Bible Sunday 2/26: Dumbed Down

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 describe how idolatry dumbs us down to the level of our idols. What is America's greatest idol today? Is the dumbing-down evident? Am I participating?

Proverbs 7:1-27. How is our hyper-sexual culture promoting hell and death (verse 27)? What more can my church do to fight this undertow?

Romans 10:14-21. Is the preaching that Paul calls for, only for pastors on Sundays, or for all believers all the time?  If the latter, what's my part and what more can I do? 

Matthew 13:44-52. How far am I from having given my earthly all to follow Christ, like the buyers of this hidden treasure and this precious pearl? Practical steps I can take today, this month, this year?