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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Happiness = Palm Trees and Jordan Hare

Palm trees make me smile because they almost always announce warmth and sunshine. And, usually, surf and sand are not too far away. Yep, you guessed it. The Indescribable Tour has made it to the Sunshine State, a first for us after over forty cities. And if those of you in colder climes (I heard it's in the teens in Ohio today for the Crowder stop) have ever wondered what's up with Florida, well, it's February 18 and around 80 today, with blue sky, lots of sun and palm trees all around the ampitheater we are playing in. That's a great sight to wake up to after a 600 mile ride through the night from Alabama.

Actually, we've had two days in a row with great morning views. Yesterday, we awakened and raised the bus shades to the sight of Jordan-Hare Stadium looming overhead. Happiness is waking up at Auburn University. All is well in the world!

Yeah, I'm an Auburn Tiger! Deep down Orange and Blue. No, I didn't go to school there (wanted to, but God had other plans and mighty Georgia State University was in my future), but my dad did (Louie Giglio 2), and I have grown up loving the place. So it was great hanging for a day in lovely Auburn, and as a bonus, seeing our favorite AU student. Two nights and two nieces. That's happiness, too!

Auburn feels like a place that could explode. As I spent a little time sitting and praying over the campus yesterday that's all I could think about. So much good stuff is happening for Jesus and it seems like the potential is here for a full-blown revolution. Looking across the campus I'm reminded of words we've all heard lately thanks to Narnia coming to life on the big screen. He (Jesus) is not safe...but He's good. May the not safe Jesus awaken not safe followers to live not safe lives of not safe worship that fuel not safe journeys and a not safe movement of not safe proportions with not safe ripples that bring the message of His goodness to every crevice of this campus and all peoples on planet earth.

"Could such a not safe wave begin right here," I thought? Well, it's not too much to ask of One as grand and glorious as our God.

War Eagle!
Louie

30 Comments:

  • Louie --
    Beautiful palm trees! I was born & raised in West Palm; haven't seen it for almost 15 years. I'm in Franklin now(your cousin, Raphael, is one of my pastors) -- snow everywhere!
    The Lord bless you all as you minister & bask in HIS GLORY!
    See you at the Ryman!

    Phoebe

    Zeph. 3:17

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/18/2006 3:03 PM  

  • Louie - you are always en encouragement to me! thanks so much for the "not safe" thoughts. people say that Jesus is "not safe" but it's another thing to put it into persepective of our daily lives: a not safe journey, not safe worship, not safe movement...etc. Thanks for all that you do! :)

    "[God] receivest again what Thou findest, yet didst never lose; never in need, yet rejoicing in gains...Thou payest debts, owing nothing; remittest debts, losing nothing..."
    -from St. Augustine's confessions

    -what a thought!
    How great is our God!! :)

    -carolyn

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/18/2006 3:05 PM  

  • Louie - Last night was awesome! Thank you, Chris, and Matt for bringing the Indescribable Tour to Auburn University. I have to say, that was the best thing ever held in the Student Activities Center! I heard your message at Passion '06 and it's great to hear your message again because we always forget how small we are and forget to give glory to God when we are busy with studies. May God continue to bless you and I pray many are brought to Christ through the message God sends through you. Come back to Auburn soon! Love in Christ.

    War Eagle!

    Michael

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/18/2006 3:48 PM  

  • Hey Mr.Giglio
    Thanks for the post!Sounds to me like this tour has been going great!And now you have finally gotten to the warm part of the tour!Flordia you guys must be enjoying your time there!Very cold here in NH I would love to be in Flordia about now haha!!I have been keeping you in prayer-and will continue too pray...
    Much love and prayers-and a huge thank you-for all you do,you are such a encouragement to me!Your talks have brought me to a higher understanding of how awesome GOD is and that living and giving him my ALL is the only way to LIVE!!
    All GLORY,HONOR,AND PRAISE TO JESUS THE KING OF GLORY!!
    Miranda

    By Blogger FanofGOD, at 2/18/2006 3:56 PM  

  • Louie,
    wow. last night was absolutely amazing. thank you so much for coming to auburn. it was just what i needed to keep everything in perspective of how indescribably big God is and that i am not. i will keep praying for you, chris, and matt as you continue on your journey. come back to auburn!
    in the hug of jesus,
    sarah

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/18/2006 3:57 PM  

  • Definatly was something that I will always remember. It was right up there with Passion '06. Hopefully last night helped ignite a flame here on my campus. Thank you so much Louie, Matt, and Chris. Absolutely amazing, and all glory to God.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/18/2006 4:05 PM  

  • Thanks for coming to see us in Auburn! It was an amazing night. We tried to start up the Party clap after "Your Grace Is Enough" but it didn't work out so well. Ah, well... even so, we were at the best party of anyone in Auburn last night. Thanks again and War Eagle!!

    Elizabeth

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/18/2006 4:48 PM  

  • I'll join you in praying for the Auburn campus and for the town. My non-Christian brother lives there ("Wildman Steve" on the radio) and my nephew (his son) plans to attend AU in the fall. So as I pray for their salvation I'll pray for revival to begin at Auburn Univ! Hope to see you all in Atlanta next January, Lord willing!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/18/2006 5:31 PM  

  • Louie,
    hi... i know that , that is Shelly but who is between you guys. is it your daughter, do you have kids????
    well any hooo..hello!!!
    have a sunny blast in Florida.
    Let Christ reign supremely thru you!!! will be praying for all of thoses that attend for the evening!! do not get sunburned!!

    By Blogger eliz, at 2/18/2006 5:52 PM  

  • Palm Trees? I love Palm Trees!! I wish we had beautiful warm weather here in the texas panhandle today, but we dont, unfortuanetly it's in the low 20's. Glad to here your enjoying your time in auburn! I will be praying for you as you speak on this tour and for everyone else involved with the tour. Thank you for all yall do!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/18/2006 5:57 PM  

  • that's louie and shelley's niece--
    he mentions that in the post. one niece is at uga, one at auburn.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/18/2006 6:08 PM  

  • "Happiness is waking up at Auburn University. All is well in the world."

    I couldn't agree more! See you Thursday in Birmingham!

    WAR EAGLE!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/18/2006 6:08 PM  

  • Louie - Thanks for bringing the tour to Auburn. I attended Passion 05 & 06 as a college minister, but my husband's work never allowed him to join me. When we saw the tour was going to be at AU we knew we had to make the drive to be there. It was wonderful for an AU alumni couple to spend the evening together praising God for his Greatness and thanking Jesus for His sacrfice. It's AUsome to see what is happening on our campus. A decade ago there were only small pockets of bible study groups and now hundreds of AU students at Passion 06 and the activities center last night. Thanks for your ministry to college students and the encouragement you give us as leaders on the field. Have a great time in Jax, we are praying for your continued strength on these last tour stops.
    Regina

    By Blogger regina, at 2/18/2006 6:10 PM  

  • Currently here in Michigan it is 7 degrees though it feels like 2. So yes here in the north it is cold weather.
    Louie- you talked about the not safe Jesus, what do you mean. Is Jesus not safe?

    Palm trees and sunshine and warm weather all sound so awesome. I'm glad you are getting a chance to enjoy it!
    You describe what you write in your posts so well I feel like I'm there. You make me want Christ in my life all the more. Thanks for such great posts!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/18/2006 6:23 PM  

  • Hey Louie!
    I see that lots of people have said this before me, but last night was absolutely amazing! It was great to be refreshed with all I learned at Passion 06. Thanks for stopping by! Also, I know you give the indescribable talk a whole lot, so thank you for not letting it become routine. Your passion for God's glory shined last night and renewed the same passion in me! Auburn is a great place isn't it? -Sarah
    ps: I like your pink AU shirt; I have one just like it!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/18/2006 6:55 PM  

  • O Louie,
    Ever since Passion this year, I've been trying to explain to all of my friends what an incredible experience it was. My facebook profile is basically a Passion ad in itself. Last night a lot of those friends realized what I had been talking about. Thank you so much for your message that was so obviously God-inspired (I could listen to it over and over). Thank you for coming and breathing even more life onto our campus. We know that we're on the verge of something indescribable here at Auburn and we remain patient and prayful in the Lord for Him to spark it. We're all praying that the tour continues to stay a strong force for the Lord. Have fun down in Florida!
    Meredith

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/18/2006 7:27 PM  

  • i love being not safe. let it all hang out. be not shy, let His glory shine through you. louie i'm the one with the silver arm band that doesnt shower much... yep. but i do promise. last night was just incredible. i loved every minute of it. load in and load out were great. hillbilly, hope your wife is doing ok after that morning. christian h, you are the man with the plan. if anyone gives you a hard time send them to me.. hah. good meeting yall. thanks everyone for praying for us. i love every minute i am able to spend down here this semester. working can be so draining. physically and spiritually. yesterday and last night was an amazing time, a good pick me up. thank yall for that.

    By Blogger will polley, at 2/18/2006 7:38 PM  

  • What a glorious thought of living a not safe life...AMEN!
    May God bless you deeply!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/18/2006 9:06 PM  

  • Louies niece~
    howdy!!!
    thanks anonymous.
    sunshine, 80 degrees, blue skys, and Jesus! what a great combo!!

    By Blogger eliz, at 2/18/2006 9:31 PM  

  • thank for coming to auburn!!!
    the night was amazing.
    shawn

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/18/2006 10:25 PM  

  • WAR EAGLE LOUIS! Thanks for coming to auburn!

    By Blogger Courtney, at 2/19/2006 11:18 AM  

  • Any updates on John Piper anyone?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/19/2006 2:16 PM  

  • So awesome that you used the Narnia reference. I remember that someone wrote "God is not safe, but He is good" on the "glorious" banner that enclosed the stage at the end of Passion 06. Seeing that statement really hit me right where I was then.

    I appreciate all of what you are doing to bring the Kingdom of God to college campuses. We'd love to have you come to Virginia Tech! We're starting to see revival here and it's awesome to see what God is doing in this generation.
    -Chris

    By Anonymous Chris, at 2/19/2006 2:42 PM  

  • Louie, Louie, Louie...

    What can I say? The lines of the battlefield are drawn... but when will you go into not-safe enemy territory? I've always sensed that the Christian community at Auburn may be stronger than at the #1 party school of the state, but what about inviting all of Auburn to visit T-Town and throwing a giant PARTY there (like, in Coleman Coliseum)? Now, THAT would be a ministry: both schools coming together for worship...

    Anyway, just something to think about. Enjoy the warm sunshine; we've finally got winter back here (it's right around 0 degrees, with lots of snow, and beautiful sunshine)! How great God is to have made one country big enough to have all kinds of weather in it!

    Oh, and a big, loving, ROLL TIDE! to all of you!

    Silke :)

    By Blogger Silke, at 2/19/2006 4:08 PM  

  • Louie- meeting you Friday night was awsome. My two best friends and I were the ones you gave permission to jump up on stage if you didnt play Party. Friday night was amazing. Seeing that many of my fellow students united for God's renown was awe inspiring. Hearing your sermon for the second time threw gasoline on the fire that God rekindled in me at Passion 06 and again, thankyou.

    But now to something serious. Your comment on a not safe revolution on our campus. Lets go for it. And since the blog has proven great before with prayer I ask of everyone to pray for my sorority. The Zeta Xi chapter of Alpha Xi Delta here at Auburn. Our officers have decided that the name of Jesus is not welcome. Not even welcome in the devotional at our weekly chapter meetings. For the most part, my sorority has turned its back on our awsome God. And speaking of not safe, I'm taking a step into not safeness by even posting this and could possibly be called before our standards committee. I plead with everyone, PRAYER FOR THE AUBURN CHAPTER OF ALPHA XI DELTA. No worries about me though, God has called me out and of Egypt and I will be depinning at the end of the semester. I'm looking forward to life in the promise land.

    Not to end on a depressing note, thanks again Louie and WAR EAGLE!!!!

    Our God Reigns,
    Laura

    By Blogger fallenfacedown, at 2/19/2006 4:47 PM  

  • Louie,
    I just got home from Kenya and met a girl there named Erin Rigsby. She is serving among the street children in Nigeria. Seems she was called at OneDay in Tennessee and she is bringing Glory to God by representing Christ to kids in Nigeria. Said she met you at her college during the college visits prior to OneDay. She has huge dreams of Passion coming to Nigeria and is praying that God will raise up Passion to come there. Just wanted you to know that she is praying for this. Keep up the good work. It is a pleasure serving with you for his Glory.

    Donnie

    By Blogger donnie, at 2/19/2006 9:48 PM  

  • Hey, Laura,

    I'll pray for that one!

    Silke

    By Blogger Silke, at 2/19/2006 11:44 PM  

  • Louie...
    do you read these? just to let you know, you've never been so right on. auburn is about to spiritually explode. so many people have been given great vision for revival here. He's stirring it up. exciting that you got to come join us for what He's starting...
    be blessed,
    bethany

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/20/2006 3:13 PM  

  • Louie!
    Thanks so much for loving Auburn! I love hearing about your heart for this campus. It is such an encouragement. Friday night was amazing and I did not want it to end. It is so hard to go from that moment of singing high praises to the Lord, to walking to class in the pouring rain. But, that is what we are called to do!
    That is what I am trying to learn. How to honor and bring glory to the name of Jesus just living my daily routine.
    Thank you for your tireless efforts through out this tour. It was such a blessing to relieve Passion '06 for one night! The Lord showed up in a mighty way reminding me of the marvelous things He taught me at Passion.
    Again, thank you for the sleepless nights and thousands of miles of travel. Many are being blessed!!
    WAR EAGLE!!!

    By Blogger emily, at 2/20/2006 10:58 PM  

  • Louie! You said it...revolution is about to explode in Auburn. Everyone has been about to explode with anticipation for about a year now. There's just something about this place. Believers are experiencing revival--changed perspectives, renewed minds, hearts open to more of who God is... Non-believers are seeing more of the grace of God and following that hunger. We recognize that we have no control over what He is doing here but that we can trust that Jesus in us will be about His Father's business. He will have His glory!--and is having it! The Holy Spirit is pouring out His intimacy in lives and accompanying that with the power He intended for believers. I can't even explain how incredible it is! We are finding the freedom to exalt Him alone, not the vision, not the revelation. Those are good but are only here to point us to Him and let Him make His renown know through us.
    "Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deedsd, O Lord. Renew them in our day." Hab. 3:2

    By Blogger Robin M, at 2/21/2006 1:41 AM  

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