Steven Liechty

Steven LiechtyMY PARENTS WERE MY ROLE MODELS

My name is Steven Liechty and I’m from a family of seven members. Like Doug says, “There’s probably nothing like our family.” My wife Cyd and son Bradlee are here with me tonight.

I would like to tell you my story.

I have two brothers, two sisters, and my mom and dad, and myself. The first eight years of my life was in a rural community of about 650 people in North Dakota. We lived on our farm and grew different crops, had chickens, and had basically every animal on the farm.

Summer was our busy season when we did custom harvesting. Dad would borrow his brother’s combines in North Dakota and we would travel south. We would start harvesting crops in North Dakota and drive down to Texas and Oklahoma in May to the first of June. We would work our way up north until we got back home.

I have been in sales for thirty years now and started in my father’s business selling bikes. I had my own bike shop when I was growing up and started selling cars for my father as an adult. I sold cars there with my dad in Jamestown, North Dakota for about ten years. He had a used car business and sold new cars for the Ford Motor Company. We moved to Texas in 1994. I started a remodeling business here in Greenville, Texas, from 1994 to 2004. 

We moved to Rockwall, Texas, and I worked in sales for a fortune 500 company for twenty years. I deal with professional contractors, helping them figure out their jobs, their material lists, what they need, and make sure they get their deliveries on time. One of my builders built thirty homes a year. I also had two, three, or four major accounts that I dealt with on a daily basis.

I would like to tell you about my early life.

I was about eight years old and was too young to drive the combines, but the following year I got to drive the combines. If you were raised on a farm, you learned to drive at a young age. So, I had a lot of fun. Most of my time on the farm was spent playing with my dog, chasing chickens, irritating my sister, and spent a lot of my time with my mom. We would go to town to buy groceries, and whatever we needed around the farm. My mom and I really got to be good friends. After that, we moved to Jamestown, North Dakota which is a town of about 17,000 people and it is famous for one thing. It has the largest sculpture which is 60,000 tons of concrete that is molded into the shape of a buffalo. It’s twenty feet tall and about forty-five feet long and has a frontier village around that city. They probably have thirty to forty buildings. My aunt Vern collected dolls for many years and has a doll collection of probably two to three hundred dolls. 

But what brought us to Jamestown was my father’s car business. Our farm of five hundred twenty-five acres wasn’t large enough to financially provide for our family. Now we have close to ten thousand acres and the farm is profitable. We moved to Jamestown and dad became a car salesman at the Ford dealer. He was very successful there and won many awards.  They had something that was called the “500 Club” and any salesmen that sells five-hundred cars became a member of that club. There were many salesmen, but my dad was one of the best.

The one thing that I’m thankful for is that I grew up in a Christian home where my parents showed us how to be Godly. You would never hear them argue. You would never hear them rumble about anything. They worked together as a team. Just watching them over the course helped my life while I was growing up. It had a real positive effect on my life. When we first moved to town, we had musical instruments and formed a little musical group. I came from a very musical family and my dad would sing, and he would preach and my two brothers, Paul and Lorne played the electric guitars. My sister, Amy was too young to really play any instruments at that time. She would help sing and sit with my mom at the piano while I played drums.

I was about nine or ten years old playing the drums and I had a really good time. From there, I learned to play the bass guitar. I played for a gospel group that traveled from Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, North Dakota. We started there and went south to Oklahoma and went east through the southern states and touched the tip of Florida and then we came back. That was a real learning experience for me.

The Bible instructs parents to “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it – Proverbs 22: 6. They will stand in faith and that’s one thing I was so thankful for. I first met Christ at a summer Bible camp. I was twelve years old, in the summer of 1971 or1972 right around then, maybe the month of June or July. It was a camp that my siblings had gone to on previous years and I was excited. I wanted to go to camp and they always came home, but I never got to go. I was too young.

That summer, I was old enough to go and did a lot of different things at these camps. For instance, we would see how much watermelon you could eat, have kangaroo courts, and have all kinds of fun during the day and then at night; we would have services and preach the gospel, then you went to your dormitory to go to your bed. Well, eleven and twelve o’ clock would roll around.

Your counselors would be telling you, “It’s time to go to bed; it’s time to go to bed.

Eleven o’ clock will roll around, Twelve o’clock, one o’ clock, and they would knock on the door and say it’s time to go to bed. They would repeat that until about two or three in the morning.

Finally we would go to sleep and would hear the alarm at seven in the morning, now it’s time to get up, and everybody’s tired and nobody wanted to get up. Anyway, that went on for four days and the last night, it was a Friday night and we went to the service and watched a film. I believe it was called “A Thief in the Night,” and it showed, what would happen if you’d miss the rapture as described by Luke, “Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. I tell you, in that night there will be two men in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left. Two women will be grinding together: the one will be taken and the other left. Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left.”  

That film had an impact on me. That’s why I went down and asked questions that troubled my heart and prayed the sinner’s prayer. We went into the back room and prayed and worshiped God. That’s when I first felt the Holy Spirit, and I felt that power of God come up on me so strong. That’s when I first realized that I had Jesus in my heart.

I would like to encourage everyone to develop a 2 minute testimony of when you accepted Christ and what He has done for you, and know how to lead someone in the sinner’s prayer. You never know when you’re going to be around someone that might need Christ. It’s good to rehearse that and to know what to say. That has changed my life forever. About ten years later, I received the gift of tongues.

I would like to now share one thing that God has done for me in the last several years. My dad, when we were kids growing up, said something to all of us. He was serious when he said this, “If you wait until they are twenty-five years old to get married, I will give you a saddle, a gun, a horse and everything that the cowboys have.” So, for kids growing up, that sounded really good.

If I wait until I’m twenty-five years old, I’m going to get a few things. That really made an impact and struck a chord in my life. when I got to the age of an adult eighteen, nineteen, and twenty; I thought, you know, twenty-five is not that far away and if I make it to twenty-five, I’m going to get the gun, a horse, a saddle and everything that the cowboys have and that really interested me. I did make it and got a nice trophy with a horse, a saddle and everything that the cowboys have. My wife and I had mutual friends before we got married. My friend, Elena was a, very, very, very, very strong woman of God.

My wife, to be had a very good friend who was also a prayer warrior invited her to church. We both had similar things that we both prayed for in a mate. My prayer was that I wanted someone who loved God and had His influence in her life. Someone who’d put God first in everything that she did, and I wanted to be second because without God, there’s nothing. You want Him to be crossing your life and Cyd’s was the same as mine.

The only thing that was a bit different about her was she had another request. She prayed that she would meet her mate on her birthday.  

She nudges the girl sitting next to her and whispered, “Hey, do you know who Steve Liechty is?”

She replies, “Yes, he’s right up there, singing with the praise and worship team.” Cyd goes, “Oh, Okay.”

We met after church and it happened to be her birthday, April 10th, 1994. I invited her to join me and the singles for lunch. 

She said, “Sure, why not.” We went to the Souper Salad in Mesquite. We talked and liked each other and then I started asking her out. We dated for 6 months, and I asked her to marry me and fortunately, she said, “Yes.” So, we got married in October 1994.

Her dad did one thing that was interesting when we dated.  They lived in Richardson, Texas, on Springville Road, and had a squeaky door hinge and knew what time I dropped her off.

I found a can of oil and made sure those door hinges were well oiled so her dad, Milt wouldn’t know what time we got home. That is a true story.

We were married on October 1994. It’s very important that God puts the right person in your life. Because when you marry it will be there forever.

I’m the lead singer with the Praise and Worship Team at our Church and my wife sings beside me. There are three others; one keyboard player, and two other singers. We have a wonderful time every Sunday, praising and worshipping God.

I brought a couple of verses that I would like to share. One of the verses is Matthew 5:16 and it says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.” Be prepared to share your testimony about God’s saving grace and let your light shine.  

The Bible says, “That Salvation is available to all men.” In John 3:16-17 it is written, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” That’s a strong statement because so many people go around condemning the world and people. We are called to be like Jesus.

I’m just thankful that God has given me that opportunity to work. My goal tonight is to have everyone reflect upon your personal relationship with Jesus. Doug’s relationship with God is different from mine; Cyd’s relationship with God is different. God’s relationship with you is different and that’s why they call it, “A personal relationship.”

 

Steven Liechty Hearing His Voice Testimony

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