Pilgrim's Path Daily

Friday, June 09, 2006

DAILY BIBLE PROMISE

** God put His Cross where His Mouth Was - all along! ** Today's Bible Promise is ... "The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, [saying], Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee." Jer 31:3

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MORNING

Never man spake like this man.

T HOU art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.--The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary. His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend.

All bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth.--For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.--The sword of the Spirit . . . is the word of God.--The word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.--The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

JOHN 7. 46. Ps. 45. 2.--Is. 50. 4.--Ca. 5. 16.
Lu. 4. 22.--Mat. 7. 29. Col. 3. 16.--
Ep. 6. 17.--He. 4. 12.--2 Co. 10. 4, 5.


EVENING

The triumphing of the wicked is short.

T HOU shalt bruise his heel.--This is your hour, and the power of darkness.--As the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.--Having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist stedfast in the faith.--Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.--The God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.--The devil . . . was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, . . . and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

JOB 20. 5. Ge. 3. 15.--Lu. 22. 53.--
He. 2. 14.--Col. 2. 15. 1 Pe. 5. 8, 9.--
Ja. 4. 7. Ps. 37. 12, 13.--Ro. 16. 20.--
Re. 20. 10.

Thanks to the Restoration Movement for this wonderful online service!

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

GOD'S BIBLE NAMES 6/9
"THE CONSOLATION OF ISRAEL"

Luke 2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name [was] Simeon; and the same man [was] just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

Simeon was just and devout and waited for the "Consolation of Israel." "Consolation" means "Paraclete" (One coming alongside, or "with") as we think and speak of the Holy Spirit Who comes to abide in and lead us out in our daily life (walk-with-IN-Christ). Simeon was waiting for the deliverance of the Jews by the coming of the Messiah. They did not as a Nation, receive Him, but some did and were consoled, and Israel shall yet have the Promised Consolation, as Paul was comforted by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit (1Th 1:5).

Lord, may we also rely upon the abiding comfort of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit all the day. Amen.

DAILY THANKSGIVING

Rom 1:21
"Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God,
neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations,
and their foolish heart was darkened."

IMAGINE THAT! - 90 seconds on NEW scientific discoveries

Eskeletons --
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'MY LAST WORDS WERE ... '

Well, God would NEVER do that to me, or allow that for me!
He would never lead ME that way!

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

Building With Mud --
The spring building season begins when winter loosens its icy grip. This is as true for birds as it is for human contractors. Barn swallows get down to the business of nest building with mud. CLICK HERE


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FOTO TOTO?

SLAVERY!

The bondage of one mortal by other mortals is a topic which was 'taboo' for the KJV - the so-called 'authorized version'. It was only 'authorized' by the king - James - but it has deceived many for centuries since!

Slavery was big business then. Lots of money, power and prestige was at-stake where the trafficking in humans was concerned. Whole fleets of ships, entire compounds and living quarters were equipped for the purpose of this soul-commerce.

The photo above is a snapshot of just such a slave barracks - preserved in Australia. A sort of memorial to the evil which society took for granted as 'acceptable' - not so very long ago. That the living conditions were only just tolerable is clear. But the death rate on board slaves ships was often enormous.

In the KJV, there is only one reference or use of the word "slave" (Jer 2:14), and only one of "bondslave" (Lev 25:39). Yet God had actually Legislated the proper Governmental Administration of slaves for the Hebrew Nation. Down to the limits of any such 'bondage' (even when self imposed). In the RSV, the words "slave", "Slaves" & "slavery" appear 156 times!

Regardless what man thinks of any such (controversial) subjects, God's Word should be studied AS HE SAID IT - not as we might prefer to hear it. Bias is unavoidable. So, for this reason, and because they knew how offensive (politically) to King James the use of such words might be (not to mention provocative!) - they 'dodged that bullet' by simple substitution (distortion). They admitted as much in their PREAMBLE (see LINKS, in right hand panel of this blog - now omitted from modern KJV publications!). In it, they stress, recommend and advise every reader NOT to rely upon ANY one translation or 'version' - but to avail themselves of as many as might be useful to careful examination of the Scriptures.

Slavery is only one example of perversion of Scripture for social or political deception. But one so glaringly obvious, it deserves our focus. We are spoiled in the English language - we have so MANY fine translations - from as many linguistic experts. No student in our 'mother tongue' needs to be a scholar of another dialect or language - to discern with great clarity and lucidity the fine innuendos and subtle nuances of the Prophet or Apostle's intentions. All these are laid bare quite evidently to the English reader!

As to the controversy surrounding the issue of slavery in the Bible - let each soul inquire of GOD - and abandon, once-for-all, seeking from man what Christ made clear CAN only come from GOD! (see Jn 5:44) And in the meantime - let us all surrender our opinions, preconceived notions, biased perceptions and the like, in the same manner in which we submit our choices to God - FOR SALVATION! The only alternative is to prefer (lean to) our own 'understanding', and choose that 'way that SEEMS right to a man - but which ends in DEATH!'.

DAILY HYMN (LYRICS & MUSIC)



JESU, MEEK AND LOWLY

Jesu, meek and lowly,
Savior, pure and holy,
On Thy love relying
Hear me humbly crying.

Prince of life and power,
My salvation’s tower,
On the cross I view Thee
Calling sinners to Thee.

There behold me gazing
At the sight amazing;
Bending low before Thee,
Helpless I adore Thee.

By Thy red wounds streaming,
With Thy life blood gleaming,
Blood for sinners flowing
Pardon free bestowing;

By that fount of blessing,
Thy dear love expressing,
All my aching sadness
Turn Thou into gladness.

Lord, in mercy guide me,
Be Thou e’er beside me;
In Thy ways direct me;
’Neath Thy wings protect me.


Thanks to the Cyber Hymnal for this wonderful online service!

PODCAST - DAILY DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

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The soul of a man is God's wick (Pr 20:27)
The NT word Witness in the Greek means Martyr

'SOUL FOOD' - an audio-book by G.D. Watson - Ch. 31 of 32

Chapter 31 - "THE SPIRIT OF CRUCIFIXION"
-- G.D. Watson lived in England, in the early part of the 1900's --




The act of crucifixion is one thing, but the Spirit in which the crucifixion is to be borne is another. In some respects, the act may be brief and finished; but the inward heart disposition that should pervade crucifixion is a continuous principle, extending through life, ever - widening its range over a multiplicity of applications, and growing in intensity to the end. This divinely beautiful spirit of self-immolation cannot be defined. It can only be faintly described. It is a heart - quality, a soul - essence, too fluid to be held in by words. If we could get a vision of the soul of Jesus, from the Last Supper to His death on the cross, and have a clear, spiritual discernment of all the thoughts and feelings and affections and sympathies, and every quality of disposition that was in His nature during those long hours, in such a spiritual vision we would see the full-sized mind appropriate to crucifixion.

Thousands have had, in greater or less degrees, a spiritual revelation into this history of the soul of Jesus. Such a vision can only be given by the Holy Ghost, for it is infinitely beyond the natural reason and imagination.

In the same proportion that we discern the inward spirit Christ had during those hours, in that proportion can we drink of that spirit, until we can suffer, bleed, and die in our measure, with the very same dispositions He had.

It is a silent spirit. It suffers without advertising the depth of its suffering. A dog or a pig will howl and squeal at the least pain or fright, but the lamb quivers and suffers in silence. It can weep until the fountains of tears are exhausted, and then it goes on weeping interior tears in the heart. Because the outward tears have ceased, its cruel critics think it has no pain, but God can see those hot, invisible tears of th spirit, and they fall upon His cheek and move His infinite compassion. It can be snubbed, scolded, criticised, misunderstood, misrepresented, and checked and hindered in a thousand ways without a groan, or a kick, or a trace of threatening or impudence.

It is sworn to eternal submissiveness. Out of a passion of Divine love, it has calmly signed the death-warrant of self. It can have a thousand little gifts and treasures, and harmless earthly pleasures, and pleasant hopes, and friendly ties snatched out of its hand, without clutching the fingers to hold on to them. It gently and sweetly lets everything go. It can obey God and be rushing at full speed on lines of service and duty for Him, and then, at the touch of God's providential air-brake, it can be brought to an instantaneous standstill, without shaking the train to pieces by a single jar or the least jostling of the will from its perfect repose in Jesus.

It is a flexible spirit, with no plan of its own. It can be turned by the finger of god in any direction without a moment's warning. It can walk into a dungeon or a throne, into a hut or a palace, with equal ease and freedom. It has lost its own will in union with God, and partakes of the movements of the Divine mind, as a floating cloud partakes of the movements of the air which encircles it. It can wear old, threadbare clothes, and live on plain food, with a thankful and sweet disposition, without even a thought of envy, or coveting the nice things of others. It looks with a quiet, secret, joyful contempt on all the honors and pleasures, and learning and culture, and the honorable splendors of earth. It inwardly despises what other people are longing to get hold of. This is because it sees into heaven, and is so fascinated with the magnitude of coming glories that even the pretty and honorable things of this world look ugly to it.

It embraces suffering as its natural food. The rugged cross, which frightens so many Christians, is embraced by this spirit with a sweet, subtle joy, because it knows that all suffering will enlarge and sweeten its love. It is love on fire, and seeks to pour itself out in avenues of self-abnegation. What other Christians shun as a hardship, it gladly accepts as an opportunity of sweeter union with God. It longs for nothing but more love. It likes to die over and over again for the sake of widening its ocean of love. It loves its enemies with a sweet, gentle, yearning affection, utterly beyond what they would be willing to believe. It can be bruised and trampled on, and turn with a quivering, speechless lip, and a tear-dimmed eye, and kiss and pray for the foot that, under the pretense of religious duty, is trampling it in the dust. This is no fancy sketch; I mean what I say. This spirit, like St. Paul, longs for the coming of Jesus, and yearns to be clothed upon with glorification. It would gladly never have any physical pleasure but for the legitimate needs and recreations of the body. In the language of the wise man, "It eats for strength, and not for the mere pleasure of appetite."

This spirit will not receive human honor into itself. If it is praised or honored by its fellows, instead of eating it as a sweet morsel, it offers it up instantly to the Lord, as the angel did with the good dinner which was presented to him by Manoah. Its highest delight is in sinking into God and being little. It loves to humble itself, both before God and man. It shuns debate and strife, and theological argument.

It is modest and retiring, and loves to get out of God's way, and see Him work. It would rather see the ark capsize, and the cherubim all broken, than to put forth its finger to meddle with God's authority. It does not make others wear its sackcloth. It would rather take other people's sufferings on itself than to take their joys. It has a deep, interior vision of the soul of Jesus, and is smitten with the Divine beauty of Christ's inner heart-life, and loves to repeat over again the feeling which Christ had. It has glimpses of the face of Jesus when He was dying. It sees the purple tint in His features as His head dropped upon His breast, and sees a glory in it which eclipses the splendor of the tall white angels.

When the soul enters sanctification, it is just the beginning of this spirit, which is to spread, intensify, and brighten until crucifixion becomes an all-consuming passion, a sweetly sorrowful, sadly beautiful flame of self-abnegation, which takes hold of all sorts of woes, and troubles, and mortifications, and pains, and poverties, and hardships, as a very hot fire takes hold on wet logs and makes out of them fresh fuel for more self-sacrificing love.

This is the spirit that opens the gate of heaven without touching it. This is the spirit that wears out the patience of persecutors, that softens the heart of stone, that in the long run converts enemies into friends, that touches the heart of sinners, that wins its way through a thousand obstacles, that outwits the genius of the devil, and that makes the soul that has it as precious to God as the apple of His eye.

WORSHIP & DEVOTIONAL MUSIC


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DAILY BIBLE PROVERB

Pr 12:8
"A man shall be commended according to his wisdom:
but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised."

PODCAST - DAILY AUDIO DEVOTIONALS

  • ON 'UNBELIEF' - (5:00 minutes)
  • ON 'HOPE' - (5:38 minutes)
  • ON 'ASK!' - (6:37 minutes)
  • ON ''LIGHT (Witness)'' - (6:10 minutes)
  • ON 'GRACE' - (6:28 minutes)

    For a complete listing (by topic) of ALL the Deeper-Life audio-devotionals available at Pilgrim's Path's Website (over 2000 audios) CLICK HERE

DAILY POEM

"Keep up the song of faith, however dark the night;
and as you praise, the Lord will work to change your faith to sight!"

"Keep up the song of faith, and let your heart be strong,
for God delights when faith can praise though dark the night and long.

"Keep up the song of faith, the foe will hear and flee;
oh, let not Satan hush your song - for praise is victory!

"Keep up the song of faith, the dawn will break ere long,
and we shall go to meet the Lord, and join the endless Song!"

--M.E.Barber

DAILY AUDIO PODCAST

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God sees ALL competition as idolatry!

DAILY PERSONAL PROVERB (--Dennis Rideout)

God Wants the "Impossible" for man! -Mt19:26

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY (An audio Podcast)

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HEADLINES:
On this date in:

68 Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide after he was deposed by the Senate.

1815 Congress of Vienna ended, redrawing the political map of Europe after the defeat of Napoleon.

1870 Author Charles Dickens died at age 58.

1885 The end of the Franco-Chinese War. China gave up Tonkin and Annam (most of present day Vietnam).

1891 Composer Cole Porter was born in Peru, Ind.

1934 Donald Duck debuted in The Wise Little Hen.

1940 Norway surrendered to the Nazis during World War II.

1969 The Senate confirmed Warren Burger to be chief justice of the United States, succeeding Earl Warren.

1973 Secretariat became horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 25 years by winning the Belmont Stakes.

1978 Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints struck down a 148-year-old policy of excluding black men from the Mormon priesthood.

1980 Comedian Richard Pryor suffered near-fatal burns at his home when a mixture of ''free-base'' cocaine exploded.

1986 The Rogers Commission released its report on the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.


CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS TODAY:

91 Les Paul Guitarist
90 Robert S. McNamara Former defense secretary
76 Marvin Kalb Broadcast journalist
67 Dick Vitale Sportscaster
65 Jon Lord Rock musician (Whitesnake, Deep Purple)
50 Patricia Cornwell Author
45 Aaron Sorkin Writer-producer (''The West Wing'')
45 Michael J. Fox Actor
43 Johnny Depp Actor

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

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

Today's 'Art Media SELECTION' is: PETRA! Everything you ever wanted to know about the ancient city in Jordan - and of Bible fame. A presentation of the American Museum of Natural history - well worth a look!

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NOTABLE QUOTES (Various Authors)

"There is always another chance.

This thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down -
but the STAYING down!"

--Mary Pickford

MUSIC APPRECIATION FOR TODAY


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

Parting the Waters --
Great Lakes experts look at ways to stop invasive species by parting the waters. CLICK HERE


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'NOW I LAY ME DOWN ... '

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

Lord, thank You for providing me with that spiritual Fellowship in-Christ suited to my needs - starting, of course, with my Fellowship with You!

You Know my needs and just WHEN a thing is appropriate for me. Thank You for teaching me to Trust You with such things.