First Baptist Church Marshallville
Monday, November 23, 2020
Rooted in the Past -- Growing Into Our Future
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From The Pastor

My Personal Testimony -
      I was one of those born in a Christin home.  I saw myself as a good person and never thought much about what it meant to be a Christian.  I went to church several times a week and most all my friends were church friends,
 
      Our church had revivals each year.  They did not affect me much;  Yet, one year a Russian born Jew named Hyman Appleman came and preached a revival.  During the week every one of my close friends went down to join the church.  We were all about eight years old when this happened.  I did not go down because Brother Appleman's strange accent scared me.
 
      The next Sunday night after the revival, I went  down and told my pastor, Preacher Perkins I wanted to join the church.  He said that would be fine but I would need to be baptized.
 
      The nest week our church scheduled a baptism service.  My friends that went down during the revival and myself were to be baptized.  That night before he baptized us all, Preacher Perkins explained what it meant to be a Christian to all of us.  He told us that we are all sinners and that we need Jesus to forgive our sins and come into our lives, for us to become "saved."
 
     I am sure that he had preached that many times and I am sure that Brother Hyman preached that message.  But, that night, for the first time I heard and understood the message.
 
      As Pastor Perkins began to baptize each of us one by one, I got down on my knees over in the corner of the room and asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins.  I asked Him to come into my life and save me.  Right after that it was my turn and I was baptized.
 
      I almost was baptized without being saved.  I have belonged to Jesus since that day.  There have been times that I did not let him have complete control of my life, but He has never forsaken me or let me go,
 
      In tough times He walked beside me and carried me when I needed it.
 
In HIS Grip
 
Pastor Carlton