Bible Thursday 6/29: Refining Fire

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 66:1-20. Verse 10, when has God put me through a refining fire as if I were impure silver? What did I learn? Might he decide I need that again?

Leviticus 24:1-23. Similar idea, "pure" elements of worship are specified four times in verses 2-7, KJV. What might pollute my church's worship and my own? Action point?

Acts 7:51 - 8:3 and 9:1-9. Verse 7:60, taking Stephen's dying example, what do I need to forgive? Verse 9:5, what pricks of conscience am I kicking against? Prayer point?

Matthew 16:13-19. How was Peter, later to deny Jesus, a rock to build the church upon? What flaws in me is Jesus patiently putting up with and preparing to correct (even by fire)?

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