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"He who believes and is baptized will be saved."-Mark 16:16

(Photo: Stu F., Bill R., Janelle A., Neil, Budi S.-from Indonesia, ME (Sal), Liz R., Breanna, M&M sisters-Mical, Margaux-all friends from University of Minnesota-Morris in the Spring of 1997. This picture was taken at UMM's P.E. Center Competition Pool, which the weather outside wasn't suitable for this event through the Morris Community Church)

Additional Scriptures:

Matthew 28:19
Acts 2:38
Acts 8:12
Acts 36-38
Acts 10:47-48

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During the 2003 "Liberation War on Iraq", Newsweek took a famous picture on:

March 31, 2003 Newsweek

"Even as they shipped out for battle, American troops found time for spiritual reflection. (clockwise from left) Justin Lowe bows his head in prayer, converts to Christianity are baptized, Harrison Grimes grips a Bible given to him in advance of war, Josh Slotnik during Shabbat services, infantry soldiers receive holy...." (Still looking for the picture to dowload or link, which wasn't available for free from Newsweek magazine) Related Sites:
First Baptism During Operation Iraqi Freedom!, (With acknowledgement to The Christian Post) Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 Posted: 10:32:12AM EST from
"In the midst of the rising injuries and fatalities from "Operation Iraqi Freedom," a soldier across the Mediterranean gains a new life through the first full-immersion baptism on board the USS Harry S. Truman.
"It is perhaps fitting that this is being done during Operation Iraqi Freedom," said Chaplain Doyle W. Dunn.
The soldier, Avionics Technician 2nd Class Sean Zahornacky, from San Jose, California receives his baptism in a JDAM crate a joint direct attack munitions crate originally used to carry ordinance for destruction.
"This box is designed to bring destruction. Today, we use it to represent creation and newness of life," Dunn said.
Zahornacky, not having been formerly introduced to Christianity, said it was hard for him initially to admit his need for God.
"If I don't see A and B, I don't believe C," the avionics technician said. But, after many months of prayer, asking questions and studying the Bible, he accepted Jesus Christ.
Chaplain Cory Cathcart who, along with Dunn performed the baptism, said, "I really believe that everyone has a God-shaped vacuum inside. Many try to fill it with other things, but in the end, only God will fit your heart."
The lieutenant spends much of his time counseling young 18- and 19-year-olds who are experiencing their first deployment away from home -- amid 5,500 people on the Truman. He matches new believers with older mentors to encourage church attendance and bible studies.
"Baptism is an event that has been celebrated for 2,000 years," said. Dunn, his hand on Zahornacky's shoulder. "It began in the life of Jesus who set the example by being baptized by John the Baptist."
After a few more words and a Scripture reading by Chaplain Cathcart, Dunn and Cathcart prepare to lean the 22-year-old back into the water.
After the young sailor was baptized, he stood; his fellow Christians witnessed his baptism and congratulated him.
"I walk inches off the ground after something like this," Dunn said, smiling broadly. "It is such a joy to see a sailor make such a clear commitment in front of his shipmates."

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  • Baptism in Water Submitted by michael on Tue, 02/13/2007 - 06:46 from

    Baptism is for those who have now come to a place where they have repented of their sin and believe with all their heart in the Lord Jesus Christ. We see this clearly both from the teaching and the example of the New Testament.
    "Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, "See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptised?" Then Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." (Acts 8:36,37). ...

  • Basic Doctrines: Water Baptism by Richard T. Ritenbaugh Forerunner, "Bible Study," May 1995 from

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  • "...A number of people, even though they may have been baptized as infants, are being rebaptized by immersion as adult believers....
  • Water Baptism in the Bible, from

  • "..Was Jesus baptised as an infant? Emphatically no! He was dedicated as an infant in the Temple, but this is a different matter.
    I can find no references to infant baptism in the Bible...

  • Water Baptism, from

  • "Water Baptism - Many People Ask If It's Required for Salvation
    Baptism isn't an act that gets us into heaven - it is faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord that offers that assurance. Baptism (by full immersion as taught in the Bible) is an act of obedience that should be an immediate part of our acceptance of the gift of grace offered by Jesus Christ. But it does not mean that one who truly gives their heart to Jesus on a death bed, in the heat of warfare, or in a crashing airplane, will be kept out of heaven because they failed to be baptized. The thief on the cross next to Jesus didn't have time to be baptized before he died, but he had an opportunity to believe in Jesus and put his trust in Him, and Jesus responded by saying, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise" (Luke 23:43).
    True faith in Jesus Christ and His work on the cross for our sins is sufficient for salvation. Christ has already done everything. By definition, His grace doesn't require any additional "works" by us. That being said, Jesus Christ commands us to be baptized (Matthew 28:18-20), and therefore, all believers should be baptized. Immediately following Christ's command, the Book of Acts describes the practice of administering baptism to almost every group or individual who believed in the preaching of the Gospel by the apostles (Acts 2:37-41; 8:5-13; 8:35-39; 9:10-18; 10:34-48; 16:13-15; 16:30-33; 18:8; and 19:1-6).
    Water Baptism - What does it symbolize?
    According to the Bible, the symbolism of baptism declares that three things happen to believers who are baptized: (1) they die with Christ to their old self; (2) they rise with Christ to become a new creature; and (3) they are incorporated in their new life with a living community which looks for the coming of the Lord (Romans 6:1-11). Contrary to what some denominations teach, it seems obvious that a Christian's baptism must necessarily require a responsible decision to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and therefore, must be delayed until an age of reason or discretion (knowing right from wrong within God's perspective).
    In short, Jesus Christ commands baptism for His followers. Although the act of baptism does not cause eternal salvation, it seems that any believer who refuses baptism should truly examine his or her conversion.
    "Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age'" (Matthew 28:18-20).


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    "John the Baptist is a story of courage and conviction seen through the life of one of God's greatest prophets who gave everything to prepare the way for the Lord. It begins with the blessing John's birth was to his aged parents. John grows in strength and integrity as he stands against political and spiritual adversity to preach the coming of the Lord. Finally, John beholds and baptizes Jesus, the Lamb of God. A terrific way to teach a child this story of God's faithfulness. Order now for that special child, family, or friend. "


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    Village baptism in the bush - Zambia

    "It is amazing how hungry the villagers in the bush are for teaching on Christ. Many villagers repented of their sins, chose to make Christ their savior and get baptised in the name of God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. "

  • Dual baptism- GOD'S WORD TODAY By Manuel V. Francisco, S.J. (The Philippine Star) Updated January 10, 2010 12:00 AM

  • "Yes. Dual baptism is a must for all Christians who really want to become active, genuine Christians, and not just Christians in name. Today’s Gospel reading tells it all. John the Baptizer himself explicitly said: “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming . . . He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Lk. 3: 15-16). And to show us the way, Jesus Himself asked John to baptize Him with water. After that, he prayed, and the Holy Spirit came to Him...
    "ACTS 2:4: and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."
    Kuya Ronel & Krissel Water Baptism - 19/05/2007

    "Congratulation kuya Ronel and Krissel on your water baptism. Held at YMCA singapore 19May2007. GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!"
    -Papua New Guinea
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    Matthew 3:13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. 16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

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    Baptism in the Jordan River

    "My gf and I getting baptised in the Jordan River...THE SAME RIVER where JESUS was baptised...oh and this was a baptism in JANUARY so the water was cold but it was worth it... "


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  • John the Baptist From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • "(died c 30)[1][2] was a mission preacher[3] and a major religious figure[4] who led a movement of baptism at the Jordan River in expectation of a divine apocalypse that would restore occupied Israel.[5] John followed the example of previous Hebrew prophets, living austerely, challenging sinful rulers, calling for repentance, and promising God's justice.
    Some scholars maintain that he was influenced by the Essenes, who were semi-ascetic, expected an apocalypse, and had rituals similar to baptism.[6] John's baptism was a purification rite for repentant sinners, performed in "living water" (in this case a running river) in accord with Jewish custom. John anticipated a messianic figure who would be greater than John himself.[7] Jesus, the central figure of Christianity, was among those whom John baptized. Jesus apparently was a follower of John.[8][9] Herod Antipas saw John as a threat and had him executed.[4] Jesus' own ministry followed John's, and some of Jesus' early followers had previously been followers of John.[10] John, like Jesus, preached at a time of political, social, and religious conflict..."


  • More than 120 Baptists baptized in the River Jordan at new baptismal center By Michael Ireland Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service Monday, March 23, 2009

  • "AMMAN, JORDAN (ANS) -- An estimated 1,700 persons attended the dedication and opening ceremony and more than 120 people were baptized in the Jordan River at a new Baptism Center on Friday, March 20, by pastors from the Jordan Baptist Convention.
    The baptism was the culmination of an afternoon of celebration in which the Baptism Center at Bethany beyond Jordan was dedicated for use by Baptists and other evangelical Christians.
    Baptist World Alliance (BWA) General Secretary Neville Callam, who gave the main address, said, "Today, as we assemble by the Jordan… we unite to mark the opening and dedication of this Baptism Center – a place where people from all parts of the world may assemble for a journey and an experience."
    The BWA leader expressed the hope that "the waters of the Jordan extinguish the crippling fires of hopelessness that burn in the hearts of those who have no knowledge of God.”"
    Also speaking at the dedication ceremony was former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
    Mr. Blair, who established a faith foundation upon demitting office as British Prime Minister, commended King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein and Prince Ghazi Bin Mohammed for exhibiting courage in the inauguration of the Baptism Center.
    The Center joins buildings of other churches, including the Orthodox Church, which have recently been constructed on the official Baptism Site of Jesus Christ.
    Mr. Blair stated, "In dedicating this site, let us renew our faith in our God, our Lord, and in His message."
    BWA President David Coffey and Fawaz Ameish, Jordan Baptist Convention president and BWA vice president, expressed gratitude to King Abdullah and Prince Ghazi for facilitating the construction and dedication of the center.
    The offer of a designated plot of land for the Baptism Center was made by King Abdullah in September 2007 during Coffey’s visit with the Jordan monarch. Prince Ghazi is the chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the baptismal site. The location is closely approximate to the site where it is believed John the Baptist baptized Jesus.
    Coffey read greetings from former United States presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, both Baptists, and from prominent Baptist pastor from the US, Rick Warren, and presented a gift on the behalf of the BWA to Prince Ghazi.
    A plaque was unveiled to be placed on the building upon its completion. The plaque reads, "The Commission of the Site of the Baptism of Jesus Christ welcomes here visiting pilgrims from the member churches of the Baptist World Alliance."
    Also participating in the event were Imad Maayah, a Baptist and former Member of Parliament in Jordan, Toma Magda and Tony Peck, president and general secretary of the European Baptist Federation, and Nabeeh Abbassi, former president of the Jordan Baptist Convention and chief organizer of the dedication and opening. "

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