Sunday, February 19, 2006

Party In Florida!

Outdoors and under a clear, starry night in West Palm…what a beautiful sight. Especially you guys down front going after God’s heart with every single ounce of energy. I think you guys tipped the scales and brought on the Party Song. Which, for clarity sake, is what we want to be about as we see people coming from death to life through the power of Jesus Christ. It’s not an “eat, drink and be merry” party, “for tomorrow we die.” It’s a “we are the redeemed of God” party, and no one is going to out shout us as we live dangerously for Him until everyone on the planet hears His name. The final celebration to end all celebrations is heaven, so we are storing treasure there. But make no mistake, we’re going to show this world what it means to truly be alive, for, after all, we’re the ones who have everything to celebrate. Funny, you can be on a radical mission and celebrate at the same time when Jesus is the one leading you onward!

Tonight, Jacksonville. Who knew? We found a BIG Passion contingent here tonight…the biggest and loudest of the Tour so far. Loved being with you guys and watching your faces as the Passion 06 video played after the break. [For the past four nights we’ve been playing a “Glimpse” of Passion 06 that we just
finished for iTunes.] I think you J’ville guys were in the video. We felt at home with you tonight!

Going miss sunny FL. OK, it wasn’t sunny at all today. Actually, cold and windy, but that didn’t slow down our tennis game as Chris and I played with some leading young pros from the International Christian Tennis Association Academy nearby. Was
ugly, but so fun. We got smoked by two girls. Yeah, before you laugh too hard I dare you to play them. One’s ranked in the top 100 on the women’s tour and the other is getting her tour ranking soon. Great new friends with a great mission.

Just one more day to get your $3.49 together. iTunes comes sometime after midnight Monday night. Are you with us?? Speaking of iTunes, we hear you guys outside the US and have asked our partners about why stuff doesn’t reach you. We are bummed, too, but don’t have a clear answer yet. All I can say is let iTunes hear from you!

See you soon Nashville, Birmingham, Tyler and Austin.


  • Awesomenisity!

    I don't have class until 9:30 in the morning tuesday, so I'm going to stay up and order it right at midnight tomorrow night. And then rock out to it all four of the passion songs during Bio lecture...

    By Anonymous Tony, at 2/19/2006 11:15 PM  

  • Thanks Louie, Chris, and Matt!!

    Tonight was awesome! It was so great to hear again how small we are, yet so infinitely loved. It was especially exciting to get connected with other kids from Passion. I went to Nashville alone, but left knowing more of my huge family in Christ. Thank You Savior! CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR MORE OF THE PARTY JOINING WITH THE ANGELS!!! University of Florida's College of Pharmacy represented tonight - I hope we can reach all the rest of our campus like a holy raging fire!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/19/2006 11:40 PM  

  • Tonight was so awesome! I loved the video clip from Passion '06! The guy that said he was from Jacksonville is part of the Access218 ministry here in Jacksonville. I was so excited to see JT on the screen. I brought back fond memories of standing in the registration line. :) I can not wait until Thirsty, where I hope to sharpen my leadership skills and for Passion '07, its going to be rockin'. You guys are absolutely amazing. God is doing wonderful things through you all and I am so blessed to have been given the opportunity to hear Him speak through you. Can't wait for the bundle, and the cd. Be blessed and have a safe rest of the tour. I know that there are so many more people out there that need to hear what God is saying through you all.

    Vickie Lynn

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/19/2006 11:59 PM  

  • I am so pumped that the new iTunes bundle is coming out on the same day that I am coming to see you guys in Nash-Vegas! I'm telling everyone to download on Tuesday morning and rock out all day on campus while I am on my way to Nashville! See you Tuesday on the front row!!!!!

    By Blogger CarmenSings, at 2/20/2006 12:08 AM  

  • Louie,

    Glad you enjoyed Florida. Please come back soon! Maybe next time I will be able to catch you guys.
    Unfortunately, I was unable to attend either show (WPB/JAX), but, God willing, I will get another chance sometime in the near future.

    I have heard many great things about you and your teachings. Keep up the good work. God is using you in mighty ways!

    May His name be praised forever and ever!

    God Bless,


    By Blogger psalmsgirl, at 2/20/2006 12:26 AM  

  • We accidentally took a GREAT wrong turn tonight and somehow ended up backstage with you...BUT thanks for taking the time to chat with us Passion groupies. You have no idea how influential the Passion movement has been in our lives...it seems we've grown up with you. We love your heart for our generation and are so encouraged to live our lives in such a way that the glory of the Lord is made known! Our goal is to discover our passion so that we may live out His purpose through that. Thanks for being obedient and trusting His power over your life and what He can do through you and the Passion movement. We enjoyed the "Party" tonight (even though we didn't get to hear the song...sad) and can't wait to see you guys soon! (Our Chicago visitor says it was well worth her 2 days spent in the airport...she can totally relate to your wife :) Oh, and by the way, we are "throwing down our shovels."

    Continue to put your hope in the LIVING God )1 Tim 4:10

    -Shae, Kat, Charity, Patrick and Mom :-) who was glad we dragged her along!!!!

    By Blogger kat katz, at 2/20/2006 12:47 AM  

  • Hey L and the team, thank you for coming to Jax, I know our venue was small, and the crowd was a little different, and you guys are on the last leg of the tour and are prob getting weary, so thank you for walking faithfully out what He has called you to ... I just wanted to also ask you guys to pray for our city ... Louie, I've watched over the past several years as the college and singles in Jax tend to flock to the next "happening" thing going on in our city (ie; church, event, social, singles gathering, ect) and it's been very discouraging, it seems like very few are willing to be committed and plant roots and walk through the growing pains as Father strips flesh or simply as He tries to unite and build the body ... there just seems to be a lot of compromise in the church as a whole and it breaks my heart, I look around and think WHAT ARE WE DOING ? ... anyway, I just ask that you and the team intercede for our city and that His kingdom would come in Jax as it is in heaven ... thanks again for all you guys do, it's a beautiful obedience that simply brings more glory to our King, I pray He plants and seals everything He is doing in these days in His body and that in due season mighty oaks of righteousness would spring forth.

    His alone,

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/20/2006 1:47 AM  

  • I am so excited for the next bundle tomorrow!!Cannot wait!!

    Sounds like you guys had a nice time in Flordia!Keeping you in prayer as you continue to finish the last days of the tour!!God Bless

    By Blogger FanofGOD, at 2/20/2006 7:50 AM  

  • Thanks Louie for keeping us updated on everything here. Although I won't be making it to any of this tour, I still have Passion '06 fresh in my mind and will never forget it. I won't give you & Chris a hard time on getting smoked by 2 girls at tennis. I haven't played since high school so I would have not done so well myself. Looking forward to the latest itunes tomorrow. Looking even more forward to the Passion CD to come out in April. I know what I will be doing during my lunch break on that day.....if I have to take lunch earlier to make sure to get the cd before it sells out, I will. Many blessings guys and keep the passion going for the Lord's renown.

    In Christ,

    By Blogger Donna Versace, at 2/20/2006 8:48 AM  

  • Hey team it's me again, just wanted to let you know a friend of mine who's been searching for a long time and who went last night texted me this AM that all she could do was weep after the message last night ... I'm bursting inside, like Beth was saying at '06, my prayer is that those words would be planted and processed in her and not something to just munch on ... anyway, all for Him.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/20/2006 9:37 AM  

  • T,

    I'm praying for your friend.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/20/2006 10:37 AM  

  • Dear Louie,

    GOD IS AWESOME!! I am so glad to hear of the response you received from the people of J*Ville! The 904 area is such a big place and continues to grow. Unfortunately, besides the Billy Graham conference six years ago at Alltel there hasn't been much in the way of a "PARTY" for Jesus. Despite that, it is very clear that He is alive in Jacksonville and I pray that His presence continues to grow in the hearts of my friends, family, and others at home. I was very encouraged to see that the show last night was sold out online, which is awesome because even though I missed it :( God lead the people there who needed to hear the message(like T's friend).
    I am so excited about the new bundle! I can't get Made to Worship out of my head!

    Your sister in Christ,

    By Blogger His child, at 2/20/2006 11:43 AM  

  • louie,
    thank you for all you do!!! Glad ya had fun in Florida,on oyur way to Tenn. well keep practicing your back hand!! neat you met some new friends.may all the Glory go to Him.
    again i love your talks and i am home only for a day, but i can get here from my com, just have to clic a certain button, thank good ness i did not want to miss anything. yep got the dough for itunes yeah....

    in His moments!!!

    By Blogger eliz, at 2/20/2006 2:00 PM  

  • OK Birmingham lets get ready to PAAARTY!!

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

  • thnaks guys.. show the whole world how to Party!, awesome.. Itunes tommorrow yes i told all our passion group at church about it!, so we are ready to roll.. and looking forward to hearing the party song again on the cd!, but rock on guys!,

    By Anonymous todd, at 2/20/2006 2:25 PM  

  • Louie,
    Remember me...Cleveland, Ohio. We were so excited to meet you in West Palm. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your night to chat with my wife & me.

    Your encouraging words were truly a great source of help! Thank you so much. Cathi and I are continually praying for you, Matt & Chris.

    Thanks again & PARTYING TOGETHER!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/20/2006 3:58 PM  

  • Thanks for putting pictures with the post, it makes it seem more real! Let's let the world know that Jesus is alive and show them the joy of being a christian!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/20/2006 4:11 PM  

  • nice man.. wish all the concerts can be outside.. haha.. like oneday.. though i've never been..

    By Blogger iamnot, at 2/20/2006 5:03 PM  

  • Today was an awesome day, because I only had to be a slave to Walmart for 3 hours...i didn't think it could get much better, but then I got on here, and realized that the next bundle comes out in less than 6 hours, and now that's the highlight of my day.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/20/2006 7:15 PM  

  • hello! i was at the show in auburn over the weekend and let's just say it was SO needed. friday was one of the most stressful and wearying days i have had in a long time, so come friday night it was so refreshing to hear again of God's bigness. and a special thank you for the prayer of living a life as BIG as He is...that has been a huge day to day lesson lately. good reminder. His grace glory and beauty...

    By Blogger kelly, at 2/20/2006 8:49 PM  

  • listening well reading these stories are hitting exactly where i am. its so amazing. congrats fla for getting up the party song. i wanted to hear it in auburn, but we couldnt get it going. i guess i will have to wait for the cd. i'm a pretty big fan of playing tennis, partly bc of someone you know louie. never can get used to getting schooled by a girl. its all fun though. God humbles us in all kinds of ways. itunes will be hit up after work for sure.

    trying to live dangerously always,

    By Blogger will polley, at 2/20/2006 10:10 PM  

  • Getting realllly anxious....only 45 more minutes! Guess I will just go study some more till then...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/20/2006 11:14 PM  

  • Louie, Thousands of people in the U.S. will be staying up late and waiting with bated breath for the iTunes bundle!!Hope it heads to the top.
    We are going to get in touch with iTunes for Oz.It's all under control down here!!!
    Have a great rest of the tour and YOU ARE BLESSED!!

    By Blogger gail, at 2/20/2006 11:19 PM  

  • IT'S OUT!!!!!

    By Anonymous gargling george, at 2/20/2006 11:48 PM  

  • LOUIE!!! PASSION iTUNES were EARLY!!! YAY! THEY ARRIVED AT 11:42 EST! SO EXCITED! THEY ARE AMAZING AND SO ENCOURAGING! it takes me back to the moment and its amazing...just so amazing. God bless. and i am always praying for you all...


    By Blogger lesykes, at 2/20/2006 11:52 PM  

  • It's out! Can't wait to see yall in tyler!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/20/2006 11:55 PM  

  • It's out! Can't wait to see yall in tyler!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/20/2006 11:56 PM  

  • I just downloaded the new bundle. Amazing! Cannot believe that was real, that we can praise something so beautiful. What a Marvelous Wonder. I hope that you release the first song sang at Passion 06. Where Crowder, Tomlin, Hall, and Redman shared the stage. It was a beautiful sound. My heart and mind keeps going back to that moment. Loooking across the arena as the lights dimmed and the clock shown 7:00. Then, "Come and Listen". The best start to anything I have ever been a part of. What a glorious King! What a wonderful week. What a beautiful sound.

    By Blogger farb630, at 2/21/2006 1:18 AM  

  • I HAVE IT NOW... YAY!!!!

    By Blogger Brandon, at 2/21/2006 6:42 AM  

  • florida is the BEST! we know how its done down here! i dont live in Jax but i do live in st augustine which is a half hour away but man i wish that i hadnt had to work that night. o well! praise God for all He's doing!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/22/2006 10:38 PM  

  • You guys rocked J-ville!! I was so excited when I heard you were coming to my town. My life has not been the same since Passion '06...God really revealed Himself to me through the Indescribable message that Wednesday night at Passion. I was in tears for the rest of the evening. It was so great to hear it again!! And Chris Tomlin rocks!! I love to worship to his songs...they just usher in the presence of God! Amazing...he is truly being used by God.
    I'm with Vickie's comment...it was so great to see some of our friends from Access218 on the Passion video...Aaron, J.T. and Kati...that was rockin' I remember that long line that I never thought would end. It was all so awesome!!
    Thank you guys for following the calling God has for you...you have really blessed my life!

    In Christ,

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/23/2006 12:32 PM  

  • YAY! haha.
    i was one of the people on the front who tipped the scales at the west palm show... YEA! lol..

    i just registered for passion 07...

    God bless =D

    By Blogger kristellys, at 3/01/2006 12:39 PM  

  • I WENT TO THE ONE IN JVILLE!!!!!! That was the first passion event that I ever went to...and ever since then, my life has turned around.

    By Blogger Brittany, at 12/28/2006 5:49 PM  

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