Bible Saturday 10/7: Beguiled

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 33:1-22. Verses 9-10 KJV contrast the counsel of God with the counsel of the godless. How is the latter expressed in current headlines and trends? How does God answer each?

I Chronicles 16:1-43. Noticing how David here sings parts of Psalms 105 and 96, 2900 years ago, do I give music and song as central a place in my devotions? Does my church? Are the songs theologically deep enough to last many centuries as these have?

II Corinthians 10:12 - 11:4. Verses 3-4, in my Christian life right now, how might the serpent try to corrupt the simplicity of Christ or preach another Jesus , a false gospel? Prayer point?

Luke 9:37-50. Verses 49-50, if Jesus returned today, what would he say about a thousand years of schisms fragmenting his church in all directions? With Martin Luther's anniversary this month, what can I do to reconcile Protestants and Catholics?

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