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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Aloha

We have arrived on the lovely island of Oahu where I will be speaking for a conference put on by Hawaiian Islands Ministries. Yes, it's a real conference for you skeptics out there! I'm excited about meeting some new Hawaiian friends, and especially some island college students.

I know the words Hawaii and "pray for us" really don't go together all that well, but would appreciate yours. They don't get a ton of stuff like this conference here and really treasure the opportunity to worship in a large, islands-wide gathering. And for those of you in colder/snowy climes, enjoy the pic and think warm tropical thoughts.
Louie

27 Comments:

  • i'm on my way!

    By Blogger cameron, at 3/23/2006 1:01 AM  

  • Wow. How jealous could I be? Can't wait to hear how it went! I will pray...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/23/2006 8:13 AM  

  • Thanks Louie. It snowed here yesterday morning (not much but it was cold).

    Have fun surf....I mean speaking.

    By Anonymous Steve-o, at 3/23/2006 8:22 AM  

  • Sounds like a lovely place to be. We got flurries here yesterday but is a sunny day today. You are so lucky Louis I wish I could be there with you. Have a great time and I'll be praying for you!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/23/2006 10:09 AM  

  • What a great picture! I dont know how anyone can look at something so beautiful and not see God in it. Your in my prayers.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/23/2006 10:16 AM  

  • Thanks for remembering the importance of prayer regardless of the circumstances or surroundings. In face when things are at ease is often when we need the most prayer to help us remember that apart from Him we can do nothing...no thing!
    "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life."
    Prov. 4:23
    Be assured that you will all be in my prayers.
    See you next week.
    Bev

    By Blogger bev strob, at 3/23/2006 10:58 AM  

  • Hey Mr.Giglio
    Thanks for the beautiful picture!
    Wish I could be there right now!My friend lives there!I would love to go there sometime!!
    I will be praying for you during this conference!!I know the people that come will be blessed by your teaching!Praying...
    God Bless you and have a great time there in good old Hawaii!!

    Hiki,Ka,Ke Haku;lo Pili'Oe Mr.Giglio
    May the Lord be with you in Hawaiian haha

    Miranda
    Nani I,IESUS!!
    Glory to Jesus

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/23/2006 11:27 AM  

  • it's supposed to "snow" back here in ga. Enjoy the warmth and sunshine - but there is beauty in the frigid as well.

    Alive was very eye opening ( no pun intended ) I'm still working that through my mind.

    Praying for Hawaii - it's almost like you're there.

    By Blogger whit, at 3/23/2006 11:36 AM  

  • http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/reference/betterastronomypicoftheday.html

    knew your a apple guy too so here...

    By Anonymous andrew jacob nesheim-switzer, at 3/23/2006 1:33 PM  

  • Hey Louie,

    did you take that picture or did you find it on the internet?

    By Anonymous Ruben, at 3/23/2006 1:57 PM  

  • Louie,

    how specail are you???? so envyous.
    do a little hulla dance for us!!!

    will be praying for a great time and reception from those who attend!!

    alloha!

    By Blogger eliz, at 3/23/2006 2:32 PM  

  • Hey guys, wish i could go to passion 07, sounds like its going to be AMAZING...i'm keeping you in my prayers thanks for all you do

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/23/2006 3:33 PM  

  • Hey louie,
    You are like my Idol... you spoke awhile back and i think that you were with chris tomlin.. on the Indescribable tour... OH my goodness.. I didn't even go my youth pastor just got the DVD and you talked about the greatness of God... I was mesmerized.. It was so incredible...you have so much passion..
    I loved the way you compared the greatness of God to the universe... and I loved all the pictures

    Thanks for putting things into perspective once and again...

    Kasie

    By Anonymous kasie, at 3/23/2006 3:37 PM  

  • Ok its freezing here in Texas....but I will be praying for ya'll.

    God Bless,
    Kat

    By Blogger Kat, at 3/23/2006 4:14 PM  

  • wow you are lucky to be in hawaii. here in edmonton we had like 2 feet of snow fall last week and we have a high of 4 degrees. and wheres our friday fix? anyways i pray that God will use to to further his kingdom at this event.


    http://www.frappr.com/passion07

    By Blogger spreading passion in Canada, at 3/23/2006 5:20 PM  

  • i'm sure everyone will be blessed at the conference.. good times in hawaii, whoooo! =D

    steph =)

    By Blogger steph hsieh, at 3/23/2006 6:14 PM  

  • Louie,
    You are all covered in prayer.
    Father, May you bless my brother's as they are seeking to bring shine your glory in Hawaii... Thank you for your faithfulness in their lives and in our... drawing us always closer to your heart. Thank you for your promises and prayers over us. I pray that you would sing over the Indescribable Tour tonight.... Thank you for your love... and I pray that your would continue increasing their territory. Lots of love from SA,
    Your sisters

    By Blogger livin4him712, at 3/23/2006 10:23 PM  

  • Hey Louie!
    Next time you guys go to Hawaii, let me know I'll be your luggage carrier! Or if you just want some new company I'll be that too.
    ~Anyways, on a more serious note. You guys are always in my prayers, even when your in beautiful Hawaii and I'm stuck in cold wet boring WI, you guys are in my prayers. (It snowed here almost all day today.) You guys are so lucky and blessed!
    Keep up the awesome worship that you guys do!
    ~Tessa

    Psalm 40:8 ~ I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your law is written on my heart.~ NLT

    By Blogger Tessa, at 3/23/2006 10:35 PM  

  • I just saw a movie about Hawaii at Georgia State Univ. last week. It was called "The Hawaiians: Reflecting Spirit."

    May the Spirit of Iesu Kristo work through you and in you mightily during your stay in the beautiful isles.

    By Blogger BornAgainAmen, at 3/23/2006 10:56 PM  

  • Louie, wonder if it wrong to covet someone else's job just for a weekend!!!
    We pray for the Passion House team, the musos and all the college students that you impact, on a daily basis so praying today for you and the others in Hawaii will be no exception.
    You are about three quarters of the way to Melbourne, so you are getting closer!!! Maybe there is hope that you will go the extra distance some time in the not too distant future.It is 90 degrees here today so thats not hard to take either!!!

    By Blogger gail, at 3/23/2006 11:27 PM  

  • Louie - Yes as I venture north into snowy terrirory, I will try to think of you all in a warm tropical way. hmmm pray.... Giglios... CTB.... Hawaii.... psalms I mean palm trees... sand..... surf...... sun...well, I think I can manage if I close my eyes really tight and think 'warm tropical thoughts'.. ;)
    Actually I'll be praying for the Lord to draw each one there with a hunger and thirst for Him; no distractions; that they have ears to hear and roots that are grown deep in Him. That He is present in a very tangible way throughout and will accomplish as He wills in all people present!
    Blessings to you!
    Kim :)

    By Blogger Kimmer, at 3/24/2006 4:32 AM  

  • Louie--
    I saw you in person this evening live at the Honolulu HIM conference. I appreciate what you are saying about Worship. I wasn't quite sure what your point was about the myspace.com stuff, since you seem to be technology savvy, like having your own blog, etc. That Christians are posting their own pages on myspace.com would seem to me be a good thing. Kids nowadays are less connected to real people and more connected to virtual friendships. Even Pastor Alex McManus is experimenting with this new media/web connectivity (something called voxtropolis.com) If these networking Christians are leaving their mark on myspace, they are being witnesses to Christ and his kingdom, and become contact points for others there. Regarding your comments on 'Lost': what is the big deal about taking things of the culture and turning them into something about Christ (a la Mars Hill "to an unknown God"). Lost, The Matrix, American Idol, just about anything used in a secular setting can be redeemed and used for Christ's purposes. Even the early songs of the Salvation Army were created by putting new lyrics to the tunes of old bar / pub / taveran / drinking songs. Martin Luther turned Christianity on it's ear by validating the priesthood of the laity, where everyone, no matter their profession is a priest unto God. This is akin to redeeming the culture for Christ. If we say that the priesthood of believers is nullified, then it would apply to not just a profession but also the trappings of one's culture. I don't think you really meant to say that.
    I really didn't miss your points about Worship. I just didn't get how you could see Christian web pages on myspace and not see how that could expand the Kingdom of God. Blessings! --ronald

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/24/2006 4:49 AM  

  • Ronald, I agree with you that there shouldn't be that much wrong with having myspace.com websites. I think that it may depend on what you use it for. If you use it to post about God and the true things of God I think it is great. But if you are using it for other reasons to post things other than God, it may not be so good. I think it depends on what you use it for. I don't know maybe Louie has other reasons for it being bad.
    The conference in Hawaii sounds awesome, we are praying for all to go well and that God will move in and within that place!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/24/2006 7:32 AM  

  • i don't usually jump in here, but just in case there are others reading i can save you some time....i did not say that mayspace/facebook/xanga sites were bad at all....somehow me and ronald didn't connect here. so don't waste too much time debating. happy myspacing. happy xangaing. happy blogging. i am on blogger.com, no doubt. :)

    point was that a certain circle of "christian student/some passion-goers" myspace sites i found myself in recently were filled with evertything but what looked like the face of Jesus and i was commenting on how it's easy for me (first) and all of us (second) to be in this passion worship movement and not be transformed by the renewing of our minds into the image of His Son.

    one of the marks of authentic worship = changed lives. no change = no worship.

    passion can gather tons of people, but without us being changed by the character and holiness of God, the world is not going to see the awakening we talk about.

    sorry ronald if i didn't bring the point home, but myspace with all you've got.

    btw...on the "lost" comment i probably shouldn't have taken on lost on oahu! (i have nothing for or against the show having never seen it, can't get sucked in)....but as for redeeming culture...i'm all for it. love culture and redeeming it.

    but it's sad that often the church can't come up with any good ideas of it's own and we have to wait for the next big cultural hit to know what our camp theme will be. every now and then we need to lead and not follow. there is something to be said for getting a creative idea from the Creator of the Universe, no.

    funnier still, i mentioned off the top of my head (not such a good plan) the new camp shirt which will say lost on the front and found on the back. turns out, my new hs friends in the breakout just did that shirt a few weeks ago. so there you go, redeeming culture is underway.

    they were nice enough to forgive my comment and we had some nice laughs and hugs after.

    aloha and mahalo.

    By Anonymous lg, at 3/24/2006 2:45 PM  

  • Hey guys,

    I've been sending up prayers on your and the college student's behalf. Have a wonderful time and try not to get too sunburned! :)

    Susan

    By Blogger SusanW, at 3/24/2006 4:35 PM  

  • Louie - Thanks for explaining what you meant. I wasn't there, but you make sense now. I think blogging can be fun, it helps you let others know what you are thinking. If you are doing it for God that is great. I agree with you that if we are going to say that we have passion for Christ we need to show it and if we are going to claim to be christians we should live it. There are so many who say they are christians but don't live it. Other people who say they are christians actually live it and you can see great results.
    I've never seen Lost either, but might be a good movie.

    Aloha to all! What does Mahalo mean?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/24/2006 4:46 PM  

  • Hello Mr. Giglio,
    I was fortunate enough to attend one session at this year's HIM conference and it just happened to be your general session appearance.
    Thank you for traveling to our small island in the middle of the Pacific and helping us understand how BIG God is and His love for us.
    Oh... and sorry about all the rain. I guess even Hawaii can have bad weather.

    By Blogger Colin Salomons, at 3/25/2006 6:06 AM  

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