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FC: "Remember who you belong to" | These are the lives that chose not to live by accident
1: FORWARD | This is not a tribute to a man but a tribute to the life a man lived for God. A man that chose not to live by accident, he lived intentionally for God, for the Kingdom, fully devoted to God's service. Teaching the message of Repentance and Redemption His life served as a training guide for what he came to believe. His values, character, principles. The following are his thoughts on living for God, living "My utmost for His highest". (Oswald Chambers) " Remember who you belong to"
3: This book is dedicated to Lynette - My devoted Bride, I will always love and cherish you. Until we see each other again. Troy / Juli and Marissa / Brett Live intentionally for God. I am blessed beyond what I deserve. I love you. Madilynn - Trent - Trey Ashlyn - Addison My deepest desire is for you to grow up knowing you are loved and cherished. But most important knowing the Grace, Love and Redemption of Jesus Christ
4: Proverb from Randy 1.We are all slaved or in bondage to someone or something, you choose who or what you will be in bondage to. 2.What you choose, your choices will control every area of your life, your direction, the course of your life will be determined by the choices you make. You cannot separate your spirit from your body, your choice will affect and infect both body and spirit. All of this which is the mystery of the scripture. 3.Every choice has a consequence; God does forgive our bad choices, the consequences remain.
5: Choices ...... Consequence | The preparation of the heart belongs to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord Prov. 16:1 | What did I learn, "that for every action you get a reaction, and though you may be sorry for what you’ve done there will always be a consequence, justice always demands payment, and being good was better than being bad." Words from Randy
6: How do I begin, and what do I say about a life, about a man that I truly believe has saved my life? I have heard people say over the years and at different times, the phrase, “Words just can’t describe” or “I could never put into words”. I always just thought they were being overly dramatic or emotional. I have never really been able to identify with those words until now. When I am asked to say or write a few words about Randy Edwards, I sit here almost speechless and full of emotion. First of all, Randy would never want me to tell you that he saved my life. Randy would say that he was just the tool that God used to bring me back to Christ, and he would be right. I know that God used Randy to speak to me. However, Randy chose time after time to listen and obey God like no one I have ever met before. So I will say it this way. Randy Edwards chose to obey the Lord and by the way he lived his life he helped to save mine. I came to a place in my life where I was desperate. I was lost. I reached out to my brother- in- law Stephen Abbott and he suggested we meet with Randy. . We met with Randy and I began to tell him all about my problems. I mean I let him have it. The list was very long. Randy sat there and listened to me as I went on and on. I could tell he was really listening as I laid out all of the things in my life that were holding me down at the time. When I was done with what probably seemed like 2 hours, Randy paused and he looked at me right in the eyes. I will never forget what he said. Randy said, “Jason, I can give you Band Aids for all of these problems that you have. Jason, do you want a Band Aid for all of this or do you want the CURE?” He then went on to share how much God loved me and wanted to have a relationship with me. Of course, you know exactly how the rest of our lunch went from there. I tell you this story because my story is not unique. My story is just one out of hundreds like it. Randy chose to listen to the Lord and by the power of the Lord Jesus Christ, I was saved. After that day, I have had the honor and privilege to become close friends and have lunch regularly with Randy. I have watched as Randy gave selflessly of his time, money, and energy witnessing to others just like me. I have seen Randy give money when he couldn’t afford to. I have seen him witness to total strangers. The more I got to know Randy the more I began to realize that my story was not unique. Randy was listening and following what God has called us all to be. Randy was the hands and feet of Christ. That is what it is all about. It is about how much God loves us. How we should show this love to others.
7: I remember the day I met Randy for lunch just a couple of days after he found out that he had terminal cancer. We sat down at our table at Chili’s and the waiter came over and took our order. Before the waiter could walk away, and without skipping a beat, Randy asked our waiter his name and if there was anything he could pray about for him. Randy had just found out he was dying of cancer and he was worried for our waiter. That was Randy. That is how God wants us to be. That is how I want to be. There are many other stories just like that. Every time I was with him he gave so much of himself for the Lord. So what do you say about a man that has meant so much to you? A man that you love very much and feel like you owe so much to? I will tell you exactly what he would want me to. Jesus loves you so much. Jesus is the answer and the CURE. Randy, Thank you for giving to the lord. I am a life that was changed. Thank you for giving to the Lord. I am so glad you gave. Jason Brest
8: Randy Edwards has been a guide, an example, a counselor, a protector, an encourager, a confronter, a comforter, a champion, a peace maker, a mentor, a father figure, and always a servant of the most High. If you knew Randy then you’ve heard about God and have known what it meant to be deeply and genuinely loved. No matter the situation Randy always pointed people to Christ’s redeeming and restoring love. Randy exemplified the amazing life available to those in Christ. It was his passion and love that challenged me to not settle for a nominal faith and a life of quite desperation. And it’s what led me to find my calling as a sponsor for the senior high youth group at DFC. Through which I share my faith in Christ Jesus and gratefully pass on the blessings that men like Randy have been to me. Ben Nelson
9: Things Randy had said "People spend a lifetime praying pain out of their lives Randy spent a lifetime praying pain into his life because through that pain he discovered the secrets to growing in Christ" | Randy-- I am thinking of you and praying for you. Deut 8:15- you shared it with Erin and I and I remember how it encouraged me. Love ya buddy!!! Kate Barker | Is40.31 (NLT) "but those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." in Christ, Janet Harvey | I am praying for you and your whole family! I love you guys and know that God is working in this situation. Angie Lang
10: Most people live their lives by accident, reacting to crisis | Dear Randy, My life has been blessed by God with people over the years that have taught me about the Lord and model how to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ. I want you to know that none have had a stronger influence, in a more pivotal time of my life, than you. The Lord has used you greatly in my life, Randy. The words Paul wrote reflect my heart for you. " I thank God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for you I always pray with Joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now". | Being raised in a "believing home," I knew about God. But I believe it was in those precious years, under your shepherding, that God called me to live my life for Him alone. I gave my life fully and wholly to Jesus Christ in those years! Praise God for men and women like you who have committed their lives to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Your commitment to the Word of God is what has touched my life the most. I will never erase the memories of you standing in front of our group with a bible in one hand and pouring out your heart to a group of students who needed Jesus so desperately. Your grief over our sin, and our lack of fervor, was obvious as you pointed us to Jesus over and over. Love in Jesus, Jamie Herrera | Most people live their lives by accident
11: This is a life that chose not to live by accident, he lived his life on purpose | Randy, Anyone who knows you could never forget to "Remember who you belong to" Thank you for always reminding me. Praying for you during this time. Love you, Irene Irene Rosales | We are all behind you Randy. Keep on keeping on and remember who you belong to. Love ya man. You were there for so many people now is the time for us to give back to you In Christ, Ken Gillis | Randy- My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Be strong! Love, Stephanie (Ridlen) Trautman
12: The Spiritual Lazy Saint WE are all capable of being Spiritually lazy saints. We want to stay off the rough roads of life, and our primary objective is to secure a peaceful retreat from the world. The ideas put forth in these verses from Hebrews 10 "Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together" are those of stirring up one another and of keeping ourselves together. Both of these require initiative, our willingness to take the first step toward Christ-realization, not the initiative toward self realization. To live a distant, withdrawn, and secluded life is diametrically opposed to spirituality as Jesus Christ taught it. The true test of our spirituality occurs when we come up against injustice, degradation, ingratitude, and turmoil, all of which have the tendency to make us spiritually lazy. While being tested, we want to use prayer and Bible reading for the purpose of finding a quiet retreat. We use God only for the sake of getting peace and joy. We seek only our enjoyment of Jesus Christ, not a true realization of Him. This is the first step in the wrong direction. All these things we are seeking are simply effects, and yet to make them causes. " Yes, I think it is right" Peter said, "...to stir you up by reminding you..." (2 Peter 1:13). It is a most disturbing thing to be hit squarely in the stomach by someone being used of God to stir us up, someone who is full of spiritual activity. Simple active work and spiritual activity are not the same thing. Active work can actually be the counterfeit of spiritual activity. The real danger in spiritual laziness is that we do not want to be stirred up , all we want to hear about is spiritual retirement from the world. Yet Jesus Christ never encourages the idea of spiritual retirement, He says, "Go and tell My brethren".. Matt 28:10 Oswald Chambers ( My utmost for His highest )
13: The Spiritual Vigorous Saint A saint is not to take the initiative toward self-realization,but toward knowing Jesus Christ. A spiritual vigorous saint never believes that his circumstances simply happen at random, nor does he think of his life as being divided into the secular and sacred. He sees every situation in which he finds himself as the means of obtaining a greater knowledge of Jesus Christ, and he has an attitude of unrestrained abandon and total surrender about him. The Holy Spirit is determined that we will have the realization of Jesus Christ in every area of our lives, and He will bring us back to the same point over and over again until we do. Self-realization only leads to the glorification of good works, whereas a saint of God glorifies Jesus Christ through his good works. Whatever we may be doing, even eating, drinking, or washing disciples feet, we have to take the initiative of realizing and recognizing Jesus Christ in it. Every phase of our life has it's counterpart in the life of Jesus. Our Lord realized His relationship to the Father even in the most menial task. " Jesus, knowing... that He had come from God and was going to God.. took a towel...and began to wash the disciples feet..." ( John 13:3-5) The aim of a spiritually vigorous saint is "that I may know Him..." Do I know Him where I am today? If not, I am failing Him. I am not here for self-realization, but to know Jesus Christ. In Christian work our initiative and motivation are to often simply the result of realizing that there is work to be done and that we must do it. Yet that is never the attitude of a spiritually vigorous saint. His aim is to achieve the realization of Jesus Christ in every set of circumstances. Oswald Chambers ( My utmost for His highest )
14: Dear Randy and Lynette, To two of the finest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. You are the perfect example of someone who constantly lives their faith. Randy, whenever you look back on how you spent your life, I hope it brings you joy to know that countless lives were touched by you and I am quite certain that anyone who has ever crossed your path is a better person for having known you. And to you, my precious friend, Lynette, I love you and am so grateful we have had so many wonderful years of sharing our friendship. From working together, to the many years of "Ladies Night", we have had it all and shared more laughter than any "grown women" should!! But that just makes it more special!! I think of both of you everyday and pray for you during this difficult time. Thank you for letting me be a part of your lives. Love to you both. Debbie Helfrich
15: Randy, Hey it's Lyssa Massie. I just want you to know first off that I think you are remarkable. I LOVED having you not only as a youth pastor, but as a friend. I really LOVED coming up to you, talking with you, and giving you a hug. Why you ask because, one: every time I saw you at church you made me feel so good about myself and very loved, and two: you being a big guy, well...your hugs were the best. I have been praying for you and your family everyday. God ALWAYS brings you to my mind through my day. And you know the cool thing...I will see you again. Why.. because we both love the same God and believe in the same God. You helped me Randy to realize how much he loves me, no matter what I do. You were such an unbelievable example to me. Your actions and yes your words, but definitely your actions showed how much God loves me. I loved your heart for other people. So guess what...because of your influence on me, I am now continually striving to build relationships with people. I have started my own ministry at my church of going to coffee with girls and getting to know them. And the job I have everyday (I work for and ankle and foot surgeon, he is also a podiatrist) I have to work with feet and ankles everyday. YUCK!! But the highlight of that...is that I get the chance to build relationships with my patient's everyday. So thank you Randy for showing me that part of God. I have learned it doesn't matter who the person is, love them anyways. Whether that's through a smile, a laugh, crying, telling a woman whom I don't even know that she looks really pretty that day, to opening a door for someone, it doesn't matter. So I try and not just talk, but to absolutely put actions to what I believe. And it's because of your influence and teaching. Randy thank you so much. You are truly amazing in every way. I love you, and I will miss you very much. BUT.....I WILL see you later. This isn't goodbye. Lyssa
16: RANDY EDWARDS A TRUE FRIEND FOR OVER 42 YEARS It all began in August of 1968 When Marilyn, 2&1/2 year old Curtis and me, arrived in Denver to serve as Music and Youth Pastor of Denver First Nazarene Church. What an exciting time in our young lives and ministry. We were greeted by 10 or 12, Jr. Hi and Sr. Hi Students rowdy and ready for something new to begin. Among them were two brothers whom I met the first Sunday, in the hall with their cousins, seeing who could kick each other in the shins as hard as possible. What a treat! Randy, being the younger was the most aggressive and wanted to prove how tough he was, whether giving or receiving the punishment. This would be the beginning of a rare relationship that would bond us through thick and thick.
17: With the guidance and trust of his mom and dad, we would embark on a life changing adventure that would include many thousands of miles of travel on summer TACT Tours, Retreats, Summer Camps, and personal confrontations both constructive and some difficult, even life threatening that would shape both of our lives. As Randy grew and matured I always sensed he respected me and was aware inside of the magnitude of what direction he should go. It came to a spiritual moment after a sporting event that he and I had attended that he made the “turning point” decision to finally become a real believer in Christ and repent of his sins. That was the beginning of a young life that totally changed from the “me first” macho attitude, to a servants heart and life. Out of that heart came the response to the call God had placed on him to help others, especially young troubled youth. The line is long of the young girls, guys and parents, whom Randy has confronted, led and confirmed into a real relationship with Christ. Everything to him was spiritual and his conversations were always laced with the purpose and power of Christ. Whether it was with or about his sweetheart of a wife he chose in Lynette, or his children Troy and Marissa and their spouses Julie and Brett, or their children, it made no difference; God was the center of all of his family. Marilyn and I are indebted to him personally, for his work and counsel of Andy our son after his return as a prodigal from a rough bout at college. We are so grateful for his friendship, ministry, and know there are hundreds or more in the Kingdom because of his unwavering faith and fervor as a servant of Christ. With all of our love and respect, Roger and Marilyn Clay
18: Randy's Thoughts on Prayer Prayer to me is a dialog, it is never one sided, prayer is to often used to request favor, blessing, healing, delivery from the consequence of our sin. Prayer is getting to know God in an personal way, through dialog I allow Him to speak into my life, one of the ways He does that is through my prayer. Because of the relationship that I forge through prayer I come to a place where I truly know God, it is God's will that takes priority in my prayer and in my life. I develop an intense hunger, thirst, and longing to hear from God, and then to obey as he leads me. Only by listening and seeking God can I hear His voice. It is by my obedience I demonstrate my love for Him. As a church, to often,we do it backwards, we pray because we say we love God, but we don't even know Him, we jump past knowing God and yet we claim we love Him. We haven't bothered to dialog, communicate, wait on God, we don't wait on the Lord to speak into our lives. We place our Faith on seeing the evidence of God, His answers to prayer as we determine they aught to appear, rather than in God Himself. The truth is it takes more Faith to accept God's will in all these matters. The danger in placing our Faith in the evidence of God is ,when it doesn't transpire the way we expect, we loose confidence, and trust in our Lord, even to the point of rejecting or denying Him. To learn how God and I function. 1. I pray to God, dialog with Him every day, so that He knows me and I know Him. I can identify his voice 2. That puts me in a perfect posture to obey, I want to serve that God. I can trust the voice, I can trust in the answers. 3. After that it is instinctive that I love God, He never lies, His word never returns to me void. 4. I no longer pray for the gifts and blessings, my prayer is centered on what is God's will, in this matter and in all matters of my life. I believe that kind of prayer honors God, placing my Faith and trust in God, not the evidence of God as my will might demand.I prefer private prayer,I don't have a problem with public prayer but to often I seen our public prayer is more to glorify ourselves, we pray to impress, or perhaps to further promote our message to men. It becomes more about us than it is about seeking God. When I pray in private I don't have anyone to impress, I don't have to worry about offending anyone, I don't have to worry about impressing anyone. I know God, and He knows me, my heart, my motives, my intent, the attitude of my heart. There is nothing He owes me, there is nothing I want but His will, in all things.
19: Randy's Thoughts on Self Pity Self pity will kill a spirit, self pity is an attempt to distract so we don't have to look at ourself, because it's painful, it is our nature to look beyond ourselves to place blame for the dilemma or circumstances we find ourself in, self pity is a failure to accept responsibility for our actions. We all have baggage, things in our past that have formed who we are. We can choose; whether to place blame and struggle with self pity, or to "man up" accept our past as it was and rest in the assurance that we have a call and a purpose in Christ, it is in our surrender to Him, we have great worth, we are conquers, victors in Christ. We can accept responsibility for our lives, recognize our worth in Christ and get victory over the Demons that keep us wallowing in our self pity. Randy's Thoughts on Humility God loves a humble spirit, lots of emotions can be used to manipulate people, humility can be one of those. People learn they can manipulate others by demonstrating a form of humility. True humility is hard to find, it has always been a personal struggle of mine, to stay humble in all circumstances, even now, as people praise or recognize what they see as my influence in their life, I have to struggle with pride, it is the thorn in my flesh. God loves a humble heart, He can use that person, a humble heart to me is, when you look at a person, you can only see Christ. Humility is, when everyone is applauding, you really just want to get away from the moment, it's not about you and you know it's not about you. The world doesn't want a God they can trust and have confidence in, so they put a person in that position of trust, they present awards, recognize the person, honor the man. We thrive on recognition. I believe in far to many cases, we serve for the image it presents, this is why so many choose to serve in the "high profile" areas of the church. there is little gratification, little reward, little acknowledgment for the man who chooses to humbly serve in the more obscure service areas, shame on us!! We do ourselves a great injustice, in those moments we acknowledge man, we steal Christ out of the moment. The value of a humble spirit is it gets me out of the way, it becomes all about God, It prevents me from serving self.
20: Dear Randy, The best way to begin my letter is, Thank You!! Thank you for loving Christ and seeking Him in a way I have never seen in anyone. You were my spiritual father, you taught me so much that a simple letter could never do justice to what I learned. I can only hope that my life is a clear demonstration that I heard and will seek Christ in the way I saw you seek Him. Thank you for giving to the Lord, I am a life that was changed! I will always “remember who I belong to”. Tiffany Katchen
21: Randy, Words can’t really express the impact you’ve had on my life. It seems in one way or another you’ve been a part of the biggest events in my life. We sat in a Dickey’s Barbecue and I rededicated my life to the Lord, I was instantly transformed, lights were brighter, I immediately called everyone I knew and said sorry for the things I had done. A Few months ago Shawny and I came to the alter when you were being anointed by Pastor Shawn and I had the strongest feeling that you weren’t praying for healing but you were praying for all of us who were there with you at the alter. God used that event to transform our marrage! I know you don’t take credit for any of this and that is what makes it so powerful but I have to say thank you for choosing to invest in me and the many others that I grew up with. In a time when Satan was desperately pursuing me, I had a place to go and a leader to look up to. I admire your relationship with God more than anyone else I have ever seen or met. You always pointed me to Him, it was never about you. Erik Johnson
22: The Habit of Rising to the Occasion Remember that you have been saved so that the life of Jesus might be manifest in your body ( see 2 Cor. 4:10). Direct the total energy of your powers so that you may achieve everything your election as a child of God provides; rise every time to whatever occasion may come your way. You did not do anything to achieve your salvation, but you must do something to exhibit it. You must "work out your salvation" which God has worked in you already (Philippians 2:12) Are your speech, your thinking, and your emotions evidence that you are "working" it out? If you are still the same miserable grouchy person, set on having his own way, then it is a lie to say that God has saved and sanctified you. God is the master designer, and He allows adversities into your life to see if you can jump over them properly, " By my God I can leap over a wall" ( Psalms 18;29). God will never shield you from the requirements of being His son or daughter. 1 Peter 4:12 says, " Beloved, do not think it strange the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you".. Rise to the occasion, do what the trial demands of you. It does not matter how much it hurts as long as it gives God the opportunity to manifest the life of Jesus in your body. May God not find complaints in us anymore, but spiritual vitality , a readiness to face anything He brings our way. The only proper goal of life is that we manifest the Son of God; and when this occurs, all of our dictating of our demands to God disappears. Our Lord never dictates demands to His Father, and neither are we to make demands of God. We are here to submit to His willso that He may work through us what He wants. Once we realize this , He will make us broken bread and poured out wine with which to feed and nourish others. Oswald Chamber ( My utmost for His highest )
23: Hello! As you know...I love you guys so much and am SO very thankful for you and Lynette! Words cannot express my gratitude for how God has orchestrated His way for our paths to cross at so many times, and for you and Lynette's steadfast example of Christ to me and my family. You are a spiritual father to me, a solid man of God and I am so proud to be able to say that! And it is ALL because of God! The reflection of Jesus in you and how you have allowed Him to use you lives on every single day in my life, my children and my extended family and in so many others, it is literally changing the world! On Sunday, just a few after hours after hearing the news I was putting things back in the crawl space and found a journal of notes from your teaching in the melting pot class back in 2003. Those notes mean so much to me!! I don't believe it was coincidence that I found them, I had not seen that notebook in over 8 years! I believe God orchestrated that for this time, whatever that may look like, maybe just as an encouragment to us right now. I will be praying daily for you guys and please know we are here and want to help and support you in any way that we can!! Sending a hug for both of you! I love you. Stephen & Stephanie Abbott
24: These letters are an expression of their love | IMPACT | The character of a man reveals his heart and opens it up for display. In a world of hate and greed and selfishness—the sight of love, benevolence, and humility stands out like the brilliant rays and beams of the sun breaking through the clouds. That’s exactly how Randy has stood amongst this world. The light of the Lord cannot be contained, nor can it be dimmed, and He has demonstrated this truth through Randy and his steadfast obedience to His will. I don’t think it possible that Randy can speak a sentence or live an hour without mention of Christ or without praise to Him. The relationship between Randy and the Lord is truly one to marvel at. I know there are not words adequate enough to describe the mark Randy has left on our lives. There are still circumstances and situations yet to happen that his wisdom and influence will affect and direct. What he has taught through his words, his heart, his life is beyond a simple letter and paragraph. His mark on people’s lives is eternal.
25: One of God's greatest blessings are those lives He allows within our sphere of influence | Randy has shown us that we really can live in this world without becoming part of it. He has shown us that we can be broken in human nature but perfectly whole in Jesus Christ. He has shown us that we can possess nothing yet have everything. He has shown us that “to live is Christ; to die is gain”. In these moments of reflection and remembrance of a life lived to the fullest and a heart so capable of love and giving, it just wouldn’t do Randy justice without his infamous sentiment: Remember who you belong to. Because of you, Randy, we’ll never forget. In His matchless grace and mercy, Matt and Gretchen Foster | RAND WAS A REALLY GREAT YOUTH PASTER. HE ALWAYS MADE ME FEEL INCLUDED IN THE ROCK NO MATTER WHAT THE ACTIVITY WAS. EVEN THOUGH I AM DISABLED AND IN A WHEELCHAIR, HE HELPED ME THINK OF IT AS A BLESSING IN DISGUISE. HE ALWAY SOMETHING POSITIVE TO SAY NO MATTER WHAT THE SITUATION WAS. LOVE, DAWN GIANNATALA
26: Just thinking of you today! We love your story of Hope. Our pastor is doing a series on Hope right now. It is so encouraging and inspiring! I am so glad that you/we can have Hope in God, and I pray for His Peace for you!! Love you Jennifer Heap | Randy, life events certainly seem to continually work to prove Jesus' statement "I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." In all the encouragement I've ever heard or read, the strongest, most meaningful, powerful and authoritative words ever written or spoken are: "....but, God......" and you fill in the rest! Your church family (and that church stretches far and wide!) is standing in the gap, in prayer for all of you! "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you His peace." Prayerfully, in Christ. Dan Romines | Please know that I am praying for you. My grandaughter Kayla was in your youth group at the Bridge. She loved going to church. Even at this very difficult time, Your message has been an encouragement to me. Once again you are all in my prayers. From a sister in the Lord, God Bless, Barbara Barbara Horan
27: God has used you so deliberately in my life. He knew I needed motivation and allowed you to become my mentor and friend. I reflect on our conversations and find direction in my life. God has been sending to me lots of opportunities to share the love of Jesus. I can't help but think you have had a hand in that or should I say a prayer. You and Lynette are always in my prayers. I love you both and grin knowing the Lord is in control. You wouldn't have it any other way! I promise to keep in touch and will find Marissa this weekend and give her that hug you mentioned. Paul Dritto | Dear Randy, How well I remember your tears as you said "goodbye" to the youth group many years ago.... How deep is your love! Remembering your booming voice and laughter always brings a smile to my face, and I pray that they will soon be heard again. You probably don't even know me from DFC, but know that I love you and your family, although our Lord loves you all gazillions of time MORE! With Love in Jesus, Susie Marlette
28: Randy's Thought on Character I think first we have to clarify the difference between Character as defined by the world and Character as defined by God. Because we are "of the world", and cursed with this carnal nature, we tend to define Character from a worldly perspective. Certainly many of the qualities we identify as worldly Character are the same we see in God's definition of "a man of Character". Honesty, responsible, trustworthy, reliable etc.... We tend to recognize the accomplished, the "successful", the "educated" or resourceful man and woman . People of stature are often seen as people of "good character". The sad truth is we place greater priority on a persons accomplishments, than their VALUES, we see men that place a higher premium on loyalty than on Values or Character, It seems right to a man to be loyal even if it compromises his Character, values. I think over the generations we have lost the ability to teach Character because over time it really doesn't have a clear definition or meaning anymore. What we wouldn't give for a Politician with Character, even more, what we wouldn't give for a Godly man with Character. I would hope I would be a man that, when I said something, I followed through with it. Even when it wasn't convenient, even when it was unpopular, no matter the hardship, I hope to be a man of my word. 1. A man that is not passive, he doesn't stand by and watch an injustice unfold. 2. A man that accepts the consequences for his actions, he admits when he is wrong. 3. A man that is courageous in his leadership, not influenced by popular opinion or dependent of public approval, he does what is right even when it hurts, even when it is inconvenient, he is wholly devoted to doing the right thing in all things. 4. He takes his direction, guidance, discipline and council from God, his creator, his Lord, his Savior. To do that he must be completely surrendered, God must truly be on the throne of his life, self is crucified, the only voice he hears is the voice of God. He knows that voice, he is always listening for His voice in all matters. 5. He is accountable to those he has made a covenant, his wife, his children, his employer, most important, his God. 6. He honors, respects and serves those "who are the least of these". This man is obedient unto death .
30: Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart. To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. Prov. 21:2-3 | Randy, You're a great man of God. I wish the best to you, I know you'll fulfill God's will for you no matter. I'll never forget your catch phrase "Remember who you belong to!!" Jon Tinniswood | What a hard choice to make...but what a testiment to who you are Randy!! You continue to touch my life, even so far away! You are in my thoughts and prayers!! Many blessings to you and the family this season!! Lindsey (Lemaster) Gregg | Randy Your lesson this morning really spoke to me. Thanks so much for speaking. It was probably some of the best stuff I've ever heard from you. I loved it. Ken Gillis
32: I felt God's Presence as we prayed for you at the altar Sunday morning. It was good to see you and the outpouring of support from your DFC family. We love you and will uphold you and your family in prayer. In Christ's love, Bud and Donna Roe | Brother Randy! You sir represent God's love and passion and it is evident in the way you have encouraged us, loved us, and lifted us up during days of challenge. We love you brother, friend and pastor! We will pray for you during these days and we thank you for the example you continue to be to all! Obed & Angela Maldonado | Kathy and I are praying for you and your family! Thank you for all the things you have done in our lives. Bob and Kathy Davis
33: Hey Brother, I know that you know how much we love you and Lynette and we are praying everyday! Something very unusual is going on, but not sure what it is, so just keep looking up and trusting. I know I don't have to tell you that, right...? Take care friend. John and Jean Lytle | Randy, You were a blessing back in The Rock and helped change so many lives. Thank you for your obedience to God over the years. Thanks for continuing to let your light shine and be a true example of Christ. You are so loved and will be continually lifted up in prayer. Love, Kaylea (Massie) Worrell
34: Randy, 37 years ago today, I stood next to Lynette as her Maid of Honor in your wedding. To be honest, that summer in Hawaii on TACT Tour when you started showing interest in Lynette, I wasn't too happy! You were this REALLY great looking guy, but we thought you were arrogant and cocky! Lynette and I had been nearly inseparable since we were 13 years old, and I was afraid you were going to come along and break her heart. Gratefully, you soon proved those fears unfounded. For 37 years you have treasured her, cherished her, and held her up with so much love, respect and honor, that it is clearly evident that you were God's perfect choice for her. You've always been an example to Troy for how to treat a lady, and to Marissa for how she should be treated. You are a true gentleman, and a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. God has richly blessed you with a precious family, I know they mean everything to you. On this, your 37th Wedding Anniversary, I want to say thank you for falling in love with, and marrying, my best friend. I love you both, and continually pray for you. Gayle Jennings
35: To Randy and Lynette, it's Ron and Cindy Brown. We send our love and prayers to you and your families. You both have always been a blessing to us and our families, and we are so grateful for your friendship over the years. Even though we haven't seen one another for some time we still think of you all so many times. Not realizing what was transpiring over the last several months or your situations, the Lord reminded me every week to pray for you both. I wanted to sit down and write you all but I didn't stay in contact enough to keep your address current. Your anniversay is coming up and I have prayed for you both over all these years for the Lord's blessing upon you. ( I may have the date wrong), but when March 17 rolls by, my heart prays for you and I love the fact that our heavenly Father reminds me of you two. We have been blessed by your love for one another. I share this verse with you because it is my strength from day to day (Ps 103:1-5 Praise the Lord O my soul...) God's Word is healing to our minds, emotions and our bodies. We have posted you on our prayer list and we consider it an honor to bring you both before our heavenly Father. May His peace, which passes all understanding, be your strength. Our love to you both and to your families. Ron and Cindy Cindy Brown
36: All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits. Prov. 16:2 | I love you dad with all my heart, and I am so thankful for who I belong to!!! God is good ALL the time...:) Your Proud Son TJ | Hi Son....I love you an am so very grateful the Lord allowed me to have you. We are glad for your life and the way He has guided you, instructed you and given you the blessing of reaching so many young people as well as some older folk. Your life has been difficult at times, and over and over again you have stayed in the trenches. It is a kiss from heaven to see how much you love an serve Him in all things. Like you we know He is with you at all times. We are willing to hold your arms up as you need and praise the Lord for mercy and grace for each hour He supplies to us. In His Amazing Grace Love Mom Marilyn Campbell
37: Randy, I've told you before, You are my Hero. Your life has been a living testimony to the God we serve. The consistency in living out what you preach has always been an inspiration as well as an example for me. Your passion for kids, your concern for the lost,your sacrificial spirit, all a model of Christ that anyone can see. It is said as a man dies to self he is filled with the Spirit of God. Knowing that is true you died (to self) many years ago. I love you, I will always love you, until we meet again. Save a place for me. Your Big Brother, Ron | Dear Dad, I cannot even begin to explain how much I love you, and how blessed I am to have the amazing privilege of calling you dad. There are no words that can capture how grateful I am to be your daughter. God has blessed us with an amazing family, a family that has chosen to believe in and live for Him at all costs. It was your leadership, example, discipline, teachings, wisdom, difficult choices, and unconditional love that taught all of us who Christ is and how to devotedly serve him with every part of our lives. Thank you for being dedicated to the call of our Lord, even when it was not easy! Because of your obedience to Him, you set an amazing example for all of us. | Love, Marissa
39: When a man's ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Prov. 16:7
40: Randy, I wish for the good times, the trouble-free times. I find myself going over all the talks we had on the long drives to and from Navajo. I recall how strongly I felt impressed back in 2003 to tell Jane we needed to start going to your new Sunday school class in the balcony because we needed to sit under your leadership and hear your words of wisdom. Why did I feel so impressed? It probably had to do with a sermon you gave to the church one Sunday evening while you were youth pastor. You’ve probably guessed which sermon it was. The sermon was about the certainty of the Bible and prophecy. Your delivery carried such conviction and a palpable anointing of the Holy Spirit. I was stimulated and it stuck with me. Ironically, your sermon that night was the very same sermon I asked you to give to the Navajo last summer – the sermon you thought was such a failure. Parenthetically, my discussion with the Navajo this past Christmas revealed that they DID get that sermon and that it continues to impact them. I will never be able to travel down that stretch of highway just before Monument Valley without thinking of you. I know how much you enjoyed it. I am sure I will still see you seated at the picnic table in Chilchinbeto reading your Bible as the sun rises every morning. So many good memories – too many to recount. Even our nose-to-nose contretemps brings a smile.
41: How DOES a friendship evolve? I got to know you first when Brandon was in the high school group and you were the youth leader. Then “the sermon.” I just felt that on the basis of this “sermon,” you would really connect with the Navajo. When you came in December on the first Navajo shoebox trip, you caught the vision. The Navajo loved you as I knew they would. And as they say, the rest is history. Eight great years. What a little sermon can do. The Navajo trip in the future will not be the same and the Navajo already greatly miss you. Needless to say, you have had a significant and lasting impact on my life, Jane’s life and the lives of my boys. The seeds you planted have already begun to bear fruit and will continue to do so in their lives and their childrens’ lives. Who knows what the ultimate impact will be? God does and He put you in our way for a reason – and for that I am eternally thankful. I know we will always be reminded of you in the sunrise and the freshness of a new day, in the minutia of daily events, in the lengthening shadows of evening, and under a brilliant starlit night sky. An emptiness, an ache, a sense of loss will remain. I know my thoughts will stumble on your memory often and in them you will live on. It’s true. Parting is such sweet sorrow. Your friend in Christ, Steve Sanford
42: Randy and Lynette, Your lives of service have touched so many through the years. Thank you for the impact that you had on my life, and for the example you provided of what it means to be filled with God's love and His joy. Randy, I came across some words you wrote a year ago that moved me. You said, "The cure, in every prayer is not in the circumstance. It is in God. Me, You, Everyone coming face to face with God. Then and only then will all things fade away, and Gods purpose, plan and power, is unleashed." My prayer for you is that God's purpose and power will be apparent to you every day. I love you. You are in my prayers, and the prayers of my children. Matt Dunlap | Randy, I just want to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that God will be with you and Linette to bring you wisdom for the decisions you may need to make and comfort in His love. He is bigger than this! Robin Q Robin Quagliata
43: Randy, you have and are impacting so many lives NOT with your words, but your actions---God is using you to touch hearts and change lives. You made an impact on my family and specifically Courtney here at DFC a few years ago and we still appreciate all you have done. You take on tasks that others would not even attempt, you love beyond yourself and you have that wonderful spirit of not judging. Sometimes when illness comes around unfortunately it is during the struggles that those of us outside of the circle wonder if we ever THANKED YOU for everything--it is at this time that I want to make sure that you know how special you are to the Weeks family and Thank you for allowing God to use you as His servant. We are praying God's will in the matter of your health and also praying that the strength to run this marathon for you and Lynette will be filled with God's love and His presence will be felt no matter what the situation or outcome. We love you---Randy, Corrine and Courtney Weeks Corrine Kent | Randy, You are a true inspiration to everyone that knows you. Your faith and strength has and will continue to bless many. We miss you and Lynette and continue to pray for you. We are happy that Brett, Marissa, Ashlyn and Addison are with you. I am sure they also give you strength and lots of hugs and kisses. We miss them too. We are still praying for a miracle and know God is able. We love and miss you--John, Louise, Ryan, Jack & Katie Young John & Louise Young
44: Hi Randy. We have been praying constantly for you. I'm not surprised that you are spending every ounce of energy finding ways to serve the Lord. You have always been an example of what it means to be a servant of Jesus to your fellow man, and I am honored to know you. Please know also that David in particular sends his love and best wishes as well. You have had a large impact on him as well. The whole family remembers you regularly when we pray together. Thank you for being such a good man, and good friend. I'll send a note soon to catch you up on the family, but I wanted to write first just to say 'hi!' . Take care of yourself Randy, you're the only one of you we've got. Love Joe | Dear Randy and Lynette, Words cannot express the love our family feels for you. You, Randy have been such a blessing to us in many times of trouble with Elly...and in times of joy...when you dedicated our little Ethan who is now eight years old. The journey you are on right now is one that we will all travel..."yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I (we) will fear no evil...for thou art with me (us)!" We all thank you Lord for our friends Randy and Lynette. Randy, your strong strong faith is a "gift" from God to you and then to the rest of us, through you. We love you. The Lindoerfer family...Dean, Vicki, Elly, David, AJ, Noah, Ethan, Zak and our latest Sadie
45: Randy, I know this is my 3rd entry in here but I thought you'd like to know how much your life has touched one solitary life mine. I don't know if I ever told you this or not but when I entered the Rock I felt like I was an outsider. I really didn't have any friends. I always sat by myself and that's how I liked things. The reason for this was of the way I was treated every day at school. I was teased and made fun of constantly. Then you came into my life and I found out that it wasn't right to be by myself all the time. In the short span of 3 years I went from being one of the most unpopular kids in the Rock to one of the most popular. I give all the credit for that to you. You showed me how to come out of my shell and make new friends. Your not the first person who tried to do this but you are the first person who succeeded. Thank you doesn't even say how thankful I am that God brought you into my life. He used you to take the worst time of my life and make it the best. I can't count the times I look back and wish for those days again. Thanks. In Christ, Ken Gillis | Randy was a great youth paster I will never forget the first time I was in SR high he was so nice and sweet to me, I am a very shy person Randy made me feel so welcomed and loved. It is very hard to say good bye to a man that has been a part of my life through my Sr high years. Randy I love you and u are in my thoughts. . Vanessa Unruh
46: Randy, Do you happen to remember the moment when I allowed the Holy Spirit to come in & take over my life? I don’t expect that you would, but I will never forget, I actually remember what I was wearing (weird)!! I was in your arms Randy; it was in front of the whole “Rock” group. All that mattered is that Jesus was using your arms to physically hold me in that moment of lifetime surrender. What a vivid memory that is for me. You know what I was thinking about this week? There was a mission trip in which we were staying in a gym, we were overly tired one night and you were telling us it was time to go to sleep. Out of the blue a person stood up and started confessing Sin to the group. That was such a memorable moment for me | because it showed what vulnerability can do to a group who love God, but needed the Holy Spirit. Adding confession to vulnerability changed us for the rest of that trip. I love you and will never forget the impact you have had in my life. Jackie Gavi
47: Randy, There are few people in this world that you can look back on and say, THEY made a difference in my life, or THEY made a positive impact on my life. There are SO many countless people out there, some you may never know about (till Heaven!) that can say both those things. While I did not get to have you as my youth pastor for as long as I wanted (God had other plans for you!) I KNEW you cared so much about me and my spiritual walk even before you were my youth pastor. I remember you taking me to Red Robin, just shortly after I came up to the Rock and I felt so special that you took that time for me, and that you honestly cared how I was doing. And long before I came to the Rock I heard these words “Who Do you belong to!?!” My faith has never faltered and I look back on those years when my foundation was built and I would not have the solid foundation I have now as an adult if it weren’t for the amazing leadership that I had to look up to! You are a special, special man! I can not wait for the day to walk into those gates and see your face and the hold the hand of my savior! I love you brother. Heather Gammel
48: Randy's life experiance served as a training ground for what he came to believe I believe in Right vs. Wrong, Lie vs. Truth. I believe in Black and White no grey!! No situational ethics, truth is truth it is always truth. We screw it up with our rationalizations, opinions, compromise. Opinions put you in bondage, truth sets you free. My opinion will always lead toward self preservation, truth will always leads to Christ. | 1. We are all slaved or in bondage to someone or something, you chose who or what you will be in bondage to. 2. What you choose, your choices will control every area of your life, your direction, the course of your life will be determined by the choices you make. You can not separate your spirit from your body, your choice will affect and infect both body and spirit. All of this which is the mystery of the scripture. 3. Every choice has a consequence, God does forgive our bad choices, the consequences remain. | For every action you get a reaction, and though you may be sorry for what you’ve done there will always be a consequence, justice always demands payment.
49: He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward than he who flatters with the tongue. Prov. 28:23 | There really are men that practice what they say, these are the men that should be teaching and leading others. Most of the time we put the most charismatic to the forefront to lead and teach, and then we wonder what went wrong with them as they tumble and take many with them, when we are the ones to blame, we put our values in all the wrong stuff, we reward the Charismatic and neglect to value the humble and righteous. | Everything I do, from my decisions, actions, and behaviors effect everyone around me and that I would do everything in my power not to pass on collateral damage to my future wife and kids, or minimize it as much as possible, and above all that seek forgiveness when I mess up, and at the very least try and make it right. | Perseverance always pays off and always produces great rewards and that taking the time to notice what’s going on around your busy world that shows the hurting eye’s that watch you and need you, that they are loved.
50: Randy, as the tears run down my face....knowing what a blessing you have always been to me. I don't know what I would have done without the love you and Lynette have given me. Randy, God gave me you right when I needed you, someone who wouldn't judge me but accept me for who I am and believed in me when I didn't believe in myself. I remember all the times that you sat me down and talked, encouraged and prayed for me.....now it is my turn. Do not be discouraged....."For I know the plans I have for you!" Jeremiah 29:11......... we serve a God that gives us hope. Randy, I know that we serve an amazing God.....one that listens, hears you cry, and is a God of Amazing Love. He will always be there for you to comfort you and to give you peace.....our God is a God of Mercy a God that heals. "Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1 Therefore I tell you do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body.....Matthew 6: 25 Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about it's self. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
51: When you would preach and say, "listen here young people," I always felt like you were saying "Emily pay attention," so now I say "listen here young people" I hope you feel like I am saying,like Randy "pay attention,".......God is listening and God's people are watching, you are loved and precious in his sight! Continue to be the light, the source of strength you have always been with Christ by your side, continue on your faithful path, God has something special planned for your life. "Young people" you are surrounded by people that love you, weep with you, pray for you, you are surrounded by God's love ALWAYS you are NEVER alone, Christ walks with you everyday, live your life as Christ would. "Young People" know that I love you from a place in my heart I cannot explain, I dearly love you and your family, you have all been an amazing and uplifting source of hope, I hope I can be that for all of you now. May God give you many blessings and may he give your family peace. I will always pray for you. I love you! Emily Gilman (Sandoval)
52: Hi Randy, Thank you for the influence for Christ on our boys lives you made. We thank you for your obedience to the Lord's direction in your ministry to all three of them. Because of the impact of your ministry on their lives, always pointing them to Jesus, they are serving the Lord in ministry today in OK City and Nashville. We are so glad that Chase also had a chance to be under your ministry at DFC for a while, too. What an amazing gift you have with these kids! Thank you for bringing God's truth to them! Kyle & Nathan always will remember that you are the one that challenged them to "remember Who you belong to!" What a difference that has made in their lives and countless others! Van & Miriam | Randy, Lynette Psalm 145 is an amazing chapter. It tells of God's "awesome works", "great deeds" and "abundant goodness". It also speaks of generations telling of these wonderful things and passing them onto the next generation. Randy and Lynette, you were both very instrumental in my walk with the Lord when you were the Sr. High Pastor at DFC. You both showed by example how to lead a Godly life. You passed on to our generation the things of the Lord and now as a mother and teacher, I am passing the things I have learned from Bible study and church onto our daughter. God is so faithful. Even though I have made some HUGE mistakes, God has never left my side. I want to thank you for the amazing influence you both had in my life. You helped shape the faith I have in God. You have been a blessing to me. I will keep you both in my prayers. I pray that you will have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year! With Love and Prayers, Melissa Agnew (Bruneau)
53: It thrilled my heart to hear about how God has given you an opportunity to share his message to the teens in Denver. I am smiling because He continues to bless others through your obedient lifestyle. I feel blessed that he has heard your prayers and allowed you to minister. I had asked and continue to ask Him to grant you the strength and energy, to do what you have done. He truly is a magnificent Savior. Your faith along with Lynette's have been a model for me. I ask my Lord to motivate me to yield my life in the same spirit of dedication as two of you. I am moved to tears because I miss spending time with you. I am grateful for your friendship and love. Jesus continues to tell me not fear,not to worry,just to trust in Him. He demonstrates that with the way you conduct your life. I continue to benefit from the time we spent together and have grown richer from it. My hope is that I will yield all to him without conditions. That is what I have learned from you! I will continue to pray that God will remove anything that impedes his plans for both of you. I love you dearly. Paul | Dear Randy and Lynette, You two are some of my favorite people in the world! The Lord has used you both in so many ways, thank you God! When I heard the news, I was so very sad. I hate cancer; however, I believe in miracles! I am sorry that you have had to go through so much this past year. I am committed to praying for your continued healing and doctor's wisdom. Please let me know if you need anything. Hugs from your friend, Courtney McClellan
54: Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls. Prov. 25:28 | I have always had tattoos and piercings and when I saw Randy he would always say what is this new thing" I would reply with aaww just another tattoo. He would say God loves you and give me a big teddy bear hug and ask "who loves you" and I would say "you do" he'd say "that's right". He was the best youth leader I ever had. He never judged me and loved me for me and always said good things to keep me on the right track. He will be greatly missed for sure. I will be very sad when he passes. Whenever I would come to church as an adult I would always look for him to get my big teddy bear hug. I love you Randy and you will be with God in a better place!!!! Love Always, Celeste Gammel
55: Discernment | Randy, I wish I had the perfect words to tell you how grateful I am for the difference you’ve made in my life and the example of a father, husband, and man of Christ you’ve been. Thank you for the life you’ve led, thank you for your impact. I thank God men like you have gone before me so I’ve had something to aim at. We love you and your family so much. I can honestly say my family and I are better people because of you. We love you and our prayers will always be with you and your family. Love, Neil, Taylor, Maddix and Alix Moran | He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
56: You were the best Christ follower, husband, father, and grandfather you could ever possibly be... and all along the way you gave Christ the credit. You made it clear who was behind the good in you... and that knowledge is life changing. I am so thankful. Thank you, Dad! I love you to pieces, and thank God for you and the impact that you have had on me and my family. When you walk into a room, you influence the people who are there... and my prayer is that Christ will work through me as He has worked through you. I know that if I don't let myself get in the way... He will do just that. Thank you for being wonderful you... man I love you! I will always do my best to "Remember who I belong to", and I pray that in Christ helping me to act that out daily, my kids will also remember who they belong to as well. Thank you for being an incredible blessing; you are a treasured gift! Love, Marissa Williams (Edwards) (Butt) P.S. I wish we could bottle your laugh... so that if we are ever feeling down, we could just pull the cork out and let your laughter light the room! You have the best laugh... hands down. So loud the neighbors could hear it! Love it!
57: Hi Randy, I never did get to say good-bye or Thank you! I have been blessed by your Love for Him and in the short time we spent together you taught me such important things regarding my faith and relationship with God! I cherished the Sunday mornings that you, Lynette and I spent together. I am so sorry that you have to go through this but I know that your faith will see you through and you WILL BE VICTORIOUS IN CHRIST JESUS! May your light shine bright as always. We love you guys and our prayers are with you!! Love, Rich, JoAnn, Nick, Julia and C.J. Suss | Randy & Lynette, Please know that our prayers and love are with you and your family. You both have given sooooooo much, and our daughters are proof of your love in sharing your lives as Youth Pastors! Keep us posted and we will be praying for God's healing, Bob & Pam Massie
58: Randy, since the moment I met you have been an inspiration. The love of God and for God that flows through you is as easy to see as your belly and bald head. You are one of the most influential people in my life and you taught me many things in life and in my faith. You taught me to never feel sorry for myself, to never give up, to be patient, to be a hard worker and give everything my best, and most of all "to be a light and bring others to Christ." There isn’t a day that goes by that you’re not on my mind. I love you so much. I do my best to "remember who I belong to" and a big part of that is you. Always in my prayers, Sarah McKee | Dear Randy & Lynette, As I look at my beautiful daughter, Theresa, with Jake and my two precious grandsons Noah and Matthew, my mind stops and thanks our loving Father for bringing people into our lives that have left huge impacts. Both of you have done that! Being a single mom since Theresa was 12, I needed people with godly attitudes and a love for Jesus to help me raise my preciousTheresa. God gave us you. Thank you for the guidance and love you gaveTheresa during her senior high years. God gave her a man and woman who loved Jesus and lived their lives according to the Word. Thank you for the sacrifices you gave to be available, not only to Theresa, but the many other teens so not one would be lost to the Kingdom. Thank you for being Christian examples to kids who don't always see that characteristic in adults. Now, my friends, it is my privilege to daily lift you to our Father in prayer. Do I understand the things of this world? No, and I never will,but we are not of this world, right? God loves us and carries us on His broad shoulders even when we can barely reach out our arms to Him. My heartaches for what you are going through at this time - I pray for comfort and peace for you and the family. Just remember you are loved and I will be eternally grateful that God has granted my contact with two tremendously special people! Gods blessings! Judy Jones
59: Hey!! I heard the news about Randy..:( Can you PLEASE tell him...that he really played a MAJOR part in my life and i LOVE him so much!! Randy was the first pastor____no he was the first person that made me actually think God is real...I know this is Gods plan...that he finally going to meet the person everyone wanted to meet...:"( Its really hard to hear that...the person that meant sooo much to not only me but many people is leaving...but...He going to be happy! God really touched Randy's heart and by that... he touched others :) ... I would love it if you tell him that i LOVE him and I'll miss him soooooooooo much :'( but God has a GREAT plan for him and for us! Lynette Thank you for everything you have done!! God has blessed you too!! IN many ways!! I sure hope your doing better! I know things are rough right now..but all i can say is pray and i know GOD is gonna make thing alright for everyone!! (I feel like a grown up) LOL :) i LOVE you both and you guys are always in my heart! ALL OF YOU! I love Lynette and Randy! You guys really played a big part in my life! i love you! Alex Morales
60: Dear Randy, March 2011 Thoughts of you are never far from my mind these days. I was driving home the other day and the Crystal Lewis song ” Shine Jesus Shine” came on the radio. It brought back so many wonderful memories of all the mission trips we took together. (Imagine glow sticks in 50+ kids hands, waving back and forth) “Shine, Jesus shine Fill this land with the Father’s glory Blaze, Spirit, blaze, set our hearts on fire Flow, river, flow Flood the nations with grace and mercy Send forth Your Word, Lord and let there be light.” I can remember being so exhausted, yet excited as we would pull up to another church for a concert. The various people we met, places we traveled, were all because of your obedience to God. Thank you for listening to him and giving so many teenagers a chance to see Jesus work. The many miracles along the way were amazing, and so many lives were saved because of your example of faithfulness. No matter what the situation or where we were, you had a positive attitude and knew that God would provide. Randy, you have been one of the most influential people in my life. You and Lynette took a genuine interest in me and loved me despite my faults. No matter where life has taken you, you’ve been faithful to God and he will reward your faithfulness! I love you and will continue to pray for you and the entire family during this time. As you always say”Remember who you belong to!” Love, Kaylea (Massie) Worrell
61: Dear Randy, My heart longs to be with you! I have heard about how much you are suffering physically. My hope is still longing for God to heal you. The faith God gives me has helped me to accept, that even though He may not fix you the way I want, His grace is sufficient to see you through. You know I hear about the joy of the Lord, but rarely have I ever experienced seeing someone display it, like you. I remember our times together and observed this characteristic was present with you a lot. I brought that point up today in the Bible study. Whenever you would introduce the treasure box your face started to glow and your eyes appeared so soft and caring. I wondered how that transformation, which was consistent every time, came to be. It had to be the Holy Spirit, revealing Himself to me, from someone who knew Jesus' heart intimately. I mentioned that even through your pain, that you were praising God for the many things He was doing in response to your prayers. God has enriched the life He gave me because of you. There has never been anyone who was so genuinely authentic with his devotion to Jesus around me till you came into my life. I'm not saying that I have not known godly people, what I am saying is in you was no guile. You lived life with excitement that was not manufactured. God was and is everything to you.This example of devotion will forever be a model for me to attain to. What makes it so precious to me is that you showed me, it was possible to have truly deep intimacy with God. You didn't just go through the motions. When you spoke it was with wisdom and discernment. It was clear you did not just read God's Word; you examined it carefully with a hunger to know Him. You searched the scriptures voraciously to be certain of what you believed. This made you a mighty tool of God's to help others not settle for a casual acquaintance,but long for real intimacy with Jesus. God calls us to be disciples and to make them. I am eternally grateful for the grace and time you gave me to help me be a disciple too. I miss you so much! I have treasured these moments being with you. I am blessed to have been with a man after God's own heart. I am right now, with you, holding you as tight as I can. The tears are welling up in my eyes right now, as I realize that I won't see you again in this life. God bless you! I remember who I belong to. Thanks for your love and friendship. I will see you again. Praise Jesus!His mercies are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness. All of my love,Paul
62: Dear Randy and Lynette Having had the priviledge of watching both of you grow up at DFC along with our own two, our hearts were broken at the news until we were reminded that God is still on the Throne. We have been reminded to pray for you many times during each day. It has only been a little more than two years since I commented to Gregg that I had never seen anyone stand taller in the face of adversity than you. It was then that I realized that you were living out your crede. I have grandchildren living and raising their children in the Christian faith because of your example and teaching Our deepest Love, Harold and Harriette Moran | Randy, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You have impacted so many people and teenagers. Thank you for being an incredible leader for me during my teenage years. Throughout the years, your key phrase, "Remember who you belong to" has continued to be an incredible reminder to me. Thank you for being an amazing leader and for always reminding us how much God loves us!!! Much love, Christy Anderegg (Burgner)
63: Randy, I don't really know what to say or how to encourage you in such a tough time. Most importantly I want you to know what a major role you have played in Travis and my lives and that you are very important and much loved by us both. We want to be a support to you in way that we can and we will be praying for you. You have always pointed us to Christ, especially during the most crucial parts of becoming who we are and it has given us strength to endure some very difficult things in our lives. I know you have this same assurance in Christ and the strength that you taught lives in you as well. We love you. Karen Olmstead | Randy there is not a lot to say but to just grab onto ALL of the wonderful memories that we have through the years, alot of years. We have been great friends through the years even the bummy times. I always thought of you and the times we have had together. I love you Randy ... Lake Powell, the kids together, trip to Tecate in the Mustang, Vans to Mid America, trips to the colleges with the seniors, The Rock Choir, mission trips and concerts, TACT, pulling you on the tube at LP, the fire on the houseboat, me cleaning the kitchen and you continuing to eat, alter calls on missions, having your Mom organize all of the trips, the Rock girls song, the bus drivers, Branson, all of the kids saved, the lives changed, you always protecting me from the Van trips, the influence we had on a lot of kids that said that they would never sing in a choir, halloween’s with our kids, that one cove we found all to ourselves and our wives at Powell, the Nutcracker Dance that we did for the kids and then the church,I could go on and on....YIKES! Buzz Gentry