Pilgrim's Path Daily

Monday, June 19, 2006

DAILY BIBLE PROMISE

** God put His Cross where His Mouth Was - all along! ** Today's Bible Promise is ... "For as the heaven is high above the earth, [so] great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, [so] far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth [his] children, [so] the LORD pitieth them that fear him." Ps 103:11-13

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

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MORNING

Holiness, without which no man shall see
the Lord.

Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.--There shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth.--There is no spot in thee.

Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.--As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: but as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.--Put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and . . . put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.--He hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.

HEB. 12. 14. John 3. 3.--Re. 21. 27.--
Ca. 4. 7. Le. 19. 2.--1 Pe. 1. 14-17.
Ep. 4. 22-24. Ep. 1. 4.


EVENING


Gold tried in the fire.

There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, but he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you.--Now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

The God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.--In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

REV. 3. 18. Mar. 10. 29, 30. 1 Pe. 4. 12.--
1 Pe. 1. 6, 7. 1 Pe. 5. 10.--John 16. 33.

Thanks to the Restoration Movement for this wonderful online service!

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

GOD'S BIBLE NAMES 6/19
"THE CHRIST OF GOD"

Luke 9:20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.

Jesus was alone in prayer and asked His disciples the question, "Whom say the people that I Am?" ...and after they had given their answers, He asked the question in our Text. The disciples were compelled to recognize His Heavenly Gifts, His Greatness, His Power and His Gracious Spirit, but it was hard for them to think of Him as One Who must suffer persecution and death at the hands of the Jews. But He knew all that was before Him and walked steadily on towards the cruel cross upon which He must die. Today the professing church is inclined to reject the theme of His Atoning Blood, but those of us to whom He is "The Christ of God" adore Him more and more as the depths of His sacrifice and sufferings are revealed.

Lord, may we hold Thee in our hearts today as "The Christ of God". Amen.

DAILY THANKSGIVING

SUNNY DAYS:

Lord, the weather has changed - and now the sun shines brightly most days. I so appreciate this delightful weather.

Thank You for them!

IMAGINE THAT! - 90 seconds on NEW scientific discoveries

Aquatic Food Change --
Some lake fish enjoy a beautiful breezy day as much as we do... for all the food that blows or falls right into their...uh...laps! CLICK HERE


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'MY LAST WORDS WERE ... '

I will NEVER grow up! Not even GOD can make that happen!

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

Hummingbird Home --
The typical bird nest is a cluster of twigs as big as a saucer. The hummingbird's nest is the size of about half a walnut shell. Contemplate this miniature masterpiece! CLICK HERE


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FOTO TOTO?

PROVISION!

There's lossa, LOSSA wassa there - behind that dam! Stored up - waiting to burst forth. A pent-up tsunami and a quiet resource of massive power! Note the power towers marching across the desert towards Las Vegas & L.A.?

This dam manages the scrappy Colorado river - you know - the one that dug out that 'Grand Canyon'!? But in taming it's torrents and tantrums, it regulates the water resources for much of the south west - all of southern California, for starters!

God has massive Provisions too. It is shameful how we speak of His grace in such common terms. As if Grace were less than the power of this 'Hoover dam'. But see - Grace is only AVAILABLE to Faith. And Faith is far rarer than we think. Jesus was impressed with Faith - whenever He encountered it - and SAID so! But very few souls ever truly TAKE Jesus Christ AT HIS WORD! If they did, they would be as astonished as those who have.

God Provides - ALL! Everything that is, has been Provided by God. But folks still prefer the Provision to the Provider - and He does not LIKE that. And I don't blame Him. God Is Father. And Father Loves LOTS. And He HAS lots of Love to Give - but few takers.

Let's try to get SERIOUS about God - just for Himself. Let's try to make time for Him - make ROOM for Him in our busy, puny lives. Let's try to REMEMBER God on HIS Father's Day! TODAY!

DAILY HYMN (LYRICS & MUSIC)



O CHRIST, OUR GOD

O Christ, our God, Who with Thine own hast been,
Our spirits cleave to Thee, the Friend unseen.

Vouchsafe that all who on Thy bounty feed
May heed Thy love, and prize Thy gifts indeed.

Make every heart that is Thy dwelling place
A watered garden filled with fruits of grace.

Each holy purpose help us to fulfill;
Increase our faith to feed upon Thee still.

Illuminate our minds, that we may see
In all around us holy signs of Thee.

And may such witness in our lives appear,
That all may know Thou hast been with us here.

O grant us peace, that by Thy peace possessed,
Thy life within us we may manifest.

So shall we pass our days in holy fear,
In joyful consciousness that Thou art near.

So shalt Thou be for ever, loving Lord,
Our Shield and our exceeding great Reward.


Thanks to the Cyber Hymnal for this wonderful online service!

PODCAST - DAILY DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

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The Spiritual linkage between God's Holiness and our Godly FEAR!

'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 FOUR (12 minutes)

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Letters

Fourth Letter: I am taking this opportunity to tell you about the sentiments of one of our society concerning the admirable effects and continual assistance he receives from the presence of God. May we both profit by them.

For the past forty years his continual care has been to be always with God; and to do nothing, say nothing, and think nothing which may displease Him. He does this without any view or motive except pure love of Him and because God deserves infinitely more.

He is now so accustomed to that divine presence that he receives from God continual comfort and peace. For about thirty years his soul has been filled with joy and delight so continual, and sometimes so great, that he is forced to find ways to hide their appearing outwardly to others who may not understand.

If sometimes he becomes a little distracted from the divine presence, God gently recalls Himself by a stirring in his soul. This often happens when he is most engaged in his outward chores and tasks. He answers with exact fidelity to these inward drawings, either by an elevation of his heart to God, or by a meek and fond regard for Him, or by such words as love forms on these occasions. For instance, he may say, "My God, here I am all devoted to You," or "Lord, make me according to Your heart."

It seems to him (in fact, he feels it) that this God of love, satisfied with such few words, reposes again and rests in the depth and center of his soul. The experience of these things gives him such certainty that God is always in the innermost part of his soul that he is beyond doubting it under any circumstances.

Judge by this what content and satisfaction he enjoys. While he continually finds within himself so great a treasure, he no longer has any need to search for it. He no longer has any anxiety about finding it, because he now has his treasure open before him and may take what he pleases of it.

He often points out our blindness and exclaims that those who content themselves with so little are to be pitied. God, says he, has infinite treasure to bestow, and we take so little through routine devotion, which lasts but a moment. Blind as we are, we hinder God, and stop the current of His grace. But when He finds a soul penetrated with a lively faith, He pours into it His grace and favors plentifully. There they flow like a torrent, which, after being forcibly stopped against its ordinary course, when it has found a passage, spreads itself with impetuosity and abundance.

Yet we often stop this torrent by the little value we set upon it. Let us stop it no more. Let us enter into ourselves and break down the bank which hinders it. Let us make way for grace. Let us redeem the lost time, for perhaps we have but little left. Death follows us close; so let us be well prepared. We die but once and a mistake there is irretrievable.

I say again, let us enter into ourselves. The time presses. There is no room for delay. Our souls are at stake. It seems to me that you are prepared and have taken good measures so you will not be taken by surprise. I commend you for it. It is the one thing necessary. We must always work at it, because not to persevere in the spiritual life is to go back. But those who have the gale of the Holy Spirit go forward even in sleep. If the vessel of our soul is still tossed with winds and storms, let us awake the Lord who reposes within. He will quickly calm the sea.

I have taken the liberty to impart to you these good sentiments that you may compare them with your own. May they serve to re-kindle them, if at any time they may be even a little cooled. Let us recall our first favors and remember our early joys and comforts. And, let us benefit from the example and sentiments of this brother who is little known by the world, but known and extremely caressed by God.

I will pray for you. Please pray also for me, as I am yours in our Lord.

Fifth Letter: Today I received two books and a letter from Sister M_, who is preparing to make her profession. She desires the prayers of your holy society, and yours in particular. I think she greatly values your support. Please do not disappoint her. Pray to God that she may take her vows in view of His love alone, with a firm resolution to be wholly devoted to Him. I will send you one of those books about the presence of God; a subject which, in my opinion, contains the whole spiritual life. It seems to me that whoever duly practices it will soon become devout.

I know that for the right practice of it, the heart must be empty of all other things because God will possess the heart alone. As He cannot possess it alone without emptying it of all besides, so, neither can He act there and do in it what He pleases, unless it be left vacant to Him.

There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God. Only those can comprehend it who practice and experience it. Yet I do not advise you to do it from that motive. It is not pleasure which we ought to seek in this exercise. Let us do it from a principle of love, and because it is God's will for us.

Were I a preacher, I would, above all other things, preach the practice of the presence of God. Were I a director, I would advise all the world to do it, so necessary do I think it, and so easy too. Ah! knew we but the want we have of the grace and assistance of God, we would never lose sight of Him, no, not for a moment.

Believe me. Immediately make a holy and firm resolution never more to forget Him. Resolve to spend the rest of your days in His sacred presence, deprived of all consolations for the love of Him if He thinks fit. Set heartily about this work, and if you do it sincerely, be assured that you will soon find the effects of it.

I will assist you with my prayers, poor as they are. I recommend myself earnestly to you and those of your holy society.

Sixth Letter: I have received from M_ the things which you gave her for me. I wonder that you have not given me your thoughts on the little book I sent to you. Set heartily about the practice of it in your old age. It is better late than never.

I cannot imagine how religious persons can live satisfied without the practice of the presence of God. For my part I keep myself retired with Him in the depth and center of my soul as much as I can. While I am with Him I fear nothing; but the least turning from Him is insupportable. This practice does not tire the body. It is, however, proper to deprive it sometimes, nay often, of many little pleasures which are innocent and lawful. God will not permit a soul that desires to be devoted entirely to Him to take pleasures other than with Him. That is more than reasonable.

I do not say we must put any violent constraint upon ourselves. No, we must serve God in a holy freedom. We must work faithfully without trouble or disquiet, recalling our mind to God mildly and with tranquillity as often as we find it wandering from Him. It is, however, necessary to put our whole trust in God. We must lay aside all other cares and even some forms of devotion, though very good in themselves, yet such as one often engages in routinely. Those devotions are only means to attain to the end.

Once we have established a habit of the practice of the presence of God, we are then with Him who is our end. We have no need to return to the means. We may simply continue with Him in our commerce of love, persevering in His holy presence with an act of praise, of adoration, or of desire; or with an act of resignation, or thanksgiving, and in all the ways our spirit can invent.

Be not discouraged by the repugnance which you may find in it from nature. You must sacrifice yourself. At first, one often thinks it a waste of time. But you must go on and resolve to persevere in it until death, notwithstanding all the difficulties that may occur.

I recommend myself to the prayers of your holy society, and yours in particular. I am yours in our Lord.

WORSHIP & DEVOTIONAL MUSIC


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DAILY BIBLE PROVERB

Pr 12:13
"An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,
but the righteous escapes from trouble."

PODCAST - DAILY AUDIO DEVOTIONALS

DAILY POEM

"When the frosts are in the valley, and the mountaintops are grey;
And the choicest buds are blighted, and the blossoms die away;
A loving Father whispers, 'This cometh from My hand;'
Blessed are ye if ye trust - where ye cannot understand!

"If, after years of toiling, your health should fly away;
And leave your hands all empty, and your locks are turning grey;
Remember then your Father owns all the sea and land;
Blessed are ye if ye trust - where ye cannot understand!"

-- Anonomous

DAILY AUDIO PODCAST

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The Disease of SELF

DAILY PERSONAL PROVERB (--Dennis Rideout)

Self-worship PROVES flesh-ownership!
(some 'possession'!)

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY (An audio Podcast)

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HEADLINES:
On this date in:

1586 English colonists sailed from Roanoke Island, N.C., after failing to establish England's first permanent settlement in America.

1846 The first baseball game (using modern rules) was played in Hoboken, New Jersey.

1862 Slavery was outlawed in U.S. territories.

1867 Maximilian I of the Second Mexican Empire was executed by firing squad in Querétaro.

1903 Baseball hall-of-famer Lou Gehrig was born in New York City.

1910 Father's Day was celebrated for the first time, in Spokane, Wash.

1917 During World War I, King George V ordered the British royal family to dispense with German titles and surnames. The family took the name Windsor.

1934 The Federal Communications Commission was created.

1953 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, N.Y. They had been convicted of conspiring to pass U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.

1961 The Supreme Court struck down a provision in Maryland's constitution requiring state officeholders to profess a belief in God.

1961 Kuwait declared independence from the United Kingdom.

1978 Garfield made his debut in a comic strip.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS TODAY:

70 Gena Rowlands actress
58 Phylicia Rashad Actress (''The Cosby Show'')
52 Kathleen Turner Actress
50 Doug Stone Country singer
44 Paula Abdul Singer-TV personality (''American Idol'')

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

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

Today's 'Art Media SELECTION' is: SILLY! FUN! ZANEY ANIMATION - you'll love it. If humor can be graphic, this is it. Imagine all the code that was required to make this little ditty?!

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NOTABLE QUOTES (Various Authors)

"Few sights are more depressing than a confessed Christian defending his supposed "rights", and bitterly resisting any effort to "violate" them.

Such a "Christian" has never accepted the 'Way-Of-The-Cross'."

--A.W.Tozer

MUSIC APPRECIATION FOR TODAY


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

Fanning the Feathers --
Every year millions of birds die in collisions with human-made obstructions. The growth of wind energy might increase their risks. 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 Holiness - the OBJECT of my Godly FEAR!
You have Promised to Make me Holy - like You.

I do not pretend to understand this, but I thank You, Lord.