Heading Home From Passion

My Dear Siestas,

I am writing you from an altitude of about 25,000 feet on my way home from Atlanta. I’m in the window seat and it’s a gorgeous day on our trek over Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi and I trust Louisiana and Texas, too. I’m sure I’ve told you before that I am one of those weirdos who actually loves traveling. As Melissa and I often say, our boots were made for walking. AJ is game, too, but two preschoolers have a way of coloring your present views toward air travel. Air Traffic Control is a breeze compared to Air Toddler Control. As for Keith, he prefers his size 13 D cowboy boot on the accelerator of a Ford pickup truck. I’m not a fan of the whole travel ordeal, mind you. A life thrown at the mercy of security lines, weather delays, mechanical difficulties, cancellations, and overbooking will take a toll on you. Sometimes my body feels so dog tired I can hardly fathom doing it all again but in no time I do. God gave me itchy feet.

You are one of two big things on my mind this morning as I make my way back to Houston. To say you completely blew me away with your Scripture memory commitments is an understatement almost too silly to say. My mind is spinning with what God might be up to. A few minutes ago I was looking ahead to the next portion of Scripture that I’ll write about in the James study. It’s James 1:19-21. (I know you are wondering how on earth I can only be that far in the writing process after all this time! It goes very slow because each portion has to be researched, mulled over, written, and self edited before I ever send it into LifeWay. The process takes a year to eighteen months of solid work.) As I read over the familiar portion, I fastened my gaze on the finishing words of James 1:21. It is the exhortation to all of us Christ-followers to humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. My eyes stung with tears.

God’s implanted Word has saved me from myself more times than I can count. I love it. No, I don’t always feel giddy about it nor do I always know what to do with it but the written Word of God hits me often enough in my daily exposure to keep me going back for more. I just do not know where I would be or, God help me, what my life would look like without my battered mind being interrupted and rewired by Scripture. Those words implanted deep into my belief system have convicted me, changed me and, at times, wrecked me. These thoughts are what led me to stop my research that very moment and write to you instead. I want you to know that you will never waste a moment of your life in God’s Word. (Unless you are trying to avoid actually doing what it says. There comes a time to shut the Book and go live the Book then go back to the Book so that You can again live the Book.) As you give yourself to the monumental, ongoing task of studying Scripture and hiding it in your heart through memorization, your life is altered. Unblocked and guarded, the words of God make it all the way into the marrow of your bones. Your way is made clearer, your thoughts brighter, your purpose stronger, and your glory to God greater.

I just want to tell those of you who have committed to a year of Scripture memory what I have a hunch you already know: you will not be sorry.

And that brings me to the second big thing on my mind, tied to you, the first, by way of the very same Scripture in James. I just left Passion 2011. It’s still going strong and will not end until tomorrow morning but my schedule was best suited to the first half of it. (I hate so much to miss Dr. Piper though.) If you’re not familiar with the Passion movement (Louie and Shelley Giglio, founders), I will never do justice to it here in this brief explanation so please google it and behold a mighty work of God. In a nutshell, however, it is perhaps the most powerful thing God is doing among college-age men and women across the globe. Do not believe the hype that Jesus has left the college campus. My whole family and I have had the mystifying privilege of being involved since the national conference began in the late 90’s. Even Keith adores it. Curtis serves as one of the community leaders and Amanda ministers right by his side. Every single time I stand in awe of God’s palpable presence in a secular arena packed with students but never more than this year. The event always attracts way over 10,000 people but this new year it sold out at a whopping 22,000 and about five minutes into the event, it was clear why. God.

No other reason.

He has as uncanny a way of showing Himself at these events and, in light of His innumerable mercies, we can guess why. There is no age demographic at greater risk than 18-25 year olds and He’s chasing them down like He’s got nothing to lose but a generation. Our embarrassingly secular culture (of which, in many ways, we are all a part) would be explanation enough for so many young adults walking away from the faith. Add to it the burgeoning disdain for Christianity and mockery of Christians on many college campuses and you’ve got yourself a boiling hotbed for disbelief. But our God is so faithful. We know He will retain a voice in the generations on the latter-day Kingdom calendar because Matthew 24 says that the testimony of Jesus Christ has to make it into every people group. Revelation 19 also tells us that He will return for a Bride refined and made ready. Jesus will indeed raise His Church to her feet but the closer and closer we get to His return, the stronger and stronger she must be. She will know a persecution and ultimately a suffering that 20th Century Westerners could never have imagined.

I saw about 22,000 reasons for high hopes in the last forty-eight hours. You see, Passion isn’t for the faint of heart. The schedule is packed and the sessions are refreshingly unrushed. About two seconds into the conference you lose that warm, fuzzy feeling that any god goes. If you’ve got an aversion to Jesus, you’ve got an aversion to Passion. The Word of God is preached and taught, read aloud and read in unison. The worship is…well…impossible to describe. Just go right ahead and anxiously anticipate the worship CD that will come out of it somewhere down the road. World missions and the needs of the downcast and suffering are kept at the forefront constantly and the 268 concept for the “Go-Center” is nothing less than genius. (Google all of this if this is news to you. You will be astounded and your faith will surge.)

Even this very moment, the Word of God is being implanted in those thousands upon thousands of young lives. Words that can save. Words that can sanctify. Words that can serve. Words that can send. Words that can be shared.

That’s the power of God. That’s the power of His Spirit. That’s the power of His Word.

That’s the power of Jesus.

Let’s keep saying it until every knee bows and every tongue confesses He is Lord.


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  1. 201
    Nancy says:

    I am so excited to be a part of the SSMT. I have been reading about it for 2 years and a little timid to “jump in.” I’m in! My mom and sister and I all live in different states and are all a part of the team. We can’t wait to encourage each other and celebrate next Jan. in Houston.

  2. 202
    Reba says:

    I know I’m a couple of days late reading this post.
    I like to fly, but I have never flown for more than 4 hours at one time, so I don’t know how I would do on a really, really long flight.
    I too am a author and I do understand the 1yr 18mo to get something written, it simply takes time. The research, the proofing and then the back and forth with editing… it cannot be rushed.
    Passion? I’ll have to look into that, I have college age children, it is sad when you send them off to school then they are smack dab in the mist of those who want to tare down their belief in the one and only. Scares me.

  3. 203
    Gabrielle R. says:


    I just came back from passion, and I loved your talks so much! I was going over my notes from your breakout session, and I found myself wanting to listen to your message again. Are you planning on posting a podcast or something of it?

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    Amanda May says:

    I was blessed to be able to watch the live streaming of Passion…so powerful! I’m thankful that the messages will be available for download too – I look forward to listening to them ALL again.

    Quick (extremely random & bizarre) question: I would love to know where Beth got the darling brown top she was wearing?? So cute! 🙂


    • 204.1
      Beth says:

      Anthropologie, for Christmas, so it should still be there! Above all, I’m so thankful that God blessed you through Passion.

      • Amanda May says:

        Thank you so much! I found it.

        And I LOVE that the item name is “Encircling Tank

        Deuteronomy 32:10 – “He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; he encircled him, he cared for him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.” ♥

      • See, I love that people ask you these kind of questions! I told my husband when I was standing behind you in Spokane that your hair smelled so good I wanted to ask you what you hairspray you used! My husband made fun of me, of course, and said, “Oh, geez! You ask the Newsboys what they’re standing on and Beth Moore what hairspray she uses!” He’s never let me live down that comment when we met the Newsboys. I would tell you that story, but it would take forever! I told him, “Granted, the question for the Newsboys was lame, but when it comes to us women, hair and clothes questions are always very important, no matter who it is!” He just looked at me funny. He says he can’t wait to see what kind of lame question I ask Jesus when I meet Him in person! I’m kind of hoping I’ll get over my awkwardness by then. I really didn’t know what to do when I met the Newsboys. I was a brand new believer and I was only going because it was a concert and I love concerts, and this really cute guy (who I later married) asked me if I wanted to go! And he had backstage passes. I knew nothing about the Newsboys except they were a Christian band. I didn’t have any of their music at the time. So, what was I supposed to say?

  5. 205
    Yanna says:

    Siesta’s God is so good if you haven’t seen this: there will be two videos watch the top one first than scroll down and watch the second one. The homeless man gives God the glory!

  6. 206
    Colette Seepers says:

    I am so excited to be part of the SSMT. I can’t wait to get started on my first verse!

  7. 207
    Kathy says:

    Isaiah 41:13 For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

  8. 208
    Jeannie says:

    Jeannie Fishers, IN
    Proverbs 4:18

    The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

  9. 209
    Reese says:

    Beth, I streamed in and viewed your session at Passion2011. It was the 1st time I have listened to you speak God words. God blew me away via YOU. Thank you for embracing your discipleship and teaching us from the stage.from the blog, and from your words in print.

    …I am joining your memory verse 2011 team…..

    Bring it on, 2011.

  10. 210
    Cathy Davis says:

    I totally missed you at Passion! I was so sick on Sunday that I couldn’t leave the hotel room. I was happy happy that my daughter went to see you and even happier that she just shared with me some of what you shared at the breakout session :0).

    Passion is well…indescribable (is that spelled right?). God was there. He showed up and He totally showed off!

  11. 211
    Mindy says:

    I had the honor to hear you at Passion this week! Thanks for being there and bringing the Word!!! I just came across this blog spot. Is it too late to join the scripture memorization club? I would love to participate!

  12. 212
    Sym says:

    Brought to tears as I remember well when I knelt before the banner with the word “Glory” written on it. It was Januaray 1997. I was at the first Passion conference in Austin, Texas. Nobody from my school in Corpus was going (they hadn’t heard about it since it was new), so I teamed up with students from HBU (my hometown, so I was there for the Christmas break) and went to ‘Passion’. I am a part of the 268 generation. His name. His renown. Is something I had grown up knowing about, but unsure how to live it out. I was a child of God, tired of ‘rededicating’ my life a the end of summer camp, so I stopped. Not because I didn’t want to follow my LORD, but because I was afraid I would let him down…again. That he would be more pleased if I just stopped saying things I wouldn’t be able to hold to…like reading my Bible EVERY day. At the end of passion we were asked to go the the banner that described what God had tought us that week…I practically ran. It was a life-changing moment for me, kneeling before my God at the foot of that Glory banner. His Glory…not mine. God transformed the way I thought. It wasn’t up to me to be a “good christian” for Him. It really was all about HIM but I would be amazingly blessed in the process of obeying. I had previously told God I wanted to go on the mission field, but I had a specific place in mind, so when He told me where He wanted me to go I said “no thanks”. It was at Passion He graciously began a work in my heart to prepare me to say “yes” and my life was forever changed and greatly blessed. I have so many thoughts rushing through my mind. Thank you Beth for reminding me of the truths I learned so long ago. Thank you for spending hours toiling over your writing, and encouraging me to truly fall in love with God’s Word…again.

  13. 213
    Sarah Raley says:

    Just got home from Passion! Loved the women’s only session. Exactly what I needed to hear.

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    My husband and I had the honor to be ‘Doorholders’ for this generation of students at Passion 2011. I have NEVER seen anything like it. We were both awestruck and humbled by what our God did in the lives of everyone associated with the event. Right down to the waitresses in the Taco Mac!
    My faith has been renewed. This generation loves Jesus and I know that they are armed and ready to be His ambassadors to this world. Jesus is enough for us. I pray daily for the students to hold what passion they discovered over the days they were there and to go out and share it with others.

  15. 215
    Sharoni says:

    Wasn’t the experience at Passion just the absolute?? This ministry is the real deal for sure….I remember joining with many, many others in the early 90’s to “pray it in”….what fruit! I can hardly wait to see what GOD does from this over and over and over.
    Bless your heart, Beth, for pouring out there….

    In His Arms ~

  16. 216
    Kay Little says:

    Hi Beth ~ I am doing the scripture memorization this time (so excited). Did I miss somewhere where I was suppose to fill out something to get a spiral…just read where you mailed them out? Blessings, K

    • 216.1
      KMac says:

      Hi Kay! The spirals are available to order from the LPM online store ($3): http://www.lproof.org
      You certainly do not HAVE to buy ours. It was just made available for any Siesta who wanted one. Read Beth’s post from December 17th about the spirals.

  17. 217
    KristinaNicole says:

    I have been to Passion in years past, but was not able to go this year. However, I was so blessed by the livestream! That confrence was so powerful to me, even if for no other reason than to be encouraged that there are 22,000 other believers out there that are my age!
    I am so pumped about SSMT! My mom and several other friends are doing it too! Lord knows I will need the extra encouragement and accountablility!

  18. 218
    Danielle says:

    Beth, you are such a fresh breath of air from God! I absolutely love reading your blog, and the passion you hold for God! It just inspires me even more to continue pushing forward in my walk with Christ! Even more you help motivate me to continue studying God’s word! Thank you!

    This Passion movement sounds interesting, and I am indeed going to look it up. 😀

  19. 219
    Megan says:

    Hey Beth!

    First and foremost I wanted to just say what a blessing it is to have the encouragement from a sister in Christ that you have given to me. The Lord is good, and I want you to know that even though you do not know me from Adam, through your ministry the Lord has used you so much as encouragement in my life these passed few months. I actually had the opportunity of being at Passion this passed weekend, and WOW. Our God is good. Amazing in fact. This was the first time I have ever had the opportunity to go; needless to say, the Lord did work far more than I could have ever thought. I am a junior in college right now, really overcoming scars and hurts from my life, which has been extremely burdensome and such a lonely time for me. I want you to know that the Lord truly spoke through you this weekend to me and it gives me chills sitting here thinking about what He has in store for my life. I have made a mess of myself. Most would look at me and think how could I have created such a ‘mess’? I have been raised in the church my entire life, I have attended Christian private school majority, even go to one of the biggest Christian universities in America. But I have been broken. I have held onto many emotional hurts and allowed satan to work his negativity in my life. To hear your testimony and talk about renewing our minds and hearts in our Lord God this passed weekend truly couldn’t have hit home more for me. I am at a crossroad of what to do with my life. Please pray for me that God will make it clear what I need to do, for I am not my own, but Gods. And for the first time this weekend I truly realized that I am created for the simple fact of giving God glory and to be his vessel. I feel as if my failures and hurts throughout my teen years will one day be used to minister to young women. I feel its crazy to say, but I feel like God wants me to do something big, its just a matter of being genuine and 110% seeking His will and heart for my life. I love you sweet Sister in Christ, Beth. You truly have encouraged me that no matter what your past holds, the Lord God can turn it around in ways you could have never imagined, and for HIS glory. It truly amazes me the grace we all are given.

  20. 220
    Megan says:

    And just another side note, I was wondering if there was any outreach or ‘internship’ of disciplining that you offer. It is my dream and passion to work along side of you. I feel like the Lord is calling me in this field of ministry, I just have no idea where to begin.

  21. 221
    Jessica says:

    Dear Beth Moore,

    I was a college student at passion! I attended your main session, and the breakout. Both messages were so amazing. I love how you let God use you has a vassal to speak his words. I love how he also uses you to speak directly to me. You are truly an inspiring woman. As I grow in my faith and relationship with God I pray every day he uses me as much as he uses you. I am not talking about impacting or inspiring a lot of other people. I pray every day what I say to others, how I treat others, or how I help others comes directly from him. You, and all that help you, help me see that is possible to be very passion about God and his mission for me in this world, and still survive in this world! Thank you!

  22. 222
    Gloria Beary says:

    From Cumming, GA: Beth, I had the wonderful privilege of being a “Door Holder” for Passion 2011 – I was a cashier in the “Go Center”. I was amazed at the “rush” of these young women to purchase your Breakout Session CD once we were able to get it out. WOW! I cannot wait to listen. I talked to several of them as they came to my register to check out – how amazing it is that you can speak and relate to the hearts of young women in college and also older women, like myself!! We would end up in a hug and a “love us some Beth Moore”!! A big, huge “thank you” for inspiring this next generation of women. Hope you will be there in 2012 – Georgia Dome!!

  23. 223
    Sue says:

    Groveport, OH
    “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Col. 2:15

  24. 224
    Randi Sewell says:

    I just got back from passion. I so appreciate your words about the mind and absolutely loved the break out session(and the trip, a wink, that was awesome). I love how you just come alive in front of women. You can tell that is a God given passion. My favorite thing about passion is that it’s not about the names that are there, or the bands. It’s about Jesus. Plain and simple Jesus. Who He is, Who he’s not. What we are and can be with him, and what we are and can’t be without Him. The worship is for Him, about Him, under Him, over Him, all around Him and I absolutely adore it. I saw a picture on the 268 blog that to me defines why passion is as blessed as it is. It is a picture of Louie just in absolute prayer and praise before he enters the stage. To me that says it all. We start with prayer, end with prayer, that’s what it’s all about. From the moment you hear the first note, we as a army of 22, 000 are asking God to enter His place, His people, His church. And he enters without void. The spirt is so thick in that place you feel like you can just reach out and touch it. What an experience. Thank you for being a part of it with me and sharing that little piece of heaven this side of heaven! haha…..love ya girl!
    ps. I am doing breaking free with my small group of college girls and it is ROCKING OUR WORLD!!! we high five each other all the time and shout, CROSS THAT BORDER!!! hahahahaha. 😉

  25. 225
    Brenda Weeks says:

    In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God. John 1:1

    In my Sunday school lesson this week, so God definitely speaks. I always have problems memorizing scriptures so seems appropriate to begin this journey.

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    Wow, Passion events I have heard about, but I never made it to one of them in college. I wish I had. I can encourage the generation younger than me though! Where His Word is, it will not be returning void!:) 22,ooo. Whew, that’s alot! This time on the kingdom calendar is thrilling. You are right, the Lord is not going to be without a witness. The power of the Gospel to save the western culture saturated youth of America is to His great glory. It seems that the Lord is calling His own back to pure and undefiled practice of faith, obedience, and boldness to share the Gospel. I’ve been sadly slow to catch on myself. My lack of faith and obedience grieves me. Way too much fear of man! I’m praying that I would produce much fruit to His glory. It makes me want to tear up right now, it grips me that much…I will continue pray for you as you go through the writing process in James.

  27. 227
    Hilary Rambeau says:

    Hey Beth,

    I just returned back to Texas from Passion, as well! I want you to know that your main session and breakout session rocked mine and every girl I talked to’s world. When the Holy Spirit whispered for you to show us Luke 10, we were all just cracking up about how close we were to audibly hearing God speak to us in a cute girly country twang. Later that night, I just kept asking God what I needed to change in my life to make people know I believe in Hell like Francis talked about. What is it going to look like to walk in this world and on my college campus like the early Christians in Acts. I’m an extremely relational person, so running around evangelizing to every person I see isn’t exactly one of my gifts. As we walked back to our hotel, many things happened a long the way. We ended up giving food and prayer to a homeless man named Steven. When we opened our eyes after praying, there were about 15 other students coming from passion with their hands on us as our hands were on Steven. We felt the Holy Spirit come in a very powerful way. When we got back to the hotel, a friend and I went to the front desk to get some extra keys. We were just giddy and calling her our sistaa in Christ after she hooked us up with 3 keys, which apparently isn’t allowed, and Regina was loving it. I felt so dumb that I didn’t even think of this first when my friend asked if Regina need any prayer. Her eyes lit up and she shared several intense things she needed prayer for. She then said thank you and thought that we would be on our way, but we said okay let’s pray! We all held hands, and once again like with Steven, the Holy Spirit showed up. Words were spoken that only could have come from the Lord. When we opened our eyes Regina was bawling and cracking up and squeezing our guts out! The long line that had accumulated behind us was extremely curious as to what was happening, and Regina told every single one of them as we walked off that the Holy Spirit had come over her. She could not stop laughing while she was working, even when we were long gone we saw her just shaking her head in disbelief when we were going up in the see-through elevator.

    And the reason I am sharing this very long story with you, is that at that moment I just rejoiced to Jesus after realizing what He allowed us to do through Him with Steven and Regina. “We did it in your name, Lord! Ahhh thank you so much for allowing us to be apart of something so powerful.” And I heard Him say, Luke 10. And I felt Him just respond to me exactly as He did to the disciples. “Yes, I saw!! You did it! Satan fell like lightning..” etc. My heart rejoiced with the greatest delight the Lord and I can experience together. Thanks for the word you gave us, and encouraging me to be in tune with the Holy Spirit at all times. That whole night God showed me what it’s going to look like walking in that delight 24/7 outside of Atlanta and Passion. Does it mean I need to evangelize to every person I see? I don’t think so. But, being so in tune with the desires of God’s heart will nudge me to talk to the right people, pray for the right people, and if necessary share truth on the spot.

    Sorry, I know you are so busy and this post is probably already long enough for your time, but one more side note I wanted so badly to share with you in person at Passion. My mom passed away a year ago, and she was the woman’s pastor at our church. Her and a huge group of women used to gather around and just crack up and grow together with some cute blonde woman on the TV. I would always make fun of her, and she would be like Hilary, it’s BETH MOORE only the coolestttt!!! I had no clue what she was talking about, but ironically about a month after she passed away, someone asked me to help them through “Beth Moore’s: 90 days with the disciple John”. And then a few months after that, I got asked to join in going through Beth Moore’s Daniel Series (which was the one my mom was going through when I would make fun of her). Turned out my mom was right. Beth Moore was pretttty stinkin cool. I fell in love with you and your books immediately, and then had that awesome opportunity at Passion. You’ve definitely become my spiritul mom in the past year, like you mentioned you were to many at passion. It’s hilarious how many times I’ll catch myself in tears just because you remind me so much of my real mom who is rejoicing and dancing up there with the King of Kings!

    So, thanks for everything! You truly are amazing.

  28. 228
    Peggy says:

    I have been a HUGE fan and student of you since seeing you in Birmingham, AL in 2006. I too have two daughters and have tried to get them to become involved with your studies. Well, my youngest (21) was at Passion in Atlanta and guess who her favorite speaker was?????? Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

  29. 229
    Madge says:

    Beth, God used you mightily at Passion. My friend’s teenager wrote on fb that it wa the best week in her life, and told her mom she wants to be like you! I so agree that PASSION 2011 was amazing. I watched via live streaming and replay:) and it was awesome for me too. I ordered the dvds to share with others. Thanks for your commitment and example. PS. I’m loving The Inheritance! and am memorizing with the siestas. Love, love, love you.

  30. 230
    Angela Riddle says:

    You have blessed me in numerous ways. I was fortunate to hear you again at passion – left feeling so encouraged by words. I thank God for he has used you to inspire me. I decided to google your blog- I am committing this year to scripture memory (hate to be late..) as it has been on my heart. Can’t think of a better way to start the year!

  31. 231
    Kim says:

    My daughter got home from Passion a couple days ago and wished she could’ve stayed. She said it was so powerful. On the bus ride on the way down her boyfriend broke up with her and she was so distraught and emotional. She said both your talks were meant for her because they went straight to her heart! I knew she was in the right place to hear from God – even though I wanted to give her a hug so bad, but your words comforted her and God held her tight while she was there! Thank you Beth!

  32. 232
    Suzanne says:

    Passion was an amazing time to be reminded of the importance of being grounded in scripture! It was so great being encouraged to have our foundation in Christ! If we could just take seriously keeping God at the “bottom” of everything we do so that “all our fountains are in Him!”. Wouldn’t that just change the face of “Christianity!”
    On a side note…I love to bake… And Mrs. Beth, you need to post that chocolate cake recipe!:)

  33. 233
    Lacy Booher says:

    Heyyyy! Im Lacy. Im a 20 year old Hair stylist in Charleston sc. I was at Passion! Honestly one the of biggest reasons I wanted to go to passion is because I wanted to hear you speak! I have been going through a tough time for the past 6 months. Just changes. and I joined a small group and we did your Esther study and I wanted more and more I then got so long insecurity which I have passed on to every girl I can. Every woman needs to read that!! Then I got get out of that pit. God used you to really grab my heart and search for him. Passion was amazingly indescribable and I don’t think..no I know that no one walked away the same. It was really cool to see you in person and hear you speak. I was really hoping to randomly run into you and hand you my paper in my bible that has Psalm 112 7-8! I love you keep doing what you’re doing you are touching so many people. Jesus is amazing.

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    Dee says:

    Beth –

    As a fellow mom who was blessed to be able to attend Passion 2011 with fifteen of the most amazing college students, I concur enthusiastically. What a blessing to witness Jesus alive in these kids. Their generosity, uninhibited worship, and the questions…they really want to get Jesus and have Him in their lives. They aren’t just swallowing what is said to them, they are wrestling with it and trying to make it all their own. How awesome is that!

    I want to share with you about a young woman in our group. You see, God used you to touch her in a way that I believe is going to change her life. Like you (and me) she suffered terrible abuse as young girl. And like both of us, she made some bad choices later in life that she continues to struggle with. But until she heard you talk, she had never made the connection. She was just beating herself up for the later decisions, not realizing that so many of them were the result of things done to her when she was younger. I am praying that she will take the steps she needs to take to deal with that early abuse. That she will forgive herself. That she will shed the shame and learn to love herself and care for herself. That she will come to know, I mean really know, that Jesus loves her!

    Thank you for allowing God to use your story to bring others to know Him. It’s not the first time your words have impacted me…I feel so blessed to have learned from you for years. I’m thinking about leading a group of college women in your “Breaking Free” study this summer and am so excited to see the work Jesus will do as we pour through the words I know came directly from God’s heart to yours and then to us.

    Blessings and joy to you!

    – Dee

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    Miranda says:

    God was amazing at Passion this year. This was my second time attending, and God just blew me away and awakened my heart in such an amazing way. Andy Stanley talk really spoke to my heart, about not letting an appetite get int he way of God’s future destiny for us. Whew! After that… all I could think was how amazing it was. Then that led me to remember what you said, “Don’t just walk away and say, ‘wow that was amazing.’ ‘Walk away and apply it to your life.'” I’m so excited for this year and applying myself to live the scriptures and dive back into the Word. I’m doing the Scripture Memory Team and I signed up for a Priscilla Shirer bible study at the new church I’m attending. I’m so pumped for what God has this year, and I’m so pumped to take Him with me every where I go.

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    Manuela Tart says:


    I want to thank you for taking the bold step to walk on water. Your courage has ignited a passion within me for seeing God for myself. I thank you for demonstrating in action that those that trust God are never sorry and that they never regret it…

    Thanks again!!

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    Sue Ferris says:

    I have a 9 month-old granddaughter, and I shudder to think of the world she will live in in 25 years…..EXCEPT that my LORD reigns over All and has already conquered the evil one. If I didn’t know how the story ends, I would be most sullen.
    Thanks for the Psalm 27 reminder.

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    Sandy Nixon says:

    My first verse is John 16:16 “In a little while you will see me no more and then after a little while you will see me.” Sandy Nixon

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    Julia Hamlin says:

    Passion was a few weeks ago, and yet is still freshly implanted on my mind and heart. There is nothing sweeter on this planet than worshiping our Lord and Savior with 22,000 other college students who are all just running after Jesus. I am so appreciative that you came and let the Lord speak through you to me, and to all of the students who attended.
    It was truly a changing experience. The Lord is using this movement in huge ways. We are unstoppable.

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    Glenda Arnold says:

    Royse City, Texas
    Feb. 1, 2011 Scripture post

    Romans 8:28
    And we know trhat in all things God works for the good of those who love hime, who have been called according to his purpose.

    **Hope this counts. We are having trouble finding the right place to leave our post!! Thanks & ON YA

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    Glenda Arnold says:

    Royse City,

    Sorry about the spelling I’m typing with a cast on my hand!

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    Billie Parton says:

    Psalm 56: 3 Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. NKJV

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    Angie says:

    Angie, Bloomington/Normal
    Isaiah 26:3
    You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.

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    Jaydee says:

    Jaydee, Becker
    “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”.
    Galations 2:20 NIV

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    Carolee Fisher says:

    Carolee, Bothell, WA – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were brought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in y our spirit, which are God’s.” KNJV

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    Judy says:

    Judy – Princeton, Texas

    Psalm 91:14

    “Because he loves Me”, says the Lord,”I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges My name.”

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    Amy Paben says:

    I corinthians 3:17 NIV
    If anyone destroys God’s temple; God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred and you are God’s temple

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    Holly says:

    Holly,Tn. Romans 10:4 Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone that believes.

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    Stephanie T says:

    Could we PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE have a post of what you, AJ and Melissa are currently reading.. We would SOO appreciate it! Its been a while since you did this and with the new year here we are in need of some good books to check out!! Thank You!

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    Sara Williams says:

    Great Bend, Kansas
    Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
    Psalm 25:4-5

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