Bible Friday 12/15: Strong City

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 31:1-24. Verse 21 KJV, into what "strong city" has God placed me, as if to say a community of fellow believers? How shall I reciprocate? Who needs thanking?

Daniel 8:1-27. Verse 16, if the Bible treats angels personally enough to name them, such as Gabriel here (and Michael last week, Rev. 12:7), should I also regard them personally? Meaning what?

Revelation 16:8-16. Verses 13-14 KJV, devils doing miracles, suggests the dazzle of some modern idolatry including science and technology. How susceptible am I to this seduction?

Luke 1:1-25. Verse 19, we again meet Gabriel. Verse 17, John the Baptist is a moral reformer, not a savior. Why wasn't that enough, then or now? Does my faith life sometimes stop there?

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