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?
Psalm 115:1-18. Verses 4-8, what idols have displaced the living God for many Americans today? How do those worshippers become like what they worship? How is my church responding?
Daniel 3:1-30. Verses 4-6, related question, how does mass culture "program" us for idolatry like the official music here? What's my antidote as a follower of Jesus?
Revelation 13:11-18. What's this passage, often sensationalized, really warning us about? How does the "mark of the beast" get branded on a human soul? What's the answer in Christ?
Luke 22:7-13. If Jesus could foreknow these things, is there any doubt he foreknows what's ahead for me today and in 2018, and how it will all work out to his glory? Or am I skeptical?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.