Inspiration 2004: Were you Inspired?

When? September 25, 2004. Where? Six Flags Mid-America. The day began at ten o'clock when hundreds of Spirit-filled teens flooded the park. Riding roller-coasters such as the Batman, Mr. Freeze, the Boss, and the Ninja were youth groups from all over the Midwest, ready to re-ignite their fire for the Lord. The conference officially kicked off at two o'clock when teens, youth ministers, seminarians, and anyone with a ticket filed into the Empire Theatre. God laughed when the incense set off the fire alarms, forcing us all to evacuate and wait half an hour before proceeding. The Most Reverend Bishop Hermann, who was accompanied by several seminarians, celebrated the mass. Joining them on stage were Matt Maher (Yep, that's right... MATT MAHER!) and a group of musicians from the various Life Teen Bands around the St. Louis area. As the mass came to a close, everyone returned to the park with even more passion. By the time six-thirty rolled around, many people had been waiting outside the locked doors for front row seats at the concert. Matt Maher continued to put on a great show playing hit songs such as "Your Grace is Enough," "Just Like You," and the unreleased "As It Is in Heaven." Inspirational talks were given by Matt Smith, Kristy Allgeyer, and Mark Hart (Bible Geek) on issues such as putting complete trust in God, being extra-ordinary and not letting reality cloud our dreams. The night reached its climax when Jesus appeared in Adoration. Singing and praying with the praise and worship led by Matt and feeling the presence of the Holy Spirit topped off the night. So were you inspired? Get out there and continue to live for Him, giving everything to Him. He’s waiting...

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