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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Oh, The Heart of America!

Peoria, South Bend, Memphis, Oklahoma City, Wichita, Fayetteville.....

Seems like for days now we've been circling in the center of the nation. Over to Omaha, up to Chicago, down to Peoria, up to South Bend, down and over to Memphis, over the OKC, up to Wichita, down to Fayetteville. Round and round we go. Night after night His anthem cherished. Him adored.

Tonight, we will see what Fayetteville holds...what God has in mind for this step of the journey. But things are looking up after a lunch gathering with a dozen campus leaders from UofA (Go R'backs). Not only have they (and their students) been praying much for tonight, generous people have made several hundred tickets available for college students who may have never seen the people of God going after His heart in a setting like this. And, they have set up a prayer room on site where students will pray as the night unfolds, asking God to come in power and shake this place. Humbling. Exciting. Hopeful. Waiting.

Great memories from the middle of America:
1. Meeting CeCe (again, I should ask about spelling) after in OKC and hearing her say she had met Christ in the night and knew for sure she would spend eternity with Him. For this we pray every single day.
2. Hearing a great story in Kansas about a student who had "stopped digging" into death after the talk at Passion...still sporting a blue wristband as a reminder.
3. Seeing an intact, pristine wristband in Wichita (purple, I think) and wondering if its wearer had showered since Nashville! Only kidding...you looked showered and clean.
4. The "party clap" rising up in Memphis from a small, but determined, Passion core, and Chris' response, "the people have spoken." Thus, Memphis witnessed the only Party Song thus far since 06...fun for the Passion crowd, but a little scary for the regular Memphis-ites.
5. A quick trip home to Shelley and the Passion House on our day off Wednesday. :)
6. Meeting our new ND friends in South Bend, and seeing people around the world quickly surround them with cries to God.
7. Listening to a few early mixes (Glorious and Party) from the Passion 06 CD with the guys in a choir room (our green room). Rocking out. Shaking our heads. Feeling it again. Remembering. And, in my case, shedding tears.

If you read the Blog today from one of these fine cities, give us a quick shout. And pray with us for the Kingdom to come tonight in NW Arkansas.
Louie

And please remember to pray for John Piper and his family during his upcoming prostate cancer surgery Tuesday.

30 Comments:

  • Oh! How I long to hear Party and Glorious again! Just remembering the songs and their meanings and how cool and fun it was to lift it up to Him is amazing. At least I still remember the songs in my head, but I look forward to hearing/singing them again to some real tunes. :) Good times.

    John Piper and his family are in my prayer.

    By Blogger Lisa, at 2/12/2006 5:17 PM  

  • Hey Mr.Giglio
    Thanks for the post!It is great hearing all this great stuff and how God is working in each state!I have been keeping you all in prayer as you continue to spread Gods Fame!
    So the song PARTY is going to be on the Passion cd?
    I can't wait to hear the Passion 06 cd-I was blown away by the 05 one and I just know this one will be great!And yes I will definetly keep Mr.John Piper and his family in prayer!God Bless you
    Many prayers go out to you-
    Take Care
    Miranda

    By Blogger FanofGOD, at 2/12/2006 5:58 PM  

  • party clap, why can't you guys have made a stop up here in minnesota? i mean the grace church concert was fun and all, but really, that was last year. party clap!

    By Anonymous andrew jacob nesheim-switzer, at 2/12/2006 6:08 PM  

  • It's good to hear the tour is still going great. All the stories are so encouraging for me. Not being at school this semester has not made it easy to stay on top of everything. I can't wait for this Friday. I try not to hold expectations but I know it will blow me away. Go silver.

    By Blogger will polley, at 2/12/2006 6:13 PM  

  • Praying for you'll from michigan. It's great to hear about what's going on while you are on the road. And how awesome it is to know that lives are being changed. I have no idea what the Party Clap is but I'm glad to hear that all of you who attended and knew it, did the clap!
    Still praying for Notre Dame. How awesome it is to see people from around the nation gather together to pray!
    I'm praying for you John and family!

    Isaiah 26:8b- for Your name and renown are the desires of our souls!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/12/2006 8:12 PM  

  • Louie,

    It was great to be with you in Memphis on Thursday night. The PARTY was definitely a blessing! His fame continues to be amplified through Passion.

    We will join with you in prayer as you seek His face and His glory fills Fayetteville.

    Surrendered,
    Kevin
    <><

    By Blogger Kevin, at 2/12/2006 9:01 PM  

  • Hey Guys,

    Extremely Awesome!
    You made me smile! I miss you guys! I miss Passion people. My wrist band is hanging on my cork board in my room b/c I just couldn't stand to wear it out after two weeks of showering w/ it. ;)

    Love you all

    Kelli

    By Blogger Kelli, at 2/12/2006 10:05 PM  

  • my purple wristband is holding strong...and i still have the silver "passion 06" on it! its such an amazing conversation starter and great reminder of the Lord and what He has done and is doing in my life! keep using the wristbands louie...they are amazing!

    so ready for the cd...i konw its going to blow my mind when it reminds me of how strong and powerful our Great God truly is! praying for you all as always!

    lauren

    By Blogger lesykes, at 2/12/2006 10:06 PM  

  • Hey Louie!

    Tossin' a shout out your way from the good ol' city of Wichita! How awesome it was to worship with y'all last night! It was sweet! I wish we would have gotten to hear the Party song here though.... Those of us from our church that went to Passion have been hearing it in our heads for so long that people that didn't go are beginning to think we are nuts and it doesn't exist!

    My buddies Scott and Steph and I were able to come out and what a blessing it was! We were so excited because up until Friday night we still weren't 100% on whether or now we were going to be able to come or if we were even going to be able to get tickets! But we were blessed and got to come!

    It was especially cool because Scott and I had been talking about the message since we first heard it at Passion and Steph was clueless! So last night she was able to get clued in as to how small we are and what an AMAZING God we serve! It was so great!

    Thank you so much for coming out and for having such a willingness to help us reach our generation for Him. It is so amazing to have someone that is on our side encouraging us along the way! I pray that God will continue to bless the Passion team and that your work may continue. God bless and have fun with the rest of the tour!

    For HIS Glory,
    Andrea

    PS~ I also have to give a shout out to Community Group #3... Woot woot! Any of you still wearing your neon blue wristbands? :)

    By Blogger Andra Lynn, at 2/12/2006 11:26 PM  

  • You guys where awesome in Memphis, TN!!!!!!!!!!!!! Louie: I loved hearing your message again! and Chris: I loved hearing the PARTY! song again! My prayers are with you as you continue on your journey!

    By Blogger Tina E., at 2/12/2006 11:27 PM  

  • L.,
    Thanks for your post! What an amazing night of worship it was with you all in Wichita!! Thank you for sharing your wisdom and insight with so many night after night. Your passion and desire for Christ's renown in this world is truly contagious and inspiring! Praise God for that! Thanks for talking with us gals last night. We are super stoked for the passion cd to come out, and must say, you play one mean air guitar! My purple (yes, you were correct), intact, pristine wristband is still going strong, even after yet another day of showering. Crazy, I know.

    He made everything Glorious,
    Kelli

    By Blogger ps139, at 2/13/2006 12:09 AM  

  • Prayin for the y'all to continue shining through the heart of America! Throwin one up for John Piper and his family, too.

    -K

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/13/2006 12:22 AM  

  • Just got back from Fay'ville. From Fort Smith though. Awesomeness! I was right at the base of the stage, so when we all sat down...i was one of the unlucky ones who couldn't see the screen...but I eventually manuvered(sp?) around to the side of the stage.

    By Anonymous Tony, at 2/13/2006 12:24 AM  

  • Praise God for all that He continues to do with Passion and the lives that are being changed.

    Is it March 29 yet?

    By Blogger Jason Parker, at 2/13/2006 12:37 AM  

  • Oh man. Memphis was AMAZING!

    I am proud to say that I was one of the three up front that kept starting the clap in hopes of hearing the song! Glad that it finally worked, my apologies to the band if they got nervous from not practicing it. :-)

    Every time I hear/see the Indescribable series it makes me feel so small and I couldn't be more thankful for that. I think it's easy to think big of myself when I seem to get something right.

    Memphis was amazing. That's all there is to it.

    Matt and Chris, you guys rocked out for God. Both of you have been amazing roll models for me as a leader.

    Louie, the knowledge God has blessed you with encourages me every time He blesses me with it. Thanks for spreading it around.

    Sound guys, crew, and everyone that doesn't get seen, you guys rock more than anyone gives you credit for. The backbone you provide makes these things possible on a worldy scale.

    God bless!

    By Blogger Andrew Dale, at 2/13/2006 12:57 AM  

  • Memphis was absolutely amazing. I am actually from Oklahoma but was on my way to Nashville and had a chance to catch the show on the way. I am glad that I did. I didn't get to go to Passion so I was glad I finally got to see what Party was all about. God showed up in a mighty and powerful way. Thanks for all you guys do out there on the road.

    By Blogger Suzanne, at 2/13/2006 10:54 AM  

  • Louie and gang~

    always nice to hear what God is and has done in all of these wonderful states!!!! continuing with prayer. you are blessing many people!!! and inreturn are being doublely bless for sure!!! keep up the fabulas work!!!

    By Blogger eliz, at 2/13/2006 11:42 AM  

  • rockin with you guys in fayetteville. thanks for coming!! it was a great night.

    God is doing amazing stuff in our hearts since Passion. we are asking how we can carry that onto our campus so all can hear the great news of His renown. please pray for us.

    so memphis-party.
    fayetteville-no party. :(

    hoping it's on the cd!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/13/2006 11:57 AM  

  • Louie you missed the snow in Atlanta. I woke up this morning to snow on the ground. I am sure it is all gone now - I drove to work on Alpharetta and there was not snow on the ground, so I am not sure if they had any or not - they didn't at 9am. So i am looking forward to Thursday in Athens. I went to the worship service in Oct at the Fox, but a friend who just moved here convinced me to go to Athens with her.

    My prayers are with John and his family tomorrow and may God continue to bless all the cities, campuses, and students you all visit on this tour. Is it sad it is coming to an end?

    By Blogger Christina in ATL, at 2/13/2006 12:07 PM  

  • Hey Louie!

    Dropping a line from Norman, OK!
    It was amazing to fall in love all over again with Him last Friday in Bethany! We couldn't get any seats so my sis, I and friends were in front with you & still had my Pink band on!! Whoohoo!

    I heard about Passion, One Day, music by Chris and Matt in Malaysia and have always wanted to attend. I'm from Malaysia (tribal Borneo Island: Miri, Sarawak specifically) studying here for the past 3 years and had the oppurtunity for the first time to attend Passion 06 through my OU-Amarillo brother, Ben's invitation!

    Last Spring, I have been prayerfully seeking God's heart for ministry and to be used by Him. Passion 06 RADICALLY CHANGED MY LIFE & provided real solid time where God revealed A LOT!! Your talk on Designer's Jeans totally FREED me to realize that campus government/leadership that I am involved in and have a passion for IS God's Ministry and that there's a specific reason he places His Children in places of influence -> to magnify and glorify His Name and Fame!

    This Spring 06, through a series of God-inspired events since Freshmen year (or even before!), as unqualified as I am, He has cleared the way and provided me the oppurtunity to run for student body leadership March 28/29 -> to engage & enrich the campus with a love of Christ!

    I desire so much to live for HIS GLORY ALONE! Thank you for your work at Passion & will be praying for you & the team as you continue to change lives in Christ (including mine)!

    Only By His Grace,
    Kenah
    Borneo Island
    Malaysia

    By Anonymous Kenah Nyanat, at 2/13/2006 12:34 PM  

  • I had such an amazing time at Passion...AND I was lucky enough to be able to make the trip to Wichita on Saturday and worship God with you guys again!!! I took my PINK passion bracelet off a while ago, but that is pretty cool that people are still wearing those!

    By Blogger Jordan Dreiling, at 2/13/2006 2:36 PM  

  • hey guys - ever since passion i cant quite talking about it, and I enjoy coming to the blog to keep up to date with all that is going on with people who have went to passion and people experinceing a passion type of atmosphere.. Like many others i cant wait to get the party song and rock out to it.. its such a awesome song, - actully one day i did it at work..- ha, and one of the guy asked me about it.. it was so great to tell him.. but i do miss the days in nashville, bur we have the awesome memories of it and the refreshness it brought.. thanks again.. Praying for mr. piper tommorrow.. may God touch the hands of the doctors.. .. but blessed . and rock out guys for the glory of God.

    By Anonymous Todd, at 2/13/2006 2:37 PM  

  • hey guys
    the night in memphis was amazing. all of you do such a great job of making the night "not about you", while maintaining excellence and bringing the Lord right into the room. thanks again for mentoring all of us from a distance.

    Jason

    By Blogger ecclesia memphis, at 2/13/2006 2:53 PM  

  • Thanks again for making your stop in Fayetteville. It was awesome having you guys in town. I hope the room wasn't to small for you. We were definately close... Enjoy some rest and I pray that the remainder of the tour is as awesome as it was in Fayetteville last night.

    By Blogger David, at 2/13/2006 3:56 PM  

  • I'm not from NW Arkansas, but I am from NE Arkansas, and I love my Razorbacks! Wooo Pig Sooie!I really hope God uses you guys to move on the UA campus. I have a lot of friends that go there. I'll be praying!

    By Blogger aaron, at 2/13/2006 4:03 PM  

  • Last night (the Fayetteville show) was a great boost from Passion! My fellow Passion goers decided that we need a night like this every couple of months! Too bad you three won't be around here again.

    We were sad that Tomlin didn't play PARTY. We tried to get the "clap-clap...clap" beat going for him, but it never worked! Too bad, I guess I will just have to wait for the Passion '06 CD to come out because I KNOW it will be on there!

    Great job last night guys! We Bentonville, AR people are all praying for your tour.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/13/2006 5:04 PM  

  • Louie,

    I was at the USM concert in Hattiesburg, MS last night. It was the most incredible thing I have ever been a part of. Thanks so much for spending your Valentine's with us.... the pictures you used from the Hubble telescope were unbelievable, if I may say "indescribable"! Can you tell me where I can find the picture of the center of the whirlpool galaxy? I would love to e-mail to my co-workers.

    Live to Serve
    <><
    Rene'

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/15/2006 1:07 PM  

  • Yea, one of the guys from my family group definitely also has his wristband still in tact. Mine is still on...but it's tearing. I've already held it together with zebra-print tape. Looks like I need some more tape...

    By Blogger sarahC, at 2/16/2006 8:46 AM  

  • Hay Mr. Giglio
    I am orginal from OK, but at this time I am at school in Columbus Ms. I hope that people from home opened their hearts to truly hear what you had to say. I know there have been times in my life I did not open mine to hear and now looking back I wish I had. thank you for your willingness to share. I will be praying for you and the others on the tour.

    By Anonymous Natalie Hill, at 2/18/2006 4:15 PM  

  • I have to say I'm very disappointed that there was no blog about the show in Oak Creek, WI. I thought it was a great night!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/19/2006 9:56 AM  

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