KC Past Weekend Report, Plus

Had a full and fun tour in the KC area, there initially due to a great Ev. Cov. pastor friend’s daughter requesting the song “Tapestry” in the ceremony, recorded years ago by myself. The bride, groom, family and friends were a treat to be with, the wedding, reception and fellowship were all really sweet and it was a pleasure to be a small part of it all.

There was also an extensive radio interview (podcast w. video of this as well)…

And a GK concert at Community Covenant Church in Kearney, MO (where Paul Clark came by, so great to visit with him a bit after many years!)

And a stop at both locations at Freedom Ministries in KC, MO…

All of these were truly amazing peeps to share and work with and I couldn’t have been treated with more grace. THANKS to Marc and Elise Murchison and each of the folks in each place!

A bit of family time now, GKB and solo rehearsals, webwork and getting ready for Audio Feed Festival sets (solo, GKB and more) in Champaign, Illinois in the July 4th week.

Then on to Aurora, Illinois for a True Tunes get-together w. John J. Thompson and several other cool people.

The week after I join w. several other artists and more friends at Unite Fest in Peoria, Illinois and following that Wendi and I are off to a lengthy tour in Finland where I believe we last toured in Resurrection Band.

All details to be posted soon as we get a few more of ’em.

Essentially I’m jus’ sittin’ around eatin’ bon-bons… NOT 🙂 !

May your summer be a blessed one- and as always, thanks for stopping by 🙂 -Glenn

GK August, September 2019 Appearances

Ok, home from our amazingly blessed Finland Tour, here comes the rest of August and then September appearances. Hope to see some of you on the road! As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

[Details within each link:]

AUGUST

Thu. 22nd -GK Solo and jammin’ w. Todd Anthony Joos and The Revelators

@ The Southwestern Correctional Center, East St. Louis, IL

(You don’t want to be there)

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23 – 25 GK Solo and jammin’ w. friends  at Texas Biker’s Rally near Dallas

https://www.cyclefish.com/motorcycle_event/38496

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Sat. 31, Sun. September 1, GK Solo w. Wendi – Dassel, MN

 


SEPTEMBER

Sun. 8th, GK Solo w. Wendi – Minneapolis, MN

 

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Sun. 15th, Glenn Kaiser Band – Hudson, WI

 



Sat. 21, GK and Friends – Detroit, MI area

 



Sat. 28, Glenn Kaiser Band – Anderson, IN

 

(GK Solo – Maine Tour and more dates coming in October, details tba :))

God Loves Us All: Full Stop?

Christ-followers are mostly in agreement that The Bible is the best (and to be sure, historically) essential source of information about who Jesus was/is, what He said and how we are to think, speak, live, treat one another. Love is the bottom line, indeed so!

In that the scriptures are fully pregnant with line after line about God in nature, action and statement we still do not have ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY about how He thinks and acts, nor by His words and deeds, that He is always in complete and regular agreement with His people -be it Israel, the grafted-in gentile believers or anyone else. My/our understanding is partial and shall be until we literally see His face.

In short, God is Love, loves ALL… but from Genesis to Revelation He clearly does not in all areas and at all times agree with those He loves… that means you and I!!!

When we so glibly make statements of “truth”, there are a long list of reasons (or not) as to WHY and HOW we have come to believe such and such is true.

“Now through a glass darkly, then face to face”, “Now I know in part…” and “At the present time WE know in part” which all means our own love must humble itself to confess only partial, incomplete knowledge much less perspective on anything including that of God, His Word and His ways.

Name the topic, the person or people group and you then have a template of… of what??

Sometimes prejudice (pre-knowledge) ignorant judging, dislike, distaste and at times outright hatred of “the other”, those not like us.

God never stops loving those He disagrees with -yet He being perfect, being Love itself, still disagrees with each one of us every.single.day. in I would presume, any number of areas. Think on that a bit.

I love my kids and never stopped, but I fully disagreed with and at times disciplined them and called them out on occasion in full rejection of their behaviors, words (all based in their apparent thoughts) and reasoning when they violated one another in various ways. I didn’t stop loving them deeply though I found myself hurt, angered and in flat disagreement with them. Out of love and concern for them there were those moments in our relationships. I love them today regardless of anything, but I do not always love their choices, interactions with others and so forth.

See? Eyes to see, ears to hear?

Now if we determine we are god, it matters not what anyone else thinks, says or calls us to.  Especially when He calls us to repent, change our mind/thinking, attitude, behavior that we might best  reflect His character. If we are in the practical, our own god none of that matters. Our personal agenda takes precedence, not Him, not loving our neighbor as our self.

When my loved one/ones are ahead of God in my concerns, when I value them above and over God and His Word, who is truly “God” in my life? When the defining factor is those I care most about it is indeed possible to leave God out of the equation. Jesus spoke directly to that, but I’ll spare you His hard words on that topic here… According to scripture it is HE ALONE Who is first and last, beginning and end. Do we choose Him and His Word above even those of our family and friends when there is conflict? At such a fulcrum an actual assessment of our faith, trust in and surrender to the Lord is likely more evident than any of us (myself as well) may wish!

When WE are the center, when OUR feelings and needs are paramount in our lives, when what HE says and desires isn’t the true motive and desire of our hearts, He no less loves us- but at times re. the Book, He indeed hates our sins and certainly disagrees with our actions.

No discernment nor vote nor varied and broad, majority or minority perspective/view/position of any individual or church equals God Himself. That’s about as obvious as it can be to most of us!

So… “The Spirit TOLD me” is often in reality “I WANT/WANTED” and God is tagged as in Facebook, to agree with my desire/s as if He is in full agreement with me/us. Nada. Ridiculous. Convenient. Dangerous, not because God doesn’t love us all, but because He does and we can place both ourselves and others in a position of opposing Him in a heartbeat, often due to our own personal views over and against His Word which is far more than a perspective.

Crosses don’t only hurt, they kill. Jesus calls all followers to crosses we would never choose, but the issue is self-denial, not getting our way, but getting ever closer to God and HIS way, His desires, His plan for our lives as best as we can grasp what that means in His Word, The Bible.

So… does God hate those He flatly disagrees with? Do you? Do I? Let us take great care not to toss around so powerful a term as “hate”, nor in glib fashion the term “love” when in the end, it’s often in reality a matter of our own definition and quite possibly outside the Word, will and desire of the God Who breathed the scriptures into being.

I, on occasion, proclaimed myself bisexual in my last couple years of high school. My incredible wife and I have shared in 47 years of gracious marriage. God via His Word and Holy Spirit changed my life and in truth, I have no regrets whatsoever. So -who gets to violate whose conscience on this or any other issue?

In a sense, only God Himself -for His love and truth are not violations when we have been the violators. He alone is my God, Lord, Best Friend, First Love. There IS no other like Him!

Perhaps worth considering?

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

GK Solo KC Area June 21,23

This coming weekend I’m in Kearney and also Kansas City, Missouri. You can find details by clicking, then scrolling down at: https://gkaiser.wordpress.com/2019/05/10/gk-june-tour-schedule/

Soon I’ll post the Audio Feed Festival schedule for myself solo and Glenn Kaiser Band, my speaking slot and a lil’ sit-in time with Todd Anthony Joos and The Revelators also. My July-August appearance schedule will also go up soon. Many details in Finland are a bit sketchy but several key booking elements are solid so we can at least give you an overview of that tour as well, that being myself and Wendi.

The weather is getting a bit warmer in the Midwest U.S., a bit less rain (finally) so the farmer’s crops are in or being planted. Crazy year weather-wise!

I hope you’re enjoying your summer- wishing you grace -and as always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

Akron & Lots of Ohio Bars

Got home from Ohio tour via Amtrak the other morning, did our laundry and enjoyed a late breakfast with my Wendi- it truly was a deep week, the first night w. my bruthas Eddie Day and Rex Carroll. Both long-time friends and truly gifted guitar pickin’ artists!

Slept in the next day after loooonnnngggg train trip due to mechanical issues prior to boarding and a sad drunk individual leaving their car on the crossing ahead of us -a freight train demolished the empty vehicle and it all tore up 500 feet of track. We heard the person walked off and left their ride so hopefully nobody was injured or killed… whew.

Well all this only added appx. 12 hours to our trip… but he was in fine form as was (as usual) Eddie and I was at least happy in the show:) -sweet folks at Akron Bible Church which is a whole lot of bikers. Nice!

Ok… “Bars?” Well, read on.

Got up very late the next day and man, the weather was fine, sun, partly cloudy, perfect breeze and as I heard and saw so many motorcycles movin’ (plus our hotel was about a quarter of a block from the local Harley showroom) I thought “Really sweet day to be out!”. And it was. Or might have been depending on where you are.

My friend chaplain John McClure, Rex and I did a total of 8 Ohio prison sets/services with guitars, harmonicas and love. Ain’t a person behind bars who wouldn’t rather be outside that day and any day regardless.

This is why we kiss our wives, kids, grandkids goodbye and hit the road for such people, all sorts, because every one has a name and is someone’s dad, mom, brother, sister, etc.. Some are innocent yet locked up, and some are as guilty of crimes just as all of us are guilty of sin. God offers mercy to “Whosoever will, let them come to the water of life”!

There’s a line in one of my very old signature songs -“But I will trust in Your mercy… share Your mercy where I go”. Yep. This is why we do it. There are a few perks on these tours though:

Before we boarded our trains for home John asked Rex a few questions about the experiences of these gigs and as expected, it was about the men and young men (we made two visits playing music and sharing at the main juvenile prison) and how we were so touched by their situation and need as well as willingness to come to these gigs knowing that at times they’ll possibly make themselves more vulnerable to others there. Many, as in many, prayed with us and we with them.

You may wonder why I don’t just blog the pics re. the issue? First, it’s a no-no to take pics of/in most state prisons. And it’s also because even I have to keep my perspective of hope and even humor in the midst of injustice and “justice”. God only knows which is which in each case.

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

Lancaster, PA Report

Rockin’ on every cylinder! Sweet friends, bikes, nice weather and truly One Big Roar indeed!

My good friends Steve Fry, Eddie Day and Shane Speal all jammed it like royalty and “King of the Cigar Box Guitar” Shane and I had some good tuneage on our little guitars as well as good chats together Sunday. So good to hang out with these brothers -and Shawn cooked them drums too! Fun day with a nice crowd.

Check the pics for an overview of the happenings.

On to Ohio this week and a lot of prison gigs as well as Akron Bible Church blues jam with Rex Carroll and Eddie Day… YES!

See my June Appearances post here for details, and as always, thanks for stopping by.

-Glenn