Bible Saturday 8/18: Soul Food

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 107:1-43. Verses 5, 9, 18, what specific nourishment from God will satisfy my soul's hunger? What spiritual food do I need from him? What leaves the soul wrongly fed or starving?

II Kings 14:1-29. Verse 6, individuals to be held responsible, not families or groups. Why is this in keeping with the character of God and man in God's image? Upheld today or not? 

Philippians 2:19-30. Verses 25-30, sacrificial service of Epaphroditus (modeling verses 1-5). Who in my immediate knowledge has poured himself out for others this way? Could I?

Mark 10:35-45. Self-seeking by the Zebedee brothers, opposite of Epaphroditus. When have I seen a Christian act this way? When have I acted this way. But James & John ended well. Will I?

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