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April 27th, 2011
03:28 PM ET

Baptism in Missouri flood waters

iReporter candy91 was on her way to church on Easter Sunday, and when she saw the high flood waters at Mount Calvary Powerhouse Church in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, she almost turned around and went home. A church van was shuttling people through the water and she helped transport a few people in her car as well. She had no idea that one of the young men in her car was planning to be baptized that day. Marcus Pegues was baptized in the flood waters. "He got baptized in the water that God provided for us. … We trudged on and had our Easter service. We didn’t let the water stop us," she said.

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Filed under: Christianity • Easter • iReport • Missouri

soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. wipeOut

    And yours is overwhelming.

    April 29, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Why thank you wipeout. Don't forgot to do your daily Jesus Safety Dance!

      April 29, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • YeahRight

      Thanks to Tom Tom for helping me wiping asses-clean

      April 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • WipeOut

      "Thanks to Tom Tom for helping me wiping asses-clean"

      Bad impersonation, come on now I have more brains than that! You're talking baby talk!

      April 29, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • YeahRight

      DahDah DehDeh DoohDoh Eat my poopoh!LOL

      April 29, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "DahDah DehDeh DoohDoh Eat my poopoh!LOL"

      Wipeout we realize your an as-s-h0-le but you need to stop being so fascinated with it.

      April 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • WipeOut

      I won't, until you have taken all the dosage and get cured by your own medicine.

      April 29, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  2. HeavenSent

    Yeahright

    "F ^*&* U you have no clue."

    LOL! Thanks for proving me right!

    Oh the real HeavenSent is going to be pis_sed you are using her handle again. LMAO!
    o
    f the fake heavensent (Tom) that works for CNN

    April 29, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  3. HeavenSent

    YeahRight

    You are the one going to hell heavensent you are too judgmental and delusional. Your god doesn't want you.
    F ^*&* U you have no clue.
    Amen.

    April 29, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • Yeahright

      "F ^*&* U you have no clue."

      LOL! Thanks for proving me right!

      Oh the real HeavenSent is going to be pis_sed you are using her handle again. LMAO!

      April 29, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  4. myklds

    Simple but astounding display of strong faith.

    April 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
    • Evolved DNA

      Mykids..how can that be astounding...he most likely knew that there were some very bad apples in his organization but hoped god would sort it out..which did not happen. An amazing display of arrogance and burying his head I would think.

      May 1, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • Evolved DNA

      Opps wrong thread.. to many time zone changes..my bad. sorry mykids..

      May 1, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  5. Bonnie Purcell

    It's wonderful to know that something good came out of some thing bad...

    April 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  6. amy

    I was born right the first time.

    April 28, 2011 at 10:20 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Until you are Born Again you are certainly going to hell. Repent and turn to Jesus.
      Amen.

      April 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • YeahRight

      You can't be born again it's impossible, but you could always try cloning yourself.

      April 29, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • YO! wrong

      clone my ass!

      April 29, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "clone my ass!"

      Just your as-s – that's disgusting. It's obvious you are lacking in the brain department. LOL!

      April 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      YeahRight

      You can't be born again it's impossible, but you could always try cloning yourself.
      o
      You are going to hell hope you enjoy it pos
      Amen..

      April 29, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • YeahRight

      You are the one going to hell heavensent you are too judgmental and delusional. Your god doesn't want you.

      April 29, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  7. Mutant Z-Man

    What fun to get baptized in filthy water. Instead of a dove coming down it's the bloated body of some unknown animal slapping you in the face as you are immersed in raw sewage.
    You know, this sounds like a more believable sort of baptism!
    I believe I've had a breakthrough! Alley-Ew-Yuck!

    April 28, 2011 at 5:36 am |
    • Finger Puppet

      I think this is a fascinating article. Why did the Gospel of John NOT say that John The Baptist conferred baptism on J-sus, even though it does describe at least two encounters between them, while the other three gospels do include accounts of this "event" ? Ironic that attempted ritual bathing is thought to be effective, and even necessary, in such filthy, dangerous environments, not only in the West, but in the East, (ie for example, in the (disgusting "sacred") Ganges River). Interesting.

      April 29, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
    • Steve (the real one)

      Finger Puppet

      I think this is a fascinating article. Why did the Gospel of John NOT say that John The Baptist conferred baptism on J-sus, even though it does describe at least two encounters between them, while the other three gospels do include accounts of this "event" ? Ironic that attempted ritual bathing is thought to be effective, and even necessary, in such filthy, dangerous environments, not only in the West, but in the East, (ie for example, in the (disgusting "sacred") Ganges River). Interesting
      -------
      Interesting question! In short Matthew, Mark, and Luke start writting from Jesus' humanity: His decendency from Abraham, His birth, and the start of His ministry. John on th other hand, starts with his divinity. "In the beginning was the word...". . For that reason, I like to ask new belivers to start reading the Bible at the the Book of John. Excellent question

      April 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • wipeOut

      @mutantZ..Your bloated ego has made your brain shrank to the size of a quark. You can never be a breakthrough but could be a host of bird brain outbreak.

      April 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Your bloated ego has made your brain shrank to the size of a quark. You can never be a breakthrough but could be a host of bird brain outbreak."

      What a hypocrite! LOL!

      April 29, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • WipeOut

      Honestly, I'm more than that.

      April 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Honestly, I'm more than that."

      That's your come back? Dude you need to think harder!

      April 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • YeahRight

      Do I? Oh c'mon!

      April 29, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Do I? Oh c'mon!"

      Seriously you need to make me look smarter than that wipeout! You sound like you're twelve.

      April 29, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • WipeOut

      You are no smarter than a fifth grader.

      April 29, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  8. doctore0

    Poor primitive ignoramuses

    April 28, 2011 at 5:00 am |
    • wipeOut

      You need to evolve apeman!

      April 29, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "You need to evolve apeman!"

      Obviously you haven't.

      April 29, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • wipeOut

      Apparently, neither you.

      April 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Apparently, neither you."

      Thanks for proving me correct! LMAO!

      April 29, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • YO! wrong

      Ok, you proved your point..now you can wipe the sh!t in my ass using your tongue!

      April 29, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • Yeahright

      "Ok, you proved your point..now you can wipe the sh!t in my ass using your tongue!"

      You can't be gay and Christian – HeavenSent and CW said so!

      April 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • YO! wrong

      Nice try but not even close.

      April 29, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Nice try but not even close."

      We are human beings only cats and dogs lick each other as_ses! So if you want yours licked go streaking through your neighborhood!

      April 29, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • YO! wrong

      You're good at nothing than wiping my ass-clean using your tongue!

      April 29, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      In Jesus name I command you 2 to get along!
      AMEN.

      April 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "You're good at nothing than wiping my ass-clean using your tongue!"

      Get yourself a wet sponge and fantasize on your own time, it's more sanitary.

      April 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • YO! wrong

      Nope! I want your tongue, it's as rough as a #1 sand paper.

      April 29, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Nope! I want your tongue, it's as rough as a #1 sand paper."

      So you are speaking from experience that's really gross!

      April 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • YO! wrong

      Too easy for you to forget! We've shared the same experience remember.?

      April 29, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  9. Tommy Baker

    Hellauah, praise him and know him is the lord JeZuZ, the kirshna, the Budda, the chosen one, the lord maiterya.

    April 28, 2011 at 1:00 am |
  10. jdove

    I JUST CAN NOT BELEIVE THAT ANYONE COULD HAVE ANYTHING BAD TO SAY!! HOW COULD SOMEONE BEING BAPTISED EVER BE A BAD THING?!!

    April 27, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
    • Up Your Rear Admiral

      well like Colin said, not bad if they do it for long enough

      April 27, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
    • Jesusfreaker

      Believe it or not I'm with you jdove, but when the story gets posted on the CNN homepage it's bound to get some flak.

      These folks took a negative event and turned it into something that is positive to them. Good for them. You don't have to agree with their beliefs guys. Live and let live.

      April 27, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      jdove wrote: " HOW COULD SOMEONE BEING BAPTISED EVER BE A BAD THING?!!"

      Well, if one is opposed to the spread of ignorance, one should oppose the spread of organized religion and whatever brainwashing schemes it uses to try and bamboozle the weak-minded.

      April 27, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
    • wipeOut

      Atheists brains are like gravitons, they have zero charge and has the size of it as well.

      April 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Atheists brains are like gravitons, they have zero charge and has the size of it as well."

      Your ignorance is showing.

      April 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • wipeOut

      While yours is overwhelming!

      April 29, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • Yeahright

      "While yours is overwhelming!"

      Now your stupidity is showing. LOL!

      April 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • wipeOut

      And yours is overwhelming!

      April 29, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "And yours is overwhelming!"

      You must be getting senile, your repeating yourself and putting things in the wrong places! LMAO!

      April 29, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • WipeOut

      Your alzheimer's has caused your dementia, it must be in the critical stage.

      April 29, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  11. jdove

    thers flood waters opened up from the sky, they come from our father. God said he would rain on the just and unjust, anyone with a negative comment on this- YOU ARE THE UNJUST

    April 27, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
    • Up Your Rear Admiral

      jdove, see you in the rapture capsule with the unicorns. Don't forget to wear your nose ring. The big steel one that I padlocked the chain on with when we were practicing for the uplifting

      April 27, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  12. Avsc Bstian

    WHAT DO EUROPE, USA, ETC. HAVE COMMON WITH LIBYA !!? VISIT "DICTATOR OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH – USA = SOVIET UNION" http://avsecbostjan.wordpress.com/ or http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.com TO LEARN WHO, HOW, AND WHY RUINED YOU…FROM 911 TO WHITE AMERICAN REFUGEES IN EXILE SEEKING ASYLUM RIGHT NOW – WHO/WHY//HOW CREATED SCHOOL SHOOTINGS(Arizona incl.) – AUSTRALIAN FLOODS(Incl. busted oil pipe in gulf of Mexico) – BREST FEEDING INSANITY PROTESTS – WIKILEAKS is CIA – HUMAN FLASH EATING MACHINE – TRUTH BEHIND COLD WAR CURTAIN – TRUTH ABOUT FACEBOOK(Facebooth) – PARLIAMENTARIANS or SICK BIPOLAR CRIMINAL DISTORTIONISTS !!? – ESKIMO SARAH PALIN'S "BRIDGE TO NOWHERE"... – NEWS/MEDIA or SIMPLY BIG FAT VACUUM WORLD OF LIES/DEMENTIA !!? – HEALTH CARE PLANE or GENOCIDE BASED ON FORGIVE AND FORGET !!!? – THE REAL DON'T ASK DON'T TELL, BUT DIE !!! – NWO POLITICAL PARTIES <- not there for you, but to seal your faith for their parliament pay$$ scale !!! DICTATORS vs DIC TRAITORS !!! What is worse !!!?

    April 27, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
    • Up Your Rear Admiral

      See you in the rapture capsule with the unicorns. Don't forget to wear your nose ring. The big steel one that I padlocked the chain on with when we were practicing for the uplifting.

      But leave your blogspam behind. We don't want it sliming the conduits.

      April 27, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
  13. Soap?

    Isn't baptism by immersion supposed to symbolize cleansing by the Holy Spirit? And um... I don't think floodwater is particularly sanitary (as people seem to have pointed out).

    April 27, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
  14. Artist

    You know, you have to love the IQ level of christians. No wonder they made great food for the lions.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Ed

      lions got to eat too

      April 27, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
    • wipeOut

      Atheist's graviton-like/sized brain make them stay inside the foxhole.

      April 29, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Atheist's graviton-like/sized brain make them stay inside the foxhole."

      Your ignorance is showing as well as the fact you are not Christian. LOL!

      April 29, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • wipeOut

      What made you say that? bcoz I'm behaving like an Atheist? FYI..Atheists don't monopolize sarcasm, arrogance and uncivility.

      I'm a 100% Christian but I could surely live the competi-tion when it comes to that.

      April 29, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • Yeahright

      "Sarcasm, arrogance and uncivility". = Christian

      April 29, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Yeahright

      "Sarcasm, arrogance and uncivility". = Christian
      Yeahright=pos going to hell

      April 29, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • Yeahright

      "Yeahright=pos going to hell"

      LOL – Your a dolt.

      Oh, you forgot to say Amen. Come on if you are going to use someone eases handle do it right idiot!

      April 29, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Yeahright

      "F ^*&* U you have no clue."

      LOL! Thanks for proving me right!

      Oh the real HeavenSent is going to be pis_sed you are using her handle again. LMAO!
      o
      I didnt write that, I think there is more than 1 fake heavensent lol

      April 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • wipeOut

      Nope, we are not, but it doesn't necessarily mean that we can't be.

      And I tell you I could be worst.

      April 29, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • wipeOut

      A-trocious
      T-reacherous
      H-ell bound
      Ego-centric
      I-nsolent
      T-hugs

      April 29, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • YeahRight

      That's right WipeOut you are all of those things! It's great to see you admit it!

      April 29, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
    • YO! wrong

      Sorry I forgot the S..your boss.

      A-trocious
      T-reacherous
      H-ell bound
      E-go-centric
      I-nsolent &
      S-ATANIC
      T-hugs

      Atheist stands, behave and act according to their name. That's what they are.

      April 29, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  15. frank

    holy e. coli, batman!

    April 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  16. Colin

    The problem with adult baptisms is they don't hold them under long enough.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • Artist

      Now that there is funny! lol

      April 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • Reality

      Good one!!!

      April 27, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
    • Up Your Rear Admiral

      the believers used to save that for witch testing. they're just foolin when they do baptisms

      April 27, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Colin

      LOL...!!! Very nice...

      Peace...

      April 27, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
    • Caveman Cliff

      Good joke! Made me laugh. Thx.

      April 27, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
    • wipeOut

      When all the believers pee, Atheists surely get drown.
      When the former will fart, the latter will be blown away.

      No kidding!

      April 29, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • .

      @wipe,
      When they finally depart, the others shall be free

      April 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "When all the believers pee, Atheists surely get drown."

      LOL! If you truly believe in God I wish I could be there when you have to do what you have judged on others! LMAO!

      April 29, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • wipeOut

      You bet!

      April 29, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "You bet!"

      So you like drinking other peoples pee! That's gross!

      April 29, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • wipeOut

      LOL! Now you win, you made me laugh.

      April 29, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  17. Artist

    Jose Sanchez

    Wow, what an idiot. Flood water tends to be highly toxic.

    -----

    Dawrin Award winner in the future when he gets some strange disease. I encourage them to also drink the water that gawd provided for them. lol

    April 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  18. The Devil™

    http://bigpondnews.com/articles/Health/2011/01/05/Snakes_alive_in_Qld_flood_waters_560392.html

    "It's afterward that snakes are driven into homes. They're getting into ceilings,' he said."

    It started out as an afterthought, but "snakes in the ceiling" turned out to be one of my finer concepts....

    April 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  19. Jose Sanchez

    Wow, what an idiot. Flood water tends to be highly toxic.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  20. Reality

    Why take the risk after reading the following:

    Putting the final nail into the Great Resurrection Con Game:

    From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

    Even now Catholic/Christian professors of theology are questioning the bodily resurrection of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

    To wit;

    From a major Catholic university's theology professor's grad school white-board notes:

    "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
    Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

    Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

    Also in Paul in 1 Cor 15 speaks of the body of the dead as transformed into a "spiritual body." No one knows exactly what he meant by this term since Jesus supposedly appeared to many after his "resurrection".

    Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

    The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

    Only Luke's Gospel records it. The Assumption ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies." "

    It is amazing how this agrees with Professor Crossan and the Jesus Seminarian's conclusions based on attestations and stratums.

    See http://wiki.faithfutures.org/index.php/017_Resurrection_of_Jesus for added details

    Then there is this:

    "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."
    http://eternal-word.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP2HEAVN.HTM

    The Vatican quickly embellished this story with a lot CYAP.

    Of course, we all know that angels are really mythical "pretty, wingie, talking thingies".

    With respect to rising from the dead, we also have this account:

    An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue,

    p.4

    "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."

    o p.168. by Ted Peters:

    "Even so, asking historical questions is our responsibility. Did Jesus really rise from the tomb? Is it necessary to have been raised from the tomb and to appear to his disciples in order to explain the rise of early church and the transcription of the bible? Crossan answers no, Wright answers, yes. "

    So where are the bones? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

    As per Professor Gerd Luedemann,

    "While noting that the burial tradition may be simply a postulate "derived from the fact of Jesus' death or knowledge of Jewish purity concerns" rather than the memory of an historical event, Luedemann's own preference, influenced in part by John 19:31-37 and Acts 13:20, is that Jesus was buried by Jews who were not his followers. There was no act of affection or devotion involved in the disposal of his remains. His body was simply removed from the cross and buried in some unknown location by Jewish people wishing to protect the imminent festival from the desecration of a dead body remaining on the cross over night."

    April 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      John 3:17-18

      For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

      He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

      Amen.

      April 27, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
    • Up Your Rear Admiral

      @HeavenSent,

      The primitives want their dead goat back from you jesus freaks. Y'all scaped it from them.

      April 27, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
    • Darinka Clayden

      I am not an athiest, but what I am reading here is total crap and rubbish. Once dead your body like a car is on the scrapheap, your soul or spirit lives on as pure energy, you will be judged and realigned into your next mission, if you still have another mission, having not learnt your mistakes here, you will keep coming back until you do learn. Why keep on about Jesus, when you killed him yourselves and you want some answers, very funny!!!!!!!!!

      May 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
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