Bible Wednesday 7/3: Mystery Gift

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 119:145-176. Verse 164, what are my daily patterns and times for communing with God? How can I improve this? What shall I do “extra” today?

Leviticus 23:1-43. Feasts of the Lord on Israel’s sacred calendar. In departing from these as Christians—some with a different sacred calendar, some with almost none—what do we gain? And give up?

Acts 5:22-32. Verse 29, to obey God rather than men? How am I put to this test in my everyday life right now? Where am I falling short? Action point?

Mark 4:10-12. How might it be that God still uses code or riddles to test our readiness for his kingdom? Is there something “hidden in plain sight” this very day that he wants me to see and act upon?

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