Rest In Peace posts
Michael A Antus Rest in Peace Brother Mark, you're one person whose shoes I could never fill. I will always hold you close in my Heart. I Love you...
James Allen Kraehling
Mom and You brought us into this World, and you always said you had experienced Hunger as a Young Boy and your Children would not.
You kept that Promise! We were never Hungry, but sometimes you forgot us.
It is okay, you are my Dad!
You l Read more ... oved us and taught us many things; you picked us up when we Fell, dusted us off and got us back on our Feet. You whooped our Behinds and taught us Respect, but Dad your Demons also taught us Fear!
It is okay, you are my Dad.
You have had your Demons that you have struggled with for so long, and no one was able to help you not even when we wanted to. I am Sorry if we have let you down.
I wish you a Safe Journey over the Bridge to Mom and all the others that have already left us, and hope your Demons leave you in Peace.
I hope to see Mom and You in about 45 Years when I pick up my Beloved Pets waiting for me to accompany me over that Bridge.
It is not for me to Judge you Dad, because everyone can only do their best.
I would be biased anyways.
Why? You ask.
Because. I love you.
YOU ARE MY DAD!
Rest in Peace DAD
We lost our Father this Morning at 00:15 hrs. Ontario Local Time, He was not Perfect, but neither am I!!!!!!!
RIP Donald Edward Kraehling 01 Sept. 1934 - 02 Sept. 2014
you didn't make the 120 like you wanted to Dad but you got through the 80, I am really sorry I couldn't make it.
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Norris Reber Today is the birthday of one of my nephews. He passed away when he was 16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sven :) May you rest in peace ;)
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Bryan St Louis
Today, Tuesday September 2nd 2014, my loving "Tanty Matthews" passed away. She fell short of her maiden century by one month and two days.She lived a good and rewarding life but her innings is over, her bat is laid down. Bowled out by death's unerrin Read more ... g ball. She will be surely missed. Rest in peace Tanty.
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I see everyone is outraged by this young white girls death in may she rest in peace but I look @ it like aint no need in making her a model citizen bc if she was black with that track record && the so called abductor white they would introduce every Read more ... wrong she ever did && call you a troubled black teen.
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Rest In Piece To My Beloved Mother, It Was Just 8 Yrs Ago Wen You Were Cracking Jokes In Your Bed. I Really Think About U Everyday And Its Soooo Hard Knowing That U Left Me Sooo Early In Life. Its Not Yoyr Fault I Had To Grown Up Faster Than Usual Bu Read more ... t I Thank U For Making Me Stronger As A Young Man!!!! It Feel Like Yesterday That U Called Me "Buda-Stank", Your 3 Sons Are Gonna Make U Proud Just Keep Your Blessings Falling Above Our Heads... I LIVE U WITH ALL OF MY HEART MOM AND I WISH U WERE HERE TO CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY WITH US!!!!!!!!! Rest In Peace NORMA LYNNN MAYES-STONE
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Barb Fearheiley Mahoney may your soul rest in peace Steven Sotloff
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Gypsy Dallas Smith
What ever your facing today. Remember God goes before you. He has already made a way! Step out in faith. Take Him for his word. He can never lie. So I speak faith and boldness into you today. I speak favor and blessings. And perfect peace. The Lor Read more ... d says to you today. ."Do not fear man, trust me and I will give you rest. " --Angels go before you today. . And God has given them charge over you. Psalms 91:11
Which means YOU ARE NOT ALONE..& you are protected! Blessings friends.
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Jamie Mandrell III
BIOGRAPHY…by Casey Kasem…
Continuously acclaimed as one of the Top Ten Male Vocalists in the World,
Jimi Jamison delivers a strong and powerful performance. “I`m Always Here”, which he wrote and performed for the number 1 TV s Read more ... how worldwide, “Baywatch”, is certain to solidify his standing as one of the premier performers in the music industry today.
From humble beginnings in rural Mississippi to established superstar in Memphis, Tennessee, his achievements call to mind the other Memphis Rock and Roll Legend, whom Jimi met as a young boy while Elvis was on one of his famous shopping sprees. Like Elvis, Jimi has never forgotten from whence he came, and continues to be dedicated to benefits assisting St. Jude Children`s Hospital, The Special Olympics and the ARF Foundation, with Tony LaRussa of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Beginning with the nationally acclaimed band Target in the 1970′s, Jimi continued his rise to stardom with Cobra through the early 1980`s. In 1983, he joined Survivor as the group was to go on to enjoy five singles in the Top Ten, four gold, and double platinum albums and multiple movie soundtracks. His renditions of “Eye of the Tiger” from Rocky and “Burning Heart” from Rocky IV thrill concert audiences to this day. Other fan favorites include “High On You”,”The Search is Over” and “I Can`t Hold Back”, all delivered with crisp, clean live band backup for the strong voiced Jamison. The explosive “Rock Hard” from Jimi`s 1991 solo album, “When Love Comes Down”, also features the unmistakable power of Jamison`s voice.
In addition to his career as a lead vocalist, he has also made six music videos and has made multiple
television appearances. He has served on the Grammy Awards Committee and is a member of AFTRA, SAG, and NARAS. He has performed back up vocals for recordings by ZZ top, Krokus, Jeff Healy Band, and numerous other recording artists. Jimi has co-written songs with musicians such as Joe Walsh.
"Billy Gibbons refers to Jimi as the fourth member of ZZ Top"
Jimi has never forgotten from whence he came, and continues to be dedicated to working with multiple charities. He has been recognized by the Governors of Tennessee, Ohio and Arkansas for his work on and off the stage and he commands a loyal and dedicated following appearing at each of his concerts.
"Jimi Jamison is The man with The Golden Voice"
(American Weekly Top 40 Countdown)
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Plano Texas Police Department We wanted to share this wonderful video tribute to one of our fallen K9's from Oklahoma City Police Department. Rest in Peace Kye, our faithful four-legged brother.
Many of you have asked to see the tribute video again that was played at Kye's funeral. Here it is.
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Shara Chickenandbiscuiteater Smith 16 years old... cardiac arrest. Rest in Peace young man.
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Eddie Villanueva This is dedicated to my lil Brothers that I grew up with ! I should of been the first to go!
Rest in peace!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Brownside - Rest In Peace
R.I.P. To All The Dead Rappers Tupac (1971-1996) Biggie (1972-1997) Eazy-E (1963-1995) Big L (1974-1999) Big Pun (1971-2000) Ol Dirty Bastard (1968-2004) Mac...
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Ravi Pratap Singh we know today u r not with us.....u r not on dis world but wherever u are we all miss you.....
today is your birthday....hapoy birthday.....may ur soul rest in peace....rip bro.....
i cant forget each nd every single moment spent with u.....
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Theresa Montefusco I can't believe that they did it again may he rest in peace my condolences to his family
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Bishop Mathai Wa Mwangi
How to Live a Disciplined Life-
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out Read more ... for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (NIV)
There is a race marked out for each of us by those who have gone before us. The preceding chapter speaks of those who ran their race faithfully. God marked out the course for them to pursue, and through their faithfulness they have left us a clear trail to follow.
The race marked out before us is a race we must run for it is a race for life, eternal life.
When you are involved in a race for life, there is no way you can afford to be hindered. You must calculate so as to win the race. You must get rid of and avoid all that would be a hindrance in the race for life. It is easy to get entangled in things that rob us of a triumphant victory.
The Bible often refers to our salvation as a race for life.
1 Corinthians 9:23-27
I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. (NIV)
2 Timothy 4:7-8
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day-- and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. (NIV)
2 Timothy 2:1-5
You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs-- he wants to please his commanding officer. Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules. (NIV)
There are some essentials we must observe if we are to win the race for life.
We Must Look to Jesus
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (NIV)
The Hebrews being addressed in this letter were getting weary and wanting to quit before they finished the race. They were encouraged to stay in the race to the finish line.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (NIV)
The race for life is a race of endurance because there are no shortcuts; there must be no looking back and wishing what might have been. We must keep our eye on the goal, which is Christ.
Sin can easily entangle us and weigh us down. It is possible to become entangled in personal sin so as to get tangled up and trip. It is easy to become entangled in sin when our hearts are unreceptive to the word, as were the Hebrews (5:12-14).
Then Jesus said to them, "Don't you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop-thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown." (NIV)
"Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." The only way we can run the race joyfully is to allow the burden of our sin to fall upon Christ. We must allow the burden of our personal sin to fall upon Christ. However, we are not just talking about our personal sin, we are also talking about the sin of those who sin against us. When others sin against us it is easy to become weighted down with their insults, but we must never forget that the insults of others fall upon Christ. The only way we can bear up under such insults is to throw the weight of that burden upon Christ. Christ said, "The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me." Christ wants you to cast the burden of sin upon him.
We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: "The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me." For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (NIV)
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (NIV)
1 Peter 5:6-9
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. (NIV)
Although we have a great cloud of witness in the preceding chapter, Christ is the perfect one to whom we must look.
1 Peter 2:21-25
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth." When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (NIV)
The Hebrews were beginning to sink spiritually because their senses had become so dull that they were losing sight of Jesus Christ. They needed to patiently endure the hardships in order to build endurance and perseverance.
Christians Should Expect Difficulties
There is no way that we can run the race for our lives without experiencing God’s discipline. Many of us seek to live a life sheltered from the difficulties, but it is impossible. In fact, it is the experience of dealing with problems that builds our spiritual muscles for a race of endurance. Too often we want to avoid the very things that will eventually make us spiritually strong.
In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son." Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. (NIV)
The Christian life has incomparable compensation, but also makes rigorous demands. If the Christian life presents no difficulties for us, then we are probably not Christians. Have you ever met anyone who acts as though they never make mistakes, these people are deceived.
2 Timothy 3:10-16
You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings-what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. (NIV)
We must "endure hardships as discipline."(12:7) The easiest thing to do when hardships comes is to feel deserted by God. However, endurance is developed as we allow our hardships to discipline us into a better way of living. When you endure hardships as discipline, God will help you use your difficulties to become better Christians. Through God’s wisdom we are enabled to turn our difficulties into opportunities for growth as we accept them as discipline. You may think that every problem you face has the potential to destroy you, but problems reveal our potential. Problems help us develop a proper perspective of life. They give us insight for living successfully. Don’t ask yourself, "Why do I have this problem?" Ask yourself, "How can I use this problem to strengthen myself for further service."
It is impossible to develop such an attitude without focusing on God’s purpose for your life. When you love God and seek his will for your life, he works all things out for your good (Romans 8:28). Even our problems become a blessing under the mighty hand of God. Paul’s thorn in the flesh made him rely upon the strength of God’s grace to save him. When you develop this perspective on Christian living, you discover the joy of living for Christ.
It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually. Problems help us distinguish between success and failure. Problems create situations in which we can grow. The very things we want to avoid in life are the things that nurture us and shape us into the persons we should be.
A proper response to our problems will bring healing. "Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 'Make level paths for your feet,' so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed." (Hebrews 12:12-13 NIV)
Discipline Requires an Attitude of Thankfulness
Being part of Christ's kingdom that cannot be shaken is the bases for our gratefulness. It is encouraging to know that God rules our lives in such a way that our troubles cannot shake our faith when it is rooted in God. This is the greatest thing we have to be thankful for.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our "God is a consuming fire." (NIV)
We must develop an attitude of gratefulness to prevent a root of bitterness from springing up and taking control of our lives. Ingratitude is the leading cause of bitterness. When bitterness enters our lives it opens the door to all kinds of ungodliness.
Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears. (NIV)
When we become grateful for God's work in our lives we can seek holiness rather than happiness. The Hebrew writer says, "Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many." This is hard to do in our society, because our world is geared to seek happiness at the expense of holiness. In our world happiness is the goal of life, but in the spiritual realm holiness is the thing strive for. Jesus said, "Blessed are the pure in heart" (Matthew 5:8). If we try to bypass holiness in our search for happiness we will miss it all together.
Esau's ungratefulness resulted in ungodliness."See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears." (Hebrews 12:16-17 NIV) Esau's bitter tears of regret were the result of his ungratefulness. His ungratefulness was revealed in his willingness to sell his inheritance for a bowl of pottage.
Gratefulness allows us to seek solutions for our problems rather than sympathy. When we seek solutions rather than sympathy we begin to see our problems in a different light. A woman confined to a wheelchair all her life, and a friend who was trying to encourage her said, "You know, afflictions really color life, don't they?" The woman in the wheelchair replied, "Yeah, but I choose the color." Many people would solve their problems if they would go for a solution rather than sympathy.
We can be grateful because we have better promises and a better hope.
You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, because they could not bear what was commanded: "If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned." The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, "I am trembling with fear." But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. (NIV)
The legal code struck fear in the heart of Moses and his followers. They dared not touch the mountain on which God appear for fear of being struck dead. Now we come to the city of living God who makes the spirits of righteous men perfect. We have a mediator who has cleansed us from our sins in his own blood. The message now that we have been cleansed from sin is that God desires to live within each of us. God is approachable and is a very present help in time of need.
We must not allow problems to shake our faith in Christ for to do so will bring greater judgment. Our refusal to accept God's grace gratefully will bring greater judgment. The next time God shakes this earth in judgment the earth will be destroyed and only that which cannot be shaken will remain.
See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken-- that is, created things-- so that what cannot be shaken may remain. (NIV)
Have you allowed sin to shake your faith in Christ?
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-- and all the more as you see the Day approaching. If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? (NIV)
The happiest people on earth are not people without problems. The happiest people on earth are people who have learned to appreciate the possibilities for growth that problems bring. Such persons live unshakable lives.
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Rest in peace Scott Cook
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SEPTEMBER 2nd, 2014
* * * BAPTIZED * * *
*** WATER BAPTISM ***
*** ARE YOU BAPTIZED ***
~ ARE YOU REALLY ? ~
*** SO YOUR DEAD TO SIN ? ***
*** All Old Is Passed Away ~ All things have Become New ? ***
*** Are you still living the Old Life ? Read more ... ***
*** Like a Dog returning to it's Voimit ***
LET'S LOOK DEEPER INTO THE TRUTH'S OF BAPTISM
Tomorrow we will Study further the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
LET US IMMERSE OURSELVES IN LIVING WATERS ~~~
LET'S BEGIN ~~~
OK LET'S GET OUR FEET WET SHALL WE?
FIRST BEFORE WE EXPLAIN THE MEANING ~
LET'S LOOK AT GOD'S WORD
1 Peter 3:21
New Living Translation
And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
English Standard Version
Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
New American Standard Bible
Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you-- not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience-- through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
King James Bible
The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
Baptism is a cornerstone to our Christian beliefs. John the Baptist was ordained by God to be the predecessor of Jesus - he preached about His coming and even baptized Jesus. Being baptized is an important part of Christianity and although not everyone gets baptized, it's an important part of our beliefs that you should be knowledgable about. That's why we gathered together these Bible verses on baptism - so that you could learn more about this important part of Christianity!
John 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said to me, On whom you shall see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizes with the Holy Ghost.
John 3:5 Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
John 3:23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.
Acts 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Acts 1:22 Beginning from the baptism of John, to that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added to them about three thousand souls.
Acts 8:13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
Acts 9:18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight immediately, and arose, and was baptized.
Acts 11:16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
Acts 19:4 Then said Paul, John truly baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying to the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
Acts 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Acts 22:16 And now why tarry you? arise, and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
Romans 6:3 Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Ephesians 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
1 Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism does also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
Understanding Water Baptism
The word baptize is from the Greek verb baptidzo which means “to immerse.” The process of baptism consists of immersion, submersion and emergence. This process is used to describe John’s baptism and Christian baptism. Simply stated, to baptize is to totally immerse an object in another substance and then bring it out again.
Many denominational wars over the years concerning water baptism could have been avoided if we had just translated the Greek word for baptize properly—to immerse. When a person is baptized in water, his or her body is totally immersed in the water and brought out again.
The awesome significance of water baptism is that it symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and our identification with Him in them. The Scriptures refer to Jesus as being the last Adam (I Corinthians 15:21-22, 45). Jesus, in His sacrifice for us, represented us. When a person receives Jesus as Lord, he identifies fully with what happened to Jesus (Romans 6:4-6). Water baptism is a physical act that should indelibly mark the mind of the person being baptized with the reality of his union with Jesus Christ.
Water baptism also gives the believer the opportunity to openly testify to others of his born-again experience. It serves as an outward sign and testimony of an inward grace. The believer has been crucified with Christ, buried with Him and raised together with Him to walk in newness of life (Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:4).
Jesus said in Matthew 28:19, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” We believe it is scriptural to baptize in the Name of each of the Trinity.
Someone might ask the questions, “What was the purpose for John’s baptism?” John’s baptism served the purpose of revealing to Israel the Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world (John 1:29-33). When Jesus—the Lamb of God—was baptized, it was to fulfill righteousness because He had committed no sin (Matthew 3:15-17). Jesus’ baptism also demonstrated and foretold of His own death, burial and resurrection yet to come.
Sometimes, people have confused water baptism with the baptism into the Body of Christ (being saved). In Acts 2, when Peter preached about the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, he said: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (verse 38). When a person is born again, he is baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ. This is not water baptism. Water baptism is not the baptism that saves. It is the precious blood that Jesus shed on the cross, not water, which cleanses us from sin. (See Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:22; Revelation 1:5.)
A person must be baptized into the Body of Christ (saved) before water baptism. For without first making Jesus Lord and believing that God raised Him from the dead, water baptism would have no purpose. Water baptism is an experience after salvation to confirm and strengthen your commitment to live a godly life.
The baptismal waters represent a burial ground. When you’re buried with Christ in baptism, you are proclaiming to heaven, earth and hell that the old you no longer exists. To be buried with Jesus means that your old self died to sin just as Jesus did when He was made sin for us (Romans 6:3, 6, 10-12). That’s why we are immersed. It’s a picture of burial.
Coming up out of the water signifies our being raised to new life in Christ. To be raised with Jesus means making Him Lord of every area of your life—spirit, soul and body. You’ve been bought with the blood of Jesus and you belong to Him. Every day you now ask, “Lord, where do You want me to go? What do You want me to say? What do You want me to be? Not my will, but Thy will be done.”
Romans 6:11-13 now becomes a very important scripture to us: “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”
When we, in obedience to our Father’s Word, reckon, account and confess that we are dead to sin and alive to God through Jesus, we will experience both progress in our Christian lives and victory on a daily basis. Old habits and the relics of sin from our former lives will fall to the ground. Our minds will experience renewal and we will be living expressions of Jesus Christ in this earth.
Water baptism should be a very significant time in your life as a believer. It’s a time to fully commit to obey and follow Jesus, being willing to fulfill the purpose and plan of Almighty God for your life. This is not something just for super-Christians. It’s basic Christianity—part of the solid foundation you need to build upon.
So if you feel you’ve never properly buried your old, sinful nature and dedicated your whole self to the Lord, don’t wait any longer—find a place to participate in water baptism and get totally free!
LET'S TOTALLY IMMERSE OURSELVES & BREATH THE BREATH OF GOD ~ TRUSTING IN HIS MERCIES FOREVER ~~~~
LET'S BREATH HIS LIFE GIVING FORCE ~ LIVING WATERS ~~~
The act of water baptism (being immersed in water in response to receiving salvation) is a very important first step in the Christian life. In Matthew 3:13-17, we see the Lord Jesus Himself coming to His cousin John to be baptized, in order to "fulfill all righteousness." He then went on to establish baptism as an eternal ordinance for His church, calling every believer to follow in His footsteps
(See Matthew 28:19.)
In our modernized, "comfort zone Christianity," we do, sad to say, tend to take God’s commandments far too lightly.
"Most Westerners take baptism for granted, but for many in the world the act requires immense courage. In countries like Nepal it once meant imprisonment. For Soviet or Chinese or Eastern bloc believers, it was like signing their own death warrant."¹
A wedding ring is an outward sign that a person is married. A military uniform is an outward sign that a person is involved in that particular branch of service. Similarly, water baptism is a symbol designed by God to identify a person as a disciple of Jesus Christ.of Nazareth
However, I use the word "symbol" here with caution. To say that it is "just a symbol" takes away from the depth and beauty of water baptism. Baptism is a symbol, but it is so much more than that.
When we are saved, we are spiritually baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:27,) and into His Body , the church (1 Corinthians 12:13.) Baptism in water is an outward representation of these inward realities. In Biblical symbolism, water represents inner cleansing (Ephesians 5:26, Hebrews 10:22,) and spiritual rebirth (John 3:5,) both of which are central themes of baptism.
Water baptism is, in essence, a funeral. It is an act of faith in which we testify, both to God and to the world, that the person we were before is dead and buried, and we are raised as a new creation in Christ. This is beautifully illustrated by these Scriptures:
"Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life."- Romans 6:4
"Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead."-Colossians 2:12
Being baptized is a COMMAND from God, not an option. It is an act that God requires of every believer. In fact, among Jesus’ last recorded words on earth were . "He that believeth and is BAPTIZED shall be saved...." (Mark 16:16.) Think about that for a moment. Jesus’ very call to believe on Him includes a call to be baptized. If He puts it in that category, He must see it as being something very important, wouldn’t you say?
You never read of an unbaptized Christian anywhere in the Bible. In fact, baptism immediately followed a person’s salvation. They didn’t see it as something to be delayed or put off. Let’s take a look at some of the conversions described in the Book of Acts.
Acts 2: 38. When the people respond to Peter’s sermon on the Day of Pentecost, the first thing he instructs them to do is "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." We further read in verse 41 that they "gladly received his word, and were baptized...."
Acts 8:26-40- This is the account of Phillip leading
the Ethiopian eunuch to Christ. As they finish their discussion, the eunuch enthusiastically asks "What is hindering me from being baptized?" to which Phillip replies "If you believe with all your heart, you may." Then they come to a body of water, and Philip promptly baptizes him.
Acts 22:16- The first thing the apostle Paul is told to do after his conversion was to be baptized.
There are a number of other instances we could look at as well (Acts 10:46-48; 16:14-15; 16:33; 18:8; 19:1-5.) In each of these cases, notice the sense of urgency that is attached to baptism. These people all responded to Jesus in simple faith. However, they didn’t see their faith as complete until they had obeyed God by being baptized. Keep in mind that faith without works (corresponding actions) is dead (James 2:17.) A living faith produces an obedient heart (Matthew 7:21; Luke 6: 46; 1 John 2:3-4) and water baptism is to be our first act of obedience.
Christians who do not follow Jesus in water baptism have a much higher rate of backsliding than those who do. After all, if our walk with God didn’t begin with the most basic act of obedience, it got off to a faulty foundation in the first place. This will make it more difficult to walk obediently in other areas of our lives.
Baptism is a very special way of God communicating His love to us. When we receive God’s saving grace, it is no accident that He calls us to identify with Him in a way that makes it real to us. Are you struggling with guilt over your past? It may be because you haven’t yet given the person you once were a proper burial! Water baptism is a very powerful reminder of God’s wonderful grace. The person we were before is dead forever, and we are raised with Jesus as a totally new creation:
"Therefore, if any person is (ingrafted) in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old (previous moral and spiritual condition) has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!- (2 Corinthians 5:17 Amplified Bible)
As you can see, you have absolutely nothing to lose, and everything to gain by following Jesus in water baptism. Ultimately, it all goes back to Jesus’ statement in John 14:15. "If you love me, keep my commandments." Baptism is a simple, but profound act of obedience that you will carry with you for the rest of your life. If you have not yet taken this step, I strongly encourage you to do so as soon as possible.
Of course, we cannot take baptism without first embracing the reality that it represents: A living relationship with Jesus Christ Of Nazareth. Without this, baptism is simply getting wet.
If you have not given your heart to Him, why not do it now?
Ask JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH to come into your heart ~~~
Let's pray the sinner's prayer ~ than your next step is Baptism
TART YOUR NEW LIFE WITH CHRIST
You can have real, lasting peace today through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Start your four-step journey now!
Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!
The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” – a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10).
But here’s the problem:
Step 2 – Man is sinful and separated from God.
We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23).
The good news?
Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!
Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever.
“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives!
“Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).
Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?
We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins-that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:
“Dear Lord Jesus,
I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead. I trust and follow you as my Lord and Savior. Guide my life and help me to do your will.
In your Holy name, JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH Amen.”
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