Bible Sunday 10/22: Bigger Barns

Studying this morning's four readings from the St. James Daily Devotional Guide (click to subscribe), I examined myself with these questions. Where is your self-examination leading today?

Psalms 150:1-6. This hymn of praise closes the Bible's ancient songbook. If I was to write Psalm 151 about this year in my life, would the theme be praise, struggle, questions, or lament?

II Chronicles 2:1-18. As Solomon enlisted pagans to help build God's temple, what alliance can Christians today make with non-believers for a worthy common purpose? Prayer point?

Ephesians 5:1-7. Based on this warning to Ephesus, the Weinstein sex scandal would not have shocked Paul. How can I and my church do more to counter today's rampant sensuality?

Luke 12:13-21. Related: as an advocate of markets and economic growth, am I vigilant enough against covetousness in myself and in our world (10th Commandment)? Prayer point?

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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.