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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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DOOR HOLDER – One who takes great pleasure in opening the door for others to experience Jesus.

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere: I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

Psalms 84:10

Door Holders at Passion Conferences have been on the inside and have experienced God’s glory, and therefore consider it a privilege to stand on the outside and hold the doors for others to come and experience Jesus. In fact, they would rather hold the door than be anywhere else because their heartbeat has shifted away from themselves and is set on preparing the way for others to have a powerful experience with Jesus. 

I attended my first Passion conference ten years ago and it changed my life. I’ve been to quite a few since then and felt it was my time to give back to this movement that has shaped my life over the years. It was Passion’s twentieth anniversary and the last one in the Georgia Dome. I signed up to be a Door Holder (or volunteer) for my last conference.

I took a red eye flight to Atlanta and arrived on a cold and rainy morning. The good thing is that it will keep me awake for the day. We had an early morning Door Holder meeting in the Georgia World Congress Center. Atlanta has become a home away from home for me. I was assigned to the resource team and would be selling books, music and videos to the students here at Passion. My team lead was a pretty cool guy named Josh Sorensen. We set up and stocked our shelves in the Georgia Dome in preparation for the first session that evening. I enjoyed getting to know many of the people on my team who came from all over to help serve this big event.

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“Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.”   

Isaiah 26:8

Passion held its first conference in Austin, TX on January 1-4, 1997. That event drew around 2,000 students. Louie and Shelley Giglio are the founders of the Passion movement that seeks to see spiritual awakening on college campuses and to see many students to come to know Christ. Several national gatherings, OneDay events and tours would follow along with worship recordings and DVDs. I was introduced to Passion in 2007 (their 10 year anniversary) by the Pastor of my young adult group at that time. He flew over 30 of us to Atlanta, GA for their 4 day gathering at Philips Arena and the Georgia World Congress Center (over 22,000 students in attendance). I was newly single and just went on my first mission trip to Belize. I was pondering God’s will and direction for my life after my 9 year marriage ended. After participating in the “Do Something Now” campaign which raised $1.5 million dollars for global ministries on six continents and listening to Louie Giglio’s message about a party for the nations, I started to see some clarity in God’s calling for me. Passion ’07 absolutely change my life forever.

Fast forward to 2017 and it is now the 20th anniversary of the Passion conferences. In that time I have attended gatherings in 2010, 2013, 2015, a regional gathering in 2008 and a concert on the Take it All tour. Each one of these events were special to me and contributed to me following God’s will for my life. Passion 2013 in the Georgia Dome (over 60,000 students!) was life changing because of the launch of End It Movement  X – an awareness campaign that seeks to abolish modern-day slavery and sex trafficking. I am so incredibly thankful to the faithfulness of the Giglio’s and their staff for pouring into me through these amazing gatherings. I prayed about it and made the decision to attend one more gathering in the soon-to-be demolished Georgia Dome. This time I felt I needed to give back by being a door holder. Door holders are the hundreds of volunteers that serve on different teams such as community groups, logistics and registration. They are the glue that holds these Passion gatherings together. I’m not only excited to being a part of serving these students but also being a part of this 20 anniversary gathering of Passion.

“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” 

 Psalm 84:10

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Passion ’07

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Passion ’97

Above is a photo taken at the very first Passion gathering in 1997. It’s amazing to know that a gathering of 2,000 students would eventually grow to over 60,000 in a twenty year span. Below are some videos describing the heart behind the lyrics of the worship songs that will be sung at this year’s Passion gathering.

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Since 1997, the Passion movement has existed to challenge students and young adults to spread the fame of Jesus across the world. Birth from Isaiah 26:8, this passage of scripture has been imprinted on my heart from my many years of involvement with Passion. Yes Lord, walking in the way of Your truth we wait eagerly for You, for Your name and renown are the desire of our souls. Even today as I work with young adults I refer to this verse for spiritual direction in my walk. I have always been grateful for the Passion movement and how God has used it to change my life. I have attended several Passion events since 2007. After an attending last year’s incredible event in the Georgia Dome, Passion is now in two cities for 2014 – Atlanta and Houston. The movement and its core beliefs are still the same and I’m excited to see what God is going to do this year.

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Indifference is Not an Option

END IT MOVEMENT

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END IT MOVEMENT

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Passion launched End it Movement at the end of Passion 2013. #EnditMovement is a movement to raise awareness of the 27 million people that are being held in slavery around the world. There are resources and facts on the site that are there to help educate us on the growing issue of modern-day slavery. It’s an opportunity for this generation to use their voices to fight this injustice through outlets like social media. It’s also a way to donate to the coalition partners that are out there in the world today rescuing those being held in bondage.

END IT MOVEMENT – USA TODAY AD

On February 1, End it Movement will be officially launching nationally with a full-page ad in the USA Today.

DISAPPEAR FOR A DAY ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

February 27

STAND FOR FREEDOM

International Justice Mission’s Stand for Freedom week. Sign up to stand for 27 hours for the 27 million slaves. This started with a group of passionate university students and has grown to a national anti-slavery movement.

SHINE A LIGHT ON SLAVERY DAY

April 9 is Shine a Light on Slavery day. Details of what this is all about will come out as the day approaches. Join in and sign the pledge at  www.enditmovement.com to be a part of this growing movement to make a difference in the world.

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“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know” – William Wilberforce

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So I’m staying in Castleberry Hills – a suburb of Atlanta. It is sort of this artsy/loft neighborhood a mile from the Dome. It’s a district that is big on helping preserve the neighborhoods from overzealous developers. Surrounding the area are lots of low-income neighborhoods with high crime. I personally enjoy walking through some of these parts because of the people. Every morning I would walk to the Georgia Dome and get bombarded by homeless people asking for money. But at the same time many of them just wanted to know why there were a ton of us commuting down the sidewalks. I know I have been wanting to be more intentional and bold in my faith (I’m not always good at this). I had some opportunities to share what God is doing in the young adults of this generation and what Passion is all about. Because of how little sleep you get at Passion (12 hour days), I found myself grabbing and going a lot when it comes to food. Every morning I stopped at this Subway to get the $3 special – a breakfast sandwich and coffee. I got to know Drew – a middle aged African-American man with a genuine heart. He was so curious about all the students and the noise going on at the Georgia Dome. I shared with him about Passion and for our desire to see justice in this generation for the millions in slavery. We became friends throughout the week and I am thankful that God put me in his life to share. I also stopped at the above Chevron gas station on my way back several times to grab something to drink and had an opportunity to share with the store owner from India. He too was blown away from all the young adults everywhere and wanted to know more about what Passion was all about.

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Drew from Subway

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My $3 special to go

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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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Happy New Year! Well, I felt the call from God to return to Passion this year to start off 2013. As always, Satan tries to throw hurdles my way to make sure I don’t make it. But Jesus always makes a way for amazing things to happen. Out of all the conferences I attend, this one has always been the most impactful on my life. It’s not something Passion does that is more special than other conferences. I just truly feel this age group is the Jesus generation and I year after year see people’s (as well as my own) lives changed when I come here. I love the young adult culture. I have been spending most of 2012 engaging and mentoring young adults. I honestly feel the 20-30’s age group can make the biggest difference in our world. And I feel God has used Passion to spearhead this movement.

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Wet. That is the only way I can describe how getting off my plane in Atlanta was like. It is pouring like crazy here. But isn’t that how Jesus works? He always seems to show up when life is chaotic and things look bleak. He comes when life isn’t working for us and we are out of answers. Rain isn’t going to stop Jesus from being at the Georgia Dome and speaking into 50,000+ young adults. I wait in anticipation to see what God has in store for us these next four days.

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Headed to the Dome!

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In the rain, crowds of people stood outside waiting to get into Passion 2013. It was quite the sight to see! All these people from all the different universities and all over the world ready to make Jesus famous.

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Advent – Day 16
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: to adapt to a new temperature, altitude, climate, environment, or situation

As we come to Passion 2013, we do not come lightly. Rather we recognize we are gathering with our generation in the presence of God whose brightness and glory are beyond our comprehension. We are not simply coming to an event, we are coming to meet with the God of all Creation.

Thus, we want to adjust our thinking and prepare our hearts. We want to be ready. We want to be sober. We want to be fully awake.

To prepare the way we’re reading through the Word of God (several times), leading right up to the opening session on Jan 1. The text will be scrolling constantly so you can log on throughout the day, joining others around the globe as we sow His truth into the soil of Passion 2013.

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