10 life-long Traits Distilled In Me Through Discipleship

The most effective ministry is modeled after Jesus his disciples. Stanley started this ministry in St. Louis and hundreds went through this internship and were changed and in result the world was changed. Max Lucado was one of the first to go through the internship and I was one of the last.  The day that was most memorable with Stanley is when he took me out once to mentor me in outreach. Starting out, his cell phone rings and he answers and gives me the phone and I asked Stanley, “Who is it?” He replied, “Max Lucado”. It was the first time I met Max.  That weekend I went to the first Promise Keepers I have ever been to. Max spoke and at the end of his sermon, Max invited Stanley on stage. Max then proceeded to bend to his knees and washed Stanley’s, my mentor’s, feet in front of over 10,000 men – What an AMAZING experience!!!10 Impacting life-changing values learned from the great evangelist, my mentor, Stanley Ship who is now at home with His Father in Heaven:

Max (Lucado) and I had the same mentor, Stanley. This is when I was young. AS you see I have not digressed but progressed due to the power of God

  1. Always be available
  2. Every must have a Paul (mentor) and a Timothy (an apprentice).
  3. Stay youthful in heart being effective for God.
  4. Every daily contact with a people is an opportunity to share the love of Jesus.
  5. Relate to people, Jesus did and does and will!!!
  6. We are not above committing any sin.
  7. Do not live for retirement but spend every waking breath sharing the love of Jesus.
  8. We never get too old to relate to younger generations.
  9. No vision is too big for God.
  10. Let your heart be broken for the lost. Stanley wept for those who did not know Jesus.

I asked Stanley that day what he did with his time with God. We were driving by a park. Stanley pointed to a random man in a park and said, “Todd, see that man. I pray every day that God will help me see someone’s heart like him and be able to minister Jesus to his heart.”

Stanley’s heart of compassion made him be one of the greatest evangelists I have ever known.

Stanley died in his 70’s in a car wreck on his way to speak at an event. He use to always speak about how he is never going to retire and travel and say “look at that mountain, honey”, but how he is going to spend the rest of his life, every waking breath with the ambition to share Jesus. And He did,. Max Lucado was at the hospital when Stanley died and performed his funeral.

Stanley affected thousands and inspired them with the passion to share Jesus with the lost. I am one of the many fruits that was bore through Stanley.

How To Thrive From Who You Are

Mindshift From Human Doing to Human Being

“How are you?”

 

It’s interesting to think about the very common response I receive when asking this.  It’s almost as if I asked “how busy have you been?” or “What all have you accomplished lately?”  I’m talking about myself too.  Over the years, I’ve been on a learning curve of realizing that I am not a human “doing”, but a human “being”.   Your accomplishments or your view of the lack there of is not the answer to how you are. If anyone could blow someone away with what they’ve accomplished, his name is Jesus.  In fact, John said in his gospel: “Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written (John 21:25).”

Jesus had all types of opportunities to accomplish and show off His accomplishments. Here is one of those opportunities and observe and ponder His response: “But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray (‭‭Luke‬ ‭5:15-16‬).”  Don’t you love how in this moment, He knew that He did not have anything to prove to people through doing? But, He withdrew from the stage just to be with His Father.  What confidence and security in Jesus’ heart for Him to respond this way!  Why does He respond that way and where does He get this confidence and dependence of resting in His Father in Heaven.

I believe the answer is found in how Jesus’ Father set Him up for life and ministry. Jesus’ Dad spoke identity into Him when He was baptized: “The Holy Spirit descended on him.. like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased (‭‭Luke‬ ‭3:22‬).’”  God showed His Son how pleased He is with Him through simply His identity, a beloved son.  Jesus knew His identity from the very beginning is who He is as a Son and not what he does. Jesus gave you and me a similar identity that we can live confidently and restfully from: “For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26).

Be encouraged to rest in Jesus and live from your sole identity of being a child of God through your faith in Jesus.  Let’s don’t seek after approval from our achievements that will never fulfill.

What if we had a “Who I am” list along with our to do list to remind ourselves who we are in not based on what we do?

Only Jesus fulfills you: “In Christ, you’ve been made complete (Colossians 2:10).” Let’s live confidently that our self-worth is in Christ alone.  Let’s trash the approval cycle and thrive from the rest and identity we receive in Christ.  The next time you receive a “How are you?”, live freely to share your heart, how you really are.  Let’s leave our achievements on our resume and lets live from a heart rooted in who we are in Christ: “rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness (Colossians 2:7).”

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5 S.M.A.R.T Strategies To Achieve Goals In 2017

A blessed 2017 to YOU!

One year in seminary I set a new year’s resolution to eat not

A memory from when we launched the mobilizing mission work among 20s across the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex in 2014.

A memory from when we launched the mobilizing mission work among 20s across the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex in 2014.

one single French fry for a whole year. Now, it’s funny to think about all of my friends thinking I was accomplishing an unbelievable feat. I made it a whole year but all it did was “resolve” that I could survive without a fry. All a resolution is is a decision to or not to do something. It’s really not that inspiring. But Dictionary.com defines a goal as “the result or achievement toward which effort is directed”! Wow that’s inspirational! It’s so inspirational that the Apostle Paul uses this term to describe a life purpose: “I press on toward the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly calling in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).”  Goals give you purpose. In fact, in 2017, let’s not just make a goal, let’s make a s.m.a.r.t. goal.

  1. Specific – General goals are not tangible such as I’m going to work out more. But the more details you put to the goal, it’ll come alive: I’m going to work out three days a week at 5:00 a.m. and I’m going to meet and build a friendship at the gym with one person to converse the Good News of Jesus with.
  2. Measurable – You can’t measure loving your neighbor more in 2017, but you can make a goal of ringing their doorbell once a week and asking them how you may pray for them. This also allows you to evaluate whether or not your goal is on track during the year.
  3. Attainable – I’m most likely not going to have a leading role in a Hollywood film this year even though I’m convinced my wife knows I’m better looking than Channing Tatum. Sorry, Channing. But, I’m blessed to be making disciples among twenties in our growing mission work and my goal will be speaking at twelve more events, in addition to our mission work, inspiring more people with my testimony than I did last year.
  4. Readjust – Let’s not be static and legalistic.  God might open doors or reveal new insights that may lead you to readjust the goal set. Be open to this and the newness that comes into your life: “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it (‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:19‬)?” Be perceptive.
  5. Timeline – In 2014, my wife and I had a goal to launch this growing mission work among twenties in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex on November 1 that year. We did it! One hundred and twenty twenties have been equipped firsthand in this ministry since then. If your only deadline is January 2018, you’re not likely to get around to doing it during the year since it’s not imminent.
I want you to accomplish everything on your heart for 2017! Comment below and share what you use to set your goals that’s different than above. What are your goals for 2017? Comment below. Let’s pray for and encourage each other in our goals. I pray 2017 will be the best ever for you glorifying Jesus!
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3 Gifts from God to YOU

Here’a a CHRISTmas celebratory focus and a blessing from us to you this CHRISTMAS:

Merry CHRISTmas from The Lollar's to YOU!

Merry CHRISTmas from The Lollar’s to YOU!”

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).” ‭‭

This familiar, often overused Bible verse actually can radically change your everyday life! Sometimes we need to defamiliarize ourselves from what we’ve heard all our lives so it can be familiar again. This CHRISTmas receive these three  impacting thoughts from this little verse as Christmas gifts from God to you:

1. Incarnation – God came “unto you”.  God humbled Himself and made Himself a helpless babe in a stinky manger to endure all you endure.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  – John 1:14

Religion is human’s way to try to get to God, but Chritiansity is the Good News of God becoming human to get to you redeeming you from darkness when He purchased you by His blood on the cross!

2. Savior – Jesus was born for the purpose of saving your soul.  In the midst of our stinky sinful deadly living, God left His comfort  to cry as a baby in a stinky horse trough.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

3. Lord – God came to earth not only to save us from sin but also to save us into His Kingdom.  Now Jesus rules my life.  When I ruled my life, my life stunk.   Jesus was born to be  your Lord and save you from your own rule.  He rules with grace, peace and love.

 “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, theforgiveness of sins.” – Colossians 1:13

From God to us. From Marissa, Oliver and I to you… Merry CHRISTmas!

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