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Passion 2017 got started as I spent my time at the resource booth selling shirts, CD’s, DVD’s and other merchandise. It was weird at first not being out in the seats listening to the worship music and sermon, but I knew God was using me so these college kids could be used by God. Ten years ago that was me out in those seats for the first time. Once things got underway, I was able to step out and listen during slow periods. I was blessed to have a great team of people to work with. The Passion Band got things started off with some new songs. Sean Curran introduced a new song called “Worthy of Your Name” which was powerful. Louie Giglio invited Dr. Charles Stanley to come up and open Passion with a prayer. Christine Caine spoke a powerful word on endurance. Crowder closed the session out and brought out special guest Carrie Underwood to sing with him on stage. It was an amazing night to kick off Passion 2017.

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Carrie Underwood and Crowder (Photo from Passion)

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I got an early morning surprise this morning – the new Passion CD. Earlier this year I attended Passion 2013 in Atlanta. After every conference, Passion releases a new album with all the new worship songs. The new album is called Let the Future Begin. The theme of Passion 2013 was this whole issue of modern-day slavery/sex trafficking and how this generation can abolish it. Passion launched End It Movement after the conference – a movement to raise awareness about the 27 million people being held in modern-day slavery. The songs that were sung at Passion 2013 are songs of hope and freedom. I loved last year’s White Flag and this one will be no different. It will always be special for me knowing I was in attendance singing along with 60,000 of my brothers and sisters in Christ.

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Track Listing

1. God’s Great Dance Floor – Chris Tomlin
2. The Lord Our God – Kristian Stanfill
3. Jesus, Only Jesus – Matt Redman
4. Once and For All – Chris Tomlin
5. Burning In My Soul – Brett Younker
6. Revelation Song – Kari Jobe
7. Children of Light – Kristian Stanfill
8. Whom Shall I Fear [God of Angel Armies] – Chris Tomlin
9. We Glorify Your Name – Chris Tomlin
10. Here’s My Heart – Crowder
11. Come to the Water – Kristian Stanfill
12. My Delight Is In You – Christy Nockels
13. Shout – Chris Tomlin
14. In Christ Alone – Kristian Stanfill

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David Booth and Louie Giglio

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Judah Smith

They showed a video showing the global impact Passion has had on the world. Passion does a world tour every summer and we were asked to pray for the all the different countries. Louie Giglio brought out David Booth of the Vancouver Canucks to talk about his passion for Jesus. I love seeing people in celebrity status that are willing to make a stand for Christ. Next up was Pastor Judah Smith of The City Church to preach the next session. I actually got to attend The City Church when I was visiting my father in Seattle. Judah spoke to us on community from 1 Peter 2:1-10.

God is singular in character, but plural in person (Genesis 1:26). He is in community with Himself and we are made in His image.

Church = Community

God intended for each of us to live in community. If we are alone, it isn’t good because God designed us for community. We are to reflect His image and without community, the world will not see God. It is impossible to accomplish our goals without each other because we need each other. In 1 Peter, God describes us like a living rock and He intends to build something authentic and real in our lives.

It’s imperative for us to stay connected even though it isn’t always easy. Our community (the church) is different from the world’s definition of community. Jesus is the living stone – the Cornerstone. We are built around the living stone to make His portrait. Mercy, integrity, faithfulness – the definition of all of these is Jesus. The Bible isn’t a book of concepts and principles, it’s a book about a person – Jesus.

What makes our community different than all other gatherings? JESUS. He makes us unique. We are average without Him.

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The Passion Band made up of Chris Tomlin, Kristian Stanfill, Christy Nockels, Brett Younker and others started the opening session off. They rolled out some new worship songs including the anthem song for the week Shout. 

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60,000 voices in the Georgia Dome

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Passion Band

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Jesus Generation

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Louie Giglio and Chris Tomlin

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Shout 

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Louie Giglio and Andy Stanley

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Louie and Andy reunite with their childhood youth director Ms. Gellerstedt

God wants to do immeasurably more in your life than you can imagine

This is the overall theme of Passion 2013. Andy Stanley prayed over all of us and for this week at Passion. Louie brought Andy’s and his youth director from their childhood days. She is 87 years old and she probably never imagined that these two were going to be lead Pastors of thriving churches. It was a touching moment for me because I still stay in contact with some of my youth leaders from my childhood days and I love sharing with them what God is doing in my life. I’m so appreciate for them sticking with me through those teenager years. Louie went into a little history of Passion and how God did immeasurably more in his life with this movement. He showed us a clip from a global movement in Seoul that he saw before the first Passion in ’97 that inspired him for the vision of Passion. Here are some notes from his talk:

God intervenes into our foolishness. We are held in captivity and a lot of it is due to our choices. But God breathes into the hard-hearted and puts a beating heart into us (Ezekiel 36:24-27). He wants to do immeasurably more in us.

The rest of the talk centered around Ezekiel 37:1-6. This is the famous passage of scripture in which Ezekiel is led to the valley of dry bones. These bones represent the hopeless. God asks if the bones will live and Ezekiel responds “Sovereign Lord, you know”. He doesn’t question God because he knows the power of God. This is different from when the father in Mark 9:14 who questions Jesus if He can heal his son. Jesus gets annoyed with his unbelief. But then the cool thing is that the father asks Jesus to help his with unbelief. Shouldn’t we be praying that to God? I know that there are many times in my life I don’t believe in the power of God and I need to be praying to God in my time of unbelief. It’s an honest prayer to God. Jesus then rebukes the spirit in the boy and lifts the him to his feet. The boy stands up because Jesus wants to do immeasurably more in him.

Everything is possible for those who believes (Mark 9:23)

From Ezekiel we learn four things: We need to keep hearing and receiving the word of God. He breathes life into us. He is always repairing and restoring and we will know He is Lord by what He does in us. When we are in the valley, God comes to us in our brokenness. The bound are set free and the dead come alive. He lifts us up and it’s all for His glory.

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