Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Thursday – Easter Wk7

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday of Week 7 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. How do you see God’s judgments “in all the earth”?  What does it say about God’s character that “He is mindful of his covenant forever”?  (see Psalm 105:7-8)
  2. Why do humans want to accomplish things by our might or power?  How does God say the completion of the temple will take place?  (see Zechariah 4:6)
  3. What does it mean to grieve the Holy Spirit?  How does Paul say we should treat each other?  How would your relationships be improved if you consistently followed Paul’s admonition?  (see Ephesians 4:30-32)
  4. Do you know anyone who needs help getting closer to Jesus?  What did it say about Jesus that He was able, and also willing, to forgive sins?
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    “When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.’” – Jesus in Matthew 9:2

    How did Jesus prove that He had the ability to forgive sins?  (see Matthew 9:1-8)

  5. Have you responded to the Lord’s salvation with joy and singing?  What blessings has the Lord given you?  Are you keeping His statutes and observing His laws?  (see Psalm 105:43-45)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Sunday – Easter Wk7

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Our Scripture readings for Sunday of Week 7 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. Are you keeping (obeying) God’s word?  Do you believe that God sent Jesus?  What does it mean for us to be one with fellow believers as Jesus and the Father are one?  Has Jesus’ joy been made complete in you?  Do you belong to the world or to Jesus?  Do you believe God can protect you from the evil one?  Have you been sanctified?  (see John 17:6-19)
  2. How was David able to predict the betrayal of the Messiah years before it happened?  How does evidence of the fulfillment of prophecy affect your faith?  (see Acts 1:15-17)
  3. Are you happy?  Do you delight in the law of the Lord?  Do you incorporate meditation on God’s word into your life?  Is your life fruitful?
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    “They are like trees
    planted by streams of water,
    which yield their fruit in its season,
    and their leaves do not wither.” – Psalm 1:3

    What does it truly mean to prosper?  Which path have you chosen?  (see Psalm 1)

  4. Do you believe the testimony of God concerning his Son?  Do you have life?  Do you believe in the name of the Son of God? (see 1 John 5:9-13)
  5. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Thursday – Easter Wk6

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday of Week 6 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. Do you praise the Lord with a shout?  Do you sing praises to God?  Why are praises to God appropriate?  (see Psalm 47:5-7)
  2. Who is the “Ancient One” of whom Daniel wrote?  What does it mean to say that He “took His throne”?  Who is on the “throne” of your life?  (see Daniel 7:9-10)
  3. Who is the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” of whom John wrote?
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    “See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah…has conquered” – Revelation 5:5b

    Why do all in heaven and on earth offer blessing and honor and glory and might to the One seated on the throne and to the Lamb?  How should we respond to them?  (see Revelation 5:5, 13)

  4. If you had seen Jesus after the resurrection, would you have doubted?  If Jesus has all authority, how should we treat His words?  Are you currently making a disciple?  What is the disciple’s name?  Are you also helping make disciples of all nations?  How?  Are you obeying everything Jesus has commanded us?  (see Matthew 28:16-20)
  5. Is the Lord glorious and strong?  How can we worship the Lord in holy splendor?  How could you “say among the nations, ‘The Lord is king!'”?  (see Psalm 96:7, 9-10)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Wednesday – Easter Wk6

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday of Week 6 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. How does God’s word guide you?  Do you see God’s decrees as your heritage?  What is the joy of your heart?  (see Psalm 119:105, 111)
  2. What might it mean for you to inherit a double portion of the Spirit that was on Elijah?   How much of God’s spirit do you desire?  (see 2 Kings 2:9-11)
  3. If you have Christ, what spiritual blessings do you have?  What is God’s plan?  Are you in Christ?  (see Ephesians 1:3, 9-10)
  4. How can King David call his descendant his Lord?  Why didn’t the Pharisees answer this question when Jesus asked it?  (see Matthew 22:41-46)

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    “…lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds…” – Psalm 68:4
  5. When did God arise and scatter His enemies?  What praises could you sing to God today as He “rides upon the clouds”?  (see Psalm 68:1, 4)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Saturday – Easter Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday of Week 5 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. What does it mean to you to know that God will someday “rise up to…save all the oppressed of the earth”?  (see Psalm 76:7-9)
  2. Why did the Lord have Moses establish an annual “Day of Atonement”?  For whose benefit was it established?  (see Leviticus 23:26-28)
  3. Do your spiritual leaders have confidence in your obedience?  To what is your heart directed?  Are you focused on the love of God and the steadfastness of Christ?  Why or why not?  (see 2 Thessalonians 3:4-5)
  4. Why is the road to life so much harder to find than the road to destruction?
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    “…every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.” – Jesus in Matthew 7:17

    What kind of “tree” are you?  What kind of “fruit” do you bear?  Who will enter the kingdom of heaven?  (see Matthew 7:13-21)

  5. Have you seen the “goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”?  How long are you willing to “wait for the Lord”?  Are you able to find strength and courage while waiting?  How did David find the strength and courage to wait on the Lord?  (see Psalm 27:13-14)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Thursday – Easter Wk4

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday of Week 4 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. For what could you offer the Lord thanksgiving?  Make a list!  What do you need to do today to “go the right way?”  (see Psalm 50:14, 23)
  2. What quality of the Lord listed in Exodus 34:6-7 is most important to you right now?  Why?IMG_6348
  3. What is the difference between “a human word” and “God’s word?”   Is God’s word at work in you?  What difference would it make if you asked God to put His word to work in you?  (see 1 Thessalonians 2:13)
  4. Are all your relationships in good shape, or are you “at odds” with anyone?  According to Jesus, how does a broken relationship with someone affect your relationship with God?  (see Matthew 5:21-26)
  5. Why should God receive glory instead of us?  How could you “bless the Lord” today?  (see Psalm 115:1, 18)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Tuesday – Easter Wk4

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday of Week 4 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. What does it mean for God’s throne to endure forever and ever?  Is God being “judgmental” when he loves righteousness and hates wickedness?  (see Psalm 45:6-7)
  2. Why is so important to Moses for God to forgive the sin of His people?  Would you be willing to pray a similar prayer for someone you know?  (see Exodus 32:30-31)
  3. Would you say that you are a good example to all the believers?  Have you turned to God from any idols in your life?  Are you expecting God’s resurrected Son to return from heaven?  Are you ready for His return?  (see 1 Thessalonians 1:7, 9-10)
  4. Why can we consider ourselves blessed when others persecute us, revile us and say false things about us because of Jesus?  What does it mean to be the “salt of the earth?”  What does it mean to be the “light of the world?”
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    “You are the light of the world.” – Jesus, spoken to His disciples in Matthew 5:14

    What works are you doing which will give glory to our Father in heaven?  (see Matthew 5:11-16)

  5. Take five minutes to ponder God’s “steadfast love” for you!  How could God’s praise reach to the ends of the earth?  (see Psalm 48:1, 9-10)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Thursday – Easter Wk3

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday of Week 3 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. In what do you take delight?  Have you committed your way to the Lord?  Do you trust in the Lord?  Do you find it hard to wait patiently for the Lord?  Are you bothered by seeing evil people prospering?  (see Psalm 37:4-5, 7)
  2. Have you ever sensed the protection of angels?  How have you seen God’s guidance?  Do you worship the Lord?  How have you seen the Lord bless your provisions?  (see Exodus 23:20, 25)
  3. Are you living your life in Christ Jesus?  Who or what is your life’s foundation?  Do you abound in thanksgiving?  (see Colossians 2:6-7)
  4. Why did Jesus face such temptations from the devil.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/35409814@N00/5522115274/How does Jesus overcome these temptations?  Could you overcome your temptations the same way Jesus did?  (see Matthew 4:1-11)
  5. Can you testify that the Lord has taken care of His own?  How should you live if you want to “abide forever”?  (see Psalm 37:25, 27)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Tuesday – Easter Wk3

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday of Week 3 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. Why did David love the tabernacle so?  Why did David bless the Lord publicly?  (see Psalm 26:8, 12)
  2. How does the image of being carried “on eagles’ wings” illustrate how God cared for Israel?
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    “I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.” – God in Exodus 19:4

    Have you experienced God bringing you to himself?  (see Exodus 19:3-4)

  3. What difference would it make in your life to be made strong with all the strength that comes from God’s glorious power?  How would it change your life? Does endurance come naturally to you?  Why or why not?  Do you give thanks to the Father with joy?  Do you know for sure that you will share in the inheritance of the saints?  Why or why not?  (see Colossians 1:11-12)
  4. Why does Jesus rebuke the Pharisees and Sadducees so sharply?  What does it mean to “bear fruit worthy of repentance?”  Are you bearing good fruit?  Why is repentance important?  Why is baptism important?  Have you been baptized with the Holy Spirit?  (see Matthew 3:7-12)
  5. What does it mean for your hope to be in the Lord?  Is that true for you?  Can you relate with David’s fear that God holds His peace at his/your tears?  (see Psalm 39:7, 12)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Friday – Easter Wk2

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Our Scripture readings for Friday of Week 2 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. If you could schedule an appointment to sit down and talk to God, what would you say to Him?  (You can do this, you know!  A daily devotional time is a personal appointment with God!)  How have you seen the Lord’s protection in your life?  (see Psalm 17:6, 8, 15)
  2. Why did they keep a sample of the manna?  Do you think you would have liked the taste?  (see Exodus 16:31-32)
  3. What does it mean to sanctify Christ as Lord in your heart?  Are you ready to answer anyone who asks you why you have hope?  (see 1 Peter 3:15)
  4. Why did Jesus warn His disciples about opposition?  Why were the disciples sorrowful?  Why did Jesus say it was better for Him to leave?  Is the world wrong in its understanding of sin, righteousness and judgment?  If so, how?  Have you asked the Holy Spirit to guide you into all the truth?  (see John 16:1-15)

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    “Lift up your hands to the holy place,
    and bless the Lord.” – Psalm 134:2
  5. Do you bless the Lord?  Do you lift up your hands to praise the Lord?  Why or why not?  (see Psalm 134:1-2)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Thursday – Easter Wk2

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday of Week 2 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. Why do you think some of David’s favorite descriptions for God are “Rock,” “Fortress,” “Deliverer”?  What are your favorite words to use to describe God?  (see Psalm 18:2-3)

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    “The Lord is my rock, my fortress” – David in Psalm 18:2
  2. Why did the Lord give the Israelites manna to eat?  What does this tell you about God?  (see Exodus 16:14-15)
  3. How can we inherit a blessing?  Which of the qualities that Peter lists is the easiest for you?  Which is the hardest to live out?  Why? (see 1 Peter 3:8, 9)
  4. How did Jesus show His love for you?  How can you show that kind of love to others?  Does the world hate you?  Why or why not?  Why does identifying certain behaviors as sinful often prompt a response of hatred?  What is your testimony about Jesus?  (see John 15:12-27)
  5. What do you think it meant to David to talk about God as “a rock?”  How has God offered you strength?  (see Psalm 18:31-32, 50)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Tuesday – Easter Wk2

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday of Week 2 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. When do you talk to the Lord?  Do you take refuge in the Lord?  How have you seen the Lord bless and cover the righteous?  (see Psalm 5:3, 8, 11-12)

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    “O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.” – Psalm 5:3
  2. Why do you sing to the Lord, if you do?  If God is “majestic in holiness, awesome in splendor, doing wonders,” is He worthy of songs of praise?   What examples have you seen of the Lord leading people in His steadfast love?  (see Exodus 15:1, 4, 11, 13)
  3. What does it mean to prepare your mind for action?  Are you self-disciplined?  Upon what is your hope set?  What does it mean to be holy “in all your conduct”?  (see 1 Peter 1:13, 15)
  4. How have you seen Jesus reveal Himself to you (He has promised to do so to those who love Him and keep His commandments)?  Is your life a “home” for Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit?  What is the Holy Spirit teaching you these days?  Is your heart troubled, fearful, or at peace?  (see John 14:18-31)
  5. Does knowing that the Lord’s eyes see us bring you comfort or fear?  Why?  Do you want to see His face?  Why or why not? (see Psalm 11:4, 7)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Saturday – Easter Wk1

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday of Week 1 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. Do you bless the Lord?  What do you tell others about the glory of His kingdom and of His power?  What is implied by the Psalmist’s words to the Lord, “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom”?  (see Psalm 145:10-11, 13)
  2. How has the Lord led you along the way?  How has the Lord given you light in darkness?  Are you willing to let the Lord receive glory through your life?  How does your life show others that God is the Lord?  (see Exodus 13:21; 14:1, 4)
  3. Paul endured many challenges and lots of suffering.  How did he not lose heart?  Do you want your inner nature to be “renewed day by day”?  How was Paul able to describe his affliction as “slight?”  (see 2 Corinthians 4:16-17)

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    “…have you not read in the book of Moses, in the story about the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?” – Jesus in Mark 12:26b
  4. What assumptions did the Sadducees have that resulted in their misunderstanding of life in the hereafter?  What is implied by Jesus’ words that “He is God not of the dead, but of the living”?  How did God’s words to Moses at the burning bush help the Sadducees reach a better understanding?  (see Mark 12:18-27)
  5. Why should the Lord’s glory be eternal?  Is it appropriate for the Lord to rejoice in His works?  Are you the work of His hands? Do you sing to the Lord?  If so, why?  If not, why not? (see Psalm 104:31, 33)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Palm Sunday – Lent Wk6

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Our Scripture readings for Palm Sunday (Week 6 of Lent) can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. Why did the people of Jerusalem spread their cloaks and leafy branches on the road where Jesus was about to ride the colt of a donkey?
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    ““Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” – Mark 11:9

    Why did they offer blessing to the One who came in the name of the Lord?  How do you think you would have responded if you had been there?  (see Mark 11:1-11)

  2. Do you know anyone who can “sustain the weary with a word”?  Are you willing to “listen as those who are taught”?  How has the Lord God helped you?  (see Isaiah 50:4-9)
  3. Have you ever been in distress, grief, sorrow and/or misery?  Have you ever been rejected or attacked by others?  How did the Psalmist respond to these challenges?  How did you?  Do you think Jesus could relate to these experiences?  (see Psalm 31:9-16)
  4. Why did the Son of God take on the form of a slave?  Why did Jesus obey even to the point of death on a cross?  Why did the Father exalt Jesus?  Why will every knee bend at the name of Jesus?  Has your tongue confessed that Jesus is Lord?  (see Philippians 2:5-11)
  5. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) –Monday – Lent Wk4

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Our Scripture readings for Monday of Week 4 of Lent can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. Of what do you sing?  Where do you see the Lord’s love in your life?  How is the Lord’s strength evident in your life?  How has the Lord revealed His faithfulness to you?  (see Psalm 89:1, 13-14)
  2. How has the Lord blessed you?  Has the Lord been a shepherd to you?  If so, how?  How have you seen the blessings of heaven in your life?  (see Genesis 49:22, 24-26)
  3. What does it mean to do everything for the glory of God?  Why should we avoid giving offense to others?  What was Paul’s motivation for his actions?  Are you a Christ-imitator?  (see 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1)
  4. Why do you think Jesus went to the region of Tyre?  Why did Jesus respond to the woman’s request?  Why did Jesus take the deaf man aside in private to heal him? Why didn’t Jesus seek publicity for the healing?  (see Mark 7:24-37)
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    “Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord.” – Psalm 89:5

    How do the heavens praise the wonders of the Lord?  How can we praise the Lord’s faithfulness when we assemble together?  (see Psalm 89:5-6, 8)

  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

 

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) – Wednesday – Lent Wk2

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday of Week 2 of Lent can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. Have you blessed the Lord for doing wondrous things?  Could you tell someone today something God has done for you?  (see Psalm 72:18-19)
  2. Why did Joseph’s brothers believe they were suffering anguish?  Were they right?  What consequences of sin have you had to endure?  (see Genesis 42:21)
  3. What is the significance of Paul’s phrase “used to be” in 1 Corinthians 6:9, 11?  What does it mean to be justified?  What does it mean to be sanctified?  (see 1Corinthians 6:9, 11)
  4. What type of soil are you most like in the parable Jesus told?  What type of soil do you want to be?
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    “Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain” – Mark 4:8

    Is it possible to change your receptivity to the “seed” that Jesus sows?  (see Mark 4:1-20)

  5. What meaning does it have for your life to know that the Lord “exists forever?”  How does it help you to know that God’s word “stands firmly fixed in heaven?”  (see Psalm 119:89-90)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) – Thursday – Lent Wk1

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday of Lent, Week 1, can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

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“God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.” – Psalm 50:1

In what ways do you hear the Lord speaking most clearly?  Do you listen for the Lord’s voice all day long?  How have you seen the beauty of the Lord?  (see Psalm 50:1-2)

In what ways has the Lord blessed you?  How are you caring for the things over which you have been given oversight?  (see Genesis 39:3-5)

Upon what foundation are you building?  What are using to build on that foundation?  What does it mean to say that Jesus Christ is the only foundation?  (see 1 Corinthians 3:10-11)

Why did people seek out Jesus?  Why did the four people bring a paralyzed man to Jesus?  Why did Jesus forgive him of his sins first?  Why did Jesus heal him of his paralysis?  What do we learn about who Jesus is from this account?  (see Mark 2:1-12)

Does anything have dominion over you other than God?  Are all your words and the meditations of your heart acceptable to God?  What does it mean to you to say that the Lord is your rock and your redeemer?  (see Psalm 19:12-14)

Ashes to Fire (A) – Monday-Easter-Week 3

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Our Scripture readings for Monday of the Easter Season, Week 3, can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

What blessings are given to the humble? What benefit is offered those who keep the Lord’s covenant? (see Psalm 25:8-10)

In the New Testament era how are sins atoned? Is Jesus’ righteousness sufficient to atone for your sins? Is Jesus’ mercy offered to you? (see Daniel 4:27)

Do you believe in the name of God’s Son Jesus Christ? Are you obeying God’s command to “love one another?” What happens when you do, according to 1 John 3:23-24? Does God abide in you by His Spirit?

“They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff.” Luke 4:29

How does Jesus bring deliverance? Why are prophets not accepted in their own hometown? Why did the townspeople of Nazareth try to kill Jesus? How was Jesus able to avoid their attempt to kill him? (see Luke 4:14-30)

Why is it that those who walk blamelessly, do what is right, speak the truth from the heart, do no evil, nor take up a reproach against their neighbors are allowed to live on God’s holy hill? Why are not all allowed to live in God’s “tent?” (see Psalm 15:1-3)

Ashes to Fire (A) – Saturday-Easter-Week 2

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Our Scripture readings for the Saturday of Easter Week 2, can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

To what king is the Psalmist referring, who has been given “length of days forever and ever?”  How has the Lord given you strength?  …help?  …rich blessings?  (see Psalm 21:1, 3-4)

How is it that the three Hebrews thrown into the fire were unharmed and were released from that which bound them?  Who was the fourth man with the appearance of a god?  (see Daniel 3:24-25)

Why would the world hate Christians?  How can we tell if we have the life of Christ within us?  How do we know what love is?  (see 1 John 3:13-14, 16)

“Jesus answered him, ‘It is said, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”’” Luke 4:12

Which temptation would have been the most difficult for you to overcome?  How did Jesus defeat these temptations?  What does it mean to live on the word of God?  How do people worship things other than God?  Have you ever tried to test God?  If so, why?  What lessons do you learn from Jesus’ temptations?  (see Luke 4:1-13)

How has the Lord delivered your soul from death?  How will the Lord deliver your eyes from tears (see Isaiah 25:8)?  What does it mean to keep your faith?  Have you offered to the Lord a thanksgiving sacrifice recently?  When have you called on the name of the Lord?  (see Psalm 116:8-10, 17)

Ashes to Fire (A) – Monday-Easter-Week 2

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Our Scripture readings for Monday of the Easter Season, Week 2, can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

What difference would it make in your life for the Lord to be a shield around you?  In what way do you need the Lord’s deliverance today?  Pray for the Lord’s blessing to be on His people!  (see Psalm 3:3, 7-8)

“At the end of ten days it was observed that they appeared better and fatter than all the young men who had been eating the royal rations.” – Daniel 1:15

What do you need to do or not do today to keep yourself pure?  What could you change to improve your physical health?  Why did God bless Daniel & his companions’ choice (even though they could have been sentenced to death) with knowledge, skill and wisdom?  (see Daniel 1:8, 12, 15, 17)

Why is an eyewitness important?  Have you received the eternal life about which John testified?  (see 1 John 1:1-2)

What is eternal life according to Jesus?  How did Jesus bring glory to the Father?  How did the Father bring glory to His Son, Jesus?  What does it mean to keep the Father’s word (v. 6)?  How do you feel about the fact that Jesus asked His Father to protect us and to make us unified?  (see John 17:1-11)

Where do you find your security?  How have you experienced the Lord’s peace (shalom)?  (see Psalm 4:8)

Meditation Questions for #AshesToFire – Easter Wk7 Thursday

Consider the following questions as you meditate on the Bible passages for today (Click here to read today’s Bible passages).

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“You show me the path of life.” – Psalm 16:11

Read Psalm 16:9-11.  Are you confident that you are following the “path of life?”  Are you living in God’s presence?

Read Malachi 3:10.  Have you experienced the blessings that result when you are obedient to God’s call to “bring the full tithe into the storehouse?”

Read Acts 23:11.  How has God encouraged you?  What mission does God have in store for you?

Read John 17:20-26.  Who has believed in Jesus through your testimony?  Are you living in unity with other believers?  Have you asked God to let His love live in you?

Read Psalm 105:1, 3-4.  Do you call on the name of the Lord?  Do you tell people what the Lord has done for you?  Does your heart seek the Lord continually?

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk4 Wednesday

Consider the following questions as you meditate on the Bible passages for today (see the link to the passages below).

Why do we ask God to bless us or be gracious to us?  Why does the Psalmist desire God’s grace and blessings?  How are you using God’s blessings to share God’s saving power among all nations?  Read Psalm 67:1-2, 7.

Would your city be called “the faithful city?”  Why or why not?  What would it take to make it so?  What if you started by choosing to be God’s faithful person?  Meditate on Zechariah 8:3, 8.

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“Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.” – Acts 13:3

How long has it been since you were “worshipping the Lord and fasting?”  How long has it been since the Holy Spirit gave you clear direction for fulfilling His mission?  Are you praying for the Lord’s guidance?  Is it possible that worship and fasting help our “spiritual ears” be more aware of God’s voice?  Read Acts 13:1-3 and consider what might help you tune in to God’s message.  (Then do it!)

According to Jesus’ words in John 12:44-50 how closely connected are He and the Father?  How important are Jesus’ words?  Why are they that important?  Meditate on John 12:44-50.

How valuable is your life?  How valuable is your soul?  Who would pay that price to save you?  Consider your answers as you read Psalm 49:7-8, 15.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk3 Friday

Consider the following questions as you meditate on the Bible passages for today (see the link to the passages below).

Why should nations & peoples praise the Lord?  How have you seen the Lord’s steadfast love and faithfulness in your life?  Worship the Lord as you read Psalm 117.

Have you ever tried to count all the things that the Lord has done for you?  Have you ever told your family members the things that the Lord has done for you?  Consider writing down some of the significant ways the Lord has blessed you.  Read Isaiah 63:7.

How do you explain Saul/Paul’s rapid transformation:  from persecuting the followers of Jesus to proclaiming Jesus as the Son of God?  Have you seen a change in the direction of your life?  Think about the implications of Acts 9:19-20.

“Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.” Jesus in John 6:56

What does Jesus mean by telling his listeners to “eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood?”  Was Jesus advocating cannibalism?  If not, what did He mean?  Is there any connection with His later institution of the Last Supper?  What does it mean to have Jesus live within us?  Meditate on John 6:52-59.

How has God fulfilled His promises to you?  List at least 3 that come to mind that have brought you joy.  Consider offering God praise today through a song or make up your own music to sing Psalm 105:42-43, 45.

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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Easter Wk2 Wednesday

Consider the following questions as you meditate on the Bible passages for today (see the link to the passages below).

How is it possible to “bless the Lord at all times?”  How could we make our whole lives a blessing to God?  How could we keep His praise in our mouths continually?  Meditate on Psalm 34:1-3

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“I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” – Isaiah 49:6

Why is the Lord not satisfied with reaching only our family?  Why does the Lord want to reach the nations, to the end of the earth?  What could we do to help to share His light with the world?  Pray about your place in world evangelism as you read Isaiah 49:5-6.

Why did the angel deliver the apostles from prison?  Why are we kept free?  Read Acts 5:19-21 and consider your God-given mission.

Why did Jesus come into the world?  Have you received His gift of eternal life?  Will you believe in Him and choose to live in the light?  Think about Jesus’ words in John 3:16-21.

Do you need an answer from God?  Ask God for that answer, along with the Psalmist’s request in Psalm 13:3, 5.  Do you trust in God’s steadfast love and rejoice in His salvation?  Take time to offer Him praise today!

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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Easter Wk1 Saturday

Consider the following questions as you meditate on the Bible passages for today (see the link to the passages below).

What are your favorite “glad songs of victory?”  Did you “recount the deeds of the Lord” to someone yesterday?  To whom could you tell the story of what God has done for you?  Think about Psalm 118;14-15, 17.

Isaiah says that there is only one God and that He provided for us a Savior.  What should our response be to such a God?  Meditate on Isaiah 45:21-23.

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Peter and John before the Sanhedrin

How should we respond if the commands of God and those of men differ?  How did Peter & John respond?  Consider the implications of Acts 4:18-20 for our day.

Why did Jesus’ disciples have so much trouble believing that Jesus had risen from the dead?  Do you believe?  What is the good news that His disciples are to share with the world?  Are you spreading the good news?  How?  Read Mark 16:9-15.

How can we “bless the Lord?”  What could we do or say that would be a blessing to God?  Think about this as you read Psalm 104:1, 33-34.

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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Easter Wk1 Wednesday

Consider the following questions as you meditate on the Bible passages for today (see the link to the passages below).

For what will you give thanks to God today?  Why do you need to call on His name today?  What has God done for you that you need to tell others about today?  What song of praise for God is on your mind today?  Make a joyful noise to Him!  Mediate on the words of Psalm 105:1-3.

What things in the past will you choose to forget?  What new thing is God wanting to do in your life? What wilderness in your life needs a God-built road?

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“rivers in the desert” – Isaiah 43:19

What is the desert you are crossing that needs a divinely-fed river?  Think about God’s promise to you in Isaiah 43:14, 18-19.

In what way do you need the Lord’s healing?  What would it mean for you to “stand up and walk?”  Are you willing to take that “step?”  Whom do you know who is looking for the wrong thing?  How could you help them to connect with what God wants for them?  Pray about how the transformation of Acts 3 could impact you or those you know today.

Have you ever been confused about what God is doing in your life or in our world?  Have you ever looked back in your life and realized that Jesus was with you even when you didn’t realize it?  How does the story of Jesus’ walk to Emmaus challenge your faith today?  Meditate on what it might mean for Jesus to walk with you today as you read Luke 24:13-35.

How might it change the way you live if you choose to always give glory to God instead of seeking it for yourself?  In what ways have you seen that “the Lord has been mindful of us?”  In what ways have you seen that your reverence for God has resulted in blessing?  Read Psalm 115:1, 12-13 thoughtfully.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk4 Monday

Consider the following questions as you meditate on the Bible passages for today (see the link to the passages below).

Can you dare to believe that “rejoicing comes in the morning?”  What is your “night?”  About what are you weeping?  Consider what will bring you joy as you read Psalm 30:4-5.

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“See, I will create
new heavens and a new earth.” Isaiah 65:17

How does Isaiah’s promise of a new earth speak to where you are?  What do you think God’s new creation will be like?  Read Isaiah 65:17-18.

Would others be able to testify to your faithfulness to the truth?  Why or why not?  Why would your walking in the truth bring joy to God and others (including your pastor)?  Think about 3 John 1:2-4.

Why was the father able to take Jesus at His word?  Would you have been able to do the same?  Why or why not?  Put yourself in that father’s place as you read John 4:43-54.

Pray the words of Psalm 67:1-3 as a blessing for or a benediction on your ministry to others this day!

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk3 Thursday

Consider the following questions as you meditate on the Bible passages for today (see the link to the passages below).

What does it mean to “harden your hearts?”  How can we avoid a hard heart?  Read Psalm 95:6-8.

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“if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life” – Galatians 6:8b

Why does God call us to walk a certain way?  Find the answer in Jeremiah 7:23-24.

What does it mean to “sow to the Spirit?”  How can we avoid growing weary in doing good?  Think about Galatians 6:8-9.

What is implied by the fact that Jesus was able to cast out demons?  Read and consider Luke 11:14-23.

In what area do you need the Lord’s protection?  What are the practical implications in your life of the fact that the Lord is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness?”  Meditate on Psalm 86:14-15.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk 2 Saturday

Consider the following questions as you meditate on the Bible passages for today (see the link to the passages below).

What blessings have you received from the Lord?  See how many you can list in 5 minutes.  Read Psalm 103:2-5.

What marvelous things do you want to see God do?  Read Micah 7:15-17.

Return of the Prodigal SonDescribe the freedom Christ purchased for us on the cross.  Read Galatians 5:1.

Which brother in the parable of the prodigal son most resembles you?  What lesson did the father want that son to learn?  Have you learned that lesson?  Read Luke 15:1-3, 11-32.

What difference have God’s goodness and mercy made in your life?  What does it mean to live in “the house of the Lord?”  Read Psalm 23:6.

Have you asked God to forgive you of your sins, to make your heart clean, “whiter than snow?”  Read Psalm 51:7, 17

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