Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Last Sunday was a good day of celebration as our church continued our 150th Anniversary celebration. A lot of folks came back home to celebrate with us. It was good to have Pastor David Holt ('82-'92) and Music Minister Barth Fraker ('87-'94) back for the day. I have enjoyed learning our history through this process. It strikes me that it was very significant that in 1861, when our nation, state and even our own town was very divided and consumed by the Civil War, there were some people right here in Marshfield who were more concerned that the Gospel was being proclaimed. Our town was their mission field. Their heartbeat was to reach Marshfield for Jesus. One hundred fifty years later this must still be our heartbeat. Jesus said, "You will be my witnesses in  Jerusalem, in all Judea and in Samaria and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8). To bring that into our context, we are to be witnesses in Marshfield, and in all Missouri, across the United States and to the ends of the earth. We have times where our lives are divided and consumed by overwhelming circumstances or crises or we are just totally focused on ourselves. We have to fight those tendencies and check our heartbeat. My prayer for Marshfield First Baptist is that our heartbeat will continue to be the same heartbeat that originally brought life to this group of Jesus followers - that we keep on reaching Marshfield for Jesus, and that we go out from here to the ends of the earth. Last week we welcomed home a mission team from El Salvador. This week we have a team serving in Aurora, Nebraska. Sunday evening is another opportunity to serve our neighborhoods through Summer of Service projects. A week later we launch a home mission effort called Vacation Bible School. Our church has members constantly serving in various places around Missouri through Missourians on Mission and Campers on Mission, in the Rio Grand Valley of Texas and other locations. I am thankful for a church family who has a heartbeat for missions.

You're on a mission field, too. Check your heartbeat and take a look around you.

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