Bible Wednesday 7/11: Good Soil?

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 119:1-24. Verse 19, are there ways in which I don't feel at home in this wicked world? How can God use that to draw me nearer him? How can I use it in outreach?

II Samuel 22:1-51. Reproduced long after as Psalm 18. Reads like David's prayer journal. How can I do more to record and revisit my spiritual ups & downs as a child of God?

Acts 18:12-23. Church-planting in Corinth and Ephesus. How can my church do more to replicate itself in mission fields near and far? What's my role? Action point?

Mark 4:1-12. Four kinds of soil for God's word to grow in -- or not. What attitudes within me contribute to each of the four? What's my trend from less to more fertile, or vice versa?

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