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Ron McManus: Leadership center launched (December 30, 2001)

Norman Arnesen: History's supreme event (December 23, 2001)

Dr. Everett Bartholf: Help for the holidays (December 16, 2001)

"Auntie" Anne Beiler: God has a plan (December 9, 2001)

Mary Inman: Raising seven sons for Christ (November 25, 2001)

Tony Hall: Feeding the hungry, one person at a time (Novemer 18, 2001)

John Maracle: A growing Native American Fellowship (November 11, 2001)

Al Peterson: Praying for national leaders (October 28, 2001)

Beverly LaHaye: The family is God's gift (October 21, 2001)

Terry Meeuwsen: Putting family first (October 14, 2001)

Dennis Gaylor: Changing the world, one student at a time (September 30, 2001)

Nate Cole: You are not alone (September 16, 2001)

George Cope: Training pastors, missionaries and evangelists (September 9, 2001)

Thomas E. Trask: Breaking down the barriers (August 26, 2001)

John Kilpatrick: The blessings and challenges of revival (August 19, 2001)

Marie Colwill: A passion for evangelism (August 12, 2001)

Lottie Riekehof: The Joy of Signing (July 22, 2001)

John Castellani: Teen Challenge: The Jesus factor (July 15, 2001)

Mike and John Tompkins: Publishing newspapers and proclaiming the Good News (July 8, 2001)

Chuck Girard: Music, marriage and ministry (June 24, 2001)

Stanley Burgess: The value of a godly father (June 17, 2001)

Dennis Franck: Single Adult Ministries Agency (June 10, 2001)

Thomas E. Trask: The work of the Holy Spirit (May 27, 2001)

Stephen Tourville: The changing church in America (May 20, 2001)

Margaret Columbia: Raising 17 children for Christ (May 13, 2001)

Donna Fahrenkopf: Wanted: a life change (April 29, 2001)

Sean Smith: Spiritual attacks on young people (April 22, 2001)

Josh McDowell: Is the Bible true? (April 15, 2001)

Joyce Meyer: Being a practical Christain (April 8, 2001)

Paul Drost: Multiplication (March 18, 2001)

Bill Bright: Fasting for 40 days (March 11, 2001)

Beth Grant: Women in ministry (February 25, 2001)

Alicia Chole: His people and His presence (February 18, 2001)

Cris Carter: Playing on God's team (January 28, 2001)

Randall K. O'Bannon: The value of life (January 21, 2001)

Dennis Gaylor: Secular colleges: a vital mission field (January 14, 2001)

You are not alone

(September 16, 2001)

Nate Cole ministers with Plus One, a contemporary Christian musical group that is rapidly gaining an international audience. Nate grew up in Sacramento, Calif., attending Capital Christian Center (Assemblies of God) where his grandfather, Glen Cole, pastored, and father, Ricky Cole, currently pastors. Nate recently talked with Scott Harrup, associate editor.

Evangel: How did you come to Christ?

Cole: I had the privilege of being raised in a Christian home. I remember saying a salvation prayer with my mom when I was just 4. My relationship became more personal the older I got. I realized I couldn’t rely on going to church and what my parents told me about Christ. Around my sophomore year, I really began to pursue a one-on-one relationship with God.

Evangel: You grew up in a minister’s home. How did that shape your life?

Cole: When Dad came home he was living the things that he was preaching. All the principles that he taught at church he also taught me. I feel really blessed to have grown up with that. My dad is one of the people I look up to the most. I think a lot of the character I have now was placed into me by my mom and dad. I’m only 19. I’ve only been out of my parents’ home for about two years. So pretty much all that I am is based on the life I’ve known living with them.

Evangel: Describe how you got into a full-time music career.

Cole: I sang in church and in school choirs like a lot of kids. One summer our music pastor told me about a competition in Estes Park, Colo. I went and competed and met the guy who is now our manager. He told me of his vision to put together a group like ours. He met with my parents. The next summer there were auditions. I let God lead me. He placed this in my hands as I trusted Him to supply all my needs.

Evangel: What steps do you take to keep your walk with Christ vibrant?

Cole: We have group Bible studies and keep each other accountable. We’re like any other ministry team that needs to meet and maintain a focus. It goes even beyond that, because each of us has our own struggles. You have to be persistant with your walk and focus on establishing the right priorities. You have to stay in the Word and in prayer. I’m really open with my parents. Sometimes you need someone to get in your face and tell you how it is.

Evangel: What are the greatest temptations and challenges for young people?

Cole: Everything that you see, even some of the subtle things, is selling sex. It’s scary to think that my kids will probably have to live in a day that’s even worse than now. Drugs are another big problem. The people I hung out with didn’t deal with that as much, but there are certainly pressures there. Another problem is that young people in church can go through the motions and fail to press in with God. It’s easy to look around and compare yourself to other kids and feel like you’re doing all right. But you have to look for that deeper level with God. The only way you’re going to act like Him is if you know what He is like. I constantly have to go deeper with God and grow.

Evangel: What message do you want to communicate to your audiences?

Cole: We want people to find out for themselves who Christ really is. Our name, Plus One, means us plus God. There’s a lot of loneliness in kids and adults alike. We want to show people there is a God who really cares for and loves them. You’re not alone in life. Even when you feel alone, there is Someone beside you who can help you through those times. Our messages are simple but focus on God’s hope. We try not to come across in a preachy manner that would turn people off. But who wouldn’t want to hear that Someone loves you? Someone cares for you?

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