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Post Info TOPIC: Steve Camp Memories
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yeah I'd Buy IT. someone should talk to Steve

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Anonymous

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Yeah I'd Buy It, Someone should ask him!

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Anonymous

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I've met Steve Camp a couple of times and would love to hear him doing a tribute album!

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Ray Fowler

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"It was on the first Steve Camp album (when it was a record), that most of us heard Strong Love, Strange Peace and If I Were a Singer, long before we'd hear Larry do them himself."

Yes, that was where I first heard those songs, and they quickly became favorites.  I still have that Steve Camp lp (burned to CD now), and still enjoy listening to it.


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Gord Wilson

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It was on the first Steve Camp album (when it was a record), that most of us heard Strong Love, Strange Peace and If I Were a Singer, long before we'd hear Larry do them himself. These songs are so haunting, lines often go through my head, as one that goes "If I were a planet, or better yet a star, I'd shine to let the universe know who you are." This song shows that whoever (or whatever) we are, we are created to reflect our Creator and find out true joy and calling in that reflection. As St. Augustine said, "Thou hast made us for Thyself, Lord, and our hearts are always restless 'till we find our rest in Thee." -Gord Wilson, gordrw@yahoo.com, alivingdog.com

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Terry Roland

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Man, thanks for sharing that.  What a great site and a fine tribute.  Love that picture best of all! 

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john howie

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please read the comments left by Steve Camp as left on his Blog

Monday, February 25, 2008

LARRY NORMAN HOME WITH THE LORD
..."for me to live is Christ and die is gain"

"Christ is the most bountiful physician. Christ elevates all his patients:
he doth not only cure them, but crown them (Rev. 2:10).
Christ doth not only raise them from the bed, but to the throne;
he gives the sick man
not only health, but also heaven."
-Thomas Watson


onlyvisitingthis.jpgI received a phone call late yesterday evening that early Sunday morning, my friend Larry Norman, had gone home to be with the Lord. Larry had been very sick for quite sometime; and though he will be sorely missed, what comfort there is in knowing that he is free from the suffering and pains of this earthly body and now is in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I have known Larry since October 1972. We met the night he performed a concert at my home church; it was the same night I was baptized. It was through him and his encouragement that the Lord called me into music ministry. Larry was, in those early years, my mentor. We spent many days together penning songs, doing concerts, and enjoying each others fellowship, recording and ministering for the Lord and telling others about Jesus. Larry had me live with he and his wife Pam for a few months to disciple me and teach me the craft of songwriting. Though we hadn't spent much personal time together, except for the occasional phone call these past several years, I will always treasure those beginning years in ministry with him.

The album pictured here is my favorite of his. Larry had a unique way of capturing a thought in words. Time magazine also recognized this by calling him "the poet-laureate of rock music." He was a voice of faith for an entire generation and whom many consider the Lord used to bring about the last great revival in our nation called, "the Jesus movement."

One of my favorite stories about Larry happened years ago when Randy Stonehill and Larry were touring in the Wheaton/Chicago land area. In between concerts, they ended up staying with my family and I for a few days. As musicians are known for, they would stay up until 4am and sleep past noon. This didn't go over well with Mom at all. So one morning she woke them up at 7am and told them, "if you guys are going to eat my food, then you are going to do some work around here." She made them get up, rake leaves and cut her lawn. Larry wrote a song for her later that day called "After the Lawn." Classic Norman. He sang it that night at a concert they did - really fun! Through it all he and Mom became friends.


This is one of my all time favorite Larry Norman songs, 
originally written about Janis Joplin, 
"Why Don't You Look Into Jesus."

But my most vivid remembrance of the heart of this brother I witnessed was at Explo '72 in Dallas. Larry had just done an outdoor concert at SMU. He was heading downtown and several of us followed to see what "the troubadour" would do next. We saw him talking to some policemen. A few minutes later they were kneeling at that street corner with Larry, praying to receive the Lord Jesus Christ. I will never forget that powerful image as along as I live. Larry had an unmistakable evangelists heart and a burden for those that the established church either rejected or alienated. That revealed his compassion for the lost and really demonstrated the passion that drove the musician.

I will greatly miss Larry; but what wonderful hope there is beloved for the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ when "death by thee He calls." Amen?

This song below is the first song Larry and I ever wrote together back in 1974. I humbly dedicate this to his memory and his family today and pray it will be an encouragement to each of you as well.

I close with the words of the Apostle Paul:
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. -2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Homesick for Heaven,
Steve
2 Cor. 5:1-10



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Tom

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Thanks for sharing this info.  I read Steve Camp's tribute and rememberances of Larry and learned a lot about Larry and how down-to-earth he was.  Imagine Larry raking leaves and mowing lawns way back then because Steve's mom wanted him to work for his food!

I also found it very interesting that Larry wrote "Why Don't You Look Into Jesus?" for Janis Joplin.

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john

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you might have to scroll down a bit to find it ,go to the date mark mon 25th feb  stevenjcamp.blogspot.com

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John Howie (scotland)

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Take a look at this memorial and learn a little more about Larry.stevenjcamp.blogspot.com

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