As author/teacher Beth Moore prayed and prepared for OneDay03, she laid awake in her RV, listening to the fierce storm pounding the Texas landscape outside. And that's when it hit her - the Lord was announcing His arrival.

 

"The fear of the Lord shook me," she told the approximately 20,000 to 30,000 college-aged young adults who gathered on the 400-acre Sherman ranch two days later. Throughout the Bible, Moore explained, the Lord announced his arrival His arrival with thunder and lightening: "He fills us with terror before he shows us His love."

 

Moore joined Passion Conferences founder/director Louie Giglio, pastor/author John Piper of Minneapolis, I Kissed Dating Goodbye author Joshua Harris, Left Behind actor Kirk Cameron, former Taliban hostage Heather Mercer and others in exhorting and inspiring students over Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-27.

 

"Do you hunger for the presence of God?" Moore asked the crowd. "If you are returning to God, return with all your hearts. It must be all of you, serving Him only."

 

We all struggle with divided hearts, Moore added. We must withhold nothing from God and "let Him ruin us for all lesser loves, all lower loves." We are created for passion, she continued, and if we don't find it in Him, we will find it in lesser places.

 

Moore encouraged the crowd to fall in love with the Word of God, reminding them of  2 Timothy 3:16 - "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right." (NLT) She asked students to raise their Bibles in the air as she prayed for an impartation of love for God's Word in their generation.

 

The other symbolic gesture she suggested was pouring water on the ground - to mark a life poured out as a drink offering before the Lord.

 

"This is a day when a choice is before us - to live for one thing," Moore concluded. "If you sell out to one thing - everything else will come to you."

 

As John Piper took the stage, the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and author of Desiring God and The Pleasures of God focused on the holiness of God.

 

"Could those who struggle with pornography, masturbation, fornication and eating disorders find liberty in God's holiness?" Piper asked.  "God is incomparable in moral perfection. We cannot infer from our imperfection what God is like."

 

Piper urged the audience to "sever the roots of all Judas joys." Sin dishonors God, he noted. "The cross is not about our worthiness, but His holiness."