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Tuesdays Torch week 441

Tuesday’s Torch

06/27/17

By: Tim Sader

Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. (1 Peter 2:17)

Our youth leader Steve became a friend to each of us and under his leadership we saw the example of Christ that we still aspire to be. Alongside of and interwoven into youth group I hung out with some great guys and we became The BH (Brotherhood). We were like a gang but not so we could hurt people or commit crimes. Most of us were misfits in school and society so we devoted our loyalty to each other so that we knew someone had our back. In the beginning there were only six of us and the only way to join was to be invited after a unanimous vote. After joining we picked nicknames; Drac (Joseph), Ro (Roger), Blue (Jamie), Murf (Sean), my brother Smurf (Joey) and I was Zonk. All of us and any new member had to be initiated by eating an extremely hot pepper that we referred to as the BH pepper. We met every weekend at my friend Joseph’s where we would make food that we called stuff, drink highly caffeinated soda, stay up all night playing videogames and being crazy. Stuff had specific rules; seven random ingredients, seasonings only counts as one, had to have potatoes or pasta, mixed in one big bowl and be enough for everyone to eat. BH stuff was our signature dish it was tri-colored pasta, spaghetti sauce, baby corns, Asian mushrooms, cocktail onions and seasoning. It cost us less than ten dollars to make so we could always scrap up the money to buy it. After eating we would sit around holding our bellies, talking about life, telling jokes and laughing. Some of us would then play videogames, watch a movie or hangout on the front porch. If girls came over we would play truth or dare and just hang out listening to music. Some nights we would walk around town in the middle of the night, halfway looking for trouble and hoping we wouldn’t find any. Sometimes the guys who could would wrestle on the trampoline and we would play with BB guns shooting at each other to look tough. When we called on a brother for a BH matter we were required to show up within our power to do so or face whatever consicuinse was appropriate.

There was no getting out of the Brotherhood and though I haven’t seen some of them in fifteen years they are still brothers to me. We had honor for the majority of people but we loved the brotherhood that we shared. We feared nothing but the Lord and for the most part obeyed the laws. The family we are born into is our blood but sometimes we are more connected to the people we surround ourselves with. Often times these are the ones who fulfill the role of family in our lives (Mt. 12:49). There is something to be said about gathering at the table to eat a meal. It was never much about what we were eating as it was about spending time with eachother to prepare the food and having conversion around the table (1 Cor. 11:33). This is where we learned what was sad, funny, happy or depressing; it is where we shared life and made plans about how to deal with it. As our group grew into our faith it brought us closer to one another. Most of us started meeting weekly to have a bible study that we took turns teaching. We learned that hearing and obeying the word of God moreso connected our brotherhood (Lk. 8:21). Through our rejoicing in the Lord by teaching and remembering what we have learned we became a safeguard to each others faith (Phil. 3:1). A few times reminders were harsh but we had accountability and held in high regard the faith of our brothers. I loved these guys like I did my brother; I always wanted to hang out with them because they brought me joy and made me feel important. As we stood in our faith together we were stronger in the Lord than we ever were alone (Phil. 4:1). We cared about the struggles each of us had and together we had the strength to face some of our darkest days (1 Pt. 5:8-9). Cain murdered the brother of his flesh because he was evil and Able was righteous. The world may hate us but because we love we have a bond with brothers and sisters in the Lord so we are not concerned (1 Jn. 3:12-14). If we do not love one another we remain in death.

Who have been brothers or sisters in our lives? Perhaps we have a great relationship with our biological families so that everyone is in relationship with the Lord. This is a huge blessing that should never be despised. Maybe some or all of our family have hindered our faith and this is most unfortunate but it is not hopeless. If we believe in Christ we are brothers and sisters in his family and we can share him with everyone. We must honor all people including ones with our blood but we have one another to enjoy and together we can stand through anything that might try to bring us down.

Lord I pray for devoted brothers and sisters in my life who will enjoy talking around the table with me so that we can share the ups and downs of life. It is my prayer that they would love you Lord like I love you and have devoted my life to you. I ask that they would help me be strong in my faith and that I would have the courage to keep them accountable to theirs. Let us teach one another about you so that we can grow closer and closer to 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 440

Tuesday’s Torch

06/20/17

By: Tim Sader

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)

During my time recovering from back surgery I learned that the Lord helps us in our troubles. One way He provided for me was through the people that helped me and saw to the needs of our family. We attended a small church at that time called Clover Christian Fellowship; they made meals and ran errands for us while my parents were busy seeing to my care. I was one of the few teens who hadn’t graduated out of youth group and would start college in the fall. My older friends from youth group visited me in the hospital. Our leader Mike brought me a scripture book so I could more easily find verses concerning whatever topic I needed to know about. Every night of the week different ladies would drop of delicious meals at our house. Mom’s good friend Sabrina would go shopping for stuff I needed like Jello, soup and juices. While at our house she got to know the neighborhood kids and she talked with my friend Joseph about coming to church with me. Finally he agreed to come when she bribed him with buying a video game that he wanted. He and I were basically leaders on our street so after a couple weeks there were a half dozen of us coming on Sunday nights. After Mike stepped down there was no youth leader for the teens so we helped Sabrina with the smaller kids. Every Wednesday and Sunday night the group of teens grew until different members of the leadership and youth alumni would oversee this next generation. After several months of confusion Pastor Dorning was taking classes with an aspiring youth minister that he recruited. The church requested that all of us teens would come on a Sunday morning because they were doing something special for us. Most of us showed up early; the special guest that day was Steve Liscum and after he preached a captivating message they announced him as our youth pastor. We were his first youth group so he wasn’t much older than I was. Everyone knew he was in charge but we also felt that he was a best friend or older brother with whom we could tell anything and know that we would be safe.

Many in this Clover youth group were unfamiliar with Christianity and hadn’t grown up in the church. Steve knew to start with basic lessons from the bible so everyone could understand about the Lord and so he would know what we knew. He made it so that we wanted to put our hope in the Lord and be confident in our faith for the rest of our lives (Ps. 71:5). Each of us formed a special bond with Steve, he learned what we liked and would encourage us to reach for our greatest potential. He saw a vision for our future that I am not certain we could always see for ourselves. We had a lot of fun in youth group and as we grew closer the Spirit would show up and all of our lives were impacted by these moments with the Lord. As He impacted us bad relationships improved and we truly helped one another through many hard times (Acts 2:17-18). At that time we would turn from evil desires to pursue faith, love and keep the peace so we would be pleasing to the Lord. We stopped using bad language and avoided arguments instead of looking for them. We wanted to grow as a group so we learned and would accept others without resentment toward them (2 Tim. 2:22-24). Every year we would go to Acquire the Fire youth confrence where we would be challenged to live radical christian lives and to be World Changers. We wanted to demonstrate our faith in action, love and purity. Many of us gave up our worldly interests and possessions to devote more of our lives to the Lord. Steve was never harsh to us even if we deserved him to be at times; we were like younger brothers and sisters to him (1 Tim. 5:1). We were humbled to our fearless leader because we trusted him to lead us to the Lord so we would look to Him and be lifted up (1 Pt. 5:5-6). This group changed the direction of many lives and in the midst of our thirties, though we’ve been shaken we haven’t departed from our faith.

Have we honored those who sacrifice their lives to help us find the Lord? They have given us a priceless gift that cannot be taken from us unless we let it go on our own. We need to first think about our general life path before the Lord and be thankful for those moments that changed our way, pointing us in the right direction. Not every good thing ends the way we think it should but if we hold on to the lessons we learned the only place to go is forward. The only real gift we get to give is the Lord so all of us can be more like Him and so we can be World Changers.

Lord I thank you for the times I have humbled myself to godly leadership so that I could continue to grow in my faith. Help me to let go of things that keep me from living a life where I can demonstrate my faith to others. Help me to always hope in You Lord so that I can make You my confidece and point the world to You. No matter my age Lord help me to feel your Spirit and to fearlessly do whatever You would want from me. 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 439

Tuesday’s Torch

06/13/17

By: Tim Sader

They cried to the Lord in their trouble, he saved them from their distress. (Psalm 107:19)

Going to MDA Camp each year was the week I most looked forward to growing up. Being there with Bobby and others like me helped me realize that others knew my struggle. One of those struggles showed up when I was about fifteen; I began to develop a curvature in my spine from sitting and favoring my right side. The scoliosis seemed insignificant at twelve degrees but next appointment it was twenty-five. By my third set of x-rays I had a fifty-five degree curve and they want to do surgery if it’s above thirty. My parents left the decision up to me so I gave it some thought and decided that being healthy was far more important than my temporary comfort. We scheduled the surgery for some time in March and I would be out of school the rest of the year. I couldn’t believe how many pre-op appointments I had to go to and all of them were in Charlotte an hour away. On four different days I had to see the orthopedic surgeon, a pulmonologist, cardiologist and an anesthesiologist to be Okayed for surgery. On surgery day I had to be there at 5:30 in the morning for preparations. The surgery took five and a half hours and I needed three pints of blood that my dad gave for me. My parents had to go home to get my brother after school so they let them see me when I woke in the recovery room. Mom said I looked swelled and kind of green when she saw me; it made her cry all the way home. When they came back later that evening mom was relieved to see me sitting up in a chair eating and watching TV. The pain at times was intense, it felt like someone took my body and replaced it with one that couldn’t move well. Going home was scary I had to learn to do things differently than I did before and somethings I never did again. My parents along with the help of our church, my aide and best friend Joseph took me on the journey down the long road of recovery.

Recovering at home after major surgery isn’t easy for anyone yet alone having a physical disability in the midst of it. We had to call out to the Lord in our time of troubles and He saved us in our distress. There were many unknowns coming home from the hospital. How was I going to bathe, use the toilet, get lifted without holding around my back and at first I wasn’t even able to control my wheelchair. The Lord helped us think of ways to do all of these things so we were able to manage. What He spoke to us in our time of need truly was a life saver (Ps. 107:20). The surgery itself was a help to my overall health, though a man was used to do it I know God is the healer and ultimately He spared my life (Ps. 30:2-3). Many times while getting better I felt sad and heartbroken but God used the love and humor of others to bind those wounds (Ps. 147:3). One night mom and my friend Joseph helped get me in bed and they laughed so hard when I said everything was ok but my pinky wasn’t right. Another night I took my pain medicine with a big clump of jello that I swallowed but the pill didn’t go down. I spit it out and it shot across the room like a bullet; Joseph rolled in the floor laughing for about an hour. In His home town Jesus could do no miracles there except lay His hands on a couple sick people to heal them (Mk. 6:5). I know Jesus did this instantly but not without first placing hands on them. When we help someone get well we are touching them and helping them heal. One sign of a true believer is that we would put our hands on sick people and they would get well (Mk. 16:17-18). It is my thought that sometimes putting our hands on the sick might involve more than a simple touch; we might have to help with a need that will assist them in the process. The help I had at this time literally contributed to making me strong. Their assistance gave my feet a level path so that I could be healed (Heb. 12:12-13). Back surgery was hard and I could have never done it without the support of family and friends.

Remember that recovery takes time and it is different for everyone. The amount of time it takes to get well is unimportant as long as we do what it takes to get there. Healing from our wounds is not always physical. Wounds come in many forms; they can be mental, emotional and even spiritual. Sometimes physical wounds need to heal in another form and the other forms can heal in different ways to. The medical community has learned many great things concerning our health and anatomy but the Spirit of God inside of us knows all things and He will guide us on our path of health and wellness.

Lord I ask that you would help me look for the proper means of my personal health and wellness. Surround me with the right medical team that I can trust to help me make choices that are most necessary. Help those people in my support system to provide me with an environment that is conducive for getting well and remaining that way. When I am wounded Lord give me the courage and humility to ask for and accept help from my loved ones. Mostly Lord help us to remember that when we are sick that you are most able to touch us and make us well. 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 438

Tuesday’s Torch

06/06/17

By: Tim Sader

I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. (Colossians 4:18)

Joseph Whitlock became my best friend fast I was drawn to his ability to see the positive in the most difficult of circumstances. Another thing about us was the fact we were both deal with life threatening diseases from birth. He has Juvenile Diabetes so we could relate on the struggles of our disabilities. Apart from him very few friends of mine could relate to what I had to face on a daily basis except for one week every summer when I went to MDA camp. Every camper had Muscular Dystrophy in common so all of a sudden we were with our people; the ones who knew our same struggles. Camp is a magical place where life wasn’t full of restrictions and anything we wanted to do there we were made able to do with just a little bit of help. We had swimming, boating, archery, fishing, horseback riding, water fights, a bon fire and a dance on the last night. Needing assistance wasn’t strange at camp because everyone had a counselor whose main purpose was to help us have fun and do what we couldn’t on our own. Often counselors worry about what their responsibilities will be but after one week they get hooked and return every year for decades. Sometimes counselors become close friends with campers and would request being partnered every year. When I started camp I still lived in Minnesota but my last six years were all here in South Carolina. Some of the volunteers who were there twenty-three years ago are still doing it now. At camp I felt like friends with everyone near my age but was closest to the guys in my cabin. Wade and another Joseph had my same type of MD called Duchennes, Bobby and Jerry have a less aggressive kind called Beckers. Bobby lived in the same town as me, we passed eachother in the halls at school but only became friends after meeting at summer camp. To this day we are the best of friends, he was even the best man in my wedding.

Like Paul we all need someone who knows our struggles or remembers our chains so to speak. Bobby has been one of those people in my life; he knows the struggles I face because in a slower progression he is facing them to. Something is to be said about gathering together with those who we can most relate to. This is why support groups work well because only someone with us in our chains can understand what we are going through. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were friends facing the same fate because of their strong faith in God. Without eachother I am not sure they would have had the courage to remain standing or make it through the fire. Together they were brave and with their unmoveable faith God was able to deliver them from the furnace (Dan. 3:19-21). The Lord hears the needy and doesn’t despise His people when they are in captivity (Ps. 69:33). When Paul and Silas messed up the fortune telling business they were striped, severely beaten with rods and thrown into prison. The jailer was told to watch them carefully so he locked them in the inner cell and put their feet in stocks. Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing to the Lord while the other prisoners listened to them (Acts 16:22-25). These two were in the worst possible situation they could find themselves in but they managed to find the strength to pray and praise the Lord. Alone I am unsure that they would have reacted in such a way but they shared each other’s chains and they could remind one another to focus on the Lord. Bobby and I have shared our faith in Christ and this helped draw us closer to Him at every major struggle in our lives. We are going to deal with many kinds of chains in life but we should only be captives in Christ’s victory. We are the pleasing aroma of knowledge in Him to unbelievers who are still dead in their sins (2 Cor. 2:14-15). How we handle hard times is far better with those who see and remember our struggles. The people with us in captivity are the same as those who can point us to the Lord when we face difficulties in our lives.

Let us not be afraid or to full of pride for us to seek the support of those who know what it is like to be at the place we are in life. The reason early man formed tribes was so they could accomplish greater things. Retired people meet at Senior Centers, recovering alcoholics meet at AA, churches have small groups and disabled people attend support groups or charitable functions. We are best when we are united with those who share our struggles and our faith so that we can remember to always find hope in the Lord.

Lord it is my pray that you would surround me with the people who will most remember my chains and give me the courage needed to live a victorious life in Christ. Help us not forget the chains that people in our circles have been struggling with. Help us to be able to pray and sing to you even when we find ourselves shackled in whatever prison we are locked up in. Even when noone is on our team, Lord help us to remember you are there and in you we will be triumphant. 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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