Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Geaux Tigers

Tonight’s update comes from Death Valley…in the heart of the storied campus of LSU (Louisiana State University for those in nether lands far from the South), where the HGIOG Tour rocks on Cajun style from the Pete Maravich Assembly Hall (Pete was an amazing shooter of the basketball for those who might wonder), that very place where Shaq himself roamed...and smack adjacent to the new 3 million dollar habitat that is home to Mike V, the Bengal tiger that embodies the spirit of this fine institution. [Mike V, by the way, gave us a warm welcome to the campus today (see photos above)...and as I checked throughout the day continued to sleep. But after all, Mike V is nine years old and aging a little (Mike’s birthday, by the way, is October 19, 1997, in the event you would like to send something this fall for his tenth), and I’m told sleeps almost 20 hours a day…an impressive stat no doubt, even on a college campus. Tradition has it that Mike V roars before each LSU football game, striking fear in the opposition and igniting the home crowd in a ravishing fury as they sing the fight song, “Make Mike the tiger stand up and roar.”]

Wow! Powerful stuff.

(OK, that was uncalled for...this place really does have incredible tradition and really cool people.)

But enough about Mike V (though in the spirit of equal time I felt compelled to continue our short lesson on collegiate mascots for those who were enthralled by the legend and lore of the Penn State Nittany Lion from our earlier post…though, in fairness and honesty, I did omit Smokey, the Bluetick Coonhound who leads the crusade at UT…but then again, I do have Auburn running in my veins and can only get excited about a limited number of rival SEC mascots in the same week...so forgive me.

On to tonight...

Tonight was a beautiful night. We prayed for something special…not just night #30 or a concert vibe. This town and state have been rocked hard by mighty winds and waves and we wanted to both celebrate the God who puts things back together and breathe on this town the life that comes from the Spirit of God. I loved this night...loved what was happening in the room...and believe that God did/is doing more than we could imagine.

Just coming back to LSU was a bit moving today, given the last time we set foot on this campus was a Wednesday. I remember because it was Wednesday, September 12...24 hours after the bombings of 9/11, events that changed our lives and the world around us. That Tuesday we were in Atlanta rehearsing for the Passion Experience Tour as planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers, and we were instantly faced with the choice of heading home to safety or loading three buses to begin a multi-city tour beginning in the Student Union across the way. We chose the latter, believing that our message was move important that our comfort... and though still in a daze, shared a night of worship here that we will never forget.

In a way, our return reminds me again tonight that life on this planet really never is all it's cracked up to be. Though there are just enough tiny stretches of sunshine to make us think it’s pretty cool, in reality it’s planes crashing into buildings and innocent lives lost. It’s hatred and war...violence, brokenness, sin and strife. Yet there is an unfathomable mercy from above... and a grace that repairs shattered dreams. That’s our story tonight in the midst of it all and His name is Rescue and Unfailing Love.

So we head to Little Rock, praying mercy over Death Valley tonight…and a different roar.


  • This is my first comment on this blog, but I just wanted to pop in and say hello and encourage you all to keep up the awesome work!

    I was looking into tickets for your night in St. Louis, but it looks like I just missed the train. Sounds like the Family Arena is going to be a full house! Hope you all have a wonderful time of worship.

    Drive safely and take care!

    -- Luke

    By Anonymous Luke Arndt, at 3/22/2007 1:58 AM  

  • What an amazing second last paragraph.

    Praying that everyone who has gone to the HGIOG worship night or has yet to attend , comes to know more fully and drink more deeply of Him whose name is "Rescue and Unfailing love"

    By Blogger gail, at 3/22/2007 2:07 AM  

  • GIGLIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I was behind you eating Cane's while you wrote this, thanks for repping us Tigers!! (and I KNOW you loved those chicken strips) Thank you so much for what you guys did tonight, we'll never forget how you guys let God use you. God is BIG.


    By Anonymous Thomas, at 3/22/2007 2:17 AM  

  • great to have y'all in baton rouge. tonight was amazing and your talk truly left me speechless.. and in awe.

    keep up the good work. God bless and Geaux Tigers!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/22/2007 3:24 AM  

  • Thanks for visiting BR and Louisiana! It was four hours round trip for my friend and me and getting up to teach sixth graders after 5 hours of sleep was no easy task this morning....but it was worth it to be in the presence of a mighty God last night! We're praying for you and the great work the Lord is doing! Geaux God and Geaux Tigers!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/22/2007 8:41 AM  

  • I'm so glad that God is showing up in special ways every place you go. It's so exciting! still praying for u guys!!

    ps: this is off subject, but did you happen to see the new pictures/video of the sun from nasa? I saw it on Good Morning America this morning and wow...that's some scary/awesome stuff.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/22/2007 9:10 AM  

  • Amazing show last night. It was one that I will remember forever. I can not wait till yall are back in town. Keep up the great work and keep touching more lives.

    By Anonymous Brittni, at 3/22/2007 9:47 AM  

  • i like the top picture of Mike, where it looks like he's going to unlatch his door..but he also looks a little too content to try escape.

    praying for your night at Little Rock...did you know Arkansas means south wind in Sioux? thanking God for leading your feet gently down His solid warpath. praying for the rocks, the children of God that raise their hands out tonight to meet His flowing stream, sense how much God loves them. Be the lifter of their heads Lord!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/22/2007 10:52 AM  

  • Amen to "the different roar". Have a great trip to Little Rock (and long live Mike the tiger ;)!

    By Blogger Aslan'sGirl, at 3/22/2007 11:28 AM  

  • Thanks for keeping us all updated Louie! Sounds like it was an amazing nite. Thank you for spreading the message of hope ... sometimes with the circumstances of life, I'll admit that it's easy to forget about the God who truly holds all things together. He is so worthy of everything, especially, our lives.

    Will continue to pray for you, Chris and Matt as you head to Little Rock. I trust it will be another powerful nite.

    By Anonymous Matt, at 3/22/2007 12:41 PM  

  • wow. Awesome post. It is so easy to lose sight of God's hand at work when we're going through hard times.
    I pray you all have a safe remainder of the tour


    By Anonymous Lauren, at 3/22/2007 1:59 PM  

  • Louie, Amen to your post.

    My first grader is working on a model of the solar system right now...I used some of the statistics from your talk to give him an idea of just how small the earth is compared to the rest of the universe. He was amazed. He thought the golf ball analogy was pretty cool, and I got out the tape measure and stretched it to 15 feet to show him how big the sun is compared to the earth. I explained to him that our great God is the One who breathed all of this into being (which I am sure is contrary to what he is learning in school). I cannot wait until the video of your talk comes out so he can see how truly small we are in the endless universe that our God made with his breath. Thanks so much for all you do for the glory of God.

    Melissa in Lancaster, PA

    By Blogger higgie07, at 3/22/2007 3:33 PM  

  • war eagle!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/22/2007 5:10 PM  

  • You guys are going to be just like the Geaux Tiger after this tour wraps up...........lol.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/23/2007 12:19 AM  

  • Louie, I remember being brought back together after 9/11 when ya'll came here and it was incredible to see now, a few years later, the Passion crew packing out the Pete Mac instead of being in the ball room of the Union!
    The night was truly amazing, even if Chris's take on fine cajun food upset his stomach, it didn't show! Your message floored me like usual and was numbingly powerful like usual. I can't wait for Thirsty!

    By Blogger Conner, at 3/23/2007 12:51 AM  

  • Pistol Pete! So few of my friends know that name, but I watched the movies, I grew up with an older brother & his friends! I love Pistol Pete!
    And Mike the Tiger. Although...you need to come to the University of Kansas and meet the Jayhawks!
    Enough about mascots & basketball...I'm so excited that I'll be at the St. Louis stop on your tour in less than 24 hours!!! I can't wait! And we're bringing college students from my church, some I've never met before. I can't wait!

    By Anonymous bh, at 3/23/2007 1:32 AM  

  • wow thanks Louie!! sending prayers for tomorrow night and seding thanksgiving and praise for the incredible things that have taken shape in light of this tour. Our God Ever is so Great!! Thanks for putting your heart and soul into all of these nights and really making them fresh each time. That show dedication and Love from God thru you. I mean all of these great states, including Minn. even though a few of us and not to put a damper on things but what gives?? none of you really had anything good to say from when you came here?? Why? Well just because it is cold, the people do have warm hearts!! Please do not forget that. And thanks for coming. and gosh am not trying to make any of you feel bad, so do not take that the wrong way. Us crazy Minn. love you all too!!

    Take care and send God name and renoun out with and huge shout of praise Saturday night!! well done good and faithfull servents. HAPPY SPRING. rejoice in the King!

    By Blogger eliz, at 3/23/2007 10:36 PM  

  • Hey Louie!

    Glad to hear all is going well on the HGIOG tour! I have an emergency prayer request for you. While I was at work tonight, one of my friends and coworkers had a relative pass away. She knew that it would come soon, but wasn't expecting it that soon. She and her family need prayer right now. She has also been going through some family troubles. I just pray that she is comforted by God and sees that He is there during this time.



    By Anonymous Lauren W, at 3/23/2007 10:38 PM  

  • Go Jesus! I brought 22 friends with me to the BR event, including some outside of the normal 268 crowd. Our God is Awesome and a consuming fire. Praise God for letting His mighty power be displayed in our labor (Col 1:29). Thank you, Louie and Passion Team.
    Paul Pettefer

    By Anonymous Paul Pettefer, at 3/30/2007 12:45 AM  

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