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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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Paul Ruiz de Velasco (Texas) (Guest) 07/29/2013 13:20
It was the summer after my 10th grade in 1981. I had just given my life to the Lord and a friend of a friend had given me the album “No Compromise” by Keith Green. I remember playing the album in my room and being filled with this unspeakable joy. I wasn’t raised in a church, although I knew about Jesus and the Gospel, I thought he lived out there somewhere far away. I had no idea that God would come and live inside of me and be so close and real. I remember looking outside my window thinking, “This is amazing! Why doesn’t everybody do this?” That summer God became real and personal to me. At the end of the summer some friends invited me to a party. I went and had fun drinking and flirting with the girls. I came home after the party and felt grieved and convicted. I knew I could not walk both ways, His way and my way. I choose to walk my way. I shared with the Lord, “I am so grateful for what you did for me and the love you showed me, but I am going to go my own way”. And I did. I gave myself to my selfish desires and reaped the consequences. I was left empty, miserable and lonely within. I had lost my way and didn’t know how to find my way back to the Fathers house. I was so lost I didn’t know who the true God was. I had graduated high school and was going to college. I would stop and listen to preachers outside the UTA library. Hoping to find a living real God. Students would come up to me and say, “Do you want to be saved?” I would say, “Yes”. And they would say, “Say this prayer with me and you will be saved”. I replied, “I can’t because I know I would just be the same. I need to find the true God.” So I kept searching and crying out to the true God, “I need your help, whoever you are, If you are out there please help me”.
Not long afterwards, I was getting ready to go out with a friend and have some beers. I was in the shower and started asking God to make me clean just like the soap. I was washing my arms with soap and a deep sorrow filled my heart. And I began crying intently asking God to forgive me. I feel to my knees and just cried and cried asking God to forgive me of my sin and selfish acts. After several minutes pasted I felt a better and got up and thought to myself, I hope my mom didn’t hear me talking to a God I don’t even believe in. As I continued to get ready I was brushing my hair standing in the mirror when a small tiny ray of light zoomed by right in front of me, then two zoomed by me, Then like 5 and 10, and 20 until my whole view was taken up with this bright white light. I was just standing still watching and I said, “Lord, Lord” thinking I would hear a response. I didn’t hear or feel anything. I just stood still. Then it was like one ray of light went in reverse and disappeared. Then 5, 10, and 20 until all the little rays were gone and I could see clearly. Hmmm, I thought to myself, “that was different, maybe I am just light headed from being on my knees for so long”. I finished getting ready and my friend picked me up. We went to the next town and parked watching the cars go by and down the strip. We popped open some beer and leaned back enjoying the evening. That’s when I heard something. “Do you hear that I asked my friend?” What? “That music, that’s Keith Green. Where in the world is it coming from?” I started looking around and following the sound, It was coming from a car parked in front of a Jack in the Box. It had speakers on the roof of the car playing Keith Greens Music. I was like Hmmm, this is peculiar. So I stood by the car drinking a beer thinking, “This is cool, I haven’t heard this music in a long time.” As I was listening to that unique sound two guys walked up to the car with their soft drinks in hand. We introduced ourselves and I shared how I loved his music and asked, “So, what are you guys doing?” they shared that they were students from DBU and wanted to share Jesus with someone but were too scared to go up to people and talk, so they thought they would park their car, put the speakers on the roof and play Keith Green and maybe something would happen. They shared, “But nothing happened so we’re heading back to the campus.” I returned to my friend’s car and grabbed another beer and watched the cars go by until 1 or 2 in the morning. We headed back home and came up on an accident. Lights were flashing, there was a car wrapped around a pole and another truck across the street in the middle of a parking lot. As we came to the red light my friend decide to pull in and take a look. We got out of his Volkswagen bug and stood in front of a body that was covered by a blanket soaked with blood stains. An EMT or coroner came over and pulled the sheet back, took a good look at the victim and covered her back up. I kind of went into shock. I couldn’t understand how this lady was alive coming down the road and all of a sudden she was gone. Unable to speak, move, tell her family how she loved them. It was the end of her life. It was over. The finality bewildered me.
We got back in the bug and my friend dropped me off at my house. I went to my room jumped in bed and while I was laying there I began to think, “Hmm, there was a lot of strange things that happened today, crying in the shower, asking for forgiveness, seeing the bright light, hearing Keith Green which I hadn’t heard since I went my own way, and the shocking scene at the accident.” And then it hit me, I felt like the Lord was with me, speaking to me, through experiences and in my heart, I felt like Jesus was saying, “Your life is a vapor. Come follow me.” to which I left everything and followed Him. It has been an amazing journey with the Lord that continues to this day. It’s not so much the beautiful mountains and dark valleys on this journey that amazes me, as much as it is that he has been there with me, loving me, teaching me, comforting me and showing me the way to go. He is amazing. I thank the Lord for Keith Green and his family, the friend that drove me around, for the lady who I believe did not die in vain, and for the two guys from DBU who to this day have no idea how God used them but will one day find out.” Paul Ruiz de Velasco


Emmanuel Abayowa Lagos Nigeria (Guest) 07/29/2013 13:32
I was introduced to Keith's music when I was 4. Shortly after Keith's demise in 1982. My parents and I left california,USA to come back to Nigeria. I never met Keith in Person; My late Dad did at CBC, now California Baptist University . However his stories about Keith and His music impacted me at a very tender age and have contributed immensely to my Life and ministry as an Exhorter. Keith is no doubt a God's General. How do you know a General of God? Their life and ministry keeps impacting others when they are long gone. Thanks Melody for sharing Keith Life story in a very profound way. I have both the Old and new editions and they speak volumes. Thanks for Keeping the Legacy "No Compromise"...."Unless a grain of wheat". More grace to you and the entire LDM team.It's nice seeing Rebecca doing great in gospel music.
Emmanuel Abayowa 07/29/2013 13:55
I was introduced to Keith's music when I was 4. Shortly after Keith's demise in 1982. My parents and I left california,USA to come back to Nigeria. I never met Keith in Person; My late Dad did at CBC, now California Baptist University . However his stories about Keith and His music impacted me at a very tender age and have contributed immensely to my Life and ministry as an Exhorter. Keith is no doubt a God's General. How do you know a General of God? Their life and ministry keeps impacting others when they are long gone. Thanks Melody for sharing Keith Life story in a very profound way. I have both the Old and new editions and they speak volumes. Thanks for Keeping the Legacy "No Compromise"...."Unless a grain of wheat". More grace to you and the entire LDM team.It's nice seeing Rebecca doing great in gospel music.
Ada Garcia (Guest) 07/29/2013 14:37
Our youth pastor took us to go see Keith Green in concert the summer of 1982. It was such a long time ago that I don't remember if it was a concert where he was present or we just went someplace where they were showing a video of his concert. However that happened, the bottom line is that the rest of my teenage years were changed by listening to Keith's music and reading the LDM magazine articles. I was very sad when I heard the news of his passing, specially since I had just been introduced to his music. Thank God for technology and to you for keeping Keith's memory alive and for continuing to keep the music and praise going.

I admire your strength in going on with your life and doing as much as you have done after he was gone. I also became a young widow after loosing my husband to pancreatic cancer so I can now relate to that phase of your life and can totally understand how this, aside from doing God's will, helps you to keep him so close to you. May God continue to bless you and guide you as you lead this ministry.
Chris Miller (Guest) 07/29/2013 15:24
My husband and I first heard Keith Green at our church in Medford OR around 1977 or so. I remembered his passion and his love for the LORD. He called the church to be 'sold out' for Jesus Christ. We were challenged and blessed by Keith's music and heart throughout the years in our walk with the Lord. We also received and read his Last Days Newsletters, which we still have :). They, too, were such a blessing. When our son really committed his life to the LORD in 2000, he happily 'made off' with our CD's I had purchased to replace our record albums. Our son and his wife are now missionaries in Africa. Keith's heart and songs continue to speak to so many of us because they are founded in God's truth! Hallelujah!
Keith Bartsch (Guest) 07/29/2013 15:55
I was too young to see Keith before he went on to Jesus but his music ignited a passion to touch the heart of God every time I worship. I wore the tapes i had out and still love the passion and presence of God in every song he wrote and sang. A true legacy of worship that still impacts me.
Miriam Hopkins (Guest) 07/29/2013 18:53
I remember going to one of Keith's concerts in Pennsylvania when I was in college. Growing up as a Preacher's Kid, religion was in my life then. But when I got married and moved away... I moved away from God too. Until July 2012 when a deracho hit West Virginia and we were without electricity for two weeks. No TV, no computers, no work.... I spent those two weeks reading "No Compromise" the story of Keith Green and then it started. I had to read every book he mentioned in the book as well as research all the people he spoke about. I have started reading the Bible and going to church -- even if it is online. The Lord dwells in me and while I still have a lot more to learn at the age of 55 I know that my Redeemer Liveth! I listen to Keith Green's music every morning before I go to work. It lifts my heart toward God helping me know that no matter what I am faced with - God is with me!
Bill Howard (Guest) 07/29/2013 19:54
I was made aware of Keith and his ministry and music by a Christian brother in 1980. The message of Keith's music was so impact full on my life, my walk with The Lord, and my worldview. To this day, "Asleep in the Light" , is the wake up call to the church, to stir us to action, and be who we have been called to be in this world. We subscribed to the Last Days Newsletter, waiting anxiously for each issue. I passed them to others to read, wanting so badly for others to be "fired up" for Jesus! I am now an associate pastor of a church, still going back to Keith's music/message for inspiration to get the church moving, as time is short! ( by the way, way back when, I recorded all Keith's albums to cassette tapes. I still have them all! Just getting hard to find decent tape players anymore!) God Bless you all!
Rusty J (Guest) 07/29/2013 20:10
I heard Keith for the first time at Bethel Temple A/G (Dayton, OH)in the spring of 1978 and my life was never the same. I can say that I have heard at least one real prophet in my life. During my down times of life, 'Ears to Hear' was never far away. How much did his ministry mean to me? 'Love Broke Through' was one of our wedding songs--the one I was allowed to pick. I knew that if I ever had a son, there would be no discussion with his mom about his name--my Keith is now 16. We were blessed to sing 'There is a Redeemer' when we dedicated him at Mount Paran in Atlanta.
I've wondered over the years what music he has written in the past 30 years--one day, maybe the Lord will let Keith lead in worship, my father-in-law run the sound, and me being able to sing on-key as we spend eternity with our Jesus.
Amy (Guest) 07/29/2013 21:21

I was in poverty both spiritually and financially. I was broke both emotionally and in family life. You were giving enough to mail me, So you Wanna Go Back to Egypt on cassette tape. You have no idea what an envestement you made! All I knew to pray and worship to were the anointed words in those songs. That tape was too good to just hang on to myself. I gave it to a friend. Then I missed it. But kept singing and reading Last Days News letters.

It was not long after that, that I found a church with helpful believers. Then a job. Then The man God called me to marry. I am happy, but have learned to love Jesus above all other blessings. It is wonderful. I don't want things any different. Sense the day you mailed me the precious cassette tape, free of charge, I have given many Keith Green books and c.d.s away! I buy, worship and give away. Repeat. It's fun!

Also, Melody, you ministered to me the fulfillment of a dream for missions, but that's another story.

Love and pray for you.
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