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Tuesdays Torch week 471

Tuesday’s Torch

02/13/18

By: Tim Sader

Praise be to the Lord, for he showed me the wonders of his love when I was in a city under siege. (Psalm 31:21)

As I went to see Sammy on Valentine’s Day I looked around at the snow and realized I was finally willing to leave comfortable to chase the desires of my heart. Before leaving Summerville that weekend we went to church together and I very much decided that day that we needed to make it so we could be in the same tribe. After lunch at Zaxbys it was time for us to part ways again. It was always sad for us to separate but these trips to Summerville were a way to make long distance work for us. As soon as we could we planned a March date so that we wouldn’t get used to missing one another. Exactly a month from our sad goodbye we planned to meet again in Columbia at Five Guys for late lunch and a movie. We ate fast so we could make it to the movie theater where we decided to see 3 Days to Kill. Kevin Costner plays a dying CIA agent who tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter during his time off. After promising no more working he is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment. The movie was alright but ultimately it didn’t matter what we watched because we were there to spend time with eachother. After the movie we had a few minutes to make small talk while our helpers used the bathroom. When we went outside we took a quick picture right before it started to rain and we had to say a fast and sad farewell. In March we were waiting and saving money for the next time we could stay in Summerville. At the end of the month Sammy told me about a Tom Conlon concert she was going to at a coffee in her town. When she told me about it I told her that I wish I could be there too. That Sunday I wanted to go to the concert but thought it’d be to much in one day. After hearing a message at church about staying full of God for our next assignment, I was inspired to take a next step for my future. I asked mom to bring me to the concert so I could surprise Sammy and show her my love was real.

When we got to Summerville we went to the coffee shop early and ate some food in the van that we picked up on the way. When Sammy arrived we watched her pull in, get out of the van and go inside with her friend Sandy. She wasn’t expecting me to be there so she would have never been looking for my van. After she got settled I got unloaded and started down the sidewalk toward the door. Inside the coffee shop Sammy’s friend Friar told her that he saw someone coming and she was like lots of people are coming. He said no you don’t understand SOMEONE is coming! Right then is when I came through the door and she really liked that I was that someone. She was so surprised it choked her up and she couldn’t speak until her friend got some water for her to drink. We got to talk for a few minutes before the concert began but during the show I was sitting behind her so we couldn’t say much. It was all good though because showing up for her was an expression of my love to her and three hours together was worth six hours of travel. As I remember expressions of my love I thank the Lord for the wonders of His love showing up for me when I needed Him most. We should take the time to stop and consider the wonders of God (Job 37:14). He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted (Job 5:9). The Lord will show us the wonders of His great love, He will save with His right hand all who take refuge in Him from their foes (Ps. 17:7). When in love just to experience them is a wonder this is how we should feel about the Lord for the great things He has done. The Father loved Jesus His Son and showed Him what He does. He showed Jesus greater works so that we would be amazed and believe in them (Jn. 5:20). Bringing Sammy and me together was a great work He did for us; we have been good medicine for eachother. We enjoyed songs about friends, love and the Lord as we let our love grow. After a little conversation and a few pictures it was time for bittersweet goodbyes to conclude our March dates.

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Lord we thank you for the love we have been able to experience in our lives. We only know how to love you or anyone else because you first loved us. Help us to remember the wonderful ways you have touched our lives and saved us from whatever foes we are facing. You know our struggles because your son came to us and lived a hard life so that we would see you in Him and He would sacrifice His life so that our lives might be better. We thank you God for loving us enough so that we would know how to love one another. 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, Facebook and 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 470

Tuesday’s Torch

02/06/18

By: Tim Sader

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. (Genesis 12:1)

The Lord asks that we be willing to sacrifice ourselves so that we can serve others. When we become least He can make us great. After our first date I knew I had feelings for Sammy so much so the next day I admitted I was in love with her. When I told her this she was relieved because she wanted me to say it before saying it to me. Most of our lives we couldn’t understand how people were so inlove to the point of it being sickening to others. We realized that those people acted like we were with eachother. For a couple weeks following our first date we chatted, flirted more and got to know eachother better. After meeting in person chatting no longer felt like enough so we needed a way to continue seeing eachother. Near the beginning of February we knew Valentine’s Day was approaching and we always were single for it the past so it was unlucky. We were no longer single so we wanted to spend it together. Since it was harder for her to get rides I suggested that mom and I could go to her town for the weekend. This idea seemed perfect, mom’s job is wherever I am and we had new wheels for traveling. After making reservations the entire state was hit with an arctic blast. We got a lot of snow and Summerville had freezing rain, everything was covered in ice which knocked down trees and the power was out. This was two days before our departure and temperatures wouldn’t melt the snow until the day we were leaving. Now anyone who knows me will say I hate being cold but this time I didn’t let it stop me. I had a path cleared to the van and with seven inches of snow still on the road we left our town. This was also amazing because it was the first time in almost five years that I would be sleeping in a bed that wasn’t adjustable, I was afraid. This was outside of my comfort zone but I was in pursuit of my Valentine and would not easily be deterred from getting to her.

After getting to the main roads and on the interstate the snow was melted so we made the trip without problems. When we got there we picked up a pizza from Godfathers at a gas station because I think they make the best pizza. We then followed the directions printed from google but somehow took a wrong turn and got lost. We called Sammy to get directions but since she cannot drive she don’t know road names or how to get to where she’s going. We drove around for two hours lost in a maze of roads and brick houses until her dad got home and gave us directions. That evening was Valentine’s Day; we ate cold pizza and spent time with her friends Kadie and Roy. Before leaving I wanted to get her something stuffed so she could cuddle it when I wasn’t there. I gave her a stuffed giraffe because I remembered a picture with her and a giraffe so it was perfect. She loved it, named it Timmy and slept with it in her bed at night. After less than four hours at her house I was glad I left my comfort zone because I was happier now. This makes me think of Abram when God called him and told him to leave everything he knew for some great nation God wanted to bless him with. The blessing of God would be upon those who bless him and a curse on those who cursed him and all people would be blessed through him. This sounded good to Abram so at 75 years old he left and took his nephew with him (Gn. 12:2-4). The same old thing was comfortable to me but if I was going to find something greater I had to risk it all to chase it down. Jesus told a man to follow Him but he wanted to bury his father first. Jesus told him let the dead bury the dead and for him to proclaim the kingdom of God. Another man wanted to say goodbye to his family but no one who does the work of the Lord has time for looking back (Lk. 9:59-62). If we leave comfortable we must look toward great things to come not at what we left behind. Anyone who has left things behind for the gospel will receive 100 times more in this life. This may include more persecution but also eternal life in the age to come (Mk. 10:29-30). Life was ok before Sammy but leaving it behind showed me that there is something better if we will go for it when we are called to it.

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Lord when the time is right and we feel your call to do something that is outside of our comfort zone help us to respond like Abram and chase the call. Help us to move Lord because if we stay where we are everything stays the same but when we go we grow and better is waiting for us at our destinations. Lord may we not regret choices we made in haste, without thinking or not asking you first. Lord we are asking now that you lead us from where we are to wherever we are called to go so that your blessings will come upon 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, Facebook and 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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