Bible Thursday 3/1: From the Womb

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 71:1-24. Verses 6, 17, and 18, what was God's intention for me before I was ever born? What was my parents' intention for me? How has it all worked out? Prayer point for the years ahead?

Jeremiah 29:1-32. Verses 7 and 11 are often quoted separately. Taken together, what do they ask of me as an individual who believes and as part of a community where many do not believe?

Romans 10:1-13. Verses 9 and 13, also often quoted. Am I saved? If not, what's to be done? If yes, what am I saved from? What am I saved for? Do I take it for granted? What's the fruit?

Matthew 14:1-12. Why is King Herod, this amoral monster, fascinated with Jesus? How do world politics today remain under Jesus' influence? As one lone citizen, what's my role in this?

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