I’m Doug Edwards…
one of the founding members of ‘No Turning Back’ bluegrass gospel ministry. After ten years, 2008 was my last year with the group. My lovely wife of 45 years, Markeeta and I relocated to Kerrville, Texas to be closer to the grandkids. Together we have four wonderful children, three great son-in-laws, a wonderful daughter-in-law, five grandsons, and seven granddaughters.
God Has Blessed Me Greatly.
I play mandolin, fiddle, and guitar and sing the high harmony parts. I have written many songs but only one has been recorded with NTB on the By Request album. I’ve played guitar for many years, mandolin, and fiddle. I do not claim to be good at any but I do love it.
I am a member of First Baptist Church in Kerrville, Texas, and involved with the music ministry. I was saved at the age of 29 and take the opportunity to share my testimony as often as possible without being pushy.
Are you like me?
I was satisfied with my relationship with God, although I rarely prayed or went to church. I took offense to those that questioned my going to heaven or not and really did not want to discuss my spiritual life. I felt I was a better Christian than most people I come in contact with and was an honest good person. God has a way of getting our attention every now and then. September 11th was a wake-up call to a lot of folks. The threat of attack anywhere at any time can surely remind you of our mortality.
God got my attention when my step-brother suffered a head injury. The doctors gave him no hope of surviving. Jeff was in a coma for six weeks when he just woke up. He went through rehab and was able to live a good life even though there were some permanent physical limitations due to the injury. I felt I had seen God move in Jeff’s life and sought to get closer to God. I believed in Jesus but found out I’d never encountered Him.
After Several Months…
I came to the realization I had not been born again (John 3:3). I could not think of a time and place I gave my life to Jesus and trusted Him to save me (Romans 10:13). Sounds simple enough, but you really have to believe, not just think or know about it (Romans 10:9-10). It is a real experience to confess yourself as a sinner, repent, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and follow Him.
The question has been asked before, If you were wrong about your belief that you’d go to heaven, Would you want to know the truth? The rest of the story about Jeff. September 11, 2003, he was mowing out in front of the house. A cloud blew up and he was killed by lightning. He was killed about ten feet from where he had his head injury 22 years earlier. I gave this same testimony at his funeral and eleven people accepted the Lord. It had nothing to with me telling a story but all about God getting people’s attention.
I’m not perfect, nor will I be any time soon.
I’m proud to serve a Savior that loves me no matter what and who will forgive me of my many sins as I confess them (1John 1:9).
Call me, if I can help. 817-239-6425
I’m David McClung
I have worked with Doug over the past year at Hill Country Stringworks. We’ve known each other over seven years. We play together as members of our church’s Praise Team and host a weekly jam too.
I worked at a local Hospital eighteen years. I drew a weekly cartoon for their newsletter. The past seven years I draw a weekly cartoon for local newspaper.
Doug had the idea I could combine my music interest and artistic ability to help out in the shop. He taught me to do inlays. It’s very rewarding work and I constantly learn new techniques as I build my skill.
I feel no one can be more blessed than to see how God is true to his word in bringing good to us through the talent and skills he has given us. I’ve learned to be grateful for the broken roads and closed doors that have led me to the creative place I’m in today. I believe all of it is possible only by faith in him and through the blood sacrifice of Jesus. So whenever I get a little proud of a particular inlay or any piece of work, I’m reminded of my favorite bible verse.