Baptism {Judah, Kalina and Jubilee}

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Sunday was an exciting day in our house, as three of our children were baptized. Baptism in our church is something we do because it was commanded by Jesus (Matt 28:19). We do not believe that it regenerates (gives new life, or forgives sin). It is a public statement of faith in Christ. Our children are not compelled to be baptized. For each one it has been their own decision.

Before being baptized, Judah took a few moment to talk about his faith and why he wanted to be baptized. We were very proud of him. We’ve seen a lot of maturity in him over the past year.

Kalina also chose to talk about her desire to be baptized.

And Jubilee? She was excited, but very , very nervous. She chose not to speak at all.

Definitely an exciting day in our house, to see three of our children take this step. Both sets of grandparents were in attendance, as well as some our family’s best friends. We celebrated afterward with a barbecue on a beautiful sunny day.

You can also read about Adalia’s baptism, and Tilly and Enoch’s baptisms.

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11 Responses

  1. what a blessing to have children understand the importance of following what our precious Lord ask of us.
    you are doing a great job of raising children for Jesus!

  2. This is amazing! So glad to see children that have given their hearts to God. I enjoyed reading past posts about the older children baptisms. I remember reading Adalia’s testimony so many years ago. I have been reading this blog for a long time! It is wonderful to see your children growing here on the computer.

  3. Sorry, grammatically that made no sense. Children do not grow on the computer… you know what I mean though!

  4. Tonymasons

    As someone who is quite secular, I am delighted to see two parents letting their children choose their religious beliefs. In practically all cases, it is forced on them. I was baptized without my consent, which in my opinion invalidates it. I also had no say in my First Communion (Catholic) at age 7, or my Holy Confirmation at age 12. It was actually the day of my Confirmation that I stopped believing everything that I felt I had been force fed. In many ways, the Church and my parents pushed me away from religion. I’m now a happy, decent agnostic, but I understand and respect the comfort and direction that people get from religion. Good luck to your children, whatever their religious choices in life.

  5. Thank you for sharing such an exciting event with us!

  6. I took the opportunity to be baptized when my oldest 2 daughter did about 5 years ago. It was long-overdue for me, and I was so nervous. But it is a command and you just can’t let your nerves get in the way of that.
    Wonderful celebration and thx for sharing!
    nancy-of the crazy 9

  7. I have a question for you, not meant to offend I am just really curious, how would you handle the situation if one of your kids was gay, as it is not a choice, would you encourage them for telling you, or would you not accept it?

    If this is too personal of a question I understand.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Artem- I can’t say I’ve given the issue much thought…but, my kids are my kids no matter what. I would certainly encourage them to be honest no matter what the issue. I have had gay friends in the past and have gay friends now. Personally, I have always wondered why Christians tend to blow this one issue so out of proportion. If somebody doesn’t share my faith and convictions, I certainly don’t expect them to share my values. I would be disappointed that they didn’t choose to follow our faith, but I would be equally disappointed if they simply walked away from the faith period. Being gay wouldn’t be the main issue for me.

  8. Greg Thames

    That is Awesome. I am soooooo happy for your family. And so stoked to be praising the Lord together.

  9. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. It is a sweet, sweet thing for our children to walk with the living God, to know that He is alive and well!

  10. I wanted to say, I am startled and amazed by your answer on homosexuality. Only because it is such a…kind answer. Please dont be offended, I come from a overly religious background, it was forced and non optional. I dont mean church attendance, I mean things like baptism. Homosexuality was a sin that sent one straight to hell, as well as being kicked out of the family. This was not my mom, just my stepdad. My mom does not feel this way and is no longer married. Your answer is just incredibly kind, that you love them no matter what.

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