Bible Wednesday 7/25: Be of Good Cheer

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 53:1-6. Cited by Paul in Romans 3 to show how lost we are without Christ. Yet polls show many Christians think people are basically good. Am I clear on this? Prayer point?

I Kings 12:1-33. Verse 8, as between the sagacity of age and the impatience of youth, where does the overall church stand today? Does generational "sorting" please God? 

Acts 23:11-35. Verse 11, same question as yesterday in Mark 6:50. Do others perceive in me a Christ-follower "of good cheer"? Action point?

Mark 6:53-56. Since Jesus is no longer here, what attitudes and actions are the modern-day equivalent of touching the edge of his robe to be healed? Changes I need to make?

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