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Tuesdays Torch week 308

Tuesday’s Torch

11/25/14

By: Tim Sader

1 Corinthians 15:57

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Last week we learned about what surprises God even though He knows everything. Our free will offers Him a certain level of surprise mostly by our strong faith or lack of faith in Him even after experiencing the miraculous. We should give thanks to God and trust Him with our lives because in Christ we have the victory over every circumstance. With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up in a few days I decided to look in the word to see what it says about being thankful. This year is the first year in a long time I’m truly in the spirit of the season. Last year I felt incredibly blessed but Thanksgiving still was not the same without my brother Joe to celebrate it with. He really enjoyed the holidays especially if it involved making and eating large amounts of food. He would do everything he could possibly do to have a successful great tasting meal on that day even if it meant going to the neighbors and helping them. Losing him in 2011 took a lot of my joy at the holidays. I was thankful for life, God and family but I had no desire to celebrate. This year and the second half of last year my whole world changed and I feel that the holidays will be better again. This year marked the beginning of a new relationship that has completely opened a whole new world to me. I get to enjoy new holiday traditions with the beautiful young lady I get to spend my days with and I get to become closer with her family as we merge our lives. These are exciting times in my life and I have so much to be thankful for. My future is bright because God is with me and He has richly blessed me in more ways than I can list in one Torch. May we all remember what God has done for us this year and be thankful for the victories we are now experiencing in our lives.

We should give thanks mostly to God because of His goodness; His love for us lasts forever (1 Chronicles 16:34). Christians should be most thankful because we have faith in God like we were taught. Since we have received Christ we should continue living our lives for Him. We should be thankful because we are rooted and strengthened in our faith (Colossians 2:6-7). In Christ our lives are enriched in every way with all kinds of speech and knowledge. This grace that God gave us in His son we should be thankful for because our new life in Him confirms our testimony (1 Corinthians 1:4-6). Believing in Christ means we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken; we should be thankful and worship God in reverence and awe (Hebrews 12:28). No matter what is happening in our lives, in all circumstances we should be thankful. It is the will of God for us to always be thankful because of everything Christ did for us (1 Thessalonians 5:18). We should thank God always for the brothers and sisters in our lives. We need to thank Him for all our loved ones because it grows our faith and increases our love for each other (2 Thessalonians 1:3). People and family is the biggest thing most of us are thankful for at Thanksgiving. I know this is true for me because missing someone made it difficult and adding a new person to my life is making it exciting again. Mostly to God we are thankful because He’s the one who is and was; by His great power He has begun to reign (Revelations 11:17). Our God reigns if we believe this we should be thankful at all times; He will give us the victory because He is good and His love goes on and on forever. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Tuesdays Torch has an official website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com The Daily Spark and Scripture Pictures are further spreading the message of Christ. We have accepted the opportunity for Tuesday’s Torch to be in Redeemed the Magazine for prisoners. The founder and author of Tuesdays Torch Tim Sader, has spoken in church and has several speaking engagements lined up for the future. 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. Recently we partnered with leisurelane.wordpress.com please check it out and send them some love. Any ministries or blogs that would like to partner with Tuesdays Torch please let us know. We pray the Lord will touch every reader. 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 a little more about what He did and what He is still doing. The best thing God has ever done was send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will meet the Lord. If anyone wants to make Jesus Christ their Savior send a message to: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com and we will pray together. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website, by email, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or 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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Throwback Thursday week 25

Throwback Thursday

Week 25

By: Tim Sader

Isaiah 30:18

But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be ghey babyracious to you. He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you. God takes the time to do everything right—everything. Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.

Last week we discussed a word the Lord gave me concerning angels and learned about these heavenly hosts. The word the Lord gave me was, “sometimes people can be angels.” We went to the word and learned there really are angels who minister to those who will inherit salvation. They are divine heavenly hosts sent to guard us, protect us, do Gods bidding, fulfill the word of God and His will in our lives. Sometimes they appear in glory and splendor but more often they appear as men and may come to us as strangers to test our faith, deliver a message or possibly help us in some way. Whether a stranger is an angel or not we should show others the love Christ both taught and lived by. We found out people cannot be angels but we can perform duties usually done by angels when the Lord gives us a special word for someone to help. Sometimes the stranger or friend who just happens to be there in that time of need may seem to be our guardian angel because of how they helped us. When I was in the hospital my girlfriend at the time was like an angel to me, she kept the word of God in my heart and mind while I was down. We are the light of the world and may appear angelic when doing the Lords work so if we love others in the right way people will see the Lord in us and His work will be done through us.

Today I want to talk about luck, what it is, who has it and why we are lucky to serve the God we put our hope and trust in. Once in just a couple months my friend, Erin found twenty four-leaf clovers in my small front yard. I don’t place a whole lot of trust in clovers but four-leaf clovers are a symbol of luck and have become a special token representing luck. Now what is amazing is she never really searches for them, they just catch her eye and sure enough it’s a four-leaf clover. After finding more clovers in two months then in her entire life God was saying something about luck to her. One weekend she found seven four-leaf clovers and seven is not only a lucky number but is also the number of God. This sparked my curiosity and made me want to know what God says about luck in the word if it even says anything about it at all. The word luck cannot be found in many translations of the bible but the word fortune not only refers to wealth but can also mean luck. In Genesis 30:11 Leah is saying, “what good luck” because her servants first baby from Jacob was a boy so the name Gad must have something to do with good luck. Job did not put his trust in the wealth he gained from working with his own two hands or hold the sun and moon in regard as gods. He was not unfaithful because he didn’t do those things so his fortune was not based on what he had it was based on what the Lord blessed him with (Job 31:24-28). He had good fortune because the Lord gave it to him.

After Israel turned away and then later returning to the Lord He promises to restore their fortune by having compassion and bringing them back together (Deuteronomy 30:3). This fortune is more like luck because their fortune is compassion and being reunited. When He restores their fortune He appoints a harvest not just any harvest but one appointed from the Lord (Hosea 6:11). A good harvest is good fortune for the people making them feel lucky because of Gods goodness. The Negev is a barren dessert south of Israel and in this place are dried streambeds. These streams are dry except when it rains then these streams fill up rapidly and become more like a fast flowing river. This is how God wants to restore us by raining down his goodness to restore our good fortune (Psalm 126:4). The Lord will restore and have compassion on the dwellings of the house of Jacob by allowing the city to be rebuilt on its ruins and its palace to stand where it once did (Jeremiah 30:18). This good fortune to have their city returned to it’s splendor is a gift from God for returning to him. Before being restored the towns in Judah and the streets were a desolate wasteland uninhabited by man or beast. When it is restored though there will be much rejoicing because of being so fortunate to have the land back like it was before it was lost (Jeremiah 33:10-11).

Ashkelon was an enemy of Judah dwelling in the Land but he is restoring them and delivering them from their enemy. He will make it so by evening they will be using the pastures of the enemy for their flocks and taking up residence in the houses of Ashkelon (Zephaniah 2:7). What good fortune to be delivered from your enemy and take over their land. After restoring his people he wants to gather them together so they can praise him for returning to them all that was lost and so all the people of the earth can show them honor (Zephaniah 3:20). Only God could make a nation as fortunate as He did for His chosen people. Israel was and is a truly blessed nation; the hand of God watches over this nation and protects it. No enemy stands a chance against those who the Lord defends (Deuteronomy 33:29). If we believe in Christ we have this kind of blessing and protection because we to are a people saved by God. So we are Lucky too! Sometimes a nation is only as lucky as its leaders. Young leaders lack experience and still have plenty mistakes to make where older leaders are wiser and have already made the silly mistakes (Ecclesiastes 10:16-17). Sounds like wisdom may have a little something to do with luck since the wise leader is the Lucky one.

The wicked has chosen to live under the curse but the righteous God blesses. Those who arrogantly question Him get ignored but when the luck of the righteous is down he will help them and build them back up (Proverbs 3:33-35). By choosing to be wise and not stupid we receive the better reward and can consider ourselves lucky to belong to the Lord. When we hit rock bottom and see no easy solution we can know God is there to pick us up and dust us off (Psalm 145:14). When we are down on our luck we must remember Jesus gave us all a fresh start all we must do is ask him to be Lord of our life.

Today’s scripture tells us that God is not finished. He always wants to give us more grace, more mercy and more blessings. He wants to see that everything He does for us is done right because He don’t miss a single detail, not even a hair on our head is where he didn’t want it. The only true way to have luck is by placing our trust in the Lord and waiting on Him to fulfill every promise He has given us. Four-leaf clovers are fun and do say something about luck considering they are only 1 in every 10,000 and are not easy to find. They are a symbol of luck but ultimately the Lord makes us lucky and He gave us a simple reminder in His creation. Christ gave us each a fresh start he wiped our slates clean and for that we are all lucky. When we hold nothing back from the Lord and give him our life he will clean it up and hold nothing against us (Psalm 32:1-2). If we draw near to the Lord and He’ll draw near to us. We should feel lucky to have the Lord.

 
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Tuesdays Torch week 307

Tuesday’s Torch

11/18/14

By: Tim Sader

Jeremiah 14:9

Why are you like a man taken by surprise, like a warrior powerless to save? You are among us, Lord, and we bear your name; do not forsake us!

Last week we learned that every morning we need to give God our attention by praying, reading the bible, putting on our armor and remembering the needs of others. Why would God be taken by surprise like a warrior who cannot save? Most people think that God is never surprised because He knows everything and everything happens according to His will. In some ways this is true but there is one exception that I noticed. Every morning the sun will rise, the tides will shift, if something drops it will fall and natural laws will work just the way He set it up. This is a lot like a television program it was planned, set up, recorded and that is the way it will happen every time. Then of course there’s live TV which is less predictable but generally reaches some kind of expected outcome. In sporting events one team will win, the news has been scripted and in nature animal instinct keeps things in the right order. These things are the television moments that surprise us sometimes but these things don’t surprise God at all. What does surprise God? Being a fan of video games through the years I noticed the one thing that God designed that sometimes takes Him by surprise. Video games are a lot like television it is something we watch except the way the gamer plays it determines the outcome. This sounds like free will; God is the programmer He set up every scenario that we could take and He knows the outcome of every choice. We are playing our own character in our life. The design and the program have been made but how we play it is entirely up to us. God enjoys this more because it’s the one thing that He didn’t prerecord; it hasn’t been planned so our choices even surprise Him. If we choose to bear His name He is with us and will not forsake us, even when surprised He will fix our glitch.

After Adam and Eve had eaten from the tree God told them not to they hid when they heard the Lord walking in the garden. God called out to them asking where they were (Genesis 3:8-9). For a moment God was surprised because He normally didn’t have to call out to them. It didn’t take long for Him to realize but He didn’t automatically assume the worst. In the days of Noah the human race became exceedingly wicked so much so the Lord was troubled and regretted making them. So He said, “I will wipe out all living things off the face of the earth because I regret making them (Genesis 6:5-7).” To come to that serious of a choice and to be that ashamed of creation at some point He was surprised that things got that bad. Many years after God preserved Noah He choose Israel to be His people. For hundreds of years they were slaves in Egypt. Then God did many miracles through His servant Moses to deliver them. In the desert God supernaturally delivered them and provided for all their needs. After all that He had done they still wouldn’t believe in Him and He wanted to send a plague to destroy them (Numbers 14:1-12). God was surprised that after seeing the miraculous they would still have their doubts. When Jesus went to His home town he was amazed because of their little faith for the miraculous (Mark 6:6). Sometimes He was also amazed when people had great faith to see others healed with just His word alone (Matthew 8:10). God is surprised most often by our freewill to have faith or unbelief even after knowing what is wrong or seeing evidence of His goodness.

Tuesdays Torch has an official website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com The Daily Spark and Scripture Pictures are further spreading the message of Christ. We have accepted the opportunity for Tuesday’s Torch to be in Redeemed the Magazine for prisoners. The founder and author of Tuesdays Torch Tim Sader, has spoken in church and has several speaking engagements lined up for the future. 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. Recently we partnered with leisurelane.wordpress.com please check it out and send them some love. Any ministries or blogs that would like to partner with Tuesdays Torch please let us know. We pray the Lord will touch every reader. 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 a little more about what He did and what He is still doing. The best thing God has ever done was send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will meet the Lord. If anyone wants to make Jesus Christ their Savior send a message to: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com and we will pray together. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website, by email, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or 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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