28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 28
Day 28. Now.
In hours many of you will be arriving in Atlanta. But Passion doesn't start when you get here, Passion begins the instant you become intoxicated by the grace of God and decide to make every breath about the Savior who brought you back to life again. Shake off the fog of lies that suffocate and cling to the voice of the Spirit. In Christ, you are prized, free, alive, new, washed clean, able.
If you're on the way to Passion 07, we'll see you soon! If not, know we feel your prayers from a far and will see you by the miracle of technology once the first session is streamed sometime Monday night/Tuesday morning.
Father, what more can we say? 28 days. So many words.
We need You more than ever. You are everything. Be happy at Passion 07. It's all for You, Jesus. Who else would it be about anyway? I love You.
"Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God." 1 Corinthians 2:12
28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 27
Day 27. Details.
We shouldn't be surprised to know that God is a part of every aspect of our lives. He's not too busy (He doesn't sleep), uninterested (He's here with us), high and mighty (He's a servant-King), overloaded (He knows the names of all the stars) or ambivalent (He gave His best for us) to be connected to the small stuff. While He is a "big picture God," He's "intimately acquainted with all our ways." Psalm 139:3.
God is specific (check out all the genealogies and lists in the Bible). He is into microscopic things. He first split the atom. And there is no detail in your life today too small for Him to know and care about.
That's good news as many little pieces are assembled into Passion 07 today! So find something small to pray about or rejoice in:
We survived yesterday with only one broken finger (a crew member building the GWCC Arena).
Cheryl is feeling better.
There is no other virus outbreak that we know about.
Thousands of resources are being organized into an amazing store.
Eight interactive Pods (huge) are being built to house Global Awakening and the Do Something Now Campaign.
People are buying towels right now at Walmarts across the nation.
24,000 registration packets are being put together, all with various wristbands, maps, etc..
Our production crew is finishing the GWCC Arena today. They will have to wait until after midnight New Year's Eve to start on Phillips due to Widespread Panic shows tonight and tomorrow night.
We will pack Phillips Arena 24 hours after two Widespread Panic shows!!!
The Chick-fil-A Bowl is happening next door in the GA Dome tonight (and parade today!).
We are negotiating Widespread Panic and Bowl crowds!
The weather has been semi-mild and dry for load in so far. Maybe rain tonight?
The forecast for next week is mostly dry and mild-cool!
20 Community group settings are being brought to life.
Over 30 Team Leaders are cranking at full speed. (Their pics/names are in a December post).
Volunteers are coming to help for the day.
Over 1000 other volunteers are coming for the week.
Thousands of students are rockin the Omni right now at Crusade's Impact Conference.
Urbana's going strong in St, Louis with over 22,000. (Lots more details there!).
More Crusade Conferences are in full swing. (More details).
Other conferences are happening everywhere. (Many more details).
Father, it's amazing that You see and know us all. Teach us today to pray about the smallest things. For Jesus' sake, who was the specific answer to hundreds of promises (details), Amen.
All this said David, the LORD made me understand in writing by His hand upon me, all the details of this pattern. Then David said to his son Solomon, Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished." 1 Chronicles 28:19-20
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28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 26
Day 26. Prepare.
That's the word of the day as our Passion Team moves into downtown Atlanta and begins the weekend process of loading in everything we need for Passion 07. Team Leaders have arrived from California, Minnesota, Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee and all across Atlanta to prepare the way for you. These are the days of long hours and hard work that will make your experience at Passion 07 possible and, we hope, life-changing.
Please continue to pray for our staff/team and volunteers today. Cheryl Bell, our Passion Event Director, is under the weather and germs of all kinds seem to be flying around trying to take our team down. As well, one of our Community Group leaders (T.S.) was just diagnosed with cancer this week. He's still on the way to Atlanta, but will be facing treatment options and further prognosis after Passion 07.
Father, prepare us as we prepare the way for You. Be present in the little things--packing, last minute changes, flight connections- -as well as the major ones. We know Passion is more than an event, but Your Kingdom coming to push back the darkness. We are in a struggle, yet You are mighty to save. Today, while the building begins, we are confident that You, Jesus, will lead us through victoriously as our eyes are on You. Amen.
"Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep." Psalm 127:1-2
[Enjoy the pic from the Omni Hotel, across Centennial Olympic Park to downtown!]
28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 25
Day 25. Wind.
Jesus is a movement. He's not into monuments, systems or external structures. He is a river of life, “And everywhere the river flows, everything lives.” Movements are fluid. Movements move. Movements are not always predictable.
Passion began 11 years ago with a desire to spark a movement among this collegiate generation. We're not the first to have this desire and won't be the last. We’re just one grain of sand in the Sahara Desert-sized work God is doing around the globe. And, more than anything, we want to fight the tendency to settle and conform. Our brand must be more than catchy phrases and events. Passion will only be a movement when one altered life shines His light in the darkness for all to see. Movement = many lights making a mighty wave for His fame.
The external stuff of Passion07 is not what we're after, not what we need. Some will be fooled because they fill an arena and sing the songs, deceived because they feel the emotion and shed the tears. Yet without a heart that is honest and open before Him, no Spirit-birthed river can flow. If we’re going to be part of a movement, Jesus must have the freedom to break and reshape every heart.
Lord, we will not be satisfied by outward signs of spirituality, outward expressions alone. Help us. Assist us. We desire to move beyond outward layers that deceive and impress, but do not revive the soul. I’m raising my life to you. Wind of the Spirit, come. Don’t let me stagnate. Blow me onward. Wildly. Forward. Powerfully. Godward.
For Jesus sake, Amen.
“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:8
28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 24
Day 24. Honestly.
It's OK to come to God just like you are. While it won't be His plan to leave you that way for long, God is in touch with our true condition...He sees our hearts as plain as day and knows our motives as well as our words.
He understands our humanity. Our struggle. Our dark hearts. Our failing. Jesus didn't make the journey from heaven to the manger for people who needed a tiny bit of assistance. He came for the sick (the really sick), the crushed, the lost (like sheep with no shepherd) and the criminal among us. He came for the worst. And He came to raise the dead and touch those who were decaying from the inside out.
So as we come to Passion 07, let's come honestly and deal with things as they are. Let's lay down the need to impress each other, for that route leaves us looking good in their eyes but missing the healing power of His. Let's come to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ and seek mercy and grace in our time of need. Let's be real... and transparent. Let's stop faking it, and fall into the arms of the One who sees night and noonday the same. Let's not try to hide from the One who can put us back together again. And let's ask Him to shine His light into our reality, however dark, and bring life again.
Father, You see me like I am...as I am, yet You are still here. Still loving. Still waiting for me to step from the shadows and run into Your arms again. Meet me at the depths of me and do what only You can. In Jesus' name, Amen.
"The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him. For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust." Psalm 103:8-14
28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 23
Day 23. Humbly.
If it's true that God spoke the Universe into existence, and then sent His Son into that world on a rescue mission of love--a mission He knew would cost Him His life and purchase ours--then let's come to Passion 07 carrying a hefty does of humility in our hearts...that attitude that says "You are God and we are not."
Humility, by the way, is simply seeing God. Pride, on the other hand, is seeing ourselves. No one has ever had a true glimpse of God and not ended up closer to the floor. He is glorious and massive and radiant and holy and imposing and awe-inspiring and intimidating. Yet, God somehow wedged all that into a Bethlehem manger in Christ so He could wrap us in His arms. Sin continually and deceptively puffs us up, making us think we're larger than life, while shrinking our ability to live in the fulness of His.
So, arriving at Passion 07 let's let the re-sizing begin.
Loved and treasured by God, let's insist less and say "yes" more.
Let's not stiffen our necks, rather let's soften our hearts.
Why act like we know it all already, let's come open to whatever He has to say.
Let's lay down our agendas and figure our where we fit in His.
Let's confess the shortcomings of "us" and embrace the sureness of Him.
Let's tread gently.
Let's surrender first, before He even asks.
Let's stop assuming.
Let's lift Him high and bow down low.
Down low, on our knees, is where the mighty river flows...the raging current of His love and power and peace.
Father, with one week until Passion 07, please soften our hearts so they can easily fit into Your hands and into Your plans. We are making a mess of our lives without You. We need You more than ever. Help us down to our knees where surrender ushers in Your marvelous rescue. We love You Jesus, Amen.
"Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care." Psalm 95:6-7
Looks like a few of you found a trip to Passion 07 under the tree!Among those who registered on Christmas day, welcome to:
Kimberly - University of Arkansas
Jeff - Ga Tech
Simon - Not in school from Louisiana
Jacinda, Michelle and Allison - Samford
Kathryn - UGA
Logan - John Brown U
Brandon - University of Central Florida
Thomas - North Greenville U
Janet - Clemson
Rebecca - Bob Jones U
Courtney - U of Texas
There's no telling how many others are scrapping their Christmas money together, working feverishly, still trying to convice the parents, praying it will work out and hoping for a Passion 07 miracle. We're praying you all make it...and there is still time to bring someone along.
Stay tuned for the 28 Day Prayer Journey!
28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 22
Day 22. All over the world.
Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Selamat Hari Natal
Buone Feste Natalizie
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’” Galatians 4:4-6
28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 21
Day 21. The Day Before Jesus.
Clinging to distant hope.
Are the promises true?
Religion’s not enough.
So weary of all the sacrifice.
Time after time.
Year after year.
We’ve heard of a coming Savior.
Can it be?
A God-sent one.
Is there something more?
Will He ever come?
What are we supposed to do?
400 years without a word.
Not one syllable.
Are we finished?
Doing our best.
Life goes on.
So crowded tonight.
Oh, you’re expecting?
No room for you.
A cave will have to do.
28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 20
Day 20. Expecting?
God loves the expectant heart. He loves it when we come to Him in faith. He is never intimidated by our hopes and dreams. He is not daunted by the size of our prayers.
Yet, so often we approach Him with such little aspiration. We pray as though we might easily tire Him or deplete His supply. We come to worship, but we always seem to “know” just what’s going to happen. We don’t expect the unexpected…a sad commentary for those of us who believe that God can do anything. Anything!
So as we come to Atlanta, let’s come with massive expectations. Not that He will do some specific thing we desire (although we can make our very specific requests known to Him at any time), but that He will meet us there. We can believe...and we should arrive at Passion 07 with sky-high hopes. We are coming to worship the God of all Creation.
God, increase my faith. I praise You because there is nothing too difficult for You. You never run dry. You do not sleep or slumber. Father, heighten my sense of who You are, expand my anticipation of what You are doing all around me and give me a greater capacity to believe You for all that is to come.
Make us expectant as we meet You. Help us cast away little faith, safe prayers, apathetic hearts, thinking “the usual," the fear of not having our expectations met. Blow up our view of You. Surprise us. Undo us. Amaze us again. Leave us speechless. Show us Jesus. Amen.
“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by You, says the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:12-14a
28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 19
Day 19. Open wide.
It’s pouring in Atlanta today. Not so great for the holiday spirit and the Christmas shoppers, but a reminder that many of you will reach Passion 07 with sand in your mouths and shriveled-up hearts in your chest. Trust me...I get it. I've been there many, many times.
It’s not that you don’t believe in Jesus, you do. You’re singing the songs and nodding along. But while others around you seem to have a vibrant love affair going on it feels like you have dried up on the inside. The stream has become a trickle, the flame a flicker.
You’re excited about Passion 07, but what you really want is for the floodgates to open again... for a river to run in your heart, to rediscover the intimacy with God you’ve known in the past (or heard about, yet never tasted). The problem is you’re not sure how it happened in the first place, and lost as to where to find it again.
If that’s you—cracked, wasting, waning, wanting, dry—I want to encourage you to look up today, and open your mouth. God still makes streams flow in the desert and is able to make water gush from a rock. Turn your parched soul up toward Him and stand there. Ask. Look. Long. Wait. His promise is that He will fill it with what is good.
God, I know there is no formula for finding You. So I am waiting today for Your flood to find me. I still believe, but I want the never-ending fountain that is Jesus to soak my weary heart. External stuff is not enough. So Jesus I’m looking and longing for You. Please come again, Amen.
I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it. Psalm 81:10
28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 18
Day 18. More.
We are rich. Yep, you and me. Maybe we don’t have everything we want, but we have so much more than 99% of the people on earth. I won’t bore you with the numbers, but even you “poor college students” are loaded. Don’t believe it. Move to Mexico City. Or Mumbai. Or Mali, Mogadishu, Mongolia, Manila or Maputo. That Starbucks you sprang for today was a week’s wages to many there, a fortune with foam and extra flavoring. Add to our bucks our spiritual wealth and you quickly realize we are the ones with more to give.
I say this not to make us feel bad, but to make us feel something. And to invert the question from “how can I get more” to “what am I going to do with what I have.” To that end, we are sharing a tiny amount of our abundance with those in need throughout Atlanta by bringing a bath towel and pair of socks to Passion 07. I know towels don’t seem all that glamorous, but the organizations of Atlanta have been ecstatic over the prospect of getting such for their shelters and transitional housing…ecstatic to the tune of 49,000 towels!! And their requests are still growing.
I’m no genius, but 22,000+ is less than 49,000, so, you guessed it, we now need 2+ towels per person coming to Passion 07. (Still one pair of socks). Sure, we could just give these organizations 22,000 towels and they would be thrilled. Or we can give them what they have asked for and still have more to spare. We’re rich. Let’s give richly. Let’s do more.
Father, it seems like a small thing we are doing, but use these towels and socks to awaken our hearts to those with so little. And somehow cause these towels to carry to the hurting and needy the story of a God who sees, and knows and cares…and gives everything. For Jesus’ sake in the simple things. Amen.
“If there is a poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and shall generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.” Deuteronomy 15:7-8
PS-Please spread the 2+ towel word far and wide!
28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 17
Day 17. Journey.
We are on a journey… and I mean more than a trip to Atlanta. Much more. We are after our Creator, restless souls longing to be in the arms of the One who made us. A Father whose arms are home. We are happy here on earth, but not fully satisfied. In fact, as the days mount, this thing called life earth looks less and less promising, not more and more appealing. But that’s OK. We’re just here for a brief visit. We're on our way, headed home.
We’re not anti-earth. Rather, pro heaven. As long as we’re here we'll enjoy this place, while fighting on for the Name that sets us free. But we have a departure date just ahead. And, speaking for myself, when I am gone, shed no tears for me. My final destination blows this place away.
In the meantime, Lord willing, I'm headed to Passion 07… and so are a ton of you. We’re coming on planes, on buses, in vans and in cars. In fact, some of you still are not’t exactly sure how you're going to get there. But you’re coming. You're determined. You're on a journey. We are all, and it won’t be easy.
In these last days many obstacles will come...they always do...trials from without and within that seek to impede our successful arrival at Passion 07. In fact, for us at Passion struggle has been at our door all fall long. Cancer, has been our companion. The fight, ever-present. But we’re still coming, no matter what.
So, get ready for them in coming days. Job changes. Financial worries. Family crisis. Illness. Friends bailing. Schedules crashing. Stuff happening. Many things will try to stand in the way, but let’s pray today…
Lord, You are sovereign over all things, and over all of us. Lead us to Atlanta under Your care. Thwart enemy plans that might stop us from being a part of all You have in store. And even today open the way for others to come. Those who are hoping for a financial miracle or a change of heart from a parent. Please open the way. Passion 07 is not our prize. You are what we want. And heaven is the end of the race we run. Today we are leaning that way, toward You, toward home. We love You and long for You, Jesus.
Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. Psalm 84:5
28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 16
Day 16. Friends.
Passion is not the only collegiate conference happening as 2006 comes to a close. Along with Campus Crusade and others who will be holding gatherings across the nation, Intervarsity will be hosting Urbana 2006, its 21st Student Missions Conference, in St. Louis, MO. While we are making final preparations for Passion 07, the Urbana team is getting ready for 25,000 in St. Louis. Amazing! The dates of Urbana are December 27-31 and I'd really love it if our Passion family prayed not for Passion today, but for those that are leading and attending this event. They have a massive task and a thundering legacy, hosting their first Urbana in 1946! Shelley and I have been before and count the leaders as friends. In fact, we have been in close contact with the Urbana folks for years, and especially in recent months as we have had the chance to pray for and encourage each other face to face. Urbana.org.
Father, we bring the whole Urbana team to You today, asking You to fill their hearts with confidence in what You are doing in their midst. We ask that the three years of effort invested in Urbana 2006 will bear staggering fruit for the cause of Your mission to bring hope and life to every person on this planet. We ask for Your protection and mercy on the Director, Jim T, and every staff person involved. Multiply these final hours as they prepare St. Louis for students to arrive from around the world. Holy Spirit, prepare every person coming and give them a hunger for more than an event. Birth something in this gathering that only a supernatural God could do, as healing and service sweep their hearts. We love these guys and pray that Urbana 2006 will mark history and leave the leaders smiling and in awe of You. Jesus, You are the hope of the world. Be everything at Urbana 2006! Amen.
"For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light." Colossians 1:9-12
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Catch Louie's interview with Beth Moore on the Passion07 Podacst....connecting the world on the journey to Atlanta. Coming this week--Matt Redman and Charlie Hall.
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28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 15
Day 15. You Matter.
While it's true God's confidence rest in His ability and not ours, it's equally true that God believes in each of us and desires to use us to accomplish His purposes on this earth.
It's possible circumstances have beat you down. Failure has labeled you. You have disappointed yourself. Others have told you again and again (with and without words) that they don't think you're going to amount to much. Maybe you've come to the place where you really don't even believe in yourself anymore.
But it's not so with God. He knows you most (He knows every flaw, crack, failure, weakness, possibility, strength), yet believes in you more than anyone on the planet. He also remembers that He formed You out of nothing but His own brilliant idea and divine imagination. You are the unique design of the Creator. He made you with purpose and love. He has plans for you, dreams for you, a role in the story for you. And He believes in you so much that he ultimately sent for you a Son of life to die and free and rise and fill your broken soul.
Believe it or not, there's a baby laying in a manger...because God was convinced you couldn't make it on your own, but was determined for you to taste mercy and feel His arms holding you tight forever, whispering, you matter so much to Me.
Father, open our ears to hear You say how much You dream about all that our lives can be. Open our eyes to see Jesus, Your sure bet that we can live lives of purpose forever. Break the lies of unbelief that have wounded us, and let the little seed of faith plant hope again that we are precious and beautiful and treasured and loved by You.
"The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endured forever--do not abandon the works of your hands." Psalm 138:8
28 Day Prayer Journey To Pasion 07 - Day 14
Day 14. No Doubt.
Sometimes I wonder how much confidence God really has in me...in us. Don't get me wrong, I know He loves us immensely and has called us to greatness. But He also knows how short our memories are. And how frail our frames. So, once again we come to Sabbath. To rest. To remember.
Sure, just six fleeting days ago we were here remembering--determining to walk with the confidence that He is I AM. But, we didn't really fully get it, did we? Nor have we made the six-day journey with confidence. Confidence, not in what we can do, but in what He can do in us.
Thus, we stressed, we worried, we carried heavy loads alone... we doubted if it was possible after all. We settled for less. We settled for us.
So, again today He says "stop." He says you can't. But I can.
Look up. Count the stars. The Maker of all is at your disposal, residing in you through Jesus Christ.
Have no doubt...He can live this day well in you.
I lift my eyes up to You, Jesus. You are my daily bread. Give me the grace to rest in knowing You are God. Be glorified in me as I surrender my little strength to Yours, and wait on You to flex Your might in me. "I love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." You are my I AM. Amen.
"For He Himself knows our frame, He is mindful that we are dust." Psalm 103:14
28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 13
Day 13. Mouthpiece.
Passion is not about the people on the stage, rather a place where you can know that the people onstage have a massive desire for you to see someone greater than themselves. While those of us on the stage have not pefected that yet (by any stretch of the imagination), Passion has always dreamed of a day when people would arrive and leave with the name of Jesus in their mouths more than the names of people. And why not, who can compare to Him?
Yet, having said that, most times God chooses to use people. People with faces and voices and gifts and vision and a story to tell. I love the people I am serving with at Passion 07 and am so honored to walk beside them in these days...those on main stages, leading Community Groups and Breakout speakers. Though the extra 3 or 4 feet up onto the main arena stages differentiates in no way from those leading in other moments, there is a weight for us all as we seek to lead well in these days.
They are: Beth Moore, Chris Tomlin and band, Matt Redman and band, Francis Chan, David Crowder*Band, Steve Fee and band, Tim Hughes and band, John Piper, Charlie Hall and band, Louie Giglio, plus other singers and musicians.
Father, please cover these and their families with mercy today. Defend, preserve, heal and inspire. May they see You more vividly than ever before, and portray with boldness and creativity the beauty of Your holiness and grace. Give them special gifts for the moments of Passion 07, and do in them in these days what we so long for You to do in this generation. Jesus keep and carry each one for Your name's sake, Amen.
"I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked...For the Lord God is a sun and a shield, the Lord bestows favor and honor, no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless." Psalm 84:10b-11
28 Day prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 12
Day 12. Borders.
God's family transcends borders, nationalities, races, classes, continents and generations. Yet, governments are real and, as a result, the journey to Passion 07 is a bit more complex for our International friends. Here's the latest:
Rodrigo has a hearing in Brazil on December 20 and is still hoping.
so far, 5 Brazilians have requested visas... 2 have been approved.
An *******(East Asian) national received a visa yesterday. Huge miracle!
All South Africans received visas!
1 from Kenya was denied.
Of 50 Koreans, 48 visas were approved.
4 Romanians were denied this week. Other Romanians have visas and are coming.
Others receiving visas...3 Ukrainians, 1 Malaysian, 2 Filipinos, 1 Estonian, 1 Argentinean.
Of 18 Mexicans there were 15 visas approved.
All 13 from Slovakia were approved.
4 from Botswana were granted.
Thankfully, Puerto Rico, the UK, Ireland, Australia, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand and others have visa waiver programs with the US or require no visas!
The brother of one of our Passion Staff/Team had his visa denied yesterday.
Others with upcoming appointments:
1 Filipino (12/19)
1 from Kazakhstan (12/20)
2 ******* nationals.
1 in India
2 in Nigeria
1 in Kenya.
Father we believe today that You have the entire world in Your hands. The nations are like a drop in a bucket to You. You open doors and close them, so we trust our friends to Your purposes, knowing that no plan of Yours can be thwarted. We would wish an early Christmas present to these and the honor of worshipping beside them in Atlanta. For Jesus fame in the whole earth, Amen.
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations." Psalm 67:1-2
28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 11
Day 11. Millions.
Welcome to potentially the longest Blog post ever. Be brave and scan the whole list, look for your school and read the last paragraphs at the bottom!
Below are the schools that will be represented at Passion 07 from the US and abroad. I think you'll agree...the list is staggering. Humbling. Promising. 1153 schools so far. Conservatively, these schools probably represent close to 10 million of the 16+ million college and university students in the US alone.
Curently, students are registered for Passion 07 from:
Abilene Christian University
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Adam Mickiewcz University, Poland
Alabama Southern Community College
Alabama State University
Alice Lloyd College
Alpha and Omega
American International College
Angelina Jr. College
Anne Arundel Community College
Anoka Ramsey Community College
Applachian State University
Arizona State University
Arizona State University Heber Springs
Arkansas State University
Arkansas State University Beebe
Arkansas State University Jonesboro
Arkansas Tech University
Arlington Baptist University
Armstrong Atlantic State University
Art Institute of Atlanta
Art Institute of Philadelphia
Art Institute of Tampa
Ashland Theological Seminary
Athens State University
Athens Technical College
Atlanta Christian College
Atlantic Baptist University
Auburn University Montgomery
Augusta State University
Augusta Technical College
Austin Community College
Austin Peay State University
Azusa Pacific University
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Father, for these campuses and everyone who works and studies on them... and for Your fame in the midst of them all...we bow down today. Please have mercy. Stir something new and contagious in Your people. Open eyes. Rescue and restore. Use us to make much of You, Jesus. Amen.
If you are registered for Passion 07 and your school IS NOT ON THIS LIST, post it in a comment so we can add! E-mail this link to all who are headed to Atlanta. We want to include every shcool possible.
Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy. Habakkuk 3:2
28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 10
Day 10. Finish.
Though there are over 22,000+ of us headed to Atlanta (and growing), today is about you...and your race to the finish. Closing in on the end of another semester you may be limping, crawling, sleeping and hoping it just all goes away, sprinting, or running around in circles, but whoever you are we want you to know we are praying for you right now. Your sleepless nights and stress-filled hours spent staring at computer screens hoping words and pages miraculously appear are almost over. Happiness, your bed at home, your dog (insert pet of choice), mom's cooking (insert restaurant of choice), your little brother or sister, sleeping till noon and your part-time job at the mall all await you! Press on!
So for all of you who have had way too many cups of coffee, for all you procrastinators who have proved you can read a textbook in less than eight hours, for all you planners who have turned your projects in early (OK, for you, the one guy who turned in your stuff early) and are coasting to the finish worry free, for all of you who have done your best and for all of you who are needing a boost for that one last push before you're homeward bound...
"He [Jesus] gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power... ." Isaiah 40:29
Father, we are praying for students everywhere today, knowing that You are right where they are...right in the middle of papers and projects and deadlines. Give them (and all of us) the grace to breathe in Your presence and walk in Your strength. We want to finish well for Your sake, and ours. Jesus, be life and strength in the weary today as they put all their hope in You. Thank You, Amen.
PS-Major congrats to all you guys who have finished the bigger race and are graduating in coming days! Yippy!
28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 9
Day 9. The Cross.
If you're on I-10 today, somewhere between Houston and Atlanta, you very well may pass an interesting sight...a white SUV with a huge cross sticking out the back headed here to the Passion House. And it's not just any cross, but a powerful symbol that reflected the grace of God at OneDay in Memphis. If you were there in 2000, you remember. Confession gave way to shouts of joy as we considered the price Christ paid to buy our freedom and cleanse our souls.
After a stay in Houston, the OneDay cross will again be visible at Passion 07, anchoring Pure Grace, a place for meditation on the cross of Christ in the Kneel prayer area. But how cool that it's blazing crossing a big chunk of the nation on the way to Atlanta, a reminder of the way that has been made for us to come into the presence of God. There is no muck, or stench or stain in your life today that He Himself did not bear on that tree. There is no filth that cannot be made clean like snow. His cross is forever standing over us. Grab onto it with all your might today. And let it's healing tide wash over you.
Father, I confess my shameful ways to you. Have mercy on me and restore my dark and twisted heart by the grace You have poured out so freely on the cross. Thank You for Your precious gift of love, Jesus Christ. Price-paying, sacrificing, restoring, life-giving, rescuing Jesus Christ. Help me to embrace Him now and walk in His light, Amen.
"And he himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness--for by his wounds you were healed." 1 Peter 2:24
28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 8
Day 8. Touch.
We are the people of God. In other words, we are the visible image of the story of God on earth. We are the light of the world, His body...hands, feet, eyes, heart, in the midst of culture. We are representatives. Ambassadors. Good news carriers. So that every person on planet earth can know they are prized and loved by a perfect Father in heaven. To this end we are inviting every single person coming to Passion 07 to Touch Atlanta, as we provide basic needs to those with the greatest needs throughout the city.
As we have approached homeless shelters and assistance organizations working in Atlanta, tops on their list of durable needs are towels. It seems that when people leave these facilities the towel often leaves with them, becoming a blanket, pillow or means of carrying their few belongings through the day. And high on the list of clothing items are socks for men, women and children.
So here's what we're going to do together. Each of us is going to make a tiny sacrifice by bringing a new/like new bath towel AND one new/like new pair of socks (you pick men's, women's, children's) to Atlanta. Our combined efforts are going to make a massive difference in the lives of people in Jesus name.
There's no way 20,000+ followers of Jesus should show up in any town without those needing food, clothing and shelter being impacted in some way. While they will probably never hear about Passion 07 (who cares, right?) we want them to know through these simple gifts they are of great worth to God.
So stuff both a bath towel and socks in your bag and bring them to Passion 07 Registration. It's going to be a beautiful sight!
Father, open our eyes to see those You see, and open our hands to announce the nearness of Your Kingdom in tangible ways to all in need. Following Jesus' example, Amen.
"And do not neglect doing good and sharing with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." Hebrews 13:16
PS-We are not equipped to receive towels and socks from those not coming to Passion 07, though we would encourage you to seek ways to make a difference in the town/city where you live.
28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 7
Day 7. Rest.
Rest today. Not so much in the sense of doing nothing, but of doing everything with the confidence that a greater power source is available and at work in you.
God says, “in quietness and trust is your strength.” He is not calling us to a life of ease and leisure, rather to lives of unparalleled purpose and destiny requiring determined sacrifice, effort and passion. Yet all the while He insists we remember the Sabbath—remember that He does it all—as we lean into His infinite resource of strength and ability.
Finals. Deadlines. Mountains. Miles. Problems. Work. Uphill. Long haul. Heavy. Complex. Heights. Darkness. More. Cracking. Can’t.
He is I AM.
Father, as I work I will rest in You. Thank You Jesus for Your abundant life inside me. I want Your greatness to be seen in my weakness. So happy Your power is mine. Amen.
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10a
28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 6
Day 6. 605.
If you've been around the Passion 07 Live Link or the Podcast you've heard us talking about South Dakota...our nation's 40th state. And why all the SD talk? We have almost 21,000 people registered for 07 from 49 states and 31 nations, but no one representing "the 605"--South Dakota's only area code. We have discovered we have people coming who are South Dakotans, but they are now outside the state and headed our way from other places in the US.
So, we've stopped asking where the SD people are and decided we should be praying for the campuses and students there. And for us, South Dakota has come to represent many places throughout the nation that won't be as visible in Atlanta. Would you take some time today to pray for students on the following campuses:
Augustana College, Black Hills State University, Dakota State University, Dakota Wesleyan University, Northern State University, Oglala Lakota College, South Dakota School of Mines and technology, South Dakota State University, University of Sioux Falls, University of South Dakota.
As we pray for students in SD, let's keep spreading the word about Passion 07 and bring more people along with us. And let's be willing to reach SD with the story of God.
Father, we know You are alive and well throughout South Dakota. Inspire leaders of the church there and raise up a wave of students filled with the hope and power of Jesus. For His fame in SD, Amen.
“Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help.” But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it? That’s why Scripture exclaims, ‘A sight to take your breath away! Grand processions of people telling all the good things of God!’” Romans 10:13-15 The Message
PS-Great job on the comments for our Staff/Team and Team Leads Yesterday! Thanks and keep praying!
28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 5
Day 5. Team.
I’m sitting around a huge table today in the Georgia World Congress Center with some of the most amazing people in the world. Their names are not Tomlin, Moore, Crowder, Redman, Giglio, Piper, or Hall, but they are just as vital to the process of Passion 07 as anyone you have heard of. They are our Volunteer Team Leaders and our Passion/sixsteps Staff/Team (see beautiful pic), and they are doing a phenomenal job making sure everything is in place to insure that you have the best possible experience in Atlanta.
Our Team Leaders, people with full time jobs who devote a chunk of their year to building the guts of the event and lead the volunteer teams in Atlanta, are here for three days of final preparations. With them, over 1000 men and women will form the volunteer teams that serve you while you are here.
Looking around the table right now: Jennifer, Daniele, Abbie, Sally, Paige, Radford, Emily H, Kristen, Mike, Susanne, Katey, Aaron, Vicky, Mike, Misty, Amanda, Gina, Emily V, Lori, Carrie, Jonathan, Danielle, Eddie, Jay, Shannon, Christina, Cheryl, Masi, Scot, Lindsay, Garret, Rick, Jim, Jerome, Brandon, Jon, Lauren, Jake, Shelley. Not pictured, but on the way, Tague, Lisa, Todd, Christi, Erica, Jan.
I know it’s not all that glamorous, but these guys need to know you are surrounding them with your prayers. Pick one and hold them up...and let’s see a lot of comments today for those who are sacrificing so much to make Passion 07 happen.
Father, thank You for incredible devotion by so many people who believe in the vision of Passion and want to serve in Your name. Give them strength and inspiration for the final push to Atlanta…and sweep them into the wave of what you’re doing in the hearts of students in this generation. For Jesus, Amen.
“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” Psalm 84:10
28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 4
Day 4. Feet.
If the Son has set you free, you are free indeed.
For the next few days our team is downtown Atlanta, working on final details for Passion 07, walking in and through the places you will be walking in just a few days. I couldn't help but think this morning that my feet are landing on the exact spots that yours will. And as I walked I wondered who you are and what you need.
Some of your feet will be wounded. Others bruised. Some broken.
Some feet will be tired, others happy, some running, others stumbling.
Some lying, ceased living, trapped, confused, deceived.
Some feet dancing, leaping, springing, bounding.
Others limping, bleeding, dying.
Some frustrated, angry, cheated, beaten, abandoned.
Some freshly free.
Others bound, shackled, enslaved, darkened.
Some needing, waning, wasting, crying.
Others smiling, sharing, going, giving.
Which are yours?
His were pierced. And though risen, the feet of Jesus still bear those wounds. His hands and feet have been run through by whatever yours feel and face today. How beautiful are His feet, and the feet of those who bring the good news of Jesus.
Father, so many feet. So many needs. Needs not met by an event, but by You. Please do what You alone can do...heal, free, rescue, restore. For Jesus, Amen.
"But he (Jesus) was pierced for our wrong deeds, he was crushed for our sins; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed." Isaiah 55:5
28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 3
Day 3. Everybody.
Christianity is not an American phenomenon, nor an exclusive club for those of us in the western world. The family Christ is building on earth and in heaven is filled with every nation, tribe, tongue and race. We are part of a global movement which in many ways is expanding faster outside the States than within.
That's why we're thrilled to have people from 31 nations at Passion 07...and those are just the ones we know of. For many of them the journey is next to impossible, filled with complexities and costs most take for granted. Just yesterday, students in Brazil and Romania had their visa applications denied...again. For Rodrigo, it was his second attempt this year. And for the Romanians it was the second year in a row they have been denied permission to attend Passion. Rodrigo is appealing his decision and more Romanians go for their hearings this week.
Many factors go into these decisions, and the denials don't necessarily reflect a bent against Passion or Christianity. But they do highlight three things: The incredible opportunity we have to gather in Atlanta. The cost many are willing to endure to taste Passion for the first time. The need for us to go and meet them where they are.
Check out Rodrigo's beautiful comment in the previous Blog post. And pray for students and leaders coming from the following countries. Pick one, write it where you'll be reminded to pray for them all the way to Atlanta.
Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kazakstan, Kenya, South Korea, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Mariana Islands, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.
Father, please open wide the gates and make a way in the wilderness for all who long to be a part of Passion 07. In Jesus name throughout the world, Amen.
"All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord, and they will bring glory to your name." Psalm 86:9
28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 2
Day 2. Today.
Though we are on the road to Passion 07 in 27 days, the challenge for us all is today. Especially those of you who are feeling the heat of finals and end-of-term projects that are looming in the days ahead. So while we want to think and pray about our time here in Atlanta, what's most important in this moment is finishing well. And to finish well we have to know that God is with us today...right where we are.
Your classes, projects, exams and deadlines matter to God. Why? Because they are part of your life, and everything about you matters to Him. God's not isolated to church, ministry or worship. He is present in the smallest details of our days and ready to bring His divine energy to bear on whatever the task at hand. Think about it... He made the universe by the power of His command, so He probably knows a little something about whatever it is you're studying right now!
So, here's the deal...Passion is going to be incredible. But God is just as interested in doing something supernatural in us where we're sitting right now as He is during the days we are together in January. Invite Him into the fray--and ask Him to empower you to focus, understand, prioritize, trust and work like never before. I think you'll find Him more than willing to meet you where you are and carry the weight of your academic load with you. And, hopefully, you'll find joy in doing your very best so that He is seen and known in your studies, which, in the end, magnifies Him.
Praying for you: Father, we bring all the students reading this today to You...asking You to allow their minds to focus, increase their understanding and help them to make the connection between doing their best and pleasing You. Cover them with a sense of Your presence in the midst of long days and sleepless nights, and bring them through with a smile and the reward of knowing they excelled to the greatest degree possible. For Jesus in their school work, Amen.
Your prayer: Father, I can't make it through these days alone. Live through me to make me the best student I can possibly be. I'm working hard, yet trusting You every breath of the way. For Jesus in my school work, Amen.
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men..." Colossians 3:23
28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 1
Day 1. Begin.
It's possible that the most profound words in all of scripture are the four that open its very first sentence: In the beginning, God. Without them we are reduced to chance. Yet with them we see meaning in the fabric of creation. And because of them, we are properly found.
Modern discovery seems to affirm more and more that "something" started it all, affirming the sense of eternity we have in our souls, and pointing us back to these words and their description of a Beginner who created it all. Yet, stuck in the middle of life we can forget that there is a composer about whom the story unfolds. Life did not begin with us, but with an infinite Maker who chose to invite you and me into the beautiful world of Him. Thus, it's not all about me today. Rather, I am all about Him.
Everything begins and ends with God. So as we start this 28-day journey to Passion07 together, let's begin with Him.
God, you are the beginning of life and the beginning of me.
You are the beginning of this journey we are on.
And You are the end we seek.
We want more than a conference, more than an event.
You are the starter of life and the instigator all that satisfies.
Everything we have and are has come from You.
We want to meet You here.
We want to know You more.
We want to feel Your embrace and know the hope of beginning again.
We want to breathe Your life.
And we want to show the world how great You are.
Father, be the beginning of something new and real in my heart today. In Jesus name, Amen.
"Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the LORD your God. Begin to build the sanctuary of the LORD...."
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