Saturday, April 08, 2006

Close Call Follows Great Week

Late Friday night storms raged through the southeast again, and around 5 AM a violent thunderstorm spawned a few small twisters in the Atlanta suburbs. From the looks of things, one took dead aim at the Passion House. But God was kind to spare us significant damage. Our phone lines were ripped from the house, so phone and internet service will be interrupted for a bit, but we will be back at it Monday. Given more substantial damage here and in surrounding states we were quite fortunate. But the timing was interesting. A few days after Passion 05 we had a fire at the house and now after the huge GMA week and the relase of Everything Glorious we have this.

Thankfully, Passion still has a home!


  • I wondered how everything was after seeing all of the storms on the radar last night and this morning. Good to hear that everything is safe and that there is no major damage. Praying for you guys as the cleanup begins...

    By Anonymous the bob-o, at 4/08/2006 5:12 PM  

  • Louie,

    Count it all joy, knowing that you are doing what God has called you to do!

    I was happy to see how God so graciously blessed you guys at the GMA's!

    Keeping you in my prayers,


    By Blogger psalmsgirl, at 4/08/2006 6:04 PM  

  • Man this is crazy. I found out this morning that a tree fell on a common friend’s house up there. That is ridiculous. But it is great to know no one got hurt in either house. I will remember my north ATL friends in my prayers.

    By Blogger will polley, at 4/08/2006 6:13 PM  

  • Did it take out the squirrels?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/08/2006 7:15 PM  

  • Louie and all at Passion,

    We are once again thanking God that the Passion House was spared from substantial damage.

    I remember after Passion05 that the fire occured when you had just gotten back to Atlanta and not while you were in Nashville.

    And now this storm afer the GMA awards this week.

    God is watching out for you. I will be praying that this to will soon pass and not be a distraction for the work Passion is doing.

    Continue on with God's work.


    By Blogger Roger, at 4/08/2006 7:44 PM  

  • Louie,

    I was just wondering, what is "the passion house." I've been wondering for awhile now.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/08/2006 8:27 PM  

  • So glad to hear that the house was spared and especially you and the team. Just confirmation that you are doing awesome things for the Lord! Great things only come with great adversity....Keep threatening the Kingdom of darkness!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/08/2006 9:17 PM  

  • Wow... glad everyone's alright, and that the damage was minimal. A guy that teaches at my mom's school in Marietta got hit pretty hard, from what I understand. Scary thing for me was, I slept through every bit of the "stormage" this morning, and didn't find out about it til people were calling to see if everything was ok.


    By Blogger Rob Greene, at 4/08/2006 9:51 PM  

  • Louie, thanking God that the damage to the Passion house was not more serious and that none of you were hurt.

    So sorry that it would have taken the edge off of such a wonderful week .

    Praying all is fixed quickly and life gets back to normal for you all really soon.

    By Blogger gail, at 4/08/2006 11:00 PM  

  • Any word on the Big Stuf house across the street?

    By Blogger Rob Greene, at 4/08/2006 11:11 PM  

  • Louie,
    Thank you for this post as I was wondering about all of you this week. Yes the timing is interesting... it must mean you all are doing a great work for Him!
    Thanking the Lord for covering you all by His grace. And prayers for those more deeply affected by the storms, that He would use these circumstances to draw people nearer to Him...

    Also - Congratulations to all Sixsteps for the honors you received at GMA... and thank you so much for being faithful to point the honor right back to Him!
    Blessings to you all :)

    By Blogger Kimmer, at 4/09/2006 12:09 AM  

  • praise God you're all alright. keep pressing on =)

    By Blogger steph hsieh, at 4/09/2006 1:28 AM  

  • LG and CC,
    I'm a post behind, but I get it now. I just found Psalm 96 hiding in 1 Chronicles 16. That's what sixsteps is all about, isn't it? Thank you and your fellow Levites for all the steps you've taken to carry this generation into the Presence of God. How could we not sing to the Lord a new song and praise His Name? May you continue to proclaim His salvation day after day, declaring His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise.

    By Blogger bowling, at 4/09/2006 1:50 AM  

  • Glad you are all right and that no severe damage was done.

    I've been wondering what the Passion House is all about too. Is that where you live, or what is it about? What happens there?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/09/2006 12:43 PM  

  • WOW!!
    Glad everything is ok!I am so glad nothing got seriously damaged!And most of all glad no one got hurt!
    It's amazing the things that happen sometimes when you are following JESUS!!
    I will continue to keep you all in my prayers!
    God Bless you

    By Blogger FanofGOD, at 4/09/2006 4:02 PM  

  • louie, i saw you taking pics of the house as cori and i were driving to lunch yesterday at pure taqueria. we tried to swing back around to say hello. there was so much debris everywhere that every turn we took to turn back around was blocked off. i thought the same thing as what you wrote. the timing is, in fact, so interesting. but yes, praise God for sparing most of the house and your lives. i love you guys. you are always in my thoughts and prayers.

    By Anonymous ji lee, at 4/09/2006 4:39 PM  

  • God is most glorified in Passion when Passion is most satisfied in Him - and everything I have read on here over the last few weeks and months has seen all the glory, all the honour, and all the praise to Him who is finding favour on all that Passion and sixsteps are up to.

    No suprise to read this post of the Passion house under attack - it's a spiritual battle we are in.

    Just a reminder of what I think is the most important post on here this year - from Louie on Mar 6 -
    "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"

    Don't focus on Passion 07. Look ahead, be excited. But don't wish away the rest of 2006, let's use it for His glory - even this attack on the Passion house. See it for what it is, remember it is a battle we are in...

    By Blogger Jimmy, at 4/09/2006 6:34 PM  

  • Wow, the passion house looks pretty with all the pretty tree's around it! To bad some of them are on the ground now. Sorry about the damages to the Passion house, I pray that getting the phone lines and and all the damages fixed will be as stress free as possible!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/09/2006 8:40 PM  

  • Satan always tries to attack after a great event for God. But God holds the victory over all!! I'm glad the Passion House is safe! Buildings may be broken, but God's mission and passion lives on~~
    I hope no one else was hurt and will pray for speedy recovery!!

    By Blogger gRaCe~!, at 4/09/2006 10:14 PM  

  • Louie,

    Glad you are all safe and unharmed!!! sorry to hear of this. will be praying for peace, joy, rest,endurance, and speedy recovery of all the details.

    just remember that the real house of Gods passion is in you and all of our hearts!!! that can never be taken from us!!! praise to Him.
    His hand is for sure heavy on all of you!!! with all the love that is from Him the great I AM!!!

    His Holiness over all now and forever, amen!!!

    By Blogger eliz, at 4/09/2006 10:20 PM  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/09/2006 11:48 PM  

  • Um, dang!

    By Blogger Kevin, at 4/10/2006 12:20 AM  

  • "Who has told every lighting bolt where it should go?"

    Could it also be a stirring reminder of the awesome power of our great God! A reminder that all that we do we do by the grace of God. All that we are, all that we do and all that we have is in His hands. Continue to press forward...He is your shield and rear guard, your great and mighty reward. Stay the course!

    By Blogger bev strob, at 4/10/2006 12:39 AM  

  • amen to it all. thanks bev for shaking things up a bit, too.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/10/2006 1:34 AM  

  • "Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Remember the day you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb, when he said to me, 'Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children.'"1

    "Dear God, please help us to make eating time in our home a time that will always produce warm memories for all our children and by all who dine with us. Please help us to make our home a house of blessing to all who enter therein. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

    By Blogger shelly, at 4/10/2006 8:51 AM  

  • Bev,
    so true, thanks for thinking of that!!! God does control the storm.

    how awesome is that??!!!!

    our God and His KINGDOM REINGS forever!!!!

    By Blogger eliz, at 4/10/2006 10:33 AM  

  • i'm a little late posting, just wanted to testify to God's grace through Everything Glorious. The last couple weeks have been distressing in my tiny little world, but God's been faithfully whispering to me everytime i get in the car and Everything Glorious (which has barely left the player) sings through the speakers. 'Center' has been such a reality check as i've vainly tried to gravitate life around me instead of Him. 'How Marvelous' - truth that reduces me and heals my negative cynicism. The first time i heard 'Our God Reigns' i was taken so close to our heaven-home. i want to stay there.

    By Blogger Kathryn, at 4/10/2006 11:11 AM  

  • funny how quickly we've got to come down the mountain sometimes.
    i just wih God would let us marinate there a while longer and enjoy the view.

    i'm glad everyone (and thing, for the most part) is alright.

    By Blogger dc, at 4/10/2006 10:00 PM  

  • Man Louie, your office has had its rough times... first a mini-fire behind the walls... weird stuff with squirrels... and now falling trees. All the minor effects of a tornado minus the massive destruction. :>) Glad to hear you guys are all right and hopefully get those holes patched up soon.

    By Anonymous Mike, at 4/11/2006 4:00 PM  

  • This is interesting, looks the the wicked little punk doesn't like you!

    A similar experience happened at a conference here in Adelaide (Australia) early last year. A large group from my church and a couple of others were serving the conference in ushering, guiding people around, helping the crew and stuff. At the end of the opening worship event held outdoors, a huge storm came in and washed out the outdoor worship venue (a formerly dry creekbed) and the tent city. Our group 'just happened' to be the only group completely flooded, while the only two of our tents without the ushers in them were spared. The caravan (this is how bad it was!) with the other two ushers got severly damaged and flooded as well.

    We also had God providing for us in amazing ways:
    * other groups offering us spare tents
    * other groups squeezing in to less space to free up extra tents
    * someone with a free Monday just happening to be at the church where there was a trailer loaded with tents
    * a very generous laundromat offering free use
    * a whole lot of uhf radios unexpectedly being free for us to coordinate cleanup efforts

    I think this attack on the Passion House should provide you with a cause to have a good laugh at the evil one and his inept attempts at blunting your double-edged sword sweeping through the nations. It just proves that only our God reigns over everything that all Satan can do is annoy you every now and then. Keep on speaking the double-edged sword of the truth and the father of lies will be defeated in many lives around the world.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/12/2006 4:39 AM  

  • hello guys,i know God is on control maybe the enemy sometimes try to make something, God's will is gonna be....So God bless you all, and here from brasil we're praying for you all...

    By Blogger max soares, at 4/12/2006 7:33 AM  

  • that'll teach those squirrels...

    By Blogger Dan, at 4/14/2006 4:04 AM  

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