Kai Wiedman (March 2019)
I want to be baptized because I trust God has washed away my sins. I believe he will give me a great life in heaven because he is my Savior.
Charles Barth (October 2018)
2 Corinthians 12:9
I have recently accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior; He is my Redeemer. I grew up in the Catholic Church and after I reached Confirmation I stopped going to church. About a year and a half ago I had a dear friend of mine give me a Bible and told me to start reading. I started in Genesis chapter 1 and never stopped. Reading at least a chapter a night, it took me just over a year to finish the entire Bible from start to finish. Throughout this time, I grew closer to God and knew that I would one day give my life to the Lord and serve Him with my whole heart.
I was driving to church at Eastview one Sunday morning and I was hit with a truly overwhelming feeling that I had to accept Jesus into my heart fully and give my life to Him. I went to church that day with a whole new attitude towards life. I could feel the sermon pulse through my body and penetrate my soul. It was truly amazing to feel the presence of God within me. This is when I knew that baptism was the only path to take. After this experience, I started to change my life and the activities that I participated in. A group of friends, as well as myself, started a Bible study and started worshiping throughout the week. God was ever present in every aspect of my day to day life. I gave all the credit to God and let His grace rush over me.
It was on another Sunday trip to church when an even more powerful feeling coursed through my soul. At this point I knew that I absolutely had to be baptized as soon as possible and live my life for the Lord. I registered for baptism the next Sunday and proceeded to tell my friends and family a few days later. My friend group is very supportive and has helped me to repent and follow the Lord. Growing up Catholic, I received some opposition from my family. They do not approve of my decision but have accepted this. This has not wavered my decision to follow the Lord our God in any way. The Lord has strengthened me and given me the strength to persevere. Jesus on the cross died for my sins and I will live my life for Him.
Michelle Wagehoft (August 12, 2018)
I received Christ as a six-year-old child. It was significant and real. Becoming a member of God’s heavenly eternity, however, does not exempt us from the earthly realities of growing up in a broken world. My childhood included a great deal of that brokenness, yet at the darkest moments, God faithfully made His presence known to me in very personal ways.
As a young adult I began my search to learn more about this faithful God. Up to that point I had been steeped in the knowledge of His law, but it was a Lutheran pastor who first truly introduced me to God’s grace. I sought out baptism and participated in a spiritually significant sprinkling.
Continuing to follow God into my adult life, I sought His wisdom in serving my husband, church and neighbors and in rearing my children. At times I ran ahead of Him. It was during one of those times that God allowed me to recognize my human vulnerability to the effects of my past. True to His faithful nature, God met me there and began a redeeming work.
For the past 7 years, Eastview has played a significant part in my healing journey. I’ve watched and witnessed a healthy church at work. I sense that God is inviting me now to participate. I’m taking this step of obedience in response to His constant faithfulness and overwhelming love.
Alex Huff (July 1, 2018)
I’ve always gone to church, with my family my whole life, and I was baptized when I was about 12, but I don’t think I really knew what I was doing. I wanted to do the next right thing and go along with the other kids. After my baptism, I hit some very rough patches in my life. I was picked on for being a Christian, and felt as an outcast, so I turned to drugs and alcohol to try to cope and heal this hole I’ve had in my life. I’ve suffered with being an alcoholic, and addict for the past 10 years. I’ve had medical issues, health issues, and so much pain living trying to fill that hole. But what I didn’t have, was God in my life when I needed Him most. I strayed far away to keep from the guilt and shame of my alcohol and drug addiction.
But since, I have found a new level of God’s amazing Love. Just as if God was waiting patiently, with his arms open wide, welcoming me into a new life with love and compassion. I just look forward to my new life, living 100% invested in God, knowing that He will make a way for me to be useful in His kingdom, wherever that may lead me. I am ready. I am sober. I was given a second chance at life, a second chance that I don’t deserve. But I have it, and I will embrace it, and I will use every breath to glorify God’s name, Abba Father.
Lexie Swardenski (April 22, 2018)
For almost a year now, I've truly opened my heart and soul to Jesus after many years of having troubles with my devotion to faith. I've been struggling to find the perfect location to call my home church up until last December, where I visited Eastview for the first time. Since then, I've been going here almost every Sunday!
Eden Fogle (April 15, 2018)
I have been thinking about baptism for a few years. I love God. After many talks with my mom and dad, and after going to the baptism class, I’m so excited to do this!
Jack Fogle (April 15, 2018)
God has been calling to me. I want to get baptized because I love Jesus and want to follow him. He died for my sins and resurrected…that’s amazing!
Annie Blair (March 18, 2018)
My name is Annie Blair and I am thirteen years old. Today I am happy to share my walk in faith. When I was 9 and 10 my relationship with God was weak. I would sometimes make up excuses to get out of church. But over time my mindset changed. I started to want to go to church. One day my mom asked me if I wanted to sign up for a small group. I was so excited. The need to spend time with God increased and I started doing simple things everyday like a daily devotion or reading my bible. I really understood the why instead of just the what. I now know that God is always with me. God has blessed me in so many ways and with so many people. I am especially grateful for my baby brother that we adopted. It has become clearer to me all of the miracles that only God could perform. Time after time it amazes me that somebody so great and powerful loves me. The love He has for me makes me appreciate my relationship with Jesus Christ even more. I am excited to take this next step in my faith and can’t wait to see what God has in store for me.
My name is Alex and I recently picked today to get baptized because I have been postponing it too long and I believe in baptism. I feel it's important to get baptized so I go to heaven to see Jesus and God.
Logan Bowman (January 21, 2018)
Baptism is all about being reborn in the water and having a new breath of life. I love Jesus and I am happy to get baptized because I have accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. In the Bible, people are baptized in the Son, the Father and the Holy Spirit. I want to be like those people.
Ryan Snow (November 12, 2017)
I am wanting to get baptized and thought Baptism Sunday would be a great time. A little backstory - I was baptized as a baby and did confirmation, but I was never really into church or necessarily a believer for a long time. I was living a life out of Christ and doing things I am not proud of and really didn't think I could ever forgive myself. Then I met Stefanie, my wife, and she gave me hope. She took me to Eastview with her and we were going occasionally, then semi regularly as I still wasn't fully in Christ. Eastview preaches love and forgiveness and even though I still wasn't living a Christ life, each sermon gave me more hope and made me want to be better. I fell in love with Eastview. Their message, their love, the work they do in the community and we now attend every Sunday. Stefanie and I went through pre-marital counseling through Eastview and I grew even more in my faith with God, Jesus and Stefanie. Now I fully pledge my life to a life in Christ. I want to be re-baptized as a re-birth. There was a sermon not long ago that Mike said being baptized is a choice. A choice to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Stefanie and I discussed that and agree. I feel that since I was baptized as a baby I never actually made the choice to accept Jesus. Each baptism we say "death, burial, resurrection". I feel like that will symbolize the old me living outside of Christ being dead with all my sins and the new me will rise ready for a Christ filled life.
Kole Wayne Parsons (October 22, 2017)
I want to accept Jesus in my heart and follow him all my life! I want to be a man just like Jesus that loves and helps others.
Chaz Anderson (October 22, 2017)
When I pray, I can feel Jesus taking the weight off my shoulders. I love Jesus, my family and friends. I want to be in heaven someday with all of them. My favorite bible verse is Ephesians 6:11 "Put on the full armor of God and take a stand against the devil's schemes."
Hayden Anderson (October 22, 2017)
I just want to always follow Jesus, all the way to Heaven. My favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13 which says "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Megan Sizemore (September 24, 2017)
I have always enjoyed going to church, especially with my grandparents. As I got more into sports and other activities we stopped going to church as often. As I got older I felt as if something was missing from my life. I had drifted away from God and lost the closeness I had felt with Him. I decided I want to gain that relationship back and choose Jesus as my Lord and Savior forever so today I am doing just that.
Stella Pabst (September 3, 2017)
I'm so excited to publicly accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior today. Before I knew Christ, I mostly cared about playing and having fun. My entire life, my parents and Eastview Kids helped me to be a better person as I learned about Jesus. Loving and praying for others has made my life more focused and serious. I can't wait to serve in the nursery when I'm 12 to love on those babies!