Bible Saturday 3/24: Unbowed

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 137:1-9. Verse 4, lately have I tended to let my circumstances color my view of God, or have I started from what I know about Him as a context or corrective to my circumstances?

Jeremiah 52:1-34. What's the closest I have ever come in my life to the sense of utter defeat, desolation, and despair shown here? How did God show up? What did I learn?

John 11:1-44. Verses 21-27, Martha moves from a propositional view of Jesus' power to a personal adoration of him as God incarnate. Which is closer to my everyday thought of him?

John 11:45 - 12:11. Verses 50 and 10, how does this ruthless tactic of the establishment, "silence the troublemaker," operate against Christianity in our times? What's my church's role, my role?

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