Bible Tuesday 9/12: Any Virtue

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 48:1-14. Verses 11-12, can I describe the city of God in as much detail as the city where I now live? What are its towers or landmarks? Its bulwarks or defenses?

Judges 12:1-15. Again as in chapter 12, the tribe of Ephraim picks a quarrel, and here it turns deadly. When have I encountered a disrupter in the family of faith? What did I learn?

Philippians 4:1-9. Verse 8, among these yardsticks of a well-ordered Christian mind, where do I need the most improvement? Prayer point for today? 

Luke 5:12-16. Touching this leper was both ritually and hygienically forbidden, but Jesus lovingly did it anyway. What human taboo would God have me rethink today?

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