Worship, Katrina and Encouragement for the Body of Christ with Michael Green

Worship, Katrina and Encouragement for the Body of Christ with Michael Green

Michael Green sang bass like no other high school student in Louisiana. He went on to lead worship and perform with singers such as The Oak Ridge Boys, Bill Gaither, Michael W. Smith and many others. Pastor Michael serves as lead pastor of LifeGate Church in Metairie and Mandeville, Louisiana. Listen as he shares how Christ revealed Himself through the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and gives words of encouragement to help you persevere through trials.

33 Minutes • 20 days ago

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Michael Green

Michael Green sang bass like no other high school student in Louisiana. He went on to lead worship and perform with singers such as The Oak Ridge Boys, Bill Gaither, Michael W. Smith and many others. Pastor Michael serves as lead pastor of LifeGate Church in Metairie and Mandeville, Louisiana.

Listen as he shares how Christ revealed Himself through the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and gives words of encouragement to help you persevere through trials.

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: This is the Greenelines podcast. I'm Steve Greene on the Charisma Podcast Network. I'd like to tell you about a series that's available to you now through Charisma. Many of you have seen bits and pieces of maybe one of these books, The Deborah AnointingThe Esther AnointingThe Anna Anointing, and The Ruth Anointing, plus a free bonus all in the Solid Rock Series. You're going to get all four anointing books by Michelle McClain-Walters, plus a Charisma subscription and to Life in the Spirit devotions for only $36. I want to say that part of it again. You're going to get all four of those anointing books by Michelle McClain Walters. Plus, you'll receive a Charisma subscription, a subscription to Charisma magazine, and then you'll get two Life in a Spirit devotionals for only $36. Now, you can find this atcharismamag.com/anoint. Or, you can just look right here, down below this podcast in the show notes and you'll see the link tocharismamag.com/anoint. I know you'll love these books, and I know you'll love the free bonuses and a subscription to Charisma magazine. Now let's get to the show.

Dr. Steve Greene: This morning. I was thinking back to my high school years, 1969-70, in New Orleans. I took this trip down memory lane because my guest today was there with me. I sat next to him in our performance choir. Seventeen members of our school choir made all-state choir in those years. I remember this like some high school quarterbacks remember their football seasons. Thankfully, most days, a singer doesn't get tackled by a linebacker, except maybe after school. My guest sang bass like no other high school student in the state. I sat next to him. I know he's the real deal. His low E vibrated the buttons on my shirt, which I had beneath my choir robe. I loved hearing him sing; I still do. I sang baritone then which means I wasn't a tenor, and not a bass. I was sort of somewhere in the middle, which means I didn't have much range. Michael Green, my friend, went on to lead worship for many churches, for his father's church and other of his own work. And he performed with a list of singers such as the Oak Ridge boys, Bill Gaither, Michael W. Smith and many others. He has served the Lord for many years as a lead pastor and is as well-known and respected in the city he loves, New Orleans. My favorite memory of this pastor, Michael, is when he took me to his church, which is located just about next door to our high school. It was later ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. We'll talk about that today. His father, many of you know, Charles Green, was the pastor, and he spoke words to me in that visit. Michael may not even remember this. But his dad spoke to me, and it was very clear to me that the Lord had plans for me. It was prophetic like I hadn't understood before then, and ultimately it led me to follow Jesus. I was privileged to bump into Pastor Green again at the memorial service for Oral Roberts in Tulsa.

 

Michael Green on Charisma News

·         What Hurricane Katrina Taught This Spirit-Filled Pastor About Faith

·         A Word for Pharisaical Christians Who Think They’re Prophetic

 

The last time I had seen him was in his church when I was in high school. How about that for the way the Lord directs our paths? I told him about my journey. I think it blessed him. But, he was so used to that. He spoke to young people all the time. He was very much a young person's pastor. But on that day, I purposed to reconnect with his son, Michael, on the day of Oral Roberts’ funeral, I really felt a need to reach out to Michael and connect with him. We've sort of stayed in touch since then, and we talk a lot. He is a New Orleans Saints fan and most of you know how I feel about that and really anything New Orleans, the Jazz Festival, an icon. He probably goes to everything. So, I wanted to invite Pastor Michael Green to be on this podcast. And by the way, we're not related in any way. We spell our names differently. I spell it wrong, Michael spells it right. I wanted him to be on this podcast because he also writes for Charisma media. We'll talk about that as well. I feel he has so much to say to the body of Christ. I'm going to have him back as often as he'll come back. So, I expect to hear a blessing today as we welcome Michael Green to the Greenelines podcast.

·         Pastors Michael and Linda Green, LifeGate Church in Metarie, Lousiana

Michael Green: I'm glad to hear your voice, and some of those things you said brings back some fun memories and even of Oral Roberts.

Dr. Steve Greene: You may want to tell our listeners that your father is still alive. Many will be surprised to hear that since you and I are talking at our ripe age. Tell me just a bit about your dad.

Michael Green: He lives in the Dallas area. When he can, he will get on that plane and go. He just got back from Peru I think the trips are the things that keeps him going.

Dr. Steve Greene: He still likes to get on stage and preach and sing and do what he does. He's still Charles Green. His mind is still really quick. So, how about you? Do you still sing that low E? Can you get it?

Michael Green: With some of the years of speaking more, you lose your voice a lot of times and you lose part of that …. I'm actually getting back into the warm ups, the vocal coaching. I'm ready to get back there and because it's been a while since I've done some real solo stuff; the worship leading is a different thing. I do some backup stuff on the side. But you lose a little those bottoms and a little bit of the tops, right.

Dr. Steve Greene: What do you think that does to a baritone?

Michael Green: There was nowhere for me to go you know. I'm really technically like a like a baritone. You’ve got to work it, it’s like any muscle. It’s part of me. I've been speaking for so long. In fact, when he stepped down, my worship leading days were pretty minimal after that. It's a different part of your voice. But the music is always part of us. In fact, we're working on going in the studio, hopefully for the year is over.

Dr. Steve Greene: Katrina changed your life in a lot of ways, didn’t it, Michael?

Michael Green: You know this as a reporter. A lot of times the story is not fully get told; the story of walking through that. You lived here and you know what the drill is. The storm comes in and past a 2. You might go to Mississippi, you might go to Texas, you might go to Alabama, you might go to get away from the opposite way. And, you come back in two days and you clean up and you go on. Well, this thing here, we had been on vacation. We got back on a Thursday. And on a Friday night, the first day of school started that day for our academy, our three kids were in that school at the time. We I did a wedding that night, Friday night. We were keeping an eye on the storm. We said you know if this gets any worse, we will probably see in a few days and kissed everybody and I walked off that stage after I did that wedding, and I never stood on that stage again. We watched it all night and we were going to go somewhere and we ended up going to our friends, Dean and Mary Brown, in the Memphis area. We'd sung together a lot on their worship program they had been doing for TBN. They took the four of us in and we had a great time. Sunday night, we go to bed thinking that the worst of it has hit the Gulf Coast. But by the time I woke up Monday morning, we saw the levees had broken. And actually, what happened was I saw the video and I called the only number I had for city hall. Believe it or not, our city council woman answered the phone. And I said, what's going on? She said, you haven't heard? The levees broke. I said, what's that mean? She said, you probably have seven eight feet of water in the church. That's what it means. Well, you know, life as it is, it’s over. Linda in the boys did not get back to the New Orleans area for about nine or 10 weeks. I would get back in when I could and tried to stay there. We had really nowhere to go. We started getting some phone calls were ended up we got a phone call from John and Diana Hagee. John said what are you gonna do with those boys? And I said, I don't know. John said, y'all come here and Diana got on the phone with Linda. Three days later we were on the road to San Antonio and the boys stayed there for about 10 weeks. That wonderful church took care of them and watched after them when I drove 527 miles home back and forth. I would try to work all week and then after doing some sort of Sunday service, I would go back to San Antonio and be with them until Monday and then drive back and it was it was very surreal. Let me just tell you about all this government … God loves the government, but nobody deals with things like the body of Christ.

Franklin Graham was there before the wind stopped. Operation Blessing was there, Joyce Meyer was there. Many of the great, great ministries in the world worked together. Whether it was a storefront or a huge mega church, the body of Christ met more needs to help more people than what the government could do.

Dr. Steve Greene: So, how do you feel looking back on this? What did you learn? What have you taken with you about that experience?

Michael Green: Well, there's a couple of ways you could go. It's like when you've been sick, and you've had to stop. And you're you start looking at other priorities and some of the things that were so important, are not really that important at all. This was a this is 33 acres, 170,000 square feet of building. It was a church. It was the best room in the city for theatrical and for concerts, and there was always something there. But as time past, we thank God for it. But you know He's got something new for you. And I will say this … Those who went through it and understood that God had something for them and that God was in it and that God would lead them, they navigated the storms. Those people who are always trying to recreate what they lost, or they continue to mourn, I saw that. I did seven or eight funerals in about a two-month period of people suffering mentally and emotionally and that had gone through things. You would stand up on a Sunday morning and we were meeting in a furniture store and or we would meet in a house. We couldn’t meet as a group because the bridge fragmented anybody that was on the North Shore. We were meeting in two different places and it was amazing. You're going through those things and you're listening to even Christian media, create a curse over the whole situation. Well, we're dealing with people walking through it. You go through a time and you would start speaking on a Sunday morning, and about 10 minutes in, you could just see their eyes. I mean, they would glass over. They were going through such shock. We would take 30 minutes before we started to visit or open up the floor. How's it going with you? Somebody would give a testimony and their testimony was, I gotta get doors today. I’ve got to get a new roof today, things like that; they were suffering. I spent six weeks going through the story of Joseph talking about undeserved tragedy, and always ending intended for evil. And when we got back, people were talking about the judgment on the city. I understand where they're coming from on some of those things and I understand the concepts. I believe cities need to repent. But there were some people that were going through just a terrible tragedy in their lives. It was quickened in my spirit that they were always playing the blame game. Now, part of it was the natural thing that happened, part of it was a bad era, part of it was a faulty work. A lot of things that went into it at that time. It was like the word Lord came to me to encourage those people in the blame game, who has sinned, this man or his parents? And Jesus said, all this has happened, so that the Son of God might be glorified. I begin to encourage them in those things and speak to them and speak blessing to them. In that situation, when you're going through that tragedy and, you know, six weeks and not a restaurant open in our neighborhood, not one. Maybe one grocery store, and nothing, nothing opened at all. I wasn't encouraging them to get through to next year. I was encouraging them, hey, next Sunday, we'll see you next week. Let's get through this. It was morning by morning, new mercies I see. We began to speak into those people. I learned firsthand that the word of the Lord is true, the word of the Lord is strong. I had someone that you know, very well and everybody knows in the Christian movement, and it was very cute the way called me. He’s a pretty strong faith guy and he said, well, how are you doing? I said, Well, I found out what I am. He said, what are you? I said, I'm a pragmatic faith man. I'm going to do what I know to do, but I know that God is leading my steps, and that He will lead my way. He doesn't want me idle, but he wants me trusting Him while I work. So many great people helped us. Steve Strang helped us, Joyce Meyer help us. Randy Travis helped us, Service International there's all kinds of miracle stories that happened there. But that's kind of a gist of it. It changes you. It changes the way you think and it changes your message. It’s the Word of the Lord. What's the word of the Lord that's going to get you through? And I will tell you, the word of the Lord does get you through and God is good.

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Michael Green

Michael Green sang bass like no other high school student in Louisiana. He went on to lead worship and perform with singers such as The Oak Ridge Boys, Bill Gaither, Michael W. Smith and many others. Pastor Michael serves as lead pastor of LifeGate Church in Metairie and Mandeville, Louisiana.

Listen as he shares how Christ revealed Himself through the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and gives words of encouragement to help you persevere through trials.

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: This is the Greenelines podcast. I'm Steve Greene on the Charisma Podcast Network. I'd like to tell you about a series that's available to you now through Charisma. Many of you have seen bits and pieces of maybe one of these books, The Deborah AnointingThe Esther AnointingThe Anna Anointing, and The Ruth Anointing, plus a free bonus all in the Solid Rock Series. You're going to get all four anointing books by Michelle McClain-Walters, plus a Charisma subscription and to Life in the Spirit devotions for only $36. I want to say that part of it again. You're going to get all four of those anointing books by Michelle McClain Walters. Plus, you'll receive a Charisma subscription, a subscription to Charisma magazine, and then you'll get two Life in a Spirit devotionals for only $36. Now, you can find this atcharismamag.com/anoint. Or, you can just look right here, down below this podcast in the show notes and you'll see the link tocharismamag.com/anoint. I know you'll love these books, and I know you'll love the free bonuses and a subscription to Charisma magazine. Now let's get to the show.

Dr. Steve Greene: This morning. I was thinking back to my high school years, 1969-70, in New Orleans. I took this trip down memory lane because my guest today was there with me. I sat next to him in our performance choir. Seventeen members of our school choir made all-state choir in those years. I remember this like some high school quarterbacks remember their football seasons. Thankfully, most days, a singer doesn't get tackled by a linebacker, except maybe after school. My guest sang bass like no other high school student in the state. I sat next to him. I know he's the real deal. His low E vibrated the buttons on my shirt, which I had beneath my choir robe. I loved hearing him sing; I still do. I sang baritone then which means I wasn't a tenor, and not a bass. I was sort of somewhere in the middle, which means I didn't have much range. Michael Green, my friend, went on to lead worship for many churches, for his father's church and other of his own work. And he performed with a list of singers such as the Oak Ridge boys, Bill Gaither, Michael W. Smith and many others. He has served the Lord for many years as a lead pastor and is as well-known and respected in the city he loves, New Orleans. My favorite memory of this pastor, Michael, is when he took me to his church, which is located just about next door to our high school. It was later ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. We'll talk about that today. His father, many of you know, Charles Green, was the pastor, and he spoke words to me in that visit. Michael may not even remember this. But his dad spoke to me, and it was very clear to me that the Lord had plans for me. It was prophetic like I hadn't understood before then, and ultimately it led me to follow Jesus. I was privileged to bump into Pastor Green again at the memorial service for Oral Roberts in Tulsa.

 

Michael Green on Charisma News

·         What Hurricane Katrina Taught This Spirit-Filled Pastor About Faith

·         A Word for Pharisaical Christians Who Think They’re Prophetic

 

The last time I had seen him was in his church when I was in high school. How about that for the way the Lord directs our paths? I told him about my journey. I think it blessed him. But, he was so used to that. He spoke to young people all the time. He was very much a young person's pastor. But on that day, I purposed to reconnect with his son, Michael, on the day of Oral Roberts’ funeral, I really felt a need to reach out to Michael and connect with him. We've sort of stayed in touch since then, and we talk a lot. He is a New Orleans Saints fan and most of you know how I feel about that and really anything New Orleans, the Jazz Festival, an icon. He probably goes to everything. So, I wanted to invite Pastor Michael Green to be on this podcast. And by the way, we're not related in any way. We spell our names differently. I spell it wrong, Michael spells it right. I wanted him to be on this podcast because he also writes for Charisma media. We'll talk about that as well. I feel he has so much to say to the body of Christ. I'm going to have him back as often as he'll come back. So, I expect to hear a blessing today as we welcome Michael Green to the Greenelines podcast.

·         Pastors Michael and Linda Green, LifeGate Church in Metarie, Lousiana

Michael Green: I'm glad to hear your voice, and some of those things you said brings back some fun memories and even of Oral Roberts.

Dr. Steve Greene: You may want to tell our listeners that your father is still alive. Many will be surprised to hear that since you and I are talking at our ripe age. Tell me just a bit about your dad.

Michael Green: He lives in the Dallas area. When he can, he will get on that plane and go. He just got back from Peru I think the trips are the things that keeps him going.

Dr. Steve Greene: He still likes to get on stage and preach and sing and do what he does. He's still Charles Green. His mind is still really quick. So, how about you? Do you still sing that low E? Can you get it?

Michael Green: With some of the years of speaking more, you lose your voice a lot of times and you lose part of that …. I'm actually getting back into the warm ups, the vocal coaching. I'm ready to get back there and because it's been a while since I've done some real solo stuff; the worship leading is a different thing. I do some backup stuff on the side. But you lose a little those bottoms and a little bit of the tops, right.

Dr. Steve Greene: What do you think that does to a baritone?

Michael Green: There was nowhere for me to go you know. I'm really technically like a like a baritone. You’ve got to work it, it’s like any muscle. It’s part of me. I've been speaking for so long. In fact, when he stepped down, my worship leading days were pretty minimal after that. It's a different part of your voice. But the music is always part of us. In fact, we're working on going in the studio, hopefully for the year is over.

Dr. Steve Greene: Katrina changed your life in a lot of ways, didn’t it, Michael?

Michael Green: You know this as a reporter. A lot of times the story is not fully get told; the story of walking through that. You lived here and you know what the drill is. The storm comes in and past a 2. You might go to Mississippi, you might go to Texas, you might go to Alabama, you might go to get away from the opposite way. And, you come back in two days and you clean up and you go on. Well, this thing here, we had been on vacation. We got back on a Thursday. And on a Friday night, the first day of school started that day for our academy, our three kids were in that school at the time. We I did a wedding that night, Friday night. We were keeping an eye on the storm. We said you know if this gets any worse, we will probably see in a few days and kissed everybody and I walked off that stage after I did that wedding, and I never stood on that stage again. We watched it all night and we were going to go somewhere and we ended up going to our friends, Dean and Mary Brown, in the Memphis area. We'd sung together a lot on their worship program they had been doing for TBN. They took the four of us in and we had a great time. Sunday night, we go to bed thinking that the worst of it has hit the Gulf Coast. But by the time I woke up Monday morning, we saw the levees had broken. And actually, what happened was I saw the video and I called the only number I had for city hall. Believe it or not, our city council woman answered the phone. And I said, what's going on? She said, you haven't heard? The levees broke. I said, what's that mean? She said, you probably have seven eight feet of water in the church. That's what it means. Well, you know, life as it is, it’s over. Linda in the boys did not get back to the New Orleans area for about nine or 10 weeks. I would get back in when I could and tried to stay there. We had really nowhere to go. We started getting some phone calls were ended up we got a phone call from John and Diana Hagee. John said what are you gonna do with those boys? And I said, I don't know. John said, y'all come here and Diana got on the phone with Linda. Three days later we were on the road to San Antonio and the boys stayed there for about 10 weeks. That wonderful church took care of them and watched after them when I drove 527 miles home back and forth. I would try to work all week and then after doing some sort of Sunday service, I would go back to San Antonio and be with them until Monday and then drive back and it was it was very surreal. Let me just tell you about all this government … God loves the government, but nobody deals with things like the body of Christ.

Franklin Graham was there before the wind stopped. Operation Blessing was there, Joyce Meyer was there. Many of the great, great ministries in the world worked together. Whether it was a storefront or a huge mega church, the body of Christ met more needs to help more people than what the government could do.

Dr. Steve Greene: So, how do you feel looking back on this? What did you learn? What have you taken with you about that experience?

Michael Green: Well, there's a couple of ways you could go. It's like when you've been sick, and you've had to stop. And you're you start looking at other priorities and some of the things that were so important, are not really that important at all. This was a this is 33 acres, 170,000 square feet of building. It was a church. It was the best room in the city for theatrical and for concerts, and there was always something there. But as time past, we thank God for it. But you know He's got something new for you. And I will say this … Those who went through it and understood that God had something for them and that God was in it and that God would lead them, they navigated the storms. Those people who are always trying to recreate what they lost, or they continue to mourn, I saw that. I did seven or eight funerals in about a two-month period of people suffering mentally and emotionally and that had gone through things. You would stand up on a Sunday morning and we were meeting in a furniture store and or we would meet in a house. We couldn’t meet as a group because the bridge fragmented anybody that was on the North Shore. We were meeting in two different places and it was amazing. You're going through those things and you're listening to even Christian media, create a curse over the whole situation. Well, we're dealing with people walking through it. You go through a time and you would start speaking on a Sunday morning, and about 10 minutes in, you could just see their eyes. I mean, they would glass over. They were going through such shock. We would take 30 minutes before we started to visit or open up the floor. How's it going with you? Somebody would give a testimony and their testimony was, I gotta get doors today. I’ve got to get a new roof today, things like that; they were suffering. I spent six weeks going through the story of Joseph talking about undeserved tragedy, and always ending intended for evil. And when we got back, people were talking about the judgment on the city. I understand where they're coming from on some of those things and I understand the concepts. I believe cities need to repent. But there were some people that were going through just a terrible tragedy in their lives. It was quickened in my spirit that they were always playing the blame game. Now, part of it was the natural thing that happened, part of it was a bad era, part of it was a faulty work. A lot of things that went into it at that time. It was like the word Lord came to me to encourage those people in the blame game, who has sinned, this man or his parents? And Jesus said, all this has happened, so that the Son of God might be glorified. I begin to encourage them in those things and speak to them and speak blessing to them. In that situation, when you're going through that tragedy and, you know, six weeks and not a restaurant open in our neighborhood, not one. Maybe one grocery store, and nothing, nothing opened at all. I wasn't encouraging them to get through to next year. I was encouraging them, hey, next Sunday, we'll see you next week. Let's get through this. It was morning by morning, new mercies I see. We began to speak into those people. I learned firsthand that the word of the Lord is true, the word of the Lord is strong. I had someone that you know, very well and everybody knows in the Christian movement, and it was very cute the way called me. He’s a pretty strong faith guy and he said, well, how are you doing? I said, Well, I found out what I am. He said, what are you? I said, I'm a pragmatic faith man. I'm going to do what I know to do, but I know that God is leading my steps, and that He will lead my way. He doesn't want me idle, but he wants me trusting Him while I work. So many great people helped us. Steve Strang helped us, Joyce Meyer help us. Randy Travis helped us, Service International there's all kinds of miracle stories that happened there. But that's kind of a gist of it. It changes you. It changes the way you think and it changes your message. It’s the Word of the Lord. What's the word of the Lord that's going to get you through? And I will tell you, the word of the Lord does get you through and God is good.

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

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