Rejoice, Pray, & Meditate on Godly Things


Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:4-9 NKJV


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66 Assurance Way: Pressing towards the Mark in 2017

By Greg Silverthorne

“But allow me to offer a little bit of hope, a reminder of what the soul actually is and how it is constructed and valued. 

It is not external, it is internal.  It is not made, it is given.  It is not earned, it is instilled.  It is not of humanity, it is of God.

And as such, it is not subject to the changing winds of culture or politics.   It is more stable, more lasting, and more resilient than anything else we possess”. [Emphasis added]  

Rev. Noah Van Niel (11/13/2016)


John14As I approached the 3rd anniversary of this blog (Sept 21, 2016), I had envisioned an Anniversary Series beginning in late September – and ending by December 21st.  So much for my grand plans. Smile.

On December 20th I published a post that captured a lot of what had happened on and since the November 8th Elections. “When Hate Arrives, Silence is Tacit Approval” One Man’s Story” was surely an example of faith in action!

The results of the Elections exactly 2 months ago, and many events (good and bad) since then, caused me to postpone the launch of the Series – to mid-January.  The silence is tacit approval post, along with the first post of 2017 (“Sermon Says: Hopefulness, God’s Presence, and Racial Harmony”), are posts I felt deeply called to do.  The young Priest , Rev. Noah Van Niel, featured in the Sermon Says post is a phenomenally eloquent and empathetic man of God!  The words that led this post are from that Sermon by the way.  When I first read the Sermon he delivered -the Sunday after Elections- I was immediately moved . . . and knew I had to share his profound perspective on the soul as a Christian’s stronghold. 

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While I’ve written in the last 3+ years on topics beyond spiritual encouragement and Gospel music, like worklife/career issues, I’ve generally avoided blogging on politics.  Notice the tag cloud in the right sidebar. I haven’t done a lot of deep blogging on race issues.  However, the events of the last 2 months, including some enlightening dialogues (and deep self reflection), have been unlike anything I’ve experienced in my 55 ½ years on this planet as an African-American!  As bad as things look at times, I trust that ‘all things will work together for the good’ (Romans 8:28).  I trust that God will keep being a Way Maker, and not forsake me, you, or any abiding Christian.

  • Silver linings?  Yes.  I’ve personally seen, and helped others see, the racial dynamic of the US in a more nuanced way.   As well I’ve seen some extraordinary actions that caused me to NOT loss faith in humanity; my faith in God remains changed!  So, in the words of the late Maya Angelou, I will -from time to time- be a ‘trailing wisp of glory’ in shining light on a dark place in America – race relations.  I have accepted your assignment God!

That said, I will continue to blog about Christian assurance, gospel music, worklife issues, and spiritual encouragement & empowerment.

  • I will publish a post that I first envisioned just after Labor Day next weekend.  The story behind a lead singer for the Mississippi Mass Choir (Mosie Burks) is one I love!  Like Tiffany Joy (singing “Amazing” with Ricky Dillard), Burks is an anointed singer with an intriguing life story.

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Rules for ‘Holy Living’ (Scripture)

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Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.  

Forgive as the Lord forgave you.   

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Colossians 3: 12-14 NIV

  • The rules for holy living (v. 1 – 17) can be found at the link below. After my last post on Godly living, these seventeen verses seemed to be the logical next step.
  • Keep on walking!

Rules for Holy Living

Colossians 3 1-17 – NIV


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7 Tenets of Your Christian Discipleship J.O.U.R.N.E.Y.

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Jesus Christ is my personal Savior. Remember, he’s the Keeper of your Soul

  • Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John 15: 4-5 NKJV)

Omniscious, omnipotent, and omnipresent nature of God

  • All-knowing, all-powerful, and present everywhere.
  • “I Am God” (Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers, Gospel classic)

I am God all by myself, I don’t need any help.
I can handle things on my own.
I am the first and the last, whatever you need just ask.
For I am, I am, I am God.

I was there in the beginning.
And I’ll be there when you get to the end.
I’m all seeing, all knowing, almighty, ever showing.
For I am, I am, I am God


Unchanging Hand of God: Hold on to it tightly

Hold to God’s unchanging hand,
Hold to God’s unchanging hand;
Build your hopes on things eternal,
Hold to God’s unchanging hand.

  • Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 NKJV)
  • You have a mighty arm; Strong is Your hand, and high is Your right hand. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face.  (Psalm 89: 13-14 NKJV)

Read and reflect on the 66 books of the Bible

  • The name of this blog (launched in Fall 2013) is based, in part, in the number of books that can be found in the Holy Bible.  66 Assurance Way.
  • Bible study and reflection can keep you connected to the Lord . . . and let the Devil know you’re a proud child of God!

Never forsaken: A benefit that believers, children of God, receive.

  • Please do not take it for granted.
  • If God Said It (Chicago Mass Choir):

If God said it, I believe it, for I know, He’ll make it alright.


Eternal Salvation

Goin’ Up Yonder (Walter Hawkins & The Love Center Choir)

I’m goin’ up yonder
I’m goin’ up yonder
I’m goin’ up yonder
To be with my Lord


Your Kingdom Keys for Christian Assurance

The Kingdom Keys represent the guiding principles which you, I, and all Kingdom-seeking Christians are expected to live by. They are from the 9 Pillars of Christian Assurance.

  1. Use your Bible Effectually
  2. Spiritually-Empowered Walker
  3. Exceedingly-Encouraged Attitude
  4. Christian Courage
  5. Acknowledge, Abide, and be Assured
  6. Right, Righteous Path


In your journey, as a Christian, the Bible tells you (and all believers) of many of the Do Not Enter signs you’ll likely see. Heed these signs, so you don’t need to seek God’s forgiveness or intervention.

The red Wrong Way signs tell you that you’re not headed in right direction now – and need to stop, pull over, or turn around.  In your journey, if you go pass the first sign, please don’t ignore the second one.

  • Even when you feel immobile and stuck, not moving at all, trust that your Heavenly Father will ‘make a way out of no way’.  News flash: God’s roadside assistance is better than anything AAA is selling!  He can send angels where ever and whenever they’re needed.  
  • Your club is the Always Abiding Association.  The cost of membership: Trust, Praise, and Prayer.  Need help? Just pray and wait.  While your car may leave you stranded, God never will!

Are you ready for your Journey? Don’t forget your Bible and Kingdom Keys. If you are willing to trust in the Lord, you’ll be able to ‘do all things’. Help is never far away, if you encounter a ditch or detour.

Grace, mercy, and peace to you. To God be the glory!


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Christians: Think of Others First (Scripture)

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Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Philippians 2: 3-4 (NIV)


But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.

Romans 2: 8 (NIV)


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5: 22-23 (NIV)


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With an ‘Exceedingly-encouraged Attitude’, be Hopeful (Christian Assurance)

  • This mindset allows you to successfully ‘tell your storms’ to cease.   

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  • What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see (Hebrews 11:1 NLT).
  • Therefore we do not lose heart.   Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.   For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.   So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.   For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV)


Again, having an Encouraged Attitude allows you to successfully ‘tell your storms’ to cease.  

Who is your Storm-stopping Helper?   Jesus.  

Grace, mercy, and peace to You.

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8 Signs of a ‘Productive’, Godly Christian (2 Peter 1)

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His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.  Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1: 3-8 (NIV)


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