My name is Maggie Boggan. I came to Liberty Baptist in 2007, searching for meaning in my life and there I met Jesus in a very real and personal way. Before I met Jesus, my life was spent in the elusive pursuit of happiness but instead of finding lasting happiness I was often plagued with repeated cycles of: poor choices, abuse, anger, depression and addictive behaviors.
I realized that I needed something more in my life in the spring of 2007 after I had begun to recover from losing everything that I had previously thought was important – family, career, home and health. In fact, I had thought of myself as a Christian since the age of nine and that I was just suffering “various trials,” as the Bible mentions. I had only “known” Jesus, however, with a shallow, intellectual knowledge or perhaps with a temporary commitment just long enough to get me through a time of crisis. For most of my life I had relied on the fact that I had walked down a church aisle, said a prayer and had been baptized as a child, thinking that these things would get me into heaven. Not until I heard my pastor, Bro. Tim Cox, teach 1 John chapters 2 and 3, did I realize that I did not truly have a relationship with Jesus. After understanding theses verses, I quickly came to realize that I needed true salvation which is only possible through a saving faith in Jesus (which requires a complete trust in Him) and repentance of my sins.
On April 30, 2007, I wrote a letter to Jesus and thanked Him for dying for my sins and being raised from the dead, and I asked him to forgive me for my sins. I asked Jesus to help me be steadfast in my repentance and to identify to me any unrecognized sins from which I needed to repent. In addition to asking Him to save me from the penalty of my sins which of course is an eternal punishment in Hell’s fire, I asked Him for a few other things.
I also asked Jesus to allow me to minister to others based upon my life experiences and to allow me to experience all of the attributes of the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23 at least once before I die. My life has been much different since I began my new life in Christ at Liberty. He not only saved my soul but He also has given me many opportunities to know and serve Him as a true Christ follower. Even though I still have rough spots along the way in my life, I have His peace and I know that He will sustain me no matter what life on earth has in store. I am now a child of God, a citizen of heaven, completely forgiven and fully pleasing to Him. I still mess up but He gives me the grace to grow stronger in His love through prayer, Bible study and the wonderful Christian fellowship I have found at Liberty Baptist Church of Chelsea, serving in various ministries and short-term foreign mission trips.
Since 2009, I have even been blessed to serve at Liberty as a certified biblical counselor. I am now a widow and since my husband died in 2011, I have known the love and support of my church family in an even deeper way. My late husband Sam also found Jesus as his Lord and Savior at Liberty and I know that I will see Sam again when my life on earth is over and I am also with Jesus. Meanwhile, each day that I live is a gift to share Jesus with others and it is my greatest blessing when I am able to do just that.
Please join us at Liberty and I would love to meet you personally because it would be my special blessing to help you get connected with our local church body and to encourage your walk with the Lord in any way that I can.