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Tuesdays Torch 567

 

 

 

 

Tuesdays Torch 567

December 24, 2019

 

“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.”

 

I know that those words from John 3:16 are true.  Christmas is a great time to think about Jesus Christ and what a blessing his life was for each of us.

 

My family and I would like to share this brief message with each of you.

 

My almost 7 year old daughter would like to share that “Jesus is real.  He knows the way.  He is there for you.  He loves everyone and he loves us no matter what.”

 

My soon to be 4 year old Son would like to add that, “Jesus loves  us and God loves us too. “. He also says a few things about Dinosaurs and dinosaur bones that can be found in the YouTube video of this weeks torch for any who want to search that out.

 

As we all enjoy any festivities that we have planned to celebrate, let us remember all of our blessings. I’m not going to take up a whole lot or your time tonight but I would like to add my testimony to that of my children and say that I know God lives, that He loves us.  I know that he did in fact send his son to be born in that manger, that Jesus Christ led a perfect life and in death he paid the ultimate price for each of us.  That we may all be saved.  Of that fact I am eternally grateful and from me and my children, Merry Christmas!

 

-Bobby Stewart

(And kids!)

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.comwe 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 12/24/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 566

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 566

December 17, 2019

 

The Christmas season is a wonderful season but also a challenging one for many.  Depression, anxiety and stress are a bit higher than usual and one thing is often missing.  Peace.   In days of songs about peace on earth and good will toward men, often it can feel far from that.  If you watch the news it’ll feel even farther away.

 

Where can we find this peace. I’m in the process of seeking that out myself so I’ll share one of the verses I’ve come across in my study.

 

John 16:31-33

“31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?

32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

 

These verses warn us of something pretty much all of us have felt at some point or another.  We shall have tribulation, you will know difficulties in this world. We will sometimes be left alone.  We will feel abandoned, unloved and uncared for, but like Christ we don’t have to be alone and we also don’t have to stay miserable.

 

Christ is who He says he is.  The scriptures are true.  The Father is with us and we have the blessing of the Holy Ghost, the promised comforter to help us through our most difficult moments.  So as we get deeper into this Christmas season, let us not be bogged down in stress and the misery of this world. Let us all be of good cheer, because Christ really has overcome this oft-times difficult world.  And he did that, to make it possible for each of us to do the same.  Let us all believe just a little stronger and trust just a little more in the Savior of the world.  I share this with you and wish you the greatest of blessings for this Christmas and the days, weeks, months and years ahead, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

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.comwe 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 12/17/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 565

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 565

December 10, 2019

 

As Christmas quickly approaches, many are caught up in gifts and trying to figure out the best way to show their love to those they care about.  We all want to do something special, whether it’s buying a special gift, making something for someone or just spending time together doing something memorable and amazing.  Simply put, we want the best for those we love.   God feels that way about us and sent us the best gift imaginable, his Son.

 

He sent His son to atone for our sins so that we might repent and be forgiven.  So that one day we will all be able to dwell in his presence.  That is what he wants for us.  Now I’d like to share a few verses that I’ve shared very recently but here goes:

 

 

12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

 

Let’s have a little discussion.  When dealing with a child, we are often trying to teach them rules.  Rules to keep them safe, rules to help them grow, rules to help them learn and develop to their full potential.  Simple rules are easiest for children to adhere to.  God has given us simple ones.  We are his children.

 

A good parent will always advise their child to follow the rules.  God included. The same way that you nor I would tell a child looking up to them to break a rule, God will not tempt us to sin or prompt us to make choices that are contrary to his laws and his rules.

 

He stands ready to bless us with good gifts and great gifts, all of those are from him, but there is no ‘shadow of turning.’ Meaning, the path to those blessings don’t include unrighteousness at all.  God doesn’t lead us astray.  He always leads down the straight and narrow.

 

That path leads to wonderful gifts.  May we all embrace living the gospel of Jesus Christ more fully, and enjoy Christmas and all of the holiday festivities.  But let us remember all that we have to be thankful for.  And if we are tempted to make choices contrary to the commandments of God, let us realize that the scriptures are very clear, those temptations and nudges, can’t be from God.  God doesn’t tempt.

 

And much like a child making a Christmas wishlist or telling that mall Santa what they want, we are given a bit of a choose your own adventure choice of presents.  We can receive a good gift, the best gift and receive that crown of life promised in these verses.  Or we can receive sin which leads to death.

 

The choice as with all choices is ultimately ours to make.  But it’s definitely important to realize these truths contained in the scriptures which will always lead us to keep the commandments and strive for righteousness.  Temptations, well those come from the adversary and far too often, from ourselves because of our own desires.  Food for thought brothers and sisters, food for thought.

 

May God bless each of you with health and safety, and may you be blessed with righteous guidance and direction through all the trials you face.  That you may all receive the greatest of the gifts God has to offer is my prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

 

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.comwe 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 12/11/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 564

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 564

December 3, 2019

 

Today I’d like to discuss a method of avoiding temptation.  This method requires preparation and study so a lot of people don’t really use it.  But it is such a great method that even the Savior himself used it.

 

Jesus had been fasting for many days and he was very hungry and probably running extremely low on energy when we read the following in Luke 4:3-8.

 

“3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.

4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

 

Following those verses there are a couple other temptations that he responds to in the same fashion.  His response was to quote scriptures.  He knew the scriptures.  He used what had previously been written as his response.  He did this very much to show us how to resist temptation.  As we read and seriously study the scriptures, we will know ahead of time the ways to resist temptation.  We will both recognize the temptations as being contrary to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and we will know the proper response to stay true to the knowledge that we do have.

 

Satan attempted to use his own distorted logic to get the Savior to falter.  Satan and many others will try to entice us to do many things that will steer us off the path of righteousness, and if we don’t know any better, or if we rely only on our judgment or the words or judgment of others we can falter.  But as we have built up a knowledge of the scriptures and as we turn to study of the scriptures then we will not be fooled.

 

Trust me when I say this:  acting in a manner contrary to the scriptures doesn’t pay.  As we study the scriptures to seek help with the choices we need to make, we will be strengthened so that we can’t be led astray by false logic, or rationalizations or justifications.  And if you look back and see yourself having fallen victim to any of these things due to having let your guard down: make the changes necessary to reverse course and to get back on track.  The scriptures will help you do that.

 

Remember, even Christ himself used the scriptures to contend with Satan.  Why would we think that we could make the right decisions when faced with various temptations just by thinking about it or even prayer?  Prayer and pondering are indeed valuable parts of a wonderful equation, but without the answers contained in the scriptures, we will be led astray.   So follow the perfect example of the Savior, and do as He did.  Study and seek the correct answers and do it now.  If you learn that you have made mistakes, do what is in your power to fix them. And learn even more so that next time Satan or anyone tries to convince you that doing the wrong thing is ever right, or that the end justifies the means; not only can you resist the temptation, but you will know exactly why and have the scriptural ammunition to fight back.

 

I’ve made many decisions in my life while meaning well and having good intentions, some that I thought a long time about; but void of the influence of the gospel contained in the word of God, and without knowing or seeking out those truths, they were the wrong choices.  God does not ever and will not lead us down paths that require us to go against the Gospel and against what we are taught in the scriptures.

 

So I challenge each of you and myself as well.  Evaluate what choices you have made and are making, and decide if you’d have made the same choices if you were quoting scriptures to respond to the circumstances and options placed before you?  Said another way, would the scriptures have supported you?

 

I will say this without reservation or hesitation, if a decision requires you to go against the gospel, it is the wrong decision and will not lead you down the path of righteousness.  No matter how pure your intentions or how strongly you rationalize or justify it.  The right things will be backed up by scriptural evidence and gospel truth.  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

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.comwe 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 12/04/2019 in Torches