Pilgrim's Path Daily

Sunday, December 25, 2005

::: MERRY ::: CHRISTMAS! :::

DAILY BIBLE PROMISE

** God put His Cross where His Mouth Was - all along! ** Today's Bible Promise is ... "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, [which is] new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and [I will write upon him] my new name." Rev 3:12

DAILY THANKSGIVING

FELLOWSHIP:

Thank you lord for relationships. Other creatures live here too - and I can get to know them, and share things with them. I enjoy this. Thank you for the fellowship of other creatures. But the Fellowship I most appreciate is that Oneness we have with You in Christ. Family was special to Jesus, as He named any who will obey and serve His Father as His Brother or Sister. Again, Lord - thank you for Relationship!

IMAGINE THAT! - New scientific discoveries

Zoom TV, hosted entirely by kids, shows us that there are still television programs out there that are beneficial. CLICK HERE

For the archive page, CLICK HERE

NATURE WATCH - 90 seconds on natural wonders

Though not native to North America, Starlings are now so numerous here that they have become a serious problem in some areas. CLICK HERE

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FOTO TOTO?

Ahhh!, family!

Curious - they don't even look alike! But aren't they a pair? Snugglers, the two of them. And schmoochie-close, too! Nose to nose - whiskers intermingled.

Getting close to another soul is (or can be) a very precious thing. It's all about sharing. Doing things together - having things in common. When we share a thing, it enlarges that thing, somehow. Or maybe it just enlarges - US??

Believe it or not - this is just what Jesus Christ Came as a Babe - to later Die as a Man - FOR. Togetherness. One-ness. With-ness. Real-ationship. Us with Him, and He and we with our Father - God. Abiding - together. Family.

The doggie and the cat in this shot are currently oblivious of any differences they may (otherwise) have. In 'Morpheus' they share oblivion. In slumber they cuddle together as though the other is their own. And so they seem.

In Christ all are One with God - and Family. And from one of your Brothers in-Christ - as a member of Christ's Body and your Family, I wish you and those you love,

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

DAILY HYMN (LYRICS & MUSIC)


Thanks to the Cyber Hymnal for this wonderful online service!

PODCAST - DAILY DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

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CHRISTIAN STUDY RESOURCES

"SOUL FOOD"
A Book By G. D. Watson [A 19th Century Deeper-Life Author]
CHAPTER 22: "LET GOD!"

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The name of God occurs thirty-five times in the first thirty-five verses in Genesis; and the word "let" occurs fourteen times in the same verses. The number thirty-five is five times the religious number seven, and fourteen is twice the religious number, and put together they make seven times seven, which is the Pentecostal number of Scripture; so that the words "let God" form the key to the religious life, and the key to the Pentecostal measure of that life. The first "let" is, "Let there be light," and the last is, "Let them have dominion over all things." So that from the first dawn of divine light in the soul up to the glorious kingdom in the new earth, the secret of every step is to be so utterly yielded to the unfolding will of God as to let Him work in us, and be us, and for us.

When we are seeking pardon, how all our mental powers are tangled in darkness, all our heart rent with such mingled emotions of fear, hope, and sorrow; how our will struggled like a chained animal, till in self-despair we throw ourselves for weal or woe into the hands of Jesus, and just let Him save us!

Then when, as believers, we are heart-sick over our interior sinfulness of nature, and longing for inward rest and purity of soul, after so many sore conflicts and unexplainable alternations between light and darkness, we are brought to a crisis, and the little words, "let God," are the only outlet from self-struggling into the calm, sweet rest of the cleansing power of Jesus. Those who receive Jesus for the healing of their bodies have the same lesson of "let God" to learn over again. How much physical or mental suffering we endure, how many swingings of hope and fear between sanity and insanity, between life and death, how many tossings of argument in the reason for and against divine healing, before one learns to yield all the ills of the body to the healing will of Jesus, and without a struggle or an anxiety just "let" Him pour the health-virtue of His precious body through every part of the being. And then, in addition to these definite steps of "letting God," there are numerous instances in the seeking of larger enduements of the Holy Spirit, in the department of God's providences, where we have to learn over and over again to cease from all our planning, all our imaginings of ways and means, all our uneasiness or care, and just calmly, sweetly, patiently, humbly "let God" manage and work in us and for us along lines beyond all our dreaming. These words " let God" are the latch to hundreds of doors in the vast palaces of divine life and providence. The Lord has ways of shutting up His children at times in mysterious providential walls, through which all their ingenuity and labor can make no door. How often they strive to break through impenetrable walls of limitation and difficulty, think of ways and agencies of getting through till the brain aches, when at last they lie helpless and limp, and consent to "let God" do good as He pleases; when lo! the iron gates of circumstance and hindrances open noiselessly of their own accord. (See Acts 22 : 10.) Because we have "let God" convert, or sanctify, or heal us, does not insure a perpetual letting of God in all other matters and directions. As a rule, we have to learn to "let God" do in us and for us, over a great many times and in a variety of things, before we from a fixed habit of always letting Him.

It is only by an intimate union with the Holy Spirit, causing our innermost being to move in steady harmony with God, that we can be ready at every sharp turn and under all sorts of circumstances to "let God" mould and move all our welfare according to His best purpose. It is not a cold fatalism or stoical indifference to God's will, but a warn, bright gulfstream of Holy Ghost life, in which all the choices, motives, intentions, affections, and volitions steadily coincide and co-operate with God's will concerning us. "Let the peace of God rule in your heart," "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly," "Let not your heart be troubled." Let God have all your inner and outer difficulties just as they are, without moving a finger to tinker them up. Let the slow, imperceptible, noiseless ocean of omnipotence flow into you, into your being, your life, your troubles, your friends, foes, finances, into that unexplainable mystery which perplexes you, into that very thing that just now weighs upon you.

From this moment lift the latch of your will, and let that eternal, silent sea of love, in which all the angels, and the worlds, and all ages float, take possession of you and yours forever. If from the very depths of our hearts we yield a constant, loving "let" to God, then He, through the eternal spirit, will speak into us and for us all these fourteen "lets" of His marvelous creation, from "Let there be light," to "Let him have dominion over" all things.

DAILY BIBLE PROVERB

Pr 5:22,23 "The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is caught in the toils of his sin. He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is lost."

PODCAST - DAILY AUDIO DEVOTIONALS

  • ON 'ADVENT' - (11:21 minutes)

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DAILY POEM

A Christmas Version of 1 Corinthians 13


If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another cook.


If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata, but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.


Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.


Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.


Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.

Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can't.


Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails.


Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure.
Merry Christmas to you and your's!

God be with you till we meet again; By His counsels guide, uphold you, With His sheep securely fold you; God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again; Neath His wings protecting hide you; Daily manna still provide you; God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again; With the oil of joy anoint you; Sacred ministries appoint you; God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again; When life?s perils thick confound you; Put His arms unfailing round you; God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again; Of His promises remind you; For life?s upper garner bind you; God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again; Sicknesses and sorrows taking, Never leaving or forsaking; God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again; Keep love?s banner floating o?er you, Strike death?s threatening wave before you; God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again; Ended when for you earth?s story, Israel?s chariot sweep to glory; God be with you till we meet again.
--Jeremiah Eames Rankin, 1880

DAILY AUDIO PODCAST

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DAILY PERSONAL PROVERB (--Dennis Rideout)

Jesus Emptied Himself to fill us with ..HIM!

NOTABLE QUOTES (Various Authors)

"A cup, filled to the brim with sweetness, cannot spill even the tiniest drop of bitteness, even when suddenly jarred!"

--Amy Charmichael, 'IF' (See 1 Cor 13:4-7)

::: MERRY ::: CHRISTMAS! :::