Pilgrim's Path Daily

Thursday, April 13, 2006

DAILY BIBLE PROMISE

** God put His Cross where His Mouth Was - all along! ** Today's Bible Promise is ... "I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." Jn 15:5

DAILY THANKSGIVING

Ps 26:7
"That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works"

IMAGINE THAT! - 90 seconds on NEW scientific discoveries

New Deep Water Submersible -
How low can you go? For those exploring our oceans, there will soon be a new answer to that question. (RealAudio) - CLICK HERE


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'MY LAST WORDS WERE ... '

(To a new auto-mechanic, in a gullible moment:) 'That's okay - I trust you - take your time and just let me know what the damamge is later! "

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

Spider Courtship -
If an eligible male spider could run a personal ad, it might say: seek female who will not eat me after romantic encounter. CLICK HERE


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FOTO TOTO?

EN GARDE!

Sparring can be lots of fun. Especially when it's just a game. Most games are competitive - pitting one side against the other. In fact, many games were invented to excite just this rival antagonism between opponents. This was thought to assuage the lust for mortal combat - war!

We see competition as a good thing in a capitalistic society. 'Let the buyer beware!', is our legal motto - and model. 'May the best man win!' - and winning is everything.

The same is true with arguments! No one likes a 'loser'. 'Winner takes all!' Second-best is sneered at as something inferior - less than acceptable - shame.

AWTozer said something in one of today's audio-devotionals, "Our spiritual 'race' is never a 'competition'!" He went on to comment on just how un-Godly any such spiritual 'competition' actually is! I agree. Paul makes it clear that 'debate' (elsewhere translated, 'strife') is akin to such other sins as 'fornication' and even 'murder' (see Rom 1:29). It is by such personal contentions whole churches and even denominations have been plundered by the enemy!

Here's an observation that came out of my personal, daily devotionals just this morning, 'We are entitled to our opinion only when proof is impossible!' What does that mean? It means that we have GOD TO ASK and to INQUIRE of - to Answer anything that might divide and devour our unity in Christ's Spirit. If God CANNOT Change whatever minds or opinions He Sees NEED Changing, or, alternatively - Provide the Peace which will PASS any need for 'understanding' - if God CANNOT Keep The Peace in a given body of believers - then either He is not much of a God, or our 'god' is our opinions!

What God Says is LAW! Any group which truly looks to God for Government - and depends on Him for the Maintenance of the Peace and the Security of our Union - and will Seek Him FIRST and FOREMOST in all group-decisions - can rely on His Judgment being Final! And the Correction, Instruction, Discipline and even Punishment (where required) will ALWAYS make Believers out of those who Walk thus with The Living God!

Games may be entertaining. And sometimes refreshing. Even therapeutic, occasionaly. But our Relations with The Brethren is never to be taken so lightly. Sobriety is required for maturity. Play notwithstanding, conflict is dangerous!

DAILY HYMN (LYRICS & MUSIC)



PUT THOU THY TRUST IN GOD

Put thou thy trust in God,
In duty’s path go on;
Walk in His strength with faith and hope,
So shall thy work be done.

Commit thy ways to Him,
Thy works into His hands,
And rest on His unchanging Word,
Who Heav’n and earth commands.

Though years on years roll on,
His cov’nant shall endure;
Though clouds and darkness hide His path,
The promised grace is sure.

Give to the winds Thy fears;
Hope, and be undismayed;
God hears thy sighs and counts thy tears;
God shall lift up thy head.

Through waves, and clouds, and storms,
His power will clear thy way;
Wait thou His time, the darkest night
Shall end in brightest day.

Leave to His sovereign sway
To choose and to command;
So shalt thou, wond’ring, own His way,
How wise, how strong His hand.




Thanks to the Cyber Hymnal for this wonderful online service!

'SOUL FOOD' - an audio-book by G.D. Watson - Ch. 6 of 32

Chapter 6 - "FEEDING OUR FAITH"
-- G.D. Watson lived in England, in the early part of the 1900's --





Inasmuch as faith is the condition of all spiritual life, of the entrance into that life, and the steps to progress in that life, it behooves us to give it all the nourishment possible. Faith can be strengthened, and fed, and thus will grow; but the growth of faith is often very opposite to our notions concerning it. We often suppose that faith is made strong by receiving great encouragement, by having quick and abundant answers to prayer, by high states of joy, by lofty visions of divine things; but in reality these do not strengthen our faith as much as we fancy. Our faith is to be nourished on the promises of God. Those promises are contained in His written Word. They may be also promises communicated to the soul by the Holy Spirit, or through other souls that are in close fellowship with God, and who may speak to us great promises of what God has told them concerning us.

When God first called Abraham, He inundated his soul with a sea of Promises; he spoke to him from the starry heavens, and from the soil of Canaan on which he walked, and by the visits of Angels, and by the Holy Ghost in the deep of his nature. Abraham saw great fields of Light - great possibilities of things for himself and his posterity. His soul drank in these Promises, until his Faith became wide and powerful, even before any of them were fulfilled. God deals with souls in a similar way; yet when He calls anyone to great degrees of perfection or of usefulness, He begins by opening up to him the Promises of His Word, and the possibilities which they may achieve, even before there are any outward symptoms of their fulfillment. The heart that anchors itself in the Promises of God, until those Promises become as real as God Himself, will have strong Faith.

Another nourishment to Faith is the removing from the soul of natural and human props. Naturally we lean on a great many things in nature, and society, and the Church, and friends, more than we are aware of. We think we depend on God alone, and never dream of how much we depend on other things, until they are taken away from us, and if they were not removed, we should go on, self-deceived, thinking that we relied on God for all things. But God designs to concentrate our Faith in Him alone by removing all other foundations, and, one step after another, detaching us from all other supports. There are many souls which cannot endure this utter desolation of secondary supports, which would be more than they can bear, and they would react into open rebellion; so God allows them to have a "junior-faith", and to lean on other things more or less. But to those who are able to undergo the strain of Faith, He allows all sorts of disappointments -- the death of bright hopes, the removing of earthly friendships or destruction of property, the multiplied infirmities of the body and mind, the misunderstanding of dear ones, until the landscape of religious life seems swept with a blizzard, to compel the soul to house itself in God alone!

At the time that the soul is having all secondary supports removed, it does not perceive what is taking place within itself, but afterwards it finds that faith has been growing and expanding with every wave that has beat against it. Faith grows when we least expect it; storms and difficulties, temptations and conflicts, are its field of operation; like the stormy petrel seabird on the ocean, Faith has a natural glee in the howling of the storm and the dash of the spray.

Faith not only is nourished by the removal of earthly props, but by the seeming removal of divine consolation. Our answer to prayer seems too long delayed, and Faith is tested to its uttermost, when it seems as if the Lord has turned against us and all we can do is to continue holding on, with the pitiful cry of "Lord, help me!" Even then faith is expanding and growing beyond all we are aware of, by the very extension of the delay of the answer. The longer the Lord delayed in answering the prayer of the woman of Syropgoenicia, the more her Faith became purified and intense. Long delays serve to purify our Faith, till everything that is spasmodic and ephemeral and whimsical is purged out of it, and nothing is left to it except Faith alone. [It has been said that the true test of any saint is Waiting! See Lk 21:19]

Another nourishment to Faith is to get before the mind the great Faith of other people -- to read the lives of those who have been sorely tried, and who have believed God against all odds. Faith kindles Faith; by understanding how God has dealt with other souls enables us to interpret His dealings with us. Our Faith is Inspired by reading the trials of the Bible saints more than by reading the pleasant and easy things.

Another nourishment to Faith is that mode of dealing with us by which the Lord is constantly changing the providential channels through which He sends blessings to us. If God's blessings flow on us in a certain way, for any length of time, we unconsciously fix our trust on the way the Benefactions come, more than on the invisible Fountain. If the Lord gave the Jews water in the wilderness, sometimes it was from the rock, and sometimes it was from a well dug in the dry sand. (see Num 21:16-18) When God sends us great spiritual refreshings, He will change the circumstances under which they come; when He sends temporal blessings in answer to prayer, He will change the channels through which they flow. He does not want us to become attached to any mode or phenomenon. He wants our Faith perfectly united to Himself, and not to his mode of doing things, and hence He will disappoint us on the old lines of expectation, and reveal His favors from a new quarter, in a new way, and surprise us with some great and sweet device of His infinite Wisdom. And thus our Faith is strengthened by disappointment, until it reaches such perfect union with God that it never looks to any body, or any thing, or any mode, or any old channel, or any meeting, or any set of feelings, or at any time or season; but keeps itself swung free from all these things, and dependant on God alone. This degree of Faith can never be disappointed, can never be jostled, because it expects nothing except what God Wills, and looks to no mode except Infinite Wisdom. Its expectation is from God only.

WORSHIP & DEVOTIONAL MUSIC


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DAILY BIBLE PROVERB

Pr 11:14
"Where there is no guidance, a people falls;
but in an abundance of counselors there is safety."

PODCAST - DAILY AUDIO DEVOTIONALS

DAILY POEM

'THE HOLY SPIRIT'S PRESENCE'

Dear Holy Spirit, who can know the Comforter Thou art,
Till they have felt deep need of Thee from out a broken heart?

10,000 griefs, dear Lord, have swept across this heart of mine,

but every one has pushed me out still deeper into Thine.

I know Thou workest for my good, the soul's unfathomed pains,

the deep, dark dungeons doleful cries Thou turn'st to mellow strains.

Thou art far sweeter than Thy gifts, though they surpass all thought;

And yet Thy presence in my breast with precious Blood was bought.

O Comforter! It is Thy Self Who shows the Blood to me,

And in my mind revealest Christ like an effulgent sea.

No creature in this world can know the way Thou leadest me,

Through storms and pains and lonely griefs, from self out into Thee.

Dear, peaceful Spirit, Thou has borne my sad heart far away

Into a gulf of tender Love, which melts it day by day.

Blest Holy Spirit, to me Thou art a boundless crystal sea,

and I can lose all loneliness when all alone with Thee,

I have no wish in the world but to be filled with Thee,

and drink my being full of Love from Thine Immensity.

--GDWatson

DAILY PERSONAL PROVERB (--Dennis Rideout)

Not 'My lambs, (but) My SHEEP Hear My Voice!'
-Only Maturity Discerns

AUDIO-BLOGER IS DOWN - AGAIN!

Sorry - when this happens, I just post everything BUT the audio-blogger created files!

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

Today's 'Art Media SELECTION' is: a VIDEO on MegaStructures:
Itaipu Dam - Brazilian and Paraguayan workers had to divert the world's seventh largest river to build the Itaipu Dam, the largest hydroelectric power plant on Earth. And that was just the beginning. ---

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NOTABLE QUOTES (Various Authors)

"Christ's Liberty can degenerate into license.
One inch of license will destroy a mile of Liberty!"

--GDWatson

MUSIC APPRECIATION FOR TODAY


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

Sleeping In -
Hibernation is an effective winter survival strategy for many animals, but it's not without risk. CLICK HERE


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'NOW I LAY ME DOWN ... '

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

Forgive me, Lord, for any harsh or rash thoughts I may have had today.
Help me be Kind to others as You have been so Kind to me!