Bono: Who Is Front And Center On YOUR Platform?

Prayer led me to meet Bono.  It was only for a minute but in that minute I got to thank Bono for letting God use his life, his platform that Jesus is front and center on to inspire my life to be a platform for Jesus.   Here is a video of renown musician, Bono using his platform to teach about Jesus Christ…

Originally posted 2014-11-17 07:55:22.

Thrive In A New Identity

Breakthrough In YOUR Identity

I rolled by a laundry mat at 11:00 p.m. and saw a hanging sign that read… “Sorry, we’re close.”  I thought, you don’t have to be sorry, it’s 11:00 at night!  What am I going to do? Come back tomorrow and say to the employee, “Hey, I walked by at 11:00 last night with my dirty laundry… you should’ve been open.”
sorry we're closed
That sign has a phrase I could’ve had around my chest because I have said that phrase most of of my life, “I’m sorry”.  This phrase was so common out of my mouth that I started repeating it for all types of situations I could not control, for things that were not my fault and for things that were, as if that is a reason to speak over my whole identity that… “I am sorry.”  
In my journey with Jesus in my 20s, I began to have older guys befriend me and disciple me.  I use to be sorry for everything, for existing, then someone started living life with me, speaking into me who I am in Christ.  The first two verses of the Navigators Topical Memory System is anchored in knowing who you are in Christ:
  • Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)
  • I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NIV)
In Christ, you are a new creation!  The old is gone! The new is here! You’ve been crucified with Christ!  You no longer live. BUT, Christ lives in YOU!
The Webster’s Dictionary defines Identity as “a person’s conception and expression of their individuality.”  A secular view of Identity is how you conceive yourself; therefore, express yourself. Here is a biblical definition that is even more poignant:  “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”:   (Proverbs 23:7a KJV).  One day in a quiet time, I wrote this in my journal: 
2 Corinthians 5:17 tells me I am in Christ.  Galatians 2:20 says to me Christ is in you.  When you put your faith and trust in Christ, He becomes your identity.  Are you trying to “find yourself” or trying to answer the question “who am I?” Look to Jesus.  
  • Do you ever wonder who you are?
  • What Bible verses remind you who you are?
  • Think of someone you can meet with this week to discuss and memorize a Bible verse about who you are in Christ.

Feel free to continue the conversation and comment below the blog entry.

Originally posted 2014-07-28 01:00:10.

3 Ways #Marriage Blesses Your Socks Off

Let’s press into marriage!  This is not what culture says

Happy 3rd Anniversary, Marissa! A.K.A. Best 3 years EVER!

culture’s environment does not propel this. But as residence of God’s Kingdom, marriage is something to look forward to and to take action of faith toward. I know you’ve heard me before encourage guys to not wait around but if you know who you want to pursue to marry, do it!  On February 23, 2014, I married the love of my life. That week when we set up our joint bank account, the personal banker told us that he is waiting years for marriage until he has a certain amount of money, a house, etc… My wife, who listens to the Holy Spirit well, in her sweet voice reply. “We highly recommend marriage”.  In like-heartedness, here are three ways marriage will bless your socks off:

  1.  You’ll experience Jesus like never before!  When you are single, the blessing is you have  time and an undivided mind to do more for the cause of the Gospel. When you’re married, the covenant of your marriage represents the Gospel and helps you experience and be the Gospel to others: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless (Ephesians 5:25-27).”
  2. Where one is weak, the other is strong!  You probably know this without me even typing it slowly… I’m slow at… well at just about everything I do.  Marissa is the opposite.  She’s the most efficient person i have ever met.  You already know who takes care of the details.  Not me.  I’m a visionary. I struggle with the details.  I meet  people EVERYWHERE I go.  That’s not her. She meets more people through me but she goes deeper with fewer friends.  She teaches me about that through her life.  The wisest man ever lived explains this well:  “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:  If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.  But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).”
  1.  Someone is ALWAYS on your side! When I was single, it was just me. Yes, I had Christian community that would bear some of my burdens.  But day in day out, it was me. I faced oncoming situations with the help of God and community.  Being in tight-knit Christian community now prepares you for marriage. Then when you get married, you join a team.  One plus one equals three. Marissa and I as a team with Jesus leading, there is always someone on her side and on my side in God’s calling that He walks us into. When we’re attacked by Satan or circumstances of life, there is always someone with me to help overcome. Solomon also fleshes this out in his words: “If two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone.  Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:11-12).”
Are you ready to get your socks blessed off?!  Marissa and I really encourage you to press into marriage or if your married, we encourage you to press into the covenant of marriage God blessed you with.  Like Marissa said ever so sweetly: “We highly recommend marriage.”
What does it look like for your to lean into the covenant of marriage? What other blessings do you see in marriage?  Comment and let’s carry on the conversation below.
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Originally posted 2017-02-22 16:15:08.

How I Met #Bono

“Light My Way”

Anyone who knows me knows I’m fanatic about U2.  I became a fan in the middle of their career at the time of the Auchtung Baby album.  God used their music to touch my heart and deepen my relationship with Jesus.  The more I dug into their music, I noticed that every song was about Jesus, faith, and was saturated with Scripture.  But their music drew me in because their lyrics were “nonreligiousy.”  They could fill stadiums and touch millions of lost hearts with the Gospel; this has amazed me.

As a student growing from a lukewarm Christian into a hard-core disciple, U2’s music ministered to me so much that some friends  heard them at the Starplex for their Popmart tour.  I loved how they wrote through their struggles with faith and how they mocked the ways of the world.

My passion for seeking God through their music grew when they released How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.  I nicknamed this album the “social justice worship album.”  Through it, Bono invited people to be aware of and love the wounded.  He called us to take responsibility to alleviate the AIDS epidemic in Africa.  Bono urged people to “journey beyond ourselves,” unite as one, and minister to these hurting people.  Millions joined this campaign.  Stars such as Brad Pitt and Beyonce joined the cause and took action.  This reminded me of Jesus inviting the fishermen into a journey beyond themselves to help the sick, oppressed, poor, and hungry.

I’ve nicknamed Bono “the greatest evangelist of all time.”  I bet I’ve watched the Vertigo tour on DVD at least 100 times, and it ministers to my heart every time.  In 2005 I went to the Vertigo concert in Dallas, and I prayed then that I would meet Bono someday.

Their latest album, No Line on the Horizon, was meant to be a worship album.  A good friend and ministry partner, Jeremy, went with me to see U2 at the Cowboys Stadium.  We received a phone call a few weeks before the concert saying they reconfigured the stage, so we had to come pick up new tickets right before the concert.  The venue’s attendants led us to our seats, and on the third elevator down (the one that we met Jerry Jones on), I thought, “Wow, these will be pretty awesome seats.”  They were!  We sat in the front row on the 40 yard line—the closest seats to the stage.

During the concert, I kept rolling back to the VIP area to see if there was any way to sneak backstage, but I could not find a way.  I overheard a lady who worked in VIP talking to a coworker about Bono’s assistant!  I immediately went to meet her and told her how much Bono has influenced my walk with God and asked if I could meet him.  Later she returned and relayed that Bono’s assistant said no.

The next Sunday, October 18, my friend Tracey and I journeyed to my alma mater, OU, to see U2 at the OU football stadium.  Let me stop here and share that many people who know how God has used U2 in my life had been praying for me to be able to meet Bono.

We found our seats in the wheelchair section in the end zone.  I was familiar with this stadium and section because of past experiences at OU football games.  I knew that the field house—where the band would be—was right under the seats behind me, because I used to hang out there back in the day as a student visiting my friends who were on the OU football team.  To my left in the wheelchair section was a ramp going to the corridor of the field house.  Concert attendants blocked the ramp.  When the Black-eyed Peas came on stage, I left my section with out telling anyone I was with, got past the attendants, and was right next to the front door of field house.  There were many people in front who worked for the tour, but no one asked me to leave the area.

I soon met a nice guy with long dreads and asked him if there was any way I could go backstage to meet Bono.  He replied, “There’s no way.” I went on to tell him how U2 has impacted my life, and he kept repeating there would be no way he could let me meet Bono.  I was down but still had a little faith about meeting Bono and the band.

I headed back up the ramp to my seat.  Half way up the ramp, I looked to my right, and there stood Bono less than a foot away from me!

He wore a boxer’s hoodie with no glasses.

I stopped and put out my right hand. “Hi, Bono, I’m Todd Lollar.” He warmly and firmly shook my hand.  Surprisingly without a slur or stutter, I said, “Bono, God has used you in my life and ministry in amazing ways.” He bent forward and replied, “God bless you,” and hugged me.

I was in a daze and in a dream state.  I looked at the person standing beside Bono and it was The Edge!

He bent forward and shook my hand.  It was not like an encounter with two reknown rock stars as it was meeting two older brothers in Christ who have impacted my faith in Jesus in profound ways.

Still in a daze, I left them, rolled up the ramp to my seat, and yelled for two minutes, “I met Bono, I met Bono!”

This encounter happened so quickly and I was in such shock, that I didn’t get a picture—even though my cell phone was right on my lap!  But this amazing gift from God always will remain vivid in my heart and memory.

I keep asking myself: “How do I use this experience for the Glory of God?”

This is a great testimony of how faith and prayer prompts the power of God to move in unbelievable ways.  He does do immeasurable more than all we can ask or imagine!

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Originally posted 2009-11-08 22:48:00.