About Greg (1951 – 2014)

Note:  Gregory Lane passed away on February 27, 2014.  His wife, Nita, and daughter, Jennifer, will keep his blog up and occasionally add posts.  


What yoGreg Laneu are about to read is the readers digest version of where I am at. I know that a sovereign God had ordained my life before the foundation of the earth, if that don’t humble you I don’t know what will, therefore I rejoice and have no regrets, I understand that God is in control, and nothing can defeat His will. To that I say Amen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My name is Greg Lane, and my goal is to teach the Bible as it is to men as they are. I was saved in 1979 when my father passed away. Little did I know, God was drawing me to Jesus and at that point the Holy Spirit quicken my spirit and opens my eyes to the truth of scripture. I asked Jesus to be my Saviour. Then in 2003, I went into a spiritual wilderness and repeatedly asked God to renew the joy of my salvation. Two years later God open my eyes again to the doctrines of Grace, and I was almost as excited as when I got saved. I’ve been married  to my High School sweetheart for more than forty two years, we have two children Dan and Jennifer, and two Grand Children, Gerrit and Quinn. A sovereign God led us to Paragould AR. So we might be the honored guardians of three very special kids, Reed, Aubrey and Finley, we have had Reed for four years now. My Son and Daughter in-law live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, while my Daughter and son-in-law live in Round Rock, TX. I don’t take lightly anyone God brings into my life. Please don’t take too much stock in the title of my Blog, I am not trying to convince anyone to believe in the Doctrine of Grace, my only concern is as Paul wrote”For I am determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified”. Only God can open your eyes to the Doctrines of Grace, My prayer is that your sins would ever be before your face, that you would have no peace nor rest, till you rest in Christ, for a life of peace without Christ is vanity. We were all born into sin and the wage of sin is eternal death (separation from God) but a most Gracious God has a gift, His Son “that those that believe in Him should have eternal life”. His son was a propitiation (appeasement) for your sins. He bore your sins and give you His righteousness.

In 2003 on Valentines day I had my first heart-attack (Open heart) recovery was rough but I felt like a teen-ager after that. It was shortly after that Nita and I moved to Arizona, my heart doctor said shoveling snow was not healthy for me. We lived 18 months in Arizona, it’s a nice place to vacation but takes some getting used to living there. We then move to Paragould, Arkansas where Nita was born, in 2009 I had my second heart-attack, I got two stints , and no recovery. Its was in Paragould that God opened my eyes to the doctrine of Grace, and now looking back I can see His leading in our lives. In 2011 I started to have chest pressure and went to the hospital, my veins were clear, so they said I have Angina, which is vain deteriorating on the heart wall. Then in May of 2011 Nita was diagnosed with colon cancer. She had to have 12 inches of the right side of her colon removed, which if your going to have colon cancer that’s the best place to get it. After 9 months of chemo she is all clear. Then in the last couple of months I had a minor stroke, more info if you scroll  down. We are both very blessed, and would not change anything even if we could, God has brought people into our lives we would not have known, its made us draw closer to God, and not to take life for granted. All is well with our souls. We really like it here in Paragould, the people are fantastic, I have access codes to everyone on our street, I repair all the kids bikes and let some of the neighbors dogs out to pee. I go to Grace Baptist Church, and we have the best seniors group, all committed Christians.

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A stroke occurs when part of the brain is damaged due to a decrease in oxygen supply.

This can happen when a blood vessel bursts or when a clot forms in a blood vessel that supplies the brain tissue. According to MayoClinic.com, the lasting effects of a stroke depend on where the damage takes place and how severe the damage is.

I thought I had a Brain Stem Stroke a couple of months ago, that was rather mild but it affected my Facial muscles, tongue and swallowing. My tongue has limited movement and makes eating and drinking more difficult. I tend to slur some words, which can make normal speech difficult. I have to sleep with my mouth taped shut to keep from getting dry mouth. Although Bandages seem to work better. If you have the dry mouth in the morning you might want to try it.

On March 26th I went to a neurologist because of my symptoms after a through check-up He looked me straight in the eye, with much intensity and said you did not have a stroke, you have Lou Gehrig’s disease. (Bulbar) Well needless to say I was shocked. 

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells (neurons) responsible for controlling voluntary muscles. The disease belongs to a group of disorders known as motor neuron diseases, which are characterized by the gradual degeneration and death of motor neurons. Eventually, all muscles under voluntary control are affected, and patients lose their strength and the ability to move their arms, legs, and body. When muscles in the diaphragm and chest wall fail, patients lose the ability to breathe without ventilator support. Most people with ALS die from respiratory failure, usually within 3 to 5 years from the onset of symptoms. However, about 10 percent of ALS patients survive for 10 or more years.

Although the disease usually does not impair a person’s mind or intelligence, several recent studies suggest that some ALS patients may have alterations in cognitive functions such as depression and problems with decision-making and memory.

ALS does not affect a person’s ability to see, smell, taste, hear, or recognize touch. Patients usually maintain control of eye muscles and bladder and bowel functions, although in the late stages of the disease most patients will need help getting to and from the bathroom.

As many as 20,000-30,000 people in the United States have ALS, and an estimated 5,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with the disease each year. ALS is one of the most common neuromuscular diseases worldwide, and people of all races and ethnic backgrounds are affected. ALS most commonly strikes people between 40 and 60 years of age, but younger and older people also can develop the disease. Men are affected more often than women.

The parts of the body affected by early symptoms of ALS depend on which muscles in the body are damaged first. In some cases, symptoms initially affect one of the legs, and patients experience awkwardness when walking or running or they notice that they are tripping or stumbling more often. Some patients first see the effects of the disease on a hand or arm as they experience difficulty with simple tasks requiring manual dexterity such as buttoning a shirt, writing, or turning a key in a lock. Other patients notice speech problems.

Although the sequence of emerging symptoms and the rate of disease progression vary from person to person, eventually patients will not be able to stand or walk, get in or out of bed on their own, or use their hands and arms. Difficulty swallowing and chewing impair the patient’s ability to eat normally and increase the risk of choking. Maintaining weight will then become a problem. Because the disease usually does not affect cognitive abilities, patients are aware of their progressive loss of function and may become anxious and depressed. A small percentage of patients may experience problems with memory or decision-making, and there is growing evidence that some may even develop a form of dementia. Health care professionals need to explain the course of the disease and describe available treatment options so that patients can make informed decisions in advance. In later stages of the disease, patients have difficulty breathing as the muscles of the respiratory system weaken. Patients eventually lose the ability to breathe on their own and must depend on ventilator support for survival. Patients also face an increased risk of pneumonia during later stages of ALS.


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