 PM  

  • Thank you Jesus for changing my life forever! Now, I can take a fire that was hidden before to my campus and let it spread like a wildfire..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2006 3:36 PM  

  • I made a video of my experience at Passion. This is the only way I could make it available for download -- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=2AJH8VSX

    I had to make something to show my family a little bit of what God did. :)

    By Blogger Cindy, at 1/07/2006 3:55 PM  

  • To Louie and all who made Passion 06 wonderful,thank you. Thank you thank you thank you! Thank you for taking the time to set up everything. Thank you for wanting my generation to shout the name of God out to the world. Thank for your passion.

    I learned so much this week that my brain really does hurt and I can't wait to start using everything I learned.

    I loved the worship. I hope some of those new Charile Hall songs will be on the Passion cd as well as Tomlins new songs.

    I'm so thankful for everything you and your crew do. God is so great and I am small but I am big in God's world.

    May the Lord bless you guys in all you do.

    Passion 07 here I come!

    By Blogger Kristen, at 1/07/2006 4:18 PM  

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    By Blogger Kelli, at 1/07/2006 4:46 PM  

  • I am now back in the real world! After spending a week with fellow believers in the powerful, amazing, indescribably presence of God, I am now back to reality. Praise our God for he is good! So good. This week, for me, wasn't a week that sends me back into life on this amazing emotional high for God or anything like that. This week broke me down in every sense... spritually, emotionally, physically, you name it! I left with a full plate, and I now begin a journey of digesting everything that God did inside of me during this conference! I want to encourage everyone to not let this past week just be an experience! Let God work. Surrender everything to Him! Give it all to Him and he will do wonders not only in your life, but in others lives all around us. The music was great, the speakers were amazing, the community groups were so beautiful, but what God did inside of me this week is more, so much more! God has come to bring us back to him. Not just personally, but as a community of believers, as a generation united in him to reach the ends of the earth!!! I pray God is with all of you and that he continues to work in miraculous ways! Passion: my purpose is my passion!

    By Blogger Nate, at 1/07/2006 4:49 PM  

  • Trying to describe Passion to family, friends, and people at work ( I work @ LifeWay Christian) just how was Passion, is truly hard. Your right, God didn't give us enough great words such as glorious to tell of His Goodness, His Grace, His Love.
    Perhaps in Heaven we will be given tons of them, and we can all come together and describe Passion in the way it is described on our Hearts!!
    I do ache in the morning to head off to community groups.
    I always feel like everyone at Passion is truly my family ( and I am right, you are!!)

    216,542! Praise Him!! I Thank you Jesus!
    I am speechless...and Extra Happy!

    Kelli

    By Blogger Kelli, at 1/07/2006 4:51 PM  

  • Right on Louie!! "How Great is our God!!!" I can't even begin to tell everyone about Passion, I just can't find the words... I'm already counting down the days until Passion 07! I did want to say thank you for obeying God's calling for your life. This week was amazing! We're going to change history!!! 18,000 students around the nation changing a generation, WOW!!!I can't wait to see what God has in store for the Passion movement. I will be praying for the Passion conference!!!
    In Him...

    1 John 3:1
    "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God."

    By Blogger WhItNeY, at 1/07/2006 4:55 PM  

  • My first experience with Passion was in 1999 as a Volunteer, and I've returned several times since. You just want to be where you know God will move every chance you get.
    It's really amazing to continue to see all that HE is doing in this generation of students. I really appreciated the history of Passion being shared in the Go Center and in the CCM issue. You can see glimpses of HIM accomplishing HIS purposes all throughout. Just amazing.

    During the prayer journey, there was an anonymous post with some Scripture verses from Psalm 115, Revelation 5, and 2 Chronicles 5. Thanks for that. 2 Chronicles 5:14 continues, "and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the temple of God."
    What an incredible thing to be in HIS presence! It knocks you off your feet to your knees!
    This week blew me away!

    I am so much more in love with Jesus! I found when I was journaling, I couldn't sum up the week... How do you narrow down God-sized moments?

    So much more to share, but it's all beyond words... Yep, SPEECHLESS. Still debriefing and reflecting...

    By Blogger Sandra R., at 1/07/2006 5:01 PM  

  • You are correct about the family groups, I loved mine so much, and I really did look forward to getting to see them when I could. God moved this week, I think pretty much everyone felt it too. He moved in my life in a big way, and as I sit here now, I still have this feeling inside me from Him and what He did in my life through Passion. Even though I'm taking a year or so off from college, Im ready to step out on the streets and tell everybody what He has done for me. I cant really even begin to describe Passion '06. God really is truly amazing! Thank you Lord Jesus, for what you did in the lives of all Your people through passion!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2006 5:03 PM  

  • Yeah, exactly!! I've been trying to explain it for days now, even to people who were there with me, and there are no words that can measure up to the greatness of God that was shown in this past week. Everything has changed, and it's a struggle to assimilate that into life now, but it is well worth it and I am so excited to continue this journey with God.

    Thank you for the hard work of your staff, and for following hard after God. You all are constantly in my prayers, and a big hug back to you, too!

    Lauren from Winthrop University

    By Blogger Lauren, at 1/07/2006 5:48 PM  

  • That is exactly how I feel! Thank you for having this awesome Passion Conference and for opening it up to high school seniors this year. I would not have been able come if you had not. THANKS! The thing that stands out in my mind is what my community group leader said, "BE BOLD". So, my new goal is to be BOLD for Christ! Thanks again and I look forward to next year's passion in ATLANTA!

    By Anonymous Emily, at 1/07/2006 6:16 PM  

  • It was great to actually feel something again for God. Wednesday night was amazing...! I was so humbled and encouraged. I've really been content with my non-growing lately and now I can honestly say I am back on track. Praise God!

    P.S. I doubt you'll get this, btu what was that site you said you got those "space pictures" from?

    By Anonymous Stephanie Williams, at 1/07/2006 6:51 PM  

  • Have you ever been on a roller coaster and when you get off you just kinda stand there and try to regain composure. Your knees are a little weak and you're not quite sure if standing is such a wise idea. Your head spins and you might even think about getting in line to do it again. This is how I feel. I want to ride again, but I know that now is the time to head into the world and live. I mean really live. I am a school bus driver and driving home I tried to figure out how I could do that for God. On Friday afternoon as I parked my bus in the lot I just wanted to go home and sleep and then Louie's statement. How could I be excellent for God in this job? I grabbed a broom tunred on some Shane and Shane and cleaned my bus for an hour! No one at work will ever see or know, and the kids won't notice. That's not who I did it for though. Daddy noticed it and is proud of me. Yes Lord, walking in your truth we wait eagerly. For your name and your renown are the desires of our hearts!

    By Blogger Mabes, at 1/07/2006 7:25 PM  

  • That was an amazing way of putting things. I want to thank you for letting us know how much we were able to bless the future Passion experiences financially. I just think that it is awesome that us "poor" college kids can scrounge up that kind of cabbage.

    Just going off of the whole iTunes thing, would you pleeeeaaaasssseeee put on a music video clip or two. I have been dying for some Christian worship or songs to put on my iPod and computer other than just Jeremy Camp.

    Think how awesome it would be to top the songs and music videos at once. Just a thought.

    Anyways, thanks to you and your team for the effort and love that you guys put into Passion and instill to us. I thank you and God for everything that you guys do.

    Matt

    PS: My prayers are with Dr. Piper.

    By Anonymous Matt Sanders, at 1/07/2006 7:31 PM  

  • ha. this post is something i needed to hear very much! thanks louie!!

    By Blogger Laura, at 1/07/2006 8:56 PM  

  • Our God was there!!! I met with Him.
    Thank you for everything you guys did & the hours that went into planning the conference... done in excellence.

    By Blogger Jani, at 1/07/2006 9:53 PM  

  • Dude! It was like a party in a blender! The sound of 18,000 people singing glory to God is such an intoxicating resonance. I would love to see how big the smile was on God's face - and i thought 130 million lightyears was big! Just think how much more amazing it will be on the other side! Just standing silent in the midst of 18000 people God and I had the most amazing conversation - and the sweetest part was, i didnt have to say anything (Rom. 8:26,27)! God just saturated me in His amazingness and said "taste and see that I am good." -yum. There's no diet in my future.

    when you ransack His Word there is such a sweet fragrance that rises to God!

    God, bless Mr. Giglio, John Piper, Beth Moore, Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman, and the other people we didnt get to meet for their obedience and their desire to know You and see Your Name magnified. Continue to make Your name great. Make it holy and sacred.

    By Blogger Blazing Moo 209, at 1/07/2006 10:14 PM  

  • Glorious.

    I am still completely shell-shocked, and feel like everytime someone asks me "so, did you have fun?" -- that I can't even begin to touch on the 'fun' I had. 'Fun' is such a shallow word for the soul-changing experience of PASSION -- and yet... it was fun, in such an honestly beautiful way. I danced with Jesus and laughed with joy. Rock on.

    And to everyone who has photos on flickr, there is a public group for Passion photos:
    http://flickr.com/groups/passion06/

    By Anonymous Sara, at 1/07/2006 10:20 PM  

  • My favorite PARTY!!! ever.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2006 10:21 PM  

  • WOW!!!!! I'd have to say that I have NEVER been to anything like this in my life, and I have no idea why I haven't. Loui's right. No words. Don't even try. You'll get brain freeze. I think my family and friends and getting tired of me calling them up and going "oh yeah, I forgot Louie said don't make your designer jeans half-heartedly." Of course all from Passion06 knows what I'm saying when I say that. But wow....4 days of glorifying God packed into a little bity pea brain like mine is unbelievable.....I'M BRINGIN' IT WITH ME!!!!!

    By Blogger Christa, at 1/07/2006 10:26 PM  

  • Passion '06 was amazing, and Louie put it perfectly when he described the after effects in that post. I'm only a senior in high school (I go to Loganville Christian Academy in the Atlanta area), but I was touched by nearly everything that happened at Passion. I already miss my family group. Since we left songs have been in my head, and not only the songs from Passion. Last night I was on a bus coming home from a basketball game, and I sung every praise song I could think of. I sung everything from the songs at Passion to hymns I hadn't heard in years. The effect Passion has had on me is amazing, and I can't wait until next year when it will be right here in Atlanta.

    By Anonymous Daniel Stephens, at 1/07/2006 10:33 PM  

  • let's try to get this started across the nation....
    i'll lead us. ready?

    clap, clap....clap!
    clap, clap....clap!
    clap, clap....clap!

    that's it, join in...

    clap, clap....clap!
    clap, clap....clap!
    clap, clap....clap!

    i'm listening outside the front door of my apartment here in joplin.

    By Anonymous dustin, at 1/07/2006 10:35 PM  

  • yes lord, walking in the way of your truth we wait eagerly for you, for your name and renown are the desire of our souls. let's do it 268generation!

    By Anonymous whitney, at 1/07/2006 10:54 PM  

  • i haven't been able to stop telling people about passion and how awesome it was! :) i'm ready to go back but i know i must first take what i've learned at passion and put it into action. i'm still trying to process some of what was said by the speakers and i feel spoiled by what i experienced in nashville. i mean honestly...18,000 college students praising God! can it get any better than that?!?! i just want to say thank you to everyone who had a part in passion06. the time and effort put into this is uncomprehensible. i can't imagine! the idea that you all care so much to take this time off of your jobs to help college students come to know God and dig deeper is astounding! God was ever present at passion and is going to do miraculous things through those that were there. the world needs us to rise up and be unafraid to speak the truth and God's word.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2006 11:20 PM  

  • Those songs have been thundering in my head constantly. Majesty, finally... Our God reigns, forever your kingdom reigns... You are my joy, you are my joy, you are my joy, you are my joy!!! O Christ, be the center of my life... They just keep coming and coming all day long. I love it! I'm so glad Chris, Matt and Louie are coming to Pittsburgh in a few weeks!

    By Blogger marcus, at 1/08/2006 12:01 AM  

  • I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you for having Beth Moore as part of Passion 06. No offense to all the wonderful men, but no person can touch a woman's heart quite like another woman. I have been dealing with recovering from an abusive relationship in which I was involved in sin frequently, but didn't know how to deal with all the implcations that it left me with. Her talk about pits really helped me to understand that even though I had been pushed into that pit, I had to run away from it to avoid sin. She helped me understand how to run and God broke down a lot of walls for me this week. God is helping me to love myself again and to keep my eyes on Him and not look to the past. Request: could we get a female worship leader up there? Again, the guys were amazing, but to have the mix of guys and girls just makes it so much more amazing.

    By Anonymous Andrea, at 1/08/2006 1:04 AM  

  • I was just reminded again that we need to reject the lie that there is anything better than Jesus. It is good to be reminded of that truth, but the cravings of the flesh pull us towards that which the spirit hates. The pride of the heart steals the desire of the heart, if we let it.

    Thank you Jesus for my family in you. Thank you for your Love Father, thank you for the gift of You...

    D <><

    By Blogger David B, at 1/08/2006 1:44 AM  

  • Louie It was my frist time to be at passion and i'm still at awe of how God works and how great He truly is and how small I am and still He took the time to fashion me and to love me just wow is all i can say. I am already planning for passion 07 I can't wait for it to see my family from comm groups and just to hug everyone. I do have a question where did you get those pics of outer space God bless.

    Bro in Christ,
    Craig Psalm 145

    By Blogger craig, at 1/08/2006 2:00 AM  

  • hey louie I am a first time passion goer and it has recharged me for God and started a spark deep down in my soul for the first time i felt like losing control in Him my hands were going up and I was ok with it I was crying and I was fine with it I was undignified and you know what I was glad for it. i just wanted to say God bless and hey where did you get those pics at of outer space God bless

    Bro in Chrsit
    Craig Psalm 145

    By Blogger craig, at 1/08/2006 2:02 AM  

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    By Blogger psalmsgirl, at 1/08/2006 2:38 AM  

  • Yea, I would really love john piper's breakout session as well! Please make it available.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/08/2006 5:25 AM  

  • I attended Passon 06 as a leader. From listening to/watching parts of previous Passion conferences, I had heard statements like "God is doing amazing work in this generation all over the world". The question lingering for me was: what exactly IS it that God is doing? The questions continued during the first day of P 06...is this for real, or do these students just reeeeeeeally like the music? Spent part of a morning listening to 3 of our students pour out their hearts and vision for worship and community and service... and THEN I got it. I don't know if God has given this generation of students a greater capacity for reflecting his glory, or if He's revealing Himself differently... whichever, it's not something that was evident when I was in college. The single-minded pursuit (by the Passion staff) of bringing God glory with excellence sets the stage...we (worshippers) take on the challenge of setting ourselves aside and giving everything we can muster to lifting up His name...and then THERE HE IS!!! Crazy how it can take us so long to get to that point, but it takes Him no time at all. :)

    Thank you, Louie and Shelley and all your staff, for pursuing what must seem at times an impossible vision. There's no way Passion could happen without some level of self-sacrifice on your part. Thank you for that. I pray that in these post-event days, God will protect you from attack...doubt, pride, whatever threatens to cloud the reality of what God has done and is doing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/08/2006 11:04 AM  

  • I love the way you put the whole how was passion question. I've found it kind of difficult to comprehend myself. I wrote in my journal about how I couldn't believe that it happened, waking up feeling like it had all been a weird dream or a really intense movie I watched. Surely God's love isn't THAT amazing. He couldn't possibly reach that deep into the core of who I am and express who He is. Then, as He always does, He whispered,"You better believe it. You have no idea just how GLORIOUS I AM!" Wow. All praise and glory and honor and power to our Lord Jesus! Thanks Louis for caring so much about college students. God has totally used you to touch all of our lives in a deep way that we cannot even describe. He has also used you to convict me to start doing everything to my best potential and nothing half-hearted...so thanks. Thanks also to all of the worship leaders. God is using all of you in an amazing way. (as a non-spiritual sidenote: we totally met David Crowder's parents) See y'all in hotlanta.

    By Anonymous Tracy P., at 1/08/2006 1:27 PM  

  • I went last year and came this one wiht the idea that Passion would be old hat. Hah!
    God sure has a way of surprising us. I witnessed at least a dozen miracles firsthand last week, and I am still stunned by what God is doing in my life. Don't know if I will ever recover.
    With high hopes and joy for what lies ahead, I wait on you, Lord

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/08/2006 2:22 PM  

  • God is doing an amazing work in my life. I can't wait to see what He has in store for the future - its going to be BIG whatever it is. God has rocked my world over the past 6 months and ... Passion, well... it really summed up everything that I have been feasting on over that time. (OK well 'Passion' did it with much more volume and gusto). My story is at www.xanga.com/Blazing_Moo_209 . Its kinda long, well its really long... more like a book, but God has done amazing things. If anyone wants to "Skype" (free internet phone skype.com) about Passion my s/n is blazing_moo_209. There is going to be a serious PAR-TAY in glory!

    By Anonymous Blazing Moo 209, at 1/08/2006 3:29 PM  

  • Louie,

    Are the pictures on the slideshow copyrighted? There are a couple that I really like and I would love to add them to one of my photo albums. Is there any way i can copy these?

    Holly

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/08/2006 4:56 PM  

  • Hall: Center
    Hall: All I Need
    Hall: We Are Yours
    Crowder: You are my Joy
    Crowder: We Win!
    Tomlin: Glorious
    Tomlin: Party

    Ok...I grabbed these from someone else, and I have no clue as to whether or not you are taking suggestions...but I believe the entire opening should be on the cd....before Louie mentioned anything...I was thinking how cool they all came up together and put aside any kind of solo agendas and the harmony with the four of them singing "Forever Your Kingdom reigns" made me want to weep.

    I don't really care about anything else...but that prepared us for the week and was the best. IF anything was recorded at the Ryman...that would be AWESOME as well. Blessings to you all.

    By Blogger beloved240, at 1/08/2006 5:10 PM  

  • I bet one huge penny the Passion CD will be called GLORIOUS. AND No matter what songs become the CD, I thought "Forever Your Kingdom Reigns" was very lovely.

    Kelli
    Kelynn77@hotmail.com

    By Blogger Kelli, at 1/08/2006 5:26 PM  

  • One of the things I took away from passion was from one of the breakout sessions led by Francis Chan. I've always known that God tests us as we go through trials in life. Francis asked a question "if we had a choice, would we ask God to send us a year of getting everything we want, or would we ask Him to send us a year of suffering, so that we can become complete and more like Him in the end." When I left this session this question was really on my heart. I had a very rough semester last year and I thought I would hate to have suffering and pain for an entire year. I thought if someone asked for that they would be crazy.

    When I got back to my hotel room and I was all alone, I prayed and I asked the Lord to send me a year of suffering. I think that was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I told the Lord that if this is what is going to strengthen me, and its going to make me complete, mature and more like Him, then that's what I want. Honestly who wants to suffer and hurt, expecially for a year? Not me, but if that's going to make me more like Christ in His suffering then I definetely want that. Since I prayed and asked Him for suffering He has given me the biggest peace. God works in Mighty ways, you just have to be willing to follow Him, and trust Him with everyting.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/08/2006 5:41 PM  

  • It's amazing how Passion has the ability to change your whole life. It is so much more than the speakers, musicians, community groups, etc. It's all about God, and that's what's so great about Passion. Not a second goes by where the focus isn't put on the Almighty. If only the entire Christian community would live with Passion like this.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/08/2006 5:48 PM  

  • Hello everyone! I created a "blogring" under xanga called PASSION 06! for those of you who have xanga, you can join this blogring so we can keep in touch and encourage one another in the name of Jesus! To get to it... my site is www.xanga.com/bunnel. the you can join the blogring on the left hand side of the screen. It'd be awesome to keep in touch and talk to others we didn't get to meet but were worshipping together! Peace.

    By Anonymous Sarah, at 1/08/2006 6:10 PM  

  • This was the most amazing thing I've ever been at in my life. I'm excited to spread the word....but at the same time I've found myself kinda bummed it's over. The community group & my family group were amazing, I've never felt like I knew people my whole life after 4 days. Crowder, Tomlin, Hall, & Redman rocked the house...I miss being there already! I guess I'll just have to be patient and wait for '07....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/08/2006 6:27 PM  

  • ok, sounded bummed there haha...meant to sound moore joyous...but yea...I can't wait for the CD and DVD to come out....and I'll never forget this as long as I live....

    Andy
    in KS

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/08/2006 6:36 PM  

  • Precious Jesus,
    My life is but a brief flash on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. I want that brief flash to count for what matters most. Renew the desire in me each day to live a holy life, to be satisfied only by You. Shine Your glory through me to those around me. Let the desires of my heart reflect Your desires.
    Bring revival to my campus. Even at a Christian university so many other things are worshiped besides You. My classmates need to see You, not Christian culture. Ignite the Christians, destroy a culture of mediocrity. Let my classmates and my professors see Your glory through my satisfaction in You.
    I am encouraged that this life is only a reflection of what is to come. How I can't wait for that day. Send workers out to a world that desperately needs You. Bring salvation to the nations, to the unreached, to every people group, that they may declare Your praise, that You may come again.
    For Your glory.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/08/2006 6:37 PM  

  • First off, whoever came up with that description, I think that that is about as close that you can come to describing what we experienced over those 4 days. It never ceases to blow my mind how big God is not only within the universe, but also how he prepared each and every heart of the people in attendance & then gave words to the worship leaders and speakers that each of us would be able connect with Him and hear exactly what He wants us to hear and take to heart. That is HUGE & equally amazing is that He wants to share His glory and grace with us. Thank you Father! I am praying for each of you to keep the fire alive on your campuses.

    Also, To the girl who bought dinner from Tazzo(?) and ate with the homeless man and woman:
    I hope that you realize that you were eating w/ Christ that night...and it looked like he was having a great time! God was using you to not only bless those you were eating with, but also those of us who were walking by you as an example of His love. That was awesome!

    By Blogger Haley, at 1/08/2006 6:44 PM  

  • God is amazing! Wow! Holy is our God! He pretty much rocks! :} I just wanted to thank every one that had a hand in praying, serving and going to Passion 06! God was there waiting for us to join in the party that is going on! Being there worshiping with 18,000 of my brothers and sisters was amazing! I just stood there and looked around and it was an amazing sight! I was like...God, this is all for You!!! We are so unworthy and yet You are so full of Mercy! I don't get it, but I love You!...while at Passion God gave me a passion for Him and His word and also for His people that He loves, the Muslims. I know God wants me to go and share with them the joy and hope I have in Him. They are a lost people and are so hungry for Him and they don't even realize it! When I got home I am like...Ok Abba, You want me to go to the Muslims? Tell me more about them because I don't really know a lot about them. What He showed me was crazy! (God's cool like that a lot of the times and likes to blow my mind out of the water!) and I found out that God wanted me, statistic wise, to be the one missionary among one MILLION Muslims. I was like, ok God, that's pretty huge, let's get real, that is a crazy number, I can't even picture that many people in my head! But let me try....ok let's do the math, that would be the Passion confrence (18,000 people) TIMES 5,555.5 people, except they aren't worshiping You and they are empty and hurting and desprate for You, and You want me to do what?!? I can not do that! I could just see God smile and say, I know i am not, but I can! Remeber, I AM! Trust me, all things are possible through me, hello, remember, I am creator of the universe, do you remember those pictures that Louie put up of MY Universe? ya, I have everything under control! I can not tell you the peace that I have about the whole thing. I have no idea how God is going to use me for His glory but I do know that whatever it is, I want to do it for His glory! Thank you every one that had a hand in Passion, God is doing amazing things through ya'll! I can not wait to see what awesome things God is about to do,through Passion and through His children, but I know it is going to rock! We are going to PAAAAARTY!!!! :}

    By Blogger Elise, at 1/08/2006 9:16 PM  

  • My dear brothers and sisters, God is so faithful! He IS our satisfaciton and our souls thirst and hunger for the only thing that fills our every beings. Jesus, You are more than enough.
    I am so encouraged by your boldness and how the Lord has already empowered you to pour the overflow in your hearts on the homeless, the seats that will carry children home everyday to an enviroment only God knows, mechanics, people on the buses and planes, your friends, family, and any hurting soul who has called you and asked what you did this past week.
    My nephew who is about 20 months was so drawn to my colorful wrist band. To me, somewhere in his heart, he is being drawn to the Lord, just like his mother and father are.
    When we encounter the one true God, the Only One, we cannot help but be changed forever. We have been changed, and we have been able to experience this new work in us, with 19,000 others!
    Yes, I want to be with all of you again before the throne of God, worshipping Him with hearts, our voices, our bodies, our minds and souls.
    Praise You, Lord, for there is none like you! Great is your faithfulness.
    To anyone who needs encouragement and reads this: the God of all creation, is far more faithful and loving than we could ever imagine. Pursue Him! He will change you! His mercies are new every morning!
    So what are all these people that can't stop talking about how good and amazing God is, and how speechless we are? We have just had a party with the glory of God. We await for, You, Lord to send us out. Send us out with boldness. Thank You, Lord, for touching our lives with You. We praise You, Lord. For You are great! Your supreme being is worth anything to know You! I love You, Jesus!
    Jennifer, Chattanooga

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/08/2006 9:29 PM  

  • "WAIT NO MORE"
    Oh, to know the saving love of Christ
    To see our dark erased by light
    Washing
    Cleansing
    Freeing a soul bound by chains
    Til none of what was us remains
    But what is You in us stands true
    Stands new
    Stands in grace and love and power and victory
    Stands to live in all we do

    Rise up, O God who saves
    Rise up in our hearts
    Show us the way
    Your way
    Let us not settle for “holy moments” in the walls of the church
    Let us not say “amen” and run away to our world
    Away
    Away we stray
    We’ll congregate another day, but until then we wait
    Waiting for something to move us
    Waiting for something to wow us
    When what we NEED is for you to bow us
    Bow our hearts to the heart of our Father
    Bow our lives before our King
    Until our souls can’t help but sing!

    What are you waiting for, church?
    What are you waiting for, people of God?
    Do you not know He is risen?
    Do you not know He lives and reigns this very day?
    Not just Sunday
    Or Wednesday
    But every day
    Wait no more, church
    Wait no more
    The time is NOW to celebrate our Lord!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/08/2006 9:45 PM  

  • For so many people here in Boston that don't even know what a worship song sounds like, or why we would STILL not have a voice 4 days after leaving, Passion is harder to explain than I'd even thought. "How was your Jesus conference thing?" seems to be the way it's asked, and somehow it seems to way oversimplify what it was. I pray that the talks and the songs stay in our heads, that we reference them often, even if it means we have to explain a million times completely awkwardly. Thank God for all of you who give to places that don't even know they are starving for Jesus Christ. My heart is full of joy, thank you thank you thank you God.

    By Anonymous Lia, at 1/08/2006 10:14 PM  

  • PSALM 73!

    11What's going on here? Is God out to lunch?

    Nobody's tending the store.

    12The wicked get by with everything;

    they have it made, piling up riches

    13I've been stupid to play by the rules;

    what has it gotten me?

    14A long run of bad luck, that's what--

    a slap in the face every time I walk out the door.



    15If I'd have given in and talked like this,

    I would have betrayed your dear children.

    16Still, when I tried to figure it out,

    all I got was a splitting headache . . .

    17Until I entered the sanctuary of God.

    Then I saw the whole picture:

    18The slippery road you've put them on,

    with a final crash in a ditch of delusions.

    19In the blink of an eye, disaster!

    A blind curve in the dark, and--nightmare!

    20We wake up and rub our eyes. . . . Nothing.

    There's nothing to them. And there never was.



    21When I was beleaguered and bitter,

    totally consumed by envy,

    22I was totally ignorant, a dumb ox

    in your very presence.

    23I'm still in your presence,

    but you've taken my hand.

    24You wisely and tenderly lead me,

    and then you bless me.



    25You're all I want in heaven!

    You're all I want on earth!

    26When my skin sags and my bones get brittle,

    GOD is rock-firm and faithful.

    27Look! Those who left you are falling apart!

    Deserters, they'll never be heard from again.

    28But I'm in the very presence of God--

    oh, how refreshing it is!

    I've made Lord GOD my home.

    God, I'm telling the world what you do!

    An Asaph psalm

    By Blogger Justine, at 1/08/2006 10:25 PM  

  • Passion this year was a time for seeing how big God is and falling in love with Him all over again. I just wanted to say that Passion's vision is going to Granada, Spain in the fall. Going to love on the Muslim immigrant population there!

    By Blogger shawna, at 1/08/2006 10:29 PM  

  • Amazing, astountding, the greatest joy of my life to be with Jesus and 18,000 plus believers!! I am an adult leader-went to One Day '03, Passsion '05, & this one and I will be at '07 hopefully with an even larger group with me. PLEASE consider a doulble CD and a full length DVD with talks and worship together not just a few individual songs. I go to the local jail to minister to addicts and they LOVE the Passion worship music and the video from One Day '03. A passion for Jesus is exactly what they need. Please release more to us-I also lead a youth worship band and Passion worship is all we do. We need the song sheets/books asap. It's truly amazing to see how God gets into these kids at the teen outreach center through this worship music. We will buy all you put out-God works mightily through it!! And that's all we are about - seeing God get a powerful, passionate hold on the hearts of young people.
    THANK YOU!! God Bless you all!
    Catherine Cates
    1st Methodist Church
    Livingston, TN

    By Anonymous Catherine Cate, at 1/08/2006 10:30 PM  

  • I was completely FLOORED by what I learned during those four wonderful, tiring, exhilerating, God-centered days. And you know what's even better than that? The fact that I STILL feel floored, and awed and excited to go back to college and share Jesus Christ!!
    When people ask me how it was, amazingly I want to tell them FIRST about GOD and THEN about the concerts, talks, etc. Even though there were some big names and big bands at Passion, GOD was everpraised and pushed to the forefront as our hero. Praise, praise God for who HE IS!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/08/2006 11:26 PM  

  • one suggestion:
    maybe there could be specific one-on-one times with God (during the days of passion) to digest everything that we hear, and to read His Word...i loved my community group a lot -- but nothing can replace personal time with God. At the end of some of the days, it all seemed a bit hazy cause it was so (awesomely) overwhelming.

    By Blogger laura, at 1/08/2006 11:31 PM  

  • Lia, dont be discouraged at the "Jesus thing" people when they ask how it was...I am from MA and being that we live in one of the most liberal states in the country, nothing surprises me at the people here who just don't "get it", if you know what I mean...just keep up your fire from Passion and answer 'em with a big smile and lots of enthusiasm,,, might even make some of them want to know more about this "Jesus and these Jesus things"!!!!
    And to Louie, Shelley and Passion.... I know the glory is totally to God, but I would almost think He would love us here to tell you, even though I know that this is HIS line, "Well done, good and faithful servants"!!! I am so inspired and impressed by your vision and ferver for Him and the work that you do, if ever you are in the New England area and need help with events or projects , I would love to somehow be involved. A few months ago I bought the Passion CD/DVD set .. bought it for the CD, really, did not know too much about Passion, to tell you the truth. Sitting around one night, after the Red Sox choked in the playoffs, thought I would check out the DVD...WOW-I was blown away with the Boston\New York story (I am qutie biased to my beloved Boston!!) Along with reading about the Passion experiences and seeing that DVD, so cool and amazing!! Keep it up!! But, REALLY, get some rest first!!!

    By Blogger nydamm, at 1/09/2006 12:03 AM  

  • Louie, and everyone involved with Passion. I wanted to thank you for all of the work you do for the 18,000 + students who attended Passion 06. Your hearts and passion for God's glory are incredibly encouraging to me. My goal while I was there was to thank every volunteer and worker that I could find, and I know I didn't even make a dent, so here it goes: THANK YOU! To let you guys know, while at Passion 06, I made the decision to sacrifice for God's glory. I don't know for sure yet when I am going, but I will be moving from my comfortable "niche" in life to suffer in His name, for His glory, with the kids in Uganda, hopefully through Invisible Children, who y'all introduced me to. I am scared and excited at the same time, and I thank each of you for being an instrument of God in each of our lives in Nashville

    By Blogger Carly, at 1/09/2006 12:07 AM  

  • Gods SO Big...... God trully is indescribably

    By Blogger James, at 1/09/2006 12:44 AM  

  • Hello friends. As most of you know, I spent this last week in Nashville at Passion '06, and I was woefully unprepared for all that God had in store to show me. I have grappled mightily with trying to summarize all that I learned and wanted to share with as many people as possible. After many failed attempts at shortening this, I have abandoned that plan and am simply going to share my journal entries from my days at the Conference (with some slight editing regarding my more personal thoughs... these will be made available to a very select few on request). Anyhow, I realize this is a very long entry that will take some time to work through. I highly recommend you invest the time. Why? Not at all because I think that I am so important that you should read what I have to say, but because my intent here is to display the glory of Jesus as He revealed it to me this week, and He truly is worthy of your time. You may view my thoughts on my MySpace blog, http://blog.myspace.com/Shavers24. I love you all. Thank you for your prayers, and know that you remain in mine.

    In the name of our risen and soon-coming King,

    Austin Shaver

    By Blogger Shavers24, at 1/09/2006 3:23 AM  

  • Just wanted to let you guys know a couple of things. Firstly, I love that y'all are prompt. I know that's not a big deal to most people. But I love how everything Passion did this past week was so prompt. Main session, breakout sessions, late nights. And I loved Francis Chan. He was my community group leader. He was awesome! So sensitive to the Holy Spirit's leadings. Please keep him involved with Passion. Great addition! Thanks for all you do. Thanks mostly for listening to the Holy Spirit in you. It's encouraging to us all. Blessings on this ministry.

    By Blogger Eva, at 1/09/2006 9:50 AM  

  • When sharing testimony with our church, one of the students I brought told the church, "I don't want to tell people about Passion, I want to tell them all about Jesus!" Amen

    By Blogger dyingtolive, at 1/09/2006 10:07 AM  

  • This is was the first conference I attended and I have to say I was in absolute awe! The first talk about satisfaction right to the end. The most intense for me was Wednesday night. Walking out of the venue into a busy city excpet thousands in silence! What an amazing feeling. The spirt can move-The spirit does move!

    By Blogger Diana, at 1/09/2006 10:52 AM  

  • All i can say for those of you who wish you could be back at Passion is: there's a reason God now has you where you're at. I always tend to struggle with this whenever I get back from a camp or mission trip experience where I have truly worshipped God. Yes, Passion was an amazing time to be focused completely, totally, 100% on God, but now's the time when our committments are tested. For me, it was hard to come back from amazing worship music that is so excellent from the world's perspective and where everyone is giving God everything they've got in worship to a church where the music tends to be OK at best and you can't tell if anyone else is singing with you. However, if there's one thing I learned from this post-Passion experience, it's that God cares about my heart...how I respond and I can't blame anyone or judge anyone else for how they respond to God.
    So, for all you out there who are missing the PAAAAAAAAAARTY, keep it going in you! Focus on the reason for the party, not the type of music and speaking that was there, and the party will continue. May God bless everyone who was at Passion and works there richly!
    SarahC

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/09/2006 11:02 AM  

  • I praise God for what He has done for you all... I'm sorry I couldn't be there, I wanted to so desperately... But one thing Louie said at OneDay '03 stands in my mind... He said that too often we live our Christian life from event to event, waiting for another gathering to supercharge us... Well, the retreat is over... The refueling has been completed... Now is the time to go back and engage the culture that so desperately needs all of you... I just encourage you to let the intensity and passion that is burning in your hearts right now and realize that it doesn't have to be based off of this one event... That same intensity and drive can follow you every single day for the rest of your life, if you will simply humble yourself and allow God's passionate Spirit to fill your lungs and drive you... Piper preaches the message "Boast only in the cross." Well, my boasting of you is centered on the cross, because in a culture that too often exchanges relevancy for more revelation of God, you make my heart proud... But most importantly, you please the heart of God... Keep at it!!!

    By Anonymous Kevin, at 1/09/2006 11:03 AM  

  • this was my first year at Passion. when i got home people were asking me about it, but i couldn't even find the words to describe what went on in nashville. i have never been as touched and moved as i was those 4 days. i have come home with an experience i could never replace.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/09/2006 11:05 AM  

  • May God continue to humble a generation for his renown, and confirm in their hearts that Christ is everything!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/09/2006 4:25 PM  

  • "Passion" pretty much describes Passion 06. There really are no other words...that is why it's called Passion. And you're right--all of the things you said, you're right. The music is pounding in my ears, the crowd is surrounding me, and each morning I wake up and wish I was still in Nashville, still going to be running late getting to my family group, still going to be waiting in lines just to eat. It's all part of the experience, all part of what I miss horribly. Withdrawal is too gentle of a word to describe the feeling of coming back to the "real world." It's hard. I pray that we all have the strength and determination to go spread the joy that we felt all throughout our campus. Until next year....
    ~Jill

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/09/2006 6:04 PM  

  • After I got home that was the question I was asked by so many people and all I could say was: "God is awesome". I was totally speechless. God really showed up to me and so many others it was so great and glorious. I have been trying to tell everyone how great it was and how awesome God is, but it just doesn't come out how I feel. It's not justified. I totally agree with that entire blog, and I am glad I wasn't told how it would have been, because I would have expected it in a way, and it wouldn't have been as new an experience( I don't know how to explain it). God is so awesome and I have come home with a completely refreshed and new view of our Father in heaven. He is so awesome.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/09/2006 10:05 PM  

  • Hey, I want to send more money, where do I send that to? Passion was amazing and I praise God for the people who lead it!

    By Blogger seanfromozark, at 1/10/2006 12:42 PM  

  • It's so true! I can't bear to even take my wristband off!!!

    By Blogger Jen Adams, at 1/10/2006 10:16 PM  

  • I also want to say thanks to everyone who donated to Passion during the annionted 4 days, because you are making it possible for them to come near us possibly once again. Thank you thank you thank you.

    By Blogger God's girl, at 1/11/2006 3:34 PM  

  • Thanks, Passion team, Louie, et al.

    Many hugs to you all. It was such a blessing to have the opportunity to even be there as a volunteer who wasn't able to be in on many sessions with the students. God was there, even on the loading docks...

    By Blogger dennis, at 1/12/2006 6:56 AM  

  • I've been able to serve as a volunteer at most of the Passion events since 1997. About two days into volunteering for OneDay 2000 (a few days before the students arrived) I thought to myself, "I can't believe I thought about not being at OneDay!" Words fail me whenever I try to explain Passion. I simply tell people their Spirit will be renewed and challenged like never before if they attend.

    Passion folk (students, staff and volunteers alike) have been a significant part of my spiritual journey these past 10 years. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve and cannot imagine how our Great God will change the world through Passion...

    By Blogger BotSO, at 1/12/2006 6:13 PM  

  • when ...?
    :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/31/2006 10:32 PM  

  • spicy peanut?
    :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/18/2006 12:18 AM  

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