Bible Saturday 9/7: Off the Cliff

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 42:1-11. Verses 5 and 11, two sides of myself arguing with each other. Over what issue am I experiencing this right now? How can Jesus help me break the deadlock today?

Judges 2:1-23. Verses 10-12, Israel goes off the cliff spiritually in one generation. Amidst many warning signs, how can Christians in America today prevent this? What is my church doing? My role?

Acts 27:13-32. Verse 23 KJV, Paul’s ID card, “God, whose I am and whom I serve.” What keeps me from unreservedly declaring this same identity? What marks of living by it, at least in part, can others see in me?

Luke 4:38-41. Verses 39 and 41 (and previously in 35), Jesus heals with a rebuke. What can I learn from this about how God’s power comes to human aid? Application to present needs?

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