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What Lies Ahead for America?
What Lies Ahead for America?

Atlanta's
LOUIS GIGLIO 
Describes 'Beauty' of Family in Era When It's 'Under Attack'
by Tre Goins-Phillips - faithwire.com

  Louie Giglio has spent more than 20 years listening to stories of heartbreak and healing as the founding pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, and he's found a common thread in so many of the stories he and his wife, Shelley, have heard: broken families.

  In an era when the complete family unit - a mother and a father - is increasingly absent, the 60-year-old author and preacher is calling people to remember the "beauty" of family.

   Giglio's new book "Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons and Daughters of a Perfect Father," debuted on the EPA Christian Booksellers' Top 50 list in June at #5.

  The author told Faithwire there's nothing quite like the bond between a mother and a father, though he said moms and dads who are single parents are "heroes."

  "God designs things with purpose," he said. "He designed the family with purpose. He designed the family to be a unit. The beauty of a mom who can lean on a dad and a dad who's got the support of a mom is the best case scenario for all of us."

  And the best way to know that's the case, Giglio contended, is by looking at "how under attack that family unit is" in our culture.

  "Our enemy, he knows this," the pastor said, turning back toward the subject of his book, those seeking healing from the brokenness or absence of their own earthly fathers. "It's no coincidence that fatherhood is under fire. And that families are under fire."

  For those who have had the blessing of growing up with a mother and a father in their lives, Giglio added, "We look up and we say, 'Man, it was my mom's contribution and my dad's - it was their partnership - that gave me the very best chance to step up and believe I could be the person that God has created me to be.'"

  According to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, more than one in four children - 19.7 million kids - live without a father in the home. For a lot of children, Giglio said, that absence "creates a lack of self-confidence" as well as "a sense of insecurity and a sense of aimlessness."

  The research backs up what Giglio is saying. Fatherless families are 44 percent more likely to raise children in poverty and 90 percent of all runaway kids are fatherless. In addition, fatherless children are nine times more likely to drop out of school and are less likely to pursue academic or professional qualifications as adults.

So what?

  For many kids without dads and moms without fathering partners, there aren't a lot of options. So what can the church do to help fill that void?

  All too often, Giglio said, the Christian community is quick to move on from the unresolved grief that accompanies an absent parent, whether it be a mother or a father who died or who stepped away from their child's life for a multitude of reasons.

  "One of the things the church can do is pause and really embrace the magnitude of the consequences, the collateral [damage] in the lives of people because of broken relationships with their fathers," he said.

  The preacher went on to say Christians can do a better job of communicating that God understands the "sense of loss" felt by those who grew up without a father and appreciate the fact healing "doesn't happen in an instant."

  Holistically, Giglio explained, Christians have a responsibility to call people "up and out" by encouraging them in the midst of their grief and reminding them of the perfect Heavenly Father.

  "I think it's the balance of God knows the magnitude of what you're struggling with, but he's calling you out," he said. "Take a step today and take another step tomorrow with the belief that, one of these days, you're gonna be in a completely different zone in a completely different place in your relationship with [God] and with other people."

From faithwire.com -  Click Here

The Harbinger captured the attention of more than 1 million people this year with its prophetic warning to America. But the book’s ongoing implications should be the real concern behind this profound revelation.

What happens when a nation ignores God’s warnings and the call to return to Him? What happens to nations that actually return to God?

Regardless of how much the world mocks Christians for believing that God’s Word is absolute truth, there are biblical principles and patterns concerning the judgment or redemption of nations—and this revelation holds profound meaning for America.

I wrote about these principles in The Harbinger, a prophetic wake-up call for America released in January 2012 that has since sold more than 1 million copies. The message has obviously resonated with people from all walks of life (it spent the entire year on the New York Times best-seller list), yet there is far more to this continuing story.

It begins more than 2,700 years ago, when God repeatedly called ancient Israel to return to Him after the people He birthed opted to turn away from their God. The very words of the Torah, spoken through Moses to their ancestors in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28, were His first call and His foretelling future calamity if they failed to repent. When the people of Israel’s northern kingdom ignored those words, God sent His prophets to confront them face-to-face with their transgressions.

Even then the people and their leaders refused to listen, hardening their hearts to His message and persecuting the messengers. God finally allowed Israel’s enemies to breach His protective hedge around the nation. Though the subsequent damage was significant, it was limited—proving that even in judgment God was calling the nation to wake up, turn from its self-destructive course and be reconciled to Him.

Israel’s defiant answer to God’s final call is found in Isaiah 9:10: “The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with hewn stones; the sycamores are cut down, but we will replace them with cedars.” Despite being in ruins, Israel vowed to rebuild itself stronger than ever—and without God.

Verse 11 describes the beginning of the tragic consequences of that defiance, the nation’s progression to judgment: “Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and spur his enemies on.”

The answer continues in the verses that follow: “And they shall devour Israel with an open mouth. For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still. ... The land is burned up. ... What will you do in the day of punishment, and in the desolation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help?” (Is. 9:12, 19; 10:3).

Thus, Isaiah 9:10 leads to a prophecy of national destruction, fulfilled when the Assyrians returned, laid siege for three years and destroyed the northern kingdom in 722 B.C., and exiled its people.

- See more at: http://www.charismanews.com/culture/38176-what-lies-ahead-for-america#sthash.9IWT8R1M.dpuf

The Harbinger captured the attention of more than 1 million people this year with its prophetic warning to America. But the book’s ongoing implications should be the real concern behind this profound revelation.

What happens when a nation ignores God’s warnings and the call to return to Him? What happens to nations that actually return to God?

Regardless of how much the world mocks Christians for believing that God’s Word is absolute truth, there are biblical principles and patterns concerning the judgment or redemption of nations—and this revelation holds profound meaning for America.

I wrote about these principles in The Harbinger, a prophetic wake-up call for America released in January 2012 that has since sold more than 1 million copies. The message has obviously resonated with people from all walks of life (it spent the entire year on the New York Times best-seller list), yet there is far more to this continuing story.

It begins more than 2,700 years ago, when God repeatedly called ancient Israel to return to Him after the people He birthed opted to turn away from their God. The very words of the Torah, spoken through Moses to their ancestors in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28, were His first call and His foretelling future calamity if they failed to repent. When the people of Israel’s northern kingdom ignored those words, God sent His prophets to confront them face-to-face with their transgressions.

Even then the people and their leaders refused to listen, hardening their hearts to His message and persecuting the messengers. God finally allowed Israel’s enemies to breach His protective hedge around the nation. Though the subsequent damage was significant, it was limited—proving that even in judgment God was calling the nation to wake up, turn from its self-destructive course and be reconciled to Him.

Israel’s defiant answer to God’s final call is found in Isaiah 9:10: “The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with hewn stones; the sycamores are cut down, but we will replace them with cedars.” Despite being in ruins, Israel vowed to rebuild itself stronger than ever—and without God.

Verse 11 describes the beginning of the tragic consequences of that defiance, the nation’s progression to judgment: “Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and spur his enemies on.”

The answer continues in the verses that follow: “And they shall devour Israel with an open mouth. For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still. ... The land is burned up. ... What will you do in the day of punishment, and in the desolation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help?” (Is. 9:12, 19; 10:3).

Thus, Isaiah 9:10 leads to a prophecy of national destruction, fulfilled when the Assyrians returned, laid siege for three years and destroyed the northern kingdom in 722 B.C., and exiled its people.

- See more at: http://www.charismanews.com/culture/38176-what-lies-ahead-for-america#sthash.9IWT8R1M.dpuf

'God Had A Different Plan': Louie Giglio's
Call To Ministry

by Louie Giglio

   We're all intrinsically wired to flourish under the waterfall of our father's blessing. If something goes wrong, and that needed flow is diverted, the sting we feel is real, and the downstream consequences cannot be ignored - even if we try to push them into the distance.

  For me this came into super clear focus when I was 18 years old and one of the biggest decisions of my life seemingly came out of nowhere. Like a lot of college freshman, I didn't yet have a solid life map.

  My plan was to ride the wave of tennis as far as I could. Having made that the main obsession of my life through the later years of high school, I thought I'd give it a go at Georgia State University and hope for the best. Yet, that train didn't even get out of the station before I sustained an injury early in fall tryouts.

  I soon realized this path was both unrealistic (I just wasn't good enough) and unattainable because of the torn muscle in my side, even if I had been good enough. I could have chosen to grind away at it, but I'd be so far behind I'd never catch up.

  But, God had a different plan anyway.

  He hadn't gifted me to crush one-handed backhands with pinpoint precision. No, my skill set orbited in the zone of communication. Public speaking, to be specific. Though I hadn't fully realized it for myself, I was comfortable speaking in front of people (some researchers say this is the number one fear of most people) and had above average ability.

  That led to opportunity, whether speaking to the student body at school or giving a short talk on a mission trip with the youth group from church. And that led to a path I never could have imagined back when I tore that muscle in my side.

  Whenever an occasion arose where someone needed to step up and speak into the moment, people invariably looked my way. And while those early attempts at influencing and encouraging people through spoken messages were rough around the edges, people would say I did well, and then more opportunities would come my way.

  Shortly after my tennis dream went down the tubes, untangling my heart from that obsession, God arrived with a startling announcement - He was calling me to preach. I'll admit I hadn't seen that one coming, but it made sense. All my experiences and passions, as well as my budding ability, aligned with His call.

  It felt like I was suddenly zeroing in on understanding the unique way that God had gifted me, and seeing how that might lead to a life path.

Our Intrinsic Wiring

  God has wired each of us with unique abilities, aptitudes, and desires. Somewhere in the nexus of these lies our created gifting - the pathway that we will follow on earth. The heart of our reason for being is to know and love our Maker and enjoy Him forever. Nothing is more important than that, nothing surpasses that core purpose.

  Yet, within our relationship with God, He tailors us to make our unique contributions to the greater good for His glory, giving our individual lives very specific meaning and direction.

  His plan for you is not mere existence. It's way beyond mere drudgery or a job you can't stand and aren't good at. He has woven into your heart a gift and a dream so that you can invest your days in meaningful pursuits that make your heart come alive and help others' hearts come alive also.

  Back at Georgia State with my newfound calling, I began to understand that my purpose was to tell the story of Jesus to the world. This realization was accompanied by trepidation and excitement, but my heart was on fire with a desire to say, Yes, to God, a desire that overwhelmed my fears.

  My pastor encouraged me to devote two weeks to prayer, and to immerse myself in God's Word. He also encouraged me to read the book, So Send I You by Oswald Chambers. That book led me to a passage of Scripture that confirmed what God was saying to me and what I was saying to God.

  At the end of the two weeks I had my answer and was ready to tell my church that I was "surrendering" my life to God's call to ministry - to preach.

  I was pumped, except for one thing - I needed to tell my dad.

  My dad was awesome. But when it came to the most important part of my life - my relationship with Jesus - we didn't have much common ground. Ours was a bi-denominational family from the start. Dad was a non-practicing Catholic and an on-and-off attendee of our Baptist church, but never much an adopter of the "Jesus way."

  Mom was a praying saint. She was all in for Jesus, and the church. Mom was going to be thrilled at my calling. There was no problem there. But Dad wasn't going to know how to process my decision, and I wasn't sure how I was going to tell him. So, I was putting off talking to him about it as long as I could.

  The days kept rolling by, and here it was the Sunday afternoon before the evening service where I planned to announce my decision during the response time at church. I knew time was running out. I couldn't make such a declaration in front of the whole church without telling my dad first.

  But how could I break news like this to him? Late in the afternoon I walked into the kitchen of our modest apartment where my dad was warming some leftovers on the stove. I swallowed hard, opened my mouth, and heard words coming out.

  "Dad, I have some big news. I feel like God is calling me to be a preacher. I'm going to tell the church at the service tonight, and it would be great if you could be there."

   Awkward pause.

  Dad just blanked. He was shocked. Caught off guard. Granted, I'd put him in a tough spot by springing the news of my decision in such a haphazard way. Finally, he managed to get out the words, "That's great, Ace."

  But his expression said it all.

  I could sense the wheels turning in his head - my son is going to be a Baptist preacher. All of his golf and poker buddies' sons were either playing football for Auburn, or planning to be attorneys or accountants or something respectable. One buddy's son was going to take over the family business.

  This week, while a new hand was being dealt at the Friday night card table, the question would eventually come: Lou, what's your kid doing, again?

  Um, he thinks he's going to be a preacher.

  That's the last thing my dad wanted to say through the haze of cigarette smoke around the poker table. God had placed a captivating calling on my life, but as far as I could tell, my dad was disappointed. I knew from that initial moment standing in the kitchen on that Sunday that we might never be able to fully share in the journey I was embarking on for the rest of my life.

  In the days that followed I could sense a tension building in my heart. On the one hand, I was so pumped about finding my true calling in life. But on the other hand, I also really wanted my father's approval. I wanted his blessing.

  Sadly, my dad didn't turn up at the church service that night. What at first was an awkward gap between my walk with Jesus and his was now a little gash - right in the side of my heart. I knew Dad didn't mean any harm by not coming, but it hurt a little anyway. More than anything, I just wanted to have his approval.

  Don't we all? We want our dad to see us. To acknowledge what we can do. To value who we are. To cheer for us and tell us they love us.

  I understand that for some of you, the story about my dad's reluctance to initially celebrate my calling will resonate, while for others it produces a completely different range of emotions. You're thinking, You're lucky, Louie. My dad wasn't even there to talk to about my life choices and big decisions. And if he had been, he just might have knocked me across the kitchen in anger and cursed God.

  Or for some of you, the phrase you heard when you confided in your dad about your dreams was, Good luck with that. I doubt you'll ever amount to anything.

  Maybe your dad mocked your ambition. Or maybe he tried to superimpose on you his plan for your life.

  We all have different experiences with our dads, but the craving for our father's approval is the same.

  Some of you possess that blessing fully and you are thinking, I love my dad! When you shared your dreams with him he gave you that assuring nod and grin, and told you he'd do everything he could to help you. That kind of father is a gift, and if you have a dad like this I hope you'll thank him again today!

  Yet, for others there's a palpable, uneasy silence right now as you're reading. You don't want to peel back the layers of your heart about your relationship with your dad. It's too painful, and the hurts are too recent, too real.

  But I want to encourage you because God is offering you a promise that has the power to change your life forever.

LOUIE GIGLIO (@louiegiglio) is founding and lead pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta,
as well as the founder of the Passion Conferences.

Excerpted from Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons and Daughters of a Perfect Father, Copyright  2019 by Louie Giglio. Published by B&H Publishing Group.(From CBN.com -  Click Here

LOUIS GIGLIO 
Children's Book "Indescribable"

  Louie Giglio's book, "Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants", entered the Christian Bookseller's Top 50 list at #2, moving up to #1 the next month. And, six months later, a new children's book, "Indescribable" followed, staying on the children's books list for several months as well.

 Louie's first-ever children's book, Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God & Science, showcases God and science. "It is important for us to explore and learn about everything God has made.

  "The more we learn about what He created, the more we learn about Him," shares Louie. There are 100 devotions in the book that reveal God's creativity with: (1) Space, Galaxies, Planets, and Stars; (2) Earth, Geology, Oceans, and Weather; (3) Animals - from Hummingbirds to Dinosaurs; and (4) Our Minds, Bodies, and Imaginations.

  The book is based on Louie's popular messages Indescribable and How Great Is Our God. He encourages kids to grow in their faith and with the Creator Himself.

  "The designer Himself knows us by name. He loves us. He cares for us and to know that is to truly know a joy that is indescribable," shares Louie.

  Each devotion reveals the majesty of creation with scientific findings, photography, and original illustrations. A "Be Amazed" section is featured with each devotion that includes fascinating facts, hands-on activities, and a closing prayer. Some of the devotions he features in the book include:

  "When Stars Die" - Louie talks about how stars are born and how they also die. "We usually think of dying as an ugly thing, but when a star dies, it is actually quite beautiful," shares Louie. When Jesus died on the cross the suffering would have been horrible to see, but it was also beautiful because of the reason He died.

  "A Hairy Situation" - In this devotion, Louie talks about how hair is everywhere on your head and on your skin. The average person has 100,000 follicles on his head and more than 5 million on the entire body. God knows each and every hair in each and every follicle. So, when you are going through a hard time remember God has not forgotten you. He knows every hair on your head and how to take care of you.

  "See the Seahorse" - The seahorse is a tiny fish that lives in the ocean. This unusual creature often swims with another seahorse and they link their tails to stay together. The seahorse is not a good swimmer so it uses its tail to anchor itself to hold on to a piece of sea grass or coral. God has given this creature everything it needs to get food, have someone to swim through life with, and something to hold on to. God takes care of you, too. He provides you with food and shelter. Sometimes like the seahorse you may have to hold on and wait for God to deliver His promises.

(From CBN.com -  Click Here

PASSION CITY CHURCH

  On May 11, 2008, Chris Tomlin announced that he was leaving his church to start a new church in Atlanta with Louie (called Passion City Church). Louie confirmed this rumor on The Passion Podcast on June 27, 2008.

  Passion City Church held its first service on February 15, 2009, in Atlanta at The Tabernacle. Louie and his wife were members of North Point Community Church in Atlanta for 13 years until the founding of Passion City Church.

  There is no official staff of Passion City Church; however, among the core team are Louie and Shelley Giglio, Chris Tomlin and band, Matt and Beth Redman, David Crowder and Nathan and Christy Nockels, among others.

Louie Giglio
"Not Forsaken"


In Not Forsaken, Atlanta Pastor Louie Giglio invites us to understand the character of God in a life-changing way: as a perfect Father who wants you to live under the waterfall of His blessing. You see, God is not the bigger version of your earthly dad, He's the perfect version of your earthly dad. And He's inviting you to walk in freedom as His loved son or daughter. Paperback.

Louie Giglio
"Indescribable:
100 Devotions About 
God and Science"



Atlanta pastor Louie Giglio believes God's glory is displayed through his creation! Each of his 100 kid-friendly devotions includes a Scripture passage, story, practical application, prayer, and fascinating scientific section to help kids express their faith. Topics include evolution, dinosaurs, space and the universe, molecules, geology
and fossils, our amazing bodies,
and more.

Louie Giglio
"Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants"


Many of us have giants in our lives--hang-ups and habits, fears and insecurities that keep us from reaching our full potential. Frozen, we lose sight of the promise God has for our lives and settle for far less than best. But there is a better way forward. In Goliath Must Fall, Atlanta's Louie Giglio offers powerful insights from the Biblical story of David that will help you overcome your giants once and for all by fixing your eyes on the size of your God, not the size of your giant. Paperback.

Louie Giglio &
Matt Redman

"Indescribable:
Encountering the Glory of God in the Beauty of the Universe"



Visionary pastor Giglio and songwriter Redman team up to explore the mysteries of God's creation. Weaving devotional insights with scientific facts, they take you on a journey through the vastness of outer space and into the depths of the soul---igniting your mind and spirit---and transforming your wonder into passionate worship! 192 pages,
softcover from Cook.

Louie Giglio
"The Comeback:
It's Not Too Late and You're Never Too Far"


Louie Giglio
"The Air I Breathe: Worship As A
Way of Life"


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