Bible Sunday 8/27: Still the Storm

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 147:1-20. Reminded here of God's goodwill to mankind and his sovereign government of the weather, am I not strengthened in praying for his mercy as the storm lashes Texas?

Joshua 20:1-9. How are these God-ordained cities of refuge similar or different to the political sanctuary cities America argues about? By what mystery is God both just and merciful?

Acts 25:7-21. Verse 19 poses arguably the most important question of all time: Is Jesus this very day dead or alive? How sure am I? How equipped am I to say why? Prayer point?

Mark 15:1-15. The request to release Barabbas instead of Jesus signals a belief that salvation is political, not spiritual. How clear am I, how clear is my church, on this question?

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