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We want to give everyone an opportunity to share their memories of how Jesus used Keith to impact their life.  And gather all the stories in one place for everyone to enjoy. 

Keith sure impacted my life.  After Jesus, he was my biggest influence.  Keith modeled giving everything to Jesus, not wanting celebrity, caring for the poor, taking people off the streets, and reaching into prisons.  We did that from the start together. 

I would love to know what your story is.  How did Keith impact your life?  Were you at a concert?  Was it through the music?  Are you in ministry?  On the mission field? 

How did Keith impact you, and what are you doing now that you think you might not be doing — if not for his influence? 

Please share your story in the comment section below.
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How did Jesus use Keith to Impact Your Life?

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We are celebrating Keith's Life, Music, and Message with two Collections.  Both include a CD, a DVD, and a Book: 
The LEGACY PACKAGE and The LIFE COLLECTION — On sale now in the LDM Store
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Terry Altman (Guest) 07/22/2013 23:52
I was introduced to Keith when he and Melody were living in Woodland Hills, CA. He was just finishing his commercial songwriting contract and attempting to determine what the direction of his music would take. I was a musician and songwriter myself and had ministry and leadership gifts as he did, so we had considerable commonality and talked for hours on end. Their warmth and hospitality provided me a place to stay on their couch for quite a number of days at that time. I remember going with Keith and Melody to a concert he did at the Crystal Cathedral--to this day it's the only time I ever set foot in that building. Some time later while on tour, probably in 1977, they parked the RV on the street in front of my house in St. Louis for a day or two while we spent time together. Our lives took a different path after that, and we lost touch to a degree. I was, as we all were, so saddened by his too-soon passing. Still, as vocalist, as pianist, and as songwriter, Keith's gifts were truly staggering--and were accompanied by a passion for Jesus Christ I have encountered only very rarely though all these years. Having met him and having been able to call him my friend is one of the highest blessings of my life.
Grandma Helen (Guest) 07/22/2013 23:53
As a brand new baby Christian i came to one of the Saturday night concerts at Calvary Chapel back in the early 70's. It was packed out and people were sitting in the isles. It didn't look like i was going to be able to be seated ... until an usher found a place for me to sit at the foot of the piano bench where Keith was playing. Everyone was crammed into the church, but were smiling and excited to be there. Before Keith sang each song he talked about God's word and what He was teaching him. He encouraged, exhorted, blessed and challenged us in our walks with Jesus. I never forgot how God helped me to understand Jesus better through Keith's ministry. He as very down-to-earth and spoke very boldly and directly - so much so, that if you didn't understand his heart of compassion and desire to go deeper with God and bring others along with him in this pursuit, you might be offended - He was a modern day John the Baptist - and would often say just as John did, "Jesus must increase and i must decrease."
Pam G (Guest) 07/22/2013 23:55
I could tell quite a few stories actually.
We bought Keith's first album when we were newlyweds and it was the best album we'd heard all year! Full of the Holy Spirit---especially for a piano player!
My husband and I had decided to be very radical (back to the root) in the sense that we didn't want to do anything just because that was the way it was done. We prayed and asked God for direction in every turn: money, insurance, work, children, child-rearing, etc. etc. We would ask God what we should do and then wait for an answer and confirmation that the answer we thought we were hearing was truly God speaking. Often, that confirmation came through the Last Days newsletter. We would 'hear' an answer, and the newsletter would show up in the mail the next day, saying exactly what we'd been hearing.
Keith was young and could sometimes be over-reaching in his zeal, or full of his own opinions; but we understood that. We could be the same way and often had to repent of being judgemental.
We met Keith and Melody just two months before he died. He did a concert in Greenville, SC and we were supposed to be counselors (after having spent 6 or 8 weeks watching videos to prepare).
Keith met with all of the counselors before the concert, but he wasn't the same person we'd come to "know" through his music and writings. This man was subdued, like someone who was broken and had tasted a little bit of glory. I remember how relaxed and friendly he was, and how blue his eyes were. I don't usually even notice the color of people's eyes.
On the night of July 28th, we got a phone call from friends whose son was living and working at Last Days. They said that Keith and two of the children and an entire family of missionary friends had died in an airplane crash on the property. We could hardly believe it! It was even worse in our minds because we'd just received Keith's newest album, Songs for the Shepherd, with a picture of him and his three children on the back. The album was tangibly anointed.
Two days later, my husband and I went out for our anniversary. We had just had our third child and were celebrating at the most expensive restaurant in the area; but I just couldn't enjoy it.
Throughout our date, all I could think of was how perfect my life felt at the moment, while Melody was mourning the loss of her husband and two oldest children!! I cried through dinner.
I think we found out at or around the same time, that Melody was pregnant and that she would be delivering and raising the baby alone. Again, I grieved for her. But Melody glorified God in her own right, as she walked in faith and told Keith's messages all over the country and the world in the middle of her grief. (I really appreciate that now that I'm also a widow.)
One funny story: In 1984, my sister-in-law was working at LDM, and we went to visit for Thanksgiving. We were given our own trailer to stay in and enjoyed a nice turkey dinner. (Melody had just written a new worship song and shared it. We brought it home and taught it to our friends. It was used for worship at our Bible studies for many years.)
Back to the story, during the Thanksgiving meal preparations, our kids played in the nursery with the other kids. Our very romantic five year old boy met a little girl with a frilly little dress on (Rebekah) and later announced to us that he was going to marry her.
Nancy (Guest) 07/22/2013 23:57
As the compromise was spreading, Keith brought us all back to holy devotion to Jesus. There really aren't words to express the impact he had on me and my whole family. His music filled my newlywed home all day long. His death shook us to the core, and we realized we needed to be about the Father's business, as Keith so fully was. We loved his concerts, and how he would do another show and come out to the dark lines of believers waiting outside... to greet us all. We all loved him, and knew him as if he was our brother...yet we really didn't. He made me long for heaven, long for Jesus, and gaze at my redeemer. Can't wait to meet you, my dear brother Keith...and you, Melody. Thank you for allowing him to live on for all of us.
Glenn B (Guest) 07/23/2013 00:02
I grew up in a "mainline" church, and knew about Jesus, but didn't KNOW Jesus. I was introduced to Keith's music after being led to faith in Jesus by the woman who a couple of years later would become my wife. We were married in 1981 and moved to northern Vermont for college, and Keith's music was pretty much all that was played on our - now I will date myself - RECORD PLAYER! The music moved me and touched me strengthened me in my faith. Along with Scripture and prayer, Keith's music brought me deeper into my relationship with Christ, and along with those things mentioned, helped sustain us during some lean and hard times. It was so obvious that Keith was real - there was no mask, no wondering what he was really like; you just knew that he was what you saw. I remember being devastated at the news of the plane going down. Melody's strong pro-life stance was what really cemented my view on the importance of every life from the moment of conception, and drove me to prayer on this.

Rolling the calendar ahead, I ended up being called into ministry as a Children's Pastor, and we have worshiped to Keith's "This is the Day" medley. Rolling ahead further, I now have 4 kids, two of whom just finished their first year of college, and among their favorite Christian artists is...Keith Green! What a timeless message God's Word is, and what timeless music Keith has left as a legacy. Keith's burning passion for missions has also been a huge influence in my life, and in the direction of the ministry I do.

Praising God for Keith's music, and for Melody keeping the ministry moving forward.
Lynette Paulson (Guest) 07/23/2013 00:04
I was a teenager when I went to Jesus West Coast and saw Keith in concert. He definitely had a big impact on my life. His music and his ideas became the backbone of my beliefs about life. The attitudes I have toward the homeless and the times of ministry I have had would likely not have come about without Keith's influence. He touched many , many lives for Christ.
Barb S. (Guest) 07/23/2013 00:07
It is hard for me to choose between the concert where Keith pulled up a huge truck full of albums after a concert here in the Northwest and gave them away for free.....or the life changing message at Jesus Northwest when the altar call was so huge, Keith had to sit on the stage and just walk us through but I think my favorite memory was the prayer time where he and Mike W. And others hit the ground and cried out to the Lord with the same questions I had been wrestling could 35,00 of us come together in one place and not see the world change? It was the middle of the Jesus Movement and I felt we would see the world a way it did that night for me and a journey of hearing our Redeemer speak to us prophetically and personally in a powerful way. Years later when I met Melody in DC at a 'Washington for Jesus' thing I wanted to tell her about these wonderful memories ......but I guess that is happening now :)
Sue Pollard. (Guest) 07/23/2013 00:09
Was living in Germany, serving with YWAM when keith hit the charts and introduced us to power packed words and melodies. Our son, Chris was only 3 at the time and he Loved the music. It was up there with Music Machine and Nathanial the Grublet! so when he was going through a very tough, rebellious time as a teenager, when he was sleeping I would play the then tapes, especially No compromise and I know this made a difference.
It was a Huge shock when keith died. We were in Kona at the time and I know the who;e base was just numb with grief for not only the loss of someone with a powerful ministry but also for you and the children melody. I still love the music that was so much a part of our lives and the words still have a huge impact. The Lord obviously knew what He was doing and I'm sure Keith is having a blast worshipping in glory with your children by his side. God bless you Melody.
Elisabeth (Guest) 07/23/2013 00:11
As a children of Evangelical Reverend in Guadeloupe, a smaller French island in the Carribean sea, the firts time I've heard Keith Green music touched my heart really deeply. I always loved to sing english music and his voice went directly in my heart memories.
I was aware that Keith Green ministry touched a lot of life people around the world; so as mine.
I praised God for that he borrow us this man of God for a while and that everybody had the priviledge to heard his so awesome songs.
Celeste Armstrong Vance (Guest) 07/23/2013 00:13
This will be short. Keith sang in a way that no other Christian sang, like he was really in love with Jesus, the way we all should be, but the world tugs as never before. It also seems like Christians and Christianity are being attacked as never before. Maybe it's just the internet, but I've seen things expressed that have appalled me, and things I never even thought of before. If we all could just have the child like love Keith seemed to express in his music, we all would be better off. I'm not sure why the Lord took him so young, but he is still reaching people after 31 years. I was 21 & in Japan on an army base at the time he was taken. I wonder what he would be like today!
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