Bible Friday 1/4: Purpose

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?

Genesis 4:1-26. Am I my brother’s keeper?

Psalms 87:1-7. How can I get a Zion birth certificate to cancel my sin-cursed ancestry from Adam’s line?

I John 3:4-15. Verse 8, what work has the devil attempted to do in me? How can I access the countervailing power of Jesus to repel that attack and annul its consequences?

John 1:35-51. Verses 42 and 47, it would seem Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves. What hidden mystery or difficulty within me should I lay before him as 2019 begins?

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