Bible Monday 4/23: Duet

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 41:1-13. Against what avowed enemies and false friends do I need God's protection? Am I alert or complacent about this? Where does "Love your enemies" come in?

Ezekiel 23:1-49. What relevance has this passage for us as present-day Christians, and for our churches? Why does God liken religious promiscuity to sexual promiscuity? Remedy?

I Corinthians 7:1-9. Paul gives consecrated singleness at least as much honor as marriage. Is my church clear on this? What are the consequences either way?

John 5:16-23. How can I be more actively in fellowship today with both the Father and the Son? What are the benefits? What's the cost of missing out on this?

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