Bible Thursday 7/4: God Bless Our Nation

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 33:1-22. Verse 12, what are the do’s and don’ts of summoning America back to honoring God as our founders honored him? What is my church doing about this?

Leviticus 24:1-23. Verses 14-16, related question: If ancient Israel and modern Islam severely punished blasphemy—and did so by stoning—and Christians do nothing of the kind, does it mean we love God less?

Acts 5:33-42. Verses 38 and 39, related question again: Is religious tolerance compatible with unreservedly believing the Bible, or does it equate to theological relativism? How much tolerance is too much?

Mark 4:13-20. Verses 17 and 19, which more impedes my bearing fruit for Jesus, comfort or discomfort? As he sows into my heart, what “soil improvement” would he recommend? First step today?

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