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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.
 
I’ll start!

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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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Eileen (Guest) 07/28/2013 15:11
Keith Green went home two years before Jesus saved me, but I often heard his music still being played on Christian radio. There are many meaningful contemporary Christian songs, but none has touched me more than Keith & Melody Green. I appreciate the Green's no nonsense, in-your-face, get-about-the-Father's business, worshipful approach. The songs are all about Jesus and our relationship with God because of His great sacrifice. Grace by Which I Stand reminds me that I can do nothing without Him and fills me with gratitude because the cares of this world can be so alluring and overwhelming. I may stumble but His grace is what keeps me from falling. So You Wanna Go Back to Egypt is humorous, yet reminds me that the "fun" I had in the past was followed by painful and bitter consequences so why on earth would I want to return to it? I love the brutal honesty of Dust to Dust. Although salvation was free and cost me nothing, the Christian walk can be a real struggle. On the outside I may be nice, sweet-spirited, kind, etc., but inwardly, my attitudes and the thoughts of my heart can be completely opposite and is not hidden from God. When I am aware of my sinfulness, Create in Me a Clean Heart often plays through my head.

It's a comfort to know that I am not alone in my struggles. It is possible to walk the walk and bear the burdens with joy, passion and zeal because God is real and God is faithful. This life is temporary. In the end, all tears will be wiped away. The greatest joy any of us can experience here is nothing compared to what awaits us in Heaven.
James B (Guest) 07/28/2013 15:38
I turned 31 in April and have been listening to Keith my whole life. My old man used to jam out to "So Ya Wanna go Back to Egypt" and "No Compromise" every morning before church. Now with kids of my own, we still listen to Keith. When I get home I plan on sitting down with Keith and Rich Mullins and having a Heavenly rootbeer so I can tell them how much God used them to bless my life.
julie (Guest) 07/28/2013 15:38
In my first year of college, listening to Keith's profound and inspirational music, did so much to affirm my faith and encourage me! Thankful for his willingness to be used by God!! Still loving the music!
Robert Ellenberger (Guest) 07/28/2013 15:39
I met the gal who would later become my wife in Oct 1976. Soon thereafter, I started to attend the church of her family and met another young man my age who became a best friend. Over the next couple of years, Ken and I would talk for hours on end about Jesus, the bible or listening to all the great christian music of the early Jesus music movement. Out of all the great music, it was Keith's music that touched me the most. Especially with the release of "No Compromise." Never had I heard music of such conviction from somebody my own age. It moved me! It challenged me! It changed me! I was living in East Texas when I heard of Keith's tragic death, and learned that Last Day Ministries had relocated from California to within 40 miles of where I lived. Saddened by the news of Keith's passing, I visited the Last Days ranch in Garden Valley on several occasions. With the completion of the Memorial Concerts, word was out that Last Day's and Melody was in need of a semi driver to carry 2 million tracts to Washington D.C. for a February 1983 Pro Life rally in which Melody was to be the keynote speaker. I felt moved to apply. After talking to my wife, I put in for vacation at work and submitted my application. I received a kind reply that I was a strong candidate but not their final choice. I felt let down because I felt so led that I was to do this. A short time before the trip was to commence, I received a call asking if I was still available. The gal explained that the man that had been selected, due to some medical circumstances that arose, could not drive. Since I had not cancelled my vacation request I was in. What a trip it was. Bill Fowler my co-driver and I, driving a R.W. Schambach tractor trailer rig (used for his tent revivals ministry) labeled "Holy Ghost Power" down the entire side of the trailer, we were a sight to behold. With Keith Rinas and several LDM staff following in Melody's Malibu wagon,(Keith had dubbed us as the "Power Wagon as our CB handle) we made our way east across often treacherous highways of snow and ice by the protection of the One who is Faithful and True, to our destination. In -9 degree temperatures, 2 million tracts were distributed and Melody spoke. All due the the commitment of Keith & Melody Green to be faithful in all things! Only eternity will reveal how many abortions were thwarted and the stories that those men and women who were saved went on to tell. 31 years later, Keith's music and your faithfulness Melody still move me. I am thankful I could give back so many years ago. Thank You!
Doug Schultz! Kopperl Texas (Guest) 07/28/2013 15:39
The 1st time I heard him sing I knew this was a man who would be used by God. His song "Obedience is Better Than Sacrifice" was the song that really turned my thinking and subsequently my life around, bringing me into a more personal and intimate relationship with God. I already loved everything I had heard him do without exception. Anybody can sing a song or pray, but I never felt such conviction and truth in anyone's song or prayers as I did his. When I die, my children know to play "Make My Life A Prayer To You". I visited Last Days in Lindale several times. I am SO thankful Keith followed the leading of the Holy Spirit. Much of my walk with my Jesus involves Keith's songs. I can't to meet Jesus in Heaven but I also wants meet Keith.
Dawn Little (Guest) 07/28/2013 15:47
OMGosh I would not be here now if God hadn't used Keith to minister to me as a teenager. I loved and sang all his music then and now at 46 I still cry when I sing some of his lyrics. He was a HUGE inspiration to me and taught me that it didn't matter where we came from because Jesus loved us right where we were. I also learned to NEVER ever give up Hope and praying for our loved ones that are lost and don't know our Lord Jesus as Savior. Keith is one person that I can not wait to meet in Heaven -
Michele Hess (Guest) 07/28/2013 15:51
I was an 8 year old little girl who loved his music. It stirred my spirit
And formed my belief today. To love God more than anyone or thing
Never to compromise in my faith. And to speak to the church boldly.
I am now a pastor of Vision Church in New Braunfels tx
We travel to other churches and events and usher others into the Most Holy
Place through music. We played Rushing Wind at or last "Burn" which is a 24/7 worship movement
And The Holy Spirit blew through that place. I know keith Green
Had a huge part in my passion for Jesus!
Scott Wynn (Guest) 07/28/2013 15:54
I was so fortunate to see Keith in concert just weeks before he was called home!!! Keiths No Compromise faith Changed me and I have lived for and followed Jesus for almost 33 years now! I listen to Keiths music still to this day and it still challenges me, encourages me and keeps my mind and heart Focused on Christ!!!! After I go home and have had time with the Father, I can not wait to meet Keith!! I so Vividly remember those early days of waiting patiently at the mail box for Keiths newest album to arrive, or the Last Days Newsletter to come!! We would sit around the turn table with out bibles open and listen to Keith on the record player!!! WOW, I would call our local Mpls Christian radio station and Plead with them to play Keiths music on the air!!! LOL, NO WAY would they!! So, back to the record player to play the albums till there were No Grooves left!!! I still have All my Old Vinyl of Keiths!!! Of course have it all on CD now!!! Wow, what Great memories driving to Des Monies Iowa with a car full to see Keith in concert!!!! Then, just a few weeks (I think) later, we all got that Horrible News!!! Thank you Melody for this forum!!! You so Rock!!!

Nikkita Y. Johnson (Guest) 07/28/2013 15:56
I gave my heart to Jesus in May of '81. Keith was one of the first Christian Artists I was introduced to. His music was so much of a reflection of where I was with the Lord since I had just married Jesus. I spent so much time listening to it that I just had this burning desire to see Jesus. Every song was so personal. Keith said words that if I could have just sat on the Lord's lap and had me time with Him, those would be my exact words to Him. No other Artist, (though there are many excellent ones) has ever brought me to a place of passion for Jesus as Keith has. Even today, when I forget and start feeling cold, I remember, "that nothing lasts except the Grace of God, by which I'm saved". Nothing lasts except the Grace of God by which I stand, in Jesus!
servant of The Most High God (Guest) 07/28/2013 15:56
In the mid-1970's I was saved out of the hippy movement, I accepted the Lord at a tiny bible study - and began going to Calvary Costa Mesa. I remember Keith playing there once with a cast on his leg and I'll never forget it...The passion he expressed was so real, and raw and honest that it really had an impact on me. It said: THIS matters. NOTHING ELSE does. He was so right.(He mentioned that he'd broken a few casts and it didn't surprise me!)

He shaped my view on what it means to be a believer in that there are two kinds of people in the world. Those that are saved, and those that are unsaved. Period.
A year or so later, I'd moved to LA and worked in Westwood. I heard that Keith was going to play outside at UCLA so I walked over - by myself - and he played and when it came time for an altar call...he kept calling people to the Lord, and calling,..and calling... after a certain amount of time doing that that he changed his tone completely and said, "ok, waitaminute. Everybody open your eyes and look at me. Who here is already Born Again?" EVERY hand went up. What followed was a scathing rebuke..that was so needed...correcting our "sit around and be fat and filled and entertained" mentality. He reminded us of the thousands of people who were dying all around us, and we didn't even bother to invite them to come and hear the message. Wow. He took what he taught very seriously, and I needed to hear that. It changed me, in that I never went to another thing like that without an unbeliever in tow.

I have been greatly grieved since then, so often, by artists who just want to entertain. Long after he went home to be with the Lord, I brought my 10 year old daughter to hear someone that I thought would be useful to her so that she could experience some of what I'd been blessed to witness as a young believer...with heartbreaking results.

I became a worship leader. The clarity and lazer-like focus he had stayed with me long after you moved to TX, and still shapes how I think to this day. And there is not a day that goes by where I don't miss him and his ministry, and long for someone in the next generation to boldly proclaim once again that the hour is short. And mean it. May the Lord continue to bless you, Melody
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