Todd & Logan’s Journey: Student, Friend, Supporter

Call it divine intervention. It was the fall semester of 2010 when I came across a young-something

Logan and I outside a local coffee shop after out regular 1-to-1 discipleship meetings. Yes, the was when i had long hair blending in with the artistic crowds when i was on staff with the Navigators at the University of North Texas. "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others (2 Timothy 2:2)."

Logan and I outside a local coffee shop after out regular 1-to-1 discipleship meetings. Yes, the was when i had long hair blending in with the artistic crowds when i was on staff with the Navigators at the University of North Texas. “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others (2 Timothy 2:2).”

man with long streaked hair, glasses, wearing boots bedizened to the laces in Union Jack colors. His name was Todd Lollar, that is “Lollar like dollar,” and he was kind, encouraging, and would not stop talking about Jesus.

Speaking of which, Jesus had just reentered my list of priorities, as I had just (re)dedicated my life to Him. Todd has a way of encouraging people to make priority list in regard to what they value most. He encouraged me to follow his lead by making Him top priority. I was a sophomore in college and hungry for something greater than this world had to offer. For two years Todd ministered to me one-on-one and to this day, when I share my continually lengthening God story, he is always included as one of the pivotal figures God had cast in this epic drama of the ages.

I don’t take lightly the spiritual encouragement God brought me through Todd, especially during those darker days of my journey through the wilderness. Todd built my faith every time we met. He continually reminded me of the abundance of God’s grace. How I have been made clean in His sight. Who we are positionally in Christ. That we have been made complete in Him. That I have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of Light and now an official ambassador for Christ and His Kingdom. This was the best news I had ever heard and has affected my ministry greatly, in that its all reproducible- disciples who make disciples.

God has done a lot through our friendship and continues to do more. As God loves a cheerful giver, I’m so happy to partner with Todd and Marissa.

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).

I speak from personal experience, that God has gifted them to encourage, equip and edify young men and women of faith to be the salt and light of the world, right where they live, work and play. Will you prayerfully consider partnering with my wife and I in joining Todd and Marissa’s team as monthly financial partners?

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– Logan Nyquist

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I’m greatly thankful for my friendship with Logan and our discipleship journey.  Please follow his blog at: thenewhusbandblog.wordpress.com and follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LoganLeeNyquist.  You’ll be blessed like God blessed me through Logan. – Todd Lollar

Originally posted 2015-02-23 11:17:15.

Take God’s Word To Work

A new major part of our mission work in Mobilize Ministries is mobilizing personal ministries in one’s respective career.  This week I had lunch with one of my friend’s, Mike, and we ate with one of his co-workers, Nick, in the corporation’s cafeteria. We talked about how we can have a quiet time at work and be in God’s Word, and about how He wants to speak to us and draw us near to Him. It was so awesome to see these graduates in the workforce living and discipling among the lost.

This week let’s memorize the 2 verses from the wheel illustration that show us the importance of God’s Word in our everyday walk with Him. The wheel illustration represents our walk with Jesus, and each spoke of the wheel is reproducible in whatever circumstance you’re in, whether you’re having a quiet time at home with your family, or starting Gospel conversations with your co-workers.

navwheeltransparent“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16

“Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8

What is a verse that you have memorized that encourages your daily journey with Jesus? We look forward to hearing from you.

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Originally posted 2014-03-31 08:00:08.

“Free Prayer”

The Lord has been faithful to fulfill my mission: To advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One student the Lord has greatly been using at the University of North Texas is Cory Simmons. Cory is a fashion merchandising major at UNT, and he leads a UNT Navigators small group Bible study that originally started out with eight guys and is now large enough to multiply into two groups with Christian students growing in Christ and non-Christians coming to know Christ. He recently felt the Lord convict him to reach out to the students at UNT, and he took a radical step of faith. Here is his account, which I am confident you will find encouraging:

Cory Simmons on UNT campus

For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.

-John 17:8-9 (NIV)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

For a year God has provoked and stirred me as I observed a man speaking in an area in front of UNT’s student union  called Free Speech Alley. He allows student bystanders to approach him with questions, but He quickly condemns them, ignoring the most important aspect of the Gospel—love. His interpretation lacks the complete truth, love and grace of the Gospel. As Jesus says, “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world.” However, there was a plank in my own eye: not engaging those around me. UNT’s enrollment is approximately 38,000 students. I see many of them everyday, yet I have taken little initiative to engage them. As this semester began to approach, my walk with the Lord began to look closer at Him, and God began to show me the importance of engaging people for Him as Christ himself did– through the love of God the Father. Christ is the ultimate messenger, reaching those around Him and challenging them to reach others around them through love.

Praying with and for people is a way to help people encounter the love of Jesus. As I strolled by the Union building on Wednesday afternoons this semester, I gradually became provoked—not by the condemning preacher but by the Holy Spirit, convicting me to be more intentional with others. 

“What if I prayed for anyone wanting to be prayed for?” I asked myself. 

I took these feelings to the Lord in prayer without knowing what to expect, and He gave me the idea to stand on campus displaying a paper sign that reads “Free Prayer.”

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Today I began praying that God would receive the glory and that the Holy Spirit would attract, engage, and mature these people with whom I would come in contact. To God be the Glory for the great things He would do today! I prayed that I would be a servant to everyone who approached me as Jesus was when He washed His disciples‘ feet (John 13:1-17). Six people approached me; one is a leader in the church of the preacher whom I spoke of earlier. God was faithful with that six, and the Holy Spirit calmed my fears as each person wanted me to pray with them. Later, I shared these events with the guys in my Navigators Bible study, and they affirmed and encouraged me. My brother in Christ, Todd Lollar, pledged to join me the following Wednesday.

Me and Cory offering “Free Prayer”

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
For some reason, I felt discouraged today– like Satan didn’t want to see another work of Christ take place. I prayed that, despite my unfaithfulness and inconsistency, God would be faithful and consistent. Todd and I arrived on campus, and God was faithful and consistent again! Christ convicted about 8 people to visit me and Todd. I could not boast for me or for anything else. This was another amazing experience! God works. He is consistent. He is ahead of us in time. He has been planning this moment, even you reading this post right now, for eternity. 

I pray that this encourages you to become more intentional and interactive within the community He has placed you.

Blessings,
Cory Simmons

Cory is only one example of students’ lives we influence for the Kingdom. There are Navigator small groups, such as Cory’s, meeting and multiplying all over the UNT campus.   Like Cory, let’s ask someone at work, at home, at the store or in our neighborhood how we may pray for them.

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Originally posted 2012-12-06 22:41:02.

5 Steps To Intentionally Meet With A Friend

Whenever I meet with someone over coffee to get to know them, I receive a lot of thank you’s and vocalized anticipation to meet up again. Meeting intentionally with people is not only a part of my vocation but it’s a passion, joy and calling of mine. I think I receive so much appreciation because we’re made for relationship, every human longs to be heard, to be known. Mobilizing young professionals to Intentionally meet with people is a major part of my ministry modeling Jesus intentionally “being with” the disciples (Luke 8:1). Here are five steps to take to intentionally meet with a friend:

1. Set up a lunch or coffee with a friend. This might seem to be common sense but busyness and tiredness keeps people from meeting with each other. How many times do you intend to meet with a friend and then it’s weeks, months or even a year before you make it happen. Let’s respond to Jesus’ command that overflows from Him dying on the cross to save us to make disciples. Love the people you know. Invest in their life. Ask them to meet with you.

2. Ask about their life story. But what do you talk about when you are with them? Everyone longs to be heard and known. Don’t you? Ask your friend to share their story with you. Ask them specific questions to draw out different aspects of their story. Have no expectations. This person might not be a Christian. If so it won’t be a testimony. Listen to their story. Meet them where they are.

3. Share your life story. Everyone longs to hear the life story of the one that cares enough to ask for time with them and to hear their story. Anticipate that they might ask you about your story. Here’s an open door. Since you’re a Christian, you are not the main character of your story. Jesus is. Share your testimony of how Jesus saved you when you were lost, transferred you into His Kingdom and He longs to do this for everyone (Colossians 1:13).

4. Ask your friend if he or she would like to continue meeting weekly. Intentionality is not a one and done deal. Intentionally meeting with someone is long term. Jesus spent years with twelve guys. Bless your friend by asking if he or she wants to meet in a week or two and continue meeting weekly or biweekly.

5. Be intentional for the vision of your friendship and meetings. Like Jesus, we meet people when they’re at when we meet with them but we don’t leave them where they’re at. We take them somewhere. Jesus took the disciples to new places in their spiritual journey and He does the same with us. Pray before you meet with your friend. Pray about what new place you’d like to take them to in their relationship with Jesus, to go deeper into Him. God had a plan when He met you where you are. Have a plan for your friend when you meet them where they are.

How did someone intentionally meet with you? How did they meet with you right where you are and take you to a new place in God? Who is in your life that God is calling you to meet with and to invest in? What are some practical ways you invest in people? Comment below. Let’s continue to conversation.

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Originally posted 2017-05-29 05:21:01.