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 83:1-18. Verses 9-11, what fearsome attackers has God vanquished in my life? Reviewing those battles he saw me through, how am I strengthened for this day's challenges?
Jeremiah 36:1-32. Who has God given me as a companion in kingdom work, as he gave Jeremiah and Baruch to each other? What's a current analogy to the proud king burning the scroll?
Romans 13:1-7. How does this teaching square with the British and American tradition, often supported by clergy, of resisting or even overthrowing an unjust government?
Matthew 16:13-28. Verse 24, what specific cross is Jesus asking me to take up today as I follow him? Verse 26, in what selfish or foolish way am I tempted to bargain away my soul?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.