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 you 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.
I’m a Five Strip Baconist
Completely atoned for
Never falling away
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God makeswhat He wants to make, and from scripture God makes the unrighteous for the day of wrath. I will have mercy on whom, I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. (Romans 9:15) Therefore He has mercy on whom He will have mercy, and who He will be hardened. (Romans 9:18) How most Christians have no trouble accepting Israel as the chosen of God, Its very clear in the Old Testiment, that God rejected, all other nations and chose Israel, but note even in some of the non-chosen Nation, God out of his mercy and good pleasure saved some of them. But now if God chose His people, we cry it not fair. If God never saved anyone it would be fair on His part. If by scripture we ar DEAD in our sins, You can preach to a dead person and you will never get any response. Until the Holy Spirit quickens us, it is then God gives us the faith to embrace Him, until that miricle happens no one of their own can or will embrace God.
Hello Greg! I look forward to really diving into your blog. Also, thank you for following my blog at http://faith1stministries.com I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st. — Sebastian
Brother I thank you for your kind words, I truly enjoy your blog and hope mine will be a blessing to you, one of the best things about having a blog is meeting other students of the Bible. May the Lord bless you and your family and you blog
You’re so welcome Greg and thank you for your kindness and the blessing as well! It is a blessing to have connected with you and I look forward to being blessed by your blog as well! May God’s best be you and yours my brother!
Haha! LOVE the BACON acrostic!
Glad you like my Bacon, I have enjoyed your Blog, and thanks for visiting my Blog
God Bless you
I’ll be coming back often to read your wisdom!
what is your blog address, when I click on your picture all I get is the gravitar site if it not to much trouble could you send it to me?
Greg, it is such a blessing to read how you are depending on the Lord to meet your every need. We serve an awesome GOD, and the comfort we can find in trusting Him at all Times. I can see where GOD will use you to reach those who are either lost or have fallen away from sevring Him. Praise the LORD for what He is doing you and Nita’s life. Our Life Gruop here at Mt. Morris Community Church has added you and Nita to our Prayer List and we are Praying for GOD to use you both Spiritual in serving Him to the fullest. As I have read through your blog, I can see where GOD has been Faithful and just in using you for His Glory. In closing, I think of Paul’s Pray to the Lord in Ephesians 3:14-21. May the Love and Grace of God Bless You and Nita Daily. ………..Eugene
Man it’s good to hear from you, been a long time, thank you for adding me to your prayer list, sure need it. Hope you and your family are doing well. I serve a Sovereign God and I pray He will be glorified through this, He will give me the Grace to endure, It’s not going to be easy, but we are called to bear our cross. God Bless you and your Family. Greg
Every time I read your blog, I am moved to tears . . . Your faith is amazing as is our Lord and I pray for you at every remembrance that the Lord brings to my heart. May He keep you strong in faith, whole in His grace and always, always safely tucked in His everlasting arms.
Debora, I am astonished, by your response, you prayers are important but they also are a great encouragement, no wonder I feel so much peace, because of people like you, would have the love of God in yout hearts. I am truly humbled.
Love in Christ. Again thank you.
Your testimony here on this blog will be one that I will refer to when I am faced with my own destiny . . . your love, faith and strength will be one I will gleam from when the time comes. You are an inspiration, a voice in the wilderness that we all must face and you exude the true meaning of Psalm 23 . . . I am so blessed to have found you and your wife and the truly amazing grace of God that shines from your hears.
Deborahann, you are such a encouragement to Nita and me, it is no accident, that God brought you into our lives, and that He brought us into your life. A sovereign God had is planned before the foundation of the earth. And why? for His Glory, and to conform us to the image of Christ. I pray the the peace of God floods your heart, and give you peace. Love in Christ, you are a dear sister.
Wow…what a testimony
Amen! 🙂 Great Blog You have there Sir. Thank you so much for taking the time to follow my blog.
Thank you for your response, I pray you will be blessed by my blog. I welcome any comments, I checked your blog. I like what you have to say. Again thank you for taking time to respond
Thanks very much for the follow. Blessings, always. Sue
God has just brought another person into my life, I will not take that for granted. Thank you for your response Sue
🙂 very much welcome. Thanks.
I love it when I hear a testimony from someone like you who has a clear and Biblical understanding of God’s providence and sovereignty and is not afraid to embrace it in light of the circumstances of their life. That is the only perspective that really gives us hope and faith to continue on, isn’t it? Also the the baconism – gotta share with my church family!
Thank you so much for following my blog:) you have such a great blog. will looking forward to your blog.Blessing !
I love it when God brings new people into my life, as read each other Blog may we both grow in Grace.
Your blog is a real gem. You have been given great insight, and I’m glad you are sharing it. Thank you for visiting my blog and reposting one of mine. I echo Greg’s comments (above). Blessings to you and yours.
Thank you Julie, for your kind words, you have blessed my heart, and your blog is an inspiration to me.
Love in Christ Greg
I want to thanks for reblogging some of my post. I really appreciate it 🙂 by the way thank you for every post of you. I have learned so much and makes my spiritual maturity more growing. Keep work and be a blessing to many people 🙂 God Bless
Thank you Karina you are very kind, your poems and articles speak to my heart, I thank God that He brought you into my life for such a time as this.
Love in Christ. Greg
I just wanted you to know that we are neighbors, Greg. I live in Hot Springs where God has blessed my life. I can relate to health issues as my brother has schizophrenia, and my daughter (22) is taking meds for a kidney transplant that she had 3 years ago. I left California 18 years ago and I don’t plan on going back unless I feel led of the Lord. We are fighting the gambling “industry” here in Hot Springs. I spoke at a recent Board of Directors meeting along with other concerned citizens about the doubling of the size of Oaklawn. My wife and I (she is the better proofreader by far) just helped a local pastor (mine) to send out a letter to all of the business owners in Hot Springs about some to the questionable “practices” of the casino here. The mayor (a Christian) was the only one who didn’t vote for the expansion to double the size of the Oaklawn casino. Now we are fighting for our rights to have public comments after the board meeting televised.
Anyway, I appreciate your blog and your efforts to bring others closer to the Lord.
We are closer than neighbors, with our bond in Christ, thank you for sharing, some thought on you family and your passions. I will
Be praying for your endeavors and for your ministry. I praise God for the people He brings into my life, by His Grace I will never take them for granted. Grace and peace to you and your family from God our Father and The Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen, brother. Our bond in Christ is an awesome thing. Thank you for your prayers and I will keep you and your family in mine.
Thank you so much for reblog my old post. I really appreciate it..Also thank you for always reading my posts. Many love and blessings to you. .:)
Oops sorry I forgot to fill name and email so my previous comment become anonymous.
Karina, thank you, for you response, many blessing to you. I loved your keep the Fork post
Love in Christ Greg
Your blog is very interesting; I am following it . Please consider following my blog. I might also add that my mother died of Lou Gehrig’s disease. Many blessings to you.
Equipping The Saints – Eph 4:12
Thanks for the Reblog Greg. May God continue to use you for his glory.