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TITLE:  5 Kernels of Corn
TEXT:  Psalm 103:1-5
PROPOSITION:  We have much for which to express gratitude.
KEY WORD:  Kernels


  1. Over 300 years ago – struggled to survive the harsh winters
  2. William Brewster – plate of clams and cold water – said he was grateful to God “for the abundance of the sea and the treasures hid in the sand.”
  3. Pilgrims had a custom of placing 5 kernels of corn on each plate.
    Each person would pick up a kernel and express appreciation for something
  4. Story of family – 5 kernels one each plate – small boy – thanks for (1) daddy, (2) mommy, (3) sister, (4) pet dog, - (5) he was thankful there are only 5 kernels of corn
  5. In our text, God mentions 5 kernels of corn for us to think about this Thanksgiving.

 Forgiveness – vs. 3a – “Who forgives all your iniquities”

  1. Psalm 86:5 – You, O Lord, are good and ready to forgive
  2. 1 John 1:9 – Confess sins, faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us

 Healing – vs. 3b – “Who heals all your diseases”

  1. James 5:15 – The prayer of faith will save the sick
  2. 3 John 1:2 – I pray that you be in health – as your soul prospers

 Redemption – vs. 4a – “ Who redeems your life from destruction”

  1. Ephesians 1:7 – In Him we have redemption through His blood
  2. Hebrews 9:12 – By His own blood … having obtained eternal redemption

 Loving Kindness – vs. 4b – “Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies”

  1. Hebrew word – Hased – God’s special care, protection, providence over His children
  2. This describes a God who watches, protects, loves, and provides
  3. I reject the idea of “guardian angels” – God is my bodyguard

 Renewal – vs. 5 – “Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

  1. 2 Corinthians 4:16 – Inward man is renewed day by day
  2. Romans 12:2 - Be transformed by the renewing of your mind

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