Bible Monday 8/13: Palace Pulpit

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 89:1-52. Verse 6, in all honesty, don't I sometimes allow someone or something to rival God spiritually or Jesus humanly? Prayer point?

II Kings 9:1-37. God through his prophets commands that Jezebel and her son must die. What should be the church's biblically sound position on the death penalty?

Philippians 1:12-18. Is Paul saying motives don't matter, so long as Christ is preached? Implication for different denominations working together? Opportunity or pitfall for my church?

Mark 10:13-16. What is childlike in my approach to the Christian life? What's not childlike? Action point?

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