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Monday, March 06, 2006

2520, 301 and 1

The Passion Movement is gaining momentum as more and more of us are seeking to leverage our moments on earth for His fame. While everyone spends their hours and days making much of something, a generation is emerging with a desire to make much of the One who truly should be made much of.

More than events, our large gatherings are a touch point for people with a similar heartbeat for the supremacy of Christ and His renown...a generation seeking to make Him known to all people by any means possible. It's something about that pure core that make Passion gatherings what they are, Godward moments fueling Godward lives.

Nashville rocked us and we don't know what Atlanta will hold. What we do know is that you want to be there! Our marketing is not all that slick or extensive (almost nil at this point), yet 2520
of you have already staked your place at Passion 07. In an e-mail from a mom last week she told us her son got Passion 07 for his birthday. Apparently, it's all he asked for. So, he's now one of the 2520... which is 520 more than all those gathered at our first national conference in 1997.

So when we do the math [College students = last minute planners + Passion 07 is next January + 2520 are registered on 3/6] we know something special is happening and we celebrate. Yet, there is a more important number to consider. 301
. Three hundred and one. The number of days between now and the opening session of Passion 07. Yep, 301 Days! And these 301 days will be the ones that show what the movement is all about... that will validate what happened in Nashville as a God-event and not just a people-event. 301 days for the world to see that He is as satisfying as we say He is.

God can do more in 24 hours than we can ask or imagine. In one day God can change a nation. What can He do through a wave of yielded hearts in 301 x 24 hours? Looking ahead is not wrong at all. Unless it cause us to miss today. Like James reminds us, "Now listen, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city....' Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, 'If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that.'" James 4:13-15.

We're working full speed on Passion 07 today (and it looks like if you want to join us you'll need to figure that out sooner, rather than later!), but by His grace let's make much of Him while we can...today!

Embracing with much joy 2520, 301 and 1.
Louie

24 Comments:

  • how many people can the philips arena hold?

    i can tell this is truly a god breathed movement.

    i've never felt such conviction about something more then the foundation of passion.

    not to say my passion overwrites my purpose, but that i believe this is worship and glory given to it's rightful owner.

    and well... i think you all are swell

    all 18,000 plus of you

    By Anonymous andrew jacob nesheim-switzer, at 3/06/2006 2:33 PM  

  • That's pretty awesome... it's cool to be thinking about how awesome Atlanta is going to be in just 301 days. I'm already praying about our time in Atlanta and that it will be an amazing 4 days where we lift up the Glorious one and learn more and more about how we can live according to His will. Can't wait for 07 in Atlanta!

    By Anonymous the bob-o, at 3/06/2006 2:45 PM  

  • i'm so glad you guys are excited about passion '07. as an old timer (i was at oneday 00 and '03) it's exciting to see another generation being raised up as other generations are sent out. but, i think what louie was communicating was more about today than about passion '07. challenging us to continue to think, "how can God work in and through my life as i sit in a coffee shop TODAY. what part of His story will He invite me into today that is a part of His kingdom coming on earth. and...how can i be radically God-centered in a culture of spring-break craziness happening all-around me." taking paul at his words when he says that the life he now lives, he lives by faith in Jesus Christ. not the life that he hopes to live in a year.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/06/2006 3:20 PM  

  • i'm so happy to be one of the 2520... can't wait for 301 to be here... and every "1" something new happens.

    By Blogger Andrew Dale, at 3/06/2006 3:44 PM  

  • Any news on the Everything Glorious CD release?? Might there be another appearance at 7:22? Last year was awesome. Thanks for everything you do!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/06/2006 3:44 PM  

  • It is so awesome that so many people have registered within only 6 days. Let's start praying today for all who will be attending Passion 07, and come together united by our love for God and his people that he will speak, change lives, change history, and do many other awesome things through this event.
    For where 2 or 3 (or more) are gathered in my name (God), there I am!

    I Timothy 4:12 - Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/06/2006 3:48 PM  

  • Thanks Louie for the reminder about today. I am super excited about Passion 07 but I can't wait to see what tomorrow might hold, or next week, or next month. Thanks for the reminder to not miss today.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/06/2006 4:03 PM  

  • What's your story...
    For HIS glory?

    By Blogger ps139, at 3/06/2006 4:58 PM  

  • wow, at this rate the event will be sold out soon here is the math
    phillips holds 21,000 (according to website)
    420 people registered per day
    equals 50 days to sold out=april 19

    but that is not whats important now, although it is nice to imagine the future and get excited about Passion 07 here is some other math to consider

    301*24=7224 moments to change lives
    7224 moments to change history
    7224 to live out Isaiah 26:8 and LIVE for the 1

    By Blogger spreading passion in Canada, at 3/06/2006 6:45 PM  

  • Louie,

    Right on! All of you with Passion are an enormous blessing to many, but all of us who even attend are called to make a difference all over the world, wherever we are! So, until Jan 1, '07, let's get busy for HIS glory!

    Silke

    By Blogger Silke, at 3/06/2006 7:10 PM  

  • Louie~

    THIS IS SO EXCITING!!!! I will do everything in my power with God as my socket to spread the word and enthusiasume of Christ our savior and this drammatic event. God is all over you and this thing it is crazy good. I have been moved and I haven`t even been able to go up till now so God willing I would love to lend a hand and be a part of such a life changing experience.
    so cool, it is like a wild fire and it keeps growing and G R O W I N G!!! God You REIGN!!!

    my new word is sprinna, the word identification neat

    By Blogger eliz, at 3/06/2006 8:04 PM  

  • Phillips arena holds up to 25,000!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/06/2006 9:14 PM  

  • Ooops....21,000

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/06/2006 10:39 PM  

  • Does anyone out there have an extra Invisible Children DVD? There e-store is "broke" and I really would like a copy. I know they come in packs of two so you can share :D!

    By Blogger Heather from IN, at 3/06/2006 10:46 PM  

  • My world was rocked @ Passion 05! I was over the age limit for P06 so I did not attend. HOWEVER...

    My little sister is graduating high school this year and I am convinced there is no better gift I can give her than a trip to P07. Of corse I will be attending as her "leader".....is that ok?

    Traveling from California will be costly but well worth it.

    When it comes to a soul being awakened to the All Glorious God there is absolutely no price to high!!!!

    By Blogger Sarah, at 3/06/2006 11:01 PM  

  • Louie, thank you for sharing that scripture today. It is so true, we do not always know what is in store for us, but we must be ready, and we must leave our mark for the Lord on this earth as much as we can. I shared a story on Chris' blog about a friend of mine who died of carbon monoxide poisoning 3 weeks ago at the age of 44. My friend, Bob, was truly a man of God, and although we truly miss him so much, we know He has been told "Well done , good and faithful servant" , he lived his life by being Gods hands and feet here on this earth, and what a reward I know He has recieved, so yes, we must be ready.

    On a brighter note, keep up all or your good work and faithfulness to the Lord!! I enjoy so much reading how God is working in the hearts and lives of young people today!!!

    By Blogger nydamm, at 3/06/2006 11:29 PM  

  • Living for today!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/06/2006 11:39 PM  

  • Louie,
    Thank you for your post today
    Great point and reminder to us all
    Blessings

    By Blogger Kimmer, at 3/06/2006 11:54 PM  

  • Hi Louie!

    I wish so much that Passion was around when I was going to college in the early and mid 90's. I was blessed enough to attend a private Christian college and worship on a regular basis, but Passion would have just sent me into a mind-blowing overflow!

    I just want to take a moment to thank you for being obedient to the call. I am just so blessed and lifted up by the artists on this ride, especially Chris and Matt! I've always been a lover of God-lifting music, but I've just been abundantly and exceedingly blessed in the past few years from their spirit-filled music and worship unto the Almighty.

    There are many giftings of the spirit and I am truly touched by yours and theirs. Peace, strength, and rest to you all as you endeavor the next chapter!

    ~ Jeremiah 29:11

    For His Glory,
    A Fellow Sister in Christ

    By Blogger Cain1073, at 3/07/2006 1:21 AM  

  • Mr. Louie,

    Thank you SO much for reminding us that we need to live for what we have today. That we need to do what we can today for the Glory of God!

    When I went to P06 two months ago, I had just moved back home after being gone for nearly 3.5 years. I haven't been in college for the last year and a half... and since I returned home, I haven't had a job either. I've become quite discouraged because I haven't been forced outside my safe little bubble with all of my Christian friends. Tomorrow, I am starting a new job with people I have never met. I don't know if there are other Christians that work there. I hope that there are. But I do know this... I am going to use the time I have to make much of Him. I am going to seek His face in hopes of making His fame known to those I work with.

    Thanks for reminding me to make much of the One who truly should be made much of.

    Say a prayer for me if you will guys.

    For HIS Glory,
    Andrea

    By Blogger Andra Lynn, at 3/07/2006 1:40 AM  

  • great reminder. lord willing, i will be in atlanta for 07! but i want my life to matter in between even more.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/07/2006 4:05 PM  

  • i thought we should start a frappr
    http://www.frappr.com/passion07

    By Blogger spreading passion in Canada, at 3/07/2006 4:20 PM  

  • "Dear God, please show me how to put to good use the gifts you have given me so I can have a part in what you are doing in the world in which I live today. May I never waste what you have given to me to give. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

    By Blogger shelly, at 3/08/2006 6:02 AM  

  • Get this, I just noticed on facebook that two of my family group members from Passion 06 are dating! Crazy. One is in Florida and the other is at Union U in Jackson, TN.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/09/2006 2:27 PM  

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