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May 1, 2022, 12:00 AM

When I first moved to Marlin to serve as pastor of First Baptist Church, I had several warn me. They told me all the negative things about the church. I was told that I would be mistreated. I was told how they didn't care. I was even given letters from a few members that wanted to share negatives thoughts. I read half a letter and then burned the rest without reading. I took the advice of an old pastor that said " don't listen to the negative thoughts of people especially when entering a new church." He went on to say that you need to figure it out on your own.

Welp, I have been here for three years going on four and what I was told is not true. My family and I have been loved and supported from the beginning. First Baptist is a church of loving people. Yes we have some problems, but who doesn't. Why am I sharing this. Well because if had listened to those people, my family and I would have missed out on a true blessing. Moral of the story, don't listen to people about how bad a place is until after you have seen and experienced it for yourself. Because everything I was told was wrong and very negative. I stand behind the pulpit each week and preach Biblical messages and some are very tough. They are the type of messages that you preach with your suitcase in hand and one foot and a U-Haul trailer, but the church has always loved my family.

When my daughter moved out and had a worldly lifestyle, got pregnant out of wedlock, and then she moved back home, we knew we had to tell the church she was pregnant. We were concerned what they would say because we have served in churches that would raked you across the coals because of what she did. Well when we told the church that she was pregnant out of wedlock the church said, we're not here to judge, we're here to love and to support. First Baptist Church of Marlin is a very loving Church. They do not look at your background, they do not look at your skin color, all they care about is where you will spend eternity.

Pastor Judd Strawbridge FBC-Main, TX

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