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Tuesdays Torch week 454

Tuesday’s Torch

09/26/17

By: Tim Sader

Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:9)

Our training equipped my friend Larry and me to do work in computers and internet. When the job search failed Wall Webdesign and Hosting was born. We gave this business a real good shot but learned that nothing is a sure thing unless God is does it with us. After a brief period considering the job search again and working on a rap project with my friend Roger I was needing a new purpose. I started brainstorming and coming up with one idea after another but never had the means to get them started. Soon I became civically and politically minded; I wanted to do something that made a difference. A family in the neighborhood met a young man John who was homeless and they gave him a place to live. He was into skateboarding and the whole punk, goth, metal lifestyle popular in the early 2000’s. My neighbor’s son thought he was so cool and had to have a real skateboard that didn’t come from Wal-Mart. Before we knew it dozens of skater kids were gathering on our street and hanging out at random skate spots in our town. This lifestyle has a bad rap because of Viva-La-Bam and other MTV shows where young people would do ridiculous stunts to get a laugh from viewers. Also drug and alcohol use was closely thought to be a temptation for this group. When skaters started hanging out in the historical part of town some minor things happened at a business and the skater community was blamed for it. The city began passing ordinances against them skating in town or be fined and have their board confiscated. I thought it was a sad thing to attack these kids and turn them into criminals when they offered no outlet for their sport. I noticed the need for a skate park in a community that was failing these kids so I made it my new project. Instead of seeing them as bad kids I showed them someone had their back and I took my ideas to the city council with an impressive proposal that they accepted. These kids needed to be judged fairly in the community and this was my new goal.

I had no clue the amount of work it was going to take to get this skate park built. Originally what I proposed I hoped the city would make it part of their recreation department but for them insurance was outrageous. They needed us to be our own business or organization that would be in charge of the park and they would lease us the space for a dollar a year. Revolution Youth Association was born, I was President and knew nothing about running an organization. I got to work looking for funding, designing skate parks, planning fundraisers and organizing volunteers. After a year we raised the money to insure the park but had nothing left for building it. The project fell by the waste side because we could not justify paying to insure something we couldn’t build on. At that time skateboarding was made illegal everywhere in town except on their own property; that ended the fad so there was no need for a skate park. These kids who avoided adults allowed me into their world because when I saw a stranger in need I took up their case (Job 29:16). Through the hard work of a few disabled brothers we saw to the need of our new companions. I pray that we showed them that hard work can pay off and that giving to those in need is worth its rewards (Acts 20:34-35). As believers we should be doing good deeds when we see an urgent need and in doing so we will no live unproductive lifes (Ti. 3:14). When we see someone in need but do nothing to fulfill their need what good is it? Faith without action is dead (Jas. 2:15-17). If we have no pity for the needs of others how can we be full of Gods love? We do not love with words only but by our actions and in truth (1 Jn. 3:17-18). All believers are called to be shepherds to those who God has entrusted to us not because we must but we should want to serve others (1 Pt. 5:1-2). Revolution Youth was a step for me in the right direction. I saw a need in the world and prayed hard to see it happen. It may not have been Gods plan but instead of looking to get rich I was doing a good work to improve the lives of these kids.

Lord, I ask that we would not miss the needs of those who you’ve surrounded us with. Help us to see the blessings when we give to others not because you want us to but because we want to do something good for someone else. If we are in the midst of difficult projects to help others we ask Lord that you would bless the time and effort we put in and help to be successful. Help us to speak up when injustice is done to the poor or if we see others in need of our help. 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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Posted by on 09/26/2017 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 453

Tuesday’s Torch

09/19/17

By: Tim Sader

Instead, I devoted myself to the work on this wall. All my men were assembled there for the work; we did not acquire any land. (Nehemiah 5:16)

After graduating from the SCVR Computer Training Center (CTC) I was ready to find a job and work hard at it. This was the example the leaders and teachers showed us as they lived out their own relationships with God. While going through the program I made many great friendships and Larry Law was most memorable because we had big dreams of having a successful business. After finishing school we wanted to use the skills we had learned to start an online empire that we could do from anywhere in the world. We had the desire to get ourselves involved in building what would have been the first social media network for local businesses. At this time in the early 2000’s being a webmaster was still big business. Those who were good made up to tens of thousands of dollars for a unique customized internet web site. I was pretty good at design using mainly HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Graphic design and making simple flash animations were also part of my CTC training. Larry and I decided to start a web design and hosting company that provided social media for small businesses to network with one another. Wall.ws was our internet home; upon going to our site users heard Pink Floyd Another Brick in the Wall and could add their piece to the Wall we were building. We were not looking to make thousands of dollars per site instead we offered simple templates so we could charge a fraction of that to design and host their site for a year. We were looking to be like a mini mall so small businesses could compete in the expanding online market we are now living in. For as little as forty dollars businesses could have a site built and maintained each month. We also offered advertising for as little as thirty dollars per one thousand clicks on any of our hosted sites. Wall.ws was into providing special pricing to charitable organizations to have our part in making a difference in the world. Larry and I devoted ourselves to building this Wall both through hours of tedious coding and everything two students could come up with financially from family and savings.

We gave this business everything we could manage but despite all of our hours brainstorming and the best laid plans we did not acquire any ground in the market. We had several close calls that would have eventually been worth thousands a month but at every breakthrough something new would hold us back. Larry suffered from many problems because of serious back pain and illnesses that would take him out of commission for weeks at a time so things were up and down. We were smart enough to not let circumstances keep us down we kept trying until we ran out of resources and the desire to continue. The best of our plans were shattered but for both of us this wasn’t the end. We are dreamers who desire to do great things and this keeps the darkness from overwhelming the light in our heart (Job 17:10-12). Last I heard from Larry he found legal natural remedies that significantly helped his troubles. He got a security job and married a friend from California he had known for many years. Despite the best of our humans plans God knows if they are futile (Ps. 94:11). This is why everything we do should be commited to the Lord so that our plans maybe established by Him (Pr. 16:3). I don’t believe our plans were uncommitted to Him but I don’t remember mutual prayers or a meeting where God was factored into the equation. In our hearts we may have great plans but the purpose of the Lord is what prevails at its end (Pr. 19:21). The Lord has a plan for each one of us and chances are the desire inside of us may be used by Him to accomplish it. The most import thing we can do is seek Him first because His plans are to prosper us and not to bring us harm. His plans will give us the future we are looking for (Jer. 29:11). It is dangerous to assume that if we start a business that after a certain time we will get rich from it (Jas. 4:13). No one knows what tomorrow may bring except for God; the only true plan that exists is the one He has for us.

When we make plans they are sometimes unsuccessful or the success fades as we are led in a new direction. In our mind we see this as a failure but what if our misdirection is training for what the Lord really wants to do in our lives. Most of the greatest human achievements come after many failures in life. Success to God is not about what we fail to do it is about what we learned and how it pointed us back to Him.

Lord, we ask that your plans would become our plans so that we can be on the same page of my life. Please help us not to look at our failures as a reason to remain defeated but that they would inspire us to give it all we can in the future. Help us to find that our hope and future are only found in your plan for our lives. Happiness is not lost when human plans fail it is lost when we will not do what we were created for. Lord help us not to forget you in everything that we do so that we may prosper in this life you have given to us. 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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Posted by on 09/19/2017 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 452

Tuesday’s Torch

09/12/17

By: Tim Sader

Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. (2 Corinthians 8:11)

Before Dan passed away and I learned that money ill-gotten has no value, I went to Vocational Rehab to find out about getting a job and working hard. After celebrating twenty-two years with friends at the club I was preparing for a month away at South Carolina Voc Rehab (SCVR) Evaluation Center. The first time I heard about VR was after high school and I didn’t know what rehabilitation to work looked like. I thought it was like rehab after surgery in the hospital where I’d be pushed to do things I couldn’t. Instead of going away I went to their local office to take tests and check out their workshop. After that I went to Tech and VR helped pay for it. I studied accounting for about a year and a half when the only public transit in our area shut down. Without a way to get there and feeling burned out I decided to take a break. I met with my VR counselor every three to six months and we talked about next step employment goals. After doing very little for a year she brought up the Eval. Center because it is designed to help disabled people find employment. Mom and I reluctantly agreed to tour the facility to see what it was like and if the care would be adequate for me. The director of the Center made a great impression on us, everyone who’d be evaluating me were nice and the nurses were confident could help me. I signed up to go that November to see what they would suggest that I do for my future. Evaluation was mentally and physically challenging. We took academic, vocational, logic, memory and personality tests. We were assessed by a doctor, psychologist occupational therapists, took assertiveness training, resume writing and interview preparation. If that wasn’t enough we were evaluated in the Muscle Development Center at the gym, in physical aquatic and recreational therapy to see if we could manage working. I was there through Thanksgiving and finished just before Christmas break.

After taking the tests I almost scored high enough for their Computer Training Center (CTC). I liked the sound of that so they told me what to study and tested me again without it being timed. I was college level in everything so I got to have an interview to get into that program. The interview went well and I was accepted into their Business Application Plus web design (BAP) class starting after New Year’s. My local VR counselor was so proud! This program had a business dress code so I needed clothes and she got it paid for by them. When I got there the living quarters were so nice I got my own room and it didn’t look like a hospital. We had a kitchen with our own cabinet and refrigerator so we could bring snacks and breakfast foods. I felt blessed to have this opportunity so I gave it all I had and my needs were taken care of so I could do good work and find a job (2 Cor. 9:7-8). I didn’t know how blessed I was until getting to know the administrators and instructors. This was a state program but they were hard working believers who lead by example, non-judgmental or preachy (1 Thes. 5:12-13). They made us want to be ambitious, taking care of our own business and hard working to gain respect and independence (1 Thes. 4:11-12). I was sincere to doing the work and going the extra mile not so I could look good but so I could gain the rewards from hard work. All we do should be this way because ultimately it is Christ whom we serve (Col. 3:22-24). I learned a lot at SCVR CTC academically and excelled in everything I could while devoting twelve hours a day to it. The greatest lesson I learned though is how to serve God in my career. He never forgets our work or the love we show to others. The diligence I saw in practice is what I hope people will see in me. We must not be lazy but should imitate the faith of those who have inherited the promises of God (Heb. 6:10-12). All the work I started there I was willing and eager to complete because I saw in myself the ability that I had to finish it.

We need to acknowledge those who work hard among us, especially those who care for our Christianity. We should honor them in love because of their work by living in peace with one another. Maybe we have been doing hard work to help others without any love or recognition for our devotion. This is unfortunate but God is not unjust, He remembers our hard work and if we are doing it to serve Him we will reap the rewards He has promised to us.

Lord we ask that honor will be given and received where honor is due. Help us to be the example in our career and social lives that we want to see in those we look up to. Help us to be ready and willing to work hard not so we can be seen as better than but because we are serving the Lord in everything that we do. May we remember that someone is evaluating the work we do so help us to be eager in our good works as it is within our means to do 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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Posted by on 09/12/2017 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 451

Tuesday’s Torch

09/05/17

By: Tim Sader

Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value, but righteousness delivers from death. (Proverbs 10:2)

I spent many years binge drinking and doing whatever evil seemed fun to me for many years. It wasn’t constant and I never stopped believing in God so I thought my occasional sin was ok. God finally got my attention but hard things happened in my life while drinking heavily and instead of turning to God I turned toward alcohol thinking it would help me through my sorrows. At this time in my life I had two sets of friends none of which were bad but some of them drank and others didn’t and for the most part this kept them separated. I spent a lot of time hanging out next door and meeting all the fun friends that came down from New York. Often these friends would miss Rodríguezes so much they would move here permanently or for a while. One friend Dan Dickinson came for a visit and enjoyed it here but traveled back and forth to manage his businesses in New York. Everytime he rolled into town he’d be driving a different chromed out SUV, truck or sports car and would have enough money to make a party wherever he was at. Dan was an uncommon type of person money was nothing to him but he always had more than enough. Everything he did to make money I am unsure of but some of it was earned unlawfully. No dishonor toward him; he was doing the best he knew how and no one I know had a bigger heart for others. If friends or family were struggling to get by he would pay a bill, fix their car or put food on their table. Anytime we went out for a meal or drinks he would pay the bill without giving a second thought. Though he liked to make money it was not lord over him because he was willing to give it all away. After moving down south he met a great girl who had a son and together they had a daughter so he was starting to settle down. The illegal activities were becoming less and less; he found ways to use his money to invest in businesses he believed in. It seemed like his life was on its way up but he took a trip to New York to pick up a truck to repay a debt owed to him. On this trip something happened and he never returned to his fiancé and baby girl.

For me there were many uncertainties surrounding his death. The friends with him didn’t know the people delivering the truck, they did some partying and I remember something about an empty bottle of pills. After some investigation they say nothing criminal happened to him; it was just an asthma attack from the two different climates. Only God knows if something else went down that night. The reason for his death really doesn’t matter it was a tragedy to this group of friends I had grown to love so much. Things never were the same in that circle after Dan’s passing, somehow he was the glue that kept us all close. I remember how many people came to his viewing; after only two years living here it was the most people I’ve ever seen show up to honor anyone. His life had more impact at twenty-three than most people make after living eighty years. Dan was a good guy enticed by others or the draw of living a gangster lifestyle to make some bad choices. Seeing the money to be made this way would make anyone consider changing their chosen profession. People get swallowed in it as they fill their homes with all the best things that money can buy. All this stuff leads them into a trap that they set for themselves. Eventually ill-gotten gain consumes the life of whoever gets it (Proverbs 1:10-19). Despite having all these things from his lifestyle I think money lost its value to Dan that is why he willingly gave it all away. Dan was a victim of the lifestyle he was tring to get away from. This one last debt he collected cost him his life. Being righteous delivers from death because doing what is right keeps us from the results of chasing what has no value. In the end I understand Dan was setting wrong things right and working on a new relationship with God.

Many of us have lost friends or loved ones unexpectedly often what seems to be far too soon. They may no longer be with us physically but they can live on through us when we remember things they taught us or learn something from their lives. True knowledge is infinite as long as it is known their legacy can live through us in the here and now. The Lord would not want us to miss any good we can gain from another human life even if what we learn is something not to do.

Lord when we tragically lose loved ones help us not to focus so much on what went wrong as we do on learning from them so their memory is not wasted. Righteousness and wickedness we choose to do each day and any of us can pick to do either in every situation we face. Lord help us to lean on grace and let you lead us into doing what’s right so we will not led astray. Please forgive us and protect from the wrong we’ve done so that at the end of our lives people will mostly learn about you in us. 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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Posted by on 09/05/2017 in Torches