"Larry reflected Christ's compassion and love for people more than any other person I've ever met."  - Steve Moore

 

As friends and family prepare to honor the life of Larry Burkett at a July 11 memorial service in Atlanta, Steve Moore, vice president of broadcasting at Crown Ministries, shared with Crosswalk.com reflections about his former colleague.

 

Burkett, a well-known Christian author and radio personality, died July 4 following a long and courageous battle with cancer and other health problems. During the past 27 years, Burkett used seminars, as well as books, newsletters, and four radio programs, to share the Bible's message on finances with readers and listeners in the U.S. and abroad. He was 64.

 

Moore and Burkett co-hosted "Money Matters," "How to Manage Your Money," "MoneyWatch," and "A Money Minute" for many years.

 

"Larry influenced my life more than any man other than my father," says Moore. "In many ways, Larry actually seemed like a father to me, even though we are only 10 years apart in age."

 

With a background in broadcasting, Moore says he lacked financial acumen when he joined Crown Ministries. "But through all these years, I've finally learned how to balance my checkbook and live on a budget," Moore laughs. "But Larry's influence goes way beyond that.

 

""I really was able to see the fruits of the spirit and Jesus Christ himself in Larry's daily walk," Moore says. "Larry reflected Christ's compassion and love for other people more than any other person I've ever met."

 

On a daily basis, Burkett just loved people, Moore explains. "Whether coworkers, his family, or callers to the radio shows, for the few moments you were talking with Larry, you were the most important person on the earth. He never looked at his watch, he never looked over your shoulder, he never suggested that he had something more important to do."

 

Moore credits Burkett's love of people for the success of the radio ministry. "People felt that is was safe to call Larry and talk about their finances. They knew that Larry wouldn't yell at them or make fun of them, but that he would be a compassionate and listening ear."

 

Consistency and authenticity are two of Burkett's qualities that Moore most admired. "The same man that you heard on the radio was the same man behind the scenes. Larry walked the things that he taught, and he was never a different persona off the air. He had no skeletons in his closet and he was a man who served Christ first. He didn't care about book sales; he didn't care about how many stations we were on. He really cared about whether or not Christ was pleased with the way Larry was walking with Him and serving Him."