Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Long And Glorious Day

The alarm went off at 4 this morning...

We're at GMA and have had a great/full and long week. Thanks for your prayers Sunday night. It was a huge honor to lead about 2000 people in worship as the week began, pushing Jesus to the front and center and reminding us all that there is just one person that this stuff is all about. We did our best to honor Him and focus our attention on the only one worthy. The hours before and since have been filled with interviews, meetings, video tapings, catching up with friends, getting awards and, this morning, the non-stop round of morning radio shows. The guys are veterans at this, but I was along with Chris talking about the Everything Glorious release and 4 AM is not my favorite time of the day.

Between 5 and 9:30 I think we were on live with about 10 stations, and then we capped it off with me, DC and Chris on with our friends Rick and Bubba by phone.

Lot's of questions for me about Passion...So Louie, we've all heard the music and know these amazing worship leaders, but what is Passion??? Can you tell us what it's all about. I wanted to say, "How long will you be on the air today?" But managed in a minute to cast vision for a generation going after the fame of God...lives turned around to see that we are here for Him and our lives matter most when they matter for what matters most!

It was so cool to be in the Renaissance Hotel (where all these stations broadcast live during the week) and across the street from the Gaylord, remembering our days here and telling the nation about His glory. And as a bonus, most talked about the CD and K-Love and KTIS in MSP played tracks for their listeners this morning, too. Very kind.

All that to say, it's 9:30 PM and the day is still rolling. DC is at the Grand Ole Opry doing a sound check for his song at the Doves tomorrow night and we are yet to wind down after a really full day. But there is much favor on this humble movement of ours and people are noticing the ripples of your lives, this mighty army running after God.

Passion is not about GMA, but nonetheless, we are here in the midst of it, wanting to be true to who we are and who He is. On many occasions we have had the chance to say in front of lots of people, "It's all about one name-Jesus Christ." And we're not the only ones feeling that way. The place is filled with lovers of Jesus in all shapes and flavors.
Yesterday, we were recognized with the GMA Impact Award, an acknowledgement of the way God has used Passion and sixsteps in the past few years to touch Christian music and the world. Crazy. Humbling. God. Thank you.

Tomorrow brings more stuff and then the Doves, where sixsteps/Passion hold about 18 nominations. Whatever is given, we will gratefully receive. Either way, our mission is clear.

Shelley mentioned Isaiah 26:12 (not 8!) in accepting the Impact Award yesterday, where it reads in part..."All we have accomplished, You have done for us."

Jesus, today You are glorious still!


  • wow! nice pics. i was almost at work this morning cracking up listening to crowder and john & sherry when john said chris and louie would be on next. my jaw dropped. i still can't believe i had to miss it! i think they should make the interviews available on the k-love site. that would be really cool. glad you guys are having such a blast!


    By Blogger ForHisRenown, at 4/04/2006 10:26 PM  

  • show some houston love!!

    what's amazing is how ksbj is next door to a mission field ripe for harvest, also known as my alma mater of humble high school. definitely a dark place to be kept in prayer

    By Anonymous Greg, at 4/04/2006 10:27 PM  

  • Hey Guys the pics are great!!

    I REALLY wanted to catch you guys on the KLOVE morning show but 6am is far too early for this west coaster. I'm barely rolling out of bed and stumbling into the shower at that time. I hear it was a great time though!!!

    P.S. The CD is far beyond amazing!!!

    By Blogger Sarah, at 4/04/2006 10:27 PM  

  • hey Louie...maybe you can encourage Tomlin and the boys to update their blog.

    By Blogger Sarah, at 4/04/2006 10:38 PM  

  • So glad that you guys are having a great time in the Ville of Nash! Wish I was there too! I didn't order my CD until Sunday night (my mom kinda got fed up with my excitment and put it on her debit card... yay momma!) so I haven't gotten to listen to it yet. The 30 second clips have definately been listened to A LOT today!

    My mom said that she heard one of you guys on KLove this morning... but she can't remember who. She said that the guy she heard was really funny.

    I also agree with Sarah... Tomlin and the other guys have gone more than a month without any updates! Just wondering what's going on in their world... How's Lucky? How are Austin and Dylan doing? Anything else going on that we can pray for? Encouragement in the update department would be greatly appreciated!

    For HIS Glory,

    By Blogger Andra Lynn, at 4/04/2006 11:19 PM  

  • great pics, thanks for sharing! you guys are having such a full (but fun!) week!! keep at it.. =D

    steph =)

    btw, louie, i love your shoes from the first pic! =D

    By Blogger steph hsieh, at 4/04/2006 11:37 PM  

  • The pictures from GMA have been great to see. It was an awesome privilege to be a part of Thirsty this year. Louie didn't get a chance to say hi...that is okay i will drop you a line at another point. The cd is awesome. The worship and communion at Thirsty was breathe taking and exciting all at the same time. Thanks again for being you. Get some sleep when you can. Try Coca-Cola Blak. Taste tested it when I was there. Very Unique. To God be the Glory for all He is doing and has done through Passion and Chris, Charlie, Matt, DCBand, and the Sixsteps Family.

    By Blogger Kathryn, at 4/04/2006 11:44 PM  

  • Louie, you can't go wrong if your heart is in your words "wanting to be true to who we are and who He is "

    What a great declaration!!!!

    Praying that you all have great time at the awards and that the Name of Jesus is lifted up above all.


    By Blogger gail, at 4/04/2006 11:54 PM  

  • how great a question is 'what is passion?' and getting the chance to answer it! love the cd, truly feel like i'm back in nashville. chills and sore throat and tears and sweaty t-shirt and all! impact award is so well-deserved. thanks from all of us fellow worshippers! agree with stephanie, the shoes are sweet, please don't ever wear them while you're frying a turkey. :)

    By Blogger lizvic, at 4/05/2006 12:09 AM  

  • Clap, Clap....Clap!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/05/2006 12:41 AM  

  • So I burned a copy of the new cd from my friend's iTunes today... now before you cringe, I had to do it... mine hasn't arrived in the mail yet and I just couldn't wait any more. I will destroy the burned copy once mine arrives in my mailbox :)

    LOVE it, by the way. You guys and gals make me love Jesus more.

    By Blogger Ryan Guard, at 4/05/2006 12:47 AM  

  • Hey! I pre-ordered the CD, and I'm wondering where I can get/buy/see the video that the iTunes crowd have their hands on!

    By Blogger BornAgainAmen, at 4/05/2006 12:51 AM  

  • WooHoo KLTY!! Too bad I missed your interview this morning though. =(

    Louie, I'm just absolutely blown away by how God is using you and your gifts. He has you every where! Every time, I'm shocked to see this event, or that event, a camp, Passion, a Northpoint program, an album record. You're involved in some kind of way, whether it's being a speaker or behind the scenes. I am just amazed how you take God's glory into everything that you do and you never stop or give up! You are truly one of the most influential people to have and continually impact my life. Praise God for having one such as you to impact this world and further God's kingdom! Thank you so much for all you do!

    By Anonymous Kelly, at 4/05/2006 12:52 AM  

  • Nice to see a pic of everybody there at the end... I hope you're not working Carrie and Mike too hard this week Louie! Good to hear that things are good after a long day of interviews and a CD release... I'm continuing to pray as you guys head into the Dove's tomorrow... ALL glory and honor be to our amazing and wonderful God

    By Anonymous the bob-o, at 4/05/2006 1:11 AM  

  • Man I listen to KSBJ all the time!

    By Blogger David Pat, at 4/05/2006 1:17 AM  

  • ktis baby, gotta represent. i caught crowder playing "wholly yours" but had to catch a few more winks before work. cool cool

    By Anonymous andrew jacob nesheim-switzer, at 4/05/2006 1:18 AM  

  • Louie,
    Thank you so much for sharing your pictures, your thoughts, and your heart with us this week :) How wonderful to hear you guys giving all the glory to Him! Thank you all so much for staying humble and rightly focused in the midst of all this honor. Yesterday was a great post btw - honoring those we don't know about. And thanks for sharing Shelley's heart at the Impact awards - Is 26:12 "All we have accomplished, You have done for us." You give that girl a hug! :)

    Blessings to you all~

    btw - enjoying the cd :)

    By Blogger Kimmer, at 4/05/2006 1:28 AM  

  • thank you so much louie for letting God use you to reach college students and all the other people God has impacted through you. It would be cool to either read or hear your view on what passion is. the whole story the tangable parts and the spirtiaul parts.

    on another point.
    I think this album has released a disease amoung its listeners: Uncontrollable repetitive listening. I just hope their is no cure, the album is so amazing it gives you the right perspective on all situations.

    on yet another point:
    if you are planning or thinking about going to passion 07 check out www.frappr.com/passion07 and feel free to place yourself on the map.

    By Blogger spreading passion in Canada, at 4/05/2006 6:02 AM  

  • Thanks for the post Mr.Giglio!And the pics!!
    Heard you and Chris on K-love yesterday!!It was great listening to you guys!!And yes it is ALL for the FAME of Jesus Christ!Yes Jesus!
    Today I am going to the bookstore to pick up my copy of Passion Everything Glorious--I probably should also buy a tissue box too hahaha!
    Praying for you Mr.Giglio!Praying for all.
    Hope you get some rest. :)

    By Blogger FanofGOD, at 4/05/2006 8:40 AM  

  • Mr. Giglio and Everyone!
    Congrats on your nominations, good luck! It's so exciting to see what God is doing through all of you guys. Your messages and music certainly speak to me! Keep up the awesome work! God Bless you all-Jill

    By Blogger Jill Wyman, at 4/05/2006 9:51 AM  

  • Louie,
    Thank you so much for your updates and the pictures. We'll continue praying for you.

    By Blogger livin4him712, at 4/05/2006 9:54 AM  

  • Love the pics...had a great time listening to ya'll on the radio!!

    By Blogger Tina E., at 4/05/2006 10:29 AM  

  • 4 AM is possibly the worst time of the day ever. I agree. Thanks for the wonderful cd. I'm sure the part of the hard drive it's on doesn't like me very well right now.

    By Blogger will polley, at 4/05/2006 11:19 AM  

  • Great pics!

    Sounds like you had a great day. Passion is moving forward. Lives are being changed. We are a doorway and a window to the truth, we have one passage of time, what will we say, how will we live, our burning passion is a gift.
    Praying for you'll!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/05/2006 11:44 AM  

  • Hi All,

    Thanks for the pics...they are great!

    Also, thanks for letting us know more than the average. I feel almost as if I'm there celebrating with you all.

    What a great example you set by always putting Jesus first in all you say and do...especially being in the public eye as much as you all are! It shows His example of serving and not being served.

    Much love, strength, and peace to you all!

    ~ A Fellow Sister in Christ

    By Blogger Cain1073, at 4/05/2006 12:25 PM  

  • awsome pics and AWSOME CD! i dont have mine yet, but i listened to my friends and its so amazing i love it. and like other ppl said, it really does bring me back to Nashville, and the arena and how big and loud and the music was. and how GOD moved through all of us.
    SO AMAZING. thanks for everything you are doing. and its all for the glory for GOD

    my fav. song is Our God Reigns!

    Clap clap..clap! love the party song clap

    By Blogger Branded By Fire, at 4/05/2006 12:34 PM  

  • It is amazing where the "path of His desiring" will lead you sometimes. I know that Louie never thought he would be at GMA week but, as you have always taught us Louie, God knows what He is doing. Thanks to all of you for being representatives this week for a generation that desires to cut away the fat and get to the heart of Worshipping Christ. Let that big ole' light shine away.

    By Blogger WaltAnderson, at 4/05/2006 2:05 PM  

  • The CD ROCKS!

    Nice Pics too. I never knew DC was so tall!

    By Blogger The Ticester, at 4/05/2006 3:08 PM  

  • I JUST GOT MY COPY OF PASSION EVERYTHING GLORIOUS!!!!!This is such a amazing cd!!It so rocks!!No words...I love all the songs...
    It's all about YOU JESUS!!Amen
    Lord I pray that this generation would have a mighty PASSION to seek you and know you!!

    Can't wait for the DVD it is going to be great!!

    By Blogger FanofGOD, at 4/05/2006 4:51 PM  


    By Blogger FanofGOD, at 4/05/2006 4:53 PM  

  • I am so sad I missed the invterview with Rick and Bubba! Praying for ya'll up in Nashville! Hope to see ya back in Birmingham soon!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/05/2006 5:56 PM  

  • #11 on iTunes today...


    By Blogger Rob Greene, at 4/05/2006 5:57 PM  

  • Louie,

    Thanks for sharing how everything is going this week at GMA. Sorry, I missed the interview on K-Love - my alarm goes off at 6:00, and of course I HAVE to hit the snooze a couple of times! ;) (Actually, I set it early, just so I can hit the snooze!) But, I have been listening to the new Passion 06 CD. I carry it from my house to the car and back again - just can't seem to get enough of it! I think it will be awhile before I switch it out to another.

    Wanted to say thanks again so much for Thirsty this year. I wanted to stop by and say Hi that last day, but the line was extremely long and I (more particularly, the girl I was with) was on a time crunch to get back to KY. What an increadible time I had! Loved Christy Nockles and CT's breakout sessions. And I'll never forget Francis Chen's story of the caterpiller and butterfly! I'm still processing all of it. It was just what I needed to experience before I head out from my graduate program and into working with students fulltime.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the sixsteps family this week. The pics are great! Enjoy your time in Nashville!


    By Blogger SusanW, at 4/05/2006 6:31 PM  

  • wow, how awesome is that!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/05/2006 6:45 PM  

  • yesterday morning i left for school just a few minutes earlier cuz i was ready and i was so happy that i did that....i heard the whole interview on 104.7 The Fish with Louie and Chris....i loved it...u guys are awesome...and when do you think you are gonna honor us with your presence Louie at 7:22...it's been a while since u've been there...take care and keep up the good work...ALeCu_tA

    By Blogger ALeCu_tA, at 4/05/2006 6:51 PM  

  • You have the "Passion Family", and we are the "Extended Passion Family!"
    And they will know that we are Christian's by our love by our love, and they will know that we are Christian's by our love.
    It only takes a spark to get a fire going, and soon all those around can warm up in its glowing; that's how it is with God's love, once you've experienced it, you want to tell everyone, you want to pass it on!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/05/2006 7:13 PM  

  • Louie and everyone...

    Praise God!! How miraculous!!!!

    thanks for all of your Labors, they are friut that is sweet and everlasting!!!
    thanks for the pics.

    to the Eternial ,Everlasting , Glorious Lord ans Savior!!!

    By Blogger eliz, at 4/05/2006 9:00 PM  

  • awesome job guys- as i sit here geting back from church listening to charlies all we need- which is every clear for all the events as passion shines at the gmas not for it self , but for the glory of God- why is bc he Made everything Glorious!- and pushing him forfront is the highest honor for the week and heres to wishing you best tommorrow, and look faward to seeing you guys again @ passion 07 - in atlanta..
    be blessed

    By Anonymous todd, at 4/05/2006 9:46 PM  

  • Louie, I think you are cool. I hope God does beyond what you can imagine in your life..

    By Blogger daniel alvarez, at 4/05/2006 10:42 PM  

  • hey it's great to hear from ya'll!!! glad to hear how things are going!
    God bless you! rock on!!

    By Blogger Sheryl, at 4/05/2006 11:33 PM  

  • CONGRATULATIONS! I am from Nashville and was so pumped at all the GMA awards going home for SixStepRecords. Chris Tomlin is my favorite worship leader-I have seriously asked God if he could lead worship in my area of heaven! So, I am happy for you guys and how God is using your talents for His glory! WOW!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/06/2006 12:00 AM  

  • YEA! CONGRATS! I looked at the GMA site and saw who won the awards!
    CONGRATS to everyone who won an award but specifically CONGRATS to all of Sparrow Records/sixstepsrecords awards!
    and to
    1. you Louie
    2. Matt Redman
    3. David Crowder Band (3)
    4. Chris Tomlin (4)

    AWSOME!! Im soo excited and happy for all of you!
    and its all for God's Glory!

    By Blogger Branded By Fire, at 4/06/2006 1:53 AM  

  • Congratz on all the awards sixsteprecords took home tonight. I was working at the GMAs and it was fun to see yall doing all the press conferences and I will never forget Chris' face when he came off the stage after winning Artist of the Year.

    truly awesome. God Bless.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/06/2006 1:55 AM  

  • Louie,I have been reading the GMA's as they were announceed on the internet.CONGRATULATIONS to all of you at sixsteps. Chris, Matt, David, youself and all connected with the productions.

    God had blessed you all with amazing writing and musical talents and I am so pleased that you use your gifts for His glory.

    As always may His name and His renown be spread because of these accolades.


    By Blogger gail, at 4/06/2006 2:06 AM  

  • Just saw the award show results. Congratulations Chris, Matt, David, and everyone at Sixsteps. God has used you all in a very big way.

    By Blogger Suzanne, at 4/06/2006 9:47 AM  

  • I love the pictures. Looks very tiring doing that all in one whole day. Makes me thirsty just thinking about all the talking.

    But the Passion CD is wonderful and worth all the hype

    By Blogger Kelli, at 4/06/2006 10:05 AM  

  • It's hard to believe that in 1999 when I went to my first Passion conference it was barely a blip on the radar screen of American Christianity... Now it has blossomed into a worldwide movement... Congrats to all who won Dove Awards!! It's amazing what God is doing in you guys, and I've been blessed just to have heard, experienced, and worshipped to your music...

    By Anonymous Kevin, at 4/06/2006 10:30 AM  

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