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A tribute: I am half-the-man Randy Roberts was

Randy Roberts died yesterday . . . more than 30 years after a work accident made him a quadra-plegic . . . more than 30 years since the doctors told his Dad, Mom and sister that Randy might live, at best,  5 years after the accident.
After perhaps 50+ operations, Randy's body just didn't have anymore life left in it.  He knew it was time.  He told Dennis it was time, and then told doctors and family that no heroic measures were to be taken to prolong his life.   After several days on a ventilator, and as his internal organs began to shut down one-by-one, his doctors, with permission of his family,  pulled the breathing tube out, and soon after, Randy quietly slipped away to a place the Bible calls Heaven, a place I believe is better than this world, a place where Randy is enjoying a new body made by the hands of God.
No more pain . . . no more trauma . . . no more facing the hundreds of challenges that most people only get to experience a couple of in their lives.
Randy was a qua…

A needed guitar 'intervention" . . .

In light of all the need in Haiti . . . and in Africa . . . and in light of the fact that over 50% of the people in the world live on less than $2 a day . . . the following account of what the other guys in the band did for me . . . well . . . it has forced me into some much needed soul searching.

And, as a result of Ken's sermon yesterday . . . I have to ask myself a question, "How much is enough?" I have to ask it . . . because I don't know my answer yet.

I had no idea how evident the situation was to so many people . . . but for the past 4 years, I have been on a search for "THE" guitar. A while back, I gave up on fancy electric guitars . . . and went back to just playing acoustic guitars without effects. Then I got an electric nylon string . . . but took it back, because it always needed to be plugged into an amp. Then I spent a couple months rethinking who my favorite guitar players are, and what kind of music they did. Following that, I traced…

Haiti Relief continues . . .

For more information about how you can help the relief effort for Haiti . . . please click HERE to see what we are doing through the First United Methodist Church of Grapevine, and through UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

This is going to be a very long on-going effort . . . please do what you can, and help keep this need in the public eye . . . it is unbelieveable to understand just how many are suffering.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

UMC related deaths in Haiti a shock to us all . . .

Word was received as late as this past Saturday, that 3 United Methodist's, one a church member at Highland Park UMC in Dallas, and the other two had been serving on the executive level of UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) had died as a result of injuries they sustained during the recent earthquake in Haiti.

The joy of a bright Monday morning is dimmed somewhat by this news.

I wanted to put down some words . . . only to find that it is a struggle to do so. Instead, I want to direct you to the words posted by my friend and ministerial collegue, Rev. Eric Folkert.

Click here to go to his blog.

Eric was a long-time associate pastor at HPUMC in Dallas, and set up their mission trips to Haiti, having gone many times himself. His words are worth your read. The families of those whose lives have been lost . . . could use your prayers.

Despite it all . . . God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

"Children's Time at FUMC" CD recording sessions have now begun . . .

With the encouragement of a lot of people, and with the personal and profession help of my good friend and fellow pastoral colleague, Wren Robinson, I have begun work on the children's worship music CD I promised to start over three years ago.

Today, I recorded the guitar track . . . and hopefully next week, if schedules all work out . . . I will record the vocals, and then Wren begins to work on how it all will sound.

Bless Wren's heart . . . I'm going to get him a Sonic gift card good for life . . . well, at least until the end of next week.

It is amazing . . . recording was indeed work, and effort to say the least . . . but it was not the fearful event I had imagined it to be. I am becoming very excited about how this little CD is going to come out.

By the way . . . Wren and I are not making a penny on this CD. All proceeds from sales will help to support a mission project of our church . . . and I am enlisting the children of our church to help decide which one.

Every …

"Dang" and "Hotdog"!!!!!!!!! I'm going to be there for this . . .

Found out yesterday at our District Pastors meeting, that the 100th year anniversary celebration of our Central Texas Annual Conference will be at the Will Rogers Center in Ft. Worth on Saturday, October 23rd.

Also found out . . . that Willie Nelson and his sister will be leading a hymn sing during the celebration.

Maybe, just maybe . . . I can ask if I can touch his guitar???

I am looking forward to this event already.

Pass the word to your friends in other Central Texas Conference churches.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Why do I smile when I watch this . . .

Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed doing a duet of "Jerry's Breakdown." I forget how good of a guitar player Jerry Reed was . . .

Funny thing . . . Jerry was interviewed several times saying that if not for Chet Atkins, he would have never had a hit record.

In Chet's biography, Chet writes that he owed so much to Jerry for showing him some new stuff that revitalized Chet's career as a result.

Amazing . . .

I guess I should thank my friends Joe, Floyd, Alan and Sean for showing me guitar stuff, in the process inspiring me to become a better player.

I am blessed.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Getting some music reading in . . .

We are starting a church-wide study on January 10th of "The Hole in Our Gospel" by Richard Stearns.

So, before plunging into that great book again . . . I wanted to get some music reading done.

Just finished the auto-biography "Chet Atkins: Me and My Guitars" (2003 - Hal Leonard Publishing),
Anyone knows who is well aware . . that I "play" guitar.
Or rather, I play "at" the guitar. I am not a guitarist . . . I am a guitar player. I want to become a guitarist . . . and I am working harder at playing the guitar than I ever have before.
Titles, it seems, are given to you by others. "Guitarist" is title I have to earn.
Chet was a great "guitarist," whose style and type of playing inspired several generations of "fingerstyle" guitar players . . . myself being a late entry into that group of players.
My strength is blue grass and folk style rythym guitar playing with a flat pick . . . and I ain't half-bad if I do say so…