Pilgrim's Path Daily

Saturday, February 25, 2006


** God put His Cross where His Mouth Was - all along! ** Today's Bible Promise is ... "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." James 1:5



Lord, thank you for Your Seasons. After all, You invented Seasons - and that's HOW you Work, even today.

There are times and places for everything we know of - and even for many things of which we are oblivious! Ecclesiastes teaches us this. And, as there is a Season for all things - we can see that all Seasonal things come to an end. Hence our need for Patience, and that Trial of our Faith which the Bible tells us is more Precious to You than pure gold!

Father, Teach us to wait for You - and for Your Vision! Help us Learn to wait WITH You in our times (Seasons) of trial and affliction. Amen!

("In your patience, posses ye your souls!" -Lk21:19)

IMAGINE THAT! - 90 seconds on NEW scientific discoveries

Two different strains of archaic head lice have been discovered…leading to the realization that homo erectus was alive a lot longer than we previously thought…and they even interacted with homo sapiens! -- CLICK HERE

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NATURE WATCH - 90 seconds on natural wonders

In nature, looks can be deceiving. One robin-sized songbird is actually a skilled bird of prey. -- CLICK HERE

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C U R I O S I T Y !

Ever hear of a 'healthy imagination'? This usually means a vigorous, if not stubbornly dogged curiosity! 'Well, what's wrong with that', you ask?!

God INVENTED our imagination - didn't he? The answer is, yes, He did. But what FOR? That is, we are Stewards of ALL God Invented, including our own insatiable appetite, or lust for knowledge-control. But it is what we DO-WITH our Stewardship God will Judge.

The unbridled, out-of-control, self-consuming (self serving) quest for knowledge-at-any-cost is, quite literally, the Very Fruit of the Poisoned Tree! It was this lust for Forbidden Knowledge ('of Good and Evil') with which the Serpent tempted (seduced) Eve - and Eve, in turn, deceived Adam!

Spiritual Warfare occurs where two Wills are in opposition. Hardening occurs when One resists the other. God hardens those who resist Him, just as we resist God by hardening our hearts against Him. This spiritual resisting, if persisted, can only result in the destruction of the creature (without Creator, creature is no more!).

On the other hand, Union (Real-ationship) Occurs where there is Surrender, Submission, Yielding. As God CANNOT Change His Nature, it is the creature which MUST Submit to Love (God). As God has Subjected (Submitted or Concluded) the entire Creation to disobedience (unbelief) (Rom 11:32, see also Gal 3:22 & Rom 8:20) - all creatures are dependent on God's Mercy and Grace for any such Spiritual Re-Union. This is only Possible in Christ!

If we are to believe God and His Word, all any creature must do is ASK God for Wisdom, and He will grant it (in Jesus Christ, Who is "made unto us Wisdom"). Then where is our need for curiosity? Must we attempt to seize and steal what God has Graciously Offered and Given at great Cost to His Own Person? By no means! God Resists this (as all who attempt it are hardened!).

If we can know and distinguish others by their "Fruit" (behavior), as Jesus Teaches us - and if 'the fruit of the poisonous tree' is Forbidden knowledge - and if all we need is freely our's in-Christ for the asking - then why do we yet resist God?

If God says, "No!" - are we willing to comply? And if there is anything - ANYTHING AT ALL - that we need - we have but to ask God for it (Who Supplies all our needs), to receive it ... then where is curiosity?



In America, “Eternal Father” is oft­en called the “Na­vy Hymn,” be­cause it is sung at the Na­val Acad­e­my in An­na­po­lis, Ma­ry­land. It is al­so sung on ships of the Brit­ish Roy­al Na­vy and has been trans­lat­ed in­to French. It was the fa­vor­ite hymn of U.S. Pres­i­dent Frank­lin Roo­se­velt and was sung at his fun­er­al in Hyde Park, New York, Ap­ril 1945. The Na­vy Band played it in 1963 as U.S. Pre­si­dent John Ken­ne­dy’s bo­dy was car­ried up the steps of the U.S. Cap­i­tol to lie in state. Roo­se­velt served as Sec­re­ta­ry of the Na­vy, and Ken­ne­dy was a PT boat com­mand­er in World War II.

[The Wreck, by Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900)]
The Wreck, by Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900)

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who biddest the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy Word,
Who walked on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our family shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect us wheresoever we go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

Alternate verses:

Lord, guard and guide the men who fly
Through the great spaces in the sky.
Be with them always in the air,
In darkening storms or sunlight fair;
Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer,
For those in peril in the air!

Aloft in solitudes of space,
Uphold them with Thy saving grace.
Thou Who supports with tender might
The balanced birds in all their flight.
Lord, if the tempered winds be near,
That, having Thee, they know no fear.

Mary C. D. Hamilton (1915)

Eternal Father, Lord of hosts,
Watch o’er the men who guard our coasts.
Protect them from the raging seas
And give them light and life and peace.
Grant them from Thy great throne above
The shield and shelter of Thy love.

George H. Jenks, Jr., 1955. Jenks, band­mas­ter of the Unit­ed States Coast Guard, was di­rect­or of ca­det mu­sic­al ac­tiv­i­ties at the Coast Guard Acad­e­my, New Lon­don, Con­nec­ti­cut, when he wrote these words, which are known as the “Coast Guard Hymn.” It was first published in the Book of Worship for United States Forces in 1974.

God, Who dost still the restless foam,
Protect the ones we love at home.
Provide that they should always be
By Thine own grace both safe and free.
O Father, hear us when we pray
For those we love so far away.

Hugh Taylor (date unknown)

O Father, King of earth and sea,
We dedicate this ship to Thee.
In faith we send her on her way;
In faith to Thee we humbly pray:
O hear from Heaven our sailor’s cry
And watch and guard her from on high!

Author/date unknown

And when at length her course is run,
Her work for home and country done,
Of all the souls that in her sailed
Let not one life in Thee have failed;
But hear from Heaven our sailor’s cry,
And grant eternal life on high!

Author/date unknown

Thanks to the Cyber Hymnal for this wonderful online service!


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'Heavenly dew'

(J. C. Philpot, "The Doctrine which Drops as the
Rain, and the Speech which Distills as the Dew")

"My words descend like dew." Deuteronomy 32:2

The dew falls imperceptibly. No man can see it fall.
Yet its effects are visible in the morning. So it is with
the blessing of God upon His Word. It penetrates the
heart without noise; it sinks deep into the conscience
without anything visible going on. And as the dew
opens the pores of the earth and refreshes the ground
after the heat of a burning day, making vegetation lift
up its drooping head, so it is with the blessing of God
resting upon the soul.

Heavenly dew comes imperceptibly, falls quietly, and is
manifested chiefly by its effects, as softening, opening,
penetrating, and secretly causing every grace of the Spirit
to lift up its drooping head.

Whenever the Lord may have been pleased to bless our
souls, either in hearing, in reading, or in private meditation,
have not these been some of the effects? Silent, quiet,
imperceptible, yet producing an evident impression . . .
softening the heart when hard,
refreshing it when dry,
melting it when obdurate,
secretly keeping the soul alive, so that it neither withers
up by the burning sun of temptation, nor dies for lack of grace.

"May God give you the dew of heaven." Genesis 27:28

Thanks to the GRACE GEMS WEBSITE for this wonderful, online service!


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Pr 10:11
"The mouth of a righteous man is a well (fountain) of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked (but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence)."


  • ON 'FAITH' - (3:18 minutes)
  • ON 'WITH-NESS' - (3:13 minutes)

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"Strange gift indeed! - a thorn to prick,
To pierce into the very quick:
To cause perpetual sense of pain;
Strange gift! And yet, twas given for gain.

"Unwelcome, - yet it came to stay;
Nor could it e'en be prayed away.
It came to fill its God-planned place, -
A life-enriching means of grace.

"And he who bore it day by day,
Found Christ his power, his strength, his stay:
In weakness glorified, since thereby
The power of Christ might on him lie.

"Oh much-tried saint, with fainting heart,
The thorn with its perpetual smart,
With all its wearing ceaseless pain
Can be thy means of priceless gain.

"God's grace-thorns, - ah, what forms they take!
What piercing, smarting pain they make!
And yet, each one in love is sent,
And always just for blessing meant.

"And so, whate're thy thorn may be,
From God accept it willingly:
But reckon Christ, - His life - the power
To keep, in thy most trying hour.

"And sure - thy life will richer grow:
He grace sufficient will bestow:
And in Heaven's morn thy joy twill be
That, by His thorn, He strengthened thee."

--J. Danson Smith


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No Saint ever loses his -appetite- for sin! (carnal 'flesh', while yet mortal)

NOTABLE QUOTES (Various Authors)

  • "That the truths of the Bible have the power of awakening an intense moral feeling in every human being;
  • that they make bad men good, and send a pulse of healthful feeling through all the domestic, civil, and social relations;
  • that they teach men to love right, and hate wrong, and seek each other's welfare as children of a common Parent;
  • that they control the baleful passions of the heart, and thus make men proficient in self-government;
  • and finally that they teach man to aspire after conformity to a Being of infinite Holiness, and fill him with hopes more purifying, exalted, and suited to his nature than any other book the world has ever known --
  • these are FACTS as incontrovertible as the laws of philosophy, or the demonstrations of mathematics!"



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