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Tuesday’s Torch 598

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 598

July 28, 2020

 

 

Recently my kids have been doing a lot of bike riding and my daughter has just learned to ride without training wheels. It makes me proud to see the advances my kids make, seeing her learn so quickly from her first attempt has been great.

 

This has had me thinking in what ways are there training wheels in the gospel and what are the ways they are removed and who removes them?

 

The example I would like to share tonight would be to liken the Ten Commandments to training wheels.  The Israelites couldn’t even make it the amount of time for Moses to go up and get the commandments and they were already worshipping a golden calf when he returned.   They were given very specific rules because they needed them.  The Old Testament is full of many very specific commandments that go along with those big ten and all of these requirements and limitations were taken to an extreme by the time the Savior was born.

 

During the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ he removed those training wheels.  No, he didn’t suddenly make the Ten Commandments no longer apply.  He simply gave the greater commandments that encompass them all.  Mark 12:30-31 expresses them this way:

 

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

 

This was a very big step, it shows an increased faith and expectation of those who choose to follow him.  It’s not expected that every little detail of our lives be perfectly dictated to us.  The Savior spent much of his ministry correcting the misunderstandings that had crept in, such as the specifications of how many steps they were allowed to take on the sabbath, how harshly many were condemned for sins and transgressions that were forgivable.

 

The New Testament is full of all of the knowledge and truths that the Savior established and in some cases restored that had been lost or botched.  I hope that we are all able to rise to the occasion and learn how to live those two great commandments.  As we do that, the Ten Commandments and so much more will be simple.  And that is truly when we will be able to climb on that gospel bike and pedal off into the sunset with the excitement that my daughter pedals her bike.  And sometimes we may wobble or crash or have to otherwise put our feet down and start over, but we will get better and better at living the Gospel.

 

And the really great thing about this comparison is that once you learn how to truly live the way the Savior would like for us to live, loving our Heavenly Father and our fellow men and women; living the Gospel will be something you always know how to do, even if you stray and need to come back.  It’s just like riding a bike.  My disclaimer here is that even those of us who are unable to ride a bike can understand the idea behind the saying.  We can come up with our own version of the analogy if riding a bike doesn’t work.

 

I have some other ideas that I could add to this topic but I will save them for future messages.  For this week I leave this challenge with each of us: Really ponder over these verses and prayerfully consider ways that we can more fully live these “greater commandments” so that we may allow the Savior to more completely remove our training wheels and help us live the gospel of Jesus Christ more fully!  And I share these words in his name, Even Jesus Christ the Son of God, 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 07/28/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 597

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 597

July 21, 2020

 

 

Today I was able to take a little trip down memory lane thanks to a 6 year old Facebook thread where my friend Tim had sent out an invitation to a cookie night/dinner party.  They were always fun and quite a group of people would show up.  To say that we were a crazy bunch would be an understatement. But it was a place where we all felt welcome and never felt judged.

 

Recently with a lot of the things going on in the world and especially in the United States there’s a lot of judgment going around.  So many people seem to want to focus on the bad and see everyone at their worst.  It seems uncool to be able to make our decisions about people currently and historically while evaluating good and bad. Instead we are left in a world that wants to judge everyone based on their worst characteristics or their biggest mistakes and faults as opposed to their strengths and the good.

 

The insane part of this is that none of us want to be judged and more importantly condemned based on our weaknesses and faults, yet it is becoming a pandemic of sorts that negativity has taken over.

 

What is to be done to stop this?  To learn to see others as God sees them, to see them as a brother or sister, to see them as another precious soul that Jesus Christ sacrificed himself to save.  And he did that to save them of the very things we seem to hold against them and judge them on solely.  I’ll share a verse that covers what I’m trying to say.  Matthew 7:1-2 states the following:

 

“Judge not, that ye be not judged.

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.”

 

First off he says not to judge. But do you see why?  We are told to not judge so that we won’t be.  Because the way we judge is the way we will Be Judged!  If we view our judgements of others with that in mind it is my belief that we will view them much more kindly.  When we want to judge someone at their very worst or based only on their mistakes and shortcomings, we will ask ourselves if we would like someone to judge us based off the worst parts of us and our mistakes and shortcomings.  I think that we all like being seen in a positive light.  I have said before that nobody minds being judged as long as it is favorable.  “I think you’re a great person!” is a judgement that almost nobody has a problem with.  We can’t say the same for the opposite.

 

All of us felt that positive feeling of acceptance and being viewed in the most favorable light when hanging out at Tim and Joe’s, (sorry Dawn but we all referred to it that way, but we love you like crazy too!)  Were we perfect or even remotely close to it?  Nope.  The stories I could tell even about my man Tim would prove that.  And please don’t ask around for stories about me!  But we didn’t judge each other on their faults.  I’d like to see more of the kindness and fellowship that we had take off and run across the world faster and more completely than Covid and especially the hysteria surrounding it!

 

So before we start pointing out the worst in someone, maybe step back and think how we would feel to be judged solely on us at our worst.  I sure wouldn’t want anyone doing that to me, especially if it were at that great judgement day where we have been warned that we will be judged the way we judge.  Our challenge is to be non-judgmental to the point of being way overly likely to judge favorably.  Because speaking for myself, I can use all the help I can get.  And these words I leave 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 07/21/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 596

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 596

July 14, 2020

 

 

Social distancing can be difficult. Not being able to go as many places as we would like and being unable to hang out with friends is a challenge.  Many of us have had to deal with even more isolation than we are used to.  I have bad days the same as everyone else and times where I don’t think anyone understands me or cares.  A combination of the adversary as well as our own insecurities can tell us we don’t even have any friends.  I would like to share a verse that I found comfort in today.

 

John 15:13-15 says:

 

“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”

 

What an amazing statement.   So often we think I’m terms of “serving the Lord.”  And many times we think like that song says, “what a friend we have in Jesus.”  But how often do we realize that He views us as his friends?  How amazing is it that we can be good friends with the Savior?  And how heartbreaking it must be for him during those times we stray from him or turn our backs on him.

 

The commandment in that verse is a big one.  Love one another the way that Jesus loves us.  That is the commandment that connects to our friendship with him.  He is our friend and wants us to be his.  He will leave that up to us though.  He isn’t going to force us to love him or to love others, the same way we cannot force anyone to like us or to love us.

 

But as we treat others with love and respect we will be treating them the way the Savior treats them.  There is an old saying of sorts that suggests that we become like those we spend time with.  Choose your friends carefully!  The challenge that we gladly and gratefully accept as Christians is to become like the Savior.  To help us do that, let us apply the principle that we become like our friends and build our friendship with Jesus Christ.

 

As we spend time searching his words in the scriptures we grow closer to him.  As we act as he would have us act we grow closer still.  As we show our friendship with the Savior by following the commandments, especially and specifically loving one another the way he loves us, we will truly be friends with the Savior.

 

In these challenging times where we maybe can’t be around our circle of friends, or for those of us who sometimes feel like we are outsiders and don’t really fit into a circle of friends, let us turn to our Father in Heaven, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost as our closest circle of friends.   That is my hope and prayer for each of us this week, that we may build an actual and lasting friendship with our Savior.  And I share these things in his name, even Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

 

-Bobby Stewart

 

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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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Tuesday’s Torch 595

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 595

July 7, 2020

 

 

Don’t get mad get glad.”  Many will remember this as the old sandwich bag slogan.  But for me I kind of remember it for another reason.  As a child I dealt with a bit of bullying.  This was back before all of the anti-bullying campaigns when those being bullied were taught to respond with the old sticks and stones response.  I’m grateful for that advice and I’m not sharing for a pity party for little kid me.

 

So back on track.  I would get so angry at the bullies.  They would pick on me because I was an easy target.  Typically the youngest and smallest kid in my classes, always sitting in the bottom corner of class pictures, some of y’all know what I’m talking about.  On top of that due to Muscular dystrophy they had a physical advantage over me.  To make up for this I had some anger like you wouldn’t believe and I could holler and yell with the best of them.

 

So in response to me squinting my eyes and holding up my clenched fists they’d say the words “Don’t get mad, get glad” at me.  Not sure if I was the only kid to ever be taunted with that nonsense but as a young kid it was so frustrating.  So my anger issues grew and grew in response to these things so for many years even when I had grown up I would roll my eyes when people would say “Nobody can make you angry. Anger is a choice.  You can choose how to respond.” They’d say this in regards to being offended too and I always thought they were full of it. 🙂

 

But guess what?  It’s true and I’m so thankful to know that.  Knowing it is true and actually completely living it are two different things and I have a lot of work left to to.  So if any of you are feeling like it’s an absurd thought, yeah, I’ve been there and sometimes in frustration still waver back and forth sometimes, as some people who I have been angry at can attest to.  But I promise it is worth working on.

 

And now to the scripture that I would like to share that many of my thoughts and feelings tonight connect with is Psalm 37:7-8 and most specifically 8 but I’ll share them both here.

 

“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.”

 

So what was once a taunt from bullies, “Don’t get mad”, is now delivered in love as a commandment, “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath.”  Those are hard but worth striving for.  Now, it may seem absurd to tie that scripture in with the taunting of a couple childhood bullies, but it gets better.

 

A couple verses later is the following, I’m sure you can guess where this is going.  After describing some bad stuff that happens to bad people comes Verse 11: “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”  Hmm.  Sounds sort of like gladness….  Great…  So there straight from the scriptures comes “Don’t get mad, get glad.”  A big difference?  The source of those words actually stands ready to provide us with that gladness.  If we turn to him.

 

The only thing me turning to those bullies resulted in were a few attempts at chasing them down to land a couple punches here and there and getting knocked down repeatedly.   But our Father in Heaven and our Savior Jesus Christ don’t knock us down, but will always pick us up.  If we choose to let them.  Getting angry is a choice.  Being offended is a choice.  Getting help to be glad or delighted “in the abundance of peace” as the scriptures word it is also a choice.  Let us choose to seek that help when events and actions leave us wanting to be angry or respond in wrath.

 

I’ll be continuing to fight this battle right along side any of you who choose to take up this fight or who are already fully immersed in it.  May God bless each of you.  And don’t worry, I won’t tag any who actually were those bullies back in the day because they turned out alright and one of them I ended up considering to be one of my good childhood friends, once we understood each other a bit better.

 

I pray each of you has a great week and can find plenty of reasons to have joy and gladness.  And remember, in love this time, “Don’t get mad, get glad!”  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 07/07/2020 in Torches