Pilgrim's Path Daily

Thursday, December 15, 2005

DAILY BIBLE PROMISE

** God put His Cross where His Mouth Was - all along! ** Today's Bible Promise is ... "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Heb 13:5

DAILY THANKSGIVING

2 Chr 31:2 "And Hezekiah appointed the courses of the priests and the Levites after their courses, every man according to his service, the priests and Levites for burnt offerings and for peace offerings, to minister, and to give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the tents of the LORD."

IMAGINE THAT! - New scientific discoveries

BIRN, an infomatics network, is now in place in hopes that scientists can make more discoveries by sharing their data and projects. CLICK HERE

For the archive page, CLICK HERE

NATURE WATCH - 90 seconds on natural wonders

We usually think of bird mating and breeding as springtime activities, but one population of Bald Eagles breed in the winter. CLICK HERE

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FOTO TOTO?

An Act of God??

Lately, there has been one catastrophy after disaster - all over the world. Seems like 'mother nature' is trying to out-do herself!

When something horrible or otherwise unexplainable occurs, man likes to call these things 'Acts of God'. Unfortunate.

God certainly made nature, and can also control it. But this world is yet ruled by wickedness - an outlaw realm of the prince of fools.

Superstition is religious ignorance - exposed! God forces nothing on us, against our will. And we choose to do things God's Way, or our own. Either way, there are consequences.

It is as mindless to accuse God of all unexplained evil, as it is to stand against the Devil for any and all sufferings, afflictions or trials that may have been from God - all along!

Next time you are arrested by some mystery or phenomenon you cannot explain, try turning to God just then, and asking HIM all about it. But if you do - be prepared to Hear what God Says, and then Comply - accordingly!

God is Good - and so is His ultimate END for all those who will acknowledge (read 'Fear') Him in the midst of our unknown, Pilgrim's Walk!

DAILY HYMN (LYRICS & MUSIC)


Thanks to the Cyber Hymnal for this wonderful online service!

PODCAST - DAILY DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

Fossilized humanoid footprints, millions of years old, are speculated as those from Angels!
Ever notice how some folks get all hung-up, and sorta bent outa shape about those things that interest them? You know - those things that we have a little knowledge of? Jumping to conclusions and running of half-cocked is typical - for ALL of us. Just as exaggeration and engrossment is. Or prevarication & procrastination. But there are many things in the world we live in which make it clear we are awash in mysteries of all kinds. The fossil record stands as solid proof of ancient ages past where things went on and creatures lived and roamed here, about which we know nothing. That is one thing. But to fill in the gaps with nothing more than sheer, imaginative speculations, suppositions and superstitions - while it may be entertaining - is quite dangerous. We are so stupid, we tend to believe what we are frequently exposed to. Nevermind how real, genuine or true it may or may not be. Because some folks are determined to believe a certain way - when faced with overwhelming evidence to the contrary - a million-year-old human footprint in solid rock - they make up some notion that this must be an Angel's print, as they know the Angelic Creation preceded our own. Is it really so hard to admit - we just DON'T KNOW? The answer is, yes - it is. Carnal imagination was man's doom in Noah's day - so God says. And, as Jesus has told us, so it is also today! But we rush to war against whatever we choose either to ignore, or cannot tolerate. Faith has no struggle with fact. Indeed, the lodestone of science is said to be its demand for proof by demonstration. As such, God also Proves all Faith - by Demonstration. But there are Mysteries. And man's carnal teeth-gnashing at them - or stubborn denial and defiant refusal to admit them - only digs his vain grave a bit deeper. God KNOWS. But even the timid thought of approaching God with such inquiry scathes the very hide off our pride. But God not only KNOWS, but also SHOWS! So there is no excuse. Having eyes wide SHUT, and ears well STUFFED, carnal man assures himself of what he prefers to pretend - and so, perishes by ignorance! God is never mocked - nor conned - nor confused. Have we a question? CAN we simply go to God and ASK Him - as He SAYS WE CAN? Do we dare believe God in this? And if we did - would we ACCEPT His Response? (O my!)

CHRISTIAN STUDY RESOURCES

"SOUL FOOD"
A Book By G. D. Watson [A 19th Century Deeper-Life Author]
CHAPTER 13: "IN DEEPER DEGREES"

To HEAR this chapter, CLICK HERE
(To HEAR the PREVIOUS Chapter, CLICK HERE)

The same truths we learn or experience in the beginning of religious life can be so broadened and intensified to us by the Holy Spirit that they seem new to us; hence the same terms we used to express ourselves by are inadequate to convey the deeper meaning of our hearts. Suppose a young child, a grown person recently converted, a perfected and anointed believer, a disembodied saint in heaven, and one of the oldest angels, were all standing together, and should all repeat in concert the words, "God is love!" What an almost infinite difference there would be in the meaning of those words to each of the five persons respecting the words. While the words are the same, yet, in the apprehension of their significance, there is as great disparity as between a drop of water and the ocean.

There are very few enlargements of the heart in Divine things till the believer passes the Jordan of sanctification; and even then the great expansions and uplifts into the supernatural life of the Holy Ghost will depend on many conditions.

All the words of God are susceptible to innumerable degrees of meaning, so that the same passage can be fulfilled in us over and over, in a deeper measure, until it hardly seems the same Scripture it used to be; and even in the resurrection and glorified states, we will find the words of the Bible accomplished in us in a measure beyond all our present dreams of their meaning. This thought is eminently true when applied to the manifestation of Christ to our inner spirit.

Just suppose we could open every Christian mind on earth, and get a correct picture of what each one has of the Lord Jesus in his or her heart. What a picture gallery it would make! What the blessed Jesus is to us in our heart and mind, measures what we are to Him and for Him. It is the operation of the Holy Spirit upon our perceptions, mostly in secret prayer, by which Jesus grows on us, till all our early views of Him are eclipsed by deeper and sweeter visions of His person and character. Of this widening perception of Christ in the mind, Faber very sweetly sings:

"Thou broadenest out with every year,
Each breadth of life to meet,
I scarce can think Thou art the same,
Thou art so much more sweet.

"With age Thou growest more divine,
More glorious than before,
I fear Thee with a deeper fear,
Because I love Thee more.

"Changed and not changed, Thy present charms,
Thy past ones only prove,
Oh, make my heart more strong to bear
This newness of Thy love.

"Jesus! what hast Thou grown to now?
A joy, all joys above,
Something more sacred than a fear,
More tender than a love.

"With gentle swiftness lead me on,
Dear God! to see Thy face;
And meanwhile in my narrow heart,
Oh, make Thyself more space!"

The newness that Faber speaks of is not really in Jesus or His love, but in our newer apprehension of Him. Oh, what an unlimited field of work the Spirit has to open up all our capabilities to the perceiving and receiving of the riches of Christ!

It often happens that, just after coming through some great loss, or crushing sorrow, or dark trial, that the heart will get a broader, brighter, sweeter view of the Lord than ever in the past, as if the stretching of the soul by intense suffering has qualified it for an outlet into the depths of God.

There are riches in Jesus which can be opened to us in prayer, for which there are no corresponding words in our language; traits of His character, insights into His God-man personality, glimpses of glory, emotions imparted from Him, unutterable charms revealed to us, which work swift wonders and enlargement in us, but which we are unable to interpret to anyone else. Paul's vision into God may have been a thousand-fold deeper than anything I ever had, when he exclaimed, "Oh, the depth of the riches!" But after eighteen centuries in a sea of glory, what must be his vision of those riches to-day!

Inasmuch as every truth of Scripture is susceptible to being manifested to our souls in an almost unlimited degree of pungency, clearness and force, we should diligently seek for the Holy Spirit to continually increase these things in us. The depth and altitudes of Divine things can not be had by chance, or under the delusion that God will work them in us anyhow, if we only lie passive in His hand. There are many times and things in which our only true work is to lie passive in God's will, but in other things it requires thoughtfulness, constant, persevering co-operation -WITH- the Spirit, to reach the ever- widening fullness of His promises.

As our days go by, the feeling of repentance, of sorrow for sin, of self-nothingness, of gentleness of thought, of tenderness for others, of the vividness of Jesus and His coming, and the reality of all eternal things, should steadily grow in brighter colors and hotter emotions in our souls. Only see how dull and sluggish all our nature is toward Divine realities; that even after we have been converted and sanctified, the awful effect of the morphine of sin has left such a deposit of indolence and mental stupidity in us as to demand incessant zeal to realize the brightness and power of heavenly things.

Soon -- oh, soon! -- we are to stand right in the blazing realities of God and eternity, and all our faculties are hardly half awake. Do we often think of that inexpressible hour when we shall gaze on our precious Jesus for the first time? Have we seriously determined in union -WITH- the Holy Ghost that all spiritual things shall be more and more real to us? God looks at the determinations of our hearts, and if we want the Holy Spirit to make things powerful to us, we must determine that He shall.

WORSHIP AND DEVOTIONAL MUSIC


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DAILY BIBLE PROVERB

Pr 4:20-22 "My son, attend (be attentive) to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health (healing) to all their flesh"

PODCAST - DAILY AUDIO DEVOTIONALS

DAILY POEM

"Men may misjudge thy aim, think they have cause to blame, say thou art wrong...

Keep on thy quiet Way, Christ is the Judge, not they

-- Fear not, be strong!"

--Anonymous

DAILY AUDIO PODCAST

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DAILY PERSONAL PROVERB (--Dennis Rideout)

Man's will is only truly 'Free' In-Christ!

NOTABLE QUOTES (Various Authors)

"After reading the philosophies of Plato, Socrates, or Aristotle, we feel that the specific difference between their words and Christ's is the difference between an inquiry and a Revelation!"

--Joseph Parker

MUSIC APPRECIATION FOR TODAY


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