Passion Manila 2014 on God's great dance floor

I feel alive
I come alive
I am alive on God's great dance floor

"Passion (Conference) is about one Savior and one God." ~Kristian Stanfillsee his Instagram post below.

Aaaaahhh!!!! It was indeed an amazing night for everyone who attended Passion Manila 2014 at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Present na present si Lord, sigurado marami ang bumalik ang "passion" nila to serve the Lord as best as they can do, kasama na ko doon!

At di pa rin ako makapaniwalang nakapunta ako tonight with my niece! I just won the tickets by downloading the latest app of Positively Pinoy Online Radio a couple of weeks ago. And then last week, I was informed via text message that I actually won, woohoo! thanks God talaga! also thanks to Positively Pinoy / The Edge and Becca Music Inc. Salamat din for making it easier for us to claim the tickets. God bless your ministries :)

photo via Positively Pinoy website

Actually, since I've heard about Passion Manila last December, nasa prayer list ko na ang makapunta dito lalo na kasama si Kristian Stanfill ^_^ Nagkaroon ako ng budget para makabili agad kaso nagamit ko for other purposes then early January, sold out na ang March 28. Mabuti na lang nag-open ng isa pang gabi kaso sa dami ng interested, mabilis din nawala ang Patron and Upper A seats. Nalungkot na ko, gusto ko kasi talaga sa ganitong areas. Kaya ito, answered prayer na naman ako! So blessed!

Well here are what we've heard and enjoyed so much tonight. Thanks to the Passion band, Kristian Stanfill and David Crowder. Galing at ramdam mo ang heart of worship!

Here's the Worship Songs Lineup (March 27, 2014)

1. God's Great Dance Floor (led by K. Stanfill)
2. Don't Ever Stop (led by K. Stanfill)
3. O Praise Him (led by D. Crowder)
4. 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) (led by K. Stanfill)
5. Burning In My Soul (led by Brett Younker?)
6. Our God is Greater (led by K. Stanfill)
7. Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) (led by K. Stanfill)
8. How He Loves (led by D. Crowder)
9. One Thing Remains (led by K. Stanfill)
10. My Heart is Yours (led by K. Stanfill)
11. How Great is Our God  (led by K. Stanfill)
12. I Am (led by D. Crowder)
13. The Lord Our God (led by K. Stanfill)
14. God Of This City (led by K. Stanfill)
15. God's Great Dance Floor (led by K. Stanfill) again and again ^_^

Pastor Louie Giglio of Passion City Church started his message by quoting Romans 8:38-39that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord

“Start to be a non-dancer who dances.” Pastor Giglio said before giving us the theology behind their song God’s Great Dance Floor. 

He then shared his honeymoon experience way back many years ago when he was actually tricked by the brochure convincing them to go to a place somewhere in the Caribbean based at the picture he saw – perfect scenery and a beautiful  half cove. But then he became disappointed much to discover what’s in the other half of the cove. At first he was feeling so amazing by excitement and his impression but just like a cropped photo where you were not able to see the missing part – Satan is also cropping our freedom plans and always bring disasters to our lives. And when we experience freedom fail (deciding every plan in own way and own time) where our freedom plans not working anymore, and we want to come home – we can always go back to our Father in Heaven’s embrace (just like the story of the lost Son in the Bible), for He is full of grace and mercy and will even prepare a feast for us and this rejoicing in heaven will happen as well (Luke 15:7). This is God’s great dance floor, a holy party.

Thanks God for the other two parables (the lost sheep and the lost coin) that teach us about God’s compassion for man are also written in His Word.

"Sin makes us spiritually dead: no improvement in conditions, cut off from God, spiritually done. But God the Father sent Jesus Christ not to make bad people good people but to make them alive again. We were dead but alive again, this is spiritual death to spiritual life. Our testimony of our faith is how God’s mercy brought us back to life. He is greater than how far we can run… deeper than how deep we can go."

Everyone is welcome in God’s great dance floor, even the other son of the rich man who got mad when he heard about how his father accepted his brother again and the fattened calf was killed for the feast. This son worked too hard for a long time and this is why he missed the fact that he already has what his father has, even his love for him, yet he also got too busy trying to earn it. 

Self-effort is not needed for this for God already gave Christ for us – this is real love. And He wants us to work for Him because we love Him not to gain His love because we already have it, already proven.

After this message, I found myself not so different from the other son. Yes, I was lost before but God found me again yet I stored up too many ugly things inside of me: bitterness, hatred, anger, jealousy, pride, etc. The Lord even rebuked me by making me realize that I sometimes didn't feel happy when others were experiencing good things. A busy-me at ministries don’t actually reflect my genuine faith in God because just like that son – I was trying too hard to earn God’s attention. I often forget that He already gave me Christ and there’s nothing I can do to make God love me more that He is already doing now. He is love.

So tonight I was blessed, forgiven, refreshed, strengthened, inspired and encouraged by God again. Thank you Lord.

Isama pa ang super nakaka-amaze na mashup ng singing stars and whales. Narinig ko na ito dati through a Youtube video, (watch Louie Giglio: Symphony (I Lift My Hands) online) pero mas iba pa rin pag live maririnig tapos ang ganda pa ng sound system sa Araneta kanina. Totoo, wala nang makakapantay sa kapangyarihan at husay ng ating Panginoong Diyos. He is our Creator and He deserves all the glory and honor. There’s no excuse to give the best worship and praise to Him for even His non-human creatures can give beautiful sound for Him.

Overall, this experience is God's will for me and everyone who came to this event. The Lord is not finished with us yet, He continue to mold us and change our hearts. We just need to make a decision to let Him in and make Him our real Lord and Savior.

Once again, thank You God for this blessing! Can't thank you enough :)

If you are going to make memories, make the ones that last. Oh well, this event will surely last on my heart for this was an answered prayer. 

God bless you Passion Team. May God give you more strength, faith, wisdom and joy for tomorrow's another event. Philippines' so blessed to have you back :)

Sa mga pupunta naman para bukas: please bring clean towels (request ng Operation Blessing). Meron silang mga tao doon na nagko-collect, kanina mukhang marami ang di nakapagdala so sana makarami bukas :)