Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Passion 06 Set For January 2-5 In Nashville

Gathering Leaders Include Louie Giglio, Chris Tomlin, John Piper, David Crowder Band, Beth Moore, Matt Redman, Others

Passion Conferences is returning to Nashville, TN to host Passion 06, a four-day indoor gathering for college students from around the nation and world, January 2 – 5, 2006. Leading the gathering will be renowned speakers Louie Giglio, John Piper and Beth Moore, among others, as well as such acclaimed artist-worshipers as Charlie Hall, David Crowder Band, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Shane and Shane, Nathan and Christy Nockels, and more.

Passion 06 will be held at the Gaylord Entertainment Center (GEC) in the heart of Downtown Nashville. Not only will students worship together in an arena packed with thousands of faces representing campuses from every corner of the nation, but they will also have the chance to sit and process what God is doing in their lives with a small group of students they connect with through the smaller community groups that make up the fabric of the conference.

Similar to last January’s Passion 05 in Music City, Passion 06 will provide smaller sessions through Community Groups, Family Groups and Late Nights in various venues throughout the downtown area within walking distance from the GEC. The Community and Family groups will allow students to unpack what they learn throughout the week in small group environments and the Late Nights give students a chance to “hang out” after the evening session ends each night.

“Not only are we thrilled and humbled by the growing number of students making their way to join us in Nashville, we are excited about the possible impact of these four days on the collegiate culture as a whole,” notes Louie Giglio, Passion Conferences founder/director. “Millions of students are searching for a meaningful encounter with their Creator and we are praying Passion 06 becomes fuel for a generation that will amplify the name of Jesus to the world.”

With students registering many times faster than last year’s Passion 05, which brought together more than 11,000 college-age students representing every state, 1,100 campuses and eight foreign countries, thousands have already registered for Passion 06. Students are encouraged to register early, as space is limited. Early registration closes Dec. 1. Detailed schedule and registration information can be found at Registration fee includes conference materials and lunch on Jan. 3 and 4.

In order to make Passion 06 happen, over 1000 volunteers are also needed to serve throughout the conference in various jobs. For people over the age of 25, Passion Conferences requests they attend as a volunteer or as a leader of a group. Those interested in volunteering at Passion 06 are asked to submit a volunteer application at before the Dec. 1 deadline.

As Passion 06 approaches, an experience of last year’s Passion 05 can be heard on sixstepsrecords’ eighth Passion project, Passion: How Great Is Our God. The recording features music recorded live from the main stage at the Passion 05 gathering. Capturing the heart of the gathering with 13 live tracks, the recording released April 12 to wide critical acclaim and became the No. 1 best seller in its first week out on the SoundScan Christian Retail sales chart. The album also landed at No. 74 on the Billboard Top 200 sales chart.

The Passion movement began in 1995 with a stirring in the heart of Passion founder Louie Giglio. Born out of a desire to see the 13 million college students of the nation awaken to the reality of a glorious God, the vision took shape under the leadership of men like Louie Giglio and the board of Choice Ministries, the non-profit umbrella for Passion Conferences. Like-minded campus ministers then met together in 1996 and paved the way for the first of three Passion gatherings (1997, ‘98 and ‘99) that united over 18,000 college students with the desire to see God magnified in their lives, their campuses and throughout the earth.

Since then, millions have connected with Passion through one of the several gatherings, such as the OneDay gatherings and the Passion Experience Tour featured by the New York Times, CNN, among others, or through eight Passion worship recordings and three DVDs that have been released worldwide, selling well over one million copies. The domino effect has spawned a movement that has circled the globe.

The unique purpose of Passion is to gather college students from campuses and churches across the nation, uniting them across ministry and denominational lines to seek the face of God together in worship and prayer. Affirming and valuing the work of local churches and campus ministries, Passion seeks to foster unity and connectivity among them, encouraging them to draw strength and encouragement from each other, resulting in a louder anthem of God’s renown.

Everyone made a difference!

“A volunteer is a person who believes that people can make a difference – and is willing to prove it.”

Over 800 volunteers served in 75 different positions to bless the very heart of God during the Promise Keepers Nashville mens conference August 12-13, 2005. The few photos only catch a glimpse of the unselfish service as unto the Lord.

We all can share in the blessing that over 100 men came as friends, but left as brothers Friday night –

‘“The Greatest good we can do for others is not to share our riches, but to reveal theirs.”
Author Unknown

“Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time, but they have the heart.”

“At an inner city soup kitchen, a young woman was serving meals to guests. It was her very first day and she was nervous and unsure of how to behave around the poor, the indigent, the homeless people she had never seen before. Coming from a middle class neighbourhood, she felt she had nothing in common with them, that she had nothing to offer.”

“As one man was moving past her, she noticed that he had missed his bread portion. She reached out and touched his arm. The man was old, dishevelled and had his head hung low. When he turned, the young woman saw that he was crying. Concerned, she asked if she had hurt him. The man, tears in his eyes replied, “No, you are the first person who has touched me in more than two years.”
--a member of Sisters of St. Joseph, Canada

“Volunteering is fulfilling. Volunteers touch the lives of others and in the process we develop ourselves and make new friends.”
Tan Chye Hong

From the Promise Keepers web site regarding volunteers -
"Volunteering is close to the heart of God. It represents the selfless, caring, giving qualities to which Christians are called. It suggests a sense of family where a growing relationship with Christ leads to the overflow of love from which we live our lives to positively influence others with the love of God. The work can be hard and the hours are long. Many labor in obscurity, making sacrifices that only the Lord can know, but “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." (Matt. 5:5 NKJV)

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

A Servant Attitude

Photo: Wayne Armstrong/PK


He doesn’t calculate what you did in ‘78.It’s not even on the record. Sure, there are lots of reasons why God shouldn’t have called us. But if we are magically in love with Him, if we hunger for Him more than our next breath, He’ll use us in spite of who we are, where we’ve been, or what we look like. I pray that as Christians, we will step out of our limitations into the illimitable nature of who God is. Then our passion for God and our passion to communicate Him will make mincemeat of our limitations.

Author unknown


A Servant Attitude

People are illogical, unreasonable and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs, but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help, but may attack you if you do help them.
Help them anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

John R. W. Stott, The Preacher’s Portrait, Some New Testament Word Studies, (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publ. Co., 1961), pp. 100ff

A pat on the back

A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae away from a kick in the pants, but it's miles ahead in terms of results.

Citation: Unknown, Marriage Partnership, Vol. 11, no. 3.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Well done, good and faithful servant...

Dave Thomas, founder of the Wendy’s Restaurant chain, illustrates the learning value of humility in his book WELL DONE: THE COMMON GUY’S GUIDE TO EVERYDAY SUCCESS.

He writes, "I got my MBA long before my G.E.D." He continues, "I even have a photograph of me in my MBA graduation outfit -- a snazzy knee-length work apron. I guarantee you that I'm the only founder among America's big companies whose picture in the corporate annual report shows him wielding a mop and a plastic bucket. That wasn't a gag" he continues. "It was a case of leading by example. At Wendy's, MBA does not mean Master of Business Administration. It means Mop Bucket Attitude. It's how we define satisfying the customer through cleanliness, quality food, friendly service, and atmosphere."

Dave Thomas got his G.E.D back in the 1990's, having dropped out of school when he was 15 years old. But he got his M.B.A. when he was 11 years and was baptized and began his journey of following Jesus. He truly took on the role of a servant, even though he was a multi-million dollar executive of a fast-growing restaurant chain. He said that Christianity was more than just a doctrine you talked about on Sunday morning. In fact, his advice was: "Live your faith. Don't wear it on your sleeve; roll up both sleeves and do something about it."

Do you have an MBA? Is your attitude like that of Jesus? Are you rolling up your sleeves and doing something about your faith?

"For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted."

Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's Hamburgers, WELL DONE: A COMMON GUY'S GUIDE TO EVERYDAY SUCCESS, (Harper Collins, 1994), p. 159.

Praying For Our Children

Photo by Wayne Armstrong

Praying For Our Children

Lord, I prayed for this child, and You have granted me what I asked of You. 1 Samuel 1:27
The assignment to pray for our children is absolutely essential to raise up a generation that will withstand the enemy's attack upon them (Gen. 22:17, Psa.127:5).

1. Salvation. "Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory" (Is. 45:8, 2 Tim. 2:10).

2. Growth in grace. "I pray that my children may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Pet. 3:18).

3. Love. "Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love, through the Spirit who dwells in them" (Gal. 5:25, Eph. 5:2).

4. Honesty and integrity. "May integrity and honesty be their virtue and their protection" (Ps. 25:21).

Excerpted from Pray! Magazine issue #4. © 1998 BOB HOSTETLER

View the 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children here

Men of Prayer

God’s plan is to make much of the man, far more of him than of anything else. Men are God’s method. The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men…What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use—men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men - men of prayer.

Preacher and Prayer, E. M. Bounds, 1907, pp. 5,7

I was too young to remember...

I was too young to remember... my fathers first Promise Keepers, but I vividly remember the day he came home. Everything changed that day.

I could tell before he said anything. I could tell by the way he hugged my mother, and the way he walked into the room, and later, the way he said things are going to be different now.

I probably remember because things were different after that day. They remain different and better to this day.

My mother remembers my fathers confession that he had been a good father but a lousy husband, and his promise that it would get better. It meant the world to her and not just because it turned out to be true, but also because she was a woman of faith, and living with a man of little or no faith was hard on her every day.

After that my dad and brother went almost every year for several years, and it kept getting better.

As a daughter, I was jealous that I couldn't go with them, but I understood that part of what makes Promise Keepers special is the privacy and the fellowship of men; having a message targeted at men, knowing that all the other men are not trying to impress anyone standing next to them because they all know what is really going on. I know that helps, because my father told me it helps, and he is a Promise Keeper. It has made a difference in him for the betterment of our whole family, and I cannot thank everyone involved enough for that.

I am sure this is not the testimonial you were looking for, but I thought it might be nice for the men out there to know that the women who love them, love this program too. We love the difference it makes in you, and we respect it. At least my mother and I do. So, thank you Promise Keepers, thank you for giving my daddy a place to worship with other men in fellowship. And thank you daddy, for going, and...just thank you.

I'm going to try not to cry now, because that is the affect it has had on me.

La Verne, California

FROM: PK e-newsletter for May, 2005 - Promise Keepers

Promise Keepers 2005: My Adventure

A few months ago I heard an advertisement for the upcoming Promise Keepers conference. I sensed that small voice encouraging me to go. I was not sure why, I had been there before and I had been thinking, been there, done that. Well, I am learning to obey that whisper in my head so I had to start making some plans.

I contacted my church to see what was going on with the church for the conference. I found out that nothing was happening, so I volunteered to coordinate getting some men together for the event. I found out that there was not much interest. I did not take this personally or anything, I guess they were not being encouraged to go and that was just fine.

There was one gentleman that I had met once or twice before at church that did contact me and he really wanted to go. This worked out great and we were able to go together and my two sons were also able to come along.

I realized that I had no expectations of this event at all, so I went into the event completely open minded. I guess there were about ten or eleven thousand men at the event. This is not as large as some other times that I had participated in the event, but it is still a great crowd. There is nothing like being with eleven thousand men singing praises to our God.

The leaders of the event have a way to serve up great truths that are very convicting and at the same time use great humor. I have not laughed so much in a very long time. And then two seconds later, I am struck between the eyes with an awareness of my sin. It is like the Lord was talking to me directly about my issues. The leaders to not pull any punches, we need to live lives of integrity; we need to give up our favorite sins.

That first evening, after the first very convicting session, there is an alter call. This time is very powerful and God was moving powerfully. Men were being broken. We could see our sin and we knew we could do nothing by ourselves to make things right. Hundreds of men called out to God for the first time to be saved and accepted his free gift of salvation. This time was a time of sorrow that then turns into a time of celebration, celebrating what God has done. I can’t over emphasize how powerful this time was!

The next day, there were about five sessions; there were several themes that were hitting me mightily.

1. There are younger boys and men that are watching me and the example of my life is painting a picture of what God is to these people. What I do and my example is critical to the lives of many others. It is true that both Christian and non-Christians are watching. Young Christians are watching to see how to live as a Godly man. Non-Christians are watching to see if Christianity is authentic. Our example is a powerful indicator of what we really believe, and frankly a God example of excellence at home and at the work place is often the best form of evangelism.

2. If you are waiting for a new word from God to show you something new in life it is likely that you are not obeying what you already know to be true. The theme of obedience kept hitting me again and again. We are called to live of life of holiness. DO IT! Quit cutting corners, quit lying, and quit cheating at work.

3. We as Christian men need to put all our heart into the things that we do. Work with a focus on excellence. This is a big deal for me because I often feel like I am not at the right place in my work life. But, I am there so, while I am there I need to work at it with all my heart. Do it with excellence. This creates a powerful example to others. This also has an influence on how we take the responsibility to be Godly husbands and fathers. This is our number one responsibility in all of life and we need to do the work and focus the energy to perform this responsibility with excellence.

4. Erwin Lutzer communicated five principles of Godly fatherhood.
  • Communicate
  • Be the lawgiver and the grace giver
  • Be the protector
  • Be the mentor
  • Be reconciled to your own father
The most influential part of the entire event to me seemed to be an unplanned item. While Erwin Lutzer was speaking it was like God was telling him to change his message. He sensed there was a need for a time of repentance from sin. So, after he had talked about the sins that commonly entrap men, he called men forward that were ready to be released from these sins. And the men poured forward. The room was filled weeping and anguish. It was like the Holy Spirit had show up and first did the work to show men there sin and then showed a clear path towards the way the be cleansed from that sin. Many men humbled themselves recognizing their sinfulness and called out for that cleaning. This is very moving to experience this cleansing amongst so many men.

There was one other miracle that occurred during the weekend. You see over the past year and a half, my wife and I had built a house purely as in investment. That house had been on the market since spring and it was starting to weigh on our hearts and minds more and more. Well, during the event, we received and offer on the house and we were negotiating in there minutes between sessions. By Saturday after we had come to an agreement. The house was sold. It just so happens that this was just about the time that God was working on me with some of my issues. Call it coincidence, call it fate, I call it a miracle.

Now as always the difficult part is to live the life we have been called to live. A Promise Keepers event can be a mountain top experience type event but we need to go back into the battle. This event calls us to awaken from our slumber and reenter that battle with the help of God. If you are on the fence about going to such an event, I would indeed encourage you to go and be open to what the Holy Spirit wants you to see.

- Wayne

Who are the Big Dawgs 4 Christ?

Since 1995, BigDawgs4Christ has been a reconciling force in the body of Christ by effectively reaching men across Middle Tennessee through Christ-centered relationships, Bible studies, retreats, and facilitation of annual gatherings to select Promise Keepers Men's Conferences.

BigDawgs4Christ invites you to join with other men from a diversity of backgrounds, churches and interests to fellowship, encourage and be challenged to embrace your destiny as a godly man, influencing your family and world.