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Tuesday’s Torch 519

Tuesday’s Torch 519

January 15, 2019

 

Caught up in the midst of a great storm while traveling by boat and while fearing for their very lives, the disciples awakened Jesus saying, “Master, carest thou not that we perish?  And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?”

 

Sometimes we find ourselves caught up in situations that would make us question why is this allowed to happen. How can we be saved or fixed or survive? Does the Lord care?  Yes, He cares. As we struggle with fears and feelings the Lord is ready to step in and calm the storms that are raging. When we feel that there is no hope and nothing we can do to save ourselves, He can do it. Sometimes we have to be patient and as stated in Psalm 27:15, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”

 

A quick reminder that we just have to ask for that help. At another instance with stormy seas , the savior was seen walking on water towards the ship. He beckoned for Peter to come out and meet him. Shortly after beginning to walk across the water, Peter began to fear that He couldn’t do it, that walking upon the water was impossible and that he was scared of what might happen were he to sink. As his faith left him and the fear took over He began to sink. It is at that moment that he cried out for the Lord to save him, which He did.

 

This shows that we should have faith that we can do all things through Christ. Surely if Peter can walk on water, an act that would appear to defy all laws of physics, through faith in the Lord, how much easier would it be for the Lord to help you or me overcome our issues? Whatever they may be.

 

I testify that God lives, that He loves us and that He is our Father in Heaven. Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is the savior of the world. I testify that the Atonement is real and infinite in nature. The power of the Atonement is strong enough to accomplish the “impossible”. May we all accept of that divine gift more completely is my prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

 

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.comwe enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 

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Posted by on 01/15/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 518

Tuesday’s Torch 518

January 8, 2019

 

An angel of the Lord visited two couples and shared some miraculous news that would very much appear to be impossible. I would like to discuss their responses.

 

First we shall discuss the reaction of Mary upon being told she would give birth despite being a virgin and that the child would be the Son of God. What great faith it took to respond with “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.”

 

This news of pregnancy would surely be hard for her to explain to Joseph whom she was scheduled to wed. The scriptures state that upon this news, Joseph who was clearly a great man, was trying to figure out how to respond to the news to help protect this woman he no doubt loved from the scorn and shame she would have been met with when an angel appeared to him in a dream and let him know what was to happen and that he should wed his bride to be. Upon waking, we are told that he did exactly as instructed. Wow, yet another great example.

 

I would like to contrast these with the response of the priest Zacharias, who was to become the father of John the Baptist. He and his wife Elisabeth were advanced in age and they had no children as his wife was barren. An angel appeared to him with the good news that they would have a son named John and afterwards this is the description given In Luke 1:18-20:

 

“And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. “

 

Due to his lack of belief He was struck dumb and was unable to speak until after the child was born and given the name of John. I tend to think Zacharias May have been a lot like others who were struck dumb in the scriptures. Probably a man who was very well spoken and quite possibly a little high on himself similar to Saul of Tarsus?  And while the Bible does state that he was a righteous man, I can imagine He probably liked to talk a little too much and shut up less than he should’ve?  Much like someone I know pretty well.

 

As anyone who knows me can attest to, that person is myself. As I write this Torch from my own perspective I can’t help but think I behave sort of like this at times, many of us do. Even when God tells me to trust in Him for blessings I still can’t seem to get out of His way as though I have to bring them about myself. Too used to being able to talk my way into or out of anything with logic or reason using whatever way with words I’ve been blessed or cursed with.

 

The only reason God hasn’t struck me dumb is that I’m already doing a good enough job of that myself. But as I was preparing for this message I have been hit so strongly by the spirit that I am refocusing yet again on trusting in the Lord and not in myself. I’ve never had these verses hit me the way they did this morning when I cried straight through the entire first chapter of Luke.

 

I pray that you read it. Pray first and ask that you be able to be touched by these words the way that I was. Have faith. Be believing in much the fashion of Mary and Joseph. Cast aside the apparent pride or unbelief shown by Zacharias in that moment. And trust the words that the angel Gabriel spoke unto Mary, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”

 

I not only believe that with every fiber of my being but if I have a battle cry, that very well may be it. “With God, Nothing shall be impossible.”  The things we can do for ourselves are so extremely limited. But as we turn things over to our Heavenly Father, the possibilities are far more grand than we can ever imagine. Let Him work miracles in your lives. He can change your heart. He can change you. He can heal you. He can heal us all and fix whatever is broken. He can help us to achieve the “impossible”. I mean, He is the same God that caused each of these biblical miracles to take place. And I know this is true. And I share these words maybe not as humbly as I should, but I share them as humbly as I can at this point in time in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

 
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Posted by on 01/09/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 517

Tuesday’s Torch 517

January 1, 2019

 

Happy New Year! I got a suggestion from someone that I love very much on what to discuss for this week’s lesson. If we turn to James 1:5-6 we may read:

 

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. “

 

This scripture is very straightforward about seeking answers through prayer. God wants us to pray and He wants to answer our prayers. I would like to look at a couple examples from the scriptures of ways to increase the effectiveness of our prayers.

 

The primary way that we can help to ensure answers to our prayers is found in 1 John 3:22 “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” So many blessings are available through us by obedience. Obedience allows us the clarity to receive answers to our prayers as we are able to have the Holy Ghost as our constant companion.

 

I have at different times in my life poured out prayer after prayer. The times in my life that I have had the most clear promptings have been during the times I was working extremely hard to do the right thing. Throughout the past year as I have worked to put my addictions and character weaknesses in the past, I have received more and more insight.

 

I feel I should just lightly touch upon a couple things during the remainder of this message. Some people take no thought save it is to ask God without thinking things out in our own minds. It can be an extremely rich blessing to ponder and give serious thought to the things we intend to pray for. Also, upon receiving answer to our prayer, it is a very good practice to write down those inspirations we receive. This not only helps us to remember more clearly but also sends a message to our Heavenly Father that we appreciate and value the guidance received.

 

The last mention I will make is that of seeking after righteousness. As we pray for the righteous desires of our hearts we will increase our opportunities for help. If we find ourselves seeking after unrighteousness we will quickly feel the heavens close and the spirit will be withdrawn. Proverbs 11 states: “The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.”

 

In closing, we are to pray with unwavering faith. We are to be obedient, thoughtful and seek after righteousness as we turn to God. He will bless us abundantly as we turn our hearts and lives over to him. God can bless us in ways we do not think possible if we will give him that opportunity. I testify that with God, All things are possible. Might I clarify, all righteousness is possible thanks to the infinite power of the Atonement.

 

God stands with his arms outstretched to us. We are never too far gone. We are never beyond the saving power of the Atonement. Not as individuals, not as couples, not as families. If you can’t see a way back, don’t fear, God can lead you back from destruction. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he (or she) that seeketh findeth; and to him (or her) that knocketh it shall be opened.”

 

I pray for all of the blessings we stand in need of to be poured out upon us. That the impossible blessings become possible, that our can’t may become can. That our weaknesses may become strengths. This I leave with you in the scared name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

 

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.comwe enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 

 
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Tuesday’s Torch 516

Tuesday’s Torch 516

December 25, 2018

 

Merry Christmas, I thank my Father in Heaven that I can share a message with you today. I have had a great time trying my best to make Christmas wonderful for my sweet children and my family. Being able to show my love even by spending money is a great thing. Trying to live my life as righteously as possible is another gift I give to my family, and one of the only gifts that we can give to God.

 

I am far from perfect, but by the grace of God I am on the right path and I know in whom I put my trust. The savior has made all things possible. Even though it is sometimes hard, and suffering can become quite exhausting, and sometimes quitting seems the only course of action to get any relief, but that is not the way or the truth. God can make things right. The savior is not only the way, He is also the truth and the life.

 

I would like to share a powerful quote by Thomas S. Monson, it reads, “Some of you may at times have cried out in your suffering, wondering why our Heavenly Father would allow you to go through whatever trials you are facing. … Our mortal life, however, was never meant to be easy or consistently pleasant. … Each one of us experiences dark days when our loved ones pass away, painful times when our health is lost, feelings of being forsaken when those we love seem to have abandoned us. These and other trials present us with the real test of our ability to endure. …

“Only the Master knows the depths of our trials, our pain and our suffering. He alone offers us eternal peace in times of adversity. He alone touches our tortured souls with His comforting words: ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light’ [Matthew 11:28–30]”

 

I pray each of us can place our sins, shortcomings, pains and sufferings into the hands of the Savior who has already suffered for them. He has already paid the price. I know that my redeemer lives, I know that He was and is who He said He was, I know that He was born as the scriptures describe. I know that He lived a perfect life and then gave that perfect life willingly for each of us.

 

The Atonement blesses each of our lives, through that amazing power we can be strengthened and saved, our families can be strengthened and saved because All things are truly possible to them that believe. I believe, and I know that Jesus is the Christ. I love Him, I celebrate Him, I place my hopes and dreams in His worthy hands. It is in His name I leave these words with you, even the Holy name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.comwe enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 

 
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Posted by on 12/29/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 515

Tuesday’s Torch 515

December 18, 2018

 

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.​

Christmas does mean a bit more. I’ve not been super into the Christmas spirit this year. Family issues, financial concerns, stresses and strains have left me quite shaken. I have postponed decorating while hoping and praying for blessings it seems might not come. Waiting for last minute shopping after next payday has sapped some of the excitement. ​

Things very much aren’t how I had pictured they should be and so it’s been hard to feel like hanging ornaments on a tree. For weeks now I’ve been talking about hope and blessings and turning to God for help. Sometimes the help is strength to endure. I do not say that to suggest ever giving up or that miracles are not on their way. I know that all things are possible and that God loves us and knows what we need.​

The greatest gift we have ever been given is the Savior Jesus Christ. Our celebration of his birth now has so much craziness attached to it that it is easy to lose sight of that greatest blessing we were given. Jesus Christ was born in a manger, lived a perfect life, took our sins upon himself in the Garden of Gethsemane and gave his life for us on the cross at Calvary. ​

That gift allows us to repent of our sins. It allows us to make mistake after mistake, commit sin after sin, and still be welcomed back onto the Gospel path when we recognize our sometimes horrific errors and seek help in making necessary changes. ​

How eternally grateful we should all be for the gift of the Atonement. The best gift we can give this year is our best selves. We can do all in our power to be better. To allow the Atonement to work in our lives. To break free from the chains that bind us to previous mistakes, ours or someone else’s. We should all know that it is never too late to do the right thing. It is never too late to forgive ourselves or others, to forsake our sins, to do the right thing even when it is hard. Or even when doing the wrong thing seems to offer such promise or reward. ​

In years past, minor pains and stresses would have led me down a dark path seeking relief and an escape. I thank my Father in Heaven that he is changing me into something better than ever. Sometimes my words may come across as bragging on myself or taking credit for every positive change I have made. But believe me, that credit belongs to my Savior who makes it all possible. I speak of overcoming my challenges not as a way to shout “look how awesome I am “, but to say, “look how terrible I was, and look at how great my God is to save me anyway!” And I testify, that if He can save me, as He has and continues to do, He can truly save anyone or anything we entrust to him. In closing, as we turn to God, as we live righteously despite our trials we may take comfort in this verse: “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” -Psalm 55:22​

May God bless and strengthen you. May He heal and comfort you. May He inspire and guide you. And may you feel of His love for you more abundantly, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.comwe enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 

 
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Posted by on 12/18/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 514

Tuesday’s Torch 514

December 11, 2018

 

Christmas is fast approaching. While there is a great excitement and plenty of joy to be found, there is also a lot of stress, anxiety, and headaches. I’m going to focus this message on a great example of God’s love for us. Years ago in a time where passions were high, stress was elevated, political turmoil, religious uncertainty, God proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that He cares for us and will provide that which we need. Of course, I speak of His Son. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

 

He sent Him to us in the most humble of circumstances, to a lovely young woman named Mary with a righteous man named Joseph being willing to help raise the Son of God.

 

Christ was born in a manger for there was no room at any of the inns. We have all heard the story of how the King of Kings was born, and how he grew in wisdom and knowledge throughout his youth and into adulthood. He lived a perfect life to be the ultimate lamb without blemish, to take upon himself our sins and all the heartache and pains caused by them, and to give his life willingly to pay that price that we could not pay for ourselves.

 

God can provide for us the blessings that we sometimes don’t even know that we need. As we live righteously no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, we prove to God that we are willing to allow His will to control our lives. So often blessings are tied to our obedience. Plenty have experienced the blessings that come from paying a tithe, or seeing that holding firm to keeping the commandments have blessed lives considerably.

 

So as we look at the upcoming Christmas holiday, remember to stay true to who you are. If you find yourself in a difficult place, God can get you through it. If you have no hope or faith, turn to Christ. He will not turn you away even if all you can do is want to believe. That is enough to begin to develop a relationship with the Savior. He is the greatest gift this world has ever and will ever receive.

 

May God bless each of you that receives these words. I pray that you can feel of the love descending from Heaven the way that I can. I would not be here if not for the truthfulness of the Gospel which I profess and preach. I know that God lives and loves us. I know that Jesus is the Christ. I know that He lived, died and came back from the grave for each and every one of us individually and as a whole. I know this as clearly as I know my own name. And I share these words in the name of Him we celebrate, even Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

 

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.comwe enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 

 
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Posted by on 12/11/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 513

Tuesday’s Torch 513

December 4, 2018​

Bobby Stewart​

Last week we discussed how difficult this time of year can be for some people but that nothing can separate us from the Love of God.  Next week we will begin discussing a Christmas theme. However this week, I am going to discuss fear.  I am a fan of Christian music and one of my favorite songs right now is by Zach Williams and is called “Fear is a Liar”.  If you’ve never heard it, It’s worth a listen; and if you have heard it, it’s worth listening to again. ​

In the song there are many lyrics that describe what fear tells us regarding who we are, our worth and our potential. In the song, you could interchange the word fear for Satan. ​

If you hear any of the following speaking into your mind you can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that these are not being spoken by our loving God and they are not coming from you.  These lies Satan tells us can sound like:  “You’re not good enough.” “You’re not strong enough!” “You’re not worthy.” “You’re not loved.” “You’re not beautiful.” “You’ll never be enough.” ​

Or maybe the words sound more like “You are dirty.” “You should be ashamed.” “you should run away” or that you’re beyond the grace of God.  That it’s too late for you or for the righteous desires of your heart.  ​

When we are afraid to try, to hope, to fight for that righteous desire because we don’t think it is achievable, that it’s gone.  It’s not.  It never will be.  ​

When those fears try to bring you down into the depths of despair, turn to Psalms 46:1-3:  ​

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.” -End quote  Later in that chapter God tells us to “Be still” and know that He is God. He will help us overcome fear. ​

In the words to the song I mentioned earlier the results of listening to what fear is telling you is that it will “take your breath”, “stop you in your steps” “rob your rest” and “steal your happiness”.  Do you feel any of these things?  Sometimes I do. I think we all do from time to time. So what do we do? ​

The song advises that we cast our fear into the fire, because fear, He is a liar.  Satan is the father of all lies.  Let us all stop listening to the lies He tells us.  If your happiness has been stolen, if you feel as though you can’t breath, if you are scared that you are not strong enough or can’t do something, that is not from your Father in Heaven or His Son Jesus Christ.  Turn to God who will strengthen you and help you see your worth.  He will comfort you and help you see the truth.  May we all find the renewed strength required to make it through our struggles and rise to the occasion.  Take back your happiness.  Refuse to fall victim to thinking that anything is impossible.  I testify from personal experience that nothing is impossible when we believe and turn to the Savior for help.  Because He has helped me overcome things that I never dreamed possible, and He will help you.  And that is what I leave with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.​

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.comwe enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 
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Posted by on 12/05/2018 in Torches