Bible Friday 6/28: Be Thou Clean

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 102:1-28. Verse 9 KJV, what part do contrition, remorse, and repentance play in my faith life? As a Christian should I feed not only on God’s milk and honey, Jesus’ bread and wine, but also on ashes and tears?

Leviticus 18:1-30. Verses 25 and 28 KJV, moral commands enforced by “the land itself.” Compare Jesus saying the very stones would acclaim him Lord, Luke 19:40. How does my church approach these matters?

Acts 4:13-22. Verse 19, Dennis Prager says many Americans, even Jews and Christians, now fear polite opinion more than we fear God. How do I, my friends, and my church score on this scale?

Mark 1:35-45. To whom that is outcast and marginalized as this leper was can I give a human touch and a Christlike word today?

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