Hey guys, happy New Year! How’s everyone? I took some time away from the Internet and social media over Christmas, then I was in Atlanta, Georgia for a conference New Year’s Day. And then this past weekend, my family and I explored Washington D.C. The beginning of my year has been busy, but very wonderful. I have quite a lot of wonderful, and challenging, things to share with you, so get ready! It’s going to be epic!
Right off the bat, I want to share with you some of the things that really touched my heart while at the conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This conference is called Passion, and is a gathering of 18-25 year old students from all over the place. This year, there were over 55,000 college students, from various states and countries, packed into the Georgia Dome, with thousands of others streaming online. It was intense, and just a small glimpse of Heaven.
We heard from some incredible speakers: Christine Caine, John Piper, Louie Giglio, Levi Lusko, Beth Moore, Francis Chan, and Katherine and Jay Wolf. We got to worship with incredible bands: Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, Hillsong United, Chris Tomlin, Passion band, and Crowder (who was at one point joined by Carrie Underwood!).
So tonight, I just wanted to share some thoughts from each speaker. They’re pretty powerful, and have pretty heavily shaken up my heart for the new year.
- “We, as followers of Jesus Christ, do not need to grow weary or faint-hearted, because Jesus already endured it all for us.”
- God is not in Heaven freaking out about anything. Nothing surprises Him.
- You don’t build endurance through the path of least resistance.
- Is the race that is set before us, enough for us?
- Don’t obsess over where I’m going. Just follow Jesus.
- Where you start, and how you start, determines where, and how, you end.
- Stop looking at the world–LOOK UP.
- Until you know, see, understand, and hate the evil in your own heart and in the world, you are dumbing down and minimizing the power and majesty of God, the triumph of Christ, and the glory of your own life.
- The essence of every temptation is the belief that God is withholding something wonderful and exciting. We don’t want to be denied what we want more than God Himself.
- If you see “commandment following” as good and “commandment breaking” as bad, you will never know why you do what you do.
- God turned “delighting in His character” as a commandment, so thusly, it is right to delight in God’s character above everything else, even obedience to commandments.
- The battle I need to be fighting is one focused on what I desire, not the one focused on what I do.
- Can you call anything “good” if it’s stripped from God?
- Will I be willing to follow the plan of the Living God?
- Jesus Christ alone is my calling.
- I know the one in whom I’ve placed my trust. But I will by my biggest betrayer.
- The Devil is ultimately after my faith, and he will use everything else to get to that.
- Amazing things happen when we speak to God.
- If I truly knew the hope into which I have been called, nothing, ever, could get me down.
- The highest thought I have of myself, is nowhere close to God’s lowest thought about me. His thoughts are so much higher than I could ever even fathom.
- Stop listening to yourself and trust God.
- God doesn’t want us to just be 40% or 50% Christian. He wants us to be 100% in love with Him.
- The cross is devastatingly beautiful because it is the only place where dead people come alive.
- The cross is devastatingly beautiful because it cancels out shame.
- The cross is a devastating power.
- You know God loves you based on Jesus’ circumstances, not by your circumstances.
- The cross is devastatingly beautiful because it ends one story, and begins another.
- It takes endurance to be the fragrance of Christ. And to make a fragrance, you have to take something precious, and crush it.
- Courage is contagious.
- Fear is faith in the enemy.
- Jeremiah was destined for impact, and so am I.
- I was saved, not just to be freed from my sins, but to shake up Hell, and to embrace my inheritance in Heaven.
- You cannot be surprised for the calling God has prepared you for.
- God’s favorite math is multiplication. But in order to multiply, He must first break.
- Don’t rely on willpower, because we have God’s power.
- Far too many Christians come only through Calvary, and not through Pentecost, so they end as butterflies, instead of the eagles God called them to be.
I pray that something here has touched your heart, and is propels you back into God this year.
Ciao for now,
Here are the full sermons:
Christine Caine (Please checkout her newest book. It’s powerful.)
Katherine and Jay Wolf (Please check out their book. It made me cry.)
Levi Lusko (Please check out his book. It’s so good.)