Pilgrim's Path Daily

Sunday, April 23, 2006

DAILY BIBLE PROMISE

** God put His Cross where His Mouth Was - all along! ** Today's Bible Promise is ... "Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This [is] the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts." Zech 4:6

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

MORNING

The LORD was my stay.

T RULY in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel.--The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.--Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.

The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. . . . The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.--The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.--So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.--For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God? It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

By the grace of God I am what I am.

PSA. 18. 18. Je. 3. 23.--Ps. 18. 2.--
Is. 12. 6. Ps. 34. 7, 17.--De. 33. 27.--
He 13. 6.--Ps. 18. 31, 32. 1 Co. 15. 10.


EVENING

All we like sheep have gone astray.

I F we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.--There is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understandeth. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable.

Ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.--I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

ISA. 53. 6. 1 John 1. 8.--Ro. 3. 10-12.
1 Pe. 2. 25.--Ps. 119. 176. Ps. 23. 3.
John 10. 27, 28. Lu. 15. 4.

Thanks to the Restoration Movement for this wonderful online service!

GOD'S BIBLE NAMES - (365 Bible Names & Titles for God)

GOD'S BIBLE NAMES 4/23

"RULER IN ISRAEL"

Mica 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, [though] thou be little among the thousands of Judah, [yet] out of thee shall he come forth unto me [that is] to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth (have been) from of old, from everlasting. {everlasting: Heb. the days of eternity}

The ages past and the ages to come are linked in Him. He always has been and always will be a Ruler. He was Promised - He CAME! He is Promised - He will COME! We see Him as the Babe of Bethlehem, the Carpenter of Nazareth, the Crucified Christ. Now, by faith, we see Him as the eternal Ruler over all the worlds, yet with scarred hands and feet. With Him we shall rule and reign throughout the countless ages of eternity, Hallelujah!

Our hearts go out to Thee, our Everlasting Ruler, we are Thine. Thou art ours. Have Thine own way in our hearts and lives. Amen.

DAILY THANKSGIVING

IMAGINATION:

Lord, thank You for Inventing our imagination! You have supplied us with all sorts of marvelous Tools and Equipment - and the great investigative magnifier - or imagination - is one of the keenest!

Please Lord, help us not abuse or misuse it as they did in Noah's day -
but help us use it in Your Service!

IMAGINE THAT! - 90 seconds on NEW scientific discoveries

Minnows -
Human Cardiology - Researchers casting for clues on how human hearts handle fats and sugars used minnows for bait -- and landed a big one. CLICK HERE


for archive page, click here:

'MY LAST WORDS WERE ... '

(To God, in a rash moment of passionate humility:) 'Lord, give me PATIENCE!' "

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

Eider Down -
Most living things seem to have their good points and bad points, but sometimes the two converge. CLICK HERE


For the archive page, -- CLICK HERE

FOTO TOTO?


Perverse!

They say there is a thin line between dementia and genius. That would imply it might be difficult to distinguish one from the other. I could never agree.

Twisted is deliberate. It requires an expert knowledge of a thing and its nature to exaggerate it all out of proportion. And that an individual has some purported skill at this is yet a further distortion.

But there is a traditional saying, 'that is un-natural', that is just as perverse. It has the empirical hubris to assume it KNOWS what is 'normal' and 'right' and 'natural' - in a world gone mad with sin-degradation - and then to sit in judgment, as 'sole and absolute arbiter' of the matter.

Nature is so full of surprises. Anomalies are commonplace in this base world. So much so, that commentators of the bizarre and eccentric have, themselves, become banal.

But to traffic in, make commerce of, peddle or otherwise 'pimp' such freakishness (as in the proverbial 'side-show') - is to debase others for profit. The opposite of art!

In religion, there is quite a bit of this going on. From the glaring, outrageous televangelistic (so-called) 'faith-healings', to the denominational doctrines of phenomenal 'phrophesy-mongering'. Trafficking in souls is not only pagan, and ancient - but as modern as today's 'yellow-journalism' newspaper! Pandering to the outrageous and licentious is BIG BUSINESS - in religion, politics and society!

God Serves GOOD FOOD at His Banquet. But an invitation alone is not enough (ask the 10 virgins!). Gluttony was not what God had in mind when He Invited us all to His Feast. Chewing Spiritual Food is required for proper digestion!

A soul is what it's Diet and Exercise determines.
How's yer Health there, Pilgrim?

DAILY HYMN (LYRICS & MUSIC)



REJOICE AND BE GLAD!

Rejoice and be glad!
The Redeemer has come!
Go look on His cradle,
His cross, and His tomb.

Refrain

Sound His praises, tell the story,
Of Him Who was slain;
Sound His praises, tell with gladness,
He liveth again.

Rejoice and be glad!
It is sunshine at last!
The clouds have departed,
The shadows are past.

Refrain

Rejoice and be glad!
For the blood hath been shed;
Redemption is finished,
The price has been paid.

Refrain

Rejoice and be glad!
Now the pardon is free!
The Just for the unjust
Has died on the tree.

Refrain

Rejoice and be glad!
For the Lamb that was slain
O’er death is triumphant,
And liveth again.

Refrain

Rejoice and be glad!
For our King is on high,
He pleadeth for us on
His throne in the sky.

Refrain

Rejoice and be glad!
For He cometh again;
He cometh to glory,
The Lamb that was slain.

Sound His praises, tell the story,
Of Him Who was slain;
Sound His praises, tell with gladness,
He cometh again.



Thanks to the Cyber Hymnal for this wonderful online service!

'SOUL FOOD' - an audio-book by G.D. Watson - Ch. 13 of 32

Chapter 13 - "IN DEEPER DEGREES"
-- G.D. Watson lived in England, in the early part of the 1900's --




The same truths we learn or experience in the beginning of religious life can be so broadened and intensified to us by the Holy Spirit that they seem new to us; hence the same terms we used to express ourselves by are inadequate to convey the deeper meaning of our hearts. Suppose a young child, a grown person recently converted, a perfected and anointed believer, a disembodied saint in heaven, and one of the oldest angels, were all standing together, and should all repeat in concert the words, "God is love!" What an almost infinite difference there would be in the meaning of those words to each of the five persons respecting the words. While the words are the same, yet, in the apprehension of their significance, there is as great disparity as between a drop of water and the ocean.

There are very few enlargements of the heart in Divine things till the believer passes the Jordan of sanctification; and even then the great expansions and uplifts into the supernatural life of the Holy Ghost will depend on many conditions.

All the words of God are susceptible to innumerable degrees of meaning, so that the same passage can be fulfilled in us over and over, in a deeper measure, until it hardly seems the same Scripture it used to be; and even in the resurrection and glorified states, we will find the words of the Bible accomplished in us in a measure beyond all our present dreams of their meaning. This thought is eminently true when applied to the manifestation of Christ to our inner spirit.

Just suppose we could open every Christian mind on earth, and get a correct picture of what each one has of the Lord Jesus in his or her heart. What a picture gallery it would make! What the blessed Jesus is to us in our heart and mind, measures what we are to Him and for Him. It is the operation of the Holy Spirit upon our perceptions, mostly in secret prayer, by which Jesus grows on us, till all our early views of Him are eclipsed by deeper and sweeter visions of His person and character. Of this widening perception of Christ in the mind, Faber very sweetly sings:

"Thou broadenest out with every year,
Each breadth of life to meet,
I scarce can think Thou art the same,
Thou art so much more sweet.

"With age Thou growest more divine,
More glorious than before,
I fear Thee with a deeper fear,
Because I love Thee more.

"Changed and not changed, Thy present charms,
Thy past ones only prove,
Oh, make my heart more strong to bear
This newness of Thy love.

"Jesus! what hast Thou grown to now?
A joy, all joys above,
Something more sacred than a fear,
More tender than a love.

"With gentle swiftness lead me on,
Dear God! to see Thy face;
And meanwhile in my narrow heart,
Oh, make Thyself more space!"

The newness that Faber speaks of is not really in Jesus or His love, but in our newer apprehension of Him. Oh, what an unlimited field of work the Spirit has to open up all our capabilities to the perceiving and receiving of the riches of Christ!

It often happens that, just after coming through some great loss, or crushing sorrow, or dark trial, that the heart will get a broader, brighter, sweeter view of the Lord than ever in the past, as if the stretching of the soul by intense suffering has qualified it for an outlet into the depths of God.

There are riches in Jesus which can be opened to us in prayer, for which there are no corresponding words in our language; traits of His character, insights into His God-man personality, glimpses of glory, emotions imparted from Him, unutterable charms revealed to us, which work swift wonders and enlargement in us, but which we are unable to interpret to anyone else. Paul's vision into God may have been a thousand-fold deeper than anything I ever had, when he exclaimed, "Oh, the depth of the riches!" But after eighteen centuries in a sea of glory, what must be his vision of those riches to-day!

Inasmuch as every truth of Scripture is susceptible to being manifested to our souls in an almost unlimited degree of pungency, clearness and force, we should diligently seek for the Holy Spirit to continually increase these things in us. The depth and altitudes of Divine things can not be had by chance, or under the delusion that God will work them in us anyhow, if we only lie passive in His hand. There are many times and things in which our only true work is to lie passive in God's will, but in other things it requires thoughtfulness, constant, persevering co-operation -WITH- the Spirit, to reach the ever- widening fullness of His promises.

As our days go by, the feeling of repentance, of sorrow for sin, of self-nothingness, of gentleness of thought, of tenderness for others, of the vividness of Jesus and His coming, and the reality of all eternal things, should steadily grow in brighter colors and hotter emotions in our souls. Only see how dull and sluggish all our nature is toward Divine realities; that even after we have been converted and sanctified, the awful effect of the morphine of sin has left such a deposit of indolence and mental stupidity in us as to demand incessant zeal to realize the brightness and power of heavenly things.

Soon -- oh, soon! -- we are to stand right in the blazing realities of God and eternity, and all our faculties are hardly half awake. Do we often think of that inexpressible hour when we shall gaze on our precious Jesus for the first time? Have we seriously determined in union -WITH- the Holy Ghost that all spiritual things shall be more and more real to us? God looks at the determinations of our hearts, and if we want the Holy Spirit to make things powerful to us, we must determine that He shall.

WORSHIP & DEVOTIONAL MUSIC


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

DAILY BIBLE PROVERB

Pr 11:21 "Though hand join in hand (be assured), the wicked shall not be unpunished:
but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered."

PODCAST - DAILY AUDIO DEVOTIONALS

GREAT AUDIO-SERMONS (Various Speakers)

Willie Mullan examines Peter's Vision of Christ's GLORY snd VIRTUE and our CALLING

(2 Peter 1:3 - MP3 audio): rather poor audio quality - but the sermon is worth it!

Thanks to SERMONINDEX NET for this online service.

DAILY POEM

Ps 138:(7) "Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me!"

"THE EYE OF THE STORM"


"Fear not that the whirlwind will carry thee hence,
nor wait for it's onslaught in breathless suspense,
nor shrink from the whips of the terrible hail,
but pass through the edge of the heart of the gale,
for there is a shelter, sunlighted and warm,
and Faith sees her God through the eye of the storm.

The passionate tempest with rush and wild roar,
and threatenings of evil may beat on the shore,
the waves may be mountains, the fields battle planes,
and the earth be immersed in a deluge of rains,
yet the soul stayed on God may sing bravely it's Psalm
for the heart of the storm is the center of calm!

Let hope be not quenched in the blackness of night,
though the cyclone awhile may have blotted the light,
for behind the great darkness the stars ever shine,
and the Light of God's Heavens, His Love shall make thine!
Let no gloom dim thine eyes, but uplift them on High,
to the face of thy God, and the blue of His Sky!

The storm is thy shelter from danger and sin,
and God Himself takes thee for shelter within,
the tempest with Him passeth into deep calm,
and the roar of the winds is the sound of a Psalm!
Be glad and serene when the tempest clouds form,
God smiles on His child in the eye of the storm!"

--Anonymous

DAILY PERSONAL PROVERB (--Dennis Rideout)

The 'trinity of evil': Satan/self/society!
(Satan = 'death', self = 'flesh', society = 'world')

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY (An audio Podcast)

HEADLINES:
On this date in:

1014 Irish forces led by Brian Boru (pictured) clashed with the Vikings in the Battle of Clontarf.

1564 It is generally believed that English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare was born. He died on the same date 52 years later.

1616 The Spanish poet Cervantes died in Madrid.

1789 President-elect George Washington and his wife moved into the first executive mansion, the Franklin House in New York City.

1791 James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States, was born in Franklin County, Pa.

1827 Irish mathematician and physicist Rowan Hamilton presented his Theory of Systems of Rays.

1896 The Vitascope system for projecting movies onto a screen was demonstrated in New York City.

1908 President Theodore Roosevelt signed an act creating the U.S. Army Reserve.

1923 Gdynia was inaugurated as a Polish seaport on the south coast of the Baltic Sea.

1940 About 200 people died in a dance-hall fire in Natchez, Miss.

1954 Batting against Vic Raschi of the St. Louis Cardinals, Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his 755 home runs in Major League Baseball.

1968 The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged to form the United Methodist Church.

1971 The Rolling Stones' album ''Sticky Fingers'' was released.

1982 The Conch Republic facetiously declared independence from the United States.

1985 The Coca-Cola Co. announced it was changing its secret formula for Coke. However, negative public reaction later forced the company to resume selling the original version.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS TODAY:


85 Janet Blair Actress
78 Shirley Temple Black Diplomat and former child actress
67 Lee Majors Actor (''The Six Millon Dollar Man'')
67 David Birney Actor
58 Blair Brown Actress

HISTORICAL MEMORIAL TRANSITIONS:


52 William Shakespeare 4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616 English poet and dramatist
49 Sir William Penn 4/23/1621 - 9/16/1670 English admiral and father of Pennsylvania's founder
62 Sergey Prokofiev 4/23/1891 - 3/5/1953 Russian composer

THE HISTORY CHANNEL'S (comercial) VIDEO FOR THIS DATE

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

Today's 'Art Media SELECTION' is: a collection of 36 ACTION-GRAPHICS - computer graphics illustrations at its best - guaranted to fascinate & amuse you!

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NOTABLE QUOTES (Various Authors)

"Keep us little and unknown,
prized and loved by God alone."
--Charles Wesley

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

Distant Impact -
Nuclear energy might make a comeback. An industry watchdog says that could impact people far from the power plants. CLICK HERE


For the archive page, -- CLICK HERE

'NOW I LAY ME DOWN ... '

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

Search me, O God, and find any WAYWARDNESS in me - any REBELLIOUSNESS -
any HESITATION to do Thy Will immediately - openly, simply, gladly.