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You have probably already read 1000 tweets, status updates and texts that say the same thing, but I’m gonna have to say it again, Passion 2012 was amazing. If you haven’t been yet, and your 18-25, you need to make your way to the Georgia Dome next year (268generation.com).

Among all of the amazing sermons and community group talks (shout out to all my guys and girls in glitter green…still rocking my wristband) it was a single phrase that impacted me the most at Passion 2012. While rapper Lecrae was killing it on stage, he shared an amazing truth in between songs that shot right through my mind and soul.

We need God’s power to do God’s will.

I know that it may sound painfully obvious (it’s almost as deep as saying you need a hammer to nail a nail), but it’s something I need a reminder of and have forgotten in my walk with God. When we worry, that’s usually a sign we are forgetting how big God is.

Here’s the thing, God wants us to accomplish his work and he is limitless. This means his work is unlimited and his goals for us are sometimes colossal. There will be moments when God is going to convict us about things and lay HUGE burdens on our hearts that seem next to impossible.

Maybe God has laid a burden on your heart to fix the homeless problem in your community. To reach out to a seemingly “unsaveable” atheist person at your job that thinks you’re a moron for trusting Jesus. Maybe God’s calling you to go to the darkest corners of the earth and preach the gospel.

When God calls us to do these huge things, we freak out and ask questions like:

  • How am I going to do that?
  • Where am I going to get that kinda money?
  • Do I even know the word of God that well?
  • Do I even have the strength to do that?

Are you sensing a trend here? Instead of wondering how we are going to do those huge things God is calling us to do, we need to trust that God is going to come through and use us and work through us and in the end, his will is going to happen. We just need to have faith and say something more along the lines of, “I don’t know how this is going to happen, but I trust that God is going to find a way”.

Imagine how Moses felt when he was called to lead his people out of Egypt. Or how Noah felt when he was instructed to build the ark. Or what the disciples were thinking going head-first into unknown cities preaching the gospel, often knowing their lives were on the line.

God often calls his people to do crazy things. He puts them against the odds. Because when those “impossible” dreams turn into reality, he gets that much more glory.

Last week at Passion, Louie Giglio boldly stated that he believed 40,000 broke college kids could raise over 1 million dollars towards the fight against slavery. Crazy. Impossible. Charities exist for years without ever coming close to making that much money. The economy sucks. These kids can barely afford to go to school. Guess what? Louie was bold, trusted God, relied on God’s power and boldly stated he believed that it could be done.

Over 3 million dollars was raised within 4 days.

I want to encourage you guys to not shy away from those big dreams that God is sharing with you. It’s not all on you. In fact, NONE of it is on you. God is working through you. You’re not Rambo. You’re not Vince Young against USC in the Rose Bowl. You are not a one man team. You are not going head first into battle alone facing insurmountable odds. You might be facing some big time challenges, and you might be the only man in the battle, but God is standing right behind you.

Go for it. Don’t back down.

 

His Weekly Word #193 – Holding The Flame

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Monday Rundown: Still Glowing From Passion 2012

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Welcome back to reality, Passion-goers, and the January 9, 2012 version of the Monday Rundown. Lettttttt’s go:

––Passion 2012 Recaps: Did you miss something said during one of the sessions over the course of the week? Catch up through all of our articles:

––Passion 2012 Vids: Also of note, we uploaded two videos onto YouTube, which are already over several thousand hits combined:

––Welcome A New Face: Say hello to Cory Copeland, the madman behind To My Future Spouse and Mad to Love. Cory will be a regular columnist for Quarterlife Man and we’re ridiculously excited to have him. His first post goes online tonight… get ready. You’re not ready. Get ready.

––She’s A Daredevil: Listen to this girl, Erin Langworthy. Talk about a hot accent. I love foreign accents. Anyway: She was bungee jumping in Zimbabwe, and her cord snapped. Not only did her cord snap, but she fell into crocodile-infested waters. She survived. Click the link for the video.

Passion 2012: ‘Be Fearless’ (Louie Giglio)

Georgia Dome

[Editor’s Note: These notes are from the Passion 2012 conference. They are from the perspective of the speaker. Enjoy them, and check out the other sessions from Beth Moore, Christine Caine, Francis Chan, and John Piper.]

God is not limited by who has a lanyard on. When God shows up, everybody knows that God is in the house.

“The news of Jesus spread all throughout the country.”

How Great Is Our God was trending #1 on Twitter globally. #Passion2012 did the same. And #WithEverything, too.

What we are saying via Twitter, we are saying to the world.

The one thing that trends in your life is that Jesus trends. He becomes the name that spreads all thru the country.

[box_light]Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,
–Ephesians 6:19 (NIV)[/box_light]

Pray that I will declare it fearlessly.

The problem we’re up against: You are in a system that is setting you up for a not-yet-arrived-at-destination. Middle school sets you up for high school, and then high school sets you up for college. Then, it’s ‘what are you gonna do’; ‘what are you gonna major in’. What are you gonna be?

The system drives you along, but Jesus has come onto the scene and has wrecked your future. He’s done this to show you that God can do anything and everything.

You don’t need to wait to fully participate in the plans of God. They’re right now. Lord willing, there will be chapters you don’t even know about. Is it your prayer that God would put words in your mouth that show the fire inside your heart?

We like to say a hurdle is brokenness. (“We proclaim the gospel… but look at all the mess.”) This is where God uses us best; out of our brokenness; fearlessness. Brokenness is the bow from which God launches the arrows of healing. God launches the arrows of healing through Christ’s death.

Another hurdle is that, “I don’t know what to do.” Do this: stick a pin into the question of, “what is God’s will for my life?”

Lord, give me words to fearlessly proclaim the mystery of the gospel. Move that to the top of your prayer list.

Pursue your passion. God isn’t concerned with what you’re doing, but whatever you’re doing, do it in the name of Jesus. Minimize fear by maximizing fear in God. We are chained to Jesus. I’ve already chained by heart to the unchainable Jesus Christ.

Be fearless. Boldly does not always mean loudly. Jesus fearlessly hung on the cross and proclaimed the mystery of the gospel.

Passion 2012: ‘Seeing And Savoring Christ’ (John Piper)

John Piper

[Editor’s Note: These notes are from the Passion 2012 conference. They are from the perspective of the speaker. Enjoy them, and check out the other sessions from Beth Moore, Christine Caine, Francis Chan, and Louie Giglio (2).]

[Editor’s Note: #2: Prepare for the John Piper scripture unload, followed by explanation. Don’t say you weren’t warned!]

I want Jesus to be magnified in my body.

[box_light]So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
–1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV)[/box_light]

[box_light]Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself,
–1 Corinthians 6:19 (NLT) [/box_light]

God said,

[box_light]everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”
–Isaiah 43:7 (ESV)[/box_light]

“for my glory.”

[box_light]For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
–Colossians 1:16 (NIV) [/box_light]

“through and for Jesus Christ.”

God intends for your life to bring him glory. Eat. Drink. Feel. Think. Act. All to make him look great.

We are created to put God’s infinite value on display.

The main point: Seeing and savoring the supremacy of Jesus Christ frees you from the slavery of sin for the sacrifices of love.

Seeing and savoring the supremacy of Jesus Christ frees you from being satisfied.

Faith in Jesus Christ frees you from the slavery of trusting/believing.

This fulfills your purpose for God:

When you’re savoring, satisfied, and faithful, you are treasuring Jesus. God see it and loves it, but nobody else can see it. God didn’t come into the world or create the world to be glorified invisibly.

You are outwardly set free from the slavery of sins. The root of our salvation glorifies privately, while the fruit glorifies publicly.

Seeing and savoring Jesus. Being satisfied in all that God is for us in Jesus. Trusting Jesus are equivalent realities.

[box_light]Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
–John 6:35 (NIV)[/box_light]

[box_light]But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
–John 1:12 (NLT)[/box_light]

[box_light]And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
–Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)[/box_light]

Blind people don’t decide to see.

We are so corrupt, so in love with ourselves, so bent on sin. We cannot believe. It’s morally impossible for one in love with darkness to be in love with light. We need a resurrection.

God doesn’t raise people from the dead to be neutral.

Freedom is being so in love with Christ that you do exactly what you want to do… and it aligns with God’s will… and it’s not something you’ll regret in 1000 years.

There will be no struggle in heaven to obey. We will be the freest people in the university doing exactly what we’re doing because it will be God’s will.

More satisfied equals more free.

[box_light]Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you.
–Romans 6:17 (NLT)[/box_light]

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What is the supremacy of Christ?

All that God is for us, is in Jesus. Jesus is a gift. A miraculous work. He is infinite and boundless in all of his excellencies.

He is the supremacy of: justice, patience, wrath, grace, love, ……. (Ed: and way, way more things than I can write down). If God granted you the ability to see all of this, you would just see the outskirts. He is supreme in every admirable way.

[box_light]There’s not a square inch on planet earth where Jesus doesn’t say: “Mine!”
–Abraham Kuyper[/box_light]

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[box_light]So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord–who is the Spirit–makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
–2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT) [Emphasis mine][/box_light]

When you see the magnitude of the treasure…. it’s astounding. When discussing temptations, little temptations in perspective from a little heart seem big. However, when little temptations are faced with a big heart, they look tiny.

What is freedom for the sacrifices of love?

[box_light]If some friends went to prison, you stuck by them. If some enemies broke in and seized your goods, you let them go with a smile, knowing they couldn’t touch your real treasure. Nothing they did bothered you, nothing set you back.
–Hebrews 10:34 (MSG)[/box_light]

“you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.”

[box_light]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 (NIV) [/box_light]

Your name are renown are the desire of our hearts, not the decision.

May his supremacy and sight be your desire and trust.

Passion 2012: ‘Knowing The Bible’ (Francis Chan)

Francis Chan

[Editor’s Note: These notes are from the Passion 2012 conference. They are from the perspective of the speaker. Enjoy them, and check out the other sessions from Beth Moore, Christine Caine, John Piper, and Louie Giglio (2).]

We can do this if we refuse to be reserved. You’re gonna have to get ugly.

Little kids are being raped repeatedly right now. Ugly.

You can’t casually care for sex trafficking.

[box_light]I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
–Romans 1:16 (NIV)[/box_light]

Whether it’s sitting on an airplane or talking to neighbor. Talking about Jesus is important.

We’re not ashamed when we’re in this room. God, I want to be a person who’s never ashamed. God, let me be your mouthpiece.

[divider]

Go home and read the Bible. Read it over and over again. You get so many messages all day long. So much noise; so many lies. You need it.

To really believe that Jesus touched the man on the stretcher, or the woman with the hemorrhages… and that he listens to me now: there’s power in that.

So many people will lie to you throughout your lifetime. Unless you read the Bible over and over again, you won’t be able to tell who’s lying to you.

How do you know if I am telling you the truth?

Do you know this book [The Bible] well enough?

Are you willing to say whatever, in accordance to God? You won’t even know what Jesus looks like if you don’t study this book. You’re not taking the obvious teaching in this book.

[box_light]I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he appears to set up his Kingdom:
–2 Timothy 4:1 (NLT) [/box_light]

People. We always tell them what they want to hear. If you have a desire you can justify it with the Bible… if you work hard enough. We fight for what we desire. It happens in church all the time…

We don’t really want to know what the book says; we just want it to justify for what we want.

For example: we try to beautify everything. Noah’s ark. Picture the giraffes, and all of the animals two-by-two; I doubt your parents painted all the people drowning!

[box_light]Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.
–Luke 14:12 (NIV) [/box_light]

Recently, I held a banquet for some underprivileged people in our community. We invited them to a party. To make them feel loved. We fed them; bought them things. When I throw a party for the poor, the lame, the weak, and I get so excited… I wonder if that’s what God feels about me.

Is that how God feels about me?

[divider]

Do you take the Word of God literally?

Do you really believe God commanded you to go and make disciples?

We have to start doing this. Human trafficking? The solution is making disciples.

There’s a few people who take God at his word and make disciples. The rest follow. I believe I can lead them to the Lord by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Passion 2012: ‘Rescued People Rescue People’ (Christine Caine)

Christine Caine

[Editor’s Note: These notes are from the Passion 2012 conference. They are from the perspective of the speaker. Enjoy them, and check out the other sessions from Beth Moore, Christine Caine, Francis Chan, John Piper, and Louie Giglio.]

[Editor’s Note #2: To get the full effect, please read this in an Australian accent.]

[box_light]I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.
–John 17:15 (ESV) [/box_light]

“As you sent me, I send them.”

He sent us into the world to do what he did. Jesus often interrupts our normal.

[divider]

27 million people in slavery sounds so distant because it is a statistic. When they’re a statistic, numbers are faceless and easier to ignore.

God, where was the church? “Where were we?”

With a face, everything changes. Picturing my little girl, Sophia, changes things. It’s no longer a little girl on a poster.

What wouldn’t you do if it was your family member?

There are more slaves on the earth today than in the history of humanity. Now more than any other time. Incomprehensible.

During our watch as the church, more people are enslaved than ever before? How can that happen?

[divider]

Compassion is never compassion until you actively get involved. “Go.”

We who have been rescued have a responsibility to rescue. Rescued people… to rescue people.

We are saved by grace for a purpose. Those people who are being trafficked have a future.

If we together would raise our voice we would help to bring freedom to a generation. God would use us to do that.

After all, the line between us and them is very fine.

I’m not a number. You’re not a number. They’re not a number. They’re full of God-given promise. The same word that set us free can set them free.

We will stand for freedom in Jesus name.

What’s so important in our temporal world that would keep us from acting sooner?

I love Walmart. Australians love Walmart. I remember when I bought my daughter, Sophia, a Barbie flashlight (she loves Barbie). I’ll never forget what she said, after trying to turn on the flashlight in Walmart:

“Mommy, can we go find some darkness?”

Light works more effectively in darkness.

Can you be the light?

Passion 2012: ‘The Faith That Welcomes Healing’ (Beth Moore)

Beth Moore

[Editor’s Note: These notes are from the Passion 2012 conference. They are from the perspective of the speaker. Enjoy them, and check out the other sessions from Louie Giglio (opening), Christine Caine, Francis Chan, John Piper, and Louie Giglio (closing).]

We are literally witnessing defined history in the making, for the ages.

He will not force it on you, but He invites you to join him.

Read: Luke 8:40-55 (43-48, emphasized)

[box_light] 40-42On his return, Jesus was welcomed by a crowd. They were all there expecting him. A man came up, Jairus by name. He was president of the meeting place. He fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him to come to his home because his twelve-year-old daughter, his only child, was dying. Jesus went with him, making his way through the pushing, jostling crowd.

 43-45In the crowd that day there was a woman who for twelve years had been afflicted with hemorrhages. She had spent every penny she had on doctors but not one had been able to help her. She slipped in from behind and touched the edge of Jesus’ robe. At that very moment her hemorrhaging stopped. Jesus said, “Who touched me?”

   When no one stepped forward, Peter said, “But Master, we’ve got crowds of people on our hands. Dozens have touched you.”

 46Jesus insisted, “Someone touched me. I felt power discharging from me.”

 47When the woman realized that she couldn’t remain hidden, she knelt trembling before him. In front of all the people, she blurted out her story—why she touched him and how at that same moment she was healed.

 48Jesus said, “Daughter, you took a risk trusting me, and now you’re healed and whole. Live well, live blessed!”

49While he was still talking, someone from the leader’s house came up and told him, “Your daughter died. No need now to bother the Teacher.”

50-51Jesus overheard and said, “Don’t be upset. Just trust me and everything will be all right.” Going into the house, he wouldn’t let anyone enter with him except Peter, John, James, and the child’s parents.

52-53Everyone was crying and carrying on over her. Jesus said, “Don’t cry. She didn’t die; she’s sleeping.” They laughed at him. They knew she was dead.

54-56Then Jesus, gripping her hand, called, “My dear child, get up.” She was up in an instant, up and breathing again! He told them to give her something to eat. Her parents were ecstatic, but Jesus warned them to keep quiet. “Don’t tell a soul what happened in this room.”[/box_light]

What we are studying is a narrative in a narrative. In this particular scene we have a holy interruption that is accounted for in Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

In Scripture, this woman has been hurting. Twelve years has dragged by; an eternity for her pain and isolation.

We all have our own circumstances inside a greater narrative, a greater story. We think there are so many big things going on that this infinite God has finite compassion and resources. God is not a consumable commodity. You cannot use him up.

[box_light]47When the woman realized that she couldn’t remain hidden, she knelt trembling before him. In front of all the people, she blurted out her story—why she touched him and how at that same moment she was healed.[/box_light]

You are incapable of going unnoticed by God, even in this crowd of thousands. There’s something freeing about knowing we’re not hidden.

The beauty of the passage is the uncomfortablity and awkwardness. Even to talk about it. For most of us, the greatest need we have for healing is intensely private. We’re as sick as our secrets. We have a tendency to hide what needs most healing. A habit … wrong … crime … weakness … addiction.

It’s in that secret… that area, that we need the most healing.

Back to the story: The woman’s trauma was physical/spiritual/relational. She was defiled. Is there any other word?

[box_light]Anything that an unclean person touches becomes unclean, and anyone who touches it becomes unclean till evening.”
–Numbers 19:22 (NIV)[/box_light]

If she went into public and touched somebody, it would make them unclean. To go in public was to risk making somebody else unclean.

We are called to be clean people in a very unclean world.

[box_light]“…and I live among a people of unclean lips…”
–Isaiah 6:5 (NIV) [/box_light]

The full impact is this: the woman was going to risk making anyone unclean. Including Jesus.

You can not be unclean enough to mess Jesus up. Jesus Christ is clean enough for both of us.

God made her clean.

[box_light]“But the voice from heaven spoke again: ‘Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.’
–Acts 11:9 (NLT)[/box_light]

Jesus came so he could be touchable, not just reachable.

Do you have faith enough to reach up and grab on?

There is enough hem to go around to everyone here.

As long as you feel unclean, you’re not going to let him do what he’s going to do. As it says in 2 Peter 1:9:

[box_light]But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.[/box_light]

When I have an awareness that I’ve been cleansed in Christ, the last thing I want to do is go roll in that mud again.

But she touched him. And she was healed. We cannot explain how Jesus works. But once we know how something works, we seek to master it.

And then she fell before him and it was her public profession: she had to say that she was unclean. That is the humility that is inherent in the gospel. It was the faith that drove the touch that welcomed the healing.

You cannot consume him, but he can consume you. Let him.

Passion 2012: ‘It’s Time To Rise Up’ (Louie Giglio)

Louie Giglio

[Editor’s Note: These notes are from the Passion 2012 conference. They are from the perspective of the speaker. Enjoy them, and check out the other sessions from Beth Moore, Christine Caine, Francis Chan, John Piper, and Louie Giglio.]

Is there anybody here who feels like there’s something in your life that needs to be brought back to life again?

// The dome is incredible.
This is God breathed and should be celebrated.

But if the dome doesn’t do something in us, what was the dome? If it doesn’t trickle back home, what was the point?
[box_light]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 (NIV)[/box_light]

Passion started 15 years ago; a generation living to make one name famous. And that’s what we’re thinking. Will his name be renown? Will it make it back home?

Is the name of Jesus going to echo out of this place? Back to your boyfriend, your campus. Is the name of Jesus going to echo to the nations of the world?

[box_light]They all realized they were in a place of holy mystery, that God was at work among them. They were quietly worshipful—and then noisily grateful, calling out among themselves, “God is back, looking to the needs of his people!” The news of Jesus spread all through the country.
–Luke 7:16-17 (MSG)[/box_light]

This is the dream of Passion. When the news of Jesus spreads thru the country, then we’ll know the impact.

We want to be quietly worshipful and noisily greatful.

Back to Luke 7, starting at verse 11:

[box_light]Not long after that, Jesus went to the village Nain. His disciples were with him, along with quite a large crowd. As they approached the village gate, they met a funeral procession—a woman’s only son was being carried out for burial. And the mother was a widow. When Jesus saw her, his heart broke. He said to her, “Don’t cry.” Then he went over and touched the coffin. The pallbearers stopped. He said, “Young man, I tell you: Get up.” The dead son sat up and began talking. Jesus presented him to his mother.
–Luke 7:11-15 (MSG)[/box_light]

The woman’s son was being carried out to a simple burial. They were mere moments away from the son being laid in the ground… and then God came in to intersect the funeral.

God has come now to intersect us in our funeral processions. This conference is in this moment.

Jesus is here just at the right time. The Stretcher is symbolic.

There are some things that are leading us to death. A relationship… carrying you out of town to death. The misunderstanding of Jesus. Sin. They’re leading you out to hole in ground. Maybe a wound, bitterness, anger, hate; and Jesus hasn’t healed it. Shame. Failure. Convincing you you’re nobody.

Are you being carried out of town right now?

The thief comes to steal, kill, destroy. Enemy has a plan for you. To bury you.

Jesus is intersecting: he has the willingness and power to raise dead.

This passage tells us about Jesus. In that time, a rabbi wouldn’t touch the dead. Nobody of high regard, in fact. But Jesus did.

Jesus isn’t lawless, but he knows what he came to do. He came to bring you back from the dead.

Jesus is for you. He is majesty stepping into the mess.

[divider]

The second thing here is that the text proclaims the gospel.

Because Jesus raised a dead man, he’s giving a tip as to what’s coming.

[box_light]As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
–Ephesians 2:1 (NIV)[/box_light]

We were dead by sin’s power. That’s where we were… but here comes the gospel.

“It is by grace you’ve been saved.”

Jesus was telling the gospel through this funeral procession.

We are people that are convinced that we’re dead… but Christ gave us eternal life! By faith alone we’ve put trust in the death, burial, and resurrection.

The gospel is about who you’re trusting for you life right now. The enemy’s plan is on track. God has brought you here, to Passion 2012, to intersect.

Wake up sleeper, rise from the dead!

This isn’t a coincidence. We’re here at the Georgia Dome. The Atlanta Falcons theme is “rise up” (Jesus tells the dead boy in Luke to arise). A secular football team has been paving the way for you. The ground has already been sewn. It’s time to rise up. Jesus is here at right time. He is the voice calling you back to life again.

[divider]

The third point from this section in Luke: the news spreads. When Jesus came and brought this boy back to life, the people thought this was like days of old. The days of prophets like Elijah. God is back. 400 yrs of quiet… and the news spread throughout the entire country.

There’s more at stake here than you think. This is how God wants to raise hope in this country.

Forget your stretcher, it’s time to rise up. Then, walk back into where you came from… and they say ‘what happened?’

I was brought back to life again by power of Jesus.

 

Passion 2012: Pre-Session Crowd Surfing [VIDEO]

Crowd Surfing

Passion 2012 has been tremendous.

At last count (yesterday morning), our giving had already eclipsed the $1,000,000 mark.

[Editor’s Note: The final total at the last session was over $3 million. Wow.]

Wow.

God is using this generation of young people to change the world.

From tonight’s evening session, the last evening session of Passion 2012. Crowd surfing: