Bible Thursday 10/18: Abba, Father

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?

Psalms 18:1-50. Verse 34, if I were a soldier, what war-fighting skills would I need? What is the spiritual counterpart for each of those? Which ones shall I ask God for more of?

Nehemiah 5:1-19. Economic abuses called out. What are the economic implications of loving God and loving my neighbor? Where are my blind spots about this? Action point?

Galatians 4:1-11. Verse 6, what practical steps can I take to enter into more of an “Abba” or “Daddy” intimacy with God? Benefits of this? Points of caution?

Luke 8:40-56. Summoned to a deathbed, Jesus stops for another desperate person. What are the spiritual sources of my hurry or overload? God’s answer? How can I become more interruptible?

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