Got a BLUES-UKE Lyric

I’ll likely record this at some point. Thought I’d share here.

As always, thanks for stopping by 🙂 -Glenn

I THOUGHT I HEARD YOU SAY -glenn kaiser

I thought I heard you say
That you loved him
I thought I heard you say
You’d be true
I thought I heard you say
No one above him
I thought I heard you say
Through with you

What happened to the
Love beyond all loves
What happened when the
Pushes came to shove

You know I heard him say
He’d forgive you
You know I heard him say
Come on home
I know I heard him say
He’ll always love you
He keeps knockin’
Wherever you roam

What happened when you
Had to lose yourself
What happened when your
Love went up on the shelf

I hear the angels say
Somethin’s brewin’
I hear the angels say
Eyes on you
I hear the angels see
What you’re doin’
When you protest
Claimin’ self
Self-rule

What was happening
Inside of your head
Who left who
Which one forgot what they said?

Peace and Mercy

Today I wish to discuss in a very personal way -peace and mercy.

For years I realized that gentleness (a third matter) wasn’t my forte. My go-to was “edge” and I suppose for many of us when we recognize -or believe we do -injustice and especially if done to us or those we love we may tend toward sharp edges, slicing talk. Perhaps in a burning passion we default to such with a mind to “set things right”. We unload fast and hard. Jesus in the four Gospels did this very rarely and I suggest in a different Spirit. When He did such it was toward religious rulers who were more in love with power than the people they supposedly were called by God to care for.

Depending on spiritual gifts (see Galatians chapter five, etc.) and calling as well as natural personality many of us often speak challenging words and seek to live a life that reflects truth and conviction, genuine actions that demonstrate what we believe the will of God truly is. Sometimes we are just plain wrong in our thinking and beliefs, at times harsh in our delivery, in various moments even hypocritical because none of us (including our “adversaries”) fully, perfectly live out what we say we believe at all moments.

So for years I recognized my own lack, slack and need to grow and am still a work in progress by the Holy Spirit: that’s just plain reality!

I have continually prayed for a heart of grace, peace and specifically to grow in mercy and mercy-giving toward others. As often as I’ve failed (plenty) there has been a bit of light and growth in my life with these.

Paul wrote “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all people.” See the link for more clarity on this please: https://www.biblehub.com/romans/12-18.htm

Of course it’s always a two-way street and there are layers of reasons when peace is not what happens between people.

Jesus taught “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” He lived it, gave His very life to pass ultimate, gracious mercy to “whosoever will let them come.”

He also called us each to repent and believe, not merely believe and walk on as we did prior.

So for me and all of us, this matter of peace-making (“Blessed are the peaceMAKERS”) is neither easy nor can we always grant specific desires of those demanding them -nor can anyone else. In this it gets deep doesn’t it?

We begin to realize not only the importance but difficulties and sometimes impossibility of peace with -all- and yet “IF possible” and “so far as it depends on you”. Finally I suggest if not always between you and others but in your own heart “be at peace with ALL people” is God’s will, God’s calling and God’s way for those of us who profess to follow Jesus.

I am convinced it takes more courage to be judged, rejected or thought a fool by seeking to think, speak and live in this manner than it is to merely trash-talk, exact means to force anyone or for that matter use methods of violence to get our way -which we believe will bring -us- peace.

The longer I live the more I am convinced peace starts between myself and God. From this can come a posture and attitude I -must- have toward others in my heart regardless of circumstances or other factors.

Things to consider along the path? I believe so!

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

The Heart and Truth of God

If you are a follower, a believer in Jesus, if this doesn’t bring joy, relief and grace into your mind and soul nothing will:

“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life.” -Jesus in John 5.24 NRSV

“Truly, truly, I say to you, the one who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” -NAS

“I assure you and most solemnly say to you, the person who hears My word [the one who heeds My message], and believes and trusts in Him who sent Me, has (possesses now) eternal life [that is, eternal life actually begins—the believer is transformed], and does not come into judgment and condemnation, but has passed [over] from death into life.” -AMP

I have met and interacted with so many people who are tormented, fearful, full of anxiety over God’s attitude and heart towards them due to “not measuring up” as though that’s even possible in our human nature, old nature, we -do- have capacity to sin and of course miss the mark plenty whether we’re even conscious of it.

Paul and others are clear- we are NOT saved by works, by our efforts. While he and more New Testament writers discuss living a life worthy of our calling he is not saying we must earn God’s mercy and grace nor continually beat ourselves up to somehow gain His acceptance!

If you struggle with this please meditate on the verse I’ve quoted above, and there are more that essentially say the same right through God’s Word.

Eternal life is a gift from and by Jesus Christ, not a matter of us literally deserving it and certainly not by our own actions nor in our strength.

Consider you’re hearing this from an old holiness preacher, oh yes, LIVE WHAT YOU SAY YOU BELIEVE but take care you don’t walk the planet cowering in fear- Jesus also said “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” -Luke 12.32

As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

Curiosity

All you have to do is a web search on the term, look online at dictionary definitions and further web search for memes (via say, DuckDuckGo.Com and toggle the Images link) and you’ll find the excellent and horrid realities of the matter.

Within myself lives a great deal of curiosity and sometimes it surfaces unplanned, unexpected, some might say “by accident”.

Sometimes it’s a matter of temptation while in other moments I’m personally convinced the Holy Spirit is nudging me to delve into something, to learn about something or someone, to try a fresh approach to learning in an area I’ve either not explored or need to -or realize I wish to -explore the issue and/or people more.

I’ve written about risk in my posts before, and any sort of life on this planet includes it. I mean you cannot simply mitigate every and all risk.

No, not talking about people being foolish denying the efficacy of vaccines or masks in a pandemic so don’t play with my meaning here.

Ok- so this won’t relate to you or it might- but I’ve also mentioned in a longer post a certain 3 legged stool that my wife asked me to build many years ago. I freaked out at the time having done very, very little carpentry in my life. Years later I’m sitting here typing this on a laptop on top of a shelf which sits below another 3 level shelf with a third one just to my right -and I made all of them from scratch in part created by curiosity sparked from what was initially a worrisome request from my sweet girl.

Further, the very computer operating system on this machine (and several different OS’s on various older laptops I have rescued from landfills) were installed by me. You may not be surprised it took a couple friends, one of them a longtime close friend who leaned on me to learn computing back in the day before Windows, Apple, Mac or even MS-DOS existed.

Oh, and I build all sorts of found object and cigarbox guitars out of what some would consider junk.

Curiosity. It has often been spawned in me just like that.

Seeing what my Dad built, recognizing his imagination in various areas of life taught me plenty, but until I was curious enough to risk failure I never tried to build much of anything having far too little faith I ever could successfully do so.

Curiosity has a deep link to creativity and I highly recommend it though as I began in this post, one can take a very damning road if one isn’t also thoughtful, careful.

For example, years ago I didn’t inspect a piece of wood thoroughly enough BEFORE cutting it on a small table saw. Because it was warped and I didn’t see that when I hit the “start” switch it flew off the saw and knocked me down only just missing my eye. I still have the little indent close to one eyebrow. A powerful lesson. I could have been killed from the hit, or landing on the cement shop floor cracked my skull and died right there.

See, curiosity and application of ideas must be managed, but not ignored nor buried straightaway, and it is the balance but also openness that has lead me to deeper study, learning and accomplishing things I -never- and I mean –never– thought I could.

You might notice through my writings I use the term “consider” a great deal, and that’s not without reason.

Worth considering for mental, emotional, educational and an enjoyable life: curiosity.

As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

Hungry, Thirsty?

Jesus told His listeners “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” -Matthew 5.6

First what may seem like bad news: does it not follow that perhaps when we do not hunger and thirst for the righteousness (justice is another meaning of the Greek word here) we will not be filled (also rightly translated “satisfied”)?

The first point many theologians, Bible scholars, pastors and teachers will make- and I fully agree- is that true righteousness and justice are only sourced in God, in Jesus Christ, given by the Holy Spirit by grace and not works. In simple terms it is Jesus Himself who makes us righteous, not any of our own actions. it is imputed, a gift given us by God in His grace.

Further, righteous, just thoughts, words, deeds, relationships between people ONLY ultimately happen due to God’s grace, presence, help and workings in, then through us. Paul writes “for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” -NRSV

The good tree that bears good fruit must be planted in good soil or it simply cannot bear the sweet stuff!

It isn’t in ourselves we are either righteous or just but for the Source of both working in us and in the world and indeed, the world to come where righteousness and justice prevail. No sin, no temptation, no devil and demons, no unrighteous thoughts, words, actions happen or ever shall in the literal presence of God where His people will eventually be. But there is not here and then is not now!

So we may realize that satisfaction, personal fulfillment is a dream until and unless we connect and respond in humility and with genuine focus toward God and doing things HIS way. Ahhhh yes, easier said than done because we are so very used to being our own self-righteous, personal desire fulfillers… God have mercy on us, a change IS gonna come but it must include and involve our own hungering and thirsting after Him, HIS will, HIS desires and this is where study and application of HIS Word, prayer, confession of sin, accountability and a deep sense of witness to reflect Jesus toward others comes in like a flood of life!

As Augustine so astutely wrote in his “Confessions” “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”

Until we hunger and thirst for Him and His righteousness and justice, I submit to you we cannot and shall not be filled nor satisfied. God is always moving- it’s our move to respond to Him or not.

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

MLK- January 2022

You’ll have to look my Twitter page (see link on the right side of my blog page here) to read 3 brilliant quotes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, but in essence, he was an incredibly wise and gifted man we’d best all learn from if we honestly believe in justice and peace.

God give us grace to humbly face the truths he so accurately, vividly communicated!

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

EXCELLENT Advice

An annual teaching session is required for volunteer chaplains at Chicago’s Cook County Jail. Here is a powerful, deep and right quote from the protocol we are given which I keep on my office wall as a reminder.

Some of this won’t relate to non-chaplains re. incarceration facilities -but most of it does for all of us. Ponder please. And as always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

Cook Co. Jail Chap Protocol Advice

Simple Online Writing App

I get zero loot or anything for mentioning this, and it’s been around for some years now, but I found an online app I think worth sharing with you.

Very simple, very secure, reachable by ANY device if you have a web connection, password protected by you easily changed at any time. No adds, etc.. Encrypted.

In the middle of the night not wanting to disturb Wendi I wanted to take a few notes for a blog post with an (new to me this past Christmas) older Kindle. Several of those old ‘uns have the “Experimental Browser” and are quite limited in what websites they can access unless text-only. So lying in bed I buzzed around via DuckDuckGo search engine and discovered:


http://www.protectedtext.com


Regardless of what laptop, tablet, desktop or phone you use as long as you can connect to the Web you can connect w. your file/s via any web browser. Then it’s just type, save and copy whenever and to wherever you like. Shade entire piece of text and it’s gone. Free. Super fast, not a lot of bells and whistles or clutter. You can easily change both login and password anytime you like… I love this app and have been using it a ton to quickly write notes, blog posts, study notes and etc.. Because it’s all via whatever web browser you have available and it’s not dependent on a fast machine or specific operating system.

Using several old laptops and various other devices I’m loving this one though you may for any number of reasons, not dig it. No worries, just wanted to share!

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

Cain- What Happened?

It is absolutely true God loves US but does not always accept our offerings as acceptable to Him. As tough as that reality is it does seem many due to pain they carry, abuse they’ve suffered, injustices done and lack of kind, gracious friends and healing… to reject, fully ignore or simply guard themselves from this obvious information from Genesis clear to the end of Revelation.

It is no mystery why we are tempted to Swiss-cheese our Bibles, to fully reject large portions of scripture that speak not only to other’s sins, slack, damaging -to us and others- character flaws or to simply default to the age-old “turn the tables” response (see Adam re. Eve in his convo with God).

Can we not face the reality that time after time in the New Testament, Jesus, Paul and others in letters -to the church- calls us to bring acceptable sacrifices to the Lord? Followers of Jesus do not have to self-condemn nor harshly judge others and in fact are warned and encouraged about both in God’s Word.

At the same time we must face what Cain did not: we can do better. Instead we are by our own sin nature tempted to do worse and this brought forth Cain’s jealousy and eventual hatred of his brother to the point of murder.

This was Cain’s response to God -not- accepting his offering.

How easy to see ourselves as Abel and not Cain in the narrative? How simple to reject all of this as something we never do -and how convicting when Jesus speaks of how we commit murder in our heart when we hate our brother.

Most of the verses quoted via the link below speak to this matter, a worthwhile read. Next, I suggest calling to mind the face of a person we’ve harbored hatred, and/or unforgiveness toward in our hearts and perhaps carry around inside of us. Take stock, fearless inventory -for this not only affects our relationship to the Lord and people, but even in terms of our own spiritual growth in His love and that love itself- is the offering the Spirit of God is seeking to work in and through our life!

https://www.openbible.info/topics/hating_your_brother

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

Got Troubles?

GOT TROUBLES?

Jesus’ words to His disciples in the context of telling them difficult things they were and would be facing:

John 14
v.1a: Do not let your hearts be troubled.

“Trouble/d” -Strong’s tells us the Greek word here means “to agitate, trouble (a thing, by the movement of its parts to and fro), to cause one inward commotion, take away his calmness of mind, disturb his equanimity, to disquiet, make restless, to stir up, to trouble, to strike one’s spirit with fear and dread, to render anxious or distressed, to perplex the mind of one by suggesting scruples or doubts

v. 27: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

Luke 18.1 Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.

And one of the most incredible, encouraging things Jesus ever said, John 17 and part of verse 23: “[You] have loved them even as you have loved me.”

From time to time you may well find the Comforter is with you making it possible to navigate the storms of life in Him. YES. Alleluia!

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn