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Saturday, January 06, 2007

The Post-Passion Dilemma

For a lot of you new people we forgot to mention the post-Passion dilemma you soon discover when asked the question, So, how was it?" And your mouth opens but your brain freezes, and you try to figure out where to start but you can't, and you're not sure you ever will, and you're sure whatever you say is not going to convey a fraction of what's in your heart.

So, you say, "Hummm, well, it was ummm, oh my, ummm, uh... GOD! Yep, God!" And your face is saying I'm not the same person I was last time you saw me, and
they see that, and know something went down, and look at you with that puzzled look. And you say, "I'll tell you about it, but it's going to take a while."

Sorry we forgot to mention that ahead of time, but thank God He was there. And when He's there, simple words often are not enough.

The Passion Team is resting!! Next week we will fire things back up and get more info to you. For now, the quick stuff:
An iTunes bundle (will also be available at other digital providers) with two songs and a talk is on the way in a few weeks. More soon.
The sessions are still on for a short time...extra time.
Videos of talks will be available after Passion, but not whole sessions.
The walk in music will be made available.
We will give a revised Do Something Now update today (if possible) and a full revision in a few days.
The offering was...(post-Passion dilemma just kicked in)...God. We'll have a total ASAP as some is still coming in.

For now, keep telling your stories and sharing how God is working in your life. It's a beautiful thing.

142 Comments:

  • That's so true. It's so hard to put into words the experiences. No question God was and will continue to work in the 24,000+ students who attended. Satan will try to bring you down, but just keep focused on all that was heard at the conference.

    By Anonymous Lauren, at 1/06/2007 11:41 AM  

  • I cannot say thank you to God enough for what He has done in my heart and in the hearts of those that were with me down in Atlanta. We got together last night with some friends who were unable to go. Lord willing it will turn into a Bible study of Colossians and a time of prayer for our generation and each other as we seek to GO, whenever/wherever God would have us. Thank you to you and your team for making the Name of God great with your lives. Thank you for being sensetive to the Spirit and not wanting Passion to be just a big conference for people who already love Jesus, but sharing the passion within you with every tribe and nation.
    May God continue to pour out His blessings on you and the passion movement!

    By Anonymous Beth, at 1/06/2007 11:44 AM  

  • Habakkuk 1:5
    "Look at the nations and watch-- and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 11:45 AM  

  • GOD.(period) GOD.(period) GOD!

    By Blogger S.D.G., at 1/06/2007 11:47 AM  

  • Thank you Louie and the rest of the PASSION team for putting on the event this year. My sister Molly raved about how awesome last years was, and begged me to go this year -- but I thought I was too old (I turn 26 in a few weeks), however, in the end I signed up and even brought along a friend who needed some encouragement as well.

    The experience was life changing for me. All my life, I have done what my parents wanted me to do. I graduated college, I found a nice corporate america job... but what I really want to do is work overseas, to make a difference in as many peoples lives as I can. That's what I've always wanted to do.

    I'm proud to say that my name is on the airplane diagram, and I've decided to stop being a people-pleaser, and instead be a GOD-pleaser.

    Please keep me in your prayers.
    -Noah Kronemeyer
    Atlanta, GA

    By Blogger Noah, at 1/06/2007 11:55 AM  

  • OMG, this is EXACTLY how i feel. haha, so awesome. so many people ask me & i just say amazing followed by "but that's not even near a good enough word to describe it, its unexplainable." What God does in our heart & what he does for us, what he's done for us, & what he's doing is unexplainable. i fell head over heels IN LOVE with God ALL OVER AGAIN, & im not the same. i have never been so deep with God & so intimate in my spiritual walk. Thanks to the PASSION team for walking us through everything, & by praying for all of us that our walls would crumble as soon as we walked into passion, bc mine surely did. i cant wait for updates on Do Somethin Now & i am SO PUMPED that the offering was..GOD! :) Keep us updated louie!! AAAND im pumped about everything coming out for passion07, i cant wait!!! :) SHINE!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 11:59 AM  

  • Thanks for everything Louie. It will be inspiring to see where God sends Passion next--I know he'll be there too which is what makes it so amazing. Praise Him and have peace.y

    By Blogger david phillips, at 1/06/2007 12:11 PM  

  • Your post made me laugh cause that is exactly how me and all my friends are feeling. One of my friends asked me how the trip was. And I promise I sat for a good 3 minutes and couldn't figure out what to say...so finally I just said "awesome". Last night me and two of my friends, who also went to Passion, went out to dinner and we couldn't stop talking about what God has shown us and how we don't just want to sit around anymore but to GO and spread the word of God. We have already started planning a trip to Malawi in the spring of 2008...God is truly amazing!

    By Anonymous Christina, at 1/06/2007 12:22 PM  

  • thanks for putting the talks us again and leaving them for a little longer. i wanted to run back over them all and gather my heart and thoughts.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 12:25 PM  

  • Passion 07 was awesome!
    Is there a way to still buy the "shine" tshirt online or at buy it at 722? I didn't get a chance to buy it during passion. Thanks.

    By Anonymous James, at 1/06/2007 12:27 PM  

  • "When God wants to do something He sets His people praying!" -a teacher of mine from Bible college
    The fruit of many prayers turned lips red and mouths sweet with the taste of God, in the lives of thousands- like me- at Passion; may Jesus continue to bless the steps of His own, as they're made in faith for His glory!
    Blessings Family!
    -Stephen

    By Blogger Stephen, at 1/06/2007 12:27 PM  

  • wow, ha, ha yes the post -passion delima.. how could i foget that after passion 06- but i think this year was in a since the most Powerful year!, and it was at the right time too.. so i ask that you pray for me as i seek Gods face in the calling to music.. I was blessed to be apart of passion 06, &07
    thanks..
    could you add
    Leeland's tear from the saints on the cd some how or youve stolen my heart?
    --When i fall i will rise-
    Todd Patton -from Decatur AL

    By Anonymous Todd, at 1/06/2007 12:33 PM  

  • i remember the post-passion dillema last year! i still can't explain what happened to me last year :-)

    By Blogger Kristen Valentine, at 1/06/2007 12:34 PM  

  • We just wanted to thank everyone at Passion, the worship leaders, our community group leader (striped green!) and all that had a part in this. Most of all we want to thank God for the changes he has made in our lives.

    My wife and I graduated from college little over a year ago. We didn't think we would go to Atlanta, but were in anticipation for it. We are at that age of 24... and we knew that we needed to go. A few days before Passion...we found out that my wife was pregnant with our first child. :-). At Dr. Piper's breakout session he spoke some on RISK. We have been facing this question for the past few years. (we have been married almost 4 years) How will we raise our child? Will my wife stay home with our child (and raise it in God's truth) or will she pursue her professional career (so we can have a nice middle class life, store up a fat inheritance for our children...) and send it to daycare or somewhere else. We understand that there are circumstances where parents must choose daycare and we don't look down upon that. But in our case God has blessed us with options. Through Passion we have seen what our options were. Have someone else raise our child and we live comfortable middle class lives... OR we raise our child in God's truth and RISK financial instability. I am a part time worship leader at a small church and I also work for my father-in-law at his vet clinic doing computer work for him on the side. I feel called to the ministry at my church. I have been there 5 years and I believe that God has me there for a reason--even if it means that we won't be rich in the worldly sense. We will be storing treasures in heaven. Sorry if this is long, but I think this can help someone out there. We have decided that Ila will stay home and raise our child. A huge RISK, but the other option... we feel the RISK of not raising our child is greater.

    Thank you Louie and the Passion staff. We keep you in our prayers.

    Benji and Ila Woolet

    By Anonymous Benji, at 1/06/2007 12:48 PM  

  • Thank you for leaving up the sessions longer. For those of us who weren't there and so are watching, we sometimes take awhile to get through them. Thank you!

    Thank you for all you do!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 12:54 PM  

  • When people ask me about the conference it opens up an amazing door to believers and unbelievers alike. I want to take this opportunity to tell them about my amazing God. Not about a conference. God is all powerful and that's not limited to a 4day experience!!! I tell them about our freedom from sin through the grace of Christ Jesus...that was the biggest thing God showed my heart :)

    By Blogger becca_fhorn, at 1/06/2007 1:01 PM  

  • WOW! Passion was amazing again. This was my second year and it was just as awesome as last year. Just a few minutes ago I finally got the general sessions to start playing. I'm guessing thousands and thousands had been hitting the stream at once and the bandwidth just wasn't enough to support that many people watching at once. I'm watching from Roanoke, VA right now but I go to college in Nashville at Belmont so if the sessions are still up Monday when I get back I'll probably watch them some more from there. I'm really excited about the regional Passion conferences next year and the worldwide tour next spring/summer. (I sent an email about the world tour-I know you said not to-the other day and I would really like a response to that if someone from Passion reads this comment.) Keep up the amazing work and let the wind of God blow you where it may.

    By Blogger Chris, at 1/06/2007 1:02 PM  

  • All I can say is God was glorified this week! I asked him the first night to make Himself known to me--to show me his beauty, to help me fall in love with his grace. He did it as a loving father, a friend, a glorious God would!

    I want to be a part of God's unstoppable plan to glorify Himself to all the nations. I pray that He will encourage me to find my talents, practice them, and put them to use to make God known!

    Thank you Passion team, volunteers that helped us be an amazingly orderly crowd of 24,000, and Atlanta for putting up with our loudness (at 12:00 in the morning on Thursday)!

    Thank you Passion Team for surrendering yourselves to God and being used by Him. I hope you know that God is using you in powerful ways to change the lives of many and I am glad you asked me to be a part of what you're already doing!
    God is proud of you and smiles at your obedience and love for Him.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 1:06 PM  

  • I have some pictures I took from the conference that I wanted to share with people if possible. I don't know how to email the people that run this sight so I just figured I'd give you my email address. Contact me if you're interested in seeing some of the pictures.
    erinrklein@gmail.com

    By Anonymous erin, at 1/06/2007 1:38 PM  

  • Yep, I agree and I wasn't even there! Just spending time watching the sessions online has rocked my world! I can't say thanks enough for streaming them this year. As a side note, I am unable to e-mail session 3 or 5. Do you think that will be fixed?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 1:52 PM  

  • As a volunteer, I came expecting not to see any of the main sessions or breakouts. Instead, the only sessions I missed were the first one and Piper's (and I still haven't seen Piper's, so pleeeeease keep it on until tomorrow). I came expecting to have one of those spiritual experiences, you know, you feel the presence of God and it's great and then days later, you've forgotten it. Instead, God met me intellectually, and I finally was able to absorb in my heart what He's been trying to tell me for years that I, you know, knew but didn't know.

    I'm in overflow, and I can't express it.

    As an aside, I'm from Maine. There is not a Christian bookstore that I know of within two hours of me. I don't know of any campus ministry at my university. This area is so bereft of anything Godly, and it's difficult to SHINE when your lifestyle is the only one looked on as horrible. Thank you for saying you're coming to Boston.

    Let God arise! Our God reigns now and forever!

    By Blogger DJ Jazzy Jess, at 1/06/2007 2:29 PM  

  • Mom of Passion student...
    ...praying for you guys. Still loving the sessions and worship as they are up. Love last year's WE WIN, too, and Beth's session on Hebrews and "reaping a harvest if we do not give up."
    Praying for you...Lauren, Beth, s.d.g., Noah, David, Christina, James, Stephen, Todd, Kristin, Benji, Becca, Chris, Erin, and DJ

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 2:52 PM  

  • i left passion this year after having a face on the floor in awe, spiritual awakening... my roommate and i were discussing the passion-filled week and we both feel a little empty inside...and we thought this is exactly what passion is about....yearning for more....desiring to continue the movement to every tribe and nation, to satisfy our hunger by glorifying God in our purpose, fulfilling the emptiness with a sustained relationship in Jesus Christ...it's not just a four day event that quenches one's thirst...the Passion conference is a movement. It was such a blessing because God used your team and this experience to show His calling for me in full-time missions and I have said, "Here I am Lord...Send me!! I desire to GO and SHINE to every tribe and nation for HIS RENOWN. I will keep your team in my prayers as you ride the sailboat in all the directions God's wind is blowing and may Christ continue to shine in all that you do. Que Dios le Bendiga!

    By Anonymous lyndsey, at 1/06/2007 3:07 PM  

  • I can not believe how hard it is to describe what God has done in my life, I went on a retreat with my youth group as soon as I got back from Atlanta, and my pastor asked me how it was and the only word I can say over and over again is AMAZING.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 3:38 PM  

  • DOES ANYBODY KNOW YET HOW MUCH WE RAISED FOR THE FOREIGN PASSIONS THAT WAS COLLECTED AT THE END OF PASSION???
    MAN THIS WAS MY SECOND PASSION AND I TRUELY WISH IT WAS LIKE A MONTH LONG...I HATE THE REAL WORLD, NOT HATE BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN...
    IF ANYBODY WAS IN AQUA GROUP 28 EMAIL ME I MISSED THE LAST COMMUNITY GROUP! NUMBERTWOGUN@MAC.COM

    By Blogger numbertwogun, at 1/06/2007 3:38 PM  

  • The first thing my family and friends said when i returned was "so how was it?" and i rattled off the many amazing events and scenes that i encountered. But then i stopped and said "there are no words to describe the way i felt, the things God spoke into my heart, and the feeling of 24,000 college age students in one city for one purpose: GOD. I was just about in tears of frustration not able to possibly share how awesome it truely was. For the past couple days i have been coming on this site showing pictures to everyone and video in hopes that they can be atleast an ounce touched like i was. It completely changed my life. I am so on fire for God and have since been more in love with Christ than ever before. Simply put, it was the closest to heaven i've ever felt.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 4:07 PM  

  • it seems so hard to be back in this messed up, fallen world driving past sex shops, watching horrible things on the news. i miss you guys today.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 4:16 PM  

  • I would LOVE to get the sermon of Ben Stuart's "An Undistracted Devotion" on itunes or some how. That was definitely THE convicting message for me for the week. It encouraged me in so many ways. I would love to have some of my friends listen to it

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 4:22 PM  

  • yeah you summed it up with the uhhh.. ummm... GOD comment. Thats all i could muster. I would also like a shine tshirt. love you guys!

    By Blogger will polley, at 1/06/2007 4:30 PM  

  • Hey I was wondering who went to the breakout sessions that Matt Redman and Chris Tomlin were doing?
    If you have any pictures from it I would love to see them. Oh and did anyone get to see the star wars picture of Chris and matt as R2D2 and CP30??? LOL LOL Funny...
    If anyone got a picture of when they put that one on the screen I would love to see!!!

    e-mail pics at brandon2468@comcast.net

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 4:55 PM  

  • That's true Louie. Everyone keeps asking adn i can just say.. "there aren't any words". I had such an amazing time!! I miss my community group. We were lead by shane barnard and time smith. We had out song and everyone i talk to from striped pink has it STUCK in their heads!! haha WE are also very committed to praying for Tim!! WHAT A FAMILY WE HAVE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST!!!

    By Blogger Ashley, at 1/06/2007 5:10 PM  

  • so our group was talking yesterday on the drive home... and someone voiced this thought:

    "i wonder if the passion team would have a need for 11 crazy people from kansas to travel around with them next year as they go out across the world?"

    so we all kind of paused and said "hmm...." and then there was a look shared between us. and then 11 smiling faces.

    our hearts are open passion team. let us know what you need. in the meantime, we'll be praying for you all as you rest.

    Andrea
    Wichita, KS

    By Blogger Andra Lynn, at 1/06/2007 5:15 PM  

  • I remember exactly that post passion feeling from watching the oneday 2000 dvd!
    I just sat there stunned at God!
    I bet all you guys who've actually been at the events are amazed!
    Bet Louie and all the organizers are in the same state of;
    "wow; Jesus let us be a part of that...!"
    Enjoyed the streams and I am amzed at what God has accomplished with passion 07!
    Can't wait to see the 07 DVD (Hope there is one coming)!

    By Anonymous boaly, at 1/06/2007 5:23 PM  

  • I can competely relate with the post-Passion dilemma. I'm so grateful for the experience. This was my first Passion. I'm sad there will not be a Passion 08 but excited that you guys are taking His message to the whole world.

    By Anonymous Lori, at 1/06/2007 5:44 PM  

  • When I got back to work yesterday, a co-worker mentioned that I looked energized and refreshed. It had to be a Spirit-thing, because it most definitely wasn't a sleep thing!

    I was a "green shirt" trying to keep up with the state of silver (aka silver group 13). I'd love to stay in touch with you ... and there are a few in particular ... and share pictures. Rather than take up the space here, visit my blog at becoming2911.blogspot.com to see all the details.

    Also, Melanie from Air Tran 416 to Baltimore, please visit the blog to get in touch. I'd love to hear from you!

    By Blogger Tammie, at 1/06/2007 5:46 PM  

  • ha. so it does have a name.. i got home thursday at like 5ish and when my roommate got home later that night she was so excited, sat down on the couch next to me and was like 'so!!! how was it?!' and i sat there, said it was great and.. and i didnt realize how long my pause extended as i contemplated how to answer her until she asked 'are you okay?!' a deep breathe and a smile followed and she didnt realize what she was in for.. since i didnt know how to sum it up, i just told her everything i could think of! to the point that she had to stop me because she had someplace to be. then she surprised me b/c she said 'i hope you're still awake when i get back, b/c i want to hear more!!'.

    i say that because maybe you, like me, think that people just won't get it because they weren't there, or they wont want to hear about it, because they didnt experience it -- but talk about it anyway!! talk their ear off! when they ask how it was, if you have the time, dont just answer 'great' or 'awesome', pour out your heart.. i think you'll be surprised like i was how ready they are to hear about it!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 6:03 PM  

  • "it was great" -pause- "are you ok??!!"

    thats an amazing story!

    sooooo... the streams are gone.
    -tear- wait... nope. -tearS-

    By Anonymous Brandon Bowman, at 1/06/2007 6:11 PM  

  • I totally relate! My exact words, it is not even possible to describe with words what God did in those 4 days!Amazing doesn't even begin to describe it. He is at work even after though since passion is about a movement for Jesus Christ! I am so glad to be a part of it! Thanks Louie and all the staff for everything! I hope that sometime there will be another 4 day conference, but I am totally behind the call you are feeling to go into all the world.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 6:17 PM  

  • Thank you, Jesus...

    Glory...

    Yes...

    Col. 3:17

    By Anonymous Stephen, at 1/06/2007 6:23 PM  

  • Yes, Louie, I too suffered the "post Passion dilema" after I attended Passion 05.

    My response?

    After a long pause and the blank "I have no words but trust me it was GOD" stare I gave everyone, I responded with the same answer "WAIT FOR THE DVD".

    Though the DVD of P05 was only a 7 minute "glimpse" it was more than enough to turn hearts and leave pastors and clueless family members in awe!

    Two years later I still carry Passion 05 in my heart. I was transformed by the power of God from the inside out, every fiber of my being was affected that week. What an amazing two years it has been since 05!

    You Passion 07'ers....get ready. The journey has just begun!!!

    By Blogger Sarah, at 1/06/2007 6:29 PM  

  • aGod has just left my heart speechless with its entire entirety! People who weren’t able to attend want to talk to me about it but I find it so hard to do! My heart just melts and tears weld up in my eyes! Passion is truly not describable right now! I am trying to drink all of it in and process this stuff! Praise God that I was able to be there and Praise Him that so many were able to watch Him at work from the comfort of home!

    ”God has broken my chains, and He has set me free.” (p.s.- Anyone know who sings that song!?) He is “MY JOY!!” He has set my heart on fire just as all of you lit my candle! I want Him to be at my deepest roots! Even when I am on a hill, I pray that all of our branches will still reach up for heaven! We will bear fruit! When we stand in the dead of winter, let us come and RISE ABOVE SPIRITUAL DEATH! Let Him SHINE DOWN ON US! When we get thirsty LET HIM REIN ON US!!! I am praying for each one of you so entirely on my knees! God is going to do some mind-blowing things if we HUMBLE ourselves before His throne! Let Him INCREASE! Let pride DECREASE! He has such a better life for us that what we have for ourselves!!!

    For the person whose picture is on the IRAQ board! I sat in my room alone and clapped for you! What you wrote is so beautiful! I am inspired by you!

    I know passion is only a 4-day event, but for me, I want this thing to last all year! I am obsessed with this site and reading everyone’s blogs and I am obsessed with being a part of anything to do with Passion.

    Last night I joined facebook, I am on AIM, I have email, and I have Myspace!
    Please, anyone of you! Contact me! Find me! Add me! Let’s keep our Fire burning together and SHINE all year long!

    Name: Hailey McLemore
    Email: Shootingstar0618@yahoo.com
    AIM: SunSetsDownNow
    Myspace URL: http://www.myspace.com/haileyjane0618
    Myspace Blog: http://blog.myspace.com/haileyjane0618

    I am going to have a bunch of Passion07 pictures on my Myspace blog very soon! Feel free to check those out! Please do! God Bless every single one of you and Praise God for speechlessness!

    By Blogger Hailey from Nashville TN, at 1/06/2007 6:41 PM  

  • Hey is there any way I could by some Passion shine shirts and possibly contribute more to do something now online. It would be a great help!!!

    By Anonymous Jordan, at 1/06/2007 6:41 PM  

  • Exactly!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 6:52 PM  

  • thanks to passion...
    What you did in the beginning of january..
    it has changed my life.
    Jesus has called me out globally, after finally breaking my heart. I have finally surrendered and I am happier than I have been since I can remember.
    Thanks to John Piper, because after what he said I was finally free to be used by God. Or rather what God said through John Piper. Micah 7:8-9 is now my favorite verse. I was able to believe that God could use me.
    thank you, and I know God is using this movement and speaking through it. Its not because of great speakers or great music, it is because of our great God.
    I want to shine for him.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 7:01 PM  

  • Hi Looks great... you clearly had a great God-exalting time....
    ...but, please, I was just in the middle of watching the Piper session, went downstairs to see my family for a bit, and when I came back, you'd taken it off-line!! PLease!! can we have it back? Or for download or something? I'm gutted... I was really looking forward to coming back to hear the end.

    By Anonymous Ant, at 1/06/2007 7:11 PM  

  • It cut some of my myspace URLs off:

    http://www.myspace.com/haileyjane0618

    http://blog.myspace.com/haileyjane0618

    By Blogger Hailey from Nashville TN, at 1/06/2007 7:29 PM  

  • and it did it again...the end is 0618

    someone please get back to me on that song:

    My chains are broken, I've been set free.

    By Blogger Hailey from Nashville TN, at 1/06/2007 7:31 PM  

  • I'm upset... because I got to watch sessions 1-5... but when I sat down to watch session 6, they were no longer available. It's like watching a good movie, and the end of the disc is scratched and you can't watch the end to find out what happens. :(

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 7:34 PM  

  • Hailey, You might be talking about the Chris Tomlin song "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)"? If so, it is on his new "See The Morning" CD, which is great.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 7:42 PM  

  • anyone know the song christy sang at the late night when we were out on the field?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 8:16 PM  

  • fire, fall down on us, we pray!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 8:21 PM  

  • Thankyou so much! Yes! Thats the song! I thought it was Amazing Grace but no idea who it was by! I need to get those lyrics! Amazing! God is breaking
    chains and setting us free from darkness....He is! WOW! Ok, Ive posted like 2934029753289435 times and i need to be quiet! I just cant help myself! WWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
    Weee this is amazing! Id give anything to say WOOOOO for Christ in a crowd of 24,000 again!

    P.s.- I am at my best friends house trying to see the sessions becasue i have dial up internet and my computer will not show videos but someone took them down! DANG! Is there any way in the world you can keep those things up again!? I really want to re-hear and maybe even share with people that I have shared about passion with to see what i got to experience live! CMON CMON CMON! Leave them up forever! Whynot!?!!? Ha! I ordered the audio which will give me some of the main sessions and some of the breakouts but im all about seeing these things! Get'em back up! God is calling you to do it! I know he is! CMON CMON! Hehehe!

    By Blogger Hailey from Nashville TN, at 1/06/2007 8:22 PM  

  • T believe the song Christy Nockels sang was "None But Jesus" by Hillsong United. I hope that helps!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 8:30 PM  

  • WOW...that's what I have to say after my passion experience. I am definitely going through the "post-passion dilemma." God spoke to me about so many things this week. He showed me some areas of my life that I need to change, but also showed me more of Him. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to go to Passion. It has changed my life. Tomorrow is Sunday and I will be going to my church for the first time since Passion. I'm sure I will be faced with many questions, mainly "How was it?" I have no idea what I'll say because most people want a short, "it-was-good" kind of answer. I hope that even if I can't tell them how it was with words, that they will eventually SEE how it was through my actions. I want my passion for God to SHINE through my life.
    Thank you Lord for changing me. Thank you for Passion.
    "Everlasting your light will shine when all else fades. Never ending your glory goes beyond all fame. And the cry of my heart is to bring you praise. From the inside out, Lord my soul cries out."

    By Blogger Allison, at 1/06/2007 8:43 PM  

  • so since i was at passion.07 i was so excited when i finally got back to wisconsin to be able to see the sessions online, and now they are GONE. i am really bummed because even though i was there, i wanted to be able to watch them, be able to relive them and catch what i missed.

    is there any way we can get the whole session on itunes?
    id pay 2 bucks for the video of each so i can have it for the future

    please get the sessions back up!

    By Anonymous jordan, at 1/06/2007 8:58 PM  

  • So, I've watched all the sessions twice through since the conference, and they're still amazing.
    Tomorrow, I'm sharing at my youth group; Monday, I'm sharing at my school. I thought, "Hey, this is awesome! I can give everyone the website address, and they can see the amazing lessons that I got to see, and maybe God will use that stuff for them like He has done, is doing, and will yet do for me!" Then, to my horror and dismay, I log on to watch the videos again, and THEY'RE GONE!!!!!
    AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

    In short and long, it would be absolutely amazing if you could make these videos available again. Please? Pretty please? Pretty please with some pez on top? (I watched the pez sequence at least 30 times, and still haven't stopped laughing)

    It would be really awesome if the incredible truths learned at Passion could be made available to the world without waiting a few weeks and paying for it on iTunes...I'm sure if you asked for donations, you'd get any money you need to get to make them available again, don't you think? This would be really, really, really, exceptionally, unbeleivably good if you could do it.

    In Christ alone,
    ~ Caleb White, stripy orange group

    By Blogger Caleb White, at 1/06/2007 9:10 PM  

  • Oh, and as a P.S., when people ask what Passion '07 was like, I tell them it was life-changing, and that our awesome God has laid a calling on my heart to missions. Then I tell them to go watch the videos online. I guess I'll have to shorten my summary now that there's no videos online. :'(

    By Blogger Caleb White, at 1/06/2007 9:12 PM  

  • hah, you are right it was none but jesus. for some reason i was looking under watermark songs. thanks, i appreciate it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 9:25 PM  

  • Post-Passion Dilemma...thanks for putting a name to how I've been feeling since coming home. I just can't stop talking about it...or listening to my Best of Passion (so far) CD! My prayer coming into Passion was that it wouldn't just be an emotional experience that would last a few weeks, if that, and then die away, but that it would change me, alter my life in a profound way...and praise Jesus, He met me in that place! Over those few days God reminded of His infinite Holiness and that there's a big world out there beyond my little corner that has never heard the Truth spoken. God has tugged at my heart to spend a year in Northern Iraq serving the Kurds and I ask for prayer as I have a year and a half to go in school before I can go. I pray God will provide other mission opportunites in the mean time and that I will pursue this calling.
    I'm just so full of praise for our Mighty God! He has done GREAT things and I'm thankful to be a part of what He's doing! I want to look around at the celebration at the throne of God and be able to say God used me to further His kingdom and spread His fame over all the earth!
    Thanks to everyone who served at Passion...you have all been greatly used by the Lord to touch my life and thousands others!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 9:33 PM  

  • Very true. Thank you Passion team for all of your service and for your heartbeat for God. You really did an excellent job of what it is that you say you want to do; holding the door for us to run to Jesus Christ. Thank you again! I look forward to seeing you again as we all shine.

    By Blogger Kyle, at 1/06/2007 10:50 PM  

  • Man, I sat down to watch Piper, got all the way to where he was about to talk, and had to go to church. Bummed that I can't see it now for free. I'd never understood why people buy the DVDs until now.

    Thanks for having them up as long as you did.

    By Blogger DJ Jazzy Jess, at 1/06/2007 10:59 PM  

  • Louie, I'd really like to try and get a copy of the breakout session by Chris Huertz "The Word Made Flesh"...I tried to get it in the 268 store but they didn't have it at the time. His session changed my life and viewpoint on missions. Thanks!

    By Anonymous Jenny Barker, at 1/06/2007 11:21 PM  

  • "And you say, 'I'll tell you about it, but it's going to take a while.' "


    Um yeah... my whole group can not stop talking about what God did there in Atlanta. A group of five of us went to passion 05 and we keep running back and grabbing more people to come each year! This was the best passion to see God at work by far! We had a 16 hour drive back and we could not STOP talking about how much and what God was doing in our hearts before we went down, while we were there, and what He is still continueing to do! Our voices were all gone when we made it home. In fact some of us got together today to talk for about four more hours until I had to go to work. How exciting it was to be apart of what God was doing there this year! Pray for us as we continue to meet and still process what God is doing in our hearts.

    from Kansas

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2007 12:16 AM  

  • and ditto on the Chris Heuetz talk. God broke down my heart in so many ways through his talk. It was so powerful and moving.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2007 12:18 AM  

  • Is there any way possible when you make the sessions available that you could have them be the whole sessions and not just the sermons? Please pretty please? with a cherry on top... I want to be able to show ppl. how we all experienced God in a big way.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2007 12:53 AM  

  • "What am i gonna do with this life YOU gave me? What am i gonna do but to live for YOUR praise? ... What am i gonna do with this life YOU gave me? ... What am i gonna DO?" (thanks, Matt)

    to be honest, i'm not so sure any more. maybe i'll hop onto the sailboat and go with the wind:-)

    By Blogger Silke, at 1/07/2007 1:12 AM  

  • i have a question about one of the songs david crowder played during the main pm session he and the band led in philips arena i think wednesday night..the lyrics went something like this:

    "Oh, the glory of it all
    That You came here
    For the rescue of us all
    That we may live for the glory of it all."

    does anyone know the name of that song and where i can find the lyrics?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2007 1:49 AM  

  • hey person right above me! just take those lyrics and put them into yahoo search..i bet you will find out what the whole song and title is! YIPPEE!

    By Blogger Hailey from Nashville TN, at 1/07/2007 1:56 AM  

  • i have looked and looked on search engines and cannot figure out what this song is..

    i'm wondering if its something new from dc*b..?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2007 2:10 AM  

  • you are right! i just tried looking for you!
    me sowwy! just trying to give a little hope! :(

    By Blogger Hailey from Nashville TN, at 1/07/2007 2:15 AM  

  • I have had nearly that exact same conversation with multiple people since I got home, and they've even told me that I don't seem the same. I will be praying for all of us--that the Lord will lay His words on our hearts so we can effectively SHINE for Him and share His heart with others!

    By Anonymous Hannah, at 1/07/2007 3:02 AM  

  • I wasn't there. I wasn't there, but watched the streams and I stand in awe of what God has done! I was almost moved to tears hearing Louie sum it up what God had done through 'Do Something Now'. All I can say and do is: bow down to the Almighty Creator, keep our hearts upon Your altar, Lord do what You do best: change our hearts and give us passion for Your name! Not to us but to You be the glory!

    Mike, Netherlands

    By Anonymous Michiel, at 1/07/2007 7:41 AM  

  • One thousand Amen's to that "post passion dilemna" thing! Oh Father, please cause these days after Passion to only fan the flame you have put in our hearts and cause us to desire your will more than anything else. Thank you for showing me more of yourself and thereby causing me to desire more.

    Thank You.

    Oh Jesus I ask that my Generation would Shine and the Nations would Shine as a result.

    By Anonymous Catherine the Walker, at 1/07/2007 8:45 AM  

  • www.myspace.com/therambis
    is my space account, add me to your friends so we can stay in touch...
    and anybody from aqua group contact me esp if you were group 28. Also anyone from the central flordia area please contact me, I have some great ideas for our area!!!
    aim:imholdingstars
    email:numbertwogun@mac.com
    have a good day everybody!!!

    By Blogger numbertwogun, at 1/07/2007 9:22 AM  

  • It's so true that it's hard to put into words how you feel after Passion, but the truth is that God did do something amazing at Passion and I didn't return as the same person...Charlie Hall sang one morning "I may be down but I will rise, it may be dark but God is light" and that really spoke to me! Especially gutsy guilt thing that John Piper spoke on the same day! I just pray that God will help me keep focused on this same burning passion for Christ!

    By Anonymous Joanna, at 1/07/2007 9:23 AM  

  • yes i agree please put the sessions back up

    By Blogger numbertwogun, at 1/07/2007 9:27 AM  

  • Would it be possible for Ben Stuart to give his An Distracted Devotion message again somewhere...and someone record it...and make it available for us to purchase?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2007 11:07 AM  

  • and by distracted i mean undistracted

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2007 11:07 AM  

  • This morning, Sunday, I came into my office and pulled up I-tunes to listen to a sermon. I figured, why not try and find Francis Chan... and brother am I glad I did. Since Tuesday night the meaning of luke-warm has been on my heart, and I listened to the Cornerstone message entitled "Lukewarm and Loving It"... The Lord spoke mighty things through Frances, and I am so excited to say that in reflection of Romans 10:13, I believe in my heart and I confess with my mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord! What a joyous occasion it is to dwell in the presence of our Lord and Savior!
    --Bryan

    By Anonymous Bryan, at 1/07/2007 11:09 AM  

  • I didn't get to come, but I did get to watch most of the streamed sessions - thanks so much for doing that! They were...GOD!! Work every day prevented me from seeing all of them, and I'm disappointed that they are already turned off today (Sunday) when I was hoping to catch the ones I missed. But still, thanks so much for having them available this week!! Looking forward to the iTunes packages!!

    By Blogger Christine, at 1/07/2007 11:15 AM  

  • Thank you to the Passion team for orchestrating this event, and for God showing up in the awesome ways he did. I have struggled with how to describe Passion to co-workers and even my family. I have so much still in my head and in my heart to sort though, but I'm eager to shine. Passion prompted me to look at life in an eternal way and to see clearly the reason for the Cross for possibly the fist time ever, despite being a Christian for about 14 years. I got a tattoo on my wrist yesterday that is greek for "Stand Firm" because I desire to stand firm in my faith with Christ and SHINE my light to my generation and the nations. Please keep praying for this generation, we have TONS of potential!! God is truely indescribable and up to some awesome plans for us.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2007 12:59 PM  

  • Yes, I can relate to this from volunteering 1st time with Passion '06. When asked, I was speechless, but once I did start talking it was totally endless. I called a friend on my way back this past Friday and about talked her ear off. I told her I would never have time to talk in between SS class and church service about everything. Considering I did not even think I would even make it this year to volunteer with a brother in ICU in critical condition, my mom being treated with a blood clot, and numerous panic attacks weeks before Passion, I thank God for the wonderful lady friends He has placed in my life to give me the words of encouragement in the face of these attacks of satan to press on and still come and fulfill my call to serve God. One of the best ways to get back at satan's attacks is to go and do God's work. My brother is doing better now and expected to be out of ICU soon. It was through you that God spoke to me about being bold enough to proclaim His word in areas and to people I have always been afraid to talk to and I just pray that God will strengthen me with carrying on this boldness now that I am at home.

    I'm with you there on not knowing where I will be going. Although saddened by no more Passion, I am glad to hear the great news of taking the gospel to the world. I don't know if there will be a need for volunteers, or what God will lay on my heart in where He will lead me, but I am hopping on that sailboat and going in the direction of the wind, to listen for that soft still voice of where God tells me to go.

    In Christ,
    Donna

    By Blogger Donna Versace, at 1/07/2007 2:03 PM  

  • take some time to rest! we had such an amazing experience and we are so thankful to working hard for His glory. you won't hurt our feelings if you take a week off! thank you for following God and keeping your sail up. see you at the party...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2007 2:38 PM  

  • Just a PS. to what I wrote before.

    I feel like just talking to people about what God has done and is doing in the lives of those at Passion is moving people to "lean", as Louie says, towards prayer for us and the Lord's renown all over the earth.

    By Anonymous Catherine the Walker, at 1/07/2007 2:48 PM  

  • WOW finally the blog and comments that epress all that everyone who went to passion feels. Is there really anyone out there who can explain it. I am still in awe. The words are so hard to come by other than...sit down it may take a while. I cant wait for ppl to ask about my armband so i can tell them about passion.

    Thanks to Louie and the Passion Conference team and to the bands and speakers that made this all come together. But most importantly thank you to God for making this happen.

    Can't wait for Passion Movement '08!!

    By Blogger Shining in the light, at 1/07/2007 3:14 PM  

  • "God period." That sums up the week....really well. I'm very much suffering from the post-passion dilemma. People have done nothing but ask me about Passion since I got home, and every time I look at them and say, "well, how many days do you have?" I want to relate EVERYTHING to people, tell them about every single incredible thing God did in my heart and in my life this week. God used Passion to change my life forever, and I hope people have already started to notice that I'm not the same person I was when I left.

    I'm floored by the impact of Passion. I've been to conferences, and retreats before, but NEVER have I attended something that changed lives like this. God's hand is on this movement like nothing I've ever seen or heard of before. Thank you Passion team for keeping the sail up, and being so in love with Jesus and His Word that you are willing to stay in the boat and follow wherever He leads, especially when you have no idea where you're headed. I want to echo what Andra Lynn from Wichita said and just say that Passion has a special place in my heart; I'd love to be a part of it any way I can. Definately let us know what you need, and you're very much in our prayers.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2007 3:42 PM  

  • Not to sound like nothing else mattered, 'cause my view of SO much changed, but the walk-in music on iTunes isn't complete. At least it doesn't seem like it. It sounds like some's missing...?

    By Blogger mitch, at 1/07/2007 4:14 PM  

  • YES!! That's exactly how I feel! Amazing! I'm not alone! I had no idea it would be so hard to get back into everyday life. It took a while to gear down...And not to sound like nothing else mattered, but the walk-in music on iTunes is missing a couple of songs. I think. Slightly disappointing...but yeah. Those were a very important several days for me. I needed them. God answered SO many prayers.

    By Blogger mitch, at 1/07/2007 4:20 PM  

  • oops...didn't mean to post that twice...

    By Blogger mitch, at 1/07/2007 4:21 PM  

  • Louie -

    Once again i am left speechless by passion. The conference this year touched me even more than last year. Thank you for all the effort you, the passion team, and the volunteers all put into the week. As a growing and future worship leader, I'd love to be involved with the future events, however it be.

    senders@ptd.net

    By Anonymous Steve Enders, at 1/07/2007 4:43 PM  

  • God is at work in the World. I attended Passion this past week and it was amazing, powerful and extremely encouraging. God worked on me a lot as I imagine he worked on everyone that was attending, volunteering or even working in those buildings. I've worked the last 15 months in Africa and it was great to see the 1,000 plus of us who felt called out to the overseas mission field. I can't wait to see the impact we will make but I also feel that it is going to take more than 1,000 from our generation. God's plan is huge and he just spoke to me that we'll need more...so I encourage everyone to share God's heart for the nations to those on your campuses...he might speak to someone through you. Thanks to all, get excited because God is going to do some ridiculous things the next few years. The Kingdom of God is advancing!!!

    By Blogger Patrick, at 1/07/2007 4:48 PM  

  • wow, I'm so glad I'm not the only person who feels that way! I'm definitely feeling the dilemma right now! All I can say is that Jesus is amazing, and that's not even suffciant to explain. I'm not surehow to put this other than thank you for letting God work through you guys in such an awesome way.

    - JoJo Nieves

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2007 6:26 PM  

  • an iTunes bundle? Please give us the slow version of Charlie Hall's "Marvelous Light"...incredible moment! AMAZING!

    By Blogger Jacey, at 1/07/2007 6:27 PM  

  • My thouhgts exactly!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2007 7:18 PM  

  • Wow, guys. This is amazing. (No Surprise) I can't say what a blessing it has been to be reading what God has done in your lives this week. After praying for so long, Monday came and I thought, Wow, it's here. Thursday came and I thought, Wow, it's come and gone. Hard to believe. Hard to believe it's all over so fast.

    But really, it's not over, and that's what we're rejoicing in. The event is done, but God's work is not!! I couldn't be there this week, but even I was marvelling how that God just KEEPS ON working in my life, our lives, as His own. What a faithful God! Really, we HAVE to love Him! He never ceases to orchestrate circumstances and work through things to bring us closer to Him. To bring us back. Sometimes it seems like mini rescues all over again. And He doesn't have to do this, but He does because in His greatness He is love and mercy. God wants this relationship more than we do. HE's the passionate One! The Pursuer. And it's all for His glory!! What joy! He truly is an "unspeakable gift".

    Anyway, was praying for you guys and am so thankful you're sharing. I still have a ways to go to catch up on all of y'alls comments! :) But keep it coming. You challenge me and bless me. You're shining. :) I praise God for His work!

    And THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU, Passion Team, for putting the sessions up! I do echo the requests for putting them up again for a little while-I know they can't be on forever, though-I had to spend an unusual amount of time away from the computer and didn't get to listen to all of them. It was great to join from afar. So precious.

    Y'all be gettin good rest now. :)

    Thanks for everything!
    Blessings,
    Kayleen

    By Anonymous Kayleen, at 1/07/2007 7:46 PM  

  • And amen to the Post-Passion Dilemma thing. I've never been. All I could do was watch last year's DVD and I still don't know what to say! I think it must come out in small pieces over time. "God" is a good summary, though-I like that.

    By Anonymous Kayleen, at 1/07/2007 7:55 PM  

  • I've been following the Passion music through the years (I have all the Passion worship CDs except 98 I think) and I'm listening to "Passion '99 Better Is One Day" right now trying to figure out who is singing all of the songs. Can someone from Passion please post a blog with the Passion discography for the first couple of years when the songs were credited to Passion Worship Band?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2007 8:08 PM  

  • we want the entire sessions back up!!

    any way it can happen?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2007 8:09 PM  

  • sessions!! sessions!!

    why are they gone??

    we are all in dismay!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2007 8:10 PM  

  • Louie and PASSION team--
    thank you for bringing God to the streets of Atlanta! I live here, and as we were praising God on Wednesday night...I thought of how amazing it was because we sing about it..."May what we do in here fill the streets out there..." "Open up the doors and let the music play, let the streets resound with singing"..."I'm going to take it to the streets..." that was just amazing and left me in awe of God's power. How good it is to be free! Thank you for taking a vision...going with it...and letting God change thousands upon thousands...as our hearts are shared touching those who weren't there!
    God bless!
    --Hannah S.--

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2007 8:16 PM  

  • Thank you for a heart-healing week!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2007 8:20 PM  

  • Thank you to you and the rest of the Passion team for putting together the conference. It was such a sweet time of being in the presence of God.

    Like you said, it was crazy that God was wrecking our hearts in these days and giving us hope as well. May we all continue to shine for Him in all that we say and do.

    Hope y'all have a great rest and may you continue to follow the wind of God wherever He should lead. I'll be praying for you guys.

    God bless y'all and thank you so much again ... words can't express the gratitude for you and the passion team! What an incredible God we serve! :)

    By Anonymous Matt, at 1/07/2007 8:28 PM  

  • (it finally let me post!)

    I am so glad I went to Passion, and it is hard not to
    be there (although I did spend all of my iTunes
    giftcards in an attempt to amp my PRAISE), but like
    Francis Chan said, we don't show our love and joy in
    God by praising at a trendy (but super amazing)
    conference, but also by taking it to the streets.

    I actually teach high school religion, and had to
    leave the conference early, on Wednesday morning, for
    teacher planning, and school on Thursday. I flew home
    and felt so convicted that God wasn't done with me
    that I drove back to Atlanta for Late Night Wednesday
    and main session Thursday. I know God didn't need
    that extra day to work in my life, but I think I
    needed to give Him that time. When I came back on
    Friday to my students, every single class asked what
    the bands on my wrist were.

    I explained where I had been and what I was doing, and
    I think that really makes a difference for them to
    know that I don't just tell them about Jesus for a
    job, but it's what I believe and live. I play
    Christian music for them at the beginning of each
    class while they journal, and while I occasionally get
    asked more about a band I hear negative comments more
    often. When they come by my room after school and
    find me listening to the same music, they always act
    surprised that I willingly listen to Christian music,
    as though I must be buying it for them, not out of a
    desire to praise God.

    So thanks for giving me my SHINE bracelet, as well as
    a very, very needed refresher.

    By Blogger Morgan, at 1/07/2007 9:16 PM  

  • Wow! What an amazing this journey has been. My life will never be the same, EVER!!! By the grace of God, my chains were broken and I was set free. He is alive in me. For once in my life I feel like I have a purpose and am GOing somewhere. Here is a little poem that I wrote when I got back from passion that thought I would share even though its not done.

    The days of darkness and longing
    For that one thing,
    To make me feel whole and complete
    Is gone.
    After twenty-three years,
    It only took three days
    To tear my heart wide open
    And turn my life upside down.
    The chains that have held me down
    For so many years
    And held me captive
    Have been broken and destroyed.
    But by the grace of God
    I have been set free.
    Free from the sadness and loneliness of my heart.
    Free from the burden of my guilty desires.
    And free from the scars of my past.
    Now my lost soul is found
    And my eyes are open
    To allow me to see
    All that is within.
    It is leading me down a path
    In which I am destined to be on;
    The one God desires for me.
    Though I may not know
    Where it may lead,
    I am not afraid
    For my candle is lit
    And will burn now until eternity.


    Thank you to everyone at Passion who made this possible. WOW!

    By Anonymous Rochelle, at 1/07/2007 9:54 PM  

  • Wow. All that I can think of to say is wow. I volunteered again this year (all those sleepless nights and busy days from last year didn't deter me from signing up!), and though I left exhausted and barely able to negociate one more set of stairs, I would sign up again today. Just say the word and I'll be a part of the team on the road anytime. So glad that I was able to help my cousin come as a student too. She absolutely loved it and can't wait to join you guys in Dallas, whenever that happens.

    By Blogger dennis, at 1/07/2007 10:14 PM  

  • When people asked me today at church, How was Passion? The only thing I could do was look at them trying not to cry and say WOW!!! God did some incredible things at Passion! Does anyone know how much we gave on Thursday? Let's S*H*I*N*E on every college campus!!!

    Ashley- Troy University

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2007 10:25 PM  

  • make a myspace. A 268 or Passion one...to keep us updated, and stuff. I mean we can always keep checking here, but there is a large group of people on myspace more than blogs. Just a thought. Passion 07 was amazing. Thank you for all you guys do. I have a fresh outlook. My year was started off perfect. Thank You... I will SHINE

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2007 11:52 PM  

  • Louie, God had been burdening my heart for quite some time before I even attended Passion to serve in China among the Uyghurs for a 2-yr. term, but I was really struggling with simply surrendering and obeying bc of my fears. God spoke directly through you the night that you used the specific example, "If God's calling you to pack up your bags and go to China to work among the Uyghur people for 2 yrs, you need to go." Every single person in my group turned around and looked at me. I had been praying that God would give me confirmation of the direction that he was calling me, and I knew your specific illustration wasn't a coincidence. I know when you hear from God it isn't always black and white, but in this instance I couldn't have received anything clearer than the multiple messages I got at Passion. Thank you for being an answer to prayer. And I'm not afraid anymore.

    By Anonymous Joyce, at 1/08/2007 12:12 AM  

  • Guys, the family group experience was beautiful. Eight men and women totally making themselves vulernable in honesty and transparency--remarkable. Despite all of the honesty not a hint of condemnation just love pouring from everyone onto everyone to strengthen, hold accountable, and inspire. It was truly beautiful guys.

    By Blogger david phillips, at 1/08/2007 12:15 AM  

  • Louie, I second that! And I also second putting Charlie Hall's Marvelous Light the slow version on the iTunes bundle! "I may be down but I will rise. It might be dark but God is light!" That was awesome! Come on Louie, make it happen for us!

    By Anonymous Nicole, at 1/08/2007 12:25 AM  

  • would it be possible to post the ending results of all the "Do Something Now" givings/accomplishments?

    sorry I don't know how best to word it, but I would love to share this information to my peers

    By Anonymous michael, at 1/08/2007 12:55 AM  

  • Does anyone, by any chance, happen to have 1 extra SHINE/Passion07 wristband from Atlanta? I'm a guitarist/worship leader and really love the idea the Passion Team had this year by making it a double-sided wristband that we can wear post-Passion07, HOWEVER, being a guitarist, it's difficult to play with stuff on my strumming wrist, so I attempted to simply take it off my right wrist and put it on my left, but in doing so, I ripped and broke the SHINE wristband. :(
    I'm so bummed, I'm trying to figure out how I could possibly recreate it, but it's just not working. SO...if anyone happens to have 1 extra Passion07 wristband by any chance, please let me know!!!

    Thanks,
    Andrew

    By Anonymous Andrew, at 1/08/2007 1:05 AM  

  • I think that's AWESOME that the Passion Team will be making the Main Session walk-in arena music available to us sometime in the near future!! A lot of people, myself included, were asking about it and commenting on how cool it was, and wished we could get it somewhere...and now we can! Yeah GOD.

    SHINING for HIM,
    andrewpaterik@mac.com

    By Anonymous Andrew, at 1/08/2007 1:44 AM  

  • Someone told me they were at a Passion conference in Atlanta and heard a great group called Destinations - Where can learn more about them and hear their music?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/08/2007 3:56 AM  

  • re Destinations, try Myspace Music: http://www.myspace.com/destinations

    Joyce - wow! that is pretty amazing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/08/2007 6:12 AM  

  • I found the text from John Piper's message from Passion posted at worship.com

    By Anonymous Hannah, at 1/08/2007 10:19 AM  

  • Great! Thanks! I couldn't get it to open from your home page, but your comments page let me open it up.

    By Anonymous Kayleen, at 1/08/2007 10:19 AM  

  • passion 2007 facebook group is awesome. check it out.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/08/2007 10:38 AM  

  • This is exactly how I have felt in the last few days. I can't even tell people about it because I don't know how to word it. When my parents called and asked how it went I couldn't find anything to say back. Thanks for all the work you guys put into this past week. I pray that God will continue to bless you all in you ministry.
    Bryan Thomas- Knoxville TN

    By Blogger Bryan The Bass Player, at 1/08/2007 11:36 AM  

  • PLEASE POST CONTACT INFO FOR THE "DO SOMETHING NOW" GROUPS (I.E. HEATHER MERCER)
    THANKS

    By Blogger Kevin Millard, at 1/08/2007 12:02 PM  

  • You're welcome Kayleen,
    However my earlier posts seemed to have been removed so i guess we're not supposed to be viewing them anymore - It does cost the network provider.


    Guys, i know everyone's saying it, but i really feel that this is the generation that God willing will bring the word of God to all nations and all people on the earth. Be excited! But be weary Satan will try and bring us down, but as Paul said take that as encouragement because that means that we are endangering his kingdom.

    The Post-Passion Dilemma is something that i am most familiar however never gone to Passion but similar events. A friend told me that we want to jump from mountain top to mountaintop but never go down into the valley...it is imperative that we will go down but SHINE in that valley whilst your down there!!!!

    For photographic film does not develop in the dark!

    Father as a generation we pray not for Challanges to match our strength but Strength to match our challanges!

    God Bless,
    Dan

    By Anonymous Dan, at 1/08/2007 12:38 PM  

  • Thanks guys for streaming a lot of it. I'm in the UK and cant afford to go over to the US but it looked awesome. Its amazing to see so many people lifting up the name Jesus above every other name.

    By Blogger bigfoot780, at 1/08/2007 12:49 PM  

  • I had an amazing time at Passion07! Indeed, it has been hard to put into words what God did in my life in the days we spent together in Atlanta. But I pray and trust that my life will reflect the changes that have taken place in my heart and I will indeed SHINE for His Glory in the days to come.

    Terence - San Jose, CA.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/08/2007 1:05 PM  

  • I had an awesome time at Passion07! Indeed, it has been difficult to put into words the ways God impacted my life in the days we spent together in Atlanta. But I pray and trust that my life will reflect the changes that took place in my heart and that I will indeed SHINE for His Glory and live for His Renown in the days to come!

    Terence - San Jose, CA

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/08/2007 1:08 PM  

  • Wow, that is exactly how I feel. It's good to know that people are experiencing the same thing. How can I explain how I've changed? How do I tell people all that God has done in the past week? It's gonna take awhile... God is working through his people by allowing us to share with those at home how great He is and how His word is spreading throughout the WHOLE WORLD!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/08/2007 1:32 PM  

  • ""God period." That sums up the week....really well. I'm very much suffering from the post-passion dilemma......"

    (the above is the first bit of my original post) So after I said I'd love to be involved in any way I can, and to let me know about anything you guys need, I realized not only am I anonymous, but you would have no way to contact me.


    Stephanie, from Wichita, KS
    ssuderm483@cox.net

    And thanks for putting up the sessions again! I was there, but it's still a blessing to be able to watch again after the fact!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/08/2007 6:11 PM  

  • Stephanie from Wichita, Kansas!!!

    I'm from Wichita too!

    Who did you go to Passion with? Did you have a large group?

    Drop me an e-mail and maybe we can talk a bit about Passion and the ministries here in Wichita!

    Andrea
    asaff1402@yahoo.com

    By Blogger Andra Lynn, at 1/08/2007 10:06 PM  

  • Simply put, God has returned to the center of my life. i realize more than ever how much need there is out there.
    As a result of Ben Stuarts talk, "Undistracted Devotion", I realize what a blessing the single life is (while I have it). I have also signed up for x3watch after hearing Craig Gross speak at the xxxchurch.com session. Accountability is seldom sought, but so important not only in the realm of temptation, but all the edification that comes from being on an open honest basis with others.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/09/2007 12:00 AM  

  • Tonight at work, a coustmer asked me about my "shine" bracelet, because she thought it was a hospital thing,, and I was like "Well...it was a confrence in Atlanta with 24000 college students..." And I was afraid to say that it was a God thing and that it had moved me, but I was like "...If she has a problem with it, she can take it up with God." So then, I told her that while a hospital didn't give me new life, it helped move me into God's new life :-)

    By Anonymous Crystal, at 1/09/2007 2:09 AM  

  • Thats so relevant for me too Crystal! A guy at my work asked me if i was in a hospital too! DANG! we are twins, except I didnt put it into words nearly as amazing and beautiful as you did!

    Some analogies on my heart...

    Its so amazing to know now for myself, that i am just a tiny seed in the most beautiful and most perfect and plentiful forest in the world! One day, I will be bigger and bear fruit that will be ripe and be real, and other seeds will then be planted in that GLORIOUS FOREST too!

    Also..

    that i relate myself to an old house that WAS falling apart, and God just came and set me on fire, burned me down to my foundation, Cleaned me up, and now he is building up a beautiful mansion for His kingdom in me! Sure my roof will endure storms but I dont want RAIN but I want REIGN!

    Annnd..

    WE ALL are just TINY specks of dust sitting on God's shelves, but He is not intersted in wiping HIS slate clean, but wiping our slate clean! While we are alive, ITS NEVER TOO LATE TO START OVER! What a beautiful thing!

    By Blogger Hailey from Nashville TN, at 1/09/2007 4:07 AM  

  • I couldn't have said that better myself. Since I've been back at school, I must have tried to answer that question two dozen times and not one of my answers seems even adequate to cover the amazing and life-altering days I had at Passion. Even my friend who went and I together couldn't get more out than "It was awesome!"
    Thank y'all for all that you did! It really was the most amazing experience I've ever had...

    By Blogger Kate, at 1/09/2007 9:42 AM  

  • I sing for a ministry at my church called Celebrate Recovery. I gave my testimony that Friday night after getting back home from an amazing time at Passion 07 and this is what I had to say about!

    I just got back from a 4 day conference called Passion with 24,000 other college aged students. Louie Giglio, Beth Moore and a few others were there. I have really learned a lot by being apart of that amazing experience! The worship was awesome!! I went last year also!
    I cannot describe to you how much I have grown the past few years. I have had many ups and downs. I’m on a spiritual high right now, I have never been so excited about learning what Gods will is and how I can be apart of it. The one thing I can say I walked away with is that I know how much Jesus loves me and how He is all I will ever need! Nobody else will ever live up to Christ but Christ! Nobody can make me feel the way that only He can. His love is all I need!
    In my testimony I mentioned my struggles in relationships with guys and I believe God has really showed me the retinue and cycle I always tend to get myself into and I understand now that nobody will ever make me feel the way I want to feel, other than my Father.
    Philipians 1: 9-10 says “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the days of Christ.”
    I feel like I have reconnected with God and His love for me. I know that He has a hold of my life and I can trust Him with it! If He tells me to go! I’m going to go and not ask how, when, or where…I’m going to trust that He will take care of me!
    I’m learning how to be humble, how to have faith, how to forgive, how to deal with my insecurities, how to be godly in the dark not just in the light, how to pray for the people who have hurt me, how to be free, how to pour out the poison in my life, how to let God be God, how to not love blindly, how to have my quiet time, how to pray for the people I love and care about and may not care about , how to lean on God, how to believe God, and how to know that when God says “no” there is a greater “yes”!
    I’m finding myself falling more and more in love with Jesus Christ! He has saved me from the pit!
    I will never forget this experience! And I’m hoping to have many more!

    By Anonymous Tonya Sue, at 1/09/2007 7:11 PM  

  • is there any possible way that we can get a full-length cd or dvd? please, louie! there were so many incredible Passion07 moments that i want to be able to watch and cherish. please. even if it's only a few songs and maybe even the candle light service...i want to be able to show people the dvd and show them what God did in Atlanta that week. pleaseee reconsider not planning to make a dvd and cd :(

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/09/2007 9:31 PM  

  • My Jesus is beyond the walls of comfortable suburbia, He’s beyond the limits of prosperous America. My God is about the tribes…the nations…the lost. My God came for the poor, the broken hearted, the captives, the prisoners. His Word says He came to bring good news, to bind up, proclaim freedom, and release His beloved children from darkness…my God came to bestow a crown of beauty, the oil of gladness, a garment of praise so that we may be called oaks of righteousness for the display of HIS SPLENDOR!!! May we shine for the King’s glory...majesty…righteousness…radiance…and name!
    Thank you for awakening my heart to reach beyond the borders this nation...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/10/2007 5:42 PM  

  • so it happened again today. i'm at work. i work at emi christian music group and today during our staff meeting they spoke just briefly about passion07 - it was so great to remember as they showed a few pictures from the conference, to have a different perspective than normal b/c i was there this year. well as we were having lunch afterwards, my boss's boss asked me the large question of 'so what did get from the conference?' he asked if there was anything in particular or if it was just all great and i think i said 'uh, um..' like 7 times as i rushingly thought which part do i mention? because it was all great, but i tend to want to tell people about every part that was great [aka to tell them about the whole conference]. ultimately the people around me got the look on their face of 'yeah, this is more than we bargained for'. it was challenging to me to admit some of the things i took away which really show my lack of maturity, but it was a good step in helping me be okay with where i'm at in my relationship with Christ - not just feel like i should be more mature than i am. so yeah. another post-passion dilemma i thought i'd share.

    By Blogger Melissa, at 1/12/2007 2:29 PM  

  • Thank you so much for putting the sessions on the website. So I had a chance to watch it even from Germany. It was mindblowing and helped me alot.

    By Anonymous Andi, at 1/12/2007 2:50 PM  

  • Passion pictures and my passion story:

    http://blog.myspace.com/haileyjane0618

    The last part there is /haileyjane0618

    By Blogger Hailey from Nashville TN, at 1/13/2007 6:17 AM  

  • I attended Passion this year with skepticism and GOD put me in my place. It was amazing to see GOD use Passion to present the problems of the world. One of the things I took away from Passion that I hope stuck with others to was this: we are the body of Christ. This is not what the body looks like...It is not composed of English-speaking, middle-class Caucasian kids that go to Christian conferences. It is people who are broken, who are sick, poor, hungry...We need to remember our theme. We are called to let our light SHINE. It isn't about much other than allowing the love of GOD to flow through us and into others. Invest in others. Let GOD invest in you. Do not be afraid to make a difference. GOD will allow you to shine; let him have the opportunity.

    By Blogger Hollie, at 1/17/2007 12:53 PM  

  • Song Information

    For the one asking about the "the glory of it all" song, I received an email this morning from Jack Parker (Guitar, Banjo) who told me it is a new DCB song that will be on their new album as well as the Passion 07 album.

    It is an amazing song!! I heard it at Mars Hill last Sunday.

    By Anonymous Russell, at 1/17/2007 2:14 PM  

  • I had that same reaction, my mom aasked: "how was Passion?"

    i just kinda stood there to collect what had affected my just the 4 days before and shes like: "was the music good?"
    "uhuh, but i cant just narrow it down to that small part of Passion07, GOD got alot from it, and i brought it home with me, my favorite part...was GOD.

    Aaron in Huntsville, AL

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/19/2007 9:20 AM  

  • Will any of the breakout sessions be available? I want to get "Undistracted Devotion" by Ben Stuart. That session was great and I have friends who want to listen to it because I told them about it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/22/2007 8:40 PM  

  • I'm still shining. :)

    By Blogger Noah, at 1/25/2007 11:46 AM  

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