Bible Monday 9/4: 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 25:1-22. Verses 2, 3, 20 KJV, how does God's definition of shame differ from the world's definition? When have I felt deeply ashamed? What did I learn? Prayer point?

Judges 4:1-24. Does the heroism of Deborah and Jael help validate contemporary feminist claims about men and women? Am I fully in step with God on this? Is my church?

Acts 28:23-31. Verse 27, how does this warning from Isaiah, also quoted by Jesus, play out in present-day atheist and agnostic attitudes? How prepared am I to answer those?

Luke 3:15-22. Verses 16-17, how has Jesus' fire changed me? Was it in the past or continuing now? How can I help others experience that? Who in particular?

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