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Deciding to Live

Decisions are most often made from reviewing things that we have learned, to which we make assumptions about the outcome of the action that is considered. For the Christian, learning involves “something” else that the world does not consider, our Trust in God, our Saviour and indwelling of the Holy Spirit. But what about how we think when tragedy strikes? Consider God’s Servant Job – a tragedy of and about everything but his life. In the end, because he Trusted and kept trusting, at the time of his passing, he had lived a full life as is noted in Job 42:16-17

After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations. So Job died, being old and full of days.
Job 42:16-17 | King James Version

Preacher Curtis Linton presented those two verses as a springboard into sharing what we should do when things don’t go our way, don’t turn out right and seemingly fail miserably despite our best effort. In doing so, it is critical that we connect what we have to learn with Trusting God, even when things seem to go all wrong.


The way we answer this question, changes everything…

“How Do You Live, Till You Die?” -Preacher Curtis Linton

This Series seeks to present How to…

“Really Live till you die… not just to eek by… having a full, fruitful and productive life.” -Preacher Curtis Linton

Sounds like a wonderful, simple, meaningful life, right? When things are going well, our lives tend to be fabulous, but what happens when “problems” arise? A Christian has a few things to learn when the bottom falls out of life. These items are fully contrary to the world response in life.

We have to learn…

  • to have Praise in the Midst of Our Problems
  • to Trust in the Midst of Tragedy
  • to have Commitment in the Midst of Crisis

How can we as Children of the King learn to Praise, Trust and have Commitment in the face of such trouble? We MUST Trust God in these times, as in the following:

Trust God…

  • Even When Things Go Wrong
  • Even When People Disappoint You And Break Your Heart
  • Even When He Mystifies Us
  • Even When We Cannot See Your Hand, Trust Your Heart

Life is full of challenges, not all bad for sure, but they are definitely NOT a bed of roses, unless you consider the thorns…

We must remember that He is with us, no matter where we are, as Christians!

There are SO many things to consider in this Series – it is almost too hard to choose the launching point for it.

To Live

Learn to Praise, to Trust, and to have Commitment
Consider being Glad and Rejoicing
Be Blessed By Abundant Mercy
Exalt His Name Above All Names
Trust He Will Direct
Decide THAT is WHAT my FAMILY has DECIDED to DO!

Believers sometimes lose perspective of the end result of our lives because we are SO tied up in the situation and have even been told that Salvation of the Sinner brings about a perfect life without challenges, hurts or setbacks – which is NOT true. We have the Blessed Assurance that He is ours, that He will NEVER forsake or leave us and that whatever we face, we’ll do so with His Indwelling Spirit. Nowhere in Scripture are we shown or given indication that the Christian Life would be made “perfect” or without “challenges”. Deciding to Live is an incredible statement – with the good, bad, the ugly and ALL of the good – living it out is a WHOLE different matter. I choose Christ and trust Him, for I have learned to Trust Him and Live!

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Keep On, Keeping On

You would have to know the man to appreciate and understand. Some folks just have that magnetism which causes a person to be drawn toward them. Those that have Christ evident in their lives, cannot be missed, nor will they be ignored. A servant minded individual has a “zeal” for sharing the Redemption story as it has happened in their own lives, even if the “zip” is not quite what it used to be. “Far too many Christian casualties” are evident in our time because “they are not Battle Ready“, but not this man – he is “Battle Ready“. This man’s Grandmother, MaMaw, displayed and lived a four word statement in front of him, “Keep On, Keeping On…” that has been a battle cry of, in and throughout his life. Who is this man? One of the funniest, loving, caring, serious, story telling and godly men I know – Bro. Dann Patrick.

All of the quoted parts of this Encouragement Series is attributed to Bro. Dann < yes, that is with two (2) n’s. The passage of Scripture which the framework of this Series is built comes from II Timothy 2:1-7 | KJV, along with a couple of quotes and two hymns. Even as well as I could paint him, Bro. Dann is a mere human being, just as each of us are, but his ever desire is to Never Quit and Be An Overcomer in his daily life – for himself, his spouse, his children, grandchildren, family, friends – most of all his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.


So many people think that once they become a Christian, all the troubles in the world are just going to disappear, move away from us or vanish into thin air. Well, don’t want to appear to be insensitive or ugly in any manner, but that is NOT Scriptural. We can easily see that in the introduction of Paul’s letter to Timothy, he is telling him to “…be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” II Timothy 2:1b

Paul mentions hardship again in verse 3a, “Thou therefore endure hardness…” II Timothy 2:3a. We are in a Spiritual War which we are only privy to see once facet of, we have to Trust by Faith – as a soldier, an athlete and a husbandman (farmer). Paul challenges Timothy again in verse 7, “Consider what I say” II Timothy 2:7a. It was obviously not “easy” or a “cake walk” for Paul, which he was careful, in the fullness of the Spirit, telling Timothy to expect nothing less in his own journey.

Bro. Dann asked a VERY deep question in the final moments of this particular service:

“What have we hindered in the spirit of disappointment?”

As a Soldier, have you “lost your fight”? As an Athlete, have you “lost your fervency”? As a Farmer, have you “lost your faithfulness”? Keep Fighting… Keep Striving… “Mark ‘Quit’ out of the dictionary!”

There are twelve (12) challenges presented in this Series through Scripture, Quote and Song. Those challenges are declarations that need our decision – in order to “Win the Prize for Jesus Christ”!

Keeping On Declarations & Decisions

Strong In Grace | Teach Correctly | Goal Is Reached | Teach Others
Soldier In The Army | It’s A Battlefield | Battle Mindset | Athlete In The Race
Hitting The Mark | Grower Of The Land | Please The Lord | I Have Decided

What a messed up world we live in today! Just imagine what the Pilgrims must have thought way back at the first settlement in the New World. Whatever the “thing” is that is tripping you up, knocking you down or making it difficult for you to get back up, Keep On! What have we sacrificed to prepare ourselves to be “Keeping On”? Have we fasted, sacrificed our time, missed some sleep, bypassed making some money – in order to “be strong” for our Redeemer? “Be Always Ready.” “Be Battle Ready.” — I Have Decided (for me), No Turning Back!

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