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Tuesdays Torch week 456

Tuesday’s Torch

10/10/17

By: Tim Sader

Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? (Psalm 85:6)

When I got sick from too much carbon dioxide in my blood I experienced the hand of God descending upon me and after that I knew I would win this battle in my body. Recovery felt daunting for a while but each day I felt stronger and was getting used to the new medical equipment to help me breath properly. I had been away from church for five or six years at that time in my life but seeing God how I saw Him made me want to dedicate my life to Him forever. After getting ready for the day I would watch several preachers I enjoyed listening to for hours a day. When I got on the computer I would read four chapters in my bible and explore the scriptures. When the weather got warm again I would go for prayer walks around town and had prayer time in the park every day. I began to feel alive again as I drew closer to the Lord than I had ever been previously. In spring of 2008 GodTV cancelled all their evening programming for many months to show the Lakeland Revival in Florida. It was growing in numbers, signs and wonders every night as people gathered from around the world to better know the Lord. Being in the glorious precense of God becomes addicting and I desperately wanted to experience what I was seeing for myself. A friend of mine Terry came by one day while watching the revival with my brother and he sat down and watched it with us. He is a believer in God but not much a fan of organized religion or TV preachers, he was a sceptic but intrigued by what he was seeing. I kept watching the revival nightly and after a few days Terry felt like we needed to go there. At first he assumed it was for my brother and me to get some kind of healing from the Lord but later he learned it was a spiritual awakening for himself. I was saving personal money I had left from the skate park so we used it to take a trip to the Revival in Florida. Terry, his wife and son loaded up with my brother and me in our big old Chevy van so we could have our faith adventure. It truly was a test of faith because we left our care givers and they had to help us instead. It was worth feeling revival like that and we were all blessed to experience this outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

The thing I remember most about the two nights we spent in revival meetings was for us to go home and spread the fire into our communities. We had an understanding that the Lord wants to revive us again so that we can rejoice in Him. The hand of God rests on the man at His right hand, Jesus His son was raised up for Himself. Through Him we are not turned away from the Lord; He will revive us for Christ sake so that we will call on His name. Restoration comes in Jesus name and the Lords face shines on us so that we may be saved (Ps. 80:17-19). When we experience revival and rejoice in the Lord we see His unfailing love through Him granting our salvation (Ps. 85:6-7). The Lord says that He lives in a high and holy place but also with those who are lowly and repentant in spirit so that they may be revived (Is. 57:15). I cannot think of a time in my life where I felt lower in my spirit than when I was in the hospital trying to get well. When my life felt like it was on the line I wanted to be sure I had everything right with the Lord. This brought revival to my spirit I was hungry to experience the Lord and I needed to feel Him in the realest way I could. Studying my bible and seeing this revival unfold on TV would never make me feel the Lord like I wanted to feel Him. I felt like I had been torn to pieces but after getting sick I full heartedly returned to the Lord and experienced healing in my life. Soon after we return to the Lord He will revive and restore our lives so that we may live in His presence (Hos. 6:1-2). I’m not real sure that I spread the Spirit of revival right away but I had it in my life and have done everything I can to share the word of God with others through my writing.

It may not always be necessary to chase the anointing for us to experience Him in very real ways. Wherever His Spirit is we can have revival in our lives. Often times it is sad to say that we find Him most in the lowest places of our lives because that is when we most urgently need Him. The Lord happily will receive us when we have been prodigal sons and daughters but how much greater would it be if we never left in the first place? We can have revival always in our lives if we will love the Lord like he already is in love with us.

Lord I pray that we will not wait until our lives hit rock bottom before we show you the devotion that you are desperate for us to show you. If we are almost to that point or already there help us to feel no condemnation when we make it back to you. I know Lord that you always are on the side of the underdog and we all have been there. Lord we ask that wherever we are at in our relationship with you that you would revive us again so that we may rejoice in 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, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or 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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Tuesdays Torch week 455

Tuesday’s Torch

10/03/17

By: Tim Sader

But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. (Luke 11:20)

After trying hard to get a skate park built in my town to help young people have something to do; it fell through when money wasn’t available and the kids lost interest. Following back to back failures in the business and nonprofit world I was tired of things not working out. For some time I didn’t do much except read books during the week and party with friends on the weekend. That got old fast so I got busy working on a book I had started and contemplated for a while. It was a fictional story about a teen boy and his struggles dealing with disability and fear of the unknown struggles in his life. During National Novel Writing Month I took the challenge to finish my book or have at least 50,000 words when it was done. During the beginning of the month I submerged my life into my main character Wes Mathews and his fears became mine and I didn’t know why. Turns out I was sicker then I had ever been in my life and ended up taking a few trips to two different hospitals. We didn’t understand why this suddenly happened; I do have Muscular Dystrophy and respiratory complications aren’t uncommon but until then I never had them. During this time in the hospital I was reunited with my best friend Jesus and He helped me pull through. After some painful blood tests the problem I had was too much oxygen because I could not properly exhale my carbon dioxide. In the first hospital I was being poisoned by oxygen because they kept me hooked up to it. Even too much of a good thing can be bad in excess. I was delusional, my vision was blurred and people looked like giants. I was conscience but I was scared. One night I had a dream of being in a fancy auditorium. The building was renaissance-ish and much of the expanse was golden. Suddenly it opened up and flooded with light. I saw a giant hand coming down out of heaven. Inside the hand descended on me as if I were a flea. One finger seemed larger than a tall building but I was not afraid. Actually this hand was to protect me and I felt safe. This hand was the mighty hand of God and I knew it would all be okay.

While lying in that hospital bed faced with so much uncertainty I had a lot of time to think. I thought a lot about my life and the choices I had made so far. I got to thinking about what I wanted to do for the rest of my life if I’d get to live it. When we are faced with any kind of battle in life God is with us and is able to bring us through. There is no need to be fainthearted or afraid, panicked or terrified because God is with us and will give us the victory (Dt. 20:1-4). We are commanded to be strong and courageous, not afraid or discouraged because the Lord our God will be with us wherever we go (Jos. 1:9). God is big, all powerful and all knowing this is why falling into His hands can be a dreadful thing (Heb. 10:31). This is true for those who oppose Him but in my time of need there seemed to be nowhere safer than when I was under His hand. God is not restricted by size but heaven is His throne and the earth His footstool so no matter how beautiful a building it compares nothing to what He has already created. In my dream of Him I was in a grand room covered in gold but the roof came off so I could experience the finger of God. With His finger He wrote commandments on tablets of stone after he met with Moses on Mount Sinai (Ex. 31:18). When Jesus delivered a man from demonic possession the Pharisees said he did it by evil power. Jesus said a kingdom cannot be divided against its self and still stand. But if He did this by the finger of God then the kingdom of heaven has come near to us. When I experienced just the finger of God I understood that the difficulties I was facing had no power that God could not defeat. I knew that His hand was protecting me and that heaven had come to visit me so that through the difficult road of recovery I would know God is with us.

Life gets scary when circumstances move into the out of my control category but God can be a relief from those fears if we will let Him be that for us. No enemy we face can even match up against just one of God’s fingers. Enemies are not usually another person because God loves us all. The real enemy is fear and hopelessness, anything that is out to steal our life, our joy or separate us from God are the real enemies that we face. If we believe this then we know He is the solution to all our troubles.

Lord I thank you that you will never leave us or forsake us and as we learn to trust you we ask that you would give us the strength to face our greatest trials and fear. We know that you have not given us a spirit of fear so we ask that your finger would squash our fear like a bug so we can be more aware of your power, love and peace in our lives. Help us to know that you are here with us and that the reality of heaven has touched our lives. 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, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or 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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Tuesdays Torch week 454

Tuesday’s Torch

09/26/17

By: Tim Sader

Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:9)

Our training equipped my friend Larry and me to do work in computers and internet. When the job search failed Wall Webdesign and Hosting was born. We gave this business a real good shot but learned that nothing is a sure thing unless God is does it with us. After a brief period considering the job search again and working on a rap project with my friend Roger I was needing a new purpose. I started brainstorming and coming up with one idea after another but never had the means to get them started. Soon I became civically and politically minded; I wanted to do something that made a difference. A family in the neighborhood met a young man John who was homeless and they gave him a place to live. He was into skateboarding and the whole punk, goth, metal lifestyle popular in the early 2000’s. My neighbor’s son thought he was so cool and had to have a real skateboard that didn’t come from Wal-Mart. Before we knew it dozens of skater kids were gathering on our street and hanging out at random skate spots in our town. This lifestyle has a bad rap because of Viva-La-Bam and other MTV shows where young people would do ridiculous stunts to get a laugh from viewers. Also drug and alcohol use was closely thought to be a temptation for this group. When skaters started hanging out in the historical part of town some minor things happened at a business and the skater community was blamed for it. The city began passing ordinances against them skating in town or be fined and have their board confiscated. I thought it was a sad thing to attack these kids and turn them into criminals when they offered no outlet for their sport. I noticed the need for a skate park in a community that was failing these kids so I made it my new project. Instead of seeing them as bad kids I showed them someone had their back and I took my ideas to the city council with an impressive proposal that they accepted. These kids needed to be judged fairly in the community and this was my new goal.

I had no clue the amount of work it was going to take to get this skate park built. Originally what I proposed I hoped the city would make it part of their recreation department but for them insurance was outrageous. They needed us to be our own business or organization that would be in charge of the park and they would lease us the space for a dollar a year. Revolution Youth Association was born, I was President and knew nothing about running an organization. I got to work looking for funding, designing skate parks, planning fundraisers and organizing volunteers. After a year we raised the money to insure the park but had nothing left for building it. The project fell by the waste side because we could not justify paying to insure something we couldn’t build on. At that time skateboarding was made illegal everywhere in town except on their own property; that ended the fad so there was no need for a skate park. These kids who avoided adults allowed me into their world because when I saw a stranger in need I took up their case (Job 29:16). Through the hard work of a few disabled brothers we saw to the need of our new companions. I pray that we showed them that hard work can pay off and that giving to those in need is worth its rewards (Acts 20:34-35). As believers we should be doing good deeds when we see an urgent need and in doing so we will no live unproductive lifes (Ti. 3:14). When we see someone in need but do nothing to fulfill their need what good is it? Faith without action is dead (Jas. 2:15-17). If we have no pity for the needs of others how can we be full of Gods love? We do not love with words only but by our actions and in truth (1 Jn. 3:17-18). All believers are called to be shepherds to those who God has entrusted to us not because we must but we should want to serve others (1 Pt. 5:1-2). Revolution Youth was a step for me in the right direction. I saw a need in the world and prayed hard to see it happen. It may not have been Gods plan but instead of looking to get rich I was doing a good work to improve the lives of these kids.

Lord, I ask that we would not miss the needs of those who you’ve surrounded us with. Help us to see the blessings when we give to others not because you want us to but because we want to do something good for someone else. If we are in the midst of difficult projects to help others we ask Lord that you would bless the time and effort we put in and help to be successful. Help us to speak up when injustice is done to the poor or if we see others in need of our help. 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, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or 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 09/26/2017 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 453

Tuesday’s Torch

09/19/17

By: Tim Sader

Instead, I devoted myself to the work on this wall. All my men were assembled there for the work; we did not acquire any land. (Nehemiah 5:16)

After graduating from the SCVR Computer Training Center (CTC) I was ready to find a job and work hard at it. This was the example the leaders and teachers showed us as they lived out their own relationships with God. While going through the program I made many great friendships and Larry Law was most memorable because we had big dreams of having a successful business. After finishing school we wanted to use the skills we had learned to start an online empire that we could do from anywhere in the world. We had the desire to get ourselves involved in building what would have been the first social media network for local businesses. At this time in the early 2000’s being a webmaster was still big business. Those who were good made up to tens of thousands of dollars for a unique customized internet web site. I was pretty good at design using mainly HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Graphic design and making simple flash animations were also part of my CTC training. Larry and I decided to start a web design and hosting company that provided social media for small businesses to network with one another. Wall.ws was our internet home; upon going to our site users heard Pink Floyd Another Brick in the Wall and could add their piece to the Wall we were building. We were not looking to make thousands of dollars per site instead we offered simple templates so we could charge a fraction of that to design and host their site for a year. We were looking to be like a mini mall so small businesses could compete in the expanding online market we are now living in. For as little as forty dollars businesses could have a site built and maintained each month. We also offered advertising for as little as thirty dollars per one thousand clicks on any of our hosted sites. Wall.ws was into providing special pricing to charitable organizations to have our part in making a difference in the world. Larry and I devoted ourselves to building this Wall both through hours of tedious coding and everything two students could come up with financially from family and savings.

We gave this business everything we could manage but despite all of our hours brainstorming and the best laid plans we did not acquire any ground in the market. We had several close calls that would have eventually been worth thousands a month but at every breakthrough something new would hold us back. Larry suffered from many problems because of serious back pain and illnesses that would take him out of commission for weeks at a time so things were up and down. We were smart enough to not let circumstances keep us down we kept trying until we ran out of resources and the desire to continue. The best of our plans were shattered but for both of us this wasn’t the end. We are dreamers who desire to do great things and this keeps the darkness from overwhelming the light in our heart (Job 17:10-12). Last I heard from Larry he found legal natural remedies that significantly helped his troubles. He got a security job and married a friend from California he had known for many years. Despite the best of our humans plans God knows if they are futile (Ps. 94:11). This is why everything we do should be commited to the Lord so that our plans maybe established by Him (Pr. 16:3). I don’t believe our plans were uncommitted to Him but I don’t remember mutual prayers or a meeting where God was factored into the equation. In our hearts we may have great plans but the purpose of the Lord is what prevails at its end (Pr. 19:21). The Lord has a plan for each one of us and chances are the desire inside of us may be used by Him to accomplish it. The most import thing we can do is seek Him first because His plans are to prosper us and not to bring us harm. His plans will give us the future we are looking for (Jer. 29:11). It is dangerous to assume that if we start a business that after a certain time we will get rich from it (Jas. 4:13). No one knows what tomorrow may bring except for God; the only true plan that exists is the one He has for us.

When we make plans they are sometimes unsuccessful or the success fades as we are led in a new direction. In our mind we see this as a failure but what if our misdirection is training for what the Lord really wants to do in our lives. Most of the greatest human achievements come after many failures in life. Success to God is not about what we fail to do it is about what we learned and how it pointed us back to Him.

Lord, we ask that your plans would become our plans so that we can be on the same page of my life. Please help us not to look at our failures as a reason to remain defeated but that they would inspire us to give it all we can in the future. Help us to find that our hope and future are only found in your plan for our lives. Happiness is not lost when human plans fail it is lost when we will not do what we were created for. Lord help us not to forget you in everything that we do so that we may prosper in this life you have given to us. 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, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or 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 09/19/2017 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 452

Tuesday’s Torch

09/12/17

By: Tim Sader

Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. (2 Corinthians 8:11)

Before Dan passed away and I learned that money ill-gotten has no value, I went to Vocational Rehab to find out about getting a job and working hard. After celebrating twenty-two years with friends at the club I was preparing for a month away at South Carolina Voc Rehab (SCVR) Evaluation Center. The first time I heard about VR was after high school and I didn’t know what rehabilitation to work looked like. I thought it was like rehab after surgery in the hospital where I’d be pushed to do things I couldn’t. Instead of going away I went to their local office to take tests and check out their workshop. After that I went to Tech and VR helped pay for it. I studied accounting for about a year and a half when the only public transit in our area shut down. Without a way to get there and feeling burned out I decided to take a break. I met with my VR counselor every three to six months and we talked about next step employment goals. After doing very little for a year she brought up the Eval. Center because it is designed to help disabled people find employment. Mom and I reluctantly agreed to tour the facility to see what it was like and if the care would be adequate for me. The director of the Center made a great impression on us, everyone who’d be evaluating me were nice and the nurses were confident could help me. I signed up to go that November to see what they would suggest that I do for my future. Evaluation was mentally and physically challenging. We took academic, vocational, logic, memory and personality tests. We were assessed by a doctor, psychologist occupational therapists, took assertiveness training, resume writing and interview preparation. If that wasn’t enough we were evaluated in the Muscle Development Center at the gym, in physical aquatic and recreational therapy to see if we could manage working. I was there through Thanksgiving and finished just before Christmas break.

After taking the tests I almost scored high enough for their Computer Training Center (CTC). I liked the sound of that so they told me what to study and tested me again without it being timed. I was college level in everything so I got to have an interview to get into that program. The interview went well and I was accepted into their Business Application Plus web design (BAP) class starting after New Year’s. My local VR counselor was so proud! This program had a business dress code so I needed clothes and she got it paid for by them. When I got there the living quarters were so nice I got my own room and it didn’t look like a hospital. We had a kitchen with our own cabinet and refrigerator so we could bring snacks and breakfast foods. I felt blessed to have this opportunity so I gave it all I had and my needs were taken care of so I could do good work and find a job (2 Cor. 9:7-8). I didn’t know how blessed I was until getting to know the administrators and instructors. This was a state program but they were hard working believers who lead by example, non-judgmental or preachy (1 Thes. 5:12-13). They made us want to be ambitious, taking care of our own business and hard working to gain respect and independence (1 Thes. 4:11-12). I was sincere to doing the work and going the extra mile not so I could look good but so I could gain the rewards from hard work. All we do should be this way because ultimately it is Christ whom we serve (Col. 3:22-24). I learned a lot at SCVR CTC academically and excelled in everything I could while devoting twelve hours a day to it. The greatest lesson I learned though is how to serve God in my career. He never forgets our work or the love we show to others. The diligence I saw in practice is what I hope people will see in me. We must not be lazy but should imitate the faith of those who have inherited the promises of God (Heb. 6:10-12). All the work I started there I was willing and eager to complete because I saw in myself the ability that I had to finish it.

We need to acknowledge those who work hard among us, especially those who care for our Christianity. We should honor them in love because of their work by living in peace with one another. Maybe we have been doing hard work to help others without any love or recognition for our devotion. This is unfortunate but God is not unjust, He remembers our hard work and if we are doing it to serve Him we will reap the rewards He has promised to us.

Lord we ask that honor will be given and received where honor is due. Help us to be the example in our career and social lives that we want to see in those we look up to. Help us to be ready and willing to work hard not so we can be seen as better than but because we are serving the Lord in everything that we do. May we remember that someone is evaluating the work we do so help us to be eager in our good works as it is within our means to do so. 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, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or 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 09/12/2017 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 451

Tuesday’s Torch

09/05/17

By: Tim Sader

Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value, but righteousness delivers from death. (Proverbs 10:2)

I spent many years binge drinking and doing whatever evil seemed fun to me for many years. It wasn’t constant and I never stopped believing in God so I thought my occasional sin was ok. God finally got my attention but hard things happened in my life while drinking heavily and instead of turning to God I turned toward alcohol thinking it would help me through my sorrows. At this time in my life I had two sets of friends none of which were bad but some of them drank and others didn’t and for the most part this kept them separated. I spent a lot of time hanging out next door and meeting all the fun friends that came down from New York. Often these friends would miss Rodríguezes so much they would move here permanently or for a while. One friend Dan Dickinson came for a visit and enjoyed it here but traveled back and forth to manage his businesses in New York. Everytime he rolled into town he’d be driving a different chromed out SUV, truck or sports car and would have enough money to make a party wherever he was at. Dan was an uncommon type of person money was nothing to him but he always had more than enough. Everything he did to make money I am unsure of but some of it was earned unlawfully. No dishonor toward him; he was doing the best he knew how and no one I know had a bigger heart for others. If friends or family were struggling to get by he would pay a bill, fix their car or put food on their table. Anytime we went out for a meal or drinks he would pay the bill without giving a second thought. Though he liked to make money it was not lord over him because he was willing to give it all away. After moving down south he met a great girl who had a son and together they had a daughter so he was starting to settle down. The illegal activities were becoming less and less; he found ways to use his money to invest in businesses he believed in. It seemed like his life was on its way up but he took a trip to New York to pick up a truck to repay a debt owed to him. On this trip something happened and he never returned to his fiancé and baby girl.

For me there were many uncertainties surrounding his death. The friends with him didn’t know the people delivering the truck, they did some partying and I remember something about an empty bottle of pills. After some investigation they say nothing criminal happened to him; it was just an asthma attack from the two different climates. Only God knows if something else went down that night. The reason for his death really doesn’t matter it was a tragedy to this group of friends I had grown to love so much. Things never were the same in that circle after Dan’s passing, somehow he was the glue that kept us all close. I remember how many people came to his viewing; after only two years living here it was the most people I’ve ever seen show up to honor anyone. His life had more impact at twenty-three than most people make after living eighty years. Dan was a good guy enticed by others or the draw of living a gangster lifestyle to make some bad choices. Seeing the money to be made this way would make anyone consider changing their chosen profession. People get swallowed in it as they fill their homes with all the best things that money can buy. All this stuff leads them into a trap that they set for themselves. Eventually ill-gotten gain consumes the life of whoever gets it (Proverbs 1:10-19). Despite having all these things from his lifestyle I think money lost its value to Dan that is why he willingly gave it all away. Dan was a victim of the lifestyle he was tring to get away from. This one last debt he collected cost him his life. Being righteous delivers from death because doing what is right keeps us from the results of chasing what has no value. In the end I understand Dan was setting wrong things right and working on a new relationship with God.

Many of us have lost friends or loved ones unexpectedly often what seems to be far too soon. They may no longer be with us physically but they can live on through us when we remember things they taught us or learn something from their lives. True knowledge is infinite as long as it is known their legacy can live through us in the here and now. The Lord would not want us to miss any good we can gain from another human life even if what we learn is something not to do.

Lord when we tragically lose loved ones help us not to focus so much on what went wrong as we do on learning from them so their memory is not wasted. Righteousness and wickedness we choose to do each day and any of us can pick to do either in every situation we face. Lord help us to lean on grace and let you lead us into doing what’s right so we will not led astray. Please forgive us and protect from the wrong we’ve done so that at the end of our lives people will mostly learn about you in us. 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, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

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Tuesdays Torch week 450

Tuesday’s Torch

08/29/17

By: Tim Sader

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18)

When my parents grew tired of churches failing them they found fun and friendship in the worldly lifestyle. Somewhat taking their eyes of the Lord had a lot to do with their growing apart and getting a divorce. When this happened I was a little upset but not as devastated as some people get over their parents splitting up. For a while well things were spiraling out of control for them I started living right after the conviction of being a good example to the youth got to me. During this period of time I completely stopped using bad language, managed a Christian band and lead a bible study group. Before this I had experimented some with alcohol and smoking pot but decided to completely leave it alone for a while. I’m not real sure about what made me decide it was ok to start drinking again. My parents were surrounded by it, unchurched friends were doing it, I was out of school turning twenty-one and life between church and bible studies was boring. Throw in the emotions of the divorce, looking for a relationship, disability and no big plans for my future in the mix it’s easy to find reason to drink. I won’t say I was a steady alcoholic but when I took the notion to drink I was going to get my fix. Unless something spontaneous happened I would binge drink once or twice a week. In the beginning it only took four beers to have enough but before I quit again I was drinking up to a twelve pack at a time. I wasn’t big on drinking hard liquor but sometimes would switch up the beer for mixed drinks. I must admit I had some good times while binge drinking and have many funny stories from being stupid while intoxicated. On the flip side it was never fun waking with a hangover and not remembering what I did because I drank so much I blacked out. What I regret most is how I talked to certain people if they wanted me to stop drinking or if I felt hostility toward them for any or no reason at all. Though it wasn’t all bad I am missing moments from my memory that I will never get back and more than anything that bothers me.

It is not good when we let any substance control us the way binge drinking was controlling my life. Drinking and drugs makes us act foolish, it takes away inhabitants and makes people braver than they then they should be. If they want to fight chances are they will find one even if they are disabled and could easily be beat up (Pr. 20:1). Getting drunk leads to debauchery which is any kind of sin or wickedness we can get into. We may think we are having fun while intoxicated but is it really fun or just temporary satisfaction to our flesh. Very rarely did I accomplish anything good when I passed the point of losing inhibition. We must be careful about the decisions we make in life especially in matters of the heart. We don’t want to be full of carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life because those things will lead us directly into a trap (Lk. 21:3). It is only by the grace of God that the traps I set for myself never had greater consequences than embarrassment, hangover, bumps and bruises. Drinking didn’t put me there but I ended up in the hospital and seriously examined my lifestyle while fighting for my life. I decided positive changes needed to be made before it was to late for me to do so. The dark deeds we used to do in the cover of night we must set aside and put on the armor of light. We must behave right not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. The only way to do this is to clothe ourselves with Christ, and not worry about gratifying the desires of the flesh (Rom. 13:12-14). At times it may seem like we have to give up everything fun to follow Christ but really the great adventure only begins when we surrender all to Him.

The mistakes we have made in the past do not have to be a source of guilt and shame to us. If we are no longer in that place obviously it was an experience for us to learn and grow from. If we are still there than we can have hope because it presents us the opportunity to take a negative and make it a positive. We must walk away from the traps we set for ourselves or they will be our undoing. We pain the Lord more if we fall and stay that way but it makes Him happy when we rise from our own undoing.

Lord help us to learn and grow from the places in our past that we are not proud of so we can grow past it. We have been translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light so we want to let it shine for you. When we are tempted to only satisfy our flesh help us to remember the clothes we wear look a lot like Christ. 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, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 
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Posted by on 08/29/2017 in Torches