Tommy Ogle Benefit Show Details

This announcement just came in from Dan Knowles re. Tommy Ogle’s
benefit concert. Dan is at: dan@danknowles.net and is organizing the
benefit.

“My good friend and fellow builder, banjo player & fellow Banjo
Hangout member TOMMY OGLE was (just before Christmas) diagnosed with
terminal cancer.

There are several things we will be doing to help raise funds for his family.

We will be performing a benefit concert on January 28 in Paris 7:00 at
the First Christian Church.

The concert will feature 30+ performers including;

BAWN IN THE MASH, TYLER ANDEL, GLENN KAISER, THE ORIGINAL ALMOST
BROTHERS, DAN KNOWLES & friends, THEM PEOPLE, TRAVIS LAMB, KYLE REEDER
and many, many more.

We will be performing many of Tommy’s original compositions.

Donations are $10 and all funds received will go to the family.”

And I can only add thanks for any support you can lend my friends
Tommy and Rebecca Ogle.

Thanks so much! -Glenn

Prayer Needed For Dear Friends

Dear friends of mine are in need of prayer.

Tommy Ogle is a dear bro. in Christ and gifted bluegrass player with a
couple very cool cds. See our own Grrr Records release, Tommy’s
“Sparrow” project via this link -click on “Friends” and look for Tommy
Ogle: http://grrrrecords.com.

Tommy has just been diagnosed with inoperable cancer.

He and his sweet wife Rebecca, son and daughter-in-law and the rest of
his family are of course dealing with the shock of it all.

Myself, likely Tony Krogh from The Crossing and others will do a
benefit for the Ogle’s in the Paris, Tennessee area (their hometown)
performing many of his songs and raising as much money as we can for
them. Huge hospital and other bills are needing to be met.

The date is Saturday, January 28.

I’ll post exact info. on venue, time and etc. as soon as those putting
on the benefit have it all set, as well as posting it at the Grrr
Records site under Shows, and via my Twitter and Facebook pages.

Thanks very much for praying for my friends!

His, yours, -Glenn

Christmas… But Does it Matter?

And Christmas 2011 is past. Throughout the U.S. there was very little
snow, which for an old guy who was raised in central Wisconsin and saw
drifts over his head every winter and certainly at Christmas, a warm
(40 degrees plus) few days with zero snow was… well, not my choice
anyhow. But it didn’t matter.

For homeless people further in the northern areas of the nation it was a gift.

For many, shelters, food pantries and even gifts for kids and in some
cases, adults made things a tad easier. Homeless… but it didn’t
matter.

Plenty of people (some of them good friends of mine) suffered with
long-term and even unexpected illness and hospitalization over the
holidays… but God, family and care took at least some of the edge
off… so in the end it didn’t matter.

With such a tough economy and plenty of folks unemployed (again?) this
Christmas, many of us turned to giving gifts from things we have, or
hand-crafting things to share love and kindness as well as meet needs
of our loved ones. In the end, lack of money didn’t matter.

Lot’s of folks went (and are going through… as I’m writing December
26) the holidays feeling a deep sense of loss as a family member or
close friend has left this world through age, illness, accident, war
or other means. But it didn’t matter.

Well let’s get real: ALL of these things matter! They matter a great
deal to each of us and even more to God Himself.

THIS is why Jesus came.

But can you go just a bit further with me in these thoughts?

There is that sense of His presence and His reality that indeed means
in the end, HE matters more than my feelings, my sorrows, my pain,
even my deepest loss.

I don’t wish in -any- way to minimize or push aside the sometimes
overwhelming suffering in this life, not at all! And yet this too will
pass. All of it will pass. We, ourselves will pass… from glory to
Glory, from earth to heaven.

Just as Jesus came down and lived a suffering Servant life, so he was
raised up -and the suffering was absolutely horrible.

Just as we who believe, love Him supremely will suffer temptation,
certain affects of sin (our own and other’s) and in many cases tragic
events in this life, so we will be changed, raised up, made new,
enjoying the life of God in His literal presence with the entire
family of God before His throne.

Holidays pass. Everything in this life passes.

When we suffer loss and encounter pain, it matters. Then again, HE matters MORE.

The fact of our salvation by His mercy and kindness means the end is
certain- and it’s the best ending EVER!

I trust you had a Merry Christmas, but if you did not, and if your New
Year is less than a happy one, know this:

HE is what matters, and what HE says and will bring to pass is what matters:

Isaiah 35
5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.

6 Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for
joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness
and streams in the desert.

7 The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling
springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay,

grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.

8 And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness.
The unclean will not journey on it;
it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it.

9 No lion will be there, nor will any ferocious beast get up on it;
they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed will walk there,

10 and the ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter Zion with
singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Revelation 21
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and
the first earth had passed away,
and there was no longer any sea.

2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven
from God, prepared as a bride beautifully
dressed for her husband.

3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ???Now the dwelling
of God is with men, and he will live with them.
They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death
or mourning or crying or pain,
for the old order of things has passed away.???

5 He who was seated on the throne said, ???I am making everything new!???
Then he said, ???Write this down,
for these words are trustworthy and true.???

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy, worship and follow Jesus -and find peace! -Glenn

Excellent Christmas Quote

Randy Schoof, a longtime friend of mine who pastors Warehouse Church
in Aurora, Illinois just sent out another great newsletter. In it he
quoted something I think worth sharing-

“Today I read this quote from N.T. Wright ‘Christmas is not a
reminder that the world is really quite a nice place. It reminds us
that the world is a shockingly bad old place… Christmas is God
lighting a candle; and you don’t light a candle in a room that’s
already full of sunlight.'”

I will only add that even in moments of rest, reflection and focused
worship of the Lord- which is key and core to Christ-followers at
Christmas… even over the holidays, by actually serving others we
-reflect- that Light Who is God come down, Jesus Christ, Son of God.

Thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

4th Sunday in Advent & Another Project 12 Graduation

I’ve been so busy doing gigs and speaking, making gifts and running
errands re. Christmas that I didn’t post any pics from last Sunday at
JPUSA. So here they are. One projection screen, Tina bringing the
message of Love in the Savior and a couple shots of the fresh art of
the day, beautiful!

Project 12 (our Bible/Discipleship school) also graduated two more
good people on Sunday, cool part of the service and then a party that
night. My pics weren’t that good or I’d post them as well… but we’re
so proud of these sweet people plugging through what will prove an
important year of their walk with Jesus and others in the local family
of God.

And now, soon- we celebrate the the most important Birthday EVER 🙂

Blessings, -Glenn

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The Bridge- Mission U.S.A.

Just got home from the last speaking/music (only speaking on my part
tonight) gig prior to Christmas.

The Bridge is a weekly meeting of a team from MissionUSA that links
carefully selected pastors from all over the Chicago Metro with ex
offenders and those caught in the tough, urban street lifestyle who
are looking for a way out.

That way is of course a personal relationship with Jesus, but many
church folk don’t know how (or don’t want) to reach out and interact
with these men and women. So Glen and Jane, Jed and crew do it- and do
it very, very well -and consistently

Each week a host church brings a hot meal and The Bridge team sets up
sound gear, leads worship, speaks, prays and interacts with those
attending. There is a no-condemnation, mercy-hearted but very direct,
biblical approach used by all involved.

Three of their pool of pastors speak 10 minutes each on a topic chosen
from attendees’ questions about walking with God. Jed and crew lead
great worship and at the end of the meeting, a nice meal and
fellowship happens.

The point is to help people in need link up with area pastors and
churches open to befriending, discipling and serving these in need who
all-too-often are left to fend for themselves.

Please have a look, a prayer and consider what you might give to help.
This is a great ministry served up by great and dedicated friends of
mine!

http://www.missionusa.com/

Thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

Cook County Jail Christmas

Whew!! What a major-time enjoyable night I spent in jail. Well o.k., a
couple hours- and I have credentials so I get to walk in without cuffs
and leave when I like…

But the Willow Creek team were wonderful as always, got to play along
with Glen Rupp (great bro. and guitarist, regular and slide playing)
on several Christmas carol/worship tunes. I brought a couple of my own
songs and spoke on the most important Birth ever. And the need for
humility.

Humility of the Son of God coming down to earth as a vulnerable baby,
then super-vulnerable grown man who as God-in-the-flesh could have
cleaned house on His accusers and tormentors… but took it for our
sake, out of love for the Father and all of us. What love!

I encouraged these guys to drop violence and tough-guy nonsense and
learn what true humility before our holy God and others is about, and
that it’s an essential of godly manhood rather than playing
power-games.

The response was truly amazing and I have no illusions: it’s due to
the many prayers going up for myself and the men there that spilled
out on us tonight. MANY thanks to those of you praying.

So many of these dudes have a stack of issues that they had little to
do with, though all of them (and us) are guilty of sin. The majority
in the division Willow serves are locked up for dope pushing or
possession or whatever, that is, they indeed broke various laws and
are about to be sentenced or let go.

Plenty of them deal with issues including extreme poverty, racism,
being hassled daily by gangs to join, zero job prospects and single or
zero parenting backgrounds. Addictions and more round out the mess of
so many of their lives.

I SO relate from my own past. So having compassion on these guys who
are away from family and friends (and on the good side, drugs, booze
and etc.!) over Christmas is no piece of cake for them but at the same
time they can focus on Jesus and begin or grow in a walk with Him. So
that’s what’s up.

The response was quite amazing tonight, but not un-typical. God’s
Spirit and in-your-face truth in love usually helps people focus. It
sure helps me to do so 🙂

Well, nearly time for bed. Thanks for stopping by, and BLESSED Christmas! -Glenn

Two Amazing Nights!

So leading up to The Amazing Night when we celebrate Jesus’ birth…
we just had an incredible couple evenings at both our Cornerstone
Community Outreach Christmas party- good group of people, nice chats,
lots of kids having fun, dancing and such… good food and cool rap w.
Becky Sanchez, goth-rockin’ with Leper and GKB brought the blues/rock
and a couple blues/rock versions of Joy To The World and Silent Night
at the end.

Tonight (Saturday) Maron brought a wonderful set as usual, and I was
so encouraged at the fine singing of Ami and Rebecca (two of my
girls), Brach and Joby nailed the guitar and upright bass parts, Curt
brought the Word and his excellent poems, a great crowd and wonderful
staff at Nite Light Cafe… a truly fine time for all of us!

Now to enjoy that warm bed next to my sweet Wendi.

Today was also Chicago’s first snowfall of the year as well.

So here are some pics -and I apologize… none of Ami and Rebecca and
band… argggh… took a video of them but forgot to turn the sound on
and the frames weren’t good enough quality to lift for pics. Baaahhh.
But they were SO good and I’m so proud of ’em!

Best wishes for your Advent Sunday 🙂

As always, I thank you for stopping by! -Glenn

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Shows, Services, Advent!

Three sets over the next several days: GKB brings blues/rock and a
couple Christmas songs to our annual Cornerstone Community Outreach
shelter friends Friday.

Saturday myself and family and The Unfortunate do what we call Kaiser
Family Christmas along with Maron opening, over at Nite Light Cafe in
Berwyn, Illinois (Chicago suburb). You can find more info. on that via
GrrrRecords.com in the Shows section.

Then Monday night I’m blessed in bringing the music and message to one
of Chicago’s Cook Co. Jail divisions as part of a Willow Creek team
who serve there every Monday night. I’m grateful to be joining them
(at the very least) quarterly for these services.

Enjoying Advent, getting some Christmas presents done (mostly
hand-made this year) and I’m SO thankful for God’s provision, decent
health, and such a large family and group of friends to share the
journey with!

JPUSA’s Uptown Christian School had it’s annual Christmas program last
night- what a blast seeing my grandkids and the entire school’s
amazingly creative and fun performances!

This is a busy but deep and sweet time of year.

Remember to pause, reflect, drink the latte slowly as you pray and
remember WHO and what Christmas is all about 🙂

Thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

Benefits, Advent, Misc. Joy!

This is a many-faceted blog entry -so you’ve been forewarned 🙂

** What a wonderful night at the Dean Morrissette Benefit in Oswego!

Great folks, a LOT of people with good food, zillions of things
donated for raffle prizes and all-in-all I think a truly beneficial
event for Dean and Dianne who face huge bills and rehab.

I was pleased at answers to prayer because the truth is that many
benefits cost more than they make financially and these folks are in
need.

Kudos to pastor Al and our friends in Aurora who made it a special
event for good peeps!!

** Today’s JPUSA service (the theme this year is “Journey”) this 3rd
Sunday in Advent was/is Joy- and it was. Worship team was great, the
fresh art by Janet Cameron (whose husband, pastor Tom brought the
Word) wonderful as we again considered the love and grace of God
announcing the birth of the Savior to poor shepherds! Sweet. You can
see some pics from my phone here, also a cool Tim Davis cartoon in our
Rev Rag (JPUSA’s Sun. service bulletin:).

** Next Sunday I do several blues songs, then morph right into Kaiser
Family Christmas at a show where Maron opens out at Night Lite Cafe in
Berwyn, Illinois.

Always fun for my family (including Ami Moss & The Unfortunate, my
wife Wendi, daughter Rebecca, Father-in-law Curt Mortimer) who all
join in singing, sharing scriptures and the Christmas story as well as
some history of the traditions. Amazing how many folks just don’t know
where things like the Christmas tree really got their start.

So we look forward to this as well.

** I’m building more found-object, cookie tin and cigarbox guitars, 1,
2 and 3 stringers (steel strings), 1 and 2 string (weed whacker
line… amazing sound) fretless basses as well. Fun stuff. But I build
’em very cheap and keep ’em rustic as I have very little time to give
to it. Playing them more and more in my solo shows as well, great fun.
Sooner or later I’ll get the pickup-building and actual frets-creating
down, but for now mostly acoustic slide-playing builds. I’ve come up
with some very cool slides (made of polished conduit) so that’s been
fun for me.

** Lastly, I found a cool free Advent calendar with scripture and
brief comments for each day. There are loads of them, mostly free, for
Android, Iphone and Ipod, etc.. I’m enjoying them.

Well, off to a sale (my wife a lots of others at JPUSA) doing an
in-house el-cheapo craft sale that will also send a portion of each
sale as a donation to our CCO Shelter. Nice. Wendi has knit some
really cool hats and scarves.

BLESSED Advent all! -Glenn

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