Bible Sunday 7/1: Whatever It Takes

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 118:1-29. In calling this God's day (verse 24), am I just mouthing a formula, or am I building upon the cornerstone (verse 22), Christ crucified, Christ risen, Christ reigning?

II Samuel 12:1-31. When has God used someone to call me to account for a sin I was refusing to face up to? What did I learn?

Acts 15:13-21. James cites Amos and Isaiah to resolve the controversy. How can I make more use, and better use, of biblical truth in everything -- everything -- that I do today?

Mark 2:1-12. Who do I know that needs Jesus but won't get there unless I (figuratively) carry him? What friends can help me with the carry? Am I willing to tear off the roof if necessary? 

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