We preach Christ and Him Crucified

Marilyn Boatmun

I’m one of those transplanted Texans. I grew up on a farm in what is called the Blackland Prairie, near Elgin; almost a suburb (east) of Austin. In my growing-up years, our family life revolved around the church. My daddy was a deacon, and my mother was the Sunday School Superintendent for several years, as well as active in the Women’s Missionary Society of our church. She was also heavily involved in choir and, with her melodious alto voice, was often asked to sing solos. We were there every time the church doors were open, which was often! We were members of the Evangelical Free Church, which has Swedish roots. My grandparents on my dad’s side emigrated from Sweden, both at the young age of 20; and on my mother’s side, my great grandparents emigrated. The Evangelical Free Church is very similar to the Baptist Church and so it was easy for me to transition to a Southern Baptist Church. At the age of 12, I went through Confirmation classes at my church, lasting for several weeks. My pastor at the time, Paul Roselle, called me “a rose among two thorns” because the class consisted of me and two gangly boys. At the end of those Confirmation classes, I asked Jesus into my heart. Only God knows for sure if I became a Christian at that time, but I love the promise in His word from Philippians 1:6, where Paul writes, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” In the beginning of my walk with the Lord, I thought I needed to be perfect (never sin) “now that I was a Christian,” but I kept failing time after time. Reading Paul’s writing in Romans about his struggle with sin, (Romans 7:14-25) helped me, along with many other Scriptures, to understand our righteousness is in Christ alone. Jesus paid our sin debt in full—past, present, and future—when He bore our sins upon the cross. That doesn’t mean we can live any old way we please, but He does the work of regeneration and sanctifying in us and gives us a new heart and a new spirit within. The Scripture verse, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you,” hung high on the wall behind the pulpit of my childhood church, and that verse has helped me through the years. In my mid-forties, circumstances arose that caused me heartache. It was a time that made me realize that I should dig deeper into God’s word so I could have an answer for the hope that was within me (1 Peter 3:15). God is always faithful to bring good out of bad; and He used this as a pivotal time in my life to deepen my knowledge of God’s word. (“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”) Since those days of heartache, I have seen how God has worked all things out for good; and I praise Him for that!

I retired in February 2011 from the Oklahoma Department of Education, after 23 years, where I was a division support coordinator. Prior to that, I worked in Texas for about seven years before moving out of State. I was a stay-at-home mom for a number of years. I never dreamed I would be working here at Cashion FBC. I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to use the skills God has given me.

I am a blessed mother of three grown children who have provided me with eleven grandchildren; and one great grandson (born in January 2016 to my oldest grandchild). My grandchildren range in age from 30 years down to my newest grandchild, a baby girl born July 30,, 2016. All three of my grown children live out of state, and so I travel as often as I can to visit them. Even with the distance between us, we are a close-knit family, for which I am so thankful to God.

I love Cashion FBC. It so reminds me of that small church I grew up in. That church was all about Jesus; and, praise God, so is Cashion FBC! I have wonderful memories of the dear people in my childhood church and what an impact they each had in my life; and so I think of how the collective bunch of wonderful people in this church are now impacting the lives of our young ones here. (And what a great ministry that is, dear people!) I do feel honored to worship with each and every one of you here because I can tell you are serious about your faith in our wonderful Lord. I am also very thankful for the shepherd of our flock here at Cashion FBC—Greg Davis— who weekly labors to bring us the Word of Truth; and he tells us often, “Remember, the answer is always Jesus!” All I can say is, “Thank You, Lord! (Psalm 145:3 “Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable.”)