Nav Night Messages

I have the opportunity to teach regularly at the weekly meeting for The Navigators at Florida State University. These are my messages.

Nav Night Message Series on Idolatry

Back in January I got to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Kyle Kozloski and the rest of the FSU Navigators staff team let me teach two Nav Night messages in back-to-back weeks on the same subject. During the Christmas holiday Kyle and I both took time to consider what topic I ought to teach. Earlier in the fall semester I’d told Kyle how I’d spent most of 2011 reading the Old Testament during my time alone with God each day, and that during that time it seemed as if every other day God had something to say to me about idolatry. Kyle called me up late in December and asked me to teach on the subject. I’d been leaning in that direction myself and eagerly accepted. And so began a crazy month of condensing an entire year’s worth of learning into two forty-minute talks.

You can listen to both messages online (embedded below) plus even more messages by me, other staff, and our student leaders on the FSU Navigators Podcast.



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Nav Night Message: Fellowship

On October 13 I had the privilege of teaching the students of the FSU Navigators for the first time this semester. Each fall our ministry teaches a six-week series on the Wheel Illustration. Last year I contributed a message on prayer. This year Kyle, our campus director, asked if I would speak on fellowship. I had never taught in a large-group setting on the subject, not specifically anyway, and was eager for the opportunity.

You can listen to this message online (embedded below, also available here), plus even more messages by me, other staff, and our student leaders on the FSU Navigators Podcast.


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Nav Night Message: Identity in Christ

I gave this message at Nav Night for the FSU Navigators way back on April 5, but the audio recording just hit the Internet last night. (Adding the audio to the podcast is my job. You might say I let it slip.) It was the first and only message I gave at Nav Night during the spring 2011 semester. I was asked to teach on identity in Christ, which is by far my favorite subject to teach. This reality impacted me tremendously as a college student and continues to do so today. I absolutely love talking about it with students.

You can listen to this message online (embedded below, also available here), plus even more messages by me, other staff, and our student leaders on the FSU Navigators Podcast.


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Nav Night Message: Pursuing God Over Christmas Break

This week I taught at Nav Night for the FSU Navigators for the third time in the Fall 2010 semester. It was the final Nav Night before Christmas break, and campus director Luke Skeen thought it would be appropriate for me to speak on how to continue to pursue a relationship with God over the holiday. I admit it’s nice to teach something you know your listeners will be able to use immediately. I’d not ever taught this topic in a setting like this before but I’ve been around collegiate ministry long enough to have heard similar messages given numerous times, so I had plenty of ideas.

You can listen to this message online, plus even more by me, other staff, and our student leaders on the FSU Navigators Podcast.


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A week ago I got to teach at Nav Night for the FSU Navigators for the second time this semester. The week prior we had kicked off a new message series on the Wheel Illustration, a common Navigator tool used to help explain the important disciplines to be kept by a Christ-follower. I was asked to speak on prayer, one of the four spokes on the Wheel. I had never taught on prayer in a setting like this before and was excited for the opportunity.

You can listen to this message online, plus even more by me, other staff, and our student leaders on the FSU Navigators Podcast.


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I love to teach. It really has become one of my favorite things to do. Usually at around this time of year I’ll be leading a Bible study for college students with the FSU Navigators, but not this semester due to the influx of new staff. So when I taught at the Navs’ weekly meeting on September 21 it was even more fun for me than usual. My topic was the history and vision of the Navigators ministry, something you’d think I’d know a lot about since I’ve been a Navigator in one capacity or another for over eight years. However, I needed to refresh my memory in order to teach about it. It turned out to be one of the most challenging topics I’ve ever taught in terms of preparation, but still a very enjoyable process.

You can listen to this message online, plus even more by me, other staff, and our student leaders on the FSU Navigators Podcast.


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Nav Night Message: Reaching the Nations

On November 3 I taught at Nav Night, the FSU Navigators’ weekly fellowship meeting, for the second time in three week. This time my topic was missions. When I first started to prep for this talk I thought it was going to be easy to put together. After all, I’d just been on a mission trip this past summer. But as I started to put my thoughts to paper I realized that I was about to talk to a group of people about sharing their faith abroad when, for many of them, it was still a very new and scary thing to do right here at home.

I’m happy to tell you that you can listen to this message online. You can also listen to more messages by staff and student leaders on the FSU Navigators Podcast.


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Nav Night Message: Conflict Resolution

On October 20 I had the opportunity to teach at Nav Night, the FSU Navigators’ weekly fellowship meeting. My topic was conflict resolution. It was cool to have a topic that was so practical, but rough because I didn’t want to come across like a know-it-all just out to criticize or fix people. Still, I’m glad I got to be the one to teach the subject. I’m in my eighth year with the FSU Navs and I’m not sure I can remember ever hearing a message on conflict resolution before.

I’m happy to tell you that you can listen to this message online. You can also listen to more messages by staff and student leaders on the FSU Navigators Podcast.


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Nav Night Message: Ephesians Overview

Last Thursday I gave the message at our weekly Nav Night meeting. Since most of our Bible studies are on Ephesians this semester Dave asked me to give a message on Ephesians, something that would be an overview of the entire book. I wanted to bring something to the table that the students probably weren’t getting in their study.


I decided to use Watchman Nee’s Ephesians commentary Sit, Walk, Stand as the model of what I would share. Nee’s take on Ephesians is that the book can be broken down into three parts: our position in Christ, our life in the world and our attitude toward the enemy. We sit with Christ in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6), we walk in a manner worthy of the calling we have received (Ephesians 4:1), and we put on the full armor of God so that we can stand against the devil’s schemes (Ephesians 6:11).

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