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Thursday, March 30, 2006

A Beautiful Ending to A Potent Night

Thirsty has been a beautiful gathering of close to 1400 campus leaders from across the nation and the world. A dozen Japanese leaders and students are here from Tokyo, as well as others from Africa, Brazil and India. The days have been rich....and intimate. Tonight we celebrated Holy Communion, antheming Jesus and remembering His death for our life. There was quite a bit of shouting going on (communion was somewhat loud in places tonight!) and a lot of people falling face down in the presence of our awesome/merciful God. As the night ended some lingered for a bit, resting in His presence and contemplating the outrageous truth we shared together. I thought this was a fitting picture of the days...leaders bowed down with a glorious God.

Thanks to all of you who've been praying for us. We wrap things up at noon tomorrow and head to GMA in Nashville for what promises to be a pretty special week.

Given we are wall to wall at Thirsty, there will be no listening joy this Friday. But, it's only FIVE DAYS to your listening as long as you like. A saw a lot of CDs going out in the mail later today, so watch your box! We're looking forward to the madness of Tuesday. Let His renown echo from coast to coast!!

Drinking Him in,
Louie

45 Comments:

  • So if we pre-ordered...we might get our cd's a little early?

    That'd Rock!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/30/2006 11:23 PM  

  • Man... Thirsty was absolutely amazing. Tonight was the greatest night bar none that I've experienced in a while. Everyone in the Passion house should be commended for an outstanding work that they have done for His glory and renown in the lives of leaders this week. Praying that tomorrow's final sessions end smoothly and that GMA week is impacted by the power of the Holy Spirit and it not be about winning Dove Awards or selling CDs... that His name and His alone would be glorified...

    By Anonymous the bob-o, at 3/30/2006 11:26 PM  

  • Glad things have gone well so far! Been praying for you guys!

    I must say that I can't wait for Tuesday! It's gonna be great to see how God uses this album!

    I've been listening to the iTunes bundles a lot the last few days... it's been such a great encouragement to me as I've started my new job!

    Thanks so much for all of the things you and the Passion Family do for God's glory, Louie! Can't wait until we can all get together again!

    Andrea

    By Blogger Andra Lynn, at 3/30/2006 11:28 PM  

  • Our powerful God demonstrates that many nations are hearing about His matchless love. It is good that the leaders will go back and spread his love.

    Jesus Fanatic!
    Reyes Torres Jr.

    By Blogger reyes, at 3/30/2006 11:30 PM  

  • Hey Everyone!

    If your bumed out about not getting a music clip on Friday, go to the 268 store and click on the Everything Glorious cd, and look at the tracks, because you can hear a 30 min. clip of each song on the cd!!

    Louie, I will praying for all of yall as you wrap up Thirsty tomorrow afternoon!!!

    By Blogger hidude23, at 3/31/2006 12:24 AM  

  • Colossians has never been preached like that before and communion has never been so rich. Deep worship! Thanks Louie and Tomlin for ushering us in tonight.

    By Anonymous d white, at 3/31/2006 12:44 AM  

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    By Blogger steph hsieh, at 3/31/2006 2:13 AM  

  • as a college student, i just wanted to say thanks to all those unnamed campus leaders (all over the world!) who are out there making an eternal investment into our lives on our college campuses. being involved with Campus Crusade, i see the dedication of the staff on my campus and i'm blown away at how much they love us and serve us and long to see us shaped into Christ-centered laborers. But of course it comes with it's challenges. It must be discourgaing at times to do campus ministry, but be encouraged that you are definitely impacting our generation. thanks for investing in us and building into our lives. it's a ministry of multiplying and your time with us goes deeper and further as we become equipped to go out and do the same. even if you can't see the fruit of your labor, the seeds that you plant and water in us will be grown by God.. for his glory, in his time. =)

    sounds like Thirsty was a wicked time to be refreshed in worship and community! glad you guys enjoyed the week..

    steph =D
    vancouver, bc canada
    university of british columbia

    By Blogger steph hsieh, at 3/31/2006 2:15 AM  

  • Louie,
    Thanks so much for the picture, and the update of what's going on. I will continue to pray for you... let me pray now.
    Dear Heavenly Father,
    I thank you so much for the humble heart that you have placed in my brothers... I pray that you would continue to bless Louie and Shelley, and all of the sixsteps family... Chris, and David, and Charlie, and Matt, and all of their families also... I pray over this weekend as they all prepare for the GMA Awards... that you would cover them with your hands, and let them know that they are being held in your hands. Father thank you for you promised faithfulness... and knowing that we can trust in your promises. You are truly an awesome God. Continue blessing them indeed, keeping them from evil, and increasing their territory. In Jesus' Name I pray, Amen
    Your sister, Jeanette

    By Blogger livin4him712, at 3/31/2006 8:22 AM  

  • Louie, we are so glad the God has answered our prayers and met with the leaders there in Alpharetta.

    What wonderful words you have chosen to convey the feelings and experiences.
    "Intimate,facedown,resting
    awesome/mercifulGod,contemplating, truth, glorious."
    They give us a glimpse of how people connected with God.

    May what was received from God refesh and fuel their hearts as they return to their campuses to minister in Jesus name.

    By Blogger gail, at 3/31/2006 8:23 AM  

  • Down to "The Final Four"!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/31/2006 9:15 AM  

  • although i'm bummed about not getting a clip today...and the 30 second clips are now memorized from so much repetition...i will sit here twiddling my thumbs until tuesday...(twiddle, twiddle, twiddle)
    i'm glad thirsty went so well! may God use this time in the lives of the college leaders to bring them closer to God so they may lead others closer to God.

    By Blogger sarahC, at 3/31/2006 9:18 AM  

  • Hey Mr.Giglio
    Sounds like Thirsty was great!I love the picture you posted!Very powerful!!
    I am so excited to get my passion cd!!I can't believe it is comming out in 5 days yyaaa!!!Well hope you have a great time in Nashville at the GMA awards!!
    God Bless many prayers for you take care
    Miranda

    By Blogger FanofGOD, at 3/31/2006 11:47 AM  

  • "Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21 (ESV)

    These are amazing times... How great He truly is!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/31/2006 1:54 PM  

  • I just wanted to let you guys know what's happening in Boston. I'm a junior at a college about 10 minutes away from the city, and I was at Passion06. I was really encouraged by all the prayer that took place specifically for my city, I just didn't know how amazing God's plans actually were. I go to a small minority church and over the course of 2005, our youth group dwindled from about 20 youth, to about 4 (due to a painful division, lack of interest, etc.) We were dead for so long. But when I got back from Passion, things started looking up. We started up worship again (which had been gone for so long), we found a youth pastor (we had been looking for one for about 2 years), and so many of the youth that left started coming back. Simply put, God visited us in a way that we had not even imagined, and I know this is just the beginning. He began a great work in us, and we praise Him because He is good. But this is just the beginning. Revival is on the way to Boston...we just need everyone's prayers, the same way 18,000 people united in prayer at Passion06 for Boston. If the prayer of one righteous man is powerful and effective, how strong are the prayers of 18,000 righteous people??? God is good, in amazingly indescribable ways. Praise Him, for He alone is good. Keep us in your prayers, specifically the Arabic Church in Boston, MA...

    By Blogger Jimmy, at 3/31/2006 3:16 PM  

  • it is wonderful to hear about the leadership of the church being so tuned in to our God!

    i wish i could have been there alongside all of you... maybe next year!

    -d.

    By Anonymous david, at 3/31/2006 3:52 PM  

  • Louie-I'm so glad that Thirsty went well. I'm sure everyone left there feeling the holy spirit.

    Have a great time at GMA. I know Chris and the guys are going to be leaving there with their arms full of awards. They have worked so hard this past year. We're all so proud of them.

    Blessings, Gina Marie

    By Blogger JesusChild, at 3/31/2006 4:07 PM  

  • I got my Passion CD today!!!!!!!! It is amazing... if you pre-ordered... be on the look out, it is coming! YAY!

    By Blogger Carolyn Carter, at 3/31/2006 4:40 PM  

  • louie...im so flippin sad. ive been looking forward to 45 seconds of pure awesomeness all week....im gonna go cry until tuesday now...

    By Anonymous Chase, at 3/31/2006 4:56 PM  

  • Four Days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/31/2006 5:02 PM  

  • I just finished listening to my pre-ordered CD and must say that it's fantastic! The production quality is amazing, the songs are amazing, and God is amazingly glorified through the worship of 18,000 sons and daughters of the King!

    It's a beautiful glimpse of Heaven. How wonderful that one day in His presence we'll raise our voices together in a way that makes Passion CDs seem like a whisper in the wind!

    By Blogger zephaniah3:17, at 3/31/2006 5:21 PM  

  • I had the privelege of being at this year's Thirsty conference, and that was the best night of worship. It completely chaged my understanding of Jesus and him hanging on the cross. Hearing about Passion more and more from Louie's/a leader's perspective has made me realize more and more about how much it really is about getting face down on the ground and letting God do the rest when it comes to what they are doing in that Passion office. So to Louie, and the rest of the gang, I thank you for being so humble and letting God be God and bring Glory to Himself through His work through you with the college students all over the world.

    By Blogger tarheel, at 3/31/2006 7:43 PM  

  • Hey Louie,
    Thank you for sharing with us about Thirsty & thank you for all you guys are doing! Also congratulations and best wishes to Sixsteps for so many nodds from GMA. Our prayers go with you all for a special time of worship Sunday night in Nashville :)
    Anticipating Tuesday...

    Blessings to you all!
    Kim

    By Blogger Kimmer, at 3/31/2006 8:45 PM  

  • What an amazing and awe inspiring time it has been at Thirsty!! What a feeling to truly experience Jesus in that place, not simply a feeling, but to actually be there with Him. I have been truly refuled and refreshed during this time, and can now go out and share with others what God has done for me the past three days. God bless you all and my prayers are with you this weekend at GMA.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/31/2006 9:53 PM  

  • So I was on my way to South Ga. today and my car overheated in the stop and go traffic around Stockbridge. I got off at an exit there. I was on the side of the road and only one car stopped to help. The conversation that ensued:

    Driver and passenger: Hey man you all right?

    Me: Yeah, just overheating a bit.

    Driver: Yeah that stop and go traffic'll getcha. Something like the thermostat messing up or somethin'?

    Me: I don't know, just changed the thermostat a few months ago, so I don't know. But I'll be all right.

    Driver: Oh okay, yeah we just couldn't leave a fellow OneDay person hanging...

    Confused at first, I soon realized I had the OneDay03 shirt on.

    Me: (I'm sure I said "cool", "yeah!", "rock on", or some other hip word or phrase)

    Passenger: Where ya headin'?

    Me: South Georgia

    Passenger: Oh really? How far you goin'?

    Me: About two hours.

    Driver: You comin' back from the Thirsty Conference.

    Me: No I actually go to college in Atlanta and I'm headed home.

    Driver: Oh we're heading back from the Thirsty Conference over at Northpoint.

    Me: Oh yeah! How was it?

    Driver: It was awesome!...So you're gonna be all right?

    Me: Yeah man thanks a lot.

    End of the line. Car's out of commission even still. I made it back to school. Fellowship was nice :) Later.

    By Anonymous mb, at 3/31/2006 10:45 PM  

  • @jimmy Amen

    By Blogger will polley, at 3/31/2006 11:56 PM  

  • Our flight home from Thirsty just landed about an hour ago . . . my mind hasn't stopped trying to process all the amazing truths that were spoken over us this week. Thank you so much to the Passion House for all of your work in putting together a moment in time that truly did refuel, refocus, and refresh.
    I've heard Louie talk on Colossians a lot, but what the Lord spoke through him on Thursday night was truly amazing.
    "may all those who seek the Lord, rejoice and be glad in Him; may all those who love His salvation always say . . . 'The Lord be exalted'"
    We lift you up Lord, so that your name would be known.

    By Blogger Eric, at 3/31/2006 11:59 PM  

  • Thirsty was great. It wasn't a pep rally and it wasn't a trade show and it wasn't a seminary lecture series... it was great.

    There is such a dearth of resources for college ministers. It makes me wonder sometimes - are we supposed to have it all figured out and be totally self-sufficient? Is it somehow less important than youth ministry? Is it just that hopeless? Thanks for the encouragement.

    Please do this again next year.

    ~Q

    By Blogger KristyO, at 4/01/2006 12:42 AM  

  • Praying for you and your church jimmy!
    Louie- sounds like an awesome time at Thirsty. God is great and powerful! Thank you for the update and I'll continue praying.
    Only 4 more days or less until the cd comes!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/01/2006 10:31 AM  

  • Fabulishes...4.. DaYs!!!

    Louie well done. praying for GMA week to be outstanding for our great God.


    Holding strongly to Him!!

    By Blogger eliz, at 4/01/2006 11:42 AM  

  • Louie I just want to say that Thirsty was absolutely amazing. It seemed as though everything said in both the breakouts and the main sessions was directed specifically to me. It was a MUCH needed revial and rejuvenator at which God did some incredible things. I am praying for ya'll and all that you have going on. Thank you so much for putting on another life changing event.

    By Anonymous LA, at 4/01/2006 1:00 PM  

  • Thristy was AMAZING!!!! Thank you passion team for allowing God to work through you. I have never experienced communion so powerfully. Jesus was there with us and I left feeling more on fire than ever. Can't wait to use this fire to ignite others.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/01/2006 1:17 PM  

  • Hey Louie, Shelly & Passion Gang. Thank you so much for Thirsty. It was awesome as usual. I know you have many things going on all the time, and New York is in your rearview mirror, but I just wanted to let you know that the ripples of what God has done through Passion here (specifically on Long Island) has been growing. Thanks for being faithful to what God has called you to. Thank you for sharing, for being transparent and humble. Thank you for your heart for God! May He continue to lead you to amazing places!

    By Blogger Mike Brennan, at 4/01/2006 1:56 PM  

  • Louie and gang,

    Thanks so much for the time and effort all of you have put into this conference. What a worship experience! This was my first Thirsty gathering and there is so much that I've brought back with me, it will take several days to process! Mainly just to dig deeper into the Word of God and allow it to dig and take root in me. Also, I've regained a new sense of falling on my face before God and worshipping in His presence. Thank you to all who entreated us to come into the presence of the Almighty through the worhip services and the breakout sessions.

    My prayers are with all of you as you head out to Nashville and GMA week. I'll be seeing you guys in June at Ichthus in KY! Can't wait!

    Susan

    By Blogger SusanW, at 4/01/2006 2:02 PM  

  • Louie: I just wanted to say hey and how great it was talking with you last weekend at HIM. My buddy and I really enjoyed getting to share with you what’s going on over here in Maui. Say hey to Nashvegas for us. If you’re ever back in Hawaii make a stop in Maui and we’ll show you around. Well can’t wait till passion07, if not before, hopefully we’ll see you there. We’re working on trying to get some of the people from Maui to come to Atlanta with us. So please be praying for that.
    -Your bother in Christ
    Hodge

    By Blogger Hodge, at 4/01/2006 4:04 PM  

  • Just got the new Everything Glorious CD!!

    -Wayne

    By Blogger Wayne, at 4/01/2006 5:05 PM  

  • I just got my CD today!! Hooray!

    Listen' time!

    By Anonymous Lea, at 4/01/2006 5:20 PM  

  • Do you still have squirrels in the passion house? If you do, then I just saw a fix for you. I watch "Ask This Old House", its like the best show ever. Anyway, this guy sent in this flashing light invention, it just pulses, sort of like a fire alarm light does when the alarm goes off. He claimed that its so annoying that the squirrels won't stick around.
    check it out at:
    doyourownpestcontrol.com/squirrelevictor.htm
    Matt

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/01/2006 5:32 PM  

  • I GOT MY CD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

    I just wanted to bless God publically for you guys - for Passion and whoever that's had even a tiny part in all of this. I just discovered Passion this year and I've just been so healed and reaffirmed and loved by God via you guys. Bless you all and bless our great and glorious God!!!

    By Blogger BornAgainAmen, at 4/01/2006 10:10 PM  

  • was talking to some people going to thirsty... i'm sure it is awesome!

    By Anonymous paul b, at 4/01/2006 11:10 PM  

  • the cd is great.. cant wait for January.. thanks for letting God use you for this type of stuff man..

    By Blogger iamnot, at 4/01/2006 11:42 PM  

  • Just want to echo KRISTYO's sentiments.

    So many conferences seem like a parade, with all the bells and whistles. Others seem like a short-lived charge to get fired up about things in ways that just don't have much staying power when back home.

    But Thirsty... wow. So true to the slogan of "Rethink, Refuel, Refocus," you guys provided a beautifully laid back, refreshing opportunity for us as leaders to rethink why we do what we do, refuel for the year that lies ahead in just a few short months, and refocus our hearts and minds on God.

    And here's another thing I really appreciated: seeing all the familiar faces from Passion's leadership jsut walkin' around with the rest of us, hanging out like the rest of us, taking it in like the rest of us. Louie, stuff like that communicates so much ... that's it's really NOT about you... that you're in this journey just the same as we are. It's a beautiful thing.

    So, thanks again. Look forward to locking arms with leaders from around the world again next year!

    =rg=

    By Blogger Rob Greene, at 4/02/2006 12:01 AM  

  • That Thursday night worship service was absolutely amazing. I have never felt so in awe of God. Plus, He did something absolutely amazing in me that night. I felt like a newborn in my faith again. He set me free that night.

    Thanks for yielding to His spirit. He got to me in a way like never before. Thank you

    By Anonymous Wade, at 4/03/2006 8:29 PM  

  • What more can be said: God is good, glorious, and the Lover of our souls. Forever may we ride the coat tails of His glory! SDG!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/08/2006 1:50 AM  

  • I know it's been a while since Thirsty, but the effect of my encounter with God still lingers in my heart and mind. And I know the same is true for my companions who went with me. One of the girls from my church that was there with me is here in the States for a year from the Netherlands. One of the days we were talking about how big God is and how powerfully he could move with so many people coming to the conferences every year. This girl, Elise, says in her beautiful accent, "Yes, and I will take it back to Holland and we will take over Europe!" I just thought you should know that you have a supervisor already in training for your Europe office;D Thank you for being obedient. Many people are being blessed because of you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/24/2006 9:58 PM  

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