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Tuesdays Torch Week 506

10/16/18
By Cindy Lundhagen (guest writer)

As most of you may know by now, our dear friend and writer of Tuesdays Torch, Tim Sader, is currently in the intensive care unit at the Medical University of South Carolina. Tim is fighting for another miracle as I type these words. He is surrounded by family and friends and is deeply loved. Tim’s wife, Sammy, was in tears at one point in my visit on Monday. She said “tomorrow is Tuesday”. She was disheartened because for the first time in 505 weeks Tim would not be able to write his weekly Tuesdays Torch. She said she wished she could write it but she couldn’t. I asked her if she wanted me to write it for her and if so, what would she want me to say. Instead, she asked me to stand in for Tim this week and to write for him…so there would be a week 506…while Tim rested.

That’s how I wound up filling in for Tim this week. It seemed like such an honor at the moment I said I would do it. Now it just fills me with fear. I tried to get some inkling of an idea on where Tim would want to go next in his Torch by looking back as some of the recent entries. And it made me cry…and it made me feel so much more unworthy to write in his stead. You see…Tim’s most recent Torches were love letters. They were love letters about he and Sammy’s relationship. They were love letters that portrayed Tim’s everlasting love for Christ. They were epic love letters. And I don’t know how to write love letters. But this week I am going to try to write a love letter. I am going to try to do it for Tim.

I met Tim and Sammy probably close to two years ago. I was relatively new to church and relatively new to learning about Jesus. I signed up for some “Growth” classes in the church and that is where I found Tim and Sammy. I found this most amazing couple who were madly in love with each other and it was so endearing just to watch them. They just have this natural rhythm with each other that is magical…intoxicating…like they were just meant to be with each other. It’s a definite God thing that gives them a heartbeat for each other…a single heartbeat in two bodies. They are simply breathtaking. As God would say in the Old Testament, they are a “sweet aroma”.

And then there is Tim. Tim is this man that no wheel chair and no medical condition can hide. Tim in not defined that way. Tim is a man that knows who he is and knows whose he is…above all else. Tim comes across as quiet sometimes…until you get to know him. But really, he just knows when to speak and when not to speak. And when Tim speaks you are compelled to listen. He exudes Holy Spirit and Godly wisdom. Tim can mesmerize with a few simple words…much in the manner that Jesus does. He is like David in the Bible. He has a heart for God. And God doesn’t see like man sees. God sees the heart. He sees this big, wide open heart in Tim and he gifts Tim with this supernatural power to know his heart. He gives Tim the power to share his heart. And I think that’s why so many of Tim’s Tuesdays Torches read like love letters. It’s because Tim is in love. And when you are in love…it shows.

Tim’s love shows in everything he does. It shows in this gentle love of his bride whom he called “beautiful” on his birthday last Thursday. It shows in the loving faithfulness to God in the Tuesday Torches that he has written for 505 weeks straight…over 9 years of faithfully spreading God’s love around…sowing it everywhere. It shows in the Tim Sader Zoom virtual small group he started recently and that he leads in true Tim fashion. He leads it with love. It shows when he never quits sharing this Jesus that he knows with everyone that will spare a moment to listen. It shows in his humble spirit that runs his race with immense joy despite sometimes immense suffering. It shows. His love shows. His love always shows.

And to show our love for Tim, during this week 506, I want to close it with a prayer. I want to steal words of scripture to pray for our Tim this week because I think they fit him and are for him in this moment.

For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you Tim with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ for you Tim and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you Tim may always be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:14-19

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Posted by on 10/16/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 505

Tuesday’s Torch

10/09/18

By: Tim Sader

May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. (Proverbs 5:18)

One nice day in late March Sammy’s bestie Kadie came to hang out with her for the day. I had the van at first but when I got home they asked me to go on a friendly lupper date with them. I felt like a privileged man that day with two pretty ladies to hang out with. We ate pizza, went shopping and had a lot of good laughs together. Having a good support system like Kadie and other friends is ideal. We have mutual feelings of affection to build each other up. God is the best friend for us, He will always support us because of His love. Starting in April we started seeing one year ago photos from our wedding weekend. Next was our one year anniversary and an opportunity for us to celebrate all our firsts together. The first anniversary is traditionally the paper anniversary so I wrote a poem about our firsts and planned to relive some of them that day. We celebrated our first talk, first date, first visit to her town, the first movie we watched. That day would be a reminder of some of the firsts that brought us to our first anniversary. For our first talk I bought her some of the favorite candies she told me she likes, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Skittles, Starbursts and red gummy bears. After giving her the poem and this little gift we went and had lunch at Mellow Mushroom because our first date and part of our proposal happened there. After our wedding the top layer of our cake never got wrapped up and put in the freezer which felt somewhat like bad juju. I think we told that story all year but as the one year anniversary approached it made us sad since on our wedding we never even got to eat it. One day I got the idea to contact the girl who baked the original cake and had her recreate the top layer of our cake for our anniversary. She no longer worked from the place we got married at so we met her at Starbucks and she brought our cake there to make a third surprise for Sammy at a coffee shop. When we went back to the house we had some cake then I gave her one more gift to represent when I first went to her house. It was a mini stuffed Timmy giraffe to match her big one and we watched Little Manhattan the first movie we saw in her living room.

Making it one year together felt amazing because we had to overcome many difficulties just to get to where we were. Many blessings flowed from the fountain of our love. My wife is so loving and graceful, her beauty always satisfies me and I’m intoxicated by her sweet love (Proverbs 5:18-19). It seems unreal to me thinking back to where our lives were before we found one another that we would be at that point already. Who am I and my family that God would have brought us so far so fast (1 Chr 17:16)? We are all His children, He loves us and wants the best for every one of us. What is our lot from God above, what is our heritage from the Almighty (Jb 31:2)? If we long to dwell in His tent and seek to find refuge in His wings we will be heard by Him. He will hear the vows we make and give Himself as a heritage to those who fear His name (Ps 61:4-5). The vows we make on our wedding day are blessed by God; they are part of our heritage from Him. Enjoying life with our spouse whom we love gives meaning to our lives. Without being able to love someone the days of our lives are pretty much meaningless. What is our work and toilsome labor under the sun all about (Eccl 9:9)? There are very few things that add meaning and depth to our lives. Loving our spouse and carving out a heritage with them makes our striving worth it. After a year of marriage the two of us realized that nothing else really matters in this world except for loving family and being a blessing in return for the fountain of blessing we have received. One year felt great but every year we can add to that one year shows us just how far we’ve come, how far God has brought us.

Lord we thank you that our fountain is blessed and you have given us a heritage of love and life. Forgive us God for thinking we can find happiness in all the toiling we do without you. Help us Lord to rejoice in the wife we married and in the family you have blessed us with. When we look at our wife my we be intoxicated by the grace and beauty that made us love them in the first place. Thank you for remembering me and my family God and for your love being a heritage to us. Our vow God is to seek you for our shelter because we love you and fear your name. Whatever family situation we are in there is someone for us to love like we’ve been loved by you. May we be faithful to start where we are so that you can take us where we want to be. 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 10/09/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 504

Tuesday’s Torch

10/02/18

By: Tim Sader 

From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Ephesians 4:16)

Valentines weekend 2016 was the most epic that Sammy and I have had it will be hard to beat. I bought her a purple and white gold key to my heart, we got dressed up for a banquet and topped it all off with a Garth Brooks show. The love of God compels us much like we were captivated during that concert. We should urgently seek Him because of His love and our desire to become more like Christ. Toward the end of March when the weather started to get warm one of Sammy’s best friends Kadie came to spend the day with her. I was gone at an appointment when she got there so they had to wait to use the van. When I got there they were outside and ready to go so I made my way out of my spot on the passenger side of the van. When I got out they invited me to go with them. I thought about it and decided it would be fun to have a lovely date with my wife and her bestie. After getting the keys from mom Sammy and I got loaded into the van, her in passenger side and me in the back. It only works that way because she cannot fit behind my chair to get into the van if I sit upfront. I ate a little something after my appointment but they were hungry so we started our date with lupper (too late for lunch but not yet supper) at Mellow Mushroom. When we got there we ordered sodas, a pepperoni, mushroom and bacon pizza. I wasn’t hungry but it looked good so I ate a piece. After finishing dinner we went on a little browsing/shopping spree at the strip mall. At World Market they bought matching friendship scarves and Kadie bought a sun hat. The next store we went to was Palmetto Moon because Sammy loves that store. She bought a few Clemson Tiger shirts and some others but was anoyed that all the shirts with big pictures have them on the back where no one can see them because of the wheelchair. Finally we ended up going into Ross to see if we could find some more things for decorating the house. We found this little pallet with a quote on it that looked like it’d hang perfectly over the big ugly security box we cannot get rid of. When we brought it home sure enough it was a perfect fit. That was enough shopping for us so we left, put in some gas and went to the house.

Kadie and her husband RG have been great friends to me and Sammy. They cleaned up our yard and extended the front patio with pavers when we first moved in our house. Helping to support each other is a big part of why we choose to have friends and a reason why they chose us. If friends were not sometimes there when we needed them we probably wouldn’t have them or would feel unbalanced in the relationship. This had been the first time Kadie was able to see us in a while because of studying for the bar exam so we supported her by not demanding her time when she had none to give. To be a good friend as a believer we are the supporting ligaments of one another. We build each other up by growing in love together so that we can do the work of the Lord. We must be completely humble, gentle and patient in bearing with one another in love; this helps bring unity of Spirit between us through the bond of peace (Eph 4:2-3). For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love (2 Pt 1:5-7). Our affection should be mutual between us; we should feel fond about and like one another. We must make an effort to do what leads to peace, affection and mutual edification (Rom 14:19). Keeping up with all of this does not make being a friend easy. Many people maybe there for us when disaster comes but ultimately the Lord is our support (2 Sm 22:19). Even when we feel like our feet are slipping we can be sure that His unfailing love will be our support (Ps 94:18). On the day of our date Sammy and I enjoyed our friend Kadie and her support to us. The Lord is support for us at all times He is the ultimate friend we can have.

Lord I thank you for the support system you have set up in my life and for the body we are helping to support more and more as our love grows for one another. Help us to see Lord that even when it feels as if no one is there that you are all the support we really need. Help us to do the best we can to do what leads to peace and the edification others. Show us how to be humble, gentle, patient and loving to have unity of Spirit and a bond of peace in our lives. Remind us God we are part of your body so that we will make the effort to grow in godly character and mutual love for one another. 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 10/02/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 503

Tuesday’s Torch

09/25/18

By: Tim Sader

I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. (2 Corinthians 2:8)

Our first Thanksgiving and Christmas being married and under the same roof was a lot of fun. We discussed various customs each of our families had and started figuring out what traditions we would bring into our marriage. Most importantly we want it to be a day we celebrate our Lord Jesus Christ and spend time giving gifts and affection to all our loved ones. New Year’s kind of just came and went for us in 2016. It is a hard day for Sammy because it is a loud holiday and fireworks make her have spasms and hurt a lot. The next big event in our relationship was Valentine’s Day weekend and this year would be the one that will be difficult to top. The first trip I took to see Sammy after a big snow storm was actually on Valentines so it holds very special meaning to us. We started celebrating that year a few days early on our 10 month anniversary. I knew we had some big things happening in the next couple days so I wanted to give her the jewelry to wear on those other nights. I bought her a white gold heart key with diamonds outlining an amethyst heart at the base of the key. The next evening our friend Kim got us signed up for a thing at her church called a Luke 14 Banquet. Basically that is the story where no one comes to the rich man’s feast so his servants go and invite those who are less fortunate (Lk 14:15-24). The church where we had this event invited people with disabilities, low incomes and others who are sometimes left off of the guest list. They went out of the way with valet parking, red carpet, tables were decorated with center pieces, table cloths. They served fancy finger foods, cake and fruit punch. The DJ played music, people danced, there were many activities such as a salon for hair, nails and make up also a photo studio, cookie decorating and bingo. We hung out a lot with Sammy’s friend Kim but also this was like a reunion for her so I met a lot of people from various times in her past. She has touched a lot of lives with the grace of her presence. The following day I think we just used it to decompress and prepare for the bigger date on Valentine’s Day. Earlier in the year we heard of an epic concert coming to the Charleston Coliseum and it would sell out fast especially accessible seating. The tickets went on sale at 10 am one day several months beforehand and all six shows sold out before the day ended. That day I had the urge to be out of bed early so I could get tickets to the Garth Brooks show. The first time Sammy saw Garth it was a special moment for her and her mom 19 years previously and I never saw him live but always wanted to.

The day of this concert we wished to get dressed up but since it was cooler outside I had to dress warmer. We both wore our jeans with long sleeved shirts this was enough for Sammy but I also wore a quilted flannel shirt and my blanket. If I’m not mistaken this weekend hit us with the first cold snap all winter. When we got there we had nowhere to park so mom let us out of the van and we made our way to the door while she parked far out in the lot. When she caught up with us we showed our tickets to a staff member and she led us to the elevator so we could get to our seats. We were in the handicapped platform on the left side. The show started with a warm up band I had never heard of. Then it moved onto one of Garth’s background singers who was working her solo career. Finally after what felt like forever Garth lit up the stage and never stopped until every fan was satisfied. The positive energy and star quality that man puts into every performance is absolutely infectious. He completely captivates the audience and compels them to feel something in every song. Christs love compels us in a similar manner because we are convinced that He died once for us all. Since all have died those who live should not live for themselves but for Him who died whom with we are raised again (2 Cor 5:14-15). We should feel the urge to always reaffirm our love for Him. This is why if I am compelled to preach because of my love for Him. If compelled by Him to do something and we don’t shame on us (1 Cor 9:16). Paul tells us to imitate Him but I would not say that about myself I say imitate Christ and join me in becoming more like Him (1 Cor 4:16). At the end of the night Sammy and my heart were full from a new Garth memory we were able share together.

Lord I thank you for the lovely memories you have blessed me with however big or insignificant they may seem. Help us to be grateful when we are included in the lives of our friends and loved ones. When we are left out God help it not to be so sad and remind us that even when nothing’s left you will still be there in our corner. We want to be compelled by the love of Christ who died for us all and rose again. We reaffirm our love for you Jesus so we may do the good works you have called us to. Compel us God to do whatever it is you want us to so that we might be better imitators of 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 09/25/2018 in Torches

 

Blog from March 6, 2016

By: Cindy Lundhagen

09/24/18

(A continuation from 5 March) So there I was sometime in the summer of 2014 linked into a church via the internet…sporadically listening into a random podcast…and I was finding myself engrossed in the story. Then I started listening in from the beginning of what they called a “series”. That summer, I don’t recall what the specific topic was supposed to be, but it was all about history in distant lands and I remember being so frustrated that I couldn’t see the maps the pastor kept referencing. And I went back to all the archived podcasts and I began listening to them too…until I was caught up with everything out there. And I found myself patiently…and then not so patiently…waiting for the next Sunday’s sermon to be posted. I wasn’t able to connect all the dots or always completely follow the story line…but the message was clear. The Jesus (or God) being discussed was the same one I recognized and was beginning to know more fully…a loving, merciful, almighty God. If I knew anything at all about God at this point, Psalm 59:10 described it – “In His unfailing love, my God, will stand with me”.

But it seemed God didn’t want me standing still. I got this overwhelming feeling that listening to podcasts, reading His story and praying were good…but they weren’t enough. God wanted more. But I didn’t. Like I said I can be an incredible rebel (I almost like the way that sounds) and I flat out did not want to go to this church or any church. All I can say is that God would not let me off that easily and an internal battle was being waged. In the end, it was again my sense of owing God my everything that finally propelled me. By this time it was nearing Christmas 2014. I decided I would go once…for God…but I would wait until after the Christmas season. If I was going to experience this church in person I wanted to do it on “any given Sunday” not when things would be garnished up for Christmas. So I waited until the first Sunday in January 2015.

This is going to sound crazy…but going to church that day was one of the most courageous things I’ve ever done. I was doing something I absolutely did not want to do and something that I did not have to do…but I did it because of my love for the God that I knew loved me. And there was no doubt in my mind that he was pointing me in that direction. So part of the puzzle seemed to be solved…”The Lord is my shepherd”…I was to follow His lead. But that did not make it easy. I sat in my car in the parking lot of the church…frozen and scared. I was scared that I wouldn’t know what to do when I got in there…especially if there were rules or rituals I knew nothing about. I was scared that it wouldn’t be what I so very much wanted it to be. But mostly I was scared that somehow I would be wrong about what God wanted. That would be the worst. I could not be wrong about God…I NEEDED desperately to trust in Him because I was going forward purely on faith…and my faith could not fail me now.

So I mustered up all I had left and asked God to go with me and then we moved.

Until the next continuation…

Cindy Lundhagen — Summerville, SC

 
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Posted by on 09/24/2018 in Friends on Fire

 

Tuesdays Torch week 502

Tuesday’s Torch

09/18/18

By: Tim Sader 

I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you. (1 Corinthians 11:2)

Near the end of a very busy year for our families we had one more special event to celebrate when Sammy’s twin sister Amanda married Alicia. It is good for us to celebrate with people in our lives and for us to rejoice in the Lord for everything He has done. One of the best and easiest times for us to celebrate is during special holidays. Thanksgiving is all about being thankful for the abundance we experienced throughout the year. During Christmas we remember the birth of our Lord and show our love and gratitude to others by giving and receiving gifts. We learn many valuable lessons about caring and being grateful when we participate in holidays and remember their true meaning. Sammy and I had celebrated these holidays together the previous year after but we still were long distant so the magic lasted only until we had to be apart again. This year was the first of these holidays for us together as husband and wife. Thanksgiving seemed to be very similar to the one before it except we got to wake up together and offer first wishes and tell why we were thankful for one another. We turned on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while we got ready for the day at Sammy’s dad’s house. Along with other family members we had many of the favorites they have enjoyed each year at the holidays. Some of these flavors were new to mom and me the first time we tried them but now we expected these dishes and they are still delicious. I think this year we were all able to go outside because it was very warm. It was fun watching the family play kick ball and mess around outside for a while. A while later we left so that people could get ready for early black Friday shopping. The next first holiday we spent together as a married couple was Christmas, the birthday of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. The previous year we started learning to feel joy again because we had a new joy to replace the sadness of missing loved one. This year we started to combine our traditions. This started a day or two after Thanksgiving when her dad and Darlene showed up at our door with a new pre lit tree and purple Christmas balls to decorate it with. The next day Sammy’s sister brought a box of miniature Christmas village decorations from their mom that they divided. We hadn’t had a Christmas tree up since my brother passed so inheriting her traditions was an improvement.

On the night before Christmas Eve we go to an evening service at our church so we can do Christmas Eve with the nephews. We have drinks snacks and cookies that night. When we went back home I think we opened one gift each before going to bed. Sammy is used to getting up early to open presents and then have Christmas breakfast. Anyone who knows me will say I don’t do early mornings so I got up as early as I could so we could open gifts before going to spend the day with family at her dads. When we got there we ate a similar meal to Thanksgiving with ham for meat instead of turkey. After that we open up the living-room full of gifts and enjoy the smiles on each others faces. It was another warm day for Christmas so we gathered outside awhile and played yard games while the kids ran around. Our first Christmas somehow we had money to get everyone we bought for a really nice gift and that was a great feeling. We received some very nice gifts that year but I really enjoyed giving good gifts to all my loved ones. It is so much better to give to others than it is for us to receive (Acts 20:35). I used to feel like holidays were more about greed and selfishness than anything. Now I feel they are about whatever traditions we learned and what we pass on to next generations. If we make the Lord part of our holiday traditions and teach others about them we are remembering it’s all about praising Him. We may not follow the tradition of Jewish festivals but what will we do to make our holiday traditions about the Lord (Hos 9:5)? Sammy and I enjoy giving and receiving gifts but most of all we want to include the Lord in whatever traditions we set up in our marriage.

Lord as we approach the fall season I ask that we make our holiday traditions more about you and less about the business. When we pass on our traditions to others help them to see more of you in them than any else. Also help us to focus more on giving to other than we would on receiving anything from anyone. We ask that our blessings would come from you as we give out of our blessings so we can be a blessing. 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 09/18/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 501

Tuesday’s Torch

09/11/18

By: Tim Sader

So you too should be glad and rejoice with me. (Philippians 2:18)

2015 was a very big year not only did we have a wedding, change houses and a thousand year flood; there was an adoption, surprise pregnancy, graduation, retirement and another wedding for Sammy’s twin sister Amanda and Alicia. After trusting that God would shelter us from the big storm we ended up with beautiful weather for early October. A couple weeks before their wedding there was a bridal shower Sammy was able to attend. On the wedding weekend there was an informal dinner and drinks to welcome out of town guests. The next night was the rehearsal and dinner party at Alicia’s parent’s house in the country. This isn’t where they got married but it was outside like their venue so it worked for doing a practice run. The house had quite a few stairs so Sammy and I stayed outside the screened deck area where everyone else was and talked to people running in and out of the deck. It wasn’t ideal for us but we loved being there to show our support and to rejoice with them like they did with us six months before. After dinner and some chatting with family and friends we called it a night before mosquitos carried us off somewhere. The following day Sammy met them at the salon to get their hair, nails and make-up done before they rushed off to a photo shoot. We picked Sammy up and went out for brunch then went to the house and got ready for their happiest of days. It is nice to get dressed up for special occasions. They seem so few and far between that we have to brush the dust off the dresses, shirts and ties. Sammy wore a hip looking paisley print dress her sister picked so that it would complement the bridal party. It was pink, purple, white and blue; I wore dark blue pants, a teal shirt and a tie that looked nice with Sammy’s dress. The ceremony was outside at a place called Medicine Winds Farm on a beautiful sunny afternoon. A Summerville City official preformed their wedding ceremony, they had unique vows, exchanged rings and it was beautiful. Behind where we had the ceremony was a beautiful barn built for large gatherings. We had drinks and appitizers while they did their photos with family around the farm. I got a chill while the sun was setting so I rushed to get inside which wasn’t easy. Unfortunately I missed getting my picture with Sammy and the rest of the family I married into. During the reception we got a lovely picture though with the family at the table and one of the twins and their spouses.

For dinner they served BBQ chicken, pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw, corn, macaroni and cheese and sweet corn muffins. It is always good to celebrate others by having a feast with them to show how happy we are to be a part of their life (Lk 15:23-24). After dinner we had yummy wedding cake and heard some funny and some serious speeches. After this was more drinks and a couple hours of dancing until late in the night. Finally when everyone was drunk, tired or both we showed off the newlyweds as they exited with rows of guests holding sparklers on either side of the walkway. It was a wonderful day to rejoice with two of our favorite people on this very special occasion. We are told to rejoice with others when they rejoice and morn when they morn. We are called to live our lives closely and in harmony with others. We are not to be proud thinking we are better than anyone no matter their lifestyle. How dare we be so conceited (Rom 12:14-16)? God wants us to not compare ourselves to others but to focus on and rejoice in Him. In our hearts we rejoice because we trust in His holy name. May His love be with us as we put our hope in Him (Ps 33:21-22). We trust in His unfailing love; we rejoice in His salvation (Ps 13:5). We should always be glad and rejoice with others in the Lord. In the same way we celebrate milestones with friends and loved ones God wants us to find joy in Him. We should rejoice in Him always; and again rejoice! in Him (Phil 4:4). Rejoicing is fun especially when we celebrate with the ones we love but let us not forget the one who loved us enough to save us.

Lord I ask that we would not be too proud to rejoice with those you have surrounded us with when they rejoice and not forget to also be there for them when they are down. Like the prodigal when he came home let us feast with the ones we love because when they are with us it is a celebration. Help us Lord to bless everyone and curse noone. We ask that you would show us how to live in harmony with everyone no matter their status without thinking we are somehow better than them. Lord may we rejoice in you, we want to always rejoice in you. In Jesus Name, Amen

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