Bible Tuesday 12/26: Stephen Martyred

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 28:1-9. Verse 7, by what prayer today shall I ask God to help me keep singing and rejoicing far beyond Christmas, with no post-holiday letdown?

Micah 6:1-16. Verse 8, oft quoted to sum up godly living in brief. Preparing for the new year, what small practical steps can I take to better obey each of these three commands?

Acts 6:8 - 8:3. Verse 8:1, an accessory to murder who was to become a mighty apostle. What have I done or not done that I think disqualifies me to serve God? What is Saul's lesson to me?

Matthew 1:18-25. Related question, what daunting assignment from the Lord am I right now hoping to escape from? What is Joseph's lesson to me?

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