A Lifetime

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor death nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

I look about and observe this world on which we reside for but a short lifetime in comparison to where we may reside in Eternity. We are born into this place and we die and leave it, much as we found it. Personally, I am impressed by the mystery of life and all of its wonders and splendor. The diversity and the depth of detail that is human life is for me both immeasurable and equally astounding. That this mind has been blessed with the ability to observe, reason and expound on its surroundings has for me purpose. I look for that purpose and I find that within all things there is meaning.

Because of these abilities, especially observation I have come to a place that calls for theChoose Blessings2 reality of a Higher Order, a Truth that is worth searching out. It is my purpose to wonder at the essence of life and where these findings will go when I transform to that which must reasonably come next. God is Love!

There is more than a grain of truth in the fact that religions are man’s response to the need to understand all that been given to us in this life. That we seek a specific Truth is enough for me to believe that life on earth is but a temporary stop on our way to our next destination, be it Heaven or Hell. Our conceptions of reality are evolutionary, they change from day-to-day, but God does not.

It is through this narrow window in time we pass but once and call it a lifetime. To have lived and not come to the Truth that there must be more is to have spent that lifetime without having witnessed the essence of Heaven and the Grace of God. You may play your games with reality, but do not deny yourselves the wonder and majesty that is shown to you in this place. Above all, in this lifetime do not deny yourselves the Grace that God has given and shown to you. For no man can say with absolute certainty where he goes from here…..

Grady Norman Greene                                                                                                             Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ

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Lost In Translation

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11 New KJV).

Jeremiah 29:11 is a foundation scripture that has allowed me to build my faith, hopcanstockphoto9484446e,
trust and love of the presence of God in my past, present and future. I have heard several sermons on this passage of Old Testament Scripture and I have read it in several different translations, the original Greek translation remains my preferred and favorite translation; “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11 KJV).

Anyone who reads The Holy Bible will soon discover it is filled with words that we are free to interpret as we wish or we can simply accept these glorious words for what they are and what they mean. The Old Testament Scriptures and New Testament Gospel of Jesus Our Christ are the Divine Words of God, spoken to and recorded by Men and Women of God for our salvation (deliverance). In the past I have contended that no written words, message or instructions are self-explanatory, however, as a bilingual person I have learned just how wrong I had been. I will not debate the advantages of one translation of the Words of God over another or which is right or wrong, I have accepted the context and content of the Word for what it is and no argument will change that.

For clarification purposes the word “future” appears in the Old Testament zero times. However, the word “expected” appears once, and once is enough for me. The implications of the definition of these two words are important because they are diametrically opposed one to the other. Future, has its origin in the Latin word “futurus” defined as: about to be or that is to be. Although, expected has a Latin origin in the word “exspectare” it is defined as: to look forward, to look forward to the coming or occurrence of, to consider probable or certain. Here’s the difference and why they are opposed one to the other, future is an adjective—it describes something, expected is the past tense of expect and it is an action verb—something is going to happen. God is a god of certainty! What do you want from God, a description or an action?

In this particular passage of Scripture God is speaking directly to His children, “For I know the thoughts I think toward” who? You, child of God! It doesn’t get any better than that and no translation is required, it is what it is. “Thoughts of peace and not of evil,” oh what a relief it is to know that my Father God is not going to hurt me. It is the last three words of this passage that moves my heart and soul deeply every time it comes to mind, and it comes often. God wants to give me more after all He has given me; faith, hope and love. Wait for it, He wants to give me “an expected end,” meaning something is going to happen. God is a god of action, expected is the past tense of a godly action, it is a done deal folks! God has already created your future, what is to be, will be. Hallelujah!

canstockphoto7726634This end that God is speaking of is the end He has already prepared for me and for you, we are to be His believing and obedient children. God says have faith in my thoughts “for my thoughts are higher than your thoughts,” put your hope and trust in Me “for I have sworn by myself and cannot lie,” and you shall have the expected end (future) that I, “the Great I Am, that I Am” expect, you can look forward to it with certainty because I LOVE You! All you have to do is align your thoughts with My thoughts, set your expectations upon My expectations, submit your will to My will and your “expected end” (future) shall surpass all expectations. Go and bless somebody with the word of God. Amen.

Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ

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Singing and Dancing

Singing and Dancing

“I call to remembrance my song in the night”(Psalm 77:6).

I remember reading somewhere of a song bird that would not sing the melody his owner desired while his cage was full of light. The bird would sing only if the cage was covered and engulfed in the darkness and the light of day hidden. Our Christian joImageurney provides us with many opportunities to be engulfed in darkness thereby provoking our souls to sing a tearful and dark song unto the Lord. Unfortunately, too many good Christian people never learn to sing until after the darkness of distress has passed.

More often than not wherever we find singing we find dancing, sometime happy dancing other instances dances of distress. Yesterday, while eating breakfast I was listening to my favorite local jazz station and one of my favorite happy songs “Hey Young World” by jazz musician Gerald Albright came blaring across the radio. The song moved me, it makes me happy every time I hear it, I placed the fork on the plate and started to dance my little happy dance. I danced because I was feeling so good and grateful for all that the God of Light has done for this poor soul that once walked in darkness.

There were no words to the music so I added my own; “Thank you Father God, thank you, you have been soImage good to me. From the depths of my soul in Jesus’s name I thank you for all of your kind and generous provisions!” I repeated the words until the song ended, and sat down to finish breakfast. It dawned on me that I was no longer hungry, my heart and soul were filled with the light of the Lord and I started my day singing and dancing. Oh what joy there is in loving the Lord, He surely loves me.

I sincerely doubt if a Christian soul can really know the love of God and the joy it offers in its richness, comfort and provisional completeness during moments of darkness. Only light can drive out the darkness of the gloom of night. Weeping and sorrow may hold the soul hostage in the night, but joy—unspeakable joy—comes in the morning. Don’t be a Christian song bird, waiting for the darkness before you sing. Wake up, get up and dance to the glory of the Lord, He is our joy.

Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ

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I Can Trust

“But now, the sun cannot be looked at, it is bright in the skies after a wind passed and swept the clouds away(Job 37:21).

Job was a man who knew a thing or two about clouds, and I am certain that every person alive has or will have a fair share of cloudy days, cloudy outlooks and perspective on the events of our life. Here’s what I feel sustained Job going during his period of suffering and the Believer will find as I have found will help brighten your cloudy day(s).

(1) Job believed “Though He may slay me, yet will I trust in Him.” I can trust that God in whose hand are the soul of every living thing and the breath of all mankind watches over the path He has set before me. I can trust that His angels shall have charge over me.Image

(2) Job knew that only the Shekinah Glory of God can drive out the darkness and affliction my adversary has placed upon me. Know therefore that God exacts of thee less than thine iniquity deserves. But I can trust that His light shall never be dimmed or overcome.

(3) Job was fully persuaded God cannot lie, Jesus cannot die twice and the Spirit of God cannot be quenched. So I can trust the promises of God, “I know the thoughts I have toward you.” I would seek unto God, and unto God will I commit my cause.

Today, God is speaking to you, the Believer, saying you can trust me, “I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and as a cloud thy sins, return unto me for I have redeemed thee” (Isaiah 44:22). If you have not accepted Jesus as your Lord, Savior and Redeemer today is the day, a good day to establish a relationship with Him who forms the clouds, sends the rain and the wind that sweeps the dark clouds away. You can trust Him under the dark clouds and in the sunshine.

I have heard many Christian believers say they would like to have the patience of Job, failing to recognize what empowered Job to be such an extraordinarily believing person, it was his “faith and trust” in God. Patience is an exercise, but faith is the fuel that drives trust, trust in the Lord God Almighty. “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that he shall stand at the latter-day upon the earth” (Job 19:25).Somebody ought to say “Glory” someone else say “Hallelujah” and the Church Body of Jesus Our Christ say “Amen.”

Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ 

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World Black History Month

Frederick DouglassThe month of February has been designated as Black History Month in the United States of America, a time to celebrate, honor and recognize the achievements and contributions of its citizens of African descent. Traditionally, African-Americans specifically and a good part of Americans of other cultural orientations generally will take some time to pay tribute to our fellow citizens of African descent. This year, 2014 brings the realization that Black History has broken the chains of American history to find its rightful place in world history and all are openly invited to share in this expanded annual celebration.

It is important to remember the Black History makers and the profound contributions they have made to every facet of the global society; arts, business, culture, computers, education, entertainment, healthcare, jazz, literature, medicine, music, poetry, politics, religion, science, sports, theatre, war and peace. The contributions of these wonderful men and women who sacrificed so much for so many cannot be overstated and certainly should not be marginalized or diminished with the passage of time. Although, every generation has its own history Black History is no longer the shadowy companion of world history, but is fundamental to and a foundation of the history of humankind.

Alvin Ailey Atlanta1aaThe United States Census Bureau states there are 44-million African-Americans living in the USA today and another 4.2-million persons of African descent from Africa, the Caribbean Islands and Europe. The United Nations Survey of Global Populations estimates there are 1.3-billion Africans in a global population of 7.142-billion people. On the surface this may not seem as a vital statistic, however on closer examination it reveals that 1-in-6 persons on the planet is either African or of African descent. The USA is unique in this consideration as the only nation that has set aside an entire month to pay homage to the nation’s largest racial minority and third largest ancestry group (citizens of African descent).

African-Americans and their historic contributions to humankind are as inseparable and indistinguishable from world history as the Atlantic Ocean. Although, separate pages tell of the painful journey of 12-million African survivors to the Americas during the dark days of the Atlantic Slave Trade it is forever bound in the same book. The history of the African Diaspora continues to be recorded on a canvas of white sails with a multi-colored and multi-national background of blood, sweat and tears. The hope of a brighter future is our inheritance, and we shall not be denied. Abraham Lincoln said; “The Almighty has a purpose of His own.” The world cannot afford to squander the rich treasures of the African legacy nor allow others to devalue it to turn back the hands of time, if only as far back as yesterday.

I urge you to join your African-American sisters and brothers, frieMan Prayin2nds and neighbors, fellow workers and acquaintances as we celebrate happy endings with periods of love found, hatred restrained, hopes renewed; dreams realized and prosperity to be shared. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said “Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate any man, but to win the friendship and understanding of our fellow-man.” The history of people of African descent in America may be incomplete and inaccurate to a degree, but it is by no means insignificant. I pray that you have found this little note on Black History inspiration and encouraging. There is so much to celebrate!

Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ

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