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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Remembering The Silence

We are just seven days away from a pretty stunning evening in Atlanta. And I can't shake the clarity of His voice in the stillness as 9500 of sat listening together in the silence. So as a reminder, I am posting the opening text from the Saturday PM session. The words came powerfully as they appeared in single file, but the message is the same as you read them all at once. Praying you are well tonight and that the spirit of Passion Atlanta (and all six beautiful regional gatherings) is alive and well around the globe tonight.

Louie

PS-Thanks for asking about this week's potential meeting. In hindsight, that was best kept private for other's sake, and I really prefer to keep it personal for now. So no updates, but your thoughts are appreciated! Remember, many people read this Blog, so please respect that sense of personal space and don't ask for now. Thank you!

Welcome To The Silence.

Hi. Welcome To The Silence. Life Is So Loud Sometimes And Just Being Still Even For A Few Minutes Can Powerfully Rearrange Everything That’s Assaulting Our Minds And Our Hearts. Especially When God Is In View. After All He’s The One Who Said Be Still And Know That I Am God.

So We’ve Turned The Volume Down As We Start What We Hope Will Be A Beautiful And Raucous Night In The Hopes That The Things We Need To Hear Most Will Become Really Really Loud.

God Knows Who You Are. Where You Are. And He Knows What You Need In This Moment. He Is Not Looking At A Massive Crowd But The Eyes Of The One Who So Easily Spoke Galaxies Into Their Places Are Looking Right At You. Amazingly He Knows Your Name And The Color He Painted Your Eyes. And He Knows What Makes You Laugh And What Makes You Cry. He Is Not Distracted By What You Think About Him. Or What You Want Him To Think About You. He Knows What He Thinks About You And How He Feels. And He Wants To Say Something To You In The Silence.

I Love You.

Let That Sink Into The Silence And The Stillness And The Soil Of Your Heart.

God Loves You. Oh Don’t Believe The Words On The Screen Or The Words Of Somebody. You Don’t Have To Take It From A Third Party. No. The Father Has Spoken Directly To You. The God Of All Creation Is Engaging You In A Pretty Stunning Conversation. And As Is Always The Case God Is Speaking First. Not Waiting For Your Proposal Or Assessment Of Where You Feel You Are. Or If You’ll Ever Be As Amazing As Something Deep Inside Tells You That You Were Meant To Be. He Isn’t Waiting To Hear About All Your Screw Ups Or Your Great Deeds To Make It Up. No God Is Eager To Share His Take On You.

Here It Is.

Mess Up.
Definitely.
Deeply Loved.
Anyway.

Both Are True And Both Things Set Him In Motion Shaping History With A Story Fueled By Unstoppable Grace. You See God Was Not Shut Down By Our Failure. Nor Did The Consequences Of Our Rebellion Dim His Beautiful Heart Of Love. No We Were The Ones Shut Down When Sin Caused Our Souls To Die. And Die We Did. It’s Bad News Death.
Because Dead People Can’t See. Can’t Breathe. Can’t Help Themselves. Dead People Can’t Do Anything. That Is Why They Call Him Savior. When We Were Dead And Could Not Touch God Jesus Came Down And Touched Us. It Is The Most Phenomenal Thing That Has Or Will Ever Happen To You And Me. Divinity Rushing Into Humanity. God In Skin Marching Steadily To The Beat Of His Own Love. And Nothing And No One Could Alter His Course.

It’s True.

We Were A Mess.
Yet We Were Deeply Loved.

Because Of Our Mess His Embrace Would Demand A Cost Beyond Compare. Because Love Was Accompanied By Justice And Justice Demanded Someone Cover Our Debt Of Sin And Shame Someone Would Have To Stand In Our Place And Pay Our Fee. Someone Would Have To Come To Our Aid.

Even If We Wanted To Pay Off The Price Required By Our Mistakes It Could Not Be So. Dead Men Cannot Stand Up For Themselves. So Another Would Have To Take Our Blows And Swallow The Death Our Sins Deserved. But Who Could Do That For Us. It Couldn’t Be Just Anyone. Because If The Price To Be Offered Was Death The Price Would Have To Be Exacted From Someone Who Was Alive. Yet The Whole World Was Dead In Darkness Until A Miracle Happened And A Light Shone Above And In A Manger.

In The Night The Hope Of Us All Was Born Alive. The Only One Ever Born Alive. And The Only One To Live A Spotless Life Of Pure Faith In God. So On The Friday We Call Good Jesus Was The Only One At The Cross Who Could Possibly Die. Because He Was The Only Living Soul On Plane Earth. Hallelujah. Jesus Was Alive When God’s Love Drove The Nails Our Sin Screamed Out For Into His Hands And Feet. Nails Of Love Punctured Flesh As Blood So Precious Streamed Down To The Ground. A Puddle Of Incomprehensible Love Soaking Into The Soil.

His Innocence Now Gone He Gasped And Cried. Purity Now Covered In Muck And Shame. And When The Sun Fully Scorched The Beautiful Bloom Of Grace Jesus Could No Longer Suck In Enough Air To Breathe. And Finally His Heart Stopped Beating.

In An Instant All Hell Broke Lose And Darkness Covered The Moment As His Lifeless Mangled Body Hung For All The World To See. God’s Undeniable Expression.

I Love You.

His Death Shocked Everyone In Heaven And Hell. Everyone Except His Father Who Was On A Mission Of Love And Saw This Day Coming From Before There Was Time. But All Else Missed It. That’s Why Some Wept In Disbelief As Others Exuberantly Shouted Death Has Won.

The Darkness Threw A Party. But As It Turned Out Hell Partied Too Soon. God’s Story Was Just Getting Interesting As He Spoke To His Son. Rise Up Son I Love. Rise Up Oh My Son.

From The Clasp Of Death Christ Rose. His Father Exhaling Glorious Breathe And Neverending Life Into His Lungs. So Tonight We Will Throw The Party And Invite The World To Come. Because Our God Is Mighty To Save. And The Christ We Celebrate Has Overwhelmed The Grave.

He Is Here Now. This Same Jesus Is Here Now. Offering His Life To All Men. To You. Not You Trying To Live A Better Life. But Christ Living His Life Inside Of You. If You Want A Big Theological Word It’s Called Incarnation. It You Need A Simpler Word It’s Called The Gospel Of Grace. Christ In You The Hope Of Glory.

I Don’t Know What The Loudness Has Been Pumping Into Your Heart And Brain. I Don’t Know If You’ve Been Dragged Into The Depths Of Despair Or If Your Standing On The Deceptive Heights Of Your Own Doing. But In The Stillness Hear This. A Miraculous Offer Is On The Table. God’s Love For You Moved Christ To Take Your Blows So That Now In Him You Can Stand Forgiven And Alive.

And There’s More. Christ Lives To Be In You What You Alone Could Never Be.

Say Yes.

34 Comments:

  • Yes!

    thanks so much for sharing that Louie

    blessings~

    By Blogger Kimmer, at 4/19/2008 11:57 PM  

  • Just as powerful tonight!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/19/2008 11:58 PM  

  • amazing! I've longed to see what those words were!

    By Blogger Kyle LeBoeuf, at 4/20/2008 12:18 AM  

  • Awesome

    Its a lot longer that it seemed that night!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/20/2008 1:26 AM  

  • I am still amazed by the words!!! Still so powerful!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/20/2008 1:41 AM  

  • ...Yes!

    By Anonymous Daniela, at 4/20/2008 7:11 AM  

  • Beautiful Louie, thanks for sharing these.. Silence is indeed powerful when we do say YES!!!

    By Blogger Liz, at 4/20/2008 9:59 AM  

  • Thank you for posting this Louie. The silence and the roar were the most awe inspiring moments of the weekend that I still carry with me from Atlanta, and I think its because they were connected. The overwhelming realization of true Grace in the silence is what gave birth to the roar of true praise. Seeing Jesus all over again: isn't that what its all about? And when you do you just cannot keep it in for long.

    By Blogger Aslan's Girl, at 4/20/2008 1:48 PM  

  • Thanks Louie!!

    For posting Saturday evening's words (message)!! I will printing out these words to carry with me as a reminder everyday of why I am here on earth (to praise our Savior - made to worship)and to make Him famous by carrying out His plan for my life!!

    God Bless

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/20/2008 2:47 PM  

  • amazing night. amazing stuff!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/20/2008 2:58 PM  

  • Thank you so much for posting this again. It's great to look back and remember everything that was said that night. I hope you don't mind but I posted this on Facebook for others to read who weren't there. It was just so...amazing. very powerful...

    By Blogger Brittany, at 4/20/2008 3:37 PM  

  • The silence was a powerful way to connect all the hearts in the stadium. Let's pray for the Pope's visit to the US! He is awesome and a great model for us on earth to keep serving God completely

    By Blogger Honor And Harmony, at 4/20/2008 4:39 PM  

  • Thank you for posting this Louie. It was as powerful reading it today as it was last week. We are all praying for you and the world tour.

    By Anonymous jeremy, at 4/20/2008 5:29 PM  

  • speechless...

    By Blogger Anna, at 4/20/2008 5:51 PM  

  • overwhelming-even without the other 9499 people around me sitting in silence reading...

    as a sidenote, I LOVED listening to the podcast this week...nice accompaniment to the beast of a paper i had due that got put off because of Passion, lol.

    Prayers are with you for the meeting and for the plans for the World Tour. Y'all are just SO amazing and God is doing GREAT things through you.


    Love from Peachtree City!

    By Blogger Kate, at 4/20/2008 6:06 PM  

  • Thanks so much for posting that. Every human being needs to read this! I want to share it with everyone! I think I'm going to save that text to my computer. (hopefully no one has it copyrighted....)
    It was a little easier for me to grasp all of it being able to read it in paragraph form. Still so powerful...

    By Blogger Summer, at 4/20/2008 11:18 PM  

  • thank you for posting those words.
    the silence was amazing.

    By Anonymous Hannah, at 4/20/2008 11:40 PM  

  • That sounds so awesome - is there a video of it posted anywhere?

    By Anonymous Rick, at 4/21/2008 1:18 AM  

  • wow ... thanks for sharing this Louie. what an incredible reminder to know that in Christ we are everything we could never be ... amazing. :D

    By Anonymous Matt, at 4/21/2008 1:52 AM  

  • Thanks Louie for sharing those words. They are so powerful no matter where you are and how you are reading them. Also, they will also be a great reminder of how God spoke to each of us that weekend in the silence and the noise.

    By Anonymous Michelle, at 4/21/2008 7:26 AM  

  • I felt as though there were something of the spirit of Passion Atlanta that was missing as I carried things away from the weekend. Then I realized, it was this that was missing. It's not necessarily this specific text or whatever, but remembering to be silent, for He is God.

    I live what could be rated as a very busy life between working two jobs and church involvement and organizing a Missions Trip and and and...

    Taking just even a few minutes to let your mind and entire being be spoken to by the voice of God as you sit and soak in silence is so critical. Thanks for posting the text to see again.

    Zach

    By Blogger Zach G, at 4/21/2008 10:37 AM  

  • Can you guys post the video of this from the way it worked that night? Was really powerful and still is.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/21/2008 11:54 AM  

  • That time of silence was so amazing, and then reading those words just prepared everyone for what the Holy Spirit was going to do that night and it was absolutely breath taking! Thank you so much for being obedient and letting us read what you felt the Lord was saying!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/21/2008 4:40 PM  

  • Amen!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/21/2008 6:04 PM  

  • beautiful

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/21/2008 10:47 PM  

  • Thanks so much for that Louie. I needed that reminder today. I was at Passion LA and the message you guys brought is still resounding in my heart. God's love is so amazing!!
    God Bless you guys..and i'm praying for the passion world tour! (especially LA's sister city-Jakarta) :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/21/2008 10:50 PM  

  • amazing! thanks for posting this... God has used your ministry in a huge way in my life!

    By Blogger Brett, at 4/22/2008 12:30 AM  

  • wow...amazing. I was unable to attend passion atlanta, but have had the awesome privilage goiong to the bigger conferences the past few years. I can just imagine how powerful that must've been! I remember walking and sitting in silence at passion 07. It's somthing that's hard to explain to those who havent experienced it.

    By Blogger LifeDevoted, at 4/22/2008 10:18 AM  

  • wow! these words brought tears to my eyes. thank you for reminding us over and over again of Jesus' love. blessings!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/22/2008 11:58 AM  

  • *sigh* so as i sit in the library of my school (supposed to be doing homework. haha)--i'm reading this and it's still just as powerful.

    "i love you"...3 little words but hearing it from our BIG, Awesome, Mighty God...is AMAZING & so wonderful...it just fills my heart with so much Joy & Peace :)

    I'm thankful you posted it up because I want to share it with some of my friends who were not able to attend Passion :) just to remind them just that God is here and of how much He loves them :)

    Thanks :)

    By Anonymous Chee Ab Yang, at 4/22/2008 1:08 PM  

  • I cant begin to explain how the silence of Saturday evening spoke to me. It gave me clarity on a vision that God has been speaking to me about. It is a vision to spread to women how much God loves them and that we not be concerned about the image society wants for us but be concerned about the image of God being reflectived by us. I have been praying about tihs since Passion in Atlanta and really feel the calling of God to share this with as many females as possible. I did somewhat a similar lesson with a groupd of youth age girls at my church. So at the end of the silence I was saying yes to the vision God has given me. To read more about this vision and all that God is doing here is a link to my blog. I made the statement at the end of the night to one of the people with us, "Silence is a blessing and I was truly blessed this weekend." Thank you for living out Christ.

    By Blogger Jenny, at 4/23/2008 9:30 AM  

  • in that silence was the loudest i have ever heard the Lord speak.

    By Blogger Shaina, at 4/24/2008 10:45 PM  

  • That was beautiful--not only your words--but because the act of Christ's dying for us was indescribable. May we never forget.

    By Blogger Hannah, at 5/08/2008 10:52 PM  

  • I wasn't there but that message is so true.. I'm going to translate it to Dutch and put it on my weblog ok?

    By Anonymous Judith, at 5/12/2008 10:38 AM  

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