Bible Thursday 10/6: Visible Markers

Here are some of the questions I asked myself in studying this morning's four readings from the  St. James Daily Devotional GuideWhere is your self-examination leading today?

Psalm 133:1-3. Who are three people with whom I could seek a closer Christian fellowship, even though they don't see or "do" religion the same way I do?

Ezra 3:1-13. Over 2500 years ago, under the old covenant between God and his people, this is what renewal and revival of the faith looked like.  What would be its visible markers in my church over the coming year if we caught fire in the same way?

Haggai 1:1-15. Might I need to "consider my ways" (verses 5, 7) and more faithfully prioritize the well-being of the body of Christ ahead of my personal goals and wishes?

Luke 11:29-36. How was Jesus like Jonah but much greater? What would be the visible markers if the city where I live repented under Jesus as Nineveh did under Jonah?

By the way, if you decide to join me in studying regularly from the St. James guide, be aware the editor, Patrick Reardon, has helpful comments online for one or more of each day's selections.