Bible Thursday 10/13: God-Substitutes

Psalm 18:1-50. Reflecting on verse 31, "Who is God save the Lord," can I pause right now and list five God-substitutes that may divert my attention during this day?

Ezra 10:1-44. Sobered by the mass breakup of marriages and families carried out here to get the people right with God, how dare I hesitate at all when made to take up my own cross today?

II Corinthians 12:11-21. If some of us at my church were to achieve the transparent, even raw, self-disclosure to each other that Paul models here, what greater effectiveness as "the body" might we realize together?

Luke 12:49-59. What spiritual "weather patterns" for America 2016 or mankind in this century am I not seeing by my failure to discern the times (verse 56, KJV)? How can I cultivate such discernment?

These are some of the questions I asked myself in studying this morning's four readings from the  St. James Daily Devotional Guide. Click and see what you think. Where is your self-examination leading today?