Truth Vs. Loyalty

The title of this blog says it all. There are times in most of our lives when we have to accept rejection, take the hurts that come our way due to siding with either truth or being loyal.

Let me be very clear- I’ve spent and plan to spend what’s left of it on this earth as being as honest and committed to truth as possible while at the same time seeking to be genuinely loyal to family, friends and co-workers, band mates, etc..

It has been incredibly rare when I’ve had to face a scenario where it seemed that I couldn’t be brutally honest as well as loyal to people because my friends have been loving servants who were/are “the real deal”.

Gossip, slander, avarice and nonsense fly like vultures both within and without this or that group be it “sacred”, “secular” or you-name-the-family.

The issue that I raise here is simple but I think profound. Either you and I believe and face up to Paul’s amazing phrase in 2 Corinthians 13.8 or you don’t:

“For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth.”

With all the talk of “false news” -and when have lies, exaggeration and phony claims not been made throughout human history?- it becomes ever more important that we choose loyalty to truth vs. loyalty to people when in fact confirmed/confirmable truth is what we can best discern in both our own life and that of those around us.

In part, this is why I’m an independent voter. Loyalty which ignores or disconnects from blatant truth is  historically what helped place the most extreme right-wing facists in power right around this world. Propaganda and loyalty to those spewing it sans verifiable facts is always wrong, never in sync with the Word and will of God.

Something to think about when Jesus says things like:

Matthew Chapter 10
37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Truly surrendering yourself to Jesus is dangerous, especially when loyalty to Him can raise the worst response from others. He IS the way, The Truth and the life, there is no other more important, not now and certainly not in eternity.

These are things to consider along the path. I’m convinced after counting the cost I cannot afford to not be first loyal to the One Who -is- Truth.

As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

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GK Last 1/2 OCT/NOV 2018 Tour Details

Hope to see some of you at these events!

Near PEORIA, IL FRI OCT 12

One Accord – A Christian Songwriting Community

GLENN KAISER

The One Accord Christian Songwriting Community is excited to host international recording artist, two time Dove Award nominee, and pioneer of Christian Rock, Glenn Kaiser. Glenn is a Chicago-based Christian blues musician, singer, songwriter and pastor. Glenn was the leader of Resurrection Band and is currently the leader of The Glenn Kaiser Band. His extensive discography – 35 recordings to date – includes projects of rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, worship, American roots and blues.

RSVP ESSENTIAL via this LINK TO EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/666591057053011/?event_time_id=667064313672352

When: October 12th, 6:30pm
Location: Rock Solid Studio
Address: 309 N. 2nd St. Dunlap, IL

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Glenn Kaiser Band in Chicago:

CHICAGO, IL SUN OCT 14 10am Grand Opening Celebration
Uptown Church -and immediately after outside at
Uplift High School 12pm (indoors at Uplift if poor weather!)
Fall Festival -FREE- lunch, pony rides, bouncy house
games and more… aaaaannnnnddddd
Glenn Kaiser Band blues/rock cranks up @2pm 🙂
https://uptowncov.org/

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PHOENIX, AZ AREA-

FRI OCT 19 @ 7 p.m. Blues Concert at Calvary Chapel Surprise 15610 W. Greenway Rd. Surprise, AZ 85374

SAT OCT 20 @ 6:30 p.m. Blues/Worship Recovery Step 3 at Mesquite Jr. High Auditorium 130 W. Mesquite Gilbert, AZ 85233

SUN OCT 21 @ 8:30 a.m. Teaching Bible Study at Calvary Chapel North Phoenix, AZ 85032

14201 North 32nd Phoenix AZ 85032

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CHICAGO AREA- SAT NOV 3 (GK Solo Blues set time tba):

https://www.facebook.com/ChicagoCBGfestival

As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

Perseverance?

PersevereAssociated terms like “endurance”, “patience”, “faith” and such come to mind when I think of the term in the header of this post.

Walk with the Lord for any length of time, heck, do anything in any group for any length of time and you’ll see people shift commitment from X to Y or Z and so on. Typical. Lots of reasons for this, not all wrong, bad or soul-destroying.

Yet as I flew in from an Alaskan tour I thought about Native Alaskan people and the temptations and struggle to survive in difficult, sometimes hostile environment/s as well as people I met in prisons on the trip who might… “might” I say… survive and even flourish.

Persevering in doing the laundry today (:) I took a break in our side yard garden here in Chicago’s inner city. It’s not only homeless and other folks who work at this, it’s even seen in delicate little creatures like you see here.

In a world and even churches that bring us into harsh and seemingly impossible-to-deal-with situations perseverance in seeking Jesus, in following Him when others go another direction, in the crucible of sacrifices you thought you’d never be faced with… simply “keeping on keeping on” in the grace and power of relationship with God the Holy Spirit is the foundation, the Rock that keeps our heads “above the water”. Of course there are other options.

We can “curse God and die”, we can turn back “like a dog to it’s vomit”, or simply self-medicate with this or that.

Trust me, in my own life there have been many such (likely more before I’m home) crossroads.

And then when you may least expect it, a bit of encouragement shows up.

Company

Sure, anyone can isolate. It’s one of the anchors of addiction. If you think about it, being in the service of your addiction means the only non-isolation that’s dependable are others who share the same death-wish. Well the opposite is also true.

By grace and surrender I found people who are serious about flourishing spiritually, not merely surviving. Of course one must do the latter or the former isn’t possible.

Like these little creatures of God, I learned where to find sustenance and therefore by His grace, His hand, alongside others of His people, I am determined to persevere.

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” -Galatians 6.9

So now I gotta go finish the laundry 🙂

As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

Love and love

It’s been raining out here in the Alaskan bush as I’ve been waiting to get weather decent enough to fly out from a little town on the Yukon River called Mountain Village.

To say this tour has been amazing is a major understatement!

The pleasure right through Anchorage and on the road system towns, a couple Bible colleges and beyond has been mine, truly.

So in staying with longtime friend Pastor Marc and his wife, on the wall across from my bed is the following (1 Corinthians 13) which I’ve noticed often for the past several days I’ve been here: From1COR13

Ok, for plenty professing Christians no biggie, we’ve read it, heard it preached and etc., so what’s the big deal?

I’ve pondered this text for most of my life and yet this week what literally jumped out at me (I often say “He knows how to write on our wall”!) were the simple words “Love Never Fails”.

Now, some will beg to differ. You, I, they, have “failed in love”. Things started great but eventually went “south” regardless of circumstances. So did love actually fail?

Then comes an incredibly important question- “Whose love”? Theirs? Mine? Ours? God’s?

First a few bits of Greek and English to help stir the pot, because I think there is a massive and absolutely essential matter at core here.

The term “fails” sheds light on this simple phrase:

In use throughout scripture this word means to

[fall out of, to fall down from, to fall off, to fall from a thing, to lose it, to perish, to fall; to fall from a place from which one cannot keep, fall from a position, to fall powerless, to fall to the ground, be without effect of the divine promise of salvation.

Further, from Strongs: ἐκπίπτω ekpíptō, ek-pip’-to; from G1537 and G4098; to drop away; specially, be driven out of one’s course; figuratively, to lose, become inefficient:—be cast, fail, fall (away, off), take none effect.] (Bracketed quotes via blueletterbible.com)

If you live as a Christ-follower for any length of time you will know people who made commitments to Him who now fulfill the very term we are considering. It was not God’s love for them that grew cold, hard, distant, failed, but rather their love for Him.

I’m convinced Paul is talking about God’s love -and I’m saying His love versus what I’ll call human love (sans the love that only comes from God Himself) is at the heart of the issue and often, our problems.

GOD’S genuine love, that in His mind, heart and attitude toward us is perfect, unchanging and UNFAILING. Our “love” for Him, for one another? That my friends, is often flawed, flighty, at times sorely lacking, and plain insufficient in terms of eternity. God’s eternal Person (Father, Son, Spirit) is utterly flawless and without what scripture calls “sin” or even garden-variety selfishness. It is sacrificial (look no further than to Jesus on the cross for proof) and self-giving through and through. Our “love”? Not so much.

Fickle, Changing with the seasons, our emotions, whether or not our desires or deepest needs are met by another or (and sometimes rightly of course) our sense of respect or boundaries are honored and on all of this basis we will begin to maintain anything but love towards another person or group of them.

Human love at it’s best is a far cry from God’s love, plain and simple.

Our love fails.

God’s love? NEVER.

This does not mean He agrees with any of our sinful thoughts, words, behaviors nor our treatment of others. It does mean that unless and until we know Him, walk with Him in faith and surrender, until we see people with His eyes and love them with His love we are often kicking one another, kicking the ball into the stands rather than the goal.

My nickel on this is that God’s love really and truly never fails. Which is why without it no matter what we think we’ve accomplished in this life, we’re sunk.

Brutal inventory of our (in my case, my) lack, slack and sin, repentance (turning around… facing Him in faith in daily relationship) is the cure for a love that often truly fails.

Seeking Him, trusting Him, recognizing that His love is THE Love without which we’re merely “animals dressed-up” as my amazing mother-in-law used to say… I think this is the major answer to what ails us.

God is eternal and calls us to His eternal life and love in the risen Jesus Christ. My wish for you is what I wish for myself, my family and friends, even enemies:

God’s love and grace for the journey.

As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

Brief Alaska Update

20180914_131624Well, I have a short bit of writ nearly ready but soooo many pictures… and still not able to fly to Anchorage due to the weather yet, so may be here another couple days. When I get back home to Wendi, family and Chicago I’ll post details of the tour and a -lot- of pictures. It has been such an amazing tour for me, I’ll tell you that!20180919_180906

Such sweet people, receptive, continually thanking me for coming up and both old and new friends right through the journey. 20180920_200202

Ok, so today I had moose ribs for lunch, Yukon River salmon and ptarmigan (a dark meat game bird) for supper! You can tell life is difficult waiting for the weather to clear so the little plane can get me to a 2nd airport, then from there to Anchorage, then to Chicago. Man, can Marc Murchison cook!!

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So here’s a few pics, a ton more on this trip later -oh, and I’ll also post all my October tour details, hopefully tomorrow unless I’m able to fly home. If that happens I’ll post the Oct. dates very soon after.

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As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

GK October Dates, Alaskan Tour Update

Wow. Just yahoo… what an amazing time up North! I’m writing this from Bethel, AK on the way to Mountain Village just to say my time in Anchorage at colleges, prisons, churches and in radio interviews were all amazing. Such sweet people and super great receptions in each place I brought music and/or spoke. More on this with pics added when I get back to Chicago on Tuesday.

Also more re. details of my October Tour schedule to-be-announced as I just don’t have time now and need to take a nap prior to my last two little flights to M. Village -but…

Firm dates for me in October include Berlin, Waupaca and Appleton, Wisconsin, very close to Peoria, Illinois and do a weekend in Phoenix, Arizona too. Details coming next week, please stay tuned:)

As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

Statement, Question…

Off to Alaska tour in the morning. Looking forward. You can find the itinerary here in my site, posted earlier.

There’s the statement 🙂

“Clothe yourselves”? I ask myself this question every so often:

“So whatcha wearin’?”

“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with a heart of mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience…”

As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn