Pilgrim's Path Daily

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

DAILY BIBLE PROMISE

** God put His Cross where His Mouth Was - all along! ** Today's Bible Promise is ... "(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now [is] the accepted time; behold, now [is] the day of salvation.)" 2 Cor 6:2

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

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MORNING

Take this child away, and nurse it for me,
and I will give thee thy wages.

Go ye . . . into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you.--Whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.--The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.--God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, . . . in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

Every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, . . . Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

EXOD. 2. 9. Mat. 20. 4.--Mar. 9. 41.--
Pr. 11. 25.--He. 6. 10. 1 Co. 3. 8.
Mat. 25. 37, 38, 40, 34.


EVENING

Thou compassest my path and my lying
down.

Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not. And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

The eyes of the LORD run to and fro, throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.--When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.--So he giveth his beloved sleep.

PSA. 139. 3. Ge. 28. 16, 17. 2 Ch. 16. 9.
Ps. 4. 8. Ps. 91. 9-11.--Pr. 3. 24.--
Ps. 127. 2.

Thanks to the Restoration Movement for this wonderful online service!

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

GOD'S BIBLE NAMES 6/20
"A CERTAIN SAMARITAN"

Luke 10:33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion [on him],

The story of the Good Samaritan is familiar to all of us, but read it again. Here we take the liberty of viewing our Lord as "a certain Samaritan". Humanity was His neighbor. He loved all, Lived for all, labored for all and laid down His Life for all. Being what He Was and Is, He could be nothing less, and we look up to Him today and glory in the mightiness of His humanity and the magnificence of His heart. If we are indeed Spirit-Born, then there must be something of His Loving-kindness in us, and the world is waiting for our touch upon it. Will we take the Good Samaritan for our model today and pray,

"Lord Jesus, make us more like Thyself?" Amen.

DAILY THANKSGIVING

Lev 19:24
"And in the fourth year all their fruit shall be holy, an offering of praise to the LORD."

IMAGINE THAT! - 90 seconds on NEW scientific discoveries

Tomato Bacterium --
Tomatoes aren't just for spaghetti sauce...now they're giving researchers clues on how to fight deadly bacterial diseases! CLICK HERE


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'MY LAST WORDS WERE ... '

I'm no good - God could NEVER love me! :(

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

Comb-Overs --
Most birds have bald spots, but you don't see them. It's one of nature's most convincing comb-overs. CLICK HERE


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FOTO TOTO?

Solitude!

Nothing but sea breeze & misty air blowing by - the 'woosh' of that tiny lifeline which attaches you to those faraway folks in that speck of a boat beneath - as it slices through the dusky fog.

A feeling that being all alone is not so bad, after all. Up here, where perspective merges with endlessness. The ocean's expanse, the exhilaration only flying high affords - these grip you. And what a thrill! All, everything and every one 'other-than' is left behind. Abandoned for the moment.

God tells us to be STILL to KNOW Him. Such stillness of soul is not only rare, but quite fearful to most mortals. Far more fearful than the 'high-flight' captured above. But why?

To get alone with God is to FACE Him - in Truth and in Spirit. And we all instinctively Know that this means we must ACCOUNT to God. That is, we must become RECONCILED with Him. And God Is HOLY! That's enough to scare the HELL out of any mortal - for sure!

But KNOW-ing God Is LOVE-ing Him. And until we LOVE Him, we cannot TRUST Him. And there IS Salvation for us.

But if we will - when we DO - what a RUSH! WOAH! What an Adventure it is to Walk and Talk with The Living God-ALMIGHTY! Nothing on earth compares with it - even the thrill captured in the snapshot above!

BE STILL! GET QUIET! HUSH2HEAR! SELAH! When will we ever LEARN?!

DAILY HYMN (LYRICS & MUSIC)



PEACE, PERFECT PEACE

Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.

Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed?
To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.

Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging round?
On Jesus’ bosom naught but calm is found.

Peace, perfect peace, with loved ones far away?
In Jesus’ keeping we are safe, and they.

Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?
Jesus we know, and He is on the throne.

Peace, perfect peace, death shadowing us and ours?
Jesus has vanquished death and all its powers.

It is enough: earth’s struggles soon shall cease,
And Jesus call us to Heaven’s perfect peace.



Thanks to the Cyber Hymnal for this wonderful online service!

PODCAST - DAILY DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

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"A world of confusion results when trying to BELIEVE without OBEYING!" -AWTozer
(Trying to Believe without Obeying is confusion)

'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 FIVW (15 minutes)

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Letters

Seventh Letter: I pity you much. It will be a great relief if you can leave the care of your affairs to M_ and spend the remainder of your life only in worshipping God. He requires no great matters of us; a little remembrance of Him from time to time, a little adoration. Sometimes to pray for His grace, sometimes to offer Him your sufferings, and sometimes to return Him thanks for the favors He has given you, and still gives you in the midst of your troubles. Console yourself with Him the oftenest you can. Lift up your heart to Him at your meals and when you are in company. The least little remembrance will always be pleasing to Him.

You need not cry very loud. He is nearer to us than we are aware. We do not always have to be in church to be with God. We may make an oratory of our heart so we can, from time to time, retire to converse with Him in meekness, humility, and love. Every one is capable of such familiar conversation with God; some more, some less. He knows what we can do.

Let us begin then. Perhaps He expects but one generous resolution on our part. Have courage. We have but little time to live. You are nearly sixty-four, and I am almost eighty. Let us live and die with God. Sufferings will be sweet and pleasant while we are with Him. Without Him, the greatest pleasures will be a cruel punishment to us. May He be praised by all.

Gradually become accustomed to worship Him in this way; to beg His grace, to offer Him your heart from time to time; in the midst of your business, even every moment if you can. Do not always scrupulously confine yourself to certain rules or particular forms of devotion. Instead, act in faith with love and humility.

You may assure M_ of my poor prayers, and that I am their servant, and yours particularly.

Eighth Letter: You tell me nothing new. You are not the only one who is troubled with wandering thoughts. Our mind is extremely roving. But the will is mistress of all our faculties. She must recall our stray thoughts and carry them to God as their final end.

If the mind is not sufficiently controlled and disciplined at our first engaging in devotion, it contracts certain bad habits of wandering and dissipation. These are difficult to overcome. The mind can draw us, even against our will, to worldly things. I believe one remedy for this is to humbly confess our faults and beg God's mercy and help.

I do not advise you to use many words and long discourses in prayer, because they are often the occasions of wandering. Hold yourself in prayer before God, like a dumb or paralytic beggar at a rich man's gate. Let it be your business to keep your mind in the presence of the Lord. If your mind sometimes wanders and withdraws itself from Him, do not become upset. Trouble and disquiet serve rather to distract the mind than to re-collect it. The will must bring it back in tranquillity. If you persevere in this manner, God will have pity on you.

One way to re-collect the mind easily in the time of prayer, and preserve it more in tranquillity, is not to let it wander too far at other times. Keep your mind strictly in the presence of God. Then being accustomed to think of Him often, you will find it easy to keep your mind calm in the time of prayer, or at least to recall it from its wanderings. I have told you already of the advantages we may draw from this practice of the presence of God. Let us set about it seriously and pray for one another.

Ninth Letter: The enclosed is an answer to that which I received from M_. Please deliver it to her. She is full of good will but she would go faster than grace! One does not become holy all at once. I recommend her to your guidance. We ought to help one another by our advice, and yet more by our good example. Please let me hear of her from time to time and whether she is very fervent and obedient.

Let us often consider that our only business in this life is to please God, that perhaps all besides is but folly and vanity. You and I have lived over forty years in the monastic life. Have we used those years in loving and serving God, who by His mercy has called us to this state and for that very end? I am sometimes filled with shame and confusion when I reflect, on the one hand, on the great favors God has done and continues to do for me; and, on the other, on the ill use I have made of them and my small advancement in the way of perfection.

Since, by His mercy, He gives us yet a little time, let us begin in earnest. Let us repair the lost time. Let us return with full assurance to that Father of mercies, who is always ready to receive us affectionately. Let us generously renounce, for the love of Him, all that is not Himself. He deserves infinitely more. Let us think of Him perpetually. Let us put all our trust in Him.

I have no doubt that we shall soon receive an abundance of His grace, with which we can do all things, and, without which we can do nothing but sin. We cannot escape the dangers which abound in life without the actual and continual help of God. Let us pray to Him for it constantly.

How can we pray to Him without being with Him? How can we be with Him but in thinking of Him often? And how can we often think of Him, but by a holy habit which we should form of it? You will tell me that I always say the same thing. It is true, for this is the best and easiest method I know. I use no other. I advise all the world to do it.

We must know before we can love. In order to know God, we must often think of Him. And when we come to love Him, we shall then also think of Him often, for our heart will be with our treasure.

Tenth Letter: I have had a good deal of difficulty bringing myself to write to M_. I do it now purely because you desire me to do so. Please address it and send it to him. It is pleasing to see all the faith you have in God. May He increase it in you more and more. We cannot have too much trust in so good and faithful a Friend who will never fail us in this world nor in the next.

If M_ takes advantage of the loss he has had and puts all his confidence in God, He will soon give him another friend more powerful and more inclined to serve him. He disposes of hearts as He pleases. Perhaps M_ was too attached to him he has lost. We ought to love our friends, but without encroaching upon the love of God, which must always be first.

Please keep my recommendation in mind that you think of God often; by day, by night, in your business, and even in your diversions. He is always near you and with you. Leave Him not alone. You would think it rude to leave a friend alone who came to visit you. Why, then, must God be neglected? Do not forget Him but think of Him often. Adore Him continually. Live and die with Him. This is the glorious work of a Christian; in a word, this is our profession. If we do not know it, we must learn it.

I will endeavor to help you with my prayers, and am yours in our Lord.

Eleventh Letter: I do not pray that you may be delivered from your pains; but I pray earnestly that God gives you strength and patience to bear them as long as He pleases. Comfort yourself with Him who holds you fastened to the cross. He will loose you when He thinks fit. Happy are those who suffer with Him. Accustom yourself to suffer in that manner, and seek from Him the strength to endure as much, and as long, as He judges necessary for you.

Worldly people do not comprehend these truths. It is not surprising though, since they suffer like what they are and not like Christians. They see sickness as a pain against nature and not as a favor from God. Seeing it only in that light, they find nothing in it but grief and distress. But those who consider sickness as coming from the hand of God, out of His mercy, and as the means He uses for their salvation, commonly find sweetness and consolation in it.

I pray that you see that God is often nearer to us and present within us in sickness than in health. Do not rely completely on another physician because God reserves your cure to Himself. Put all your trust in God. You will soon find the effects in your recovery, which we often delay by putting greater faith in medicine than in God. Whatever remedies you use, they will succeed only so far as He permits. When pains come from God, only He can ultimately cure them. He often sends sickness to the body to cure diseases of the soul. Comfort yourself with the Sovereign Physician of both soul and body.

I expect you will say that I am very much at ease, and that I eat and drink at the table of the Lord. You have reason. But think how painful it would be to the greatest criminal in the world to eat at the king's table and be served by him, yet have no assurance of pardon. I believe he would feel an anxiety that nothing could calm except his trust in the goodness of his sovereign. So I assure you, that whatever pleasures I taste at the table of my King, my sins, ever present before my eyes, as well as the uncertainty of my pardon, torment me. Though I accept that torment as something pleasing to God.

Be satisfied with the condition in which God places you. However happy you may think me, I envy you. Pain and suffering would be a paradise to me if I could suffer with my God. The greatest pleasures would be hell if I relished them without Him. My only consolation would be to suffer something for His sake.

I must, in a little time, go to God. What comforts me in this life is that I now see Him by faith. I see Him in such a manner that I sometimes say, I believe no more, but I see. I feel what faith teaches us, and, in that assurance and that practice of faith, I live and die with Him.

Stay with God always. He is the only support and comfort for your affliction. I shall beseech Him to be with you. I present my service.

WORSHIP & DEVOTIONAL MUSIC


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DAILY BIBLE PROVERB

Pr 12:14
"From the fruit of his words a man is satisfied with good,
and the work of a man's hand comes back to him."

PODCAST - DAILY AUDIO DEVOTIONALS

DAILY POEM

"Have you come to the 'Red Sea' place in your life, where, in spite of all you can do,
there is no way out, there is no way back, there is no other way but through?
Then wait on the Lord with a trust serene till the night of your fear is gone;
He will send the wind, He will heap the floods, when He says to your soul, "Go on!"

"And His hand will lead you through -- clear through -- ere the watery walls roll down,
no foe can reach you, no wave can touch, no mightiest sea can drown;
The tossing billows may rear their crests, their foam at your feet may break,
but over their bed you shall walk dry shod in the path that your Lord will make!"

"In the morning watch, 'neath the lifted cloud, you shall see but the Lord alone,
when He leads you on from the place of the sea to a land that you have not known;
And your fears shall pass as your foes have passed, you shall be no more afraid;
You shall sing His praise in a better place, a place that His hand has made!"

-- Annie Johnson Flint

DAILY AUDIO PODCAST

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Worship that does not Change things (especially US) is in VAIN!

DAILY PERSONAL PROVERB (--Dennis Rideout)

Don't want LOSS in your life? Don't make God JEALOUS!

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY (An audio Podcast)

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HEADLINES:
On this date in:

451 The Battle of Chalons against Attila the Hun is the last major battle of the Roman Empire.

1756 A garrison of the British army in India was imprisoned in the Black Hole of Calcutta.

1789 577 deputies of the French National Assembly took the Tennis Court Oath, starting the French Revolution.

1791 King Louis XVI of France attempted to flee the country in the so-called Flight to Varennes, but was caught.

1837 Queen Victoria ascended the British throne following the death of her uncle, King William IV.

1863 West Virginia became the 35th state.

1893 A jury in New Bedford, Mass., found Lizzie Borden innocent of the ax murders of her father and stepmother.

1943 Race-related rioting erupted in Detroit; federal troops were sent in two days later to quell the violence that left more than 30 people dead.

1947 Benjamin ''Bugsy'' Siegel was shot dead in Beverly Hills, Calif., at the order of mob associates angered over the soaring costs of his pet project, the Flamingo resort in Las Vegas.

1948 The TV variety series ''Toast of the Town'' hosted by Ed Sullivan debuted on CBS.

1963 The United States and Soviet Union signed an agreement to set up a hot line communication link between the two superpowers.

1975 The movie ''Jaws,'' directed by Steven Spielberg, was released.

1979 ABC News correspondent Bill Stewart was shot to death in Managua, Nicaragua, by a member of President Anastasio Somoza's national guard.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS TODAY:

75 Olympia Dukakis Actress
75 James Tolkan Actor
73 Danny Aiello Actor
66 John Mahoney Actor (''Frasier'')
65 Stephen Frears Movie director
64 Brian Wilson Singer-songwriter (The Beach Boys)
61 John McCook Actor (''The Bold and the Beautiful'')
61 Anne Murray Singer
60 Bob Vila TV host (''This Old House'')
39 Nicole Kidman Actress

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

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

Today's 'Art Media SELECTION' is: Don't try this at home! In this VIDEO, an 'Urban Ninja' tries every which way to break his neck - in some of the fanciest acrobatic moves you've ever seen. Not recommended for impressionable teenagers ... (WHEW!)

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NOTABLE QUOTES (Various Authors)

"Many do not recognize the fact as they ought, that Satan has got men fast asleep in sin and that it is his great device to keep them so.

He does not care what we do if he can do that. We may sing songs about the sweet by and by, preach sermons and say prayers until doomsday, and he will never concern himself about us, if we don't wake anybody up.

But if we awake the sleeping sinner he will gnash on us with his teeth. This is our work - to wake people up."

--Catherine Booth, Evangelist

MUSIC APPRECIATION FOR TODAY


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

Trading Secrets --
Archaeologists are in deep water looking for secrets from our past. CLICK HERE


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'NOW I LAY ME DOWN ... '

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

Lord, I thank You for keeping my mind's eye fixed on You.
It has helped me 'practice Your Presence', as Brother Lawrence says.