Bible Tuesday 10/18: Martyrdom

Psalm 28:1-9. Can I give myself permission to be more insistent in prayer, to batter heaven's gates, as in "Be not silent to me, O God" (verse 1, KJV)?

Nehemiah 5:1-19. If Christians, often seen as harsh for our condemnation of sins of the flesh, were as hard on economic abuses as Nehemiah is here, would the gospel find a wider audience?

Philippians 1:27-30. What should I do today to put myself more in a posture of readiness to suffer for Jesus' sake?

Luke 13:31:35. Same question continued: As believers in the USA justly assert our rights, are we properly balancing that with the Lord's selfless, fearless attitude toward martyrdom?

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?