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Tuesdays Torch week 493

Tuesday’s Torch

07/17/18

By: Tim Sader

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. (Psalm 130:5)

After two more weeks together we had spent more days together after our wedding than we had spent apart. During this time we got used to somewhat of a schedule and learned some of the differences between us. In marriage we learn to lay down our selves so we can be the first one to lovingly submit to the other. In the same way we should submit our lives to God, He is there through all the storms and will never reject us. After six more days together we brought Sammy to meet her ride at Lowes in Columbia. This time was different though Robbie, Laura’s husband had a birthday and Sammy’s sister was working nearby so we went and had dinner at Carolina Ale House. Four days after Sammy went to check in we were on our way to the Waffle House to pick her up again. This time she took an even bigger risk when she decided to come and stay at least a month or possibly until our house sold. We prayed a lot that someone would put in an offer on the house during this big faith step for Sammy. She let go of a great aide and made arrangements with her case manager to have an aide up by me through the home health agency that I use. The first weekend after she got there we went to Target to buy somethings she needed at our house to make it feel more like home. She brought her IPad with her but had no surface that felt right for her to use it on that was close to my workstation. We went out and got a little desk that was her right height and it fit nicely wherever she needed it to be. That Monday was the first day for Sammy’s temporary aide Rhonda to come and help her. She learned very fast and even was able to pick her up without the hoyer lift. Not many people can move her that way because there are only certain ways she can be moved without it hurting her. Rhonda was a great aide she even liked to build things so she put the desk together that Sammy bought. Good thing she did or it might still be in the box because mom and me aren’t good with stuff like that. Memorial Day weekend we hung out again with our friends Bobby, Ashley and Lila their little girl. We went to her dance recital, out for shaved ice and to the movies that night. The following weekend we got together with friends at the Mexican restaurant for Melina’s birthday.

A few days before that party Sammy’s faith and our prayers paid off when someone decide to put in an offer on our house so we had many reasons to celebrate. When it sold we wrote to our realtor in Charleston and told him we needed to find something as soon as possible. Sammy’s dad actually went out for us to look at some houses before we could get back down there. They found two houses that were nice and would work for us so we got ready to take Sammy back and go on a serious house hunting adventure. We had waited so long and waited on the Lord to sell our house for a while. We wanted it to happen before we were married so we wouldn’t have to travel to see eachother afterwards. That just wasn’t the plan though so we continued to wait on Him trusting that He would bring together what He started in our lives. When hope is delayed it is a sickening feeling but when what we longed for finally happens it fills us with life (Pr 13:12). We need to remember that God is good to those who seek and hope in Him. It is good to wait on Him to be our salvation (Lam 3:25-26). Abraham the father of our faith against all odds had hope and believed so He became the father of many nations in his old age just like God said He would (Rom 4:18). As we learn to trust Him the God of hope fills us with joy and peace so that we can overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom 15:13). I like this, the God of hope gives us the super natural power to have hope. He has also given us a new living hope through the resurrection of Christ into an inheritance that cannot perish; in heaven (1 Pet 1:3-4). During our entire relationship there were many hurdles to jump along the way but everytime one came up inside of me I knew we would overcome and we always did. Without the hope given by God I am certain I would not have been quite as sure that it would all work out.

Lord you know and see our troubles; we are waiting on you God to move on behalf of us. We wait Lord because have hope that you will perform your word in our lives. We thank you God for giving us what we long for and for being our tree of life. We know that you are good so help us to seek you so that you maybe our salvation. Against all hope God may we hope in you to do the impossible in our lives like you said you would. Show us Lord that you are the God of hope and that with your power you fill us with hope in you. Thank you also for the hope of salvation that we have in Jesus your Son so that we can inherent our blessings and eternal life. In Jesus name, 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.com we 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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Blog from February 22, 2016

February 22, 2016

07/16/18

By: Cindy Lundhagen

(A continuation from Monday) – warning…this covers a period of separation (from God that is) and you probably won’t like me much after reading this one (I’ll have to accept that risk and if necessary pay that price). It will be worth it if, in the end, you understand that this period illustrates that God never leaves. He is patient. He is faithful. And He is full of all-consuming love, mercy and amazing grace.

After graduating high school, I found my ticket out with an Air Force ROTC scholarship to Louisiana Tech University. I thought I could simply run away from my past and everyone in it. But I brought along a ton of baggage…more than I could carry. The way I survived my childhood was all about self preservation…fight when possible, flight when necessary and avoidance at all costs. The costs were devastating to both my sisters. My older sister endured some horrific things; my guilt lies in not saying or doing anything to save her. I left home when my younger sister was only 13 knowing full well the fate that could await her. They are both deeply troubled today. Psychologists would call it “Survivor’s Guilt”; I call it a personal hell you carry in your soul.

Don’t let anyone tell you that physical and emotional scars don’t hurt. Scars are surface repairs that simply try to bind; the healing has to occur down below the surface where the actual wound (aka pain) is found. If you don’t heal there…the scars will hurt. My scars were still hurting. I began to struggle with PTSD…nightmares and fits of pure rage over minor incidents most people would blow off. I confided in and loved someone for the first time…only to be devastated when I couldn’t be what that person wanted me to be. The relationship fizzled and eventually died. I vowed to never allow myself to be hurt again…by anything. I built a fortress to protect…from all things.

Graduated college and got assigned to Charleston Air Force Base. Finally freedom and money. But my issues followed me once more. Managed my life in ship tight compartments (or so I thought)…doing extremely well professionally and not so great personally. I didn’t know how to love and trust…so I didn’t. I got involved in lots of relationships where love and trust were not requirements. I discovered I could get physical satisfaction without emotional attachment…with virtually anyone I wanted whenever I wanted…so I did. I broke hearts and I broke marriages. Eventually…it all broke me. It was like I was emotionally vulnerable and emotionally dead at the same time. The turning point was when a man left his young child home alone to come see me. Potential harm to a child was a line I dared not cross. The thing was I didn’t know how to get out of my mess. I wanted to kill myself but I didn’t want to die. Yet again I had no where else to turn…except back to God. I begged him to either help me to end my life or to save it. I poured my heart out to Him that night; completely surrendered everything and left it all in His hands. At the end of the night I was still there and had reconnected with God in such an incredibly intense and powerful way. A few weeks later I found out I was pregnant. And I thanked God for saving us both…

The good stuff starts next Monday.

Cindy Lundhagen — Summerville, SC

 
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Posted by on 07/16/2018 in Friends on Fire

 

Tuesdays Torch week 492

Tuesday’s Torch

07/10/18

By: Tim Sader

Wives do not have authority over their body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, husbands do not have authority over their body but yields it to his wife. (1 Corinthians 7:4)

When the wedding was over the house hadn’t sold yet so we had to part ways for a while again. This was the hardest time we ever spent apart it was only a day and a half before we made a way to be together more until we could find a house. In this life we go through hardships and in them we can grow closer to God because He is there with us. After ten days together again Sammy had to check in on things in her part of the world so she wouldn’t lose her benefits or help. Her sister-in-law met us at Lowes in Columbia because she was seperated and her husband worked there so she’d drop his son off and pick Sammy up there. Three days later when Laura came back to get her son Sammy hitched a ride again and we picked her up at the Waffle House. After the first ten days in York Sammy and me had worked out a bit of a rutine so it was slightly easier because she knew what to expect. When she came to visit we slept in the guest room, she brought her shower/potty chair for bathroom and washing. We got a hoyer lift to pick her up if my mom needed it to transfer Sammy and our friend Janet also helped mostly in morning and at bed time. Sammy is not big on restaurants, food is just not her thing but we mainly ate out since it was just mom and me. We did a lot of takeout food when Sammy came to visit and she suffered through a few meals with me at my favorite places. Mom cooked a few nice meals though and we did most breakfasts and lunch at home with leftovers and quick meal options. We had many visitors when she was there people who wanted to get to know Sammy and hang out before we moved. We really connected with our friends Bobby and Ashley during these trips. Some of our best moments together were shared with this other couple we truly enjoyed our moments with them and Lila their little girl just loved Sammy. Our first alone date without a care giver was with them; we went for pizza and had good conversation. The first trip in May lasted five days not long enough but more days together. That time we made it eight days apart, felt like the longest time ever before we were together for six more days.

These moments at my old house when Sammy was able to stay with me I think we were learning many things about being married. When dating someone we learn all the ways we are alike but after marriage when two people live together we start to see how we are different. In something I read it said some of the biggest disagreements in a new marriage are over control of the thermostat and the television. This would be true for us because I like it warmer than Sammy and she is hot most of the time. She is able to use TV controls better than I can so that one was resolved by default. Lucky for me we like a lot of the same shows and if I want to watch something she’ll play it for me. As far as the thermostat goes it stays just about cool enough for her and I use a blanket and or a heater depending on the season. Wives and husbands no longer only belong to themselves they have someone else’s interests to put before their own. A few months back at Ashley Ridge Church we did a series by Andy Stanley called What Happy Couples Know. In it he says, “Marriage is a submission competition.” It’s not about what they have or haven’t done for us it’s about laying down our agenda and putting them first. Husbands should have confidence in their wife and the good value she brings into his life (Pr 31:11-12). Many women do many great things but our own wives should surpass those things in our in our eyes. We should honor her with praises and words of encouragement (Pr 31:29). The Lord, our Holy One, God of all the earth is like a husband to us all. He calls us back to Him if we are distressed and troubled He will not reject us. We maybe apart for a moment but His compassion will bring us together again (Is 54:5-7). The love I share with Sammy makes me want to put her first which is difficult because shes always putting my needs before her own. Our love also makes it difficult to be less than five feet apart or we miss one another so after marriage we were never apart long.

Lord I ask that our relationships with others would bring you glory so that they see an example of you in it. Help us to stop tring to control everything but to turn control over to you so that we can properly learn to love. Help us to submit our agenda and put first whoever it is we are in relationship with. Show us it’s not about what we get out of it as it is about what we put into our relationships to help them grow. Give us kind words and deeds to speak and do so we can be an encouragement to significant others. Lord thank you for being a husband to us, always beckoning us back to you and for never turning your back on us. In Jesus name, 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.com we 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 07/10/2018 in Torches

 

Blog from February 15, 2016

February 15, 2016

04/09/18

By: Cindy Lundhagen

As forewarned or promised…stepping forward boldly or doing something perceived as incredibly stupid…here I go. You see I don’t believe Jesus wants me to be silent about the glorious things He has done for me, what He is currently doing within me or how He wants to use me now or in the future. I think He wants me to sing out His praises…so that is what I intend to do. Sharing my story strengthens my faith and I hope it will yours as well or perhaps lead you or someone you know in His direction again…or for the first time. Jesus has helped heal deep wounds, has brought me peace and a promise of eternal salvation…which is the crux of my end message to you. I have no secrets anymore… Know that I am willing to talk to anyone at anytime about anything if it could help you.

So let’s begin. I started out in a “normal” family until 2nd grade…father, mother, older sister (2 yrs) and younger sister (5 yrs). We went off and on to a Catholic church of which I remember very little; I had a basic concept of God and prayer and that’s it. My mom began an affair, parents got divorced, and my mom remarried with custody of us kids. It didn’t take long to realize my world had been upended. Through the rest of my childhood, I experienced periods of poverty, sexual and physical abuse, and neglect. I was exposed to violence, alcoholism, abandonment and isolation, the death and destruction of things I loved, the attempted suicide of my mom and a host of other “really bad stuff” not imaginable to most kids. Though for me, the worst was feeling unwanted and unloved.

But let me tell you about God during this period. He was always, always there. He was a constant reassuring presence in the midst of a storm of chaos. He got me through many lonely days and terrifying nights. And I learned to pray…really just to talk to God when I had no one else.

Since I’ve read the Bible in the last few years, I often turn to John 6:16-21 when facing fear and circumstances outside of my control. In it Jesus walked on water in a stormy sea and his disciples were “terrified”. His answer to their terror is subtly profound, and important to grasp — he doesn’t explain himself; he simply reveals himself. “Don’t be afraid. I am here!”. Our assurance that everything will be OK has everything to do with the presence of Jesus in the midst of our fear. And more than quelling our fear, He invites us to walk directly into the fear, knowing that He is always with us, we are never alone and we are loved beyond belief by a mighty, mighty power that NOTHING can overcome.

Hang in there with me for a little more of my history…you’ll see the depths He has pulled me from and the lengths He went to…and then things will get interesting. Until next Monday…

Cindy Lundhagen – Summerville, SC

 
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Posted by on 07/09/2018 in Friends on Fire

 

THE NATURE AND CHARACTER OF FALLEN MAN

SEVEN FUNDAMENTALS OF THE CROSS

ONE: THE NECESSITY OF THE CROSS

III. THE NATURE AND CHARACTER OF FALLEN MAN

By: Brother Cliff

The nature and character of fallen man: the horror and depravity of sin.

Sin: deceived, selfish, lust, rebellious, pride, fear, guilt and shame.

Death: darkness, chaos, lies, anger, abortion, theft, war, disease.

Fallen man is deceived by sin. He is selfishly rebellious, prideful in lust, and driven by fear, anger, guilt and shame. He dwells in confusion and chaos; ever bound by lies. Sinful man is the prisoner of Satan.

Hopelessly captive; the servant of sin fuels and promotes death and the kingdom of darkness every day of their life.

1Jn 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

Fallen man:

deceived/wicked

selfish/lust

prideful/rebellious

fearful/guilty

shame/darkness

chaos

lies

anger

abortion

death

theft

war

disease

Joh 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Nature of God                        vs                     Nature of Fallen Man

Holy/Love                                                       deceived/wicked

Different/Self-giving                                      selfish/lust

Good/Severe                                                   prideful/rebellious

Righteous                                                        fearful/guilty

Wisdom                                                           shame/darkness

Just                                                                  chaos

Jealous                                                             lies

Fire/Light                                                        anger

Way/Truth/Life                                               abortion

Mercy                                                              death

Grace                                                               war

Patient/Kind                                                    disease

Gen 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

1Jn 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

Brother Cliff — Fort Mill, SC

 
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Posted by on 07/05/2018 in Friends on Fire

 

Tuesdays Torch week 491

Tuesday’s Torch

07/03/18

By: Tim Sader

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? (Hebrews 12:7)

After a big ordeal over the hotel putting us in the wrong room on the first night of our honeymoon stay in Charleston we had a wonderful time learning to be husband and wife. The way newlyweds rejoice after the wedding is much like the way God delights in us when we partner our lives to Him. The day we left our honeymoon was my new wifes birthday and we only were able to spend part of it together because I had to go back to my house three hours away an leave her there. This felt wrong on so many levels; not a great way to start our marriage having to leave my wife on her birthday. There was nothing I could do about it because mom had an appointment the next day. This was harder than we ever imagined since we were used to it through all our dating and engagement. After marriage it hurt to the core to be seperated so soon from my one my true love. Sammy cried for days when I left, I cried some to and just was not happy about anything because all I wanted was to be with her. After such intense time missing one another we knew something had to happen so we could be together more time until our house sold. The whole time we were dating Sammy was only able to make it to my house in York one time when her dad and step mom were going to a wedding a little further into North Carolina. A couple days after we were apart Sammy finally told her dad she missed her Timmy and had to go to where I was at. I think it was hurting him to see his little girl so sad because he agreed to bring her half way if we could meet them somewhere and pick her up. We decided to meet at a restaurant called Lizard Thicket in Columbia, SC. I knew her friend Medina lived there so we asked if she wanted to meet us for an early dinner to help ease the difficult transition. From there our house was a little less than two hours away so we went ahead and got on the road. When we got there it was so nice to finally be together for quite a few days at least. I don’t remember many details about this time the main thing is we were together and everything felt right in our newlywed world.

Coming to my house so far away was a huge step for Sam probably the most difficult thing she had done in her adult life. Her dad and home-health aides had been taking care of her needs for many years just like my mom has taken care of me. Leaving the comforts of home was a major trial for her I wonder if I could have done the same though know I would have if it was an option. What was a worse hardship than leaving though was staying and being separated for an unknown amount of time so she endured it in order for us to do what was the greater thing. The greatest reason we can endure hardship is for the love of God and our relationship with Him. When we endure difficulties in life we should think about them as we would look at being disciplined. This isn’t to say God made trouble for us but how we face obstacles in life is important. We can learn and grow in times like these or we can stay beat up and defeated by our circumstances. Children are disciplined because of love in order for them to mature and grow up making better decisions. This is how we are meant to handle hardships in life. When we overcome opposition it strengthens and encourages our faith. We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22). No trouble or hardship we can face will keep us from the love of Christ. We can be confident in knowing that nothing in the entire unverse, visible, invisible, spiritual, physical or anything in creation can separate us from His love (Rom 8:35-39). As servants of God we are commended by our endurance in times of trouble. Paul endured beatings, imprisonment, hunger, lies, bad reports, mistaken identities and so much more but through all this bad He also experienced so much Gods goodness and grace (2 Cor 6:3-10). The grace given us through Christ is enough for Him to be there through all our trials this is why we boast in weakness because in weakness He is our strength (Heb 12:7). Together we trusted the plan we set up for Sammy to stay with me and though it was hard with the help of God it all worked out.

Lord I ask that you would help us in our times of trouble so that together with you we can overcome our trials. When we face hardships God help us to learn and grow from it so that we can be strengthened in our faith. Lord help us to enter the kingdom of God through our difficulties by turning to you in the midst of them. I ask that we would see that we’re more than conquerors in all things because of your great love for us. Help us not to be defeated by our struggles but to focus on how you give us the victory. In Jesus name, 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.com we 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 07/03/2018 in Torches

 

The Divine Nature and Character of God

Seven Fundamentals of The Cross

ONE: THE NECESSITY OF THE CROSS

II: The Divine Nature and Character of God

By: Brother Cliff

Holy Love

Holy: good, wholly other-than, unique, no comparative, different.

Love: severe, other-centered, self-giving.

Holy is far beyond the opposite of evil. Every attribute of God is incomparable to all other expressions. There is nothing, there is no one who compares. He alone is God. The eternal, unchanging God is Holy Love. He is a hungry, consuming Fire. He is everlasting Light. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He is Righteous. He is Just. He is Jealous. He is Wisdom.

God is merciful. He is full of grace and kindness. God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is wholly, Holy Love!

Joh 3:16 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.

:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

God is:

Holy/Love

Different/Self-giving

Good/Severe

Righteous

Wisdom

Just

Jealous

Fire/Light

Way/Truth/Life

Mercy

Grace

Patient

Kind

God is immutable: unchanging, always the same!

Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Consider next the nature and character of fallen man: the horror and depravity of sin. From the moment Adam was deceived by Satan and then chose to sin by rejecting God’s Word, all of mankind have been the inheritors of his sin nature and its fruit; which is death. What is it about sin that is so horrifying and depraved in, and through the life of a sinful person?

Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

“sin entered into the world, and death by sin…”

Every time sin is committed it is directly enabling and promoting death in the world. Sin is the inherited nature and character of every descendant of Adam in the earth. All are sinners by nature, and by default; promoters of Satan’s kingdom of darkness through sin and death.

All that produces death; whether it be by disease, murder, war, abortion, prejudice, hatred, starvation, suicide, or any other means by which death comes, its spiritual root is always mankind’s sin in the earth.

This Biblical truth strips away the subtle lies of rationalization; justifying some sins as more or less ok, because they are not nearly as bad as others. All sin fuels death. Sin must be destroyed and the sinner punished as a promoter of death. That is why God has declared: “the soul that sinneth must die”. [Ezek 18:20]

Brother Cliff — Fort Mill, SC

 
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Posted by on 06/28/2018 in Friends on Fire