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Tuesdays Torch week 445

Tuesday’s Torch

07/25/17

By: Tim Sader

They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. (Mark 15:17)

During my time at Living Waters I was filled to overflowing and richly blessed by feeling the Spirit move like I never have before. For many of us music is the way we enter into the flow of the Spirit and at that time music moved me like nothing could. I never liked music because it was popular or my friends liked it. I enjoyed what was fresh and original, what truly had depth and meaning. After Roger punched Ricky and I told him a few choice words I found out he wasn’t so bad. We became brothers in the BH and I learned about how talented he was. First he was athletic into martial arts, wrestling and lifting weights but none of that really interested me. One day my friend Joseph was at his house so I reluctantly tagged along. While we were there I noticed a guitar propped up against the picnic table and I was curious. After a while another guy from our neighborhood Jeffrey showed up with his new twelve string guitar. Soon they were jamming together playing Bush, Creed, Nirvana, Smoke on the Water, Jimi Hendrix and Garth Brooks. If that wasn’t enough Roger started playing some original songs he had been working on. His first songs were good clean comedy songs about things that teenage boys find funny. They were hilarious but the music was also well written and to my surprise everything he knew was self-taught. I had the dream of being in the music business after high school so I decided to be his manager. I paid for his first semiprofessional recording on cassette. It was called Porch Sitter and we recorded it just like he was playing guitar and singing on the front porch. One take for each song and very little mixing for quality. The solo career wasn’t taking off so we decided to find a few more musicians and start a band.

We searched awhile, many friends tried to join but it didn’t work. Finally one evening most of the BH was at Roger’s house hanging out in the shed and roger was playing electric guitar. Sean brought his bass but picked up a wash bucket to make a beat instead and Jamie fooled around on bass after Roger showed him some simple cords. It sounded ok for amateur musicians so we came up with a plan to get real equipment and ThornHead was born. Our first gig was playing at Jamie’s youth group without drums and we were a hit. They asked us to be the youth worship team and we accepted on the condition that we could practice at the church. Our friend Chris drew our trademark; it was a big smiley face wearing a crown of thorns. Soon we got up the money to record a four song demo hoping to make some money and gain popularity. I remember two songs from the demo. One was For The Faith which was about us conducting our lives worthy of the sacrifice Christ paid for us on the cross (Phi. 1:27). The song that became our biggest hit was Sorry Darwin. Some of the lyrics are Sorry Darwin I’m not a monkey, I’m a child of a King, Some of us look and act like monkeys, But I’m a child of God. Our message in this was to honor God and not science for His creation (1 Tim. 6:15-16). Another song not on the CD was My Telescope, about people who claim to follow Christ but only do it from a distance like most of Christ’s disciples did when He was going to the cross (Lk. 23:49). Even Peter after all He experienced only followed from a distance (Mt. 26:58). Sometimes we took secular songs we liked and added our own words. The best one was Smells Like Holy Spirit after Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit. Those who have His Spirit in us are the pleasing aroma of Christ to God among those who are saved and unsaved (2 Cor. 2:14-15). They had about twenty songs each with deep meanings rooted in biblical truth. ThornHead played a couple dozen shows; there were thirty people at our first show but more than four thousand at one of our last. Those days were some of my best times with friends and without being in the music business I lived my dream.

What is the playlist of our lives? Music is a great way for us to open our spirits to the Spirit of God. The music that moves our soul is music that touches the heart of God. That feeling we get when a song fills us with emotion and gives us goose bumps is us feeling a small piece of heaven. The music of our youth may not be gospel songs but if it leaves us better after hearing it quite possibly we somehow found the essence of God in it.

Lord fill our hearts with the soundtrack of You that will move us to wanting to be in Your holy precense. Give us the aroma of Christ so that the world will notice God and reach out to Him. If we follow You help us to be vulnerable enough so that we will live our lives in close intimacy with You. I know that I have been wonderfully created by You so help me to do it all for the faith that I have placed in knowing 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 444

Tuesday’s Torch

07/18/17

By: Tim Sader

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7:38)

When I was younger I got into a relationship with my friend Wendy we thought it was love to be intimate but it wasn’t; God had a better future planned for me. At the time of my relationship with her my family met a man named Bob Johnson. My dad bought a sand blasting business from him and we learned about the church that he was starting. We had been going to church in Clover where I was in youth group but after losing their pastor my parents were looking for a new church. While my brother and I were at friends one weekend my parents went to Living Waters World Outreach Center. It was a small apostolic church with about twenty members that met in a police meeting space. My parents were blown away by how much the Spirit seemed to flow within this small group of misfits with a hunger for the Lord. Soon they decided this would be our new family church despite mine and my brother’s reluctance because we enjoyed youth group in Clover. After saying we could go there for evening service and Wednesday we finally agreed to go with them one Sunday morning. Going there felt intimidating in a way because the Spirit of God is very unpredictable and they were open to letting Him lead the way. I know I felt the tangible Spirit before but it had been awhile and I never remember it being quite as intense as I did while at that church. It got to where I almost was afraid of what God would do but scared I might miss something if I didn’t go. Every week Bob prepared a message and the Lord would change it or just show up and do things that felt a lot like the book of Acts. I received my first prophecy there and many prayers for me to be healed. I witnessed grown men on their face weeping, people rolling in the floor laughing, demons being cast out and holy silence for long periods of time. Living Waters was unlike anything I had ever seen and rarely have I felt the Spirit like that again since they decided to close their doors.

Bob wanted to change the world around us; he was looking for twelve men of God to do it with him just like the early church Apostles. I think he found a few but people had responsibilities and never seemed to fully commit to the vision he had for the ministry. He wanted the people of our church to believe in the Lord until rivers of living water flowed from within each of our families. There is a crystal clear river of the water of life flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb (Rv. 22:1). If we will go to His river to be refreshed it will fill us up and flow from within our bellies. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (Mt. 5:6). This water of refreshing will fill us if we will desire to be righteous and filled up with the Lord. In the adults Bob had a hard time seeing the hunger but on Friday the handful of youth would meet in his basement and he was moved by our desire to learn more about the Lord. He was convicted some of us would stretch our faith far beyond the foundation our parents had built for us. The Ancient of Days takes His seat on a throne flaming with fire and a river of fire was flowing out from before Him (Dn. 7:9-10). This fire is from the seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God (Rv. 4:5). The river of life flows with fire from the Spirit of God who wants to completely consume us with righteousness. John Baptized with water as a symbol for our repentance but when Christ came He brought the baptism of fire and the Holy Spirit. He will gather those who are devoted to Him and everything that isn’t will be burned up (Mt. 3:11-12). The fire that rested on their heads in the upper room is an outward symbol of the fire inside of us wanting to flow from within so that the world around us would see the change and be refreshed with the living waters.

When we seek the Lord we are like a sponge that can soak Him up until we are saturated with Him. When we can no longer soak up any more it spills over and soaks everything that comes into contact with it. Some start to absorb Him right away but others are non-absorbent or have been saturated by things that keep the Lord out. When we chase after the Lord and trust in Him, turning to His word and doing what it says then we are being filled with Him. His fire will burn us up so that only He remains.

Lord help us to see you as the source of living water that brings life and refreshing wherever it flows. We trust that when we drink of you we will never be thirsty again. We ask that your river would flow from our bellies so that others will see you and drink deeply of all your blessings. I ask that we not only bring water to the thirsty but that fire would burn from out of us and consume what isn’t 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 443

Tuesday’s Torch

07/11/17

By: Tim Sader

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. (1 Corinthians 13:11)

Not getting a driver’s license with all my friends was hard on me but I got through it by looking to the bright side and enjoying the freedom I felt when they drove me places. For the most part this worked for me until I got my first girlfriend and suddenly wanted to go places alone with her. I wanted to be the guy who would show up at her house with flowers and pick her up for a date where I would get out and open the door for her. In all my fantasizing about being that perfect gentleman usually dates included a third and maybe a forth wheel. One of them would open the door for me, let me down on the lift, they would open doors and move chairs for me. This seemed awkward to me and I’m sure very different to the girl I was there with. My first serious girlfriend was Wendy who is my friends Ricky and Steven’s sister. She didn’t live with them because she was away at an alternate school but after meeting we would send letters back and forth. Finally she was able to come back home when her behavior had improved. I never saw her as a girl with behavioral issues because we got along great and I could relate with her on a different level. I would listen to her talk about the horrors of group home living so she trusted me and we formed a strong bond. One day after going to church with her grandmother she was dressed up so I asked her to walk with me. I complemented her on her clothes and asked if she wanted me to be her boyfriend; she said yes. We dated through the summer and were on again off again for most of my senior year of high school. A few weeks before prom I wanted to have a special date where I made food and we would have a picnic under the stars. So I made food and asked my friend Joseph to drive us to the river where there was a dock for me to go on. The concept was great but people fished from there and when we were about to eat all we could focus on was the fish guts so we didn’t eat. The conversation was great as it always was but after a while it was time to go so we got on the road and went home.

Wendy and I made some great memories I went to prom with her and she was my first intimate relationship but we were young and it wasn’t meant to last forever. In my twenties we tried to make it work again but we were much better friends than lovers so we decided to keep our relationship platonic. I know it was best because our paths have lead in two separate directions. As teenagers when we find someone to date we have no experience so we are convinced it is love. This is childlike thinking, love is a strong emotion between two potential romantic partners. It should not be something we dive into without getting to know someone and learning about who they are. Being with someone at the deepest physical level is only a benefit of loving our partner but we think the opposite is true when we are young and dumb. When I was thinking this way it seemed like the right thing to do but the Lord knew my motives. We were not committing our ways to Him though; we had no plans or thoughts about our future life together. He cannot establish plans if we had no righteous intentions when we made them (Pr. 16:2-3). Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked (Pr. 25:26). I am not saying Wendy was evil but we both were swayed to give way to wickedness and youthful lust. Fresh water and salt water cannot flow from the same spring and neither can righteousness and wickedness work together (Jas. 3:11). Though Wendy believes in God her ways of believing are different than my own so being with her was unfair to both of us. We were unequally yoked and doing each other an injustice by trying to make what I knew was wrong suddenly become right. Wendy has been a good friend to me, I am grateful of that but now that I am married I know that the Lord had different plans for my future. Now I know He had my best interests in mind and I couldn’t be happier with the wife He picked for me.

Often when we are younger or wrapped up in a situation that we enjoy it is hard to see what the better plan for our lives is. Only God can see the best path for our future and only He can establish our steps so that we go in the right direction. There is little we can do right if we are on a path that is contrary to what the Lord is doing. Stepping outside of His will is choosing to walk in wickedness and no matter how good it feels we will never get it right without seeking Him to make it that way.

Lord I pray for the courage to walk away from situations in my life that are contrary to your perfect will in my life. Help me also to have the stamina to hold onto hard situations that are part of the journey of my life. I trust my future to you and ask that the Holy Spirit will teach me and guide me into the destiny you prepared for me since the beginning of time. 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 442

Tuesday’s Torch

07/04/17

By: Tim Sader

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. (Proverbs 13:12)

Having a group of likeminded guys to hang out with made me feel like I was a part of something. As we grew closer to the Lord our Brotherhood had a greater purpose and we had a better bond. When I was in youth group and forming the BH my friends were getting their permits and driver’s license. Joseph was first, we were the oldest and he was only a few months younger than me so he drove before any of us. It was hard seeing him drive around the time of my back surgery but had it stopped there I probably wouldn’t have been bothered by it. I lived next door to him so I had easy access to our main hang out and everyone else had to ride their bike, walk about a mile or get a ride from someone. When Joseph got his license everyone had a ride if they needed one and that was nice for our group. Soon instead of bringing ingredients for the stuff we ate they would wait and make a trip to the store. After a while if it got boring some of us would take rides to different places throughout the night. I seldom was able to be part of these outings because I didn’t have my license and my wheelchair didn’t fit in their vehicle. After many arguments, promises and pleading we finally talked my dad into sometimes letting us use our expensive handicapped van. Mainly we could use it for church and occasional trips to the mall. Soon everyone had learner’s permits and after that they had cars and a license. This was when life really felt unfair to me! Friends two, three and four years younger than me were driving but I was stuck to the streets of York in my wheelchair. I knew me driving was possible with a new van and fifteen thousand dollars in modifications but no one I knew had forty thousand dollars. The next best thing was having my friends use our family van but with every new driver came a heated debate between my dad and me. As we kept bringing the van back in one piece my dad learned to trust each of them and my crazy friends gained his respect. I might not have been able to go with everyone all the time but when it was important to me my closest friends never left me behind. I would get by with a little help from my friends!

I know I never showed it but not being able to get my license was heartbreaking to me. The only good I could see was a way being provided for me to drive. This never happened but many good parentless memories were made because the outcome of them driving was a good enough to bring my heart to life again. Driving means freedom for most new drivers and somehow my friends helped me to experience it with them. I was upset and discouraged with my lot in life, it was unfair to me and there was nothing I could do to change it. I found joy in the Lord through my parents who saw the attempts we were making to learn about Him and because of it they let us use the van. This calmed things down in my soul and I was able to find cheer in my misfortune (Ps. 94:19). I wouldn’t say I specifically ran to God with this issue but my heart was open to Him so He found me where I was at. He knew why I was sad and discouraged so as I willingly learned about Him for the first time of my own freewill, I put my hope in Him. I met the Lord at the alter so to speak and found the source for an unexplainable joy (Ps. 43:4-5). While Martha was busy playing host to her guests Mary was spending all her time sitting at Jesus feet. She wanted Jesus to set Mary straight for not helping her. Instead He tells Martha while being so upset and worried about things Mary chose what was better and He wouldn’t take that from her (Lk. 10:41-42). When we are upset and worried the better place to be is at Jesus feet and He will take care of what we really need. We are urged to warn those who don’t follow or are disruptive to the Word and to encourage the disheartened (1 Thes. 5:14). The list continues by saying help the weak and be patient with everyone. These two I think are how we can encourage the discouraged. My friends helped me and were patient enough to share their driving privileges so we could be free and that healed my wounded heart.

So many times in this life we run into situations that just are not fair and the power to fix it is beyond our grasp to attain on our own. Life is full of disruptions that cause us to be discouraged, upset or worried. Often we are left hurting, rejected and heartbroken but a better way has been provided if we will be open to it. We can be upset and worried or we can go spend time with Jesus and he will help us in ways we never thought possible. We can find freedom at all times if we will take our eye off our problems and seek the Lord to be the source of our joy.

Lord I pray that as the United States celebrates its freedom on July fourth that we would remember the times when you freed us from our troubles. Also help us to remember the people who have in some way devoted their lives to be in the trenches with us until we were broken no more. Show us God those who are disheartened so that we can help them to feel encouraged when they are weak and help us to be patient in or doing so. 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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