Pilgrim's Path Daily

Thursday, April 06, 2006

DAILY BIBLE PROMISE

** God put His Cross where His Mouth Was - all along! ** Today's Bible Promise is ... "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him." Jn 14:21

'DAILY LIGHT ON THE DAILY PATH' (circa. 1875)

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MORNING

He ever liveth to make intercession.

W HO is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, . . . who also maketh intercession for us.--Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.

If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.--There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

Seeing . . . that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.--Through him we . . . have access by one Spirit unto the Father.


HEB. 7. 25. Ro. 8. 34.--He. 9. 24.
1 John 2. 1.--1 Ti. 2. 5. He. 4. 14-16.--
Ep. 2. 18.


EVENING

They that know thy name will put their
trust in thee.

T HIS is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.--I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.

His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor.--O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

The mighty God, The everlasting Father.--I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

The Prince of Peace.--He is our peace.--Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.--Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help.--As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it.

PSA. 9. 10. Je. 23. 6.--Ps. 71. 16. Is. 9. 6.--
Je. 10. 23. Is. 9. 6.--2 Ti. 1. 12. Is. 9. 6.--
Ep. 2. 14.--Ro. 5. 1. Pr. 18. 10.--Is. 31. 1.--
Is. 31. 5.

Thanks to the Restoration Movement for this wonderful online service!

DAILY THANKSGIVING

PURE WATER:
Lord, I realize that in many countries, lots of folks do not have access to clean, pure water - and because of this there is terrible illness and suffering.

There are new technologies and very inexpensive new ways and means by which these people can now purify their stagnant waters - and I would ask You, Lord to stir up those people responsible and encourage them to get these new inventions into the hands of those who need them so desperately.

As for me, thank you Lord for the clean water you have always provided.

IMAGINE THAT! - 90 seconds on NEW scientific discoveries

Keeping Languages alive --
You’ve heard the expression “dead languages.” Now, researchers are finding ways to bring lost tongues back to life. CLICK HERE


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'MY LAST WORDS WERE ... '

(In fear of getting in trouble, when caught & guilty:) "Well, I didn't mean it - REALLY, I didn't!"

Mt 12: 36, 37
"But I say unto you, That every idle (careless) word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."

NATURE WATCH - 90 seconds on natural wonders

Bird Baths -
You can set up a birdbath in your yard, but birds will refuse to drink from or bathe in it unless it meets their specifications. CLICK HERE


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FOTO TOTO?

Hiding, are we??

Perhaps my favorite story in the whole of Scriptural Literature is the tiny Book of Jonah. The 'Dove'. That's what 'Jonah' means.

The curtain goes up on this brief glimpse into a Love-spat between God and one of His very most prized Possessions - this man named, 'Dove'. Jonah is high-tailing it away from God. Trying with all his might to run away from One he's crazed with loathing and enmity about - One Whom he Loves more than his own life - but Who has (in Jonah's perception) deceived him! (There's a very thin line between Loving and Hating)

See, God had Promised His Prophet, Jonah, that He would destroy that evil city of Nineva. That city and king which had been so evil to Israel. Jonah hated Nineva, and her king! But then God asked Jonah to do something that crucified him - God asked him to go and Preach His Salvation to them! That's right - after having SHOWN Jonah His Own destruction of those evil people - NOW God (apparently) has changed His Mind - and wants Jonah to offer them His Mercy! NO WAY, JOSE!! Jonah would have none of it! So he ran!

Well, if God Loves you, you can run - but you cannot hide. NOWHERE! not even in Hell! (Hiding in Hell is far more common for souls-on-the-run than you might think, at first 'blush'!)

Well, anyway - we all know the story - God PERSUES Jonah! And WOOS Jonah! Jonah pouts, but eventually obeys God. But when the curtain comes down on this tiny play, we find Jonah still pouting at God - and God still Wooing him - with Love! (They don't call it 'Amazing Love' for nothing!)

Ever run away? From God? Terrible, isn't it? When God Is HOME - and Home Is LOVE - and we run away from Love - we also despair of life - and hope - and peace - and ... and ... well, all the rest of what it means to be LOVED BY GOD! This is Hell!

Thank God we can MAKE-UP with God! And thank God He Loves us enough not to turn away from us even when we are determined to pout at Him! After all, He's BIGGER than we are.

Jonah LOVED God - so much he could not stand to see God's People hurt. And God knew that - and loved that about Jonah. Hide from God? Where? How? More importantly - why?

Surrender, Pilgrim - just Submit, Yield, give it all UP, and Surrender to Love. To GET Right with God - GO MAKE UP! Just like that!

DAILY HYMN (LYRICS & MUSIC)



OUT OF THE DEPTHS TO THEE I CRY

Out of the depths to Thee I cry,
Whose fainting footsteps trod
The paths of our humanity,
Incarnate Son of God!

Thou Man of grief, Who once apart
Didst all our sorrows bear,
The trembling hand, the fainting heart
The agony, and prayer!

Is this the consecrated dower,
Thy chosen ones obtain,
To know Thy resurrection power
Through fellowship of pain?

Then, O my soul, in silence wait;
Faint not, O faltering feet;
Press onward to that blest estate,
In righteousness complete.

Let faith transcend the passing hour,
The transient pain and strife,
Upraised by an immortal power,
The power of endless life.



Thanks to the Cyber Hymnal for this wonderful online service!

PODCAST - DAILY DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

Controversy over the Trinity of God could never receive (understand) the Duality of Jesus/Christ! (Son of Man/Son of God - Very Man/Very God)

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'SOUL FOOD' - an audio-book by G.D. Watson - Ch. 1 of 32

Chapter 1 - "SOUL FOOD"
-- G.D. Watson lived in England, in the early part of the 1900's --



The soul has its appropriate food, and its mystical way of eating and digesting, just as the body. The soul feeds on truth and love, and the Divine personalities. It feeds on truth through the intellect; it feeds on love through the affections; and it feeds on Divine personalities through the choices and appropriations of the will.

1- THE CONDITIONS OF SOUL-FEEDING:
These are, first, life; second, health; third, zest. In regeneration, the Christ-life is imparted to the soul. This life, like all other kinds, is known by its characteristics. All life is invisible and inscrutable. We may search all living substances, but no microscope has ever yet found what life is. It is a fathomless mystery, whether in vegetable, animal or spirit, and known only to God.

But we know that Christ can and does impart His life to the penitent, believing soul; and we know that this Christ-life can feed and grow and manifest itself similar to other kinds of life. It is not only needful to have this life, but to have it in a state of good soul-health. This implies the being cleansed from all moral disease, from all evil tempers and evil desires, from all self-will, and every principal of the carnal mind. Until the spiritual nature is thoroughly sanctified, its appetite is poor, its digestion is weak, and it craves a very light diet of religious food, made up largely of human intellectuality. For the soul to feed well, it not only needs life and health, but a lively zest of the faculties. This zest is acquired by practice, and by the quality of the food the soul takes in.

2-THE MANNER OF SOUL-FEEDING:
In the mystical process of feeding the soul, perception of truth corresponds to eating, by which truth is taken into the mind. The more rapidly and clearly we apprehend all kinds of spiritual truth, the more largely do we eat; for just what taking food in the mouth and chewing it is to the body, the clear analysis and vivid apprehension of truth is to the soul; so that our perceptions are the mouth of the spirit. Faith is the digestive organ of the soul. It is by faith that the truth is dissolved and prepared to make living substance. A spiritual dyspeptic is one who has large perceptions of truth, but no adequate faith to digest it and turn it into experience. Just as the stomach of the body is often ruined by alcohol, tobacco and other poisons and stimulants, until its digestive organs are ruined, so the stomach of the soul is often ruined by mental stimulants, such as novels, philosophy, and false doctrines, until the digestive power of faith is well-nigh destroyed.

Love is the blood of the spiritual life. When the food in the stomach has been digested, it resembles milk; then it is conveyed into the lungs, where it is cooked by the oxygen of the air, and becomes beautiful red blood; it is then poured into the heart, and the heart, like a steam-pump, throws it all over the body, to build up the wasted organs.

The same process is carried on in the soul. Truth is perceived by the intellect, digested by faith, and through the constant in-breathing of the Divine Spirit this digested truth is turned into love, which constitutes the very life and substance of the spiritual man. Every atom of the body is made out of blood. In like manner, the very body of the true Christian is made of love!

There is one more step in this analogy, and that is as to what is termed the stored-up substance of the body. The human body will subsist for some weeks on its stored-up substance, which is mysteriously concealed in the flesh. When the body goes without food, the heart and brain, which are vital centers, will consume the reserved forces of the body and draw the substance out of the flesh until the body becomes a skeleton. Many persons have wondered where the flesh went when people have no food. The answer is the flesh gradually turned back into blood again, and flows back to the heart and brain.

Memory is that power in the soul which corresponds to this stored-up substance. Hence, when a good, healthy soul cannot attend good, religious meetings, or hear spiritual instruction, or have deep, spiritual reading, it has to live by memory on the stored-up nourishment which it has previously received.

You may ask, "Does not such a soul still have access to God in prayer?" I answer, Yes. Prayer is the very breath of the spiritual life, and breath is more essential to life than anything else; but as the body lives on three things - air, water, food - so the soul lives on three things - namely, prayer, the Holy Spirit, and the periodic feeding on freshly-apprehended spiritual truth. And though the body can live a good while on air and water, yet, if denied food, it will die. In like manner the soul of the believer may live on prayer and the Holy Spirit, but if it is cut off from the understanding of appropriate spiritual truth, it will pine, and the life be greatly weakened. For this reason, the best Christian people need the help of good, religious meetings, of Bible instruction, and of spiritual reading.

3-ITS A LAW:
It is a law of all life to lay hold on foreign substances and turn them into itself. It is enough to make us stand in awe to watch the strange power which even the life of a plant has. The roots of every kind of plant or tree will seize upon the same gases and juices in the earth and transmute them into their several lives. The oak turns everything into oak, and out of the same substances the deadly nightshade turns everything into nightshade. The lamb converts the grass into lamb, and from the identical substances the wild ass builds up his life. The Omnipotent mechanism which intervenes between the one result and the other is simply a difference in the kind of life. This law holds true in spiritual life. The soul in which Satan reigns turns everything it eats into selfishness, and the soul which has been washed in Jesus' Blood and filled with the Christ-life will convert all that it eats into Christ-life. The same trials, bereavements, losses and sorrows which make one kind of life grow in fretting or in melancholy, or bitter and open rebellion, will make another kind of life grow in meekness and patient perseverance, and an inexpressible charity and sweetness of spirit. Everything depends on whether the self-life or the Christ-life has possession of us. There is a point in the Christian life where the whole being is so crucified and pervaded by the Holy Spirit, in spirit, soul, and body, that everything it comes in contact with, and every experience of joy and sorrow, and every treatment it receives from men or devils, becomes a means of Grace, and is turned into a mystical nourishment. There is such a thing as feeding on odors and outward bathings of milk and oil. It has been found that hungry persons get nourished by the smell of cooked food. Some winters ago the poor, hungry tramps of Chicago used to hang around the restaurants in such crowds that the police drove them away. Many of them testified that they desired to smell the odor of the cooked food, as it seemed to appease their hunger.

There is something analogous to this in the spiritual life. To a hungry soul there is an indescribable flavor and a mystical nourishment in good, spiritual singing, in being in the presence of good people, and even in looking in the face of a Spirit-filled person. A Christ- possessed soul has a mysterious, heavenly atmosphere around it, and this very atmosphere is electrified with a heavenly vigor.

The inner spirit of a perfect believer gets a nourishment out of the odors of Paradise; out of the majestic beauties of nature; out of the tender memories of the past; out of the flights of pure poetry; out of dreams and bright mental visions; out of storms and tempests, as sea- birds feed on the foam which the tempest churns out from the sea; out of the affinities of friendship; and even out of the antagonism of foes.

Oh, blessed be God for that all-devouring vortex of love which grinds grist from life OR death, from nature, grace, or glory, into that fine flour out of which angel's food is cooked! A soul in such a state will not only find food for itself out of every opening flower of grace and providence, but it will be a food-bearer to other hungry souls!

WORSHIP & DEVOTIONAL MUSIC


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DAILY BIBLE PROVERB

Pr 11:10
"When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices;
and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness."

PODCAST - DAILY AUDIO DEVOTIONALS

DAILY POEM

"When thou hast truly thanked the Lord for every blessing sent,
but little time will then remain for murmur or lament!"
--Hannah More

DAILY AUDIO PODCAST

The Redeemer comes only to those who will TURN (Repent) - (SALVATION ONLY PROMISED TO CONTRITION)

(Isa59:20 "And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.")

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DAILY PERSONAL PROVERB (--Dennis Rideout)

It's not about what's wrong in the WORLD, but in our heart!

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY (An audio Podcast)

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HEADLINES:
On this date in:

1830 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was organized by Joseph Smith in Fayette, N.Y.

1862 The Civil War Battle of Shiloh began in Tennessee.

1896 The first modern Olympic Games opened in Athens, Greece.

1917 Congress approved a declaration of war against Germany.

1971 Composer Igor Stravinsky died at age 88.

1983 Interior Secretary James Watt banned the Beach Boys from the 4th of July celebration on the Washington Mall, saying rock 'n' roll bands attract the ''wrong element.''

1987 Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis said on ABC's ''Nightline'' that blacks ''may not have some of the necessities'' to hold managerial jobs in major-league baseball.

1992 Science-fiction author Isaac Asimov died at age 72.

1994 Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun announced his retirement.

1994 The presidents of Rwanda and Burundi were killed in a plane crash near Rwanda's capital.

1998 The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 9,000 points for the first time.

1998 Pakistan successfully tested a medium-range missile capable of striking neighboring India.

1998 Country singer Tammy Wynette died at age 55.

2001 Algerian national Ahmed Ressam, accused of bringing explosives into the United States days before the millennium celebrations, was convicted twice in the same day - first in France for belonging to a group supporting Islamic militants, then in Los Angeles on terror charges.

2001 Pacific Gas and Electric filed for bankruptcy.

2004 Jordan's military court convicted eight Muslim militants and sentenced them to death for the 2002 killing of U.S. aid official Laurence Foley in a terror conspiracy linked to al-Qaida.

2004 The University of Connecticut became the first school to win the NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball titles in the same season as the women's team beat Tennessee 70-61 for their third consecutive championship.

2005 Prince Rainier III of Monaco died at age 81, leaving the throne to Prince Albert II.


CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS TODAY:

77 Andre Previn Composer-conductor
75 Ivan Dixon Actor-director
69 Merle Haggard Country musician
69 Billy Dee Williams Actor


HISTORICAL MEMORIAL TRANSITIONS:

37 Raphael 4/6/1483 - 4/6/1520 Italian painter and architect of the Italian High Renaissance
70 Jean-Baptiste Rousseau 4/6/1671 - 3/17/1741 French dramatist and poet
89 Lowell Thomas 4/6/1892 - 8/29/1981 American radio commentator, explorer, lecturer and journalist
89 Donald Douglas 4/6/1892 - 2/1/1981 American aircraft designer; founded Douglas Aircraft Company

ART MEDIA WORTH MENTION (Selected Clips - Audio, Visual, Graphics)

Today's ART MEDIA SELECTION is a an AUDIO SHORT STORY: "Bontshe the Silent" by I.L. Peretz --- (RealAudio, duration 20 minutes) --- Read by Harold Gould

The soul of a submissive man who accepted abuse and suffering throughout his life is tried in the heavenly court. When he chooses a paltry reward to make up for his lifelong meekness even the angels in heaven feel guilty and embarrassed CHECK IT OUT! - CLICK HERE:

Thanks to the KCRW's JEWISH SHORT STORIES WEBSITE for this audio. For info, CLICK HERE

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NOTABLE QUOTES (Various Authors)

"If pleasure is greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true for trouble!"
...Elbert Hubbard

MUSIC APPRECIATION FOR TODAY


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EARTHWATCH RADIO - a 2-minute audio podcast on earth-science world news

Harvest the Wind -
Electricity generated by the wind has become cost-competitive in many parts of the country. It's even cheaper in some places. CLICK HERE


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'NOW I LAY ME DOWN ... '

'And if I should die before I wake .... '

Lord, I ask that You keep my heart sweet, and close to You.
Help me stay Right with You!