Bible Sunday 9/3: Paul at Rome

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 149:1-9. Verses 7-9 KJV, upon what persons or powers in current news would I ask for God's vengeance, punishment, binding, and judgment? Can I calmly trust him for that?

Judges 3:1-31. Verse 6, is God's warning against marrying outside the faith still valid? What are the pros and cons? Why has it been so often ignored through the ages?

Acts 28:11-22. Why does Paul, so often rebuffed by the Jews, continue appealing to them? Who is there, seemingly deaf to the gospel, that I can't give up on? Prayer point? Action point?

Luke 3:1-14. Related question, verse 8, as John warns the Jews their bloodline won't save them, how are Christians -- me included -- susceptible to a false sense of standing well with God?

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