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Tuesdays Torch week 200

Tuesday’s Torch

10/30/12 

By: Tim Sader

 

Matthew 8:3

 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.

Last week we learned what Jesus said concerning us giving and the kind of gifts we give. Our gifts when we give should be good gifts because that is how God gives so our giving should reflect Him. God blessed us with everything so when we give it is like God visiting them. As children we were disappointed if we got a bad gift. Mostly we got good gifts because our parents loved us and when God gives He gives His best so we should too. The poor widow wasn’t noticed for the amount she gave but because she gave her best like we should. When we generously give our best it is a memorial offering to God. Our giving represents the Lord so we shouldn’t give what we wouldn’t want. God gives what is perfect so if someone has a need don’t give hand me downs and leftovers give what’s best and He will bless us to do more good. The gift God gave to us is Christ who through Him we are made clean. The man with leprosy was unclean because of a skin disease and he knew if he went to Jesus that Jesus would make him clean. Today we can do the same as this man and Jesus will tell us to Be Clean and we will be cleansed.

People that really love their cars spend time to keep the car in top shape. Every Saturday they wash it to make sure it’s looking good. What if washing it was all they did to the car? There is more to a car then what it looks like on the outside if the inside is dirty it still is not clean. That car also has an engine and if it is not properly cared for how clean it is means nothing; the car is useless. We are like cars and dishes cleaning the outside of us only does not make us clean we have to maintain what is under our skin to be clean (Matthew 23:25-26). One way to be clean inside is by doing what we talked about last week. When we are generous it is like being refreshed from inside the soul it cleans everything (Luke 11:41). Another way we are made clean Jesus tells us is through the words He speaks to us (John 15:3). We are made clean through the word of God it is like soap for the soul if we apply it to our lives it cleans us. Remember though if His words make us clean negative words spoken that we agree with or the ones we speak can make us dirty. Christ loved us enough to shed His blood to make us holy; cleansing us like we are washed by the water of His word (Ephesians 5:26). To be washed in this way we must know Christ and follow His word or we are not clean. We cannot be made clean without the sprinkling of blood to cover the things that make us unclean. Christ shed His blood for us so how much will His blood cleanse our souls from the unrighteousness that makes us dirty (Hebrews 9:13-14)? To Be Clean means we have been washed by the sprinkling of Christ’s blood and if we will go to Him we will stay that way. He is willing so if we do what we must our dish will be washed and we will be clean inside like we are on the outside.

I will be working on expanding the reach of Tuesdays Torch and transitioning it into other forms to shine the light so others can see its shining and be saved.  I pray the words of this Tuesdays Torch and every Torch will sink into your hearts and minds as you go about your busy week.  Please feel free to forward The Torch to others so it can reach more people with its message of encouragement.  If you are involved in churches or ministries that could benefit from the sharing of Tuesdays Torch please let me know so together we can be torch bearers to carry this flame into the dark places.  I pray the Lord will continue touching each of your lives.  All of what Christ did He did so we would believe in who He said He is.  He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what he did (John 14:11).  Every Tuesdays Torch we talk a little more about what He did and testify to what he is still doing.  The best thing God has ever done was sending us His only son so we could be saved (John 3:16).  If anyone is not a believer my prayer is that you will meet the Lord so He transform your life too.  If it’s on your heart to make Jesus Christ your Savior send a message to: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com and we will help you do that.  Look out for next Tuesdays Torch by email or find it on Facebook by searching Tuesdays Torch or by clicking here also please share and like our page.  Thanks and God Bless all of you!

Blessed are you who enter in God’s name—from God’s house we bless you! God is God, he has bathed us in light.  Psalm 118:26-27

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Posted by on 10/30/2012 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 199

Tuesday’s Torch

10/23/12 

By: Tim Sader

 

James 1:17

 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Last week we learned how to flex our God Muscles given to us through salvation and the power given us through following Christ. We inherited our God Muscles when we were adopted and given the power to be His children. All of us have felt weak in one way or another and it’s in those moments we get to see Gods strength at work in us. His strength is made perfect in our weakness because in it we realize it can’t be done without Him. Our God Muscles are enhanced through the powers given to us through Him. These muscles are the superpowers we have from abiding in Him. We can heal the sick, cast out demons, walk on deadly things, overcome our enemy and we get to live forever. What are your God Muscles? Another way we can flex those muscles is through our giving by giving good gifts to others. Surely when we give out of the gifts of God what we give is good so whenever we give it should be good because that’s how God gives. When we give good gifts to others it is like God coming down and showing His kindness to them. Whatever we have He blessed us with it so when we represent Him we need to give our best because that’s what He gave us.

When we think gifts many of us think about Christmas or Birthday gifts we received as children. As children imagine what we would have thought if we opened those gifts and found a deflated basketball or a headless baby doll. These would not have been good gifts for most of us and we probably would have been seriously disappointed. Unless those gifts were our best most of us would give our children something new and in proper working order. Being evil we know how to give good gifts to our children just as God gives us His very best (Matthew 7:11). While seeing the rich bring their gifts to the temple Jesus noticed a poor widow bring her two cents. Though the rich were bringing nice valuable treasures they still had plenty so it wasn’t their best. The widow brought all she had and what she brought was her best so that’s why her gift had more value (Luke 21:1-4). Whenever we give we shouldn’t just give to be giving we need to give our best so its value will be great to the Lord. Cornelius the centurion and his family were devout followers of Christ praying often and giving to the poor. Because of his giving and prayers the Lord sent an angel telling him it was a memorial offering to God (Acts 10:1-4). When we give to help the needy or bless someone we need to give our best and remember we are giving it as an offering to God so it should be a good gift. The verse today tells us every good gift comes from God above so our giving should represent Him in a good and perfect way.  Read (2 Corinthians 9:6-11) it tells us we will reap in accordance to what we sowed. If we give what we would not want ourselves we will one day reap something we might not want when we are down. An example of this is giving food to the poor don’t give to them out of date almost spoiled food if that’s not your very best. Eat what you have and give to them a good gift by feeding them the best you can give. If we sow good gifts to others the Lord will bless us greatly so we can continue giving in a way that pleases Him. Every good gift is from God so every gift we give should be our best offering onto the Lord so he can continue blessing us to do more good.

I will be working on expanding the reach of Tuesdays Torch and transitioning it into other forms to shine the light so others can see its shining and be saved.  I pray the words of this Tuesdays Torch and every Torch will sink into your hearts and minds as you go about your busy week.  Please feel free to forward The Torch to others so it can reach more people with its message of encouragement.  If you are involved in churches or ministries that could benefit from the sharing of Tuesdays Torch please let me know so together we can be torch bearers to carry this flame into the dark places.  I pray the Lord will continue touching each of your lives.  All of what Christ did He did so we would believe in who He said He is.  He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what he did (John 14:11).  Every Tuesdays Torch we talk a little more about what He did and testify to what he is still doing.  The best thing God has ever done was sending us His only son so we could be saved (John 3:16).  If anyone is not a believer my prayer is that you will meet the Lord so He transform your life too.  If it’s on your heart to make Jesus Christ your Savior send a message to: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com and we will help you do that.  Look out for next Tuesdays Torch by email or find it on Facebook by searching Tuesdays Torch or by clicking here also please share and like our page.  Thanks and God Bless all of you!

Blessed are you who enter in God’s name—from God’s house we bless you! God is God, he has bathed us in light.  Psalm 118:26-27

 
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Posted by on 10/23/2012 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 198

Tuesday’s Torch

10/16/12 

By: Tim Sader

 

John 1:12

 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.

Last week we learned about persecution and that Christ told us we would face it because they persecuted Him to. Though we might never be crucified some of the resistance Jesus faced we will face if we chose to live our life for Him. Recently I was faced with persecution when I was led to accidently send the Torch to an atheist group on Facebook. I was left feeling mugged and beat down because they smeared the name of our Lord in their mud of science and lies. My heart was broke thinking Christ faced something far worse but I pray the seed was planted since the next morning it was still being discussed in the group. Serving Christ means persecution will come but the bible says we are blessed with rewards in heaven when it comes. We are told though not to curse our persecutors but to love and pray for them since God loves them to. He is good to sinners and saints so we should consider it joy when persecution comes because in trials our faith is tested. We should be glad in persecution since we know He is our reward we get to share Him with others. Persecution gives us an opportunity to flex our God Muscles since in Him we have our strength. What are God Muscles? We might ask. These muscles are the strength given to us from God through Christ so we can accomplish the works of the Kingdom. The verse today tells us we have been given power to be children of God and we inherited our God Muscles through belief in His son who died to give us that strength.

Salvation is the first time we find our new muscles by seeing the power of God working in us. We are told in (Ephesians 6:10) to be strong in the Lords mighty power so to build our muscles we must abide in Him. We all have been weak and felt like all hope is gone. These are the moments to really flex our God Muscles. My life has been full of struggles due to losing strength in my muscles because of Muscular Dystrophy. I trust He has my best interests in mind and at the right time He will deliver me from my affliction. What I have learned when I was progressively too weak to walk, drive, or feed myself is that He is always strong. When we’re depressed, sick, angry, in grief or dying He is strong. If we will abide in Him, He flexes His muscles in us.  Read (1 Corinthians 1:25-27) it tells us that God uses what is weak to show how strong He really is. Truly we are nothing without the Lord even our wisdom is foolishness compared to what He knows. His strength is made perfect in our weakness because when we are weak we realize we cannot do it without Him. This is why we can be confident in our weakness because grace covers where we are insufficient. When we are weak He is strong so we can show off our God Muscles (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). There are many ways he gives us power and strength. Before sending out His disciples to preach the Kingdom and heal the sick He gave them power to cast out demons and heal the sick (Luke 9:1-2). These things He also gives to us they are our God Muscles. “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you” (Luke 10:19). If we abide in Him when we are weak we will see His strength and grow stronger in Him. God Muscles are our superpowers we can walk on deadly pests, no enemy can beat us and we get to live forever.

I will be working on further expanding the reach of Tuesdays Torch and transitioning into other written forms to shine the light brighter in the dark so others can see its shining and be saved.  I pray the words of this Tuesdays Torch and every Torch will sink into your hearts and minds as you go about your busy week.  If you don’t forward The Torch to others please send it to everyone you know, so we can reach more people than ever before with its message and encouraging word.  If you are involved in churches or ministries that could benefit from the sharing of Tuesdays Torch please let me know so together we can be torch bearers to carry this flame into the dark places.  I pray the Lord will continue touching each of your lives.  All of what Christ did He did so we would believe in who He said He is.  He told us not to take his word for it but to believe in what he did (John 14:11).  Every Tuesdays Torch we talk a little more about what He did and testify to what he is still doing.  The best thing God has ever done was sending us His only son so we could be saved (John 3:16).  If anyone is not a believer my prayer is that you will meet the Lord so He transform your life too.  If it’s on your heart to make Jesus Christ your Savior send a message to: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com and we will help you do that.  Look out for next Tuesdays Torch by email or find it on Facebook by searching Tuesdays Torch or by clicking here also please share and like our page.  Thanks and God Bless all of you!

Blessed are you who enter in God’s name—from God’s house we bless you! God is God, he has bathed us in light.  Psalm 118:26-27

 
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Posted by on 10/16/2012 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 197

Tuesday’s Torch

10/09/12 

By: Tim Sader

 

2 Timothy 3:12

 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

Last week we learned what Jesus said about separating sheep from goats when the end comes.  We compared the two animals to see the little details that separate them and learned the spiritual significance of those differences.  Goats have more chromosomes in their DNA and eat more junk so they have more flesh in them and they gobble up more trash.  Sheep horns and tail go downward and they’re more genital spirit so they are humble and follow the voice of their shepherd.  In a fight sheep always win because they have a more direct and powerful blow though goats seem more aggressive.  As believers we belong to our flock the body of Christ and we follow the voice of the great shepherd when He calls us.  Sheep and goats are determined by how they treat others.  If we love them and care for their needs we enter the sheep’s field but if we’re stubborn and do our own thing we are sent away to the goat pen.  Goat or sheep we don’t know when testing comes so we must chose our breed and be what we are because even the best goat is still a goat so we better be sheep.  Being a sheep is not easy we will be attacked and persecuted just because we are sheep and chose to follow Christ.  We see in (John 15:20) that some of what happened to Christ our master will also happen to us.  Sure we may not be crucified but we will still face persecution and it sometimes feels like our own cross experience.

While sending the torch into new territory last week I joined some groups that seemed open to receiving the Torch.  One group that included Jesus in their title I joined and sent them a link to read last Tuesday’s message.  By assuming they were Christian and not reading their page I stirred up a hornets’ nest of atheists.  They read the Torch better than I read their page and tried to prove that God does not exist.  They used the bible to show me where God made bad things happen and used science to try and win me over.  I was cyber mugged by atheists; they smeared our faith and persecuted me for believing such non sense.  I understand that my accident put me where the Lord wanted me since twelve hours later they were still talking about it.  My heart broke hearing their hate giving me a taste of what Christ felt when we hated Him and had Him crucified.  Today’s verse says ‘if we chose to live a godly life…we will be persecuted.’  Living for Jesus takes many sacrifices following Him means persecution will come.  “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:11-12).  The prophets were persecuted and we can see the Lord was faithful to reward them.  That means we should be glad in our persecution to; knowing our blessing is on the way.  Later in (Matthew 5:44-45) we see what to do when slandered with all kinds of Evil.  We are told to love and pray for them so they can know the Lord since He loves them like He loves us.  We are to bless our persecutors (Romans 12:14) the Lord rains His goodness on sinners and saints so we should not curse who He wants to save.  We are to consider our persecution a joy because our faith is tested in our trials (James 1:2-3).  Being persecuted should make us glad because we know the joy that comes from receiving the reward of the Lord and it should be shared.

I will be working on further expanding the reach of Tuesdays Torch and transitioning into other writen forms to shine the light brighter in the dark so others can see its shining and be saved.  I pray the words of this Tuesdays Torch and every Torch will sink into your hearts and minds as you go about your busy week.  If you don’t forward The Torch to others please send it to everyone you know, so we can reach more people than ever before with its message and encouraging word.  If you are involved in churches or ministries that could benefit from the sharing of Tuesdays Torch please let me know so together we can be torch bearers to carry this flame into the dark places.  I pray the Lord will continue touching each of your lives.  All of what Christ did He did so we would believe in who He said He is.  He told us not to take his word for it but to believe in what he did (John 14:11).  Every Tuesdays Torch we talk a little more about what He did and testify to what he is still doing.  The best thing God has ever done was sending us His only son so we could be saved (John 3:16).  If anyone is not a believer my prayer is that you will meet the Lord so He transform your life too.  If it’s on your heart to make Jesus Christ your Savior send a message to: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com and we will help you do that.  Look out for next Tuesdays Torch by email or find it on Facebook by searching Tuesdays Torch or by clicking here also please share and like our page.  Thanks and God Bless all of you!

Blessed are you who enter in God’s name—from God’s house we bless you! God is God, he has bathed us in light.  Psalm 118:26-27

 
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Posted by on 10/09/2012 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 196

Tuesday’s Torch

10/02/12 

By: Tim Sader

 

Matthew 13:49

 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous.

Last week we learned how we get lost in life but when this happens we must find Jesus and he will help us get back on the right path.  We all get lost somewhere in the circumstances of life or just life in general.  When we get lost physically, mentally or emotionally we must learn to do what Zacchaeus did to be found.  First we must recognize we are lost just like Zacchaeus was in the crowd; without admitting this we might never be found.  Next we need a new perspective to see over the problem so we can focus on whatever it takes to be un-lost.  Zacchaeus climbed the tree to see Jesus we to must turn our focus to the Lord and He will meet us on the path.  After meeting the Lord we must walk with Him and let Him lead us so we can be clean, free and safe.  If we diligently seek the Lord when we’re lost He will find us where we are at we won’t be lost in the crowd.  People in many ways are all alike we have the same basic needs, thoughts and emotions.  We cannot tell who is lost or found even believers and non believers are almost identical except for a few minor differences.  Comparing the believer from non-believer is like separating sheep and goats we put them in different pastures; they don’t mix well because they are not the same kind of animal.  We believe in the Lord or we don’t, we are sheep or goats.

While preparing for this Torch I studied the differences between sheep and goats and was enlightened how we are like them.  Before we get started please read Matthew 25:31-46 to see what Jesus said about this subject.  Sheep only have 54 chromosomes goats have 60 so like those who are not saved they’re holding onto more of the flesh.  Goat horns and tail stand strait up while sheep horns curl under and tail lies down.  Those who don’t believe often have an attitude thinking they don’t need God; as believers we should be more humble to the Lord.  Goats eat pretty much whatever they can reach sticks, shrubs and sometimes trash.  Sheep eat a more refined diet grazing mainly of grass and clover.  As believers our spiritual diet should be more refined by not taking in the trash that might be okay to the world.  Goats have a strong odor that sheep don’t have kind of like the odor sin leaves behind when we remain in it.  During a fight goats seem to have a more aggressive approach rearing back on two legs to butt heads downward but the ram charges head on using speed and power to butt heads.  Being believers like rams we have the power and we always win against those who won’t believe.  Goats are stubborn and independent not easily penned or led by men.  Sheep like to be in flocks, they are easily led and stay in their pen.  John 10:27 says, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”  Believers are like sheep we know the voice of our master and we follow Him.  We are not goats wanting to be independent doing things our own way.  The way the Lord determines between sheep and goats is by how we treat others and the deeds we do might go unnoticed by us but if we do good we are called sheep and enter His pasture.  The unbeliever also did not notice the testing but the deeds they did were not good so the master separates them into the goat pen.  Today’s verse says in the end He separates the wicked from the righteous the sheep and goats are divided and receive their eternal reward.  Please, be a sheep!

I will be working on further expanding the reach of Tuesdays Torch and transitioning into other written forms to shine the light brighter in the dark so others can see its shining and be saved.  I pray the words of this Tuesdays Torch and every Torch will sink into your hearts and minds as you go about your busy week.  If you don’t forward The Torch to others please send it to everyone you know, so we can reach more people than ever before with its message and encouraging word.  If you are involved in churches or ministries that could benefit from the sharing of Tuesdays Torch please let me know so together we can be torch bearers to carry this flame into the dark places.  I pray the Lord will continue touching each of your lives.  All of what Christ did He did so we would believe in who He said He is.  He told us not to take his word for it but to believe in what he did.  Every Tuesdays Torch we talk a little more about what He did and testify to what he is still doing.  The best thing God has ever done was sending us His only son so we could be saved.  If anyone is not a believer my prayer is that you will meet the Lord so He transform your life too.  If it’s on your heart to make Jesus Christ your Savior send a message to: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com and we will help you do that.  Look out for next Tuesdays Torch by email or find it on Facebook by searching Tuesdays Torch or by clicking here also please share and like our page.  Thanks and God Bless all of you!

Blessed are you who enter in God’s name—from God’s house we bless you! God is God, he has bathed us in light.  Psalm 118:26-27

 
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Posted by on 10/02/2012 in Torches