Bible Saturday 8/19: Conquered Kings

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 108:1-13. Verses 7-9, shall I remind myself today of God’s authority over all human affairs by substituting here such names as Barcelona, Charlottesville, Korea, and Syria?

Joshua 12:1-24. Similar: Into this roster of God’s conquered enemies, what names of present-day individuals, institutions, and ideologies can I insert with assurance that no earthly power can withstand Him?

Acts 22:1-21. Verse 9, to what person on the brink of conversion to Christ is God now drawing me, as he drew the hesitant but obedient Ananias toward Paul?

Mark 12:41 - 13:2. From this lesson of proportionality, God smiling not on what is big but on what we do with what we have, how can I start doing proportionally more for the Kingdom?

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