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Tuesdays Torch week 326

Tuesday’s Torch

03/31/15

By: Tim Sader

For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. (Psalm 36:9)

Last week we talked about being in the shadow of God’s wings where we are safe and protected from all harm. Evil cannot hide there but if we believe in His son Jesus we can abide in the shadow. For centuries men have been telling stories about and searching for the fountain of youth. The most recent story about it I can think of about it is Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Ties. Captain Jack. Black Beard and their pirate friends search for the fountain of youth. They find out they need a mermaid tear to open up the secret passage to access the fountain. Four opposing groups in search of it get there at the same time and a battle breaks out. When the Spanish crusaders make there entrance, they swipe the special challises needed to drink from the fountain, stomp on them and say, “Only God can grant eternal life; not this pagan god.” The Spaniards end up destroying the fountain and all that’s left is one drink and the last of them fight over it. The crusaders make a good argument; only God can grant eternal life and we can only receive it when we believe that Jesus is our savior. The fountain of life is always with us; in His light we can see the light. Jesus is the fountain of life men are in search of; some men have found Him but some search their whole life and never find whatever it is they are searching for. When we accept Christ He comes and lives inside of our hearts. It’s Christ in us that is the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Not only is the fountain Christ it is inside of us; no fountain we drink from will give us eternal life only the fountain we receive in the heart can do that. The fountain of life lives inside of us who believe in Christ and accept Him into our lives.

The fountain in us is a stream that others can draw from and it flows out of us. The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life but a wicked mouth conceals violence (Proverbs 10:11). The teaching of the wise is also a fountain of life it turns a person away from the snares of death (Proverbs 13:14). The fear of the Lord is another way the fountain of life turns us away from the snares of death (Proverbs 16:22). If we have the fountain of life in us our mouths will speak what is righteous, we will listen to wisdom and fear how great our God truly is. After the end Israel and the rest of the world will be restored to the beautiful place it was intended to be. The mountains will drip with new wine, the hills will flow with milk and in the valleys water will run. A fountain will flow from the house of God to the valley of Shittim (Joel 3:18). There are already ancient caves for an underground river to flow through this area so it won’t take much effort for this to happen. On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to cleanse them from all their sins (Zechariah 13:1). Jesus tells us that just as scripture says, whoever will believe in Him will have rivers of living water flowing from themselves (John 7:38). This river can only flow from us when Jesus the one and only fountain of life lives inside of us. There is no secret fountain hidden somewhere in a Caribbean cave that we have to unlock some strange mystery to find. The fountain of life is found in one source alone and His name is Jesus. When we believe in Him and stay truly tapped into Him as our source our hearts will be filled with Him and the fountain will come out of us like a river washing away whatever comes in contact with us. The fountain of life is not external but it flows from each one of us if we will let Christ into our lives.

Tuesdays Torch has an official website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com Daily Sparks 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 will be looking for future speaking engagements soon. 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 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 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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Posted by on 03/31/2015 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 325

Tuesday’s Torch

03/17/15

By: Tim Sader

How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. (Psalm 36:7)

Last week we learned that we are living stones hewn from our quarry, God; He sent His son Jesus to be our cornerstone so He can hold us up when we build our lives on Him. A few days ago my mom was telling me about a dream she had about a relationship that ended but the other person still wants another chance. In the dream she heard the Lord tell her that it was time for her to get into the shadow. At first it felt scary because it was unfamiliar and she knew the other person couldn’t come there with her. The same reason she needed to be in the shadow was also the reason he couldn’t come there at this time. In the dream there was the shadow and then there was the deeper shadow where she was completely hidden and that’s the shadow she was going into. When she woke up and thought about being in the shadow of the Almighty’s wing where no foe can stand. There are three kinds of shadows I can think of; the shadow of death, shadow of the Almighty and the shadows cast by an object when light shines on it. Today we will examine these kinds of shadows from a biblical stand point. Last night I went to see the movie Four Blood Moons about the contents in Pastor John Hagee’s book with the same title. At the end was a panel discussion about whether or not the four blood moons on back to back Passover and Pentecost is a significant sign from God. One question a panel member asked is, “why won’t Israel be able to see this blood moon if it is so significant to them?” Pastor Hagee had no simple answer for the scientist at that time. On the way home from the movie I felt like God revealed to me that it is because Israel is in the shadow of the Almighty. God’s unfailing love is priceless because we can take refuge in the shadow of His wings where no foe can stand against us.

There is no hiding place or deep shadow where evildoers can abide in to hide from their enemies (Job 34:22). By the wonders of God’s great love for us we are saved by His right hand when we believe and find refuge in Him from our foes. Then we can be the apple of His eye; hidden in the shadow of His wings from the wicked wanting to destroy us and from natural enemies surrounding us (Psalm 17:7-9). When we dwell in the shadow of the Most High we are abiding in the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1). The land of Israel, beyond the Jordan, across the sea and to the Gentiles; all people living in darkness have seen a great light shining on all of us living in the shadow of death. The light has come upon us and that light is Christ (Matthew 4:15-16). After Christ came and the apostles started their ministry they had the power of God on them so much that people would lay the sick in the street just so Peter’s shadow would fall on them when he passed by (Acts 5:15). Don’t be fooled folks, every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of light who doesn’t change like shifting shadows (James 1:16-17). There is a shadow that men cast that is always changing but God never changes. His light shines so bright there is no shadow unless He covers us and hides us under his wings, in the shadow. He loves us and has no problem when we run to him for refuge. Honestly he wants to be our help, if it wasn’t true He would not have sent His son to save us. Let’s remember to dwell in the Shadow of the Almighty so we can be safe from our foes and the enemy of our soul.

Tuesdays Torch has an official website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com Daily Sparks 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 will be looking for future speaking engagements soon. 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 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 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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Posted by on 03/24/2015 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 324

Tuesday’s Torch

03/17/15

By: Tim Sader

Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the Lord: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn; (Isaiah 51:1)

Last week we learned how we as believers can reach our full potential when we do what God is doing in our lives and never give up. Many of us have heard that God is our rock and a fortress we can run to for refuge. He is that and so much more. He is the rock from which we were cut and the quarry we were hewn from. We were created in His image and in His likeness so if we are hewn from Him we are a small piece of who He is. He made us living stones with some of His same attributes on a smaller scale. The works of God are perfect and His ways are just; He does no wrong, is upright and fair. God our Rock we proclaim and praise how great He really is (Deuteronomy 32:3-4). There is no one holy like our God; there is no one besides Him, no rock is like our God (1 Samuel 2:2). There is no rock like Him but there are other rocks, there are smaller stones those are us. We are being built up to be more like God. To have good works, be just, do what is upright, fair and not wrong. Believers pursue righteousness and seek the Lord; we must look to the rock we were hewn from. That is how we take on His qualities by studying Him and doing things His way. We are living stones created by God to fellowship with Him and love Him like children who love their Father and want to please Him. We could not build ourselves in Him without one of us to show us how to live the life of righteousness we are trying to achieve. He sent a bigger piece of himself to stabilize us and be our help so we can be built up into everything we are meant to be.

Jesus is the living Stone; rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to Him. We are also like living stones and are being built into a spiritual house to be holy priests, offering spiritual sacrifices to God through Christ. The scriptures say I lay a stone in Zion, a precious chosen cornerstone and whoever trusts in Him will never be put to shame. To those of us who believe in Him, He is a precious stone but those who do not believe have rejected Him despite the fact that He is their cornerstone. He is the stone that makes them stumble and fall because they disobey the message of God which is what we are all destined for (1 Peter 2:4-8). The stone they rejected is the chief cornerstone. Salvation is not found in no one else, there is no name under heaven given to mankind by which we are saved (Acts 4:11-12). By Jesus we are saved; He is the first born stone hewn from God, we are built into a spiritual house because our cornerstone holds the building up. We cannot think that we are saved because of who our father is or because we are good and go to church. God can rise up children of Abraham from stones if He chooses to do so (Matthew 3:9). When Jesus came into Jerusalem before His crucifixion the people welcomed Him as the Messiah. The Pharisees told Jesus to calm His followers and set the people strait. Instead he tells the Pharisees that if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out (Luke 19:40). We are living stones we can help build a spiritual house or be a lonely stone hoping to be useful for something. We are called to be living stones like Christ the living Stone who came to help build us up so we can handle ministering to the Lord. In Christ we can be more like the Rock we were hewn from. More of His traits are in us because Christ removed the blemishes in us that made us less like Him. If we will not reject Christ we are living stones without the blemishes that made us less like God so let us remain in Him and always do what’s right.

Tuesdays Torch has an official website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com Daily Sparks 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 will be looking for future speaking engagements soon. 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 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 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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Posted by on 03/17/2015 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 323

Tuesday’s Torch

03/10/15

By: Tim Sader

Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David… (1 Samuel 16:13)

Last week we learned the first lesson of love is aloneness; we must love ourselves to properly love our neighbor or the Lord. Loving ourselves is one way we can begin to reach our full potential. Many times in life we have the desire to do something or have been led by the Lord to do something. We begin to pursue that thing but it seems like nothing is happening for us to reach our full potential. Some of us have been pursuing dreams or goals for a decade or a quarter of a century and still have seen very little fruit. Joshua the son of Nun as a teenager or young adult was chosen by the Lord to become Moses personal aide (Deuteronomy 1:38). When Israel went to battle in the wilderness Joshua was a great warrior and leader in battle. He was also chosen to spy out the land; he and Caleb gave a positive report when the other spies gave an evil one. They were the only one in their generation to enter the promise land. Joshua knew he was going to lead Israel or had some suspicion at a young age but he was almost 80 before he led Israel into the promise land. He waited at least 50 years before he reached his full potential as leader of Israel and everything he did prior to that prepared him for his calling (Joshua 1:5-6). The prophet Samuel was sent to David to anoint Him as king when he was about 13 years old while Saul was still king (1 Samuel 16:13). David accomplished many amazing feats in battle, killed a giant, was the kings musician and army general. He had killed his ten thousands and Saul only thousands; this angered the king greatly and he started plotting David’s demise so he wouldn’t take his kingdom (2 Samuel 2:1). David went from being the most wanted fugitive in Israel to being King; he had to wonder when he’d reach his full potential many times.

We all are called to do something positive with our lives the Lord has called us to do. Christ equipped us to do the work of the service so the Body may be built up until we reach unity of faith and the knowledge of Christ. This is how we reach our full potential in our calling and attain the whole measure of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-13). Just as we received Christ as Lord we must continue to be rooted in Him, we will be built up, strengthened in our faith as we were taught and overflowing with thankfulness (Colossians 2:6-7). Being rooted in Christ means we aren’t doing things that he isn’t doing; we aren’t seeking our own selfish way but to please Him in what we do. When we’re pursuing what He wants we are built up in every step of the way and we will reach our full potential in our pursuits. In Christ the deity of God lives in bodily form and in Him we are brought to fullness. He is head over every power and authority because everything was created by Him (Colossians 2:9-10). The easiest way to reach our full potential is by making sure God is on our side. We are all runners in a race but not everyone gets the prize. If we want to get the prize we must train hard and run in such a way to win the prize. These runners devote themselves to win a medal that will not last, but our prize will last forever (1 Corinthians 9:24-25). If we are willing to go into strict training for a prize that we can’t take with us then how much more should we train before we reach our full potential? Christ has us in training as we run to receive our eternal prize; before reaching our full potential there are things we need to learn before it can be reached. There are skills that cannot be attained in anyway except to learn them and the Lord lets us learn them until we reach our fullest potential.

Tuesdays Torch has an official website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com Daily Sparks 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 will be looking for future speaking engagements soon. 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 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 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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Posted by on 03/10/2015 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 322

Tuesday’s Torch

03/03/15

By: Tim Sader

Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. (Jude 1:21)

Last week we discussed God sends or His solution to circumstances in our lives. Some things feel like God sends but are not the solution and solutions sometimes don’t fell like God sends still some God sends are His solution. Jesus is the ultimate sent by God solution to everything. He loved us so much He took away our sins upon Himself. As I’ve been thinking about love with my own wedding fast appreciating I stumbled upon a quote that says the first lesson of love is aloneness. Jesus gave His life because He loved us; that is some great love He showed us. I wonder though does Jesus love us more than we love ourselves when we are alone. Jesus loves us how we are, He doesn’t force us to change or love him back but because He loves us we want to love Him. Often we don’t love ourselves though we think we are too fat, skinny, grey or bald. We’d love ourselves more if we could change this and that or if we looked like someone better looking than us. We in many ways are our own worst enemy because we are down on ourselves and beat our self-up. We say we love our wives, kids, moms, dads and God but we haven’t passed aloneness, love lesson number one. If we don’t love ourselves truly how can we love anyone else the way they need us to? We cannot love our neighbor like we love ourselves until we learn how to love ourselves in the right kind of way. How should we love ourselves? If we love ourselves first off that love will make us want to be the best we can be. We will have the motivation to change what we can and the confidence to be content in our own skin. We won’t beat ourselves up, hate our reflection, be depressed all the time or feel sorry for ourselves.

To love others we cannot seek revenge or bear a grudge against them so we can’t do this against us either or we aren’t loving ourselves (Leviticus 19:18). We do this when we make mistakes and get angry or feel stupid. The more we feel that way the more faults we find and soon we are plotting revenge on our self. If we love ourselves we won’t feel like we don’t belong because we are an outsider in a situation (Leviticus 19:34). We aren’t foreigners despite our differences; we must love others and ourselves fairly or we don’t love. We are instructed to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind; also to love our neighbor as ourselves (Luke 10:27). Loving God and our neighbor like we love ourselves fulfills all the law of God. If we love others, God or ourselves we will not sin against them or us. We won’t murder our self or anyone, worship other gods, commit adultery or hate ourselves. Love does not harm others so if we love ourselves we will not harm ourselves in anyway (Romans 13:8-10). We harm ourselves when we commit sins in excess that can bring harm to us. Being drunk often, smoking a pack a day, having sex with multiple partners, being violent, angry, depressed or jealous is harming to us. To love ourselves and others properly we put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. We forgive others and receive forgiveness from others because God forgave us. Over all we must put on love which binds us all together in perfect unity (Colossians 3:12-14). We cannot put on love without first loving ourselves. If we love ourselves and others we are doing right (James 2:8). We build up ourselves in the most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit and keeping ourselves in God’s love as we wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus to bring us eternal life (Jude 1:20-21). If we are in God’s love we will love ourselves!

Tuesdays Torch has an official website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com Daily Sparks 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 will be looking for future speaking engagements soon. 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 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 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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Posted by on 03/03/2015 in Torches