Bible Tuesday 10/3: Extravagant

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 95:1-11. Verse 8, where is my heart hard? Toward what person or situation or teaching or command of God? Action point for today?

I Chronicles 12:1-41. Verse 32 has made Issachar synonymous with worldly wisdom for godly purposes. How well do I balance those? How well does my church? Prayer point?

II Corinthians 8:1-15. How does my church measure up to the Macedonian churches for extravagant and sacrificial generosity? How well do I?

Luke 8:40-56. In these paired stories we see Jesus as patiently interruptible, spiritually perceptive, and calmly imperturbable. How shall I imitate you on this busy day, Lord?

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