Sunday, March 23, 2014


At Bear Valley Church this morning (where I teach ESL at 9:30- and then go to the 11:15 service) there was wonderfulness happening.

First, my ESL class went great (no little thanks to Velia Buchanan and Laura Smith, oh, and Peggy Johnson, our fearless leader.... oh, and ROBERTO!!!).

Then the church service was awesome.
Roger Burk led the worship service (filling in for the amazing Kim Wells, who just had a baby (a son, who has four older sisters!).

Well, I had forgotten how good Roger is ....

He sings well, he leads worship well, AND he can play a GREAT lead guitar.....
Oh my. I was looking around to see who was playing lead..... and it was Roger!
(So I had to take his picture.)
And I remembered how Sam had always said that Roger can play a mean lead guitar
(while still being a very nice person).


I knew it would be good.
But Julia hit-it-out-of-the-park good!

She's Julia Johnson Bauman...
and she spoke on Esther, in the Old Testament.

I've never understood Esther better - than I do this afternoon.

I hope you can take the time to hear her message
on Bear Valley's website soon
(hopefully it will be up soon). 

I don't know if I've ever heard a better sermon in my life.

(No pressure, Julia, for the next one!)

Here's Julia with her wonderful husband, Kyle....
 (I stole that from Facebook.)

And here she is with my wonderful daughter, Laura....

And before that here she is (was) with Laura and me,
on Laura's wedding day....

I was kind of emotional that day....

Well, this started out as a post about the wonderful day at Bear Valley.
It ended up with me.

(Well, it IS my blog.)

Ah, but Julia, as your grandmother (Mrs. Graves) said this morning:
"You were right at home up on that stage today."

Thank you, Julia, for letting God use you in mighty ways.


Mm. Mm. Mm.

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