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No Greater Joy

“The elder unto the well beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” 3 John 1-4 (emphasis mine.)

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He came to sit with us when he saw us across the large church in Modesto, and we were disappointed to see that Aisha and the children weren’t with him. “Thane just can’t miss any more school,” the teacher had said. He could not stay with us throughout the service, though, for at the opening word, all the candidates for ordination were called to be seated in the first row of pews.
After the songs, the presentations, the business and the sermon, Joel and the others were called to the platform. An usher came and escorted Jerry to the platform. “We want you to give him the special Bible, and to pray over him.”
It was beautiful. When it was his turn, Jerry spoke briefly to Joel, reminding him of his rich heritage and of his excellent opportunity. He charged him to preach truth. Then Jerry laid hands on his grandson Joel, a called minister of the Gospel. He blessed him.
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