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Tuesdays Torch week 339

Tuesday’s Torch

06/30/15

By: Tim Sader 

The Temple was then dedicated with great joy by the priests, the Levites, and all the people. (Ezra 6:16) 

Last week we learned about not looking back toward the path of destruction or we may miss the new thing God is doing for us. Looking back to the city of destruction is meaningless. Dylan Roof was looking back at his past, at the way he was raised in Charleston, SC at a prayer meeting on June seventeenth almost two weeks ago. When nine fellow believers were murdered I was just twenty miles from where it happened I was searching for a home in the area. On my way back to the house we are selling my mother and I were talking and praying about this tragedy and its potential impact on the nation. We thought the victims should be honored by having one Sunday a year where everyone brings a friend from another ethnic group unlike their own with them to church as a symbol that racism has no place in church. We saw a field on a side road so we turned around and pulled into that field almost as if that field was exactly where we needed to go and pray about it. I felt lead to read six sixteen from the fifteenth book in both the old and new testaments. At the time I was thinking that the shooting was six sixteen 2015 instead of the seventeenth that’s how I came to our scripture for today. It seemed neat to me that it was about dedicating the new temple with great joy by the priest and all the people. We now are the temple of God together we are called to unity until we reach the fullness of God through Christ. In due season he will be revealed by God Almighty He is immortal and so bright man cannot approach Him, no mortal man has seen or will ever see Him because of his magnificent power and dominion over us (1 Timothy 6:16). One day after the end of everything we know the Lord God and the Lamb will be the temple (Revelation 21:22). We can have great joy in this time of tragedy because the temple is being restored and it starts with each one of us. We are the temple because the Spirit of God dwells within us. Those who destroy His temple, God will destroy; His temple is sacred and those who believe are His temple (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).

The nine people who died the day after six sixteen at a prayer meeting on a Wednesday night seem to have been dedicated followers of Christ. They are His temple and the man who did this, his life is destroyed and he will not go unpunished for it. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit whom we received from God. We are not our own but were bought with a price. For this reason we should honor God with our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). What is the hope, joy or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of Christ? Is it not those who we’ve ministered to? What we’ve done in the lives for others for in Christ is our joy and glory in God (1 Thessalonians 2:19-20). We are precious and dearly loved by God; we are living stones that are building the dwelling place for His Spirit. These who were murdered because of their skin color were precious children of God and have joined the highest positions of honor in heaven. Because we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witness let us throw off the sins that entangle us. And let us run our race with perseverance, keeping our eyes on Jesus the perfector of our faith. For the joy set before Him Jesus endured the cross and all its shame to sit at Gods right hand. He endured all this at the hand of sinners who He was trying to save so we will not grow weary or lose heart (Hebrews 12:1-3). Because of these nine victims let’s not waste a moment of life destroying Gods temple but honoring it by not sinning against Him. These nine paid the price for their faith and like Christ they want their lives to be an example of how important it is for us to endure till the bitter end and to not lose heart. John in Revelation saw a vast crowd standing by the throne in heaven from all nations and languages; they are the ones coming from the great tribulation. Their robes were washed by Jesus blood that is why they are serving at the throne of God. He will shelter them from all harm, feed them and give them drink. Jesus their shepherd will feed them and lead them to streams of the water of God. He will wipe the tears from their eyes (Revelation 7:14-17). On six sixteen these people had lives similar to ours with families, jobs and dreams; the next day it all changed. They didn’t go through the great tribulation but they are honored as martyrs in heaven. Those nine victims are safe in the hands of Jesus.

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 06/30/2015 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 338

Tuesday’s Torch

06/23/15

By: Tim Sader 

As soon as they brought them out, one of them said, Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you’ll be swept away! (Genesis 19:17) 

Last week my friend Bobby wrote about faith, fruit and perfection. He discussed how our faith must produce good fruit as we work toward the perfection Christ helps us to attain. Once we have faith it can be easy to second guess it, walk away or live a double life. Often times we can be found looking back to our past sins, hurts or memories. This isn’t always bad but we cannot live today as if it were last decade, last year or even yesterday because it is behind us. Way back in Genesis God decided to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of their wickedness. Angels came to Lot and his family and basically dragged them out of the city. After they were out one of the angels told them to run away and forbid them to even look back; they weren’t to stop until they reached the mountains. Lot’s wife was having a hard time letting go of her past life though so she decided to turn and look back so she was turned into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:25-26). Sodom and Gomorrah represent the world, sin and the flesh or the old way of doing things before we were with Christ. When we look back what we are looking for is trouble and if we don’t stop we will be part of its downfall. We are fleeing toward our city of refuge if we will not be caught up again by the world and its ways. The word of the Lord concerning Pharaoh Necho was to prepare the armies to battle but I (God) knows they are defeated and will flee without looking back because of fearing the Lord (Jeremiah 46:3-5). It is better to flee toward God without looking back then to flee away from Him because we wouldn’t flee from our sins and we cannot run away from him.

The sins of those who are obviously sinning now will reach the judgement that will come but sometimes our sins trail behind to entice us later (1 Timothy 5:24). The things in the past that separated us from God we should not dwell on. God is doing a new thing in us if only we will perceive it. He is making a way in our wilderness and streams in the wasteland we once were (Isaiah 43:18-19). About the former life we have been taught to put off our old self that is being corrupted by its own desires so our minds will be made new. Instead we must put on the new self, created to be like God in righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:22-24). The former regulations under the law were weak and useless; they made nothing perfect. A better hope has been introduced, in it we draw near to God (Hebrews 7:18-19). The better hope we have is faith in Jesus Christ through Him we can draw near to God; He is the way. One man told Jesus, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God (Luke 9:61-62).” Looking back to the past is holding us back from property serving the Lord. If we turn our backs on Jesus for any reason how can we properly serve in the kingdom of God? We cannot look back and be swept away by our past. Nearing the end of his life Paul said he hadn’t attained hold of Christ in all His glory. He did however put the past behind himself and strain on toward what was coming, the goal to win the prize which God had called him to in Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:13-14). Fully knowing Christ is a wonderful prize! Looking away from Jesus to look at our past as if we are missing something is completely meaningless. Looking back to sin again only leads to sure destruction of the new work He has begun in each of us.

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 06/23/2015 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch Week 337

Tuesdays Torch

06/16/2015

Guest Author: Bobby Stewart

Faith, Fruit and Perfection

This week I would like to take the opportunity to briefly discuss Faith, Fruit and Perfection.  The last couple weeks we have learned a bit regarding avoiding certain pitfalls. One is to avoid allowing anger into our hearts, as well as having learned not to misrepresent scriptures simply to excuse ourselves from bad behavior.  There is a common argument many have over what indeed saves us.  I have known many people who say they know they commit plenty of sins, don’t go to church, do whatever they want, yet believe in Jesus Christ, therefore they are saved.  As though faith is simply a belief that Jesus Christ is real.

James 2:17 states that “faith, if it hath not works, is dead” One who has true faith will show that faith through his works as the prophet James discusses. In this chapter, he mentions several examples of those who showed their faith through works.  Faith is not passive, simply sitting back and saying you know Christ paid for your sins so all is well, faith is active, faith is to be shown.  We are told in Matthew 7:17 that “every good tree bringth forth good fruit.” And then we are told that by our fruit may we be known.  Therefore to be known as good, we must bring forth good fruit.

In fact not only are we expected to have faith, show it in our actions and bring forth good fruit; but we have an even more overwhelming instruction issued by Christ during the Sermon on the Mount:  “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”.  I would be willing to bet most of us have heard, if not said, “Well, nobody is perfect” in response to having a flaw pointed out.  Yet here Christ just told us to be perfect.  Not to “try”, or to “give it our best shot”, but to be perfect.  How do we do that?  Through Repentance made possible by the Atonement.  When we know we are wrong and make mistakes, we have been given the amazing gift of forgiveness if we but repent.  Sure, we can’t be perfect on our own.  But as the scriptures tell us in Matthew 19:26, “with God all things are possible”.

Christ would not have told us to be perfect if there was no way to do it.  There is a way.  There is a way, Jesus Christ, He is also the truth and the life.  Let us allow him to work his perfecting power in us, through the power of the Atonement.  Christ paid that price for us, so that we could follow his counsel to be perfect.  Let our faith be shown always, let us not sit idle and think about how great it will be when we one day get to heaven and are “perfected.” Let us get to work and allow Christ to begin that process here today, right now.  In the sacred name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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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Tuesdays Torch week 336

Tuesday’s Torch

06/09/15

By: Tim Sader

An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins. (Proverbs 29:22)

Last week we learned about interpretation of scripture and the mistakes we often make when interpreting it. Often times we do this to make excuses for the sins that try to entangle us or to challenge God’s sovereignty. Last night I was doing a crossword puzzle while trying to figure out what to write. The clue said something about the lack of harmony between musical notes; the answer was discord. Discord can also be a disagreement between people or a lack of harmony between people. An angry person stirs up conflict; when we are hot-tempered it causes us to commit many sins. A troublemaker is a person who speaks corruption everywhere they go, who winks maliciously, stomp their feet and use angry hand gestures. They plot evil and deceit in their hearts and always cause discord with others. Disaster will come to them instantly; suddenly they will be destroyed without any way of fixing it (Proverbs 6:12-15). No one likes a trouble maker who tries to stir up issues. They talk bad about others and gossip; they’re loud mouths and think they have all the answers. Their anger causes them to be involved in many sins and they are never happy for others because they are unhappy with their lives. Hated causes discord but love can cover it all (Proverbs 10:12). Love restores the harmony between two people, it ends their disagreement. Discord cannot be caused because love destroys hate. It is the exact opposite of everything that love is. Love is not easily angered, it always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres. Love never fails so where love is discord could never be.

There are six things that the Lord cannot stand, even seven that are detestable to Him. He cannot stand haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community (Proverbs 6:16-19). The first six items on this list are all extremely evil but number seven can stand alone because it is made up of all the others. Discord can lead us to do any number on this list. It is made up of lies, evil schemes, rushing to do wrong, falsehoods and may lead to bloodshed. Paul in his second letter to the Corinthians was afraid he would not find them as he wanted them to be and that he wouldn’t be what they wanted either. He was afraid there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder among them (2 Corinthians 12:20). He was afraid first because of the discord it may cause by going to see them. Again discord can be caused by or made up of any of these sinful acts listed in the above scripture. What causes discord or feuding among us and how do conflicts rise up among us? Do they not come from the desires of our flesh that are warring among our members (James 4:1)? The acts of the flesh are sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and likewise. However the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against these there is no law and with them there’s no discord (Galatians 5:19-23). There’s no division in the body, each of us should have equal concern for each other (1 Corinthians 12:25). Discord has no place in the body of Christ instead we must learn to love so we can destroy hate and every other act of unrighteous.

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 06/09/2015 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 335

Tuesday’s Torch

06/02/15

By: Tim Sader

Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. (2 Peter 1:20)

Last week we talked about how suddenly we can ruin our lives without God. Also we discussed how suddenly God can move to turn it all around if we trust and obey Him. Many times we interpret scripture or take it out of context to back up our own desires. In a blog titled Traps and Pitfalls, Common Mistakes in Bible Interpretation at agapegeek.com they discuss common mistakes we make when interpreting scripture. It listed that there are no private interpretations; the bible interprets itself. The bible is not in chronological order, no jumping to conclusions or making wrong assumptions and not using man’s definitions instead of Gods in Bible words. Often we want to make “a” truth “the” truth, think we know everything about the topic or we take it out of context. This happens by taking unrelated scriptures and using them to support each other. While riding with my wife one of our aides said now I know why the bible says when you get married you should get the hell away from your parents (Matthew 19:5-6). My wife laughed and said that isn’t what it says. Paraphrasing and using poor slang to explain it in away some people might interpret it that way. Some people can’t wait to get on their own and some want to escape the past. This conversation made me think of how we interpret scripture. My friend Bobby was talking about what people mean when they don’t want to be judged. People don’t want is to be condemned by others. Like the woman accused of adultery when Jesus said let those without sin cast the first stone. He asked the woman, who condemns you now? No one was left so Jesus said He didn’t condemn her either. He didn’t just let her get away without knowing she was wrong though because He tells her to go and sin no more (John 8:7-11). Unless we are sinless we cannot condemn others of sin, we have a judge; His name is Jesus.

One way I’ve seen how people interpret scripture is to support their less than godly life style. The first miracle in Jesus ministry was turning water into wine at a wedding (John 2:8-9). Many people who enjoy drinking alcohol to celebrate interpret this that it’s ok to be ridiculously drunk if it’s just to celebrate something. At the last supper Jesus says he will not drink from the fruit of the vine again until He drinks it in the kingdom of God (Mark 14:25). Also to support drinking people like to bring up the fact that even Jesus drank wine. Yes he did these things but was Jesus a drunk? Of course not or He wouldn’t be the sinless Son of God. Another one I hear is; if God is good why would he destroy cities like Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:29). The Lord loves the just and will never forsake His faithful ones. Wrong doers however will be completely destroyed even their offspring will perish (Psalm 37:28). God does allow destruction to come to the wicked but they bring it upon themselves when they choose to be rebellious to the word of the Lord. On Facebook I asked my friends what the most poorly interpreted scriptures are. My friend Roger listed two scriptures. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).” People get hung up on prosperity teachings; they think God should give them everything and no matter what we do it’s ok because God gives us hope and a future. Next one was; the Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Sometimes we make the mistake thinking we have all the time we need to repent because He doesn’t want us to perish without repentance but we don’t know Gods timing. We must understand no scripture is based on man’s interpretation; it’s not in human will but through humans the word of God was made known by the Holy Spirit. God’s word gives its own explanation we cannot possibly put into words a better interpretation then what was given by Him.

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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