When I was growing up, my father, the pastor, would always want us on our knees at the stroke of midnight, praying the new year in. He was a stickler for that, and now nearly 65,000 young people will celebrate the new year praising the name of Jesus.

I’ve never heard of anything like this before, but I am happy to see it. Our country needs a spiritual awakening. It was founded on Judeo-Christian values, and the liberal agenda has tried to cut it up into a million pieces.

To those of you using the separation of church and state for this rally, that excuse is out the door, and you have no admission here. Sometimes I wish our forefathers would have put “a Christian nation” into the Constitution. We wouldn’t have most of the problems we have now.

Over the next three days, thousands of millennials and Gen Zers – along with their church and campus leaders – will be filling up the Mercedes-Benz Stadium with Passion founders Louie and Shelley Giglio as hosts and music by the Passion Band.

“Passion is more than a conference. More than an event. More than a feeling,” the website states. “Passion is you and me saying goodbye to lesser things and saying yes to Jesus, the One whose name is above every name.”

Students (ages 18 to 25) will hear from guest speakers like Tim Tebow, Ravi Zacharias, Christine Caine, Levi Lusko, John Piper and Sadie Robertson, with worship led by Hillsong United, Lecrae, Kari Jobe, and Cody Carnes, Elevation Music, Crowder, Trip Lee, Andy Mineo, Social Club Misfits, Tedashii and Sean Curran.

Each year, students have joined together to raise money for different initiatives, including the END IT Movement, which launched at Passion 2013 and has raised $8.3 million to fight modern-day slavery. In addition to that, students will raise money for Share Light, a campaign to see the Bible scriptures translated into the 6,000 known languages during this generation’s lifetime. [Fox News]

I love gathering with other Christians at concerts, at Mass in church, and for other events. People are praying together for everyone daily and probably hourly throughout the world. It’s beautiful and helps reinvigorate the faithful. Happy New Year. May this be a year of faith for all. God will hold you in the palm of his hand during tough times. There are so many good people in the world who care. We are blessed. We all have tragedy in our lives, but we can see that we are blessed even in times of hardship.

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The physical, emotional, and spiritual struggles our young generation is facing are real. Here they have an opportunity to let go for a while and indulge in a safe, peaceful, and joyful moment that can help them cope with and overcome many of the challenges in their lives.

Anyone can experience happiness, but happiness is fickle, for it requires happy circumstances. Joy, on the other hand, sticks around. It doesn’t get chased off by trouble. Unlike happiness, joy is true satisfaction. Joy satisfies the heart in a way that temporary happiness never can.

Only those who have peace with God through Christ can experience true joy. Trust me that comes from one (me) who swore he knew what happiness was.


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