Monday, May 11, 2009

Made By God; Made To Worship

Last night my hubby, Don, our daughter Mary, and I were part of exhilarating Passion City Church worship service. Several of Mary's buds from KSU (Kennesaw State), along with a few of their parents filled up the first two rows at the Cobb Galleria Conference Center. The theme was Made to Worship.
I don't know much about Passion City Church except it's headed up by Pastor Louie Giglio, and includes Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, and Christy Nockels as the worship leaders. I also know every time our daughter Mary and her friends carpool to a Passion Conference, their lives are changed by the power of God, through contemporary worshipful music and the gifted, motivational teaching.
Last night as Mother's Day was coming to a close.... the presence of God filled the massive room as 20- and 30-somethings dropped barriers to physically, spiritually, and emotionally celebrate their Risen Savior Jesus Christ. Powerful worship music ignited a passionate praise that could have literally blown the roof off the building....but it didn't. Instead these young adults and the older generation worshipped together with tremendous joy.

Then Pastor Louie Giglio came out and the crowd cheered....he's a faithful shepherd to tens of thousands of young adults. It's obvious God has called him to reach this generation and I am thrilled! Last night as he was exhorting all of us he reminded us that God created us and we were Made To Worship.....GOD. The problem is that we have a tendency to worship things other than God -- and we cling and bow down to those things. His main audience and his passion is to reach young adults--those whom I have been calling 20- and 30-somethings.

There are several reasons why this is so important to me....I'm a mom and it's the day after Mother's Day.....and I love and know God and I love my family....and I was privileged to be one of the crowd who hilariously celebrated Jesus last night. I care about our up-and-coming generation. I care a lot!

We are parents of two 20-somethings, precious gifts from God, whom we call Grace & Mary.

When our oldest daughter Grace was a very little girl she kept saying she was going to become an actress in Hollywood to change it for Jesus. Our 20-something daughter lives in Pasadena now so she can shine His light in Hollywood as a model and actress. She is definitely fighting the good fight of faith because Hollywood has not been Christianized...yet. For years she has been praying specifically for the salvation of Hollywood actors and actresses and she wants to make a difference in the kind of movies and TV shows that are produced. She wants to proclaim Christ in her personal mission field, Hollywood, CA.

Mary is a 20-something, too, and also passionate about being Christ's light....right now on the campus of KSU and also to whomever the Lord brings her way. Her recent 10-day trip to China changed her life in such a way that she is seriously considering going into full-time ministry. Mary, like Grace, is hungry for God and He is filling them both because they are seeking Him. Mary's college friends have become her brothers and sisters in Christ and the whole group moves as one force...celebrating Jesus as they struggle to know Him and His will for their lives. God is using the Passion Conferences and Passion City Church to help her...and her friends find their way. We celebrated and worshipped side-by-side last night with Mary and her 20-something friends and I was beyond blessed.

If you know of people of this generation I just described who need godly encouragement, instruction, and the comradery of brothers and sisters in Christ, then visit Passion City Church. Support their work. Attend their services and celebrate with them. It's indescribable because it's supernaturally God!

Louie Giglio and Chris Tomlin encouraged the vibrant crowd that '...this is not an event, we are not an event. We are a church and this is a worship service. We don't know what we're doing and we don't know where we're meeting next -- but keep checking our website as we seek God for our next step."
Concerned about the future of America? About our "kids" and the next generation --- our 20- and 30-somethings? Please visit: and read about what God is doing through a handful of faithful ones.

HE is here!

Love & blessings,