Bible Wednesday 5/9: What Fruit?

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 119:97-120. Verse 101 KJV, what are some evil ways I must not step into on this day? What specific word of God will keep me from each one?

Ezekiel 39:1-29. Verse 7 KJV, how and by whom is God's holy name polluted in our times? Are my church and I actively engaged in countering that? Are we party to it in any way?

Ephesians 2:19 - 3:7. If following Jesus means I become part of his building, a stone, a timber, structurally needed, what do I thereby gain? What do I give up? Worth the cost?

John 15:1-8. Same relationship, different analogy. How has God pruned or purged me to become a more fruitful branch of the vine? Specifically what fruit am I bearing?

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