Bible Thursday 8/29: Gentle Greatness

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 18:1-50. Verse 35 KJV, God’s gentleness. How would I hope to experience this today? How shall I pass along his gentleness to others?

Joshua 17:1-18. Verses 15-18, tribes whining to Joshua. In what way might I be making excuses to God instead of just using what he has given me to do what he expects of me?

Acts 23:23-35. A Roman force of 470 to guard Paul against the 40 assassins. Compare God’s fighter squadron to rescue David (Psalms 18:6-20). Is there any length He will not go to for love of me—any?

Mark 6:14-29. Verses 17-20, what does God expect of the church, its clergy, and its members in holding political leaders to a standard of righteousness today? How are we doing? Action point?

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