The Torres family had a wonderful time at Phil Layton’s ordination service on Sunday, June 16. This marked a special day in Phil’s life as the elders affirmed His calling into Gospel ministry. It was an eventful evening to say the least. His father gave a brief family history. I was deeply moved by the kind words of his father to his son – all on Father’s Day too. Phil Johnson was asked to be the speaker for the evening, preaching out of 2 Tim 4:1-5 and gave a great charge to young Phil (who turned 38 that day). At the end of the service, the elders along with other pastors laid hands on Phil. We prayed and entrusted Phil to the Lord’s service.
Today Angie and I celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary! It is a great occasion to rejoice, to thank God, and to be renewed in our love for one another in this journey of ever-growing love.
Sadly, I am far away geographically speaking from my bride (over 417 miles away to be exact). The good news is that I have drawn closer to my bride more so than ever and I bask in the friend I have in my bride. She is loving and caring. She is encouraging to my soul. She causes me to laugh and yes, laughing also includes laughing at my idiosyncrasies. She recognizes her sin and repents at a faster rate than I do and serves as an example to me. She serves our family. She loves the church. She loves me…how amazing is that?
For more reasons that only I deeply know, and God perfectly knows, I love “the wife of [my] youth” (Prov 5:18). I rejoice today. I am most grateful today. I bless my God today. Join me today in thanking God for my bride, mi amor.
Below are the various songs we have been learning at our Music Co-op. Our family has really enjoyed learning these new songs and we are looking forward to our Spring performance.
- This is the Day the Lord Has Made
- A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
- In His Love and In His Pity
- Blessed are the men who fear Him
- A Joyful Life of Praise
So far here are the various tracks we have recorded that highlight each part:
This is the Day the Lord Has Made –
A Mighty Fortress is our God –
A Joyful Life of Praise –
Blessed are the Men who Fear Him –
In His Love and in His Pity –
On Sunday, December 2, 2012, after our fellowship meal at church, Angie and I shared this “bonus clip” after watching the 2012 GVC Year End Show. I hope you enjoy our small little clip 🙂