Bible Monday 7/9: On Mars Hill

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 3:1-8. Verse 5, how can I involve God more fully in each night's going to sleep, each day's waking, and in the material & spiritual purposes he intends for my sleep?

II Samuel 20:1-26. More civil strife, brutally pacified by Joab. How many different legacies of the  Fall can I see in this story? How do those sins and flaws come out in me as well?

Acts 17:22-34. How does my experience of trying to share God and Jesus "cold" compare with Paul's speech here? Did he succeed or fail in Athens? To whom should I witness some day soon?

Mark 3:28-30. Where does blasphemy find its way into my thoughts and actions? What is God's antidote? Action point?

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