>A Still-Timely Question

>Keith Green died a bit over 28 years ago…not sure when he wrote the following, but surely still applies as a probing question for 2010:


“It seems to me that there are but few who really live with a passion for God, especially a passion just to be with Him. Today there is such a noise coming up before the throne of the Most High-the clamor of so-called praise, singing, and joyful shouting. But I wonder if the same people who love to sing and shout, loudly exclaiming the the praises of God, really have such an intense glory in their secret life with the Lord. When the meeting’s over and there’s no one there to listen except the only One who matters, do you still have that same passionate joy in your spirit, just to be alone with the Living God?”

Keith Green

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>Twenty-eight years ago today, at the age of twenty-eight, on July twenty-eighth; Keith Green, his son Josiah, daughter Bethany, and a missionary couple and their children perished in a plane crash.

I vividly remember being in Kansas City, reading section three of the newspaper and seeing a little headline in the lower right hand corner of maybe page 3, “Christian Artist Killed In Plane Crash.”

I was stunned. Keith wrote music that ministered, rather than simply entertained. He wrote music that was Christ-centered, not Keith-centered. He wrote music that convicted rather than comforted.

If you are not familiar with him; get familiar (unless you want to subsist on a diet of typical “worship” cotton candy, fluffy junk) with him. Here’s a sample of his ministry…music/message:

>The Lord IS Beautiful

>As I woke way too early and couldn’t get back to sleep, I was walking outside and watched the sun rise in Pittsburgh. Just before that I startled, and was startled by, another blessing from the Lord as two deer walked out of a small patch of trees in the midst of a huge office complex.

As I pondered the deer and marveled at the sunrise, I began whistling a Keith Green tune…and now I youtubed it and share it with you. If you know Keith and the song, enjoy again; if this is an introduction, thank me later:

>Keith Green – Make My Life A Prayer To You (live)

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http://youtube.com/v/Jd9MaBu3gAg

His songs rarely made you feel “good”, and certainly never “comfortable.” The focus was Jesus, holiness, discipleship, sacrifice, obedience.
This is one of my most favorite Green songs. My oldest son, Josiah, was born in 1984, not too long after Keith was killed in a plane crash along with several others – to include his toddler son, Josiah.
Play the video, and listen – really listen – to the words. When the song is done listen and watch at how he closes it out…

And, if Keith is new to you…find some of his stuff (to include his books and tracts) and be helped in your desire to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Here’s a great start, musically:

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=jacksjots-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=B000075A86&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

>A fro-less Keith Green (age 11!)

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http://youtube.com/v/foHRDsFL260

I still remember picking up the Kansas City paper on a Saturday afternoon and, in the third section, several pages in, reading a blurb describing the death of Keith Green. Keith wrote and sang music that genuinely ministered, and was a long way from “seeker sensitive” or “sanctified cotton candy.”
I just found this and laughed my way through it.
If you are not familiar with Keith Green, look up his music, read his writings, and prepare to be challenged.
And, if you are a Keith Green fan, this will bring a smile!