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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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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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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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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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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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Tuesdays Torch week 487

Tuesday’s Torch

06/05/18

By: Tim Sader

A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance (Ecclesiastes 3:4)

It felt like we failed big time when the bid on our house fell through only weeks before the wedding. This happening meant we still would be appart after getting married but we had to trust God would work it and He did. Instead of worrying over this we decided to just put the house hunt on hold until after the wedding so that we could enjoy all the festivities. The next two big events for us after the bridal shower were the batchlorrete weekend in downtown Charleston and the batchlor party in south Charlotte. On the weekend of Sammy’s batchlorrete trip I remember I was at Dunkin Donuts sitting in the van and it was raining outside. She wanted to make one last call to me before her bridal party took her phone from her. They left and checked in at a fancy hotel in Charleston where they went and got ready for a night out. In the hotel lobby on their way to the interactive murder mystery was a random guy in a banana suit, they knew it would be a crazy night. After the mystery they went out to a fancy restaurant for dinner and drinks then back to the hotel to play games and eat snacks. The next morning after getting ready they went to brunch and hung out for a while before heading back home. After 30 or more hours of radio silence it was so nice when we were able to communicate again. A few weeks later it was my turn to have some fun with the guys from my wedding crew. Robert my assitant drove me to the Tilted Kilt Irish pub in Charlotte where I met the guys for dinner and some drinks. The girls there wear skimpy kilts with long stockings and short white shirts but have a bit more class than similar themed restaurants. The first two guys showed up before my best man who had something up his sleeve. When he finally got there he texted one of them to come help him carry some stuff. He went and bought a blow-up doll in lingerie it was a crazy gag gift since I told them I didn’t want anything to do with stripers. It was a lot of fun hanging out with the guys and cracking jokes about my gift having an inflated personality. That night I also gave the guys their gift, a coin, one talent of pure silver for them to remember that occasion and a small token of my gratitude for their friendship. We thought about going out to do karaoke or something else but we just called it a night and stayed out of trouble.

Both Sammy and I had been through several difficult years dealing with loss and grieving loved ones we had been extremely close to. After her mom and my brother passed very few things helped us through the darkness except for the people in our lives who surrounded us with love. The people at our various wedding parties was a representation of the people who had been there with us through it all. They are not the only ones but most available for us to include, our sisters and brothers some from other mothers. These were with us through weeping and mourning so we wanted to include them in our celebrating, laughing and dancing. Like these friends the Lord has done great things for us so we should celebrate before Him without caring if it seems weird to others (2 Sm. 6:21). We should dance, sing and act a fool for the Lord. We celebrate His abundant goodness and joyfully sing because of His righteousness (Ps. 145:7). When we seek the Lord with our lives He will bring us to the banqueting table because of His love and it will be our banner (Sg. 2:4). Love between two people in our culture leads to marrage but before the wedding is often many parties for us to celebrate the joyful occasion. Because he loved and missed his son the father of the prodigal joyfully celebrated his return with a feast and giant party. What was dead suddenly was alive again, the lost was found so they had a celebration (Lk. 15:22-24). Sammy and I had some celebrations because we found eachother and we chose a great group that had been through the worst and best times with us.

Lord I ask that we would remember to look to you and seek you in times of mourning and weeping and in times of joy and dancing. We thank you God for love and how it offers a covering to us through your son who gave His life for us. Help us Lord to be a friend who will be there through lives ups and downs. I ask also that you would always surround us with people who will be there for us when life is hard so that together we can celebrate the victories. 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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