Bible Thursday 9/5: Take a Stand

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 37:1-40. Verse 8, what angers me—even just annoys or bothers me? How do I go about turning that over to God? What will I gain by doing so?

Joshua 24:1-33. Joshua dies with no successor. When have I seen a leadership vacuum over God’s people? What causes this? What’s God’s remedy? My church’s role?

Acts 26:12-32. Verse 18, God’s mandate for Paul’s life. How would I briefly state his mandate for my life? Verse 28, almost persuaded. Whom do I know that is “almost there” with Jesus? Action point?

Luke 4:22-30. Verses 24-27, analogy of Christianity thriving in Africa and Asia but languishing in America and Europe. Am I part of the solution or part of the problem?

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