Giving Thanks

Even with  COVID,  Political and Financial uncertainties, we all have much to be grateful for this year.  Maybe, just maybe if we spent more time thinking on that instead of our woes we would be in a better place? 

From all of us at FSM and FSMWO Happy Thanksgiving. 

Remembering All His Benefits

This message was originally preached on September 30, 2018.

It was 1519 in Leipzig, Germany, two centuries before Johann Sebastian Bach came to that city, became the music director in the church there, and wrote new music for every Sunday – a body of work which all of us have come to know and love. But about two centuries before Bach in Leipzig, a powerful force had been unleashed in Germany and all across Europe in the form of Martin Luther. Martin Luther was a Catholic monk, a very powerful personality, a very powerful figure and very capable teacher. He had posted his 95 Theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany – 95 theses, 95 issues that he felt needed to be addressed and corrected in the Roman Catholic Church

Source: Remembering All His Benefits

Saturday’s Military Devotional

The OTD series is not being published at the moment so I am utilizing their format to bring this to you:

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Today’s Reading

Psalm 103

A psalm of David in Praise for the Lord’s Mercies

We all need mercies, that is leniency or clemency for some offense intended or not; compassion and grace from those around us, charity (love) and forgiveness both given and received, forbearance (Self control), humanity, mildness, soft or tender-heartedness, kindness, sympathy or more so apathy, and tolerance to the point of being non-condemning but biblically sound at all times. 

David understood that all of these attributes are not found in natural man for he is steep in sin and worldly ways. So he praises God for all the mercies and grace bestowed. 

This psalm calls more for devotion than exposition; it is a most excellent psalm of praise, and of general use. The psalmist, I. Stirs up himself and his own soul to praise God (v. 1v. 2) for his favour to him in particular (v. 3-5), to the church in general, and to all good men, to whom he is, and will be, just, and kind, and constant (v. 6-18), and for his government of the world (v. 19). II. He desires the assistance of the holy angels, and all the works of God, in praising him (v. 20-22). In singing this psalm we must in a special manner get our hearts affected with the goodness of God and enlarged in love and thankfulness.¹


Today’s Questions

Say What?

Observation: What do I see? What verse(s) strike you as most meaningful?

So What?

Interpretation: What does it mean? Overall and the most meaningful verses?

Now What?

Application: How does it apply to me?

Then What?

Implementation: What do I do? How can I apply it to me today?

¹ = Matthew Henry’s Commentary

Other Resources: 
Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David