Remembering Michael Krugjohn

The Hill Difficulty
by David R. Roper

God's Strange Ways: On the Raising of Lazarus,
by Ray C. Stedman

 Michael Krugjohn From

Networks: Kansas '07
Sex: Male
Relationship Status: Single
Birthday: December 3, 1980
Hometown: KC, KS
Political Views: Moderate

Contact Info



The Navigators


Programming, Chess
Favorite Music:
Classical, Christian, Jazz
Favorite TV Shows:
AirWolf, MacGyver, Night Rider
Favorite Movies:

Lord of the Rings, Man on Fire, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones (The Last Crusade), The Passion of Christ
Favorite Books:

The Gospel for Real Life (Jerry Bridges), The Great Divorce (C.S. Lewis), 3D Game Programming All In One (Kenneth C. Finney)
Favorite Quotes:

"You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body."
-C.S. Lewis

"I do not pray for a lighter load, but for a stronger back."
-Phillips Brooks

"It does not take great men to do great things; it only takes consecrated men."
-Phillips Brooks

"Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion. God governs all things and knows all that is or can be done." -Isaac Newton

"I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by those who were inspired. I study the Bible daily." -Isaac Newton

"How could You be so good to me?" - David Crowder

"Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.?- Galatians 6:2

About Me:

I like Jesus, friends, California, 3d graphics programming, KU basketball, strategy games, travel, and trying new things. I dislike feminism, political correctness, fear, and sin (especially my own).

· Kansas '07
· Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Mathematics
High School:
Shawnee Mission North High '00

  Outline for a Talk in Class at KU by Michael Krugjohn, July 8, 2005

Topic: Being a Christian
General Purpose: To inform
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about what it means to be a Christian
Thesis Statement: Being a Christian means knowing a loving God and believing that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins.


I. Attention-getting device
I would like all of you to think about your death... In 60 years each of you will be gone or very close to being gone. At your death the result of your life will be summed up... I would like all of you to think about the time just before your death. What will you talk about? What will you think about in your last days?
A. Will you have discovered the meaning of life?
B. Will you no longer need the taste of life?
C. Will you have accomplished everything that you wanted to accomplish?

II. Statement of thesis or purpose.
If you know what it means to be a Christian, you will know that the Christian will be able to answer such questions confidently. Being a Christian means knowing a loving God that desired to rescue us from death through a man by the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Being a Christian means knowing a God that will save from death anybody who comes to know God.
A. Christians embrace the meaning of life by seeking the love of God--by serving something greater.
B. Christians believe that they will taste perfect life after their physical bodies cease to exist.
C. In their last days, Christians have accomplished everything significant because they only need to succeed in knowing God.

III. Preview of Speech.
The imperfections of the human race separate humans from God, the source of true life. However, the loving creator of the universe does not desire people to be separated from himself. Therefore, God designed a way for people to be united with God. Being a Christian means noting
A. First, that people are so far from perfect--that people contain flaws, also known as sin.
B. Second, that sin creates a separation between people and God because of the perfect nature of God.
C. And third, that God created a way for people to be united with God because God desires unity with us.

IV. Credibility.
Although I have been a Christian for several years, I actually began to understand these points about the Christian faith about two years ago. I attended a conference at The University of Northern Iowa where the theme was Don't Waste Your Life (show book). The main speaker was John Piper.
A. I studied Christian scriptures before, but
B. after that conference the ideas surrounding Christianity became clearer to me.


I. After attending the conference, I understood how God is perfect and how far people are from being perfect. According to the New International Version of the Bible, which is one of the Bibles that I read, God commands everybody to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength" as well as to "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Mark 12:30-31). Any deviation from these commands implies imperfections.
A. Selfishness, foolishness, greed, envy, lust, and pride are examples of such deviations.
B. According to the Apostle Paul, a very early Christian, "Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin" (NIVB, Romans 3:9). He also states that "[t]here is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God" and "the way of peace [people] do not know" (NIVB, Romans 3:10, 3:17).
C. Jerry Bridges' The Gospel For Real Life states that "[e]very day we sin, both consciously and unconsciously, both willfully and unintentionally (Bridges 25).
(Pause, not for too long though)

II. Sin causes death and separates people from God.
A. The Apostle Paul states that "the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (NIVB, Romans 6:23).
B. According to the Apostle John, one of the first Christians, Jesus "is the true God and eternal life" (NIVB 1 John 5:21).
C. John also states that "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love" (NIVB, 1 John 4:8).
D. says, "On the spiritual plane death can be best described as eternal separation from God."
(Pause, not for too long though)

III. Because God loved the world, he created a way for people to be united with himself. According to John Piper's Don't Waste Your Life, "For most people, to be loved is to be made much of" (Piper 33). God's love, however, means bringing people to himself. His love means bringing people to perfection. It does not mean increasing someone's self-esteem, or helping someone feel good about themselves, or giving someone a mirror and helping him like what he sees (Piper 33).
A. According to the Apostle John quoting Jesus, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (NIVB, John 3:16).
B. God had a son who was born as a human. His son was Jesus of Nazareth.
C. Jesus lived a perfect life and earned eternal life.
D. Jesus exchanged his life for the lives of sinners.
E. Sinners can be united with God through Jesus' exchange.


I. Summary of main ideas
That's what Christians believe--sin, separation, and unity. A Christian like myself would say: God loves the people in the world. God loves you. He hates sin. He hates the things that separate you from himself. So he made a way for everybody to be united with him--his Son.

II. Closure device
Being a Christian means finding perfection through Jesus Christ. Being a Christian means that you don't waste your life. Thank you.


New International Study Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002.
Piper, John. Don't Waste Your Life. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2003.
Bridges, Jerry. The Gospel For Real Life. Colorado Springs, CO: Navpress, 2003.
Christian Martial Artist. 5 June 2005. <>



  Michael and Paul Haverstock

Yosemite: Wayne Alder, Michael, Chris Gonzales





Yosemite with Wayne Alder


Yosemite with Chris Gonzales


Yosemite with Lambert April 2006







Justin Hoskins and Michael at the Mystery Spot







Michael, Lambert, Justin


Wayne, Michael, Justin


Lambert, Michael, Justin -- Mystery Spot

 Michael with Zachary Hutcheson

Michael amd the Bone Throne

  Kyle Devena and Michael

Nick, Drew, Zack, Kyle, Michael


Kyle's Team


Audio Track from Memorial Service on May 24, 2007

 From Friends and Family of Michael Krugjohn:  Note: The Kansas City Star website allows you to sign a guest book and post pictures for Michael.


Thank You God for Such an Amazing Brother! Never in my life have I ever felt such sorrow. I don't understand this world or why things happen the way they do but I know God has a plan for everyone and I take comfort in that. I don't know why my brother was taken from us so soon but I thank God for every moment that I got to spend with him here on this earth. My big brother was only about a year older than me and he pretty much taught me everything I know. As a child I followed him everywhere learning to do things the way he did them. I have looked up to him my entire life. He was my role model and my best friend. He was always there for me whether it was helping me with my homework or teaching me some new skill that he had already mastered. He was the most influential person in my life and I will always carry that with me in my heart. He was my big brother. I love him so much and I will miss him so much but I thank you God for the time you gave me with him and I look forward to embracing him once again. --Daniel Krugjohn,

I am one of Michael's aunts, and I loved him so very dearly. He had a special place in the hearts of my four daughters and I. He had come to live with us during a critical time in his life, and we had the great pleasure of being there when God in his great mercy set Michael on the path of life. We have stayed in touch with him since then - sending him care packages if we felt it had been a bit too long since his last communicatiion. He was very predicable - if we sent a care package ( he loved Holly's cinnamon rolls!), then he would call : )

I know how very important you were in Michael's life, and I just want to thank you. He mentioned you every time that I spoke to him. I know that you would have liked to be at the memorial service. It was a wonderful service and was very helpful to all of us - especially to his mother, brothers and sister. Thank you, too, for the part that you played in the memorial. The Lord bless you!! Sincerely, Linda Livingston , (with thanks also from Katie, Hannah, Holly and Kristen), <>


Lambert Dolphin, In April of 2002 a young high school student named Paul Haverstock in Minnesota wrote me in response to an article on my web site, Paul and I soon became close friends. In fact, Paul subsequently visited me in California on two occasions. When he visited in December 2005 Paul asked me if he could bring along his friend Michael Krugjohn from KU. Naturally I agreed--and we subsequently all had a fantastic time! My roommate Chris Gonzales ("Gonzo") and I both felt an immediate rapport with this unique and gifted young man--so we convinced Michael to come back again soon. In fact he did just that, visiting us five more times. His last visit was Spring break this year. Many of the photos posted here are from those fantastic fun times we all had together.

Michael was immediately at home with everyone he met out here in the West. He has more than a dozen solid friends here who miss him dearly. In the course of his visits Michael told us just about everything there was to know about himself--he was very direct and transparent with us. He was full of fun--and a rare kind of unconventional Christian who did not like to be boxed in by traditional church values. On a few occasions when I was a stern grandfather in giving him strong advice he never became angry, but, like a puppy dog, always quickly wanted to talk more about what I had said. He was light years from being a hypocrite about his faith. Michael's commitment to Jesus Christ was very real and genuine--and he had a very deep empathy for others. But many who knew him did not see that Michael's opinion of himself deep down inside did not match the real world and the great love and respect that all his friends had for him. At times he could be very morbidly depressed.

To me Michael Krugjohn was a son and a best friend and a soul-brother all in one. Ours was by no means a one-sided friendship. In fact, he had planned to spend the summer here with us in Santa Clara and eventually look for a job in Silicon Valley (for which he was very well qualified). We were all excited about his imminent return and had a red carpet treatment in store for his return this very week.

When I heard the sad news of Michael's death on Monday I immediately thought of a statement by C.S. Lewis that it is never too late to pray for an event that has already taken place in earth time. God, in eternity looks at things differently. Lewis said,

"When we are praying about the result, say, of a battle or a medical consultation, the thought will often cross our minds that, if we only knew it, the event is already decided one way or the other. I believe this to be no good reason for ceasing our prayers. The event certainly has been decided. In a sense, it was decided before all the worlds. But one of the things taken into account in deciding it, and therefore one of the things that really causes it to happen, may be this very prayer that we are now offering. Thus, shocking as it may sound, I conclude that we can at noon become part causes of an event occurring at ten o'clock. There is no question whether an event has happened because of your prayer. When the event you prayed for occurs, your prayer has always contributed to it. When the opposite event occurs, your prayer has never been ignored; it has been considered and refused for your ultimate good and the good of the whole universe."

We can all pray today and have God--outside of time--use our prayers in powerful ways on Michael's behalf. I can't wait to see Michael again, and that is my certain hope--because of my own personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, which dates back to 1962. I hope any of you reading this who do not as yet know Jesus will realize that you are greatly loved by God and that the arms of Jesus are open to you no matter what your troubles may be. If you do know the Lord Jesus and loved Michael, be assured that he is indeed with the Lord Jesus now, whole and complete and set free from the personal demons that haunted him. One of my all-time favorite passages in the Bible is the following,

"For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." (2 Corinthians 5:13-21)

See you soon Michael!

I saw Michael on a weekly basis on campus. Though our interchanges were brief and only in passing, he was undeniably one of the most friendly people I knew. 

Thank you, Michael, for your consistent smiles and hellos. And thank you for always addressing me by name.  Someone once said: "everyone needs kindness because everyone is fighting their own great battle". You must have understood this more deeply than most and more deeply than we knew.

You are loved and missed, brother. 

Until one day, Rachel <>

Justin Hoskins, Michael, you meant the world to me. the times we spent playing basketball where i taught you how to shoot a layup, or the times we spent talking on the phone encouraging each other to walk with God, or the trip to passion 06, or the trip to hang in cali where you go your "keep santa cruz weird" shirt, or the times we'd go to navs together, the trips we took to main event (and the times you tried to convince me to come), and when i came to man maker just so we could hang out, those were the times i lived for, memories that will live with me forever.

i guess you'll never know how much i loved you, how special you were to me, or at least you didn't comprehend. since i don't have any brothers you were it for me. i had planned for you to be a groomsman at my wedding(if i ever get married) and for us to stay friends until we go home to Jesus...i guess the second one already happened. when you got your corvette i was going to ride shotgun with you, and i looked forward to coming to cali to visit you annually.

i wish you could see the legacy that you left - the lives that you impacted. i wish you knew how much you have shaped my love for Jesus, how you have shown me the love of Jesus, how you have taught me to love like Jesus. i think you were better at it than practically anybody i have known.

as you get to hang with Jesus, you finally get your greatest desire. i remember talking with you about how cool it would be to finally be with Jesus...well, you're finally there. how i wish i was with you. if you get a minute let me know what it's like.

this morning i was taught by a biology professor that "life finds a way". even when it is thought to be destroyed or non-existent, it still finds a way. as i reflect on you i realize that your life will live on. even though your body is no longer here, your life will affect me as long as i live. it will affect those i love and minister to. your life will find a way to survive on earth and the remnant of your life will survive eternity. i thank you for everything that you did for me. because of you, i now know how to love like Jesus. because of you, i know how to give like Jesus. because of you, my life will not be the same.

i love you bro! see you soon. 6/4/07



 Jacob Kimball,, Ill never forget the time Michael and I spent together for a week at Lamberts home. We went to dinners, worked on resumes, ate chocolates, read the Bible, and most importantly worshiped the same God together as brothers. See you someday soon Michael. 5/22/07

 Elizabeth Collison <>" "I never really knew Michael well, but I was in KU Navigators with him and recognized his face whenever I saw him. I was blessed, however, when I randomly saw him in the Fraser computer lab as he was working on a final project for a class. I was down there visiting someone else, but happened to get into a conversation with Michael about Psychology (my major) and what it was about. It wasn't a typical small-talk conversation though, as we began to delve into some life issues of depression and anxiety and bipolar disorders, etc. and how these all point to how much we need God and how even psychology points back to our need for Christ. We also talked about how subjective psychology is sometimes, but that too often objectivity through the scientific method is honestly no better than our own concepts of ourselves or our spiritual knowledge. Only now am I realizing how truly blessed I was to be able to share these ideas with Michael and to learn from his thoughts as well. Michael was a very nice guy and I really enjoyed his demeanor and friendliness and openness as we talked. I especially appreciated (and even consciously realized this at the time) that he cared and was gracious enough to share those precious moments of time with me, even though he had a project due so soon. I hope to be with him again someday and pray that others on this Earth are able to avoid Satan's temptations and trickery that unfortunately too many of us fall victim to. What a struggle life is, but may we always know the joy of God and his love for every one of us. This life struggle brings the verse Philippians 1:21 to mind; "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain." God bless you, Michael."

Elaina Scott & Jack Knaus, To the friends and family of Michael, you are all in our prayers. Our hearts go out to you all, especially to Karen. We love you. If you need anything call us.

Elaine Stedman,, widow of Ray C. Stedman, "...this is so heartbreaking! All the unanswered brings back the equally heartbreaking suicide of that beautiful Halcomb lad. He had just stopped by the river house and talked about contemplating leaving his job to do some kind of "worthwhile" serving. I have come to think of mental illness as a physical breakdown of the same devastating nature as cancer. It seems to detach from reality so severely as to allow for this kind of irrational action.

But of course - what do we really know about such mysteries. We can only say, "God knows."

Praying for you all--may God heal the wounds and devastation the enemy has brought about. 5/22/07

Lawrence Hoppis, <>: Dearest Brothers in Christ, I came across this in The Infinite Way Letters, and thought of the group during this difficult news.

"As human beings we cannot avoid the past, present or future. "

There is a way however we can arise above the human way, the human mind, the human will, the human soul, into the Divine

Please consider doing the following meditation before getting out of bed in the morning and again throughout your day.

"Here where I am, God is. Here, in the beginning of this new day, God takes over. Here God becomes the directing influence of my day. I dedicate this day to the work of the Father. In this day I hold within myself no condemnation, no criticism, no judgment, no faultfinding, but insofar as it lies within my power ­ love, forgiveness, understanding, and co-operation. I dedicated this day to maintaining the integrity of my own being, and I promise myself that insofar as I am given Grace, I will not violate my own integrity, my own higher sense of right."


"To love at all is to be vulnerable.
Love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken.
If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal.
Wrap it carefully 'round with hobbies and little luxuries, avoid all entanglements,
lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.
But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change.
It will not be broken, it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.
The only place outside heaven where you can be perfectly safe free from all the dangers and perturbations of love in hell." (C.S. Lewis)




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