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Tuesday’s Torch 580

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 580

March 24, 2020

 

There are so many ways I could go with the torch tonight.  A lot is going on in the world with this blasted virus going around, schools and workplaces shutting down.  I have had a lot of personal frustrations as I am sure many of us have at this point. With all that said I’m gonna take a little detour that may or may not be helpful or address some of what a lot of us are feeling but maybe it will.

 

I’m obviously going to hit a scripture or two at some point but let’s cut to the important topic at hand.  Plasticware.  Yes, that old plastic throw away plastic silverware that usually accompanies so many occasions.

 

Weeks back I talked about my Maw Maw, and specifically about a special cup that I inherited when she passed away.  Today’s message will hit on a lesson that I learned from that wonderful woman too. Every time there was a family gathering at my Maw Maws house there was one thing that everyone knew would be seen.  A box.  And unless I’m mistaken, it was a shoebox that she would bring out and sit at the end of the table beside the food.  In that box? Plasticware.  Oh but not one kind of plasticware. Not brand new either.  All sorts that had been collected through the years, actual years worth of family dinners. Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, you name it, that box was there.  See when people would go to throw their plates away, she would take them, and any plastic forks or spoons that weren’t broken, into the sink they went to be washed and put back into that box once dry.  Now some of you may think “eww gross” or try to question if it was sanitary or not or point at the inexpensive nature of plasticware.

 

But to my maw maw, she would bust out that box proud to be supplying the eating utensils one more time.  Your spoon and fork weren’t going to match each other or the ones used by your brother, sister or cousin.  Heck, one of them might be from a design that stopped being made over ten years before the other one.  It might be super sturdy or it could be a little less sturdy.  What you got could be random or based on whether you were a kid or an adult or based upon what you were gonna be snagging from the wonderful down home southern banquet we were blessed with.

 

Now there may be some of you who know a thing or two about fancy dining.  About going to a dinner where someone would break out the fine china and the fancy silverware.  But I can guarantee you that none of those people hosting those dinners brought that out with more gusto than my sweet maw maw wearing her smock, busting out the shoebox full of plasticware.

 

Now you might think I’m crazy, especially if talking about this is bringing out my emotions which it may or may not be.  I’m never sure.  But here’s where I’m gonna put this together.  In my mind.  The way my Maw Maw treated that silverware, I kinda feel like it’s kind of similar to the way our Heavenly Father and our Savior would be towards us.

 

When we feel disposable, when we feel dirty, when we feel all used up.  And we are right about to go in that garbage can, or heck maybe even after we’ve been mistakenly tossed, there’s the Savior.  Ready to pick us back up, toss us in the sink, wash us and make us clean again, and keep us safe, to bring us back, to accomplish our purpose and his purposes for us.  And he doesn’t just do that one time, he does it over and over again. And now, he will even go above and beyond what that amazing woman could do with plasticware, He even saves and keeps and makes better than ever, even the truly broken.  What the world would consider beyond repair and hopeless. Not even worthy of the recycle bin.  But not to God. And not to Jesus.

 

We don’t all match, no, we aren’t all gonna look the same.  Some of us might look nicer or fancier than others, built different, different colors, different ages, maybe some of us look more like a salad fork while others are clearly meant for something a little more hearty if you’re with me on this and know what I mean.

 

Now I know you’re all wondering when I’m gonna get to some scriptural reference point so I should probably do that.  So in Luke 9, Jesus looks up to find this short, rich publican named Zacchæus watching for him in a tree.  Jesus told him to get down because he was coming to his house. Now people started to murmur and talk about how Jesus was going to spend time with a sinner.  Now as I talked about how my Maw Maw would save up this old plasticware that most would have discarded and thrown away, Jesus says in verse 10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

 

So no, you’re not lost forever or something or someone disposable, not to our Heavenly Father who sent his Son because of how much He loves you! Now I’m sure someone is gonna go away from this message saying “Bobby compared me to a plastic spoon! What in the world was that?”  And that’s perfectly fine.

 

But I also hope that you leave this message with hope, and with happiness, and with the knowledge that no matter what you have been through, no matter how you feel about yourself, no matter how other people may see you.  You have tremendous worth.  Turn to the Savior who will make something wonderful of you.  Just thinking about how happy and proud my Maw Maw was with her shoebox of mismatched forks and spoons, it makes me happy.  Now up that thinking into how amazingly proud and happy our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ will be with us, when we have been washed clean, saved, repaired and ready to be proudly brought out just in time for a great feast.  Wow.  We each are worth more than we can even imagine.  And Well, just consider this a little food for thought if you will.  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 03/24/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 579

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 579

March 17, 2020

 

Tonight I would like to put many things in perspective for myself and many others.  We’ve all felt like at times life is unfair.  We have all felt at times like we don’t deserve one thing or another.  Why me?  Woe is me!  Why does this person over here get this blessing instead of me?  I deserve better.  What did I do that was so wrong?  I tried my best.  But you get the point already.

 

The scriptures have been given to us to help us.  In many cases they can provide us with blueprints to build our lives around.  They can give us focus and help us through many difficulties.

 

I would like to tie a couple different scriptures together now and hopefully they will work together for our good.  First off, bad things and unfair things do happen, many times we will not receive blessings or treasures that we may rightfully deserve in this lifetime, you might, I might, but we might not.  But I can assure you that the following verse is true:

 

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

 

Right now there are plenty of people laying up for themselves treasures on this earth.  Granted, right now that seems to be toilet paper.  Which by the way moth larvae will eat that for those of you with years worth of it stockpiled.

 

These verses hit close to home for me also because a couple weeks ago my home was broken into and one or more thieves stole from me.  We are all fine, and from what I can tell, they didn’t take anything truly valuable.  But the feeling that someone took from me, while I was at church no less.  It’s not a good feeling.  Not at all. So I say that we should definitely appreciate this scripture that states unequivocally that the treasures we store up in Heaven are safe.  The eternal blessings that await us there are immune to moths.  They are locked away where no thieves can break in and steal.  And those blessings are vastly superior to anything we could ever hope to receive or achieve in this life.

 

Now I’ve actually covered a bit from these next verses in a previous Torch but they are definitely worth sharing again and again, and so we will jump back into the Bible.  For backstory, the Savior is being accused and passed back and forth amongst multiple leaders to be judged.  At this point in time he has been mocked, has had a robe placed on him by those who thought his being a King was a joke worthy of mocking.   Now we go to Luke 23:13-25.  You’ll have to bear with me if I get emotional, it happens.

 

“And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people,

Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:

No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him.

I will therefore chastise him, and release him.

(For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)

And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas:

(Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.)

Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them.

But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.

And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go.

And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.

And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required.

And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.”

 

Here was Jesus, who was perfect, had done no wrong, had committed no sin, and some of the very people he was sent here to save, chose to crucify him, and set a murderer free.  So who am I to complain about how unfair things are.  Who are we to complain about how others have things so much better.  Occasionally I need this perspective from these verses to snap me out of a mentality that I’m trying my best or that I’ve made all these positive changes so I deserve better.  The Savior suffered and died for us.  The Savior was betrayed and put to death by those he came to help.  Who am I to complain that something hasn’t worked out the way I hoped.  I am blessed, as are all of the people who are reading or watching this Torch.  If we look for the blessings.  If we count those instead of only looking at the pile of bad things, unfairnesses, betrayals,  dreams that haven’t come true despite our best efforts, and everything that’s gone wrong.  Brothers and Sisters, let us save up and store up our treasures in heaven.  Where those humble butterflies, (what I like to call moths), cannot destroy; and where those thieves, not even the ones who have stolen from me, can break in and steal.

 

Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, paid a price that was more than enough to cover for all of our sins, weaknesses and imperfections.  As we strive to live righteously and do all those things our Father in Heaven would have us do, we will be blessed.  If not here then most assuredly in the form of eternal blessings.  I have a testimony of that.  I know that it is true.  And I share that testimony with you 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 03/17/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 577

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 577

March 3, 2020

 

So tonight is a very difficult night. I’ve been so upbeat and positive this last couple weeks thinking something amazing was about to happen for me.  And then it did, and then it very abruptly didn’t.  And I’ve been devastated ever since.  But I’m not going to let that keep me down and will simply choose to practice a bit more patience and faith.

 

I still know that God answers prayers, sometimes not the way we expect or hope for but he does.  He will provide us with more than enough for all we need to accomplish.  Tonight’s verses come from Philippians 4:

 

“but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”

 

So brothers and sisters, we need to continue to thankfully pray about those blessings we seek.  Now note the verse doesn’t say that you’ll get everything you ask but it does offer a reward for asking.  It says that you will be rewarded by having the peace of God in our hearts and minds.

 

I know I need that absolutely after the past few days.  So I will be praying fervently after posting this torch to receive those things I stand in need of and receive that peace.  May we all seek for and receive that.

 

But then the verse goes even farther.  Having the peace of God in our hearts and minds is wonderful but there is a greater blessing promised if we think about all the wonderful and righteous things that we should do and then go ahead and do them, that the God of Peace will be with us.

 

After the last few days, and after regretfully losing my composure in a couple situations where I really needed to not lose it, I really really need to have both the peace of God and the God of peace with me.  I’m sure most of you would agree that would be amazing to keep with us as often as possible, and preferably all of the time.

 

So I hope that you will all join me in praying more frequently and more fervently and witness the incredible blessing of bringing the peace of God and the God of peace more fully into our lives.  And listen, this may be a little different than I usually put into the torch, but if you would be willing to offer a prayer for me and and my family and those most affected by the events from this weekend that have shaken me to my very core, but of which I can’t disclose the details, then I would greatly appreciate it.  And I share my testimony that God lives and loves us. That Jesus is the savior of us all collectively and individually.  And I share this in his name, 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 03/04/2020 in Torches