Devotional Thought for Today – 04/17/2021

God’s Providential Blessing

Romans 8:28

Y’all are probably wondering what in the world a little trailer has to do with a daily devotional. Well, welcome to the latest addition to the FSM/FBM arsenal. For some time now I have been looking for a lightweight trailer or camper to pull behind the bike for whenever we (the wife and I or on cross country trip my grandson and I) are riding together. I need one to put the additional clothing, camping gear and secure my LARGE medic bag.

With the Heartland Heroes Tour coming up in just a few short weeks I must admit I was getting a little concerned I would not be able to find one that was suitable and we could afford. Then of course GOD stepped in. He had this planned way in advance, my daughter saw this on Facebook (irony) messaged the folks, I go and look at it, of course, we get to gabbin (it’s a southern thing) I explain all about #Mission M25 Ministries, #RFTW, #Tribute to Fallen Soldiers, and the other ministries we are involved in, being a Chaplain/Medic and a church building counsultant and all. So get around to price, they were asking $500.00 which was not unreasonable, when I go to pay them, they hand me the title and say put it to good use in the ministry for the glory of God, no charge. What? I am sure I had the dumbest look on my face.

I promised after I cleaned it up and get all the stickers off and add the ones we want, I would run it by and show them. We exchanged cards (felt like I was in Japan 😉) and agreed to stay in touch. Can you say HUGE BLESSING!

As always God is in total control, His great concern over our daily lives causes causes all things to work together…according to His plan and purpose. That is Divine Providence, it makes our wisest plans look dumb by comparison and our best endeavors weak.


Grace Gems

Our wisest plans and best endeavors!

(Letters of John Newton)

We are disciples – Jesus is our Master. The world we live in is His school, and every person and event is under His management, designed to forward us in the great lessons which He would have us to learn – such as . . . self-denial,  a distrust of creatures, and   an absolute dependence upon Himself.

In this view,
 afflictions – are mercies,  losses – are gains,  hindrances – are helps, and all things, even those which seem most contrary – are working together for our good.

Creatures smile upon us – or frown upon us; caress us – or disappoint us; friends grow cool – and enemies become kind – just as His wisdom sees most expedient to promote our spiritual progress.

Where we look for most blessing – it often comes to little; where we look for nothing – we often obtain most benefit.

Our wisest plans and best endeavors at one time produce great troubles! At another time, what we do at random, and what we account the most trifling incidents – are productive of happy, lasting, and extensive consequences.

It is well for us if, by a long train of such changing, checkered experiences – we at length attain to some proficiency, and can say with David, “My soul, wait only upon God; for my expectation is from Him.”

The heart possession of two maxims of Matthew Henry, is well worth all that the acquisition can cost us:
  1. Every creature is to us – only what God makes it.
  2. We cannot expect too little from man – nor too much from God.


In this school I am placed – and these lessons I am aiming to learn. But I am a poor scholar and indeed any master but He who condescends to be my teacher – would turn me out as an incorrigible dunce!

Yet I sincerely wish to be willing to be what, and where, and how the Lord would have me be – to cast all my cares simply upon Him, and to be always satisfied in my mind that He assuredly cares for me!

‘Chilling:’ Facebook Hammered for Censoring Story on Marxist BLM Co-Founder

True Conservatives Hub

Facebook has once again censored a story from the New York Post for the sole reason that it did not like the content, in perhaps the most blatant overstep yet by the tech giant.

On Saturday, the Post published a story detailing the home-buying spree of Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors. The outlet reported that the self-proclaimed Marxist has spent $3.2 million on four homes in the last few years and backed up its findings…

Source: https://trueconservativeshub.com/2021/04/17/chilling-facebook-hammered-for-censoring-story-on-marxist-blm-co-founder/

“When do Americans get their freedom back?” Jim Jordan and Fauci CLASH during the hearing on COVID-19

Editor’s note: In a hearing Thursday held by the House Coronavirus Crisis Subcommittee, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, went back and forth with Anthony Fauci, director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Read their full exchange on masks, social distancing, and more...

Source:https://www.dailysignal.com/2021/04/16/read-rep-jordans-exchange-with-fauci-over-when-mask-wearing-will-end/?

Censorship 😥

After 15 years on Facebook as an individual and 10 years of having FSM Ministry pages on Facebook, we were abruptly shut down yesterday. Initially the reason given was because we refused to follow political advertising guidelines. Of course we never ever have done any political advertising. Then it seems my past offending behaviours were the culprit.

Whatever the case FB cares nothing of all the help FSM has done to countless individuals including help in preventing suicides, educating folks on alternatives to abortion, bible lessons, daily devotionals, and so much more.

Please pray for those who would oppose the work of God at all levels and that we here at FSMandFSMWO will find a better platform for the message of hope to go forward.

Jefferson’s views on Jesus, Religious Freedom, Rights of Conscience, Government, Indians, Islam, Slavery & more

American Minute with Bill Federer

Inscribed on the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC, are his words: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.”

Thomas Jefferson was born APRIL 13, 1743. He was baptized in the Anglican Church. His father died when he was 14 years old. In 1760, he began attending the College of William and Mary, where he was educated by Anglican ministers and professors.

Continued at Source

Devotional Thought for Today – 04/14/2021

Comfort for the Grieving, Hurting, and Dying Series – Part XI

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Yesterday we looked at some dos and don’ts of Chaplaincy. Today I would like to explore two things, first the difference between Chaplains and Pastors, and the various positions or jobs that a Chaplain can hold.

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I am convinced that Chaplaincy or any Ministerial position (Pastor, elder, etc.) must be more than a job it needs to be both a calling from God and a gift of the Holy Spirit. If we approach this like any other (secular) job, what happens when we grow bored, are tired, or get a little burnt out? Do we quit on God? Trust me all of those are a reality in the hard roles of Chaplains.

Chaplains and Pastors usually differ in that usually whereever a Chaplain is serving there is not a Chaplain for every Christian denomination. In fact they maybe the only Chaplain for all denominations (this is real common in smaller jail settings; for example I was the only Chaplain for a 250+ person facility that housed Buddhists, Catholics, Muslims, Protestants, and others.) Pastors on the other hand rarely have a need to minister outside their church or denomination. Of course there are exceptions to both but the “norm” is such.

What is most important for us as Chaplains is what I have continued to refer to as our mission to provide compassion, care, comfort, and counsel no matter the individuals personal beliefs.

The roles of Chaplains are many. The Association of Professional Chaplains says: A chaplain is an individual who is ordained or endorsed by a faith group to provide chaplaincy care in diverse settings including, but not limited to:

  • Colleges and Universities
  • Corrections
  • Hospice
  • Hospitals
  • Long-Term Care
  • Mental Health
  • Military
  • Palliative Care
  • Sports Teams
  • Workplace

Here are some I think are also critical:

  • Business/Corporate
  • Crisis/Disaster Relief
  • NGO’s and other Private Organizations
  • Public Safety (Fire, Police, Etc.)

Can you add to the list? We will explore each in more detail over the next couple of days.

Devotional Thought for Today – 04/13/2021

Comfort for the Grieving, Hurting, and Dying Series – Part X

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Over the past 9 articles, we have looked at the basics of what a Chaplain/Ministerial duties or mission is (provide compassionate care, comfort, and counsel) and the Stages of Grief. We noted the importance of understanding what stage an individual is in so that we can better minister to their needs.

Today I would like to discuss some dos and don’ts that I have gleaned over the years. As a reminder, my primary duties as Chaplain have been with inmates (and ex-mates) and veterans, of that population however quite a few have had mental health, serious physical, terminal illness, or other issues that I hope to relate to all areas of Chaplaincy.

Some of the things I find most important when dealing with individuals in the Stages of Grief, or the DO’s (I put them in alphabetical order)

  • Affirmation – reassure them that the feelings of grief are normal and support them in the process.
  • Acknowledgment– Do not try and sugarcoat the situation. I am not suggesting we be blunt, rude, or anything of that nature. I am referring to the language that Paul mentions in Ephesians 4:29, Colossians 4:6.
  • Empathize – One of the best explanations for this I studied explained it this way; Pity: I acknowledge your suffering, Sympathy: I care about your suffering, Empathy: I feel your suffering, Compassion: I want to relieve your suffering. In short, empathy is sharing feelings of Grief with the individual, while Sympathy is feeling sorry for them. No one wants you to throw a pity party for them or feel sorry for them, they need you as a professional to provide Compassionate Empathy.
  • Listen – I do not care if you have to sit there for 15-20 minutes before they say 3 words, be willing to listen. everyone has a story and 99.9% need to tell it.
  • Listen without Judgement – Folks will not talk if they think you are going to censor their speech.
  • Truth – Always be truthful, if you don’t have an answer say so, do not “wing it” folks will see right through that.

Some of the most common MISTAKES I find when dealing with individuals in the Stages of Grief, or the DON’Ts (I put them in alphabetical order)

  • AdviceMy advice to you is…, that is not our mission, they are going to get that from the Job’s of the world. Stick to the mission and use biblical counseling.
  • Assume – Never assume you know what they need, yes they need Care, Comfort, and Counsel, but I am speaking of the application of that here.
  • CichésThey are in a better place now, It was God’s will, or At least he/she is not suffering. These may all be true but are of no help especially in the initial stages of Grief.
  • Criticism – Even unintentional, saying something seemingly as harmless as, I know but you can… tells them that you think they are doing something wrong and are criticizing or judging their actions. They are suffering enough we need not pile it on.
  • Mr. or Mrs. Fix It – Never promise what you can not do. Sometimes there are individuals beyond our help that need professional counselors.
  • Pity – See Empathize above
  • Story Time – Unless directly asked keep your war stories to yourself. They only distract from the issues at hand.

I hope these are a help, when I first became a Chaplain I was basically thrown to the wolves, with no training so I made many mistakes listed above. If you have anything to add to either list please comment below.


Prayer

Heavenly Father, I pray that no unwholesome words would proceed from my mouth, but that the words of my lips and the meditation of my heart may be gracious and good. I pray that my speech would give compassionate care, comfort and counsel to those whom I meet. All the while giving honour to Your name by speaking the truth in love. This I ask in Jesus’ name, AMEN.

Modified from Source: https://prayer.knowing-jesus.com/Ephesians/4/29


Crisis Hotlines

855-FAQ-HOSPICE (327-4677) – Hospice Hotline

1-800-662-HELP (4357) Mental Health Hotline

1-800-273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Hotline

1-800-273-8255 Veterans Crisis Hotline

1-800-985-5990 Disaster Distress Hotline

Pro-Life News Updates (Various Sources)


Abortions worldwide this year:

😥 11,937,150 😪

The number of abortions performed worldwide so far this year and counting.

This corresponds to approximately 125,000 abortions per day. In the USA, where nearly half of pregnancies are unintended and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion [1], there are over 3,000 abortions per day. Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies in the USA (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion. [2]

Stats are from https://www.worldometers.info/abortions/


Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest provider and promoter of abortion.  In 2019, Planned Parenthood performed 345,672 abortions.  Only 4,279 patients were referred to outside agencies for adoptions; therefore, abortions outnumbered adoption referrals by nearly 81 to 1.  According to their 2019 annual report, Planned Parenthood received $616,800,000 from taxpayers and made a profit of $110,500,000.

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Abortion much more than a dollars-and-cents decision


Stand 4 Life

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Judge Prohibits Release of Undercover Pro-Life Activist’s Recordings – Washington Free Beacon

What My Miscarriage Taught Me

Undercover Videos Protected for Animal-Rights Activists, but Not Pro-Life Ones | National Review

Fetal Personhood and the Law: Some Emails | National Review

The Left Does Not Like the Supreme Court’s Recent Decisions

Michigan deputies rescue 4-month-old baby boy abandoned on creek bank, suffering from hypothermia

Wyoming Governor Signs Born Alive Act

Abortion Industry Puts Its Cruel Paws on Pet Dogs


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Pro-Life News Report

Top Stories

 Catholic Nun Claims Supporting Abortion is the “Real Pro-Life Stance”
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Read these news stories and more at LifeNews.com


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Local judge invalidates Kansas law barring the dismemberment of living unborn babies

Abortionist, herself 18 weeks pregnant, feels her own baby kick while aborting 18 week old unborn baby

“Born-Alive” bills and the 2021 legislative session

30,000 Physicians Respond to ACOG claims that elective abortions are “essential healthcare”

Pro-life former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brilliantly critiques Biden administration for paving the way for PPFA to receive tens of millions of dollars of family planning money

MIRACLE: Noah Wall, born with just 2% of his brain, celebrates 9th birthday

Behind the Abortion Industry’s Obsession with At-Home Chemical Abortions

Vermont’s terrible Proposal 5 would “enshrine” unlimited, unregulated abortion rights!

Second Chances at Life Act passes West Virginia Senate 27-6, Now Awaits Governor’s Signature

Document reveals how pro-abortion movement came up with term “pro-choice”

‘Dignity in dying’ legislation fails in France and Latvia

News to Ponder (Various Sources)

As always; these are opinion and news pieces mainly from a conservative constitutionalist view and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs, doctrine, and views of this ministry or any individual associated with it. They are provided for and intended for individuals to be able to read and form their own opinions and views on issues at hand. (Sad that we even have to explain this!)


LifeZette

Kevin McCarthy Blasts Vaccine Passport Mandate As ‘Something You’d Expect In Communist China’

Gretchen Whitmer Begs Michigan Residents To Avoid Indoor Dining For Two Weeks

West Virginia Attorney General Threatens To Sue Biden For His Gun Control Executive Actions

Biden Considers Sending YOUR Money To Pay Illegals To Stay Away

Sunny Hostin Claims On ‘The View’ That GOP Is Losing Moderates Because They’re ‘Embracing White Supremacists’


Blaze Media

Rep. Dan Crenshaw reveals he is going ‘pretty much off the grid’ after emergency surgery

David Hogg quits progressive pillow company he founded to compete with Mike Lindell, Twitter reacts

White House answered fake reporter’s questions for weeks before press corps exposed her to be ‘Lego’ video gamer

WATCH: Christians tear down fences around shuttered Canadian church, the government sends in 200 riot police

US Navy ripped for adding face mask to bald eagle logo: ‘China, Iran, and Russia are laughing at us’

Pelosi, Sanders move goalposts on massive infrastructure bill, claim it’s about ‘human infrastructure’

Harry Reid warns Democrats against packing Supreme Court with liberal justices: ‘Be very, very careful’

Portland rioters barricade door and set fire to ICE building with federal agents inside: ‘Burn the precinct to the ground!’

Capitol Police send cops to podcaster’s home because someone else replied to his tweet with a threat toward AOC

Video shows Chicken Express employee launch out of drive-thru window to assault customer over alleged discount dispute

Did Joe Biden tell America to stop praying?

Los Angeles Times gets torn to shreds for claiming that mispronouncing Asian names is ‘casual racism’

Gun rights advocates raise alarm over Biden ATF pick, who was agent involved in Waco massacre case

Top Whitmer aide travels to Florida despite Michigan governor issuing spring break travel warning


White Lives Matter Protesters Clash with Counter-Protesters in Huntington Beach

Antifa Sets Fire to Portland ICE HQ With People Inside

Full Blown Crisis: Biden Admin to Begin Housing Migrants at Internment Camp

Let the Gun Grab Begin

BLM Founder Branded “Fraud” After Buying Million-Dollar Home

Biden Is Radically Transforming America Far Faster Than Obama Dreamed

Supreme Court Blocks California’s Restrictions On In-home Religious Gatherings

In Saturday speech, Trump OPENS door for 2024 and DeSantis is at the entrance.

Biden to send kids to former Japanese internment camp site


The Mendacity of Joe Biden and the Ruling Elites

US Supreme Court: Gun Licensing Fees Are Unconstitutional

Fixing Racism by Being Racist?

Around the World of Woke in 80 Days

Pete Buttigieg called out by Chris Wallace (!) on lies about phony ‘infrastructure’ bill

VP Harris is hiding because she’s got nothing to say

Americans slouching toward Gomorrah

Another, Clearer Take on the Chauvin Trial

Russia and the New Middle East: Russia’s Predicaments both Foreign and Domestic

Red States: Our Last Bastion of Defense

Guns of April and Global War

Our Honesty Crisis: How We Talk about Race

Leftists will say anything to keep people masked

Biden’s planned gun control actions do not pass muster

The high school girls continue to be in charge of the military

Under Biden, the redistribution of wealth is back

Crime is up, and Democrats still blame guns


Conservative Freedom Network

A Political Power Grab: Biden Creates Commission To Study Packing The Supreme Court

Hundreds Of Sheriffs Call On Biden To Finish Trump’s Border Wall, Stop Gangs, Guns, Dangerous Drugs Entering U.S.

Trump, Other Potential GOP Contenders, Gathering At Major Retreat

Meet Joe Biden’s ATF Head: He Wants You To Register Your Rifles

Tennessee The 20th State To Abolish Concealed Permit Requirement

Biden HHS Spending $60 Million Each Week To House Migrant Children


ICYMI: Supreme Court Punted on Protections for Religion in Workplace. Justice Gorsuch Wasn’t Having It.

Heritage Explains Biden’s Gun Control Agenda

9 Things You Need to Know About Biden’s ‘Infrastructure’ Spending Plan

Eliminating the ‘Gender Pay Gap’ Would Do More Harm Than Good

Biden ‘Environmental Justice’ Appointees Equate Energy Production, Fossil Fuels With Racism

Left Is Using Supreme Court Commission to Change Court’s Decisions, Not to Improve It

Coca-Cola, MLB, and Everyone Spreading Lies About Georgia Voting Law Should Be Ashamed of Themselves

Biden’s Appropriations Budget Proposal Is Unreasonable, Irresponsible

How Conservatives Can Reclaim Narrative on Environment

Prince Philip Was an Inspiration to the British People

How to teach kids good values

NEW FIRESIDE CHAT

Fireside Chat Ep.181

You guys have been asking us for YEARS to make kid-specific content. We heard you! PREP is up and running, and it is already bringing thousands of kindred spirits together. Parents across the country are standing up and speaking out against Critical Race Theory and other toxic curricula in their schools. 

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