My son recently wrote a short paper for one of his Bible college classes at West Coast Baptist College. I am thankful for the influence that Bro Curington and the RU ministry has had on my entire family. It was the compassion of Steve coupled with the bold confidence that Christ was the one Who wanted to do the work in and through our lives. The meaning of being “In Christ” was taught and lived in a whole new dimension. The impact still is being experienced. We miss him, but my oldest reminded me…”he being dead, yet speaketh”. Thank you, Curington family!
Better than New
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” – II Corinthians 5:17
It was a cold winter’s night in Rockford, Illinois. The wind chill was so cold that a simple walk from your car to the front doors of the church building resulted in burning ears, a frozen nose, and shaking hands. As the room began to fill up with more people, everyone’s attention shifted at once to the back of the old church building. Standing in the doorway was a man that stood around five and a half feet tall. His long, red hair dangled to his lower back that was clothed with an old, gray sweatshirt. Although his face was covered with facial hair, it could not hide his countenance. He had reached the end of the long road that the world had offered him that was filled with drugs, alcohol, immorality, and pride. The only place he had left to turn was to the place where God had saved him as a high school student; to return to that place where God called him to be a preacher and go to a Bible college. Steve Curington found a seat in the farthest row away from the front, but his heart was pulled right to the front row as the Pastor gave a message from God’s Word. This day, Steve would return home to his Heavenly Father.
Nearly a half of a decade went by when my family and I moved to Rockford, Illinois to help in an addiction program known as Reformers Unanimous. We went to a house shortly after our first Sunday services as a family. We knocked on the front door and a man who stood about five and a half feet tall answered the door. He had bright red, short hair and was clean shaven. He had a smile that showed the joy of the Lord. He introduced himself to me as Mr. Steven Curington.
Throughout those several years where I was able to both watch and help Bro. Steve serve in this addiction program, I was able to see God’s power on his life. God had taken a man whose life was in pieces, and put him back together using truths found in God’s Word. He was better than new. Steven Curington was a prime example of the truth found in II Corinthians; when you are in Christ “old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
– Joshua Burks