Bible Thursday 7/27: Jailbreak

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 50:1-23. Verses 14 and 23, what offerings can I give God today that will truly please him? What does he want from me? What doesn't he care about? Action point?

Numbers 25:1-18. How does sexual appetite come between God and his people in today's world? With who or what do Christians now "commit whoredom"? Prayer point?

Acts 16:25-40. How many qualities of a true Christian does Paul display in this story? In which of them shall I particularly pray God to help me grow?

Mark 9:38-50. Verses 43-48, these stern commands obviously apply to other people, but could they possibly apply also to me? In what specific way? Action point?

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