Pilgrim's Path Daily

Saturday, April 15, 2006

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(THIS IS GETTING A BIT OLD ... SORRY)

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 50:14
"Offer unto God thanksgiving;
and pay thy vows unto the most High:"

IMAGINE THAT! - 90 seconds on NEW scientific discoveries

Don't Blame It on the Sun -
The planet's heating up. But don't blame it all on the sun. It's mostly those fossil fuel burning bi-peds. You know who I'm talking about. (RealAudio) - CLICK HERE


For the archive page, -- CLICK HERE

'MY LAST WORDS WERE ... '

(To myself, when God alllows a trial or some tribulation:) 'THIS thing is not from God!' "

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

Spiny Dogfish -
When it comes to reproducing itself, the spiny dogfish is in no hurry. This gray coastal shark carries its young for almost two years. CLICK HERE


For the archive page, -- CLICK HERE

FOTO TOTO?

GLOOM!

The title of this photo is, 'Gloomy City'. Moody. Sad, maybe? Full of morose? Sullen. There is usually a sense of either melancholy, or of impending doom - with a gloomy mood.

This is the day Christ is in the Tomb - Dead. All the apostles would have scattered and made a run for it by now. Back to their old ways - to their past lives. What's the use of going on when your Messiah is dead?

They must have been wrong about Jesus, after all. So many others had tried to tell them He was an imposter - a fraud. And that they were fools to follow Him. Maybe they were right, in the end. (sigh) What a shame. What a loss.

But there was Something ABOUT That Man - a Something from another World - Heaven, maybe? Could they have known Him so well - for so long - through all sorts of circumstances ... could they have Witnessed so many of His Miracles - even the raising of the dead - and be so wrong about Him? But then, He IS DEAD, after all! If He Was GOD, then God is DEAD! O my!

Doubts are always devilish (demonic). Never play 'pattycake' with devils!

Jesus was not only Dead (just Now) but in HELL! Preaching LIFE to those bound by Death. The mortal ("living") would just have to wait a bit longer. His RISING would be with the sun - in the Morning! Just Now, there were countless souls to Redeem and Purchase - and the realm of the Dead to Damn and Spoil. This very evening, He would "take captivity CAPTIVE!" - and make a SHOW of Satan as He had Pharaoh and Egypt LONG AGO!

His Disciples would have to wait. And waiting in despondency is hard. It was one thing to have been CRUCIFIED with Him - to have your very LOVE destroyed by evil men right before your eyes - and to have the legions of Hell celebrate their demented 'victory' - by nailing The Tree of LIFE to the tree of death (accursed/sin). But waiting this night would be HELL'S REVENGE!

Even so ... JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING!

DAILY HYMN (LYRICS & MUSIC)



CHRIST JESUS LAY IN DEATH’S STRONG BANDS

Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands,
For our offenses given;
But now at God’s right hand He stands,
And brings us life from Heaven.
Wherefore let us joyful be,
And sing to God right thankfully
Loud songs of Alleluia! Alleluia!

No son of man could conquer Death,
Such mischief sin had wrought us,
For innocence dwelt not on earth,
And therefore Death had brought us
Into thralldom from of old
And ever grew more strong and bold
And kept us in his bondage. Alleluia!

But Jesus Christ, God’s only Son,
To our low state descended,
The cause of Death He has undone,
His power forever ended,
Ruined all his right and claim
And left him nothing but the name,
His sting is lost forever. Alleluia!

It was a strange and dreadful strife
When life and death contended;
The victory remained with life;
The reign of death was ended.
Stripped of power, no more it reigns,
An empty form alone remains
Death’s sting is lost forever! Alleluia!

Here the true Paschal Lamb we see,
Whom God so freely gave us;
He died on the accursed tree—
So strong His love!—to save us.
See, His blood doth mark our door;
Faith points to it, Death passes over,
And Satan cannot harm us. Alleluia!

So let us keep the festival
Where to the Lord invites us;
Christ is Himself the joy of all,
The Sun that warms and lights us.
By His grace He doth impart
Eternal sunshine to the heart;
The night of sin is ended! Alleluia!

Then let us feast this Paschal day
On the true Bread of Heaven;
The Word of grace hath purged away
The old and wicked leaven.
Christ alone our souls will feed;
He is our Meat and Drink indeed;
Faith lives upon no other! Alleluia!


Thanks to the Cyber Hymnal for this wonderful online service!

'SOUL FOOD' - an audio-book by G.D. Watson - Ch. 8 of 32

Chapter 8 - "FRETTING OVER OURSELVES"
-- G.D. Watson lived in England, in the early part of the 1900's --





There are two extremes of feeling regarding ourselves; one is the feeling of self- complacency, and the other is the feeling of self-abhorrence; and between these two extremes there are any number of feelings with regard to ourselves in which these two sentiments may be more or less blended. When we begin in thorough earnestness to follow Christ, with a definite view of being made like Him, it will necessarily make us meditate a good deal on Jesus. The more we apprehend of Christ, His Nature and Disposition, the more we see the infinite disparity between Him and ourselves; and when at times we get a full view of ourselves, there seems to be so many things in us that are incorrigible that we are tempted to despair of ever becoming like Christ. There is a good way and a bad way of grieving over our frailties. It is the policy of Satan, if he cannot fill us with self-conceit and self-complacency, to try the opposite policy of making us fret over ourselves.

There are various causes which lead devoted souls to chafe over their imperfections. One cause is that, by a subtle self-love, the soul desires to be good and fair and grand in its own eyes; it would love to look into the mirror of God's Law, and behold its reflection without a flaw, with the same sentiment that a handsome woman loves to behold the reflection of her beauty. This spirit of gloating over the beauty and symmetry of one's moral character is often alluded to in the Scriptures. The Lord Says of such an one: "Thine heart was lifted up; because of thy beauty thou has corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy appearance; I will bring thee to the ground!"-Ezk 28:17

God watches the finest motives and intents of the heart, and if we desire great degrees of perfection for our own admiration, God will Allow great trials and weaknesses to mortify us to all refined self-admiration.

Another reason why devoted souls fret over themselves is the failure to fully appreciate the most infinite meanness and blindness and deceitfulness of our human nature. There are capabilities of sin, and all sorts of unlovely things in our nature, which we have never dreamed of. Just to the extent that we see the ever-widening, deepening glory and beauty of Jesus Christ, we see the opposite in ourselves.

When souls first begin in the way of perfection, they think their defects are very few and very shallow; and after months and years of walking -WITH- God, even though their hearts have been cleansed from sin, they discover certain defects and infirmities still adhering to them, which they thought would never annoy them beyond their first fervors of love. They find irresolution in the will, and dullness in the faculties and sluggishness in their nature; such a lack of heavenly cheerfulness, promptness, warm-heartedness; many narrow thoughts; such a liability to be agitated and jostled by simple trifles of the day; such a facility of forgetting lessons we have already learned; such baby-ishness, and faintness, and pusillanimity of spirit, as we never expected would cling to us. Perhaps we never can see the infinite extent of the fall of man; it may be we shall to eternity be deploring it.

Could we, from the beginning, see into all the unsounded depths and crevices and hidden caves of our souls, and comprehend the greatness of the reality of full restoration to God, we might more perfectly be prepared to bear patiently with ourselves. There is the subtle desire to seem good in the eyes of others, for the sake of being glorious; most devoted souls have lofty ideals which they endeavor to reach. I know a very pious woman, very refined and beautiful in her manners. When she was seeking sanctification, she had an intense desire to be a model of a minister's wife; she had a lofty and a beautiful ideal in her mind. But in after-years, passing through great trials and afflictions and humiliations, she found that her petty ideal was broken over and over again, at least in her own estimation. The Spirit will not Allow us to fill the phantom of the ideal. God's thoughts are not as our thoughts, and when we lie in self-abhorrence at Jesus' feet, with all our religious ideals shattered to fragments, He sees His Ideal being carried out in us. Fretting over ourselves is a very subtle sort of self-righteousness. Self-upbraiding and calling ourselves hard names may seem like humility, but in reality it is spiritual pride!

The true medicine for our defects is a deep, quiet, patient hatred of self [Lk 14:26], which is very calm and peaceful. Any view of our faults which disturbs our quiet repose in Jesus is a wrong view. [1Cor 4:5, Phil 4:6]

God sees our infirmities infinitely beyond what we do; He pours over us an unceasing stream of Patient Love, in which there is no upbraiding, nor severity; and whatever breaks our quietness of spirit, our firm rest in God, is of the evil one. [Ro 14:23]

I have heard of family feuds, where people hated with such a settled and life-long hatred that the very name of the enemy was never mentioned, and no allusion made to him. This illustrates, in some sort, the calm, settled hatred we are to have for self. It is to be so fixed and so deep that we shall ignore self in everything, and keep our minds on the things of God, and when we see our defects, quietly leave them with Jesus, without being discouraged or agitated. Think how soon the conflict will be over, the trials all past! Think of the long bright years in heaven! Think of the time when every pain and mortification of this life will be forgotten in the sea of ecstasy, or else remembered only as a cause of Praise! The best death to self is where we can see everything mean and ugly and disagreeable in our lives, or in our composition, and look at it with quietness and sweetness, and a loving self-abhorrence which glows with fervor to Jesus, and at the same time does not chafe nor murmur with ourselves.

WORSHIP & DEVOTIONAL MUSIC


NOTE: Music files are kept on the server for 30 days, then deleted.

DAILY BIBLE PROVERB

Pr 11:16
"A gracious woman gets honor,
and violent men get riches."

PODCAST - DAILY AUDIO DEVOTIONALS

DAILY POEM

"O church of Christ, behold at last
The promised Sign appear,--
The Gospel preached in all the world;
And lo! the King draws near.


He shall reign from sea to sea;
When He girds on His conquering Sword,
All the ends of the Earth shall see
The Salvation of our God.


With girded loins, make haste! Make haste!
Thy witness to complete,
That Christ may take His Throne and bring
All nations to His feet.


And thou, O Israel, long in dust,
Arise, and come away!
See how the Sun of Righteousness
Sheds forth the beams of day.


Thy scattered sons are gath'ring home,
The fig-tree buds again;
A little while and David's Son
On David's throne shall reign.


Then sing aloud, O Pilgrim Church,
Brief conflict yet remains,
And then Immanuel descends
To bind thy foe in chains."

--A. J. Gordon
(1836-1895)

DAILY PERSONAL PROVERB (--Dennis Rideout)

God is always 'MESSING' with my 'theology'!

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

Today's 'Art Media SELECTION' is: in case you missed it yesterday - 'CONTOUR CRAFTING' -
this is one of the MOST FASCINATING NEW INNOVATIONS I have found on the internet! A whole new way of constructing buildings - by computer and robots
-
ALL IN ONE DAY!


There are three LINKS for you to investigate: an AUDIO here - ANIMATIONS here - and ARTICLES here --- CHECK IT OUT!


Would you like to share your internet discoveries?
Simply post a COMMENT on this article.

NOTABLE QUOTES (Various Authors)

"The Christian ideal has not been found tried & wanting,
it has been found difficult and left UNTRIED!"

--GKChesterson

MUSIC APPRECIATION FOR TODAY


NOTE: Music files are kept on the server for 30 days, then deleted.

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

No Eyes for Glass -
A researcher has suggestions for homeowners to keep birds flying instead of dying. CLICK HERE


For the archive page, -- CLICK HERE

'NOW I LAY ME DOWN ... '

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

Thank you Lord for always Providing my daily Bread - and the Lamp of your Word-Will for my feet.

I know You Supplied my 'next-thing' - just ahead of me - to Guide me through many times of confusion. And the Faith to Trust You with the outcome!