Pilgrim's Path Daily

Thursday, June 15, 2006

DAILY BIBLE PROMISE

** God put His Cross where His Mouth Was - all along! ** Today's Bible Promise is ... "Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you." Php 4:9

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

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MORNING

The secret things belong unto the LORD
our God: but those things which
are revealed belong unto us.

Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.

The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him: and he will shew them his covenant.--There is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets.--Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him?

Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.--If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth.

DEUT. 29. 29. Ps. 131. 1, 2. Ps. 25. 14.--
Da. 2. 28.--Job 26. 14. John 15. 15.--
John 14. 15-17.


EVENING

The Spirit . . . maketh intercession for the
saints according to the will of God.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.--Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.

This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.--This is the will of God, even your sanctification.

God hath . . . called us . . . unto holiness: . . . who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit.

ROM. 8. 27. John 16. 23, 24.--Ep. 6. 18.
1 John 5. 14, 15.--1 Th. 4. 3. 1 Th. 4. 7, 8.
1 Th. 5. 16-19.

Thanks to the Restoration Movement for this wonderful online service!

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

GOD'S BIBLE NAMES 6/15
"THE CHILD JESUS"

Luke 2:43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not [of it].

Here we have our first view of Jesus as a young lad, interested in the business of His Heavenly Father. Hear Him when Joseph and Mary seek Him: "Knew ye not that I must be about My Father's business?" The strangeness of the story of His life is a constant surprise. God manifest in the flesh --- a Child --- with Words of Wisdom falling from His lips --- a message for us all, "Occupy (do business) till I come!" Every disciple is a business man or woman, and our business is the most important in all the world. Let us take as a motto for our daily life the Words of the Child Jesus, "I must be about my Father's business!"

Lord, help us to be busy about Thy business this day. Amen.

DAILY THANKSGIVING

Gen 29:35

"And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD:
therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing."

IMAGINE THAT! - 90 seconds on NEW scientific discoveries

Hydrothermal Vents #1 --
An underwater lost city on the floor of the Atlantic sounds like something from a movie... but researchers recently found one! CLICK HERE


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'MY LAST WORDS WERE ... '

Well, all I can say is that I am very glad I am NOT like them - over there!

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

Milkweed World --
Most of us recognize milkweeds, with their tufted seeds floating through the air each fall. But milkweeds are really worth watching throughout the year. CLICK HERE


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HASTE!

Breaking through the sound barrier is one of the most dramatic human achievements we've managed so far. The sheer force of penetrating one physical level and bursting into another is kind of mind-boggling in it's own right. But wherever man's imagination beckons, his curiosity and daring are sure to follow.

To achieve flight, certain aerodynamics were required - as well as speed. But how fast is TOO fast? Or is there such a thing - as 'too fast'?

Exploration has been used as man's right for centuries. Even where the plundering of the earth and all of God's Creation has resulted. 'Damn the consequences - man MUST KNOW!'. And so, on we go - higher & higher, bigger & bigger, faster & faster.

In the Book of Daniel, He Prophesies that - in these 'end times', just prior to Christ's Return - "knowledge shall increase". Well, it certainly has! And if we see 'increase' as 'compress, or quicken, or accelerate' - and if we apply this to the 'information explosion' of today - then we are LIVING Daniel's Prophesy NOW!

There are 'scales' of things. Proportions in which things assume their natural dimensions - in which they function properly. The rate of knowledge-increase is at such an astonishingly rapid rate today that it has become - SIMPLY INHUMAN! No soul CAN 'keep up' with such escalations. In ANY discipline, or science - the speed at which knowledge is increasing can no longer be adequately measured.

So what happens to man, when his environment becomes psychologically carnivorous? Experiments with rats, congested with far too much of everything (social interaction, food, water, etc) result in neurotic, anxious creatures that hardly resemble their 'normal' counterparts. And the comparison between these rats and today's modern, city-dweller is striking.

If it is true, spiritually, that we MUST Hush to Hear, and be Still to Know God, etc. - then it might also be observed that to quiet down, we must first SLOW DOWN! Simplicity is as much a part of Humility as Sincerity, or Honesty. But where there is NO PEACE (God's Government within) - these things are not possible. And they are becoming MORE impossible in this wicked, chaotic world every day.

Haste doesn't just 'make waste' - it LAYS WASTE any soul that WILL NOT come to Christ to HUSH and HEAR God.

DAILY HYMN (LYRICS & MUSIC)



HARK! FROM THE TOMBS A DOLEFUL SOUND

Hark! from the tombs a doleful sound;
My ears, attend the cry;
“Ye living men, come view the ground
Where you must shortly lie.

“Princes, this clay must be your bed,
In spite of all your towers;
The tall, the wise, the rev’rend head
Must lie as low as ours!”

Great God! is this our certain doom?
And are we still secure?
Still walking downward to our tomb,
And yet prepare no more?

Grant us the powers of quick’ning grace,
To fit our souls to fly,
Then, when we drop this dying flesh,
We’ll rise above the sky.


Thanks to the Cyber Hymnal for this wonderful online service!

PODCAST - DAILY DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

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Omission carries the same sin Penalty as Commission

'The Practice Of The Presence Of God'
- Conversations and Letters of Brother Lawrence -
an audio-booklet, narrated by Dennis Rideout

"I walk before God simply, in faith, with humility and with love; and I apply myself diligently to do nothing and think nothing which may displease Him." --Brother Lawrence

PART THREE (16 minutes)

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Letters

Introduction: Brother Lawrence's letters are the very heart and soul of what is titled 'The Practice of the Presence of God'. All of these letters were written during the last ten years of his life. Many of them were to long-time friends, a Carmelite sister and another nun at a nearby convent. One or both of these friends were from his native village, perhaps relatives.

The first letter was probably written to the prioress of one of these convents. The second letter was written to Brother Lawrence's own spiritual adviser. Note that the fourth letter is written in the third person where Brother Lawrence describes his own experience. The letters follow the tradition of substituting M_ for specific names.

First Letter: You so earnestly desire that I describe the method by which I arrived at that habitual sense of God's presence, which our merciful Lord has been pleased to grant me. I am complying with my request that you show my letter to no one. If I knew that you would let it be seen, all the desire I have for your spiritual progress would not be enough to make me comply.

The account I can give you is: Having found in many books different methods of going to God and diverse practices of the spiritual life, I thought this would serve rather to puzzle me than facilitate what I sought after, which was nothing but how to become wholly God's. This made me resolve to give the all for the All.

After having given myself wholly to God to make all the satisfaction I could for my sins, I renounced, for the love of Him, everything that was not God; and I began to live as if there was none but He and I in the world.

Sometimes I considered myself before Him as a poor criminal at the feet of his judge. At other times I beheld Him in my heart as my Father, as my God. I worshipped Him the oftenest I could, keeping my mind in His holy presence and recalling it as often as I found it wandered from Him. I made this my business not only at the appointed times of prayer but all the time; every hour, every minute, even in the height of my work. I drove from my mind everything that interrupted my thoughts of God.

I found no small pain in this exercise. Yet I continued it notwithstanding all the difficulties that occurred. I tried not to trouble or disquiet myself when my mind wandered. Such has been my common practice ever since I entered religious life. Though I have done it very imperfectly, I have found great advantages by it. These, I well know, are due to the mercy and goodness of God, because we can do nothing without Him; and I still less than any.

When we are faithful to keep ourselves in His holy presence, and set Him always before us, this hinders our offending Him and doing anything that may displease Him. It also begets in us a holy freedom, and, if I may so speak, a familiarity with God, where, when we ask, He supplies the grace we need. Over time, by often repeating these acts, they become habitual, and the presence of God becomes quite natural to us.

Please give Him thanks with me for His great goodness towards me, which I can never sufficiently express, and for the many favors He has done for so miserable a sinner as I am. May all things praise Him. Amen.

Second Letter: Not finding my manner of life described in books, although I have no problem with that, yet, for reassurance, I would appreciate your thoughts about it.

In conversation some days ago, a devout person told me the spiritual life was a life of grace, which begins with servile fear, is increased by hope of eternal life, and is completed by pure love; that each of these states had its different phases, by which one arrives, at last, at that blessed consummation.

I have not followed these methods at all. On the contrary, I instinctively felt they would discourage me. Instead, at my entrance into religious life, I took a resolution to give myself up to God as the best satisfaction I could make for my sins and, for the love of Him, to renounce all besides.

For the first years, I commonly employed myself during the time set apart for devotion with thoughts of death, judgment, hell, heaven, and my sins. I continued, for some years, applying my mind carefully the rest of the day, and even in the midst of my work, to the presence of God, whom I considered always as with me, often as in my heart.

At length I began to do the same thing during my set time of prayer, which gave me joy and consolation. This practice produced in me so high an esteem for God that faith alone was enough to assure me.

Such was my beginning. Yet I must tell you that, for the first ten years, I suffered a great deal. During this time I fell often and rose again presently. It seemed to me that all creatures, reason, and God, Himself, were against me and faith alone for me.

The apprehension that I was not devoted to God as I wished to be, my past sins always on my mind, and the great unmerited favors which God did for me, were the source of my sufferings and feelings of unworthiness. I was sometimes troubled with thoughts that to believe I had received such favors was an effect of my imagination, which pretended to be so soon where others arrived with great difficulty. At other times I believed it was all a willful delusion and that there was no hope for me.

Finally, I considered the prospect of spending the rest of my days in these troubles. I discovered this did not diminish the trust I had in God. In fact, it only served to increase my faith. It then seemed that, all at once, I found myself changed. My soul, which, until that time was in trouble, felt a profound inward peace, as if she was in her center and place of rest.

Ever since that time I walk before God simply, in faith, with humility, and with love. I apply myself diligently to do nothing and think nothing which may displease Him. I hope that when I have done what I can, He will do with me what He pleases.

As for what passes in me at present, I cannot express it. I have no pain or difficulty about my state because I have no will but that of God. I endeavor to accomplish His will in all things. I am so resigned that I would not take up a straw from the ground against His order or from any motive but that of pure love for Him.

I have ceased all forms of devotion and set prayers except those which my state requires. I make it my priority to persevere in His holy presence, wherein I maintain a simple attention and a fond regard for God, which I may call an actual presence of God. Or, to put it another way, it is an habitual, silent, and private conversation of the soul with God. This gives me much joy and contentment. In short, I am sure, beyond all doubt, that my soul has been with God above these past thirty years. I pass over many things that I may not be tedious to you.

Yet, I think it is appropriate to tell you how I perceive myself before God, whom I behold as my King. I consider myself as the most wretched of men. I am full of faults, flaws, and weaknesses, and have committed all sorts of crimes against his King. In deep regret I confess all my wickedness to Him. I ask His forgiveness. I abandon myself in His hands that He may do what He pleases with me.

My King is full of mercy and goodness. Far from chastising me, He embraces me with love. He makes me eat at His table. He serves me with His own hands and gives me the key to His treasures. He converses and delights Himself with me incessantly, in a thousand and a thousand ways. And He treats me in all respects as His favorite. In this way I consider myself continually in His holy presence.

My most usual method is this simple attention, an affectionate regard for God to whom I find myself often attached with greater sweetness and delight than that of an infant at the mother's breast. To choose an expression, I would call this state the bosom of God for the inexpressible sweetness which I taste and experience there. If, at any time, my thoughts wander from this state from necessity or infirmity, I am presently recalled by inward emotions so charming and delicious that I cannot find words to describe them.

Please reflect on my great wretchedness, of which you are fully informed, rather than on the great favors God does one as unworthy and ungrateful as I am.

As for my set hours of prayer, they are simply a continuation of the same exercise. Sometimes I consider myself as a stone before a carver, whereof He is to make a statue. Presenting myself thus before God, I desire Him to make His perfect image in my soul and render me entirely like Himself.

At other times, when I apply myself to prayer, I feel all my spirit lifted up without any care or effort on my part. This continues as if my soul was suspended yet firmly fixed in God like a center or place of rest.

I know that some charge this state with inactivity, delusion, and self-love. I confess that it is a holy inactivity. And it would be a happy self-love if the soul, in that state, were capable of it. But while the soul is in this repose, she cannot be disturbed by the kinds of things to which she was formerly accustomed. The things that the soul used to depend on would now hinder rather than assist her.

Yet, I cannot see how this could be called delusion, because the soul which enjoys God in this way wants nothing but Him. If this is delusion, then only God can remedy it. Let Him do what He pleases with me. I desire only Him and to be wholly devoted to Him.

Please send me your opinion as I greatly value and have a singular esteem for your reverence, and am yours.

Third Letter: We have a God who is infinitely gracious and knows all our wants. I always thought that He would reduce you to extremity. He will come in His own time, and when you least expect Him. Hope in Him more than ever. Thank Him with me for the favors He does you, particularly for the fortitude and patience which He gives you in your afflictions. It is a plain mark of the care He takes of you. Comfort yourself with Him, and give thanks for all.

I admire also the fortitude and bravery of M_. God has given him a good disposition and a good will; but he is still a little worldly and somewhat immature. I hope the affliction God has sent him will help him do some reflection and inner searching and that it may prove to be a wholesome remedy to him. It is a chance for him to put all his trust in God who accompanies him everywhere. Let him think of Him as much as he can, especially in time of great danger.

A little lifting up of the heart and a remembrance of God suffices. One act of inward worship, though upon a march with sword in hand, are prayers which, however short, are nevertheless very acceptable to God. And, far from lessening a soldier's courage in occasions of danger, they actually serve to fortify it.

Let him think of God as often as possible. Let him accustom himself, by degrees, to this small but holy exercise. No one sees it, and nothing is easier than to repeat these little adorations all through the day.

Please recommend to him that he think of God the most he can in this way. It is very fit and most necessary for a soldier, who is daily faced with danger to his life, and often to his very salvation.

I hope that God will assist him and all the family, to whom I present my service, being theirs and yours.

DAILY BIBLE PROVERB

Pr 12:12
"The strong tower of the wicked comes to ruin,
but the root of the righteous stands firm."

PODCAST - DAILY AUDIO DEVOTIONALS

DAILY POEM

"Go bury thy sorrow, the world hath its share; Go bury it deeply, go hide it with care.
Go think of it calmly, when curtained by night; Go tell it to Jesus, and all will be right.

Go tell it to Jesus, He knoweth thy grief; Go tell it to Jesus, He'll send thee relief;
Go gather the sunshine He sheds on the way: He'll lighten thy burden' Go, weary one, pray.

Hearts growing aweary with heavier woe Now droop 'mid the darkness' Go, comfort them, go!
Go bury thy sorrow, let others be blessed; Go give them the sunshine, tell Jesus the rest".

--Ira Sankey, Hymnist - 1871

DAILY AUDIO PODCAST

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Abiding in The Vine Ripens Branch's Fruit

DAILY PERSONAL PROVERB (--Dennis Rideout)

Faith comes by Hearing;
Knowing comes by SEEING!
(2Cor 3:18)

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY (An audio Podcast)

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HEADLINES:
On this date in:


1215 King John put his seal to the Magna Carta at Runnymede, England, granting his barons more liberty.

1389 In the Battle of Kosovo, Turks defeated Serbs and Bosnians.

1752 Benjamin Franklin conducted an experiment to prove that lightning is electricity by flying a kite in a thunderstorm.

1775 The Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington head of the Continental Army.

1836 Arkansas became the 25th state.

1844 Charles Goodyear received a patent for a process to strengthen rubber.

1846 The United States and Britain signed a treaty settling a boundary dispute between Canada and the United States in the Pacific Northwest.

1849 James Polk, the 11th president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tenn., at age 53.

1864 Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton signed an order establishing a military burial ground, which became Arlington National Cemetery.

1904 The General Slocum burned in New York's East River, killing over 1,000 people.

1923 Baseball hall-of-famer Lou Gehrig made his major league debut with the New York Yankees.

1954 The Union of European Football Associations was founded in Basel, Switzerland.

1978 King Hussein of Jordan married 26-year-old American Lisa Halaby, who became Queen Noor.

1992 Vice President Dan Quayle erroneously instructed a Trenton, N.J., elementary school student to spell potato as ''potatoe'' during a spelling bee.

1994 Israel and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations.

1995 During his murder trial, O.J. Simpson struggled to don a pair of gloves that prosecutors said were worn by the killer of Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

1996 Singer Ella Fitzgerald died at age 79.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS TODAY:

74 Mario Cuomo Former New York governor
68 Billy Williams Baseball hall-of-famer
60 Janet Lennon Singer (The Lennon Sisters)
57 Russell Hitchcock Singer (Air Supply)
52 Jim Belushi Actor-comedian (''According to Jim'')
52 Terri Gibbs Country singer
51 Julie Hagerty Actress (''Airplane!'')
48 Wade Boggs Baseball hall-of-famer
47 Eileen Davidson Actress (''The Young and the Restless'')
43 Helen Hunt Actress (''Mad About You'')

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

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

Today's 'Art Media SELECTION' is: Light's Most Exotic Trick Yet: So Fast it Goes ... Backwards? ARTICLE: Researchers at the University of Rochester have pushed light into reverse. As if to defy common sense, the backward-moving pulse of light travels faster than light.

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NOTABLE QUOTES (Various Authors)

"Even a person that 'knows that they know, that they know, that they know!',
can be self-deceived! (is self-convinced)"
--Dennis Rideout

MUSIC APPRECIATION FOR TODAY


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

Opening the Floodgates --
Glaciers in Greenland are starting to move more quickly. CLICK HERE


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'NOW I LAY ME DOWN ... '

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

Lord, I thank You for Your Wisdom. You can See all things - the Ending from the Beginning. So when we rely on Your Judgment - and because You CANNOT lie - our Faith and Trust in You is ALWAYS Validated.

Thank You for Who You Are - and because of Christ's Blood - Whose we Are IN-Christ!