Bible Saturday 9/30: My Candle

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 87:1-7. Verses 5 and 6 seem to describe a Zion birth certificate, to be understood not just biologically but spiritually.  Do I have one? What does it grant me and require of me?

I Chronicles 9:1-44. Verses 21-27 KJV, again reading spiritually, if some of us today took on the role of porters in the family of God, what qualities would I need? To perform what duties?

II Corinthians 6:1-10. In this self-portrait by Paul, what do I most identify with? Which of his qualities shall I pray for more of? Which of his adversities should I prepare for?

Luke 8:11-18. Verse 16, what can I do today to hold a little higher the candle of my relationship with Jesus Christ?

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