Sep 9, 2008

Nolan ignites student body

by Amanda Thomason

Liberty’s Spiritual Emphasis Week (SEW) played host to motivational speaker Tony Nolan. Liberty devotes one week near the beginning of each semester to dedicate the school year to God.

Students came to the Vines Center for Convocation and evening services on Sept. 1-3 to hear Nolan preach about encountering God and surrendering to him.

Nolan reeled the student body in by sharing jokes and personal stories.

“I thought that he had a good approach to get our attention. He never dried out while he was speaking and kept us entertained,” freshman Jenna Csaky said. “His entire message and funny stories had a good plot and really pertained to life.”

SEW is a time where students can focus on God through personal reflection, prayer time, listening to a sermon and participating in worship. Student leaders put extra emphasis on prayer during this time of year.

“I have been praying for SEW fervently for about a week now, and God is doing greater things than I have ever even imagined,” junior Chris Thompson said, the spiritual life director on East 20-1. “I attended Monday night’s service and was literally brought to tears seeing hundreds of people respond to the Lord right before my eyes.”

University leaders and campus pastors have also been in intercession and preparation for the week over the past few months.

“I want so badly for each of our students to realize the fullness of God’s plan for their lives. This keeps me up at night and on my face praying that every single person in our community discovers in the coming days the joy it is to know Jesus,” Campus Pastor Johnnie Moore said.

Choosing the speaker for this kind of event involves much prayer and discussion. According to Moore, Nolan was prayerfully chosen because of his commitment to the gospel, his sense of humor and for being one of the nation’s top student communicators.

Nolan became a Christian on Feb. 24, 1989, after attending a college Bible study with his stepbrother. He had been drinking earlier that day and did not want to go, yet when he was asked, he answered yes instead of no. The message that day was on God’s grace, love and mercy instead of only damnation, which was the first time he had heard the gospel presented in that manner.

“I have never really seen what I do as a ‘calling.’ I have surrendered myself, waited for him and he has opened every door,” Nolan said. “I see it as I am supposed to be all his and … then I do not miss what he has.”

Liberty’s Spiritual Emphasis Week (SEW) played host to motivational speaker Tony Nolan. Liberty devotes one week near the beginning of each semester to dedicate the school year to God.

Students came to the Vines Center for Convocation and evening services on Sept. 1-3 to hear Nolan preach about encountering God and surrendering to him.

Nolan reeled the student body in by sharing jokes and personal stories.

“I thought that he had a good approach to get our attention. He never dried out while he was speaking and kept us entertained,” freshman Jenna Csaky said. “His entire message and funny stories had a good plot and really pertained to life.”

SEW is a time where students can focus on God through personal reflection, prayer time, listening to a sermon and participating in worship. Student leaders put extra emphasis on prayer during this time of year.

“I have been praying for SEW fervently for about a week now, and God is doing greater things than I have ever even imagined,” junior Chris Thompson said, the spiritual life director on East 20-1. “I attended Monday night’s service and was literally brought to tears seeing hundreds of people respond to the Lord right before my eyes.”

University leaders and campus pastors have also been in intercession and preparation for the week over the past few months.

“I want so badly for each of our students to realize the fullness of God’s plan for their lives. This keeps me up at night and on my face praying that every single person in our community discovers in the coming days the joy it is to know Jesus,” Campus Pastor Johnnie Moore said.

Choosing the speaker for this kind of event involves much prayer and discussion. According to Moore, Nolan was prayerfully chosen because of his commitment to the gospel, his sense of humor and for being one of the nation’s top student communicators.

Nolan became a Christian on Feb. 24, 1989, after attending a college Bible study with his stepbrother. He had been drinking earlier that day and did not want to go, yet when he was asked, he answered yes instead of no. The message that day was on God’s grace, love and mercy instead of only damnation, which was the first time he had heard the gospel presented in that manner.

“I have never really seen what I do as a ‘calling.’ I have surrendered myself, waited for him and he has opened every door,” Nolan said. “I see it as I am supposed to be all his and … then I do not miss what he has.”

 


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