Ordination Sermon for Rev. Joel Weaver in Visalia, California

On Saturday, Mary and I had to leave right in the middle of a very busy book-selling time at the homeschooling conference of 12,000 in Nashville, Tennessee in order to catch a flight to Fresno, California. It’s not easy for me to walk away from a book table surrounded by good book-buyers!

On the Lord’s Day, I had the privilege of preaching the ordination sermon on “The Paradox of the Ministry” (2 Cor. 6:8-10) for Joel Weaver, one of our alumni, at the Trinity United Reformed Church of Visalia, California. Rev. Weaver has been serving in this church of about 450 members as associate pastor to Rev. Adrian Dieleman for the past three years. A goodly number of people were present for this very special occasion from other churches as well. Joel has been working especially with the youth, and is a good fit for this church. They are very happy with him and he and his wife (see first picture) and children (see second picture of the children with us) are very happy in this church.

I preached a follow-up sermon in the evening, after which Mary and I had a dinner and excellent fellowship with Rev. and Mrs. Dieleman, and another URC pastor and his wife, Rev. and Mrs. Inks. We also thoroughly enjoyed our time with our hospitable hosts, Garry and Diane Riezebos. Yesterday morning, we spent a few sweet hours with Joel and Heidi and their family and were able to make it home by midnight last night.

Pray for the Weavers please that God will continue to bless them and Joel’s ministry abundantly.

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