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Tuesdays Torch week 424

Tuesday’s Torch

02/28/17

By: Tim Sader

When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. (Mark 10:14)

After we learned my brother and I have Muscular Dystrophy I had a better supernatural encounter than the previous one. One day mom was feeding breakfast to me and my brother who was about six months old. I was on the floor by my chair at the table. I think I was mad because I wanted juice instead of milk to drink. When I turned to the right and looked up I saw Jesus! He looked like a spirit in a way but He shined and shimmered like a bright light. Mostly I was on my knees and remember seeing His feet and the bottom of His robe but I saw His face also and could describe it in detail. During this heavenly encounter Jesus touched me on the head, greeted, comforted me and said be healed in my name. That is when I looked up at Him to see His eyes and face. He told me also that He had a secret for me and would tell it to me when I got older. His words gently flow from His lips. My mom said she felt a presence in the room and was afraid to turn around. When she finally did she said I was staring at something she couldn’t see. Finally she asked what I was looking at and He basically disappeared. I was caught up in my visitation so I couldn’t answer her right away. After seeing my Lord I climbed back into my chair momentarily stunned and told her I seen Jesus. She asked me what He looked like but didn’t understand the description I gave. While we ate breakfast she called her friend Rose and told her about it. Rose understood my description because I explained Him in the exact details from Revelation. After that I knew He was real and I told my mom I wanted Him in my heart and said the prayer of salvation with her.

This visitation is by far the greatest spiritual experience of my life and it is appropriate that it would happen after receiving some bad news in my life. Not only my own but the faith of my family was at a crossroads at that time and we needed to remember who is in control. The lame, blind, crippled, deaf and mute were brought to Jesus and laid at His feet; and He healed them (Mt. 15:30). Already on the floor He came to me and reminded me to see Him as the source for healing and good health. I may not be running marathons yet but I have far exceeded most of the statistical data provided to us at my diagnosis. Had it not been for Jesus I am uncertain of how I could have faced the obstacles in my life because much of my strength was gained through Him. Upon raising from the dead Christ first appeared to His women followers; they fell down at His feet and worshipped Him. He greeted them, eased their fears and gave them a message to pass on to His disciples. The messages maybe different but whenever Christ appears the series of events is similar. When the Lord speaks to us it maybe for us but it is also meant to be shared with others (Mt. 28:9-10). Jesus said let the children come because the kingdom of God belongs to them. Those who cannot accept His kingdom like a child will not enter it. Than He laid His hands on the children and blessed them (Mk. 10:14-16). The pure in heart will see God and only when we come to Jesus and follow Him can our hearts be made flawless. The power used to raise Christ from the dead was given to Him by God so that all things would be put under His feet (Eph. 1:20-22). This is the Jesus I saw; dressed in a robe reaching to his feet with a golden sash. His hair was white like wool or snow and His eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like burnished bronze and His voice was like the sound of rushing waters. His face was like the sun shining (Rev. 1:12-17). At four I knew to say white like wool, burnished bronze feet and voice like waves. Jesus is for real and I am a witness that this is one hundred percent the truth.

Stories like these sometimes make people feel that their faith is small but like in a courtroom only a few witnesses prove something to be true. God’s court is the highest court there is so how true are those who are telling stories of Him visiting them. Doubting Thomas after missing seeing Jesus saw Him later and was told more blessed are those who believe and never see. Seeing or not doesn’t make Jesus any more real because He is the same one who saved us all.

Lord we ask to experience Jesus in our lives so that His reality will be our reality. As we grow to know You better help others to see You in us so that they will know they have experienced You. Help us to seek after Your face with all our hearts so that Your truth may increase making a pure heart in us so that we are worthy to enter into heavenly places with You. In Jesus name, Amen

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com we enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, 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 423

Tuesday’s Torch

02/21/17

By: Tim Sader

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)

Right before my brother was born our family doctor wanted me to be tested for Muscular Dystrophy (MD). I was scheduled for an appointment to see a neurologist at the University of Minnesota. They drew blood to test for an enzyme that is present when there is muscle damage and a lack of dystrophin. To confirm they tried to do a muscle biopsy but couldn’t do it on me since I had a reaction to the anesthesia. Instead they did one on my baby brother and it confirmed the muscle was deficient in dystrophin. Doctors were certain that if he had it I had it to. Usually this disease is found in the mother’s genes but she had no trace of it. These tests confirmed our family would have to deal with us having Duchene Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). This disease not only would determine physical abilities and ways of life but possibly rob us of 50 years or so. As I grew up my parents had faith in God and it got us through many hard times as I started to realize what was happening. I lost one ability after another. They would plateau for a while but gradually I lost strength in my legs. First I could not run very well. For a while I could only get up off the floor by pushing up on things until I couldn’t at all anymore. Then it got to where I was scared to go up and down stairs so my parents would carry me. As time passed my walking slowed and I felt unstable. I would leave class early to go to lunch or the library so I wouldn’t get pushed over by other kids. I started falling a lot and almost everyone in my class had to watch to make sure I didn’t fall. In fifth grade they determined it was unsafe for me to walk at school because we had to change classes for different subjects. The school said that I would have to get a wheelchair to use at school. Everything up until that point I handled fine because I still felt “normal”. I knew I was different but it really didn’t hit me until I was sentenced to spend the rest of my days in wheelchair. I could no longer hide the fact that DMD was going to be part of my life and it wasn’t going to be easy.

From the beginning my family decided not to let this bring us down. We put our trust in God and though we haven’t always understood His plans we know that He can do the impossible. He strengthens the weak and weary. Even youth get tired and weary; they may stumble and fall. But if we will wait on the Lord He’ll renew our strength. We will soar on eagles wings, run and not be weary, walk and not faint (Isa. 40:29-31). I believe in a God who can and will still heal people today. I am unsure as to why something my family has asked the Lord for so long has not happened but am thankful for the many ways God has blessed me. Oftentimes when a child is born with a disease parents feel they did something wrong for that to happen. This isn’t because of the parents or childs sin. It is so that the works of God might be displayed through them (Jn. 9:1-3). I think often about the lame man Peter and John helped to receive his healing at the gate beautiful. Instantly this man received strength in his feet and ankles (some of the first muscles weakened by DMD). He jumped up and started to walk. Then he went to the temple with them walking, jumping and praising God (Acts 3:7-8). This man quite possibly had some form of MD. By faith in the name of Jesus this man was made strong and was completely healed in the presence of many soon to be believers in Christ (Acts 3:16). Until things change in my physical body the grace of God is sufficient for me; His power is made perfect in weakness. I must be approaching perfect! Joking aside this is why I speak about my struggles because when I’m weak He is strong (2 Cor. 12:9-10). To wrap up I will leave with the most quoted scripture in my life. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13). He can do the impossible for us!

Though outcomes in life maybe easy for others to see for us our struggles seem to be impossible to us. Some hardships truly are impossible without a miraculous God size intervention. Possible or not makes no difference to God. The more impossible the better for Him. God likes a good challenge from our impossibilities. He is the creator, potter, carpenter and architect of all things in existence. There is a solution to all of our problems and God is that solution.

Lord we thank You for being creative in each of our lives. If there is a solution to our dilemmas You know what it is and how we get it. Help us to not be brought down when we get a bad report but to look Your way so we can see the salvation of our God. Let us not make our weaknesses bigger than Your strength when we face impossible moments. In Jesus name, Amen

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com we enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, 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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Battered Heart

Battered Heart

02/17/17

By: Damien Garrett

My childhood was like no other.  We was well taken care of! My father pasted away when he was 25 on Christmas Day.  I barely knew of him. Before I was even 2 my mother was remarried to my sisters Dad. We lived in Gastonia NC until I was almost 5, we packed up and moved into our brand new home in Lake Wylie SC! When the next school year started I was enrolled into Bethel Elementary.  I completed through 3rd grade there. At this moment in life mine and my sister’s lives were flipped upside down. My Mom and my sisters Dad decided to separate and get a divorce. All up to this point I thought we were the perfect All-American family. We always went on vacation and spent plenty of family time together. The only man that I knew as Daddy at this early age was being taken out of my life. It felt like my heart was chewed up and spit out! We moved in with my mom’s mother again! Every time when we ended up in this situation we were watched like we was ex-cons. Over the next 3 years we went through it like our family was the FBI, putting our lives under surveillance. I was put to the test of being a truly broken soul! My attitude was totally not of me, I was at a point where my little heart was hardened! I would back talk my mom for no reason. Even to folks I really know. Marijuana was the first true drug I experimented with! To my surprise it led to many others. I was blindsided. At the end of 3 years at my Grandmother’s house my mom was remarried once again. At this page in the diary of my life we returned to the Clover School District! This Demon of a Step Father was physically abusive and verbally to me and my baby sister. God says that he would never put anything on us we cannot handle. Since the beginning he was by our side and when that trumpet sounds all these things only make me that much stronger. I wasn’t really raised in the Church but in all of my days Jesus never lied to me about how His love for each of us was so powerful! All He has ever wanted from us is to let Him into our hearts. God is love and He died for us all.  He begs us to follow Him by just the words that we know from the Bible. The more we acknowledge Christ the more wisdom we will get from His word. Nothing Satan does against us can prosper. The stronger our relationship gets with God, the better our understanding of His plan.

Seeds were planted by many folks through my days, it was just so hard for me to surrender my worldly lifestyle! My mom stayed with the abusive husband until I was 15, then at that time they got a divorce. That was the first separation that gave me the relief of a house being lifted off my chest! In my eyes the only thing that husband did right was the financial part! It wasn’t long and she had another male in her life. I was way past fed up and hurt, I moved in with her mama again.  As a young adult by this time I was still not broke down enough to quit getting my education! I played a variety of sports in school and was very good at some. Cause of being mental abused childhood my girlfriend relationships never lasted long. My eleventh and twelve grade years I had scouts looking at me for scholarships. I narrowed it down to 2. But before my graduating year was complete, I had gotten my girlfriend pregnant. Boy this threw in a curve ball for my plans as what to do.  After lots of thinking I joined the Army.  My upbringing even though it was a lot of being mistreated I still had the correct knowledge of what a man needs to do when children were involved! We got married and she moved with me after Basic Training.  Before I was shipped off the child’s heart stopped beating. It was too late to turn this around I was already sworn in by oath. About 3 years went by and she committed sin against her husband as in adultery. This was a big blow to my already battered heart! Although once again God carried me through. Still after all of this I completed 8 years of military service! I became an alcoholic to ease the pain, but it only made matters worse. After a few more short-term relationships I met my oldest kid’s mother. We continued on for over eight years. She finally was broken from the ways I had treated her through our time together, so she decided it was best that we should go our separate ways. This was a life changer for me. Sorry the way that my life had been going, those people reading probably guessed that I went through some more unhealthy relationships.  Along a short path after my divorce I connected with my youngest son’s mother. Not too many months later she got pregnant. She’s an awesome mother and has my highest respect. I had been touched by Gods saving power before the turn of the century but had a lot to learn!  During my service years when I was deployed in combat on 3 occasions. Through all this turmoil Jesus saw fit to pull me out of harm’s way again. After that I was in and out of jails. In 2008 I was arrested for Armed Robbery.  It took me awhile after being incarcerated when I finally fell to my knees and laid it all down. I surrendered to the Lord with a good opened heart; no longer hardened by my battered life!

Damien Garrett – York, SC

 
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Blind Bartimaeus

Blind Bartimaeus

4/14/2015

By: Bobby Stewart

The Lord truly does answer prayers.  When we seek his help, we can be sure that he indeed hears us and answers.  Mark 10:46 paints the picture of blind Bartimaeus sitting on the highway side begging.  Upon hearing that Jesus was approaching, he began to call out for the Lord to have mercy on him.  Shouting out in hopes of being heard above the noise of the crowd.  Many tried to silence him and tell him to be quiet.  How often does the cunning adversary try to tell us that calling out in prayer is useless and pointless?  The world joins forces with him to convince us to not call out far too often. But we must persist.  Ultimately, the Master heard the calls of Bartimaeus and asked that he be brought before him.  In verse 51 a very important question was then asked of Bartimaeus, a question I feel he asks of each of us:  “What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?”  He asks to receive his sight.  What would I ask? What would you ask?  A healing request? A career? Spouse? Help with an addiction? More time with a loved one?

We must realize that the Lord wishes to bless us.  Sometimes we are granted the righteous desires of our hearts in this life, others will receive those desires in the hereafter.  We must continue to seek the Lord. For those who receive their biggest wishes in this life, what does this story from the Gospel of Mark tell us to do?  Let us rejoin the story of Bartimaeus.  Upon requesting his sight back, Jesus says to him in verse 52: “Go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole”.  Just like that: Healed.  Prayer answered.  I pay special attention to the fact that Christ says “go THY way”, he says he can go where he wants to go, the next few words show the character of Bartimaeus.  “Immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.”  Note, it doesn’t say he ran off to go see all the things he couldn’t see, or live it up with his newfound sight.  He follows Jesus.  If granted the grandest desires of our heart, would we do likewise?  Would we follow Christ even when he says “go thy way”?  Would our way be wherever Jesus leads us?  It is my hope and prayer that you continue to call out to God in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior, and that you receive the righteous desires of your heart.  That when that day comes, like Bartimaeus you will continue to follow Jesus in the way!  I share this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Bobby Stewart – York, SC

 
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Tuesdays Torch week 422

Tuesday’s Torch

02/14/17

By: Tim Sader

Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. (Hebrews 13:1)

The spirit realm was very real to me as a child so fear was a real struggle for me. Part of what helped me with this is when my baby brother was born and I had a new roommate. I was happy to be getting a little friend for life as we waited for his arrival. On the day of his birth he almost didn’t make it home to me. The umbilical cord was wrapped around his throat three times and he developed pneumonia because his lungs were weak. My family tried to hide their concerns from me but I’m sure I understood more than they knew. When I got to go see him I had to wear a mask, gown and gloves. He was in an incubator with an IV in the top of his head. While he was in the hospital my dad was in Marine Corps basic training so I stayed with different family members. I knew something was wrong because my mom wasn’t around and my routine was disturbed. I developed a temporary stutter that cleared up when he came home after two weeks in NICU. I learned quickly how to be a big brother and to entertain myself since he needed extra attention to stay well. He had to fight off pneumonia for two years and was a very sleepy baby. Because of being sick he reached some mile stones late. It took sometime before he could really talk and he couldn’t walk until he was two and a half years old. I loved being an older brother for the most part. I wanted him to learn everything from me and to be just like me. Sometimes I was over zealous in this pursuit to where I would boss him around and make him do it my way. We would fight like brothers do but before too long he could beat me up. On the other hand we always had each other’s back if one of us had a struggle. We never were much on snitching so often we would both be punished for not fessing up to what happened. Because of me being in charge by birth it made it difficult for him to develop his own reasoning skills so I had to help him get through school. Later in life he would help me physically do what I couldn’t. We were side kicks in life and remained that way until his passing when he was just twenty-eight.

I love my brother and was so happy when he was finally strong enough for me to play with him. I was convinced my little brother was full of goodness; I filled his head with everything I knew because I felt competent to instruct him (Rom. 15:14). All of us are full of goodness; if we know Christ we are filled with knowledge and can instruct one another like I did my brother. I often tried to be an example for him just as I had followed the example all the adults in my life. We must keep our eyes on people we look up to who live for the Lord and model our lives to be like them (Phil. 3:17). I wanted my brother to be like me in every way but sometimes people learn also what not to do. Some of what he learned was not to give into the disease that we both struggled with. He didn’t follow the patterns that caused me to stop walking sooner or sitting in his chair crooked and getting scoliosis. When we set an example it should be more to see them rise higher not just for them to be our replica. The trials my brother and me shared had a lot to do with our close relationship. We didn’t let it bring us down for long or very often because we still found joy in the midst of our struggles. We learned to laugh in the midst of unfortunate circumstances and to not focus on our inabilities. We are instructed to face trials of any kind with pure joy and that is what we learned to do (Jas. 1:2). My baby brother was biologically a member of my family but if we believe in Jesus we have many brothers and sisters in Him. Those who do the will of God are siblings of ours also (Mk. 3:35). For this reason we need to keep on loving one another as our brothers and sisters.

You may be wondering how to love others like they are siblings though you never physically had brothers or sisters. Perhaps your siblings were unkind or the relationship was damaged in some way so you’d rather not be involved in those kind of relationships. Loving brothers and sisters in the Lord is not about agreeing with them in all things. It is about honoring the Lord and respecting their personal relationship with Him. We need to lay down our differences to learn and grow more together in the Lord.

Lord help us to see one another as brothers and sisters in the Lord. Teach us to respect the relationship they have with You and remember that it is all about loving you and one another. If we had bad or no relationship with brothers and sisters show us a model of what that looks like so we can rise above whatever we are missing to have successful relationships with our extended family in the Lord. In Jesus name, Amen

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com we enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, 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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