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After a decade-long stint growing a popular student ministry at Baylor University in Texas, Louie Giglio and his wife Shelley moved to Atlanta in 1995 and started the Passion conferences, a national collegiate ministry that used live worship music and teaching to encourage young people to live for the glory of God. Yearly Passion events served as the movement's centerpieces: multi-day, festival-styled gatherings whose attendance grew exponentially from a couple of thousand when Passion held its first get-together in 1997 to up to 40,000 in 2000. Since the second gathering in Austin, Texas in 1998, Passion decided to document the musical portion of the annual conferences via live worship recordings that featured praise songs with an alternative edge. The original worship leader at the conferences was Charlie Hall, but soon other collaborators including Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band, Christy Nockels, and Matt Redman joined the fold.
The growing popularity of the live discs and each of these worshipers' songs led Giglio to create sixstepsrecords, which would serve as a creative hub for the entire Passion team. Of the whole family, Tomlin and David Crowder Band would go on to reach superstar status; the former would earn the label its first RIAA gold-certified album with 2004's Arriving. Multiple awards, nominations, and showings in the upper echelons of Billboard's Christian charts made the Passion and sixsteps brands the most popular in modern worship music, with many of their songs sung by millions in churches all across the country.In 2006, sixsteps released The Best of Passion (So Far), a two-disc retrospective chronicling the first ten years in the life of the movement. The annual Passion concerts became a praise & worship tradition and live releases drawn from each year's concert continued to appear in 2006 (Everything Glorious), 2008 (God of This City), 2011 (Passion: Here for You), and 2012 (White Flag). Let the Future Begin arrived in 2013 and underscored its title with motivational lyrics and uptempo beats, while 2014's Take It All added a bonus DVD to the album's physical release.The 2015 Passion conference featured three separate live events held at both the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia and the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The resulting album, Even So Come, showcased performances from Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill, and others. Following a 2016 studio album called Salvation's Tide Is Rising, Passion celebrated its 20th year with a live album recorded at the 2017 conference. Titled Worthy of Your Name, the album featured new songs written specifically for the anniversary conference and was led by Kristian Stanfill, Brett Younker, and Melodie Malone of the Passion Band. ~ Andree Farias
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'New Thing' Passion Acoustic Performance - Christian Music Videos
Check out this acoustic performance of the song ‘New Thing’ by Passion.
“Oh God, we need a heart revival, we long for a soul awakening
A hope to wake us from our sleeping to see You resurrecting everything
Like the winter turns to spring, like the deserts turn to streams
You’re doing a new thing, You’re doing a new thing, like the rain on thirsty ground
Holy Spirit, pour it out, You’re doing a new thing, You’re doing a new thing”
What a beautiful song with a wonderful message. And the harmonies throughout are just lovely!
After the song, Melody and Patrick who are members of Passion shared about how the song ‘New Thing’ was created.
Patrick talks about how he was inspired by how in scripture it talks about spring and things being new. “I just kept being so excited about new life and spring,” he said.
Melody went on to talk about the scripture references that the song points to.
“We had been talking about this whole idea of God doing something new and bringing us forward from Isaiah 43 and 44 at our church,” she said. “The Israelites are looking around and all that they see is a desert. They see wilderness, they see bareness, and they’re just wondering ‘Where’s God? What’s happening? What’s going on?’ And that’s when God comes and says and he prophesizes ‘Behold, I am doing a new thing. I am making a way in the wilderness. I am making streams in the desert.’ And I think for all of us, coming out of 2020 and even 2021, it was just like, ‘I’m looking around and this is what I feel like I’m walking through. I feel like this is my life right now. And I need to believe that God is still here and God is still doing something and He’s doing a new thing.’”
We hope that you enjoyed listening to ‘New Thing’ by Passion today and it was able to bring you some encouragement.
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.