The Blog Challenge continues in Personal Interview Week! Each person involved interviews another participant.  I’ve chosen to interview Sierra Nichole.  She was the creator of the October blog challenge; read below to hear the heart of a young woman passionate about God.
 
1. How have you used social networking to further the Kingdom of God?
     I am a Social Network addict!  I love connecting with Christians around the world and getting to chat about everything from my Faith to Worship, to good movies and music.  I have personally made some awesome connections and have been using Twitter and my blog to build up, encourage the Body of Christ.  I post blogs that are meant to help Believers grow in their Faith.  I try to use Social Networks (Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr mostly) to encourage Christians, to promote growth in their walk and encourage the heck out of people!

2. What in your life reminds you most of God’s love? ( is it family, friends, church fellowship, or any other thing) Explain how & why.

     Gods Love to me is so visible in so much!  I see it the most in my little sister Katy.  She is 5 years old and the best thing in my life.  She is a blessing from Jesus to my life.  Katy literally reminds me every day of Gods love-whether it be in her hilarious sense of humor, how often she hugs me or the way she says, “I love you Mo” (Mo, is what my little brother and sister call me).  Last night I got home from Worship Practice and hanging out with a friend til around 2:30 am so I didn’t get to bed til around 3am.  Katy heard me come home and came and crawled into bed with me and curled her little body up as close to me as she could and said, “Mo, I love you all the way up to God”-she says this to me all the time and every time I am reminded of how much God uses this little girl to affirm me in His love.
                                                       (Katy)

3. What is God speaking to you in this season?

     This season of my life God is really challenging me Spiritually.  My Pastor has asked me to lead Worship for a Youth Harp and Bowl Event we will be hosting monthly and God is stretching me so much in leading Worship and getting to know HIS Heart!  This season for me is a lot of stretching, growing and maturing in my Faith and Love for who Jesus is.  I know I am called to travel the globe leading Worship and know this season is a season of training for me and its hard but I am loving it. I am in 3 Worship Bands right now and couldnt feel more blessed!  I feel revival in my Spirit, I know its coming soon and know God has a plan for me in it and that excites my Spirit like I cant even explain!  God is doing something new and something big and it makes me so insanely excited and fall even more in love with Him in this season of my life!
(This concludes our interview, please follow @iSierraNichole on twitter and subscribe to her blog sierranichole.com)
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So this is week two of the already famous Twitter #blogchallenge started by @iSierraNichole. In her own words this is the assignment for the week, “Week #2- Why Jesus? Why not Allah or Mohammad?  Why not Buddah?  What makes you so sure Jesus IS THE WAY?”

I want to use this post to prove to you why I believe Jesus is NOT the only way to God.  Now I know somebody is thinking that I’m getting ready to commit doctrinal suicide, or that I’ve started down the pathway called heresy.  Yet before you dismiss this as blasphemous nonsense or as another new-age seeker sensitive preacher lowering the proverbial standard; please lend me your ear.  Or, at least your eyes lol.

I want to go on the record and say that I believe all roads do indeed lead to God.  I know I am scaring you, and I may have lost a few readers already.  However, to those that are still reading, this is going to really bless you.

Let me first deal with the elephant in the room.  You are probably wondering what am I going to do with St John 14:6.  Well, I’m going to use this very scripture to prove my point that all roads lead to God, not just the classical Christian road.

Here is where I’ll start making some sense.  The problem with the statement that all roads lead to God is that it does not define what facet of God you will find at the end of the road.  Yes all roads lead to God, but all roads except one lead you to God as judge.  Why do I espouse Jesus Christ?  Simply put, He offers me one road, the only road, that exposes me to the facet of God that is known as THE FATHER.  Let’s examine the scripture I referenced earlier. Here it is from the KJV of the Bible with emphasis added by me. {St. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto THE FATHER, but by me.}

You see all roads will get you to God.  God will judge your works.  Have you ever heard of something in theology called the Great White Throne Judgement (Rev 20:11-15).  I don’t know about you, but I’m not so keen on finding God as judge because He is a just God; and I’m going to get just what I deserve.

Jesus offers me something entirely different.  Something exclusively special.  He offers me a road or a Way through Him where I can come to God as a son and He as my Father.  The father child relationship is so special.  In our judicial system judges don’t preside over their own child’s case because they won’t be able to judge without bias.  Even earthly fathers are inclined to show mercy.  Through Jesus and only through Him, I find not just a God but my Father who has already gone through great lengths to make atonement for my sins and receive me as a son.  I don’t get what I deserve.  I find adoption into a perfect family, and a place prepared for me in Heaven.

I’m not here to knock other religions and roads to God.  All I know is there is only one way that is guaranteed to not end up in my destruction.  The other roads are broad, but they lead to God as judge and then destruction. Jesus offers a road that is narrow, but it takes me to the THE FATHER and then everlasting life.  I may not be the brightest guy in the world or the sharpest tool in the shed; but I know a no-brainer when I see one.

When Jesus said no man comes to THE FATHER but through Him, I believed Him and I’m not gonna take a chance getting on another road because I don’t want to see my judge.  I want to see my Daddy.  No other religion offers me that.  I don’t know of anyone else that says I get an Abba Father out of the deal.  If this were contract negotiations I’d say Jesus is the best agent out there because of what He secures for you in the deal.

Lastly, think about it this way.  I can get in my car several ways.  I can get in the trunk.  I can get under the hood.  I can get in through the window, and I can get in through the sunroof. Yet it is absolute foolishness to do all that when I can just use the door.  Jesus said He was the door; any other road or way, for me, is just uncivilized.

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Posted: October 13, 2011 in Religion
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Pastor Andre Mitchell

So I was on twitter like I am almost everyday, I’m sort of addicted lol, and one of my followers tweeted about a blog challenge.  This sparked my interest because I find it hard not to talk about God, but I wasn’t sure I had time to participate. I am a new Senior pastor of a growing ministry, I work a full-time 9-5 outside of the ministry, I’m a husband of almost 12 yrs, and I’m a father of a 3 and a 2-year-old.  So I stay busy to say the least.

Yet this blog challenge interested me and after some thought I decided I wanted to do it.  The first part of our challenge was to blog about how we came to know Christ.  We are supposed to tell our testimony.  This is where the proverbial light bulb went off in my head.  You see, I knew my time was limited, and I knew my testimony was intricate; but I also remembered that my testimony was videotaped several years ago when I was in revival services in Colorado.  Therefore, without checking the blog challenge rules, I decided to include videos to tell my story.  (Shh, don’t tell anyone.  It will be our little secret.)

Below is my testimony in two parts.  I’m certain it will bless your life, and I’m certain it will give you a glimpse into why I do what I do for God no matter how busy I may be. You will see why to me it has been worth it all, and why I will use every medium possible to talk about my God.  Enjoy.

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Pastor Andre Mitchell

My 3 yr old and 2 yr old sons are currently in the room adjacent to me. They are together and as I type they are supposed to be going to sleep. They keep finding ways to wake themselves up. Full of energy, and they have not had a nap all day.  As the father figure, I’m going to have to step in and shut the whole operation down. Tomorrow is Saturday. It’s our family day. They will miss out on many joys if they sleep the day away tomorrow.  They are too immature to know the importance of resting now because another day is coming that they need to be prepared for.

How many of us are just like my boys. We go go go go go, but when it’s time for rest we find an excuse or reason to go go go again. This is unwise. All throughout scripture God championed the idea of resting from our labour. He rested himself in the creation account, and much is said about the sabbath throughout the Bible. In our break-neck pace of today’s world, filled with technology that should save us time but doesn’t, we are forgetting the spiritual prerequisite to REST. We can not remain immature like my boys. We have to realize that resting is a command not an option.

You should not ignore the manual on your car and expect it to run at its highest level. Likewise we can not ignore scriptural laws; especially, the ones that recur over and over. Even though you may be working for God, He still needs you to rest so you are prepared to fill all of His purposes for your life. We can not get around this. We will never save the world, until we learn how to effectively preserve our own.

I speak of both physical and spiritual resting. This includes resting from worry, anxiety, and fleshly works among other things; and relying solely in Christ’ finished work at Calvary. To put it in laymen terms: Everybody, It’s time to Get Some Rest.

Now I’m off to the room next to me to lay down the law. Don’t force God to have to do you the same way. Take the initiative and rest now so He can use you more effectively later. God bless you and once again, please Get Some Rest.

Exodus 33:14And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Mark 6:31And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while.” For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.

Philippians 4:6-7Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 4:9-11There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall through following the same example of disobedience.

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Pastor Andre Mitchell

One of the tragic issues in Christianity is that we have an enemy that knows our book better than we do. Too few Christians have an accurate knowledge of the scripture therefore Satan has the ability to deceive us using our own Holy Bible.

Obviously, the scripture lets us know that God is not a man that he should lie; so I’m not suggesting that the Bible is in error, but what I am saying is that if you are not careful Satan can pervert the truth so you believe a lie.

So what is the biggest lie the Bible ever told. I know it’s going to be a shocker for you but this is it “The truth will set you free”. I hate to burst your bubble but that is a big fat lie.

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32 KJV) Yes it is very true the Bible plainly states that the truth will set you free (NIV). However, we fail to understand the importance of context when we read scripture. Do we remember our rules of grammar that say you can’t start a sentence with the word and. This word is a conjunctive word meaning it combines two thoughts together. Whenever we see a verse that starts with and, it is imperative that we read the verse prior to find out the contextual thought that is being conveyed.

Let’s read verses 31 & 32 together. “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Context changes everything.

You see, it’s the truth that you continue in that makes you free. In John 17:17 Jesus states “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” So to Jesus God’s word is truth. Therefore, when he told them to continue in His word; He was telling them to continue in truth. Then the knowledge of the truth they continued in would set them free.

For example, a man who is 500 lbs knows he needs to lose weight. However, the knowledge of that truth is not enough to set him free. He has to continue in the knowledge of that truth until it forces him to take action. Then and only then can he be free.

Many Christians come to church and hear the truth, but unless they continue in that truth they will never be free. Satan doesn’t mind you hearing truth, he only cares when you continue in truth and make application to your life. When you do that, you are on the pathway to freedom.

Don’t let satan deceive you any longer(Jn 8:44). Be consistent and lay hold of the truth without wavering. Continue in the word until the truth of the word makes you free in every area of your life. That is what Satan is afraid of. His big lie is exposed. Only the truth I continue in can free me. Don’t wait, make a point to start walking in God’s truth today.

AMM CEOHave you ever been in a situation that looked hopeless at best. I should say ordeal instead of situation becomes sometimes it goes on for days, weeks, months, and even years. What is important to remember is to never lose your faith because this too shall pass.

Even storm chasers and storm trackers understand that storms are designed to pass. It is in the nature of a storm to move and to not stand still. This is true of not only natural storms, but any storm you may be faced with. Storm chasers chase the storm because they know that storms operate by moving along a path. There is a revelation in that, maybe you’re  faced with a storm now so you will endure it and then chase that storm away from the path of others. Sometimes your pain is what qualifies you to be an effective deliverer for someone else (ie Moses).

I’m reminded of the storm Paul was in that caused him to be shipwrecked (Acts 27). The KJV Bible called it a tempest, when you look up tempest you will see that hurricane and gale are among its synonyms. So this was one serious storm. The scripture let’s us know it lasted a minimum of 2 weeks. However, an angel appeared to Paul and told him to “Fear Not”. He reminded Paul that he was destined to get to Rome. Well let me tell you the same thing, “Cheer Up” your future destiny is greater than your present storm.

I say cheer up because that’s basically what Paul said next. He first reminded them that he had advised them not to sail. Remember that many times storms come because of bad decisions. Sometimes the storm you are in is not even your fault. One stroke of a political pen can cause multiple storms. For that matter, much of today’s economic storms were caused by a few greedy people in prominent and powerful positions. Yet, our job is not to sit around and complain about who caused our storm, but rather take our God-given authority and do something about it. At the least, say something positive about the storm. Remember, what we say in times of crisis, can either position us for victory or defeat (Prov 18:21) Let’s look at what Paul choose to say next.

He told the ship mates to “be of good cheer” no life would be lost. Paul was in the storm too, but he got a Word from God. In your storm, if you will not murmur and complain like the Israelites did, but get a word from God on your lips like Paul did; you too can cheer up and speak peace and deliverance to those around you facing the same impossibilities just like you. Never think you are the only one going through tough times. Instead look for someone else to encourage and prove to that you have a storm, but the storm doesn’t have you.

Furthermore Paul gave one life or death instruction: “stay with the ship”. Ultimately the ship was wrecked and the passengers floated safely to shore by holding on to whatever they could. I also need to give you one life or death instruction: “STAY IN FAITH”!!!! It may not be easy and you may have to hold on to a few scriptures to survive, but faith in God and His master plan for your life will float you right onto the shore of destiny. Eventually that great big bad tempest testing storm, will only be known to you as a distant memory now called a Testimony. I’m here to remind you to “Fear Not”, “Cheer Up”, because “This too shall pass”.

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Pastor Andre Mitchell

Recently, I have been studying the best-selling business book “Good to Great”.  It is an interesting book authored by Jim Collins who also wrote the legendary business book ” Built to Last”.  What I like about Collins’ approach is that he doesn’t write from his own expertise. Rather, he uses extensive research and lets the research form his arguments.  He writes as a journalist who is neutral and is just reporting on what he discovers. Therefore, you get less opinions and more analysis of the facts.  

In the book, several companies are researched on why they somehow went from good to great and outperformed their competitors. Many revelations came out of the research, but it was Collin’s discovery on the idea of breakthrough that was eye-opening for me.   

All of the companies that made the transition from good to great had major breakthroughs that skyrocketed them past their competition.  However, the research showed that none of the great companies could point to any one thing that produced the breakthrough.  In essence, what the research was telling us is that it was all the little things put together that produced the major breakthroughs.   

There is great revelation here for all of us who desperately need a breakthrough.  Just keep doing all the little things right and remain  consistent to your convictions.  One person once said, “in consistency lies the breakthrough”.  So instead of  expecting that one miracle moment, keep doing what you know to do with the best of your ability.  

For instance, the constant dripping of a gutter day in and day out can do more damage to a home’s foundation than a onetime storm that dumps 5000 gallons of water sporadically throughout a neighborhood.  The laser focus of a continual dripping against a foundation will eventually erode and buckle the concrete.  Sure the storm seems more devastating, but the absence of focus makes its impact irrelevant. 

I want you to know that your breakthrough is closer than it has ever been before. You don’t need a super anointed prophetic word to push you into your destiny.  Just stay focused on what you already know.  Stay in the love of God in all of your relationships, keep praying to the Father in the name of  Jesus, keep fellowshipping with other believers, and keep reading and studying your Bible.  Do the simple things over and over and over again; the big breakthroughs will take care of themselves.  Before you know it you will be smack dab in the middle of your destiny living life to the fullest until it overflows (Jn 10:10 amp); and you won’t quite know how it happened. 

In conclusion, breakthrough should not be interpreted as an event, but instead characterized as a dedicated process to principles that eventually produce results. I know it’s a tongue twister, but it’s also a revelation that may keep you from quitting too soon.  You are making more progress than you realize. Stay focused!   “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”  Galatians 6:9