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The Divine Nature and Character of God

Seven Fundamentals of The Cross

ONE: THE NECESSITY OF THE CROSS

II: The Divine Nature and Character of God

By: Brother Cliff

Holy Love

Holy: good, wholly other-than, unique, no comparative, different.

Love: severe, other-centered, self-giving.

Holy is far beyond the opposite of evil. Every attribute of God is incomparable to all other expressions. There is nothing, there is no one who compares. He alone is God. The eternal, unchanging God is Holy Love. He is a hungry, consuming Fire. He is everlasting Light. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He is Righteous. He is Just. He is Jealous. He is Wisdom.

God is merciful. He is full of grace and kindness. God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is wholly, Holy Love!

Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

God is:

Holy/Love

Different/Self-giving

Good/Severe

Righteous

Wisdom

Just

Jealous

Fire/Light

Way/Truth/Life

Mercy

Grace

Patient

Kind

God is immutable: unchanging, always the same!

Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Consider next the nature and character of fallen man: the horror and depravity of sin. From the moment Adam was deceived by Satan and then chose to sin by rejecting God’s Word, all of mankind have been the inheritors of his sin nature and its fruit; which is death. What is it about sin that is so horrifying and depraved in, and through the life of a sinful person?

Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

“sin entered into the world, and death by sin…”

Every time sin is committed it is directly enabling and promoting death in the world. Sin is the inherited nature and character of every descendant of Adam in the earth. All are sinners by nature, and by default; promoters of Satan’s kingdom of darkness through sin and death.

All that produces death; whether it be by disease, murder, war, abortion, prejudice, hatred, starvation, suicide, or any other means by which death comes, its spiritual root is always mankind’s sin in the earth.

This Biblical truth strips away the subtle lies of rationalization; justifying some sins as more or less ok, because they are not nearly as bad as others. All sin fuels death. Sin must be destroyed and the sinner punished as a promoter of death. That is why God has declared: “the soul that sinneth must die”. [Ezek 18:20]

Brother Cliff — Fort Mill, SC

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Posted by on 06/28/2018 in Friends on Fire

 

Tuesdays Torch week 490

Tuesday’s Torch

06/26/18

By: Tim Sader

As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. (Isaiah 62:5)

On the day of our wedding we were blessed to have found the perfect venue someone divinely made available just for us. After forgetting the rings across town we had a beautiful wedding ceremony, dinner and reception. One of our best days got me thinking about how we should give God our best because He gave us the best of everything. After the wedding we had not made to many plans about what we were doing afterwards. We knew we were going to Embassy Suites and staying there for a few days to celebrate our marriage and rest after an exhausting week. Unfortunately we needed help to come with us on the wedding night and honeymoon. My mom was the main one who was helping us. Also one of Sammy’s school aides Medina was at the wedding and offered to come that night to help since there were so many things to do to get us comfortable. We said our goodbyes to a few stragglers cleaning up and headed to my van after getting her luggage for our little trip. When we got to the hotel it was prom night they thought we were dressed up for it and directed to go the other way for the prom. We told them we just got married and were checking into our honeymoon suite. We thought the wedding dress was obvious but I guess it could have been mistaken for a prom dress. When we got to the room it was visually disabled friendly but not with a wheelchair accessible bathroom. This upset Sammy’s friend Medina most of all because it made our wedding night inconvenient. The bad thing was they had a full house that night and couldn’t move us until the next day when we were settled and didn’t want to move. To get my princess out of her beautiful gown and use the bathroom they had to open the pool area just for us. When we got back to the room they delivered us complimentary champagne, fancy cheese and crackers. We were high on love so we stayed up late talking and counting money from our guests. When we finally laid down it had been such a full day we passed out as soon as we hit the pillows. I think often times we have big plans for the wedding night but I’m almost certain not much happens that night except sleep.

I knew for us this was going to be a different kind of honeymoon because intimacy looks so different for us anyway. One funny thing we realized that night is king size beds do not work for us. It is impossible to get us close enough to have any kind of cuddles in a bigger bed than a full size. Not only did we have help staying with us but some of our out of town family and guests came to visit the next few days. The day after I remember feeling like a new man but also had some allergy issues with congestion. When I got up we ordered some food from room service. I could only eat a little and take my pills so I could lay down and work the congestion out of me. When I got up I felt better and was even able to hold my wife on my lap for a while. The next day was so much better we had some lunch and watched movies together. Later my dad took us out to dinner at Carrabas because the next day was Sammy’s birthday. That night Sammy and I sat on the couch together and had some cuddle time before bed. The next morning we got up and went back to Sammy’s dads house and had alone time in her room before I had to leave my bride on her birthday for my house four hours away. This felt very wrong to us during our time of rejoicing to be apart until our house sold. God rejoices in us much in the same way a groom celebrates his bride. Just like the rising sun is the bridegroom coming from his chamber, like the winner of a race (Ps 19:4-5). The king rejoices over the happy bride in the wedding chamber; he enjoys the beauty adored by the wedding guests (Sg 1:4). We are Gods delight but do we feel the same about Him? He has clothed us in garments of salvation and a robe of righteousness like the bride and groom who dress up for their wedding day (Is 62:5). Rejoicing in my bride was the best part of those days we spent together during our honeymoon.

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Lord we thank you for the relationships you have blessed us with, not only the romantic ones. Help us to rejoice in everyone you have interwoven our lives to be part of. We thank you God for rejoicing over us and helping us to build our lives around you. Lord you are king of our lives so help us to come into your chamber with joy and gladness. May you be our delight God because of your son Jesus being our garments of righteousness and salvation. Help us to be like the sun rise; we will praise your love so that the world will adore 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, 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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Posted by on 06/26/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 489

Tuesday’s Torch

06/19/18

By: Tim Sader

Your mouth is like the best wine. May the wine go straight to my beloved, flowing gently over lips and teeth. (Song of Songs 7:9)

The days leading up to our wedding were very busy with family and activities to prepare for our big day. The evening before we got married we met the wedding party at our location to have a rehersal so everyone would play their proper role the following day around four o’clock. Just like we had to practice for that day we need to practice righteous living so that we can be pleasing to God and lead others to Him. For the longest time before our wedding we didn’t even know where we were having it. We looked at several places early in our engagement but none of them were what we wanted within budget. We put this on hold far longer than every recommendation we read about. No one gets the perfect wedding venue on the desired date unless it is six months to a year ahead of time. Four months before our date we still had no venue and thought we’d be doing it in someone’s yard. A few weeks before we planned to send out invitations Sammy was reading about a wedding venue reopening in Summerville. As soon as she read about it she contacted the new tenant and set up a time to meet with her. It seemed like this place was opened just for us; we were the first wedding on their books. The Summerhouse is a beautifully restored home in Summerville. It was just under 1500 dollars and that included our beautiful cake. Only six months after our wedding the business shut down again. It was the perfect place for to do the wedding and reception. Laura Sammy’s sister in law was our wedding planner, her and her sisters cooked all the food for the rehearsal dinner and wedding. We had drinks and appetizers between ceremony and reception while we were taking pictures. Dinner was pork tenderloin, green beans and mashed potatoes we also had a limited open bar for wedding guests. On the day of the wedding I showed up at the wrong time, Sammy was supposed to get there first so she could be inside while I was waiting on the front porch. I got there early but she was late so she just waited in the van until I went inside.

Before we all started walking in to our songs someone asked if I had the rings. I knew they were my responsibility but we discussed this after the rehearsal and since they were in Sammy’s room and she was getting ready there she would bring them. In all the excitement they got left but Sammy’s step brother Cody came to the rescue and went to the house to get them. This got things started about a half hour late but not a total tragedy. We all made it down the aisle just like we practiced. Sammy was the most beautiful bride I had ever seen it was like she was floating on a puffy white cloud. After I got past the people standing in my view I saw my wife and it brought a tear to my eyes. Our pastor Jenn gave us a traditional service but we wrote our own vows since we love each other so much. We presented rings to one another for a never ending symbol of our love. We lit a unity candle together with a little help from our wedding party while Katie one of the bridesmaids played guitar and sang A Living Prayer in the style of Alison Krauss. Last but not least we called the kiss crew to assist in me tasting the best wine, the lips of my bride. All of our guests would say this was one of the best weddings they had ever been to there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd. The dinner, reception, dance, cake and speeches all came at us fast but it was everything we dreamed it would be. God tells us that he will teach us what is best and direct us in the way we should go (Is 48:17). Paul’s prayer to the Philippines is that our love would abound more in knowledge and understanding so we may discern from Him what is best, pure and blameless (Phil 1:9-10). What God wants is for us to do our best to have His approval, to be a hard worker and to correctly handle the word of God which we have learned (2 Tim 2:15). Ultimately God brought us together and our wedding day was the best day of our lives.

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Lord I pray that we would always be open to your teaching and guidance so that we may learn what is best for our lives. Help us to understand God that the best wine flows from your mouth because your words change everything. I ask that we would love the knowledge and insight that comes from you so that we may discern what is best. Give us a deep desire to be pure and blameless until the coming of Christ so that we would always give our best to you. I pray that we would work hard and correctly handle your word of truth. 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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Posted by on 06/19/2018 in Torches

 

Blog from February 8, 2016

February 8, 2016

06/18/18

By: Cindy Lundhagen

Consider this fair warning in advance…I feel this compelling need to share what has transpired in my life…especially the last few years. If what I have to say bothers you…just ignore my Monday night posts in the upcoming weeks. And if you need to unfriend me as a result that’s cool too. But I’d ask you to tune in for a few…you see if bits of my story can help just one person I will have served my purpose here.

The last few years have been full of what I now call many, small under-rated miracles. Definition of miracle: an unusual or wonderful event that is believed to be caused by the power of God. Things have happened in my life that I can call by no other name and that have literally transformed how I view the world. You see I read the Bible for the first time two years ago and began going to church for the first time just over a year ago. I’ve had an unyielding belief in God all my life but thought the Bible was just an old book that was way too long to want to take the time to read, I didn’t see a need to go to church where I thought all the judgmental people hung out and I scoffed at the door-to-door “born again” Christian salespeople trying to push their religion on me. But God found “miraculous” ways to get to me and to bring me home to him and to show me all the pieces I had been missing. If he can do that for me…with my history and my issues…which have kept me in constant fight or fright mode…then he can do that for anyone…and he can and he will if one can let down the walls for just a moment and take that first small step. I now have a conviction or an obsession, if you will, that runs so very deep. And it truly is a Good News story. One that everyone needs to hear. You will be amazed… I’ll tell you more next Monday…

On a slightly humorous note…do you think in heaven we’ll be able to go to sleep to the sound of rain falling on a tin roof?

Cindy Lundhagen – Summerville, SC

 
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Posted by on 06/18/2018 in Friends on Fire

 

WHY WAS JESUS CRUCIFIED?

All messages from Brother Cliff can be found in his book titled

SEVEN FUNDAMENTALS OF THE CROSS

ONE: THE NECESSITY OF THE CROSS

I: WHY WAS JESUS CRUCIFIED?

06/18/18

By: Brother Cliff

Consider first the Divine nature and character of God: the beauty and majesty of Holy Love. God is Holy Love. He is wholly Holy and He is wholly Love. God; Who is Holy, is inseparable from the God Who is Love. The great “I AM” is ever and always all that He is at all times. God does not, indeed cannot, lay aside one aspect of His nature in order to manifest another. His Divine nature and various attributes are always in absolute harmony at all times.

Just as the Persons of the Trinity within the God-head are each identifiable and yet, inseparable; even so is the fundamental duality of the Divine nature of God. When someone attempts to separate the holiness of God from the love of God; emphasizing one while neglecting the other, they are in danger of misrepresenting the nature and character of God. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are wholly, Holy Love!

Psa 99:5 Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.

1Jn 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

Brother Cliff — Fort Mill, SC

 
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Posted by on 06/18/2018 in Friends on Fire

 

Starting Again

About a year ago I tried starting a new feature on Tuesdays Torch to include posts from our friends. This is Friends On Fire for the Lord who have a heart to share their stories and how their lives have been affected by the message of the gospel. Two of these friends of ours have written some messages and have agreed to share them here with us. It is our belief that sharing the perspective of other believers will have an impact on building unity throughout readers of this blog. Hope these posts from our friends will be a blessing to readers and that it will help grow their faith.

 
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Posted by on 06/18/2018 in Friends on Fire

 

Tuesdays Torch week 488

Tuesday’s Torch

06/12/18

By: Tim Sader

He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.” (Luke 8:21)

We had some good times with the best of our friends to celebrate the end our single lives and lead us into this new chapter. There are times in life for sadness but not without being followed by times of great joy. We live a life of celebrating the victories when we celebrate the Lord and include Him in our lives. The next thing on our agenda after the appropriate individual parties was the week of the wedding. There are many things to be done in the days and hours leading up to the big event. There’s family to welcome into town, introductions to be made, clothes to be picked up, tried on and fitted. I got into town four days before the wedding and we had family come in from out of town each of those days. The day I got there we were waiting on Sammy’s aunt and uncle to get there from Florida. The next day we checked to be sure we knew where the rings were so we wouldn’t forget them on the wedding day. Later while her family was we went and picked up my tuxedo at the mall. On Thursday my dad got into town from Tennessee so he could meet Sammy and her family for the first time. When he and his wife got in we went out for a seafood dinner before going to Perry and Darlene’s house that evening for introductions. The next day my best man, his wife and daughter, our flower girl got to the hotel we were at. Shortly after they arrived family and friends from Minnesota and Wisconsin showed up. That night was the rehersal and dinner party for wedding participants and all out of town guests. There were at least 30 people just at the rehersal dinner on the patio at her dad’s house. Before that we met at The Summerhouse in Summerville to practice so it would be familiar on wedding day. We all marched to our appropriate songs, talked to the minister and even had a practice kiss since we needed help to accomplish it. We had lasagna, bread, salad and dessert with wine, beer, sweet tea, water and soda for drinks. After the party started one of Sammy’s other aunts got there on the train from Virginia. It was a great time hanging out with the people nearest and dearest to our hearts and we were filled with joy knowing they were there to share this one special day with us.

That night I gave a special gift to my wife to be; it was a jar of sweet love quotes one a day for 31 days. After this it was getting late and we wanted to rest so we could get ready for the next day. It was hard to part but I didn’t want to see her after midnight or have any bad luck that might mess up our dream come true. That is why practicing is important so that later we can get it right. When we hear the word of the Lord we are to put them into practice. If we do we are like the builder who built his house on the rock for a firm foundation. By not practicing His words we are a foolish builder who built on the sand so that when floods came it was all washed away (Lk 6:47-49). If we put the word of God to practice in our lives we are becoming part of the family with Christ. Here we find a few hints to how we can practice doing His word. We must have sincere love. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor others above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Rom 12:9-13). Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. A big key in practicing His word is the way we treat others in the world around us. When we have learned what we can our lives should be a model to others so they can see what we do and put practice it (Phil 4:9). We can believe all the knowledge of the world and do it or we can train ourselves to be godly (1 Tim 4:7). What we practice most is what we mostly become. All scripture comes from God it is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that we may be completely ready to do every good work (2 Tim 3:16-17). After the wedding rehersal we were trained and ready for the ceremony that would forever change our lives for the better.

Lord we ask that we would be like your closest family members by helping us to put your word to practice in our lives. Give us the burning desire not only to study scripture but to live it in our daily lives so that we will be an example to them on what it means to practice righteousness. Help us to love everything good and turn our backs on the works of evil in this world. Help us to show love and practice hospitality by honoring others above our selves. Put us in training God for righteousness so that at all times we will be ready to do good works. 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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Posted by on 06/12/2018 in Torches