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Tuesdays Torch week 499

Tuesday’s Torch

08/28/18

By: Tim Sader

For the Lord will rebuild Zion and appear in his glory. (Psalm 102:16)

We had a busy first month slowly unpacking, making improvements and buying things we needed so we could get settled in. That month also we started going to a young couple’s home group so we could grow our faith together with others. When we gather to experience God together He is there with us and the power of His Holy Spirit is present to change things. The next month things slowed down some and we started feeling settled into our new home. The next project that needed to be done as soon as our tile guy could get us on his schedule was the bathroom. Our shower was a built in unit and was very small with a step up so getting in and out was not easy. Before calling the tile guy Sammy’s family always deals with we got a couple other quotes. They were anywhere from four to ten thousand dollars. This was way more than we were able to pay. The other guy only charged us like 800 dollars for labor if we did the demo and bought all the supplies. One day we took a trip to Lowes and Home Depot to compare prices and find the tile we wanted. We got all the tile we needed, a sink and ordered a toilet that was slightly higher then what we had. I think all together we paid just under 2500 dollars and he even had to jack hammer the floor to move the drain. Sammy’s dad did the demo and put in the new handicap accessible sink and toilet after the tiling was done. Nothing came out of the house easy and none of the projects here have been easy but they have all come together nicely. The first few days of work when they had to use the jackhammer we couldn’t be in the house because of all the dust. The day before we packed our bag and after going to home group we went and stayed at a hotel. We stayed gone most of the next day until the dusty work was done. When they did the work they tried to close off the master bath but quite a bit of dust still got into the room. We were smart and covered our electronics with sheets because we have a NASA command center across the front wall of our room to protect. The only thing it got on was our fan and air purifier that blew dust at us for weeks. All in all the renovation went well and we have a beautiful bathroom that we can more easily use.

Much in the same way that we remodeled our bathroom that is what God does with our lives when we choose to follow Him. The Lord is into rebuilding things that are ruined. He will rebuild Zion and appear in His glory. Jerusalem the city of David where the temple was built up on the mount is Zion. The Lord is building the New Jerusalem it will fully be restored when He appears in His glory. Salvation comes from Zion; this is how He will restore His people so we may rejoice and be glad (Ps. 53:6). There is a reason Jesus grew up a carpenter because He is in the business of remodeling our lives. We are the clay and God is the potter who forms our lives into the image of His son (Is. 64:8). How can we say to Him, why was I made this way? The potter has the right to make the lump of clay into pottery for many different purposes (Rom 9:20-21). God is constantly forming our lives and restoring us to the best we can be so that we can more easily fulfill our purpose. We do this by not being conformed to the pattern of this world but being transformed by the renewing of our mind. This is the way we can test and approve the perfect will of God for our lives (Rom 12:2). If we are in Christ we are a new creation, the old design has been demolished the new model is here (2 Cor 5:17). The God of grace who has called each of us to eternal glory through Christ Jesus, after we have overcome this world will restore us, make us strong, firm and steadfast (1 Pt 5:10). Just like we made a bathroom function for us the best that it can by making the necessary changes, Christ is renovating our lives so His glory may appear in us. Our newly created bathroom turned out great just as Jesus is making us great for His purpose in us.

Lord we ask that you would rebuild us so that your glory will appear in us. We thank you God for the salvation we find in your Son Jesus so that we may be a people restored by you. Lord mold us like the potter molds the lump of clay into something special and help us to fulfill the purpose we have been created for. Transform us God and help us to renew our minds in you so that we will be free from the pattern of the world. Help us to only approve what is your perfect will so that we are pleasing to you. We thank you God that after we suffer through this world that eternity belongs to us through Christ. Restore us God make us strong, firm and steadfast. 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 08/28/2018 in Torches

 

ATONEMENT – at/one/ment [EXCHANGE]

SEVEN FUNDAMENTALS OF THE CROSS

TWO: THE WORK OF THE CROSS

I: ATONEMENT – at/one/ment [EXCHANGE]

By: Brother Cliff

Every sinner is both responsible and accountable before God for their sin. All are guilty. All are condemned to die; as God in righteous judgment has decreed. A condemned man cannot die in the place of another condemned man so that the other sinner may go free. Each must suffer the Divine penalty for their own sin. Only a sinless man could ever take the place of another and die as the penalty for their sin, that the guilty one might go free. But all from Adam have sinned. And all are selfish. So, who could qualify to save the sinner? And if there ever was a sinless one who could die as a an acceptable substitute before God; why would they die bearing the eternal punishment due the sin of others?

Only God, Who is Holy, could.

Only God, Who is Love, would. And did!

Mat 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 

For it is the blood that maketh atonement… 

There are two major themes of the Atonement of Jesus Christ on behalf of the human race. They are the identification of Jesus Christ with fallen mankind, and the substitution of Jesus Christ for fallen mankind. In order to take our place and die our death, He must be one of us; yet, without sin. He was. He did. 

2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Brother Cliff — Fort Mill, SC

 
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Posted by on 08/24/2018 in Friends on Fire

 

Tuesdays Torch week 498

Tuesday’s Torch

08/21/18

By: Tim Sader 

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. (Matthew 18:20)

After an extended stay with Sammy’s family the closing on our new house finally happened so Baby and me could finally be home together. God dwells among us who chose to make Him our refuge when we dedicate our lives fully to Him. The first night in our new house was nice we got the beds up and most of the bigger furniture pieces in their appropriate rooms. Most of our boxes just got piled up in the garage so we could go through them at our own pace. Some of them were easy to unpack in the kitchen and living area. Others we went through slowly so we could decide what to keep, give away or throw out. It seemed strange because we thought we downsized to move but there was still so much stuff we didn’t need. While we were unpacking we ate a lot of to go food off of cardboard boxes with plastic silverware. The first few days we took some shopping trips to buy stuff we needed around the house and use gift cards from our wedding. We bought a mop, broom, dust pan, bucket cleaning products, a trash and recycling bin for in the house at target. At Bed, Bath and Beyond we bought a couple more sheet sets for our bed and one set each for the other two rooms. One day we went to Big Lots and got a small café table that was perfect for Sammy, a memory foam mattress cover and a stand for the smart TV her dad and Darlene bought for our wedding gift. We went ten days without satellite, home phone or internet this felt like forever to us because that is what we need to stay busy. Sammy was able to get this bill in her name which felt exciting to her. A few days after getting hooked up with ATT Uverse I had to go to Charlotte for one last MDA appointment scheduled for me. Sammy was uneasy letting me go so we prayed for safety on the journey and it was a good thing we did because we came inches from an incident with a semi-truck. When we moved in we planned to make some improvements to the house so it would be better for us. Our friends Kadie and RG came one Saturday to help us clean up the yard and put up a new fan in the living room. They trimmed the crepe myrtle and extended the front patio using pavers. A couple weeks later Sammys dad brought us a gallon of paint and our friend Miles painted our bedroom a soft grey color.

We had a busy first month in our new home; in the midst of all this we were going to church and got signed up for a young couples home group and discipleship classes. After getting back from Charlotte our church had a meeting for people to get more involved with eachother at church. Meeting with other younger couples from our church was exciting for us as newlyweds. It is one way we were welcoming God into our relationship. We got in the van and left for our first home group meeting and as soon as we parked the sky opened up. It started pouring rain, thundering and lightning. We sat there for a half hour thinking it’d just pass over but it didn’t. When we left the road getting out of their neighborhood was flooded so much that water was coming in the bottom of our door. We drove back home less than five miles away, it was sunny and looked like it hadn’t rained. This was very disappointing for our first homegroup but we gave it the best try that we could. After this we made it most Sunday evenings until we stopped having it right before the holidays. We have been set free from the prison that sin had us locked up in, praise Jesus. This is why the righteous gather because He has been so good to us though we do nothing to deserve it (Ps 142:7). Where only two or three of us gather in His name he is there with us. When crowds gather around Jesus He shows up and miraculous things happen all around Him (Mk 1:33-34). When we get together and pray it shakes things up, the Holy Spirit fills us up so we can boldly live and proclaim the word of God (Act 4:31). When we gather at church or in various groups it is to help point eachother toward love and good deeds. This is difficult for us to do if we fail to meet with other believers on a regular basis. We need each other for encouragement so we will remember to keep the faith (Heb 10:24:25). As Christian couples we have the unique opportunity to continually be in the prescence God. Sammy and I try to involve ourselves in spiritual growth together so we can help eachother grow in our faith.

Lord we thank you for always being with us and for you to be more so there when we gather in your name. I ask that when we gather you would do great things in our midst. We pray that your spirit would fall on us so that your word would come alive in our lives. Lord surround us with other believers to be gathered with who would always point us to do what you would do and may we not neglect to do so. Help us to be encouraged and to be an encouragement to others so that in hard times we would be able to keep the faith. 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 08/21/2018 in Torches

 

Blog from March 3, 2016

March 3, 2016

08/20/18

By: Cindy Lundhagen

(A continuation from 25 Feb) So I had made a conscious decision to really try to get to know God…by starting with reading His story. But first I needed to get a Bible. Little did I know…there appeared to be all sorts of Bibles. What the heck? So I just picked the first one…the King James Version (in hindsight…if you’ve never read the Bible before…heed my advice and don’t pick the KJV on your first go of it). But I was invested…so I began. It was a bit of a slug fest at first…getting used to the language style and the genealogy (I mean…really…who is this guy Methuselah who gets to live 969 years…apparently our life expectancy has really shrunk…or they measured differently…but I digress). The story got intriguing very quickly, I was enthralled and I stayed with it…one chapter a day.

Then on the night of August 12, 2013 I started having severe abdominal pain that got progressively worse. It became nearly unbearable so I told Corey we were going to the Emergency room. It was diagnosed as a ruptured appendix and I was told I needed emergency surgery as soon as they could get the “on call” surgeon on site. I didn’t have much time to think…just got busy trying to make arrangements for someone to come get Corey in the middle of the night. Then my immediate instinct was to pray. Once again I turned to God. I first pleaded for Him to take care of me because my daughter still needed her mom and she was my everything. But then I changed my request to one of surrender to God’s will and that I trusted Corey in His care no matter what. She was His before she was ever mine after all. An incredible sense of calm and peace washed over me. I went into the operating room with absolutely no fear and no worry.

As I was coming awake from the anesthesia, something very strange happened. I had these words running through my head: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”. They were words that didn’t mean anything to me at the time but they kept a running loop going on in my head…sorta like when you get a song stuck in your head that you can’t get out. I finally pushed it to the back of my mind and tried to forget it. Many months later I was told these words were the first verse of Psalm 23…which I had read approximately one week before surgery.

I went home from the hospital the next day and went to resume my daily Bible reading. Where I had left off was Psalm 30 which contains this as verse 2: “Lord, my God, I called to you for help and you healed me”. I was stunned. This was exactly what had just happened. I had cried out to Him and He had gotten me through the surgery to remove what the doctor called a life threatening, very necrotic ruptured appendix. I could not simply reconcile this as chance or coincidence. I was on page 525 of the Bible and had, to date, read 507 chapters (yes I counted them) and literally thousands of verses involving all kinds of things. What were the odds that I would read this particular verse right then? If I were a gambler, I wouldn’t take that bet. I am convinced to this day that I had just gotten a direct message from God (before you say it…I started to think I was a little crazy too…but it gets even better and I am so convicted that this was an under-rated miracle).

So then that took me back to the verse running through my head at the hospital…the whole “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want” thing. Was that supposed to mean something to me as well? You will see in the next continuation…

Cindy Lundhagen — Summerville

 
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Posted by on 08/20/2018 in Friends on Fire

 

Tuesdays Torch week 497

Tuesday’s Torch

08/14/18

By: Tim Sader 

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. (Psalm 127:1)

When we got to Summerville everyone got lost on the way to the storage building. We finally met up and were shown where to go. Unfortunately the day was very hot we got overheated with the van off so much that I felt faint and it made everyone worry about working in it so everyone was moody. At the end of the day the difficulties worked out, our stuff was in storage and we were content. When the Lord moves us chances are we will face trials along the way but they only show us He is there and will be our help. When we have faith that He can do it we get to see what He can really do. After putting our stuff in storage we had about twenty days before we could close on the house we were buying. This time would have cost too much for us to stay in a hotel so Perry and Darlene let us stay with Sammy at their house. We slept in the guest room and my mom stayed in Sammy’s bedroom. There wasn’t a lot for us to do while waiting on our new house. We had to sign some papers for the lawyer one day, meet with the insurance company and mortgage lender. There were inspections and things being done by our realtor so he kept in close contact with us. I was going to let mom sign for me on closing day but the attorney told me it was best if I didn’t give her power of attorney because it cannot easily be undone. She could help me sign as long as the lawyer saw I was competent and agreeing to do so. While we waited Sammy and I were still on our Greys Anatomy marathon and at some point we decided to get the full effect and watch Private Practice, Greys spin off show. Some days we went out for lunch or ice cream but mostly Sam’s dad cooked a nice dinner every night we were there. On Sundays we went to church together and for lunches out to eat because that was a tradition for me and mom. One day mom and me went to the military base to see what we needed to do in order to renew our ID cards and see what kind of benefits we’d get when my dad retired that year. For some reason we weren’t eligible for much and mom wasn’t supposed have a military ID any more. Another day we went with Sammy and her dad to meet Jill the wheelchair seating specialist so she could pick up her new wheelchair.

We enjoyed a nice couple of weeks with Sammy and her family. We stayed there the whole time except the last night before the closing when Darlene had family coming into town from Pennsylvania. That night mom and I stayed with Sammy’s sister Amanda and Alicia at their house. Sammy stayed with her dad that night because she didn’t have to be at the closing with us. I swear I have never signed so many pages in my life it was insane. I held the pen in my fingers while mom stabilized my arm and helped move my hand to sign every page. This meeting was about two hours long but it was exciting to be a first time home buyer. After the closing everyone was on standby to move us just around the corner from storage facility to our house. While they loaded the pick-up trucks with the first load of stuff; mom and I went and picked up Sammy so I could bring baby home to our house. We were so thankful for Darlene’s family who were on vacation for helping with the move. It all happened in just a few hours and we couldn’t have been happier to finally be in our new home. God puts His dwelling place amoung us, inside of us so that He can walk with us and we can be His people (Lv 26:11-12). It is better to spend one day at the door of His house then to live with wicked men (Ps 84:10). No matter what house we live in the Lord is our refuge and dwelling place, no harm or disaster can touch us there (Ps 91:9-10). Unless the house we live in is built by God it was built without a purpose. In order for Him to build it all He has to do is fill it with Him in us. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything (Heb 3:4). Every house I lived in as a child the first thing we would do is pray and dedicate our house to God. After getting moved in this was a tradition we continued so that our house would be something built by Him.

Lord I thank you for providing shelter for us so that we can have a home. If we are blessed to have a physical house to live in we are grateful for it but help us not forget to dedicate it to you so it is built with you in mind. Where ever we lay our head God belongs to you. Help us to see that you are our dwelling and place of refuge. We trust you God and believe no harm or disaster will come near our home. How much better it is God to spend one day at home with you then to live with the wicked. Our house maybe built by someone but help us to see that it all belongs to 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 08/14/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 496

Tuesday’s Torch

08/07/18

By: Tim Sader

Strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. (Acts 14:22)

After coming together for the big move to Summerville we got the truck packed and the house cleaned before heading to our destination. On the way out Sammy and I got locked in the van but our lawn care guy happened to be across the street and he saved the day. Then we met up with our moving truck and got on the road. It was amazing how much transpired in such a small window of time after being in one place for so long. Looking back I see that God was saying move and when the Spirit says move it is best that we do so. This move was only three hours away just barely far enough to be considered long distance. Sometimes traveling is difficult for me so we have to stop for a drink and repositioning sometimes. This was difficult in a motorcade riding down the interstate with all our possessions following us. Fortunately it was fairly easy to figure out how to make a stop by calling Ronnie and telling him we were stopping. It sucked having to slow our mission but we only had to do it twice so it wasn’t that bad. When we got into town somehow we got separated from the truck and they didn’t know where to go. They stopped at a gas station and we caught up with them there and waited for Laura to show us to the storage facility. We got parked in a spot next to the office in the shade so mom could check in and sign the papers. For some reason it took much longer than it should have then they took my mom on the golf cart to see which building we were in. It was like 100 degree heat index that day so it didn’t take long for us to start roasting in the car. We were in our van, Laura in her car and the moving truck waiting behind us. No one noticed our van was off. What was even worse we tried calling everyone and no one answered their phone. We were very annoyed and nervous because we just kept getting hotter and heat kills. After a while my whole body broke out in a strange sweat, I turned pale, nauseous and felt faint. This scared me bad but finally mom got back and I was able to drink some water, Gatorade and started feeling better right away. I think I was over heated and experienced the first panic attack of my life. I was so upset thinking how crazy it was that on my first day living with my wife I was having a major health scare.

This simple mishap that happened in the midst of this busy move set off a chain of negative events that day. Getting hot like I did had me on edge and made mom nervous so we felt she needed to sit with us for a while in the van. I never had problems with the heat like that but she’s always been sensitive to it and wasn’t able to be much help. Between me needing her and being out of the heat made it seemed she was ungrateful because no one needed to be in that heat. The man and his family who drove the truck all had health problems and never agreed to help unload the stuff. We tried to have more people there to unload but it all feel on a few broke down overheated people and a couple others who showed up later. I calmed down, mom was able to help some and everyone did what they could so we got it done but not without a few hurt feelings along the way. When the Spirit moves us away from our comfort we need be strong and encouraged to keep our faith in the Lord. There is no doubt that we must go through hardships to get where God is bringing us to. When Moses sent spies into the land God promised most of them came back with a negative report not remembering what the Lord had done for them (Nm 13:31). They felt that taking the land was impossible from those stronger nations. Because they feared taking that step God made it so they never had to. The next generation believed God could certainly drive out the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites (Jo 3:10). There was still anxiety I’m sure because the gates of Jericho were securely barred and they had tall walls. But the Lord told Joshua that all of Jericho would be delivered into their hands so he trusted God (Jo 6:1-2). By faith the walls of Jericho fell after the army marched around them for seven days (Heb 11:30). By faith Sammy and I knew this day would come and it was no easy day for any of us but at the end of the day our stuff was in storage and our hearts were full.

Lord it is no doubt that coming out of our comfort zone is no easy task so we ask that you would help us with all of our moves in life. When hardships show up we ask that you would help us to not waste it stressed, mad or upset. Instead help us to be strengthened and encouraged when we endure such a challenge. Give us big faith God like the faith of Joshua and Caleb to see the Giants in the land and say but our God is so much bigger. Show us God that you are able to deliver us from all the ites standing in our way. 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 08/07/2018 in Torches