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Chuck Hinman: Now! Hear this! -- Rick Stull. Chuck's friend Rick Stull tells him about how his life was changed by Chuck's example.
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By Chuck Hinman

Now! Hear this! -- Rick Stull

Dear friends and readers of Chuck Hinman:

Being mindful of the infirmities of life when you reach 87, I hope you will forgive me for sharing this very personal note from my good 'young' friend -- Rick Stull of Owasso, Oklahoma.

When day after day passes and my days on earth continue, I begin to squirm. But I settle down after emails like Rick's and think "OK, Lord -- take your time." I didn't realize that when Rick and I were fishing or 'working out' in the Phillips gym at noon, or working side by side in the Pioneer Building in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, a ministry (for you) was going on of which I wasn't aware.

Chuck accepts Rick's invitation to go to Murphy's

Thanks Rick for sharing. You made my day and I accept your invitation to go to Murphy's for a hamburger steak (pie not included) with 'gravy over all' and especially if we go in your Corvette with the top off!

Happy 28th. I remember your singing "Tammy" to your wife 'Tammy' at the wedding. I can't believe 28 years have passed. God bless, and thanks Rick for your kind words. The feeling is mutual!

Chuck Hinman

(274 lbs - bench press in 1967! I have the card that verifies it! -- CH)
A note from Rick Stull, Friday, March 13, 2009

Morning Chuck,

Rick Stull here. Can you believe that 28 years ago you were encouraging me to continuing in the things of God and that one day God would give me the love of my life. Well, tomorrow is our 28th anniversary, and you were right. You probably are saying about right now that you are so old you can't even remember me, let alone what instructions you were giving.

Chuck points the way to sharing

You know Chuck, without you in my life, I am not sure what direction I would have gone. All I know is God used you in a mighty way to point me in the direction of singing and sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. If God so allows me to touch as many people as you have in your lifetime, then I am going to be a busy man until the day I go home. I hope it is after you, by the way.

I liked what you said the other day about the day you celebrated the home going of your wife of over 50 years. It was obvious that day that Connie was blessed in her life, she had so many friends and she too touched many people's lives. I have heard that when an older man or woman passes, normally the house is not full. But notice when a younger person passes, there is standing room only. In Connie's passing, many came and filled the house to overflowing because of the impact she made on others and the love they had for her, and some love for you I suppose. Do I have to insert, just kidding? God is so good to us.

Seeing how Chuck and Connie lived

Chuck, if God so takes you before me, I want you to know that your testimony reaches far beyond the walls of Nebraska and Oklahoma, even though I know you understand God's wonderful grace. In secret, we all may want to hang our head for how we have conducted our lives at times. But remember, our Lord does not see our sin because of the blood of Jesus Christ. Thank God it is not because of our works, I am afraid that alone would do me in. I just want to say that early on when I first met you, I saw someone who not only talked about the Lord Jesus, but I saw you and Connie living and walking for the Lord Jesus.

That was what I always wanted my marriage to be like. So for 28 years tomorrow, March 14th, I can say that your walk with the Lord has been good for my wife and me to see and I will always be thankful to God for you and Connie. I hope that my next 28 will be even better! Thanks again for allowing a younger buck like me to watch from a short distance someone who was grounded so well in the Lord. You mean the world to my wife and me. I have been praying for you as God brings you to my mind. When the weather gets just a bit better, I will give you a call and drop by in my Corvette and go to Murphy's, yes I will pay for your lunch, if you don't order pie too. See ya.

God Bless you,
Rick Stull

PS: Have you forgiven me over the weight thing and bench press? If I owe you more money, I would like to make that right sometime this year.
(I sent this story to Mr. Stull and got this rest of the story from him Friday, 21 September 2012. RHS)
An update from Rick Stull

I have now celebrated 31 years with my bride.

That was a wonder day when I picked Chuck up in my corvette. He was like a kid in the candy store and that deal about the pie, I would have paid for it but I was just kidding him. He always told me that he was buying the next time and he wanted my wife to come along, he loved her dearly. But Chuck started going down pretty fast after we had that great day of letting our hair (what little we had) fly in the wind with the top down. Chuck never stopped grinning.
Written by Chuck Hinman, Friday, 13 March 2009 (story 166 slightly edited by RHS)

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