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

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Our Scripture readings for Friday 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. What do you want your children and grandchildren to know about what the Lord has done in your life?  How will they find out?  (see Psalm 102:18-21)
  2. Had God forgotten about the covenant, the promises He had made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob?  Why did God act at that time?  (compare Genesis 15:13-14 and Exodus 2:23-25)
  3. Why does God give certain people assignments in the church?  Is there a part for you to fill?  What are the most helpful gifts?  (see 1 Corinthians 12:28, 31)
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    “As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed” – Mark 9:2b

    Why was Jesus’ appearance transformed?  What would have been your reaction to seeing Jesus transformed along with Elijah and Moses?  Why didn’t Jesus want His disciples to talk about this incident until after His resurrection?  What did Jesus mean when He said, “Elijah has already come”?  (see Mark 9:2-13)

  5. Have you asked the Lord for help?  How has the Lord saved you?  What chains has the Lord snapped in your life?  (see Psalm 107:10, 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) –Wednesday – Lent Wk4

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday 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. In what way do you need deliverance today?  How do you need the Lord to act on your behalf?  (see Psalm 109:21, 26-27)
  2. How have you seen God turn around something meant to harm you into something God used to bless you & others?  (see Genesis 50:19-20)
  3. What gifts do you see in those around you?  Are you able to see the gift God has given you?  If not, consider asking someone who knows you well how she or he sees God working in and through you!  (see 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 11)
  4. Why did the Pharisees want to see a sign?  Why were they ignoring the miracles Jesus had already done?
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    “‘When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?’ They said to him, ‘Twelve.’” – Mark 8:19

    How has Jesus supplied what you needed?  What “yeast” do you need to be warned about today?  (see Mark 8:11-26)

  5. Do you ask God for understanding?  What difference would it make in your life to know and follow His statutes and decrees?  (see Psalm 119:124-125, 135)
  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 – Lent Wk4

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday 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. What implications are there for your life from the fact that “The Lord is king”?  What does it mean to say that the Lord is a “lover of justice”?  (see Psalm 99:1-2, 4)
  2. Why do you think Jacob wanted his body to be taken back to the field of Ephron in the Promised Land to be buried?  (see Genesis 49:29, 31, 33)
  3. Why did Jesus tell His disciples to use the bread and the cup to remember Him?
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    “Do this…in remembrance of me.” – Jesus (1 Corinthians 11:24)

    What do the bread and the cup symbolize?  (see 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

  4. Why did the crowds stay with Jesus even though they hadn’t had anything to eat for three days?  (How do these people’s desire to be with Jesus compare with yours?)  How did they get bread and fish for so many people out there in the desert?  (What does this say about Jesus’ ability to supply your needs?) (see Mark 8:1-10)
  5. Why would people who have been disciplined by God be happy?  How has the Lord’s steadfast love held you up?  Are you willing to let Him cheer your soul?  (see Psalm 94:12-13, 18-19)
  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) –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) –Saturday – Lent Wk3

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday of Week 3 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

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    “Glorious things are spoken of you,
    O city of God.” – Psalm 87:3

    Why is the city of God glorious?  Have you invited God to live in your city?  (see Psalm 87:1-3)

  2. Why did Israel (Jacob), when he was about to die, ask his son Joseph to return his body back to the land of his ancestors?  Did Israel (Jacob) have a different “theology of place” than Abraham did (see Hebrews 11:8-10) Where is home for you?  Why?  (see Genesis 47:27, 29-30)
  3. Paul seems to say that Christ sustained Moses and the children of Israel in the desert.  How is that possible?  What does that imply about the nature of God and the divinity of Jesus? (see 1 Corinthians 10:1-4)
  4. Why were the Pharisees quick to criticize the disciples and slow to criticize themselves?  Have you ever been tempted to act that way?  How can we avoid giving in to such a temptation?  Is it possible for our lips and our heart to be out of sync?  How can we make sure our worship is genuine and not in vain?  (see Mark 7:1-12)
  5. What is your response to the “steadfast love” of the Lord?  How has the Lord delivered you?  (see Psalm 136:1, 11-12)
  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 – Lent Wk3

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Our Scripture readings for Friday of Week 3 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. Do you have a daily devotional time?  What do you do?  How do you incorporate prayer into your life? (see Psalm 88:9, 13)
  2. Why did Pharaoh offer the best of Egypt to Joseph’s family?
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    “Now, we ask you, let your servants settle in the land of Goshen.” – Psalm 47:4

    (see Genesis 47:4, 6)

  3. What is Paul’s goal?  What is he willing to sacrifice to achieve that goal?  What does he hope will be the outcome?  (see 1 Corinthians 9:19, 22-23)
  4. What would have been your reaction if you been in that boat and had seen Jesus walking on the water during the storm?  Why were the disciples’ hearts hard?  What did the people of Gennesaret learn about Jesus while He was with them?  What does this mean for you in your life?  (see Mark 6:47-56)
  5. Why is it good to give thanks to the Lord?  Why is it good to sing praises to His name?  Do you talk about God morning and night?  What work of God has made you glad?  (see Psalm 92:1-2, 4)
  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 Wk3

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday of Week 3 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. How are we led by God’s “light” and truth?  What do you do to seek God’s presence?  (see Psalm 43:3-4)
  2. Why did God need to reassure Jacob about his going down to Egypt?  Has God ever offered reassurance to you that He hasn’t forgotten about you, or that He is still with you?  (see Genesis 46:1-3)
  3. https://www.flickr.com/photos/40595948@N00/2446809771/What does Paul mean by saying that those who plow or thresh should share in the crop?  (see 1 Corinthians 9:10, 14)
  4. Why did Jesus want the apostles to get some rest away from people?  Why did Jesus respond to the crowd with compassion?  What was Jesus trying to teach His disciples in asking them to feed the crowd?  Why did Jesus dismiss the crowd and then go up on the mountain?  (see Mark 6:30-46)
  5. How does God make you glad?  What does it mean to “lift up [your] soul” to the Lord?  What descriptions would you use in talking about God?  (see Psalm 86:4-5)
  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 Wk3

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday of Week 3 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 does the Psalmist love God’s law?  Where do you find guidance for life?  (see Psalm 119:97-98, 105)
  2. How do you think you would have reacted if you had been Jacob?  Is there anything else that would have persuaded Jacob to make a trip to Egypt?  (see Genesis 45:25-28)
  3. What does it mean for Paul to say that the Corinthians are “the seal of [his] apostleship in the Lord?”  Is there anyone whose life and faith gives evidence of God’s work in you?  (see 1 Corinthians 9:1-3)
  4. Why did King Herod think that, in Jesus, John the Baptist had come back to life?  Why would God allow someone whom Jesus said was the greatest person born to that time (cf. Matthew 11:11) to be killed by King Herod’s order?  What does this tell us about how our view of life and life beyond death, and God’s view, may not be the same?  (see Mark 6:13-29)
  5. How could you be involved in https://www.flickr.com/photos/11309626@N02/7998921560/making sure that the weak and the orphan receive justice?  How are you helping the lowly and the destitute?  Can you do something to help the weak and the needy?  How will God judge your actions?  (see Psalm 82:3-4, 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) – Tuesday – Lent Wk3

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday of Week 3 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. Are you making it a priority to tune in to the Lord’s teaching?  How?  How will you tell the coming generation the “glorious deeds of the Lord, His might, and the wonders He has done?”  (see Psalm 78:1,4)
  2. Why couldn’t Joseph contain himself anymore?  What would have been your reaction to Joseph’s revelation of his true identity if you had been one of Joseph’s brothers?  (see Genesis 45:1-3)
  3. What is our responsibility to other believers?  If we know that something we feel free to do as a Christian will cause another believer to stumble in his/her faith, are we still free to do that action?  Why was Paul willing to forgo eating meat (that had been sacrificed to idols) for the rest of his life?  (see 1 Corinthians 8:12-13 & context)
  4. Why did the people of Jesus’ hometown, Nazareth, not accept Him?  Why did He not perform many miracles there?  Why did Jesus send out the twelve?  What was their message?  What did they do?  Has Jesus sent you out also?  How are doing on His mission? https://www.flickr.com/photos/67652247@N00/364999056/ (see Mark 6:1-13)
  5. Why do you think God chose David to be the “shepherd of His people?”  Do you have an “upright heart?”  Are you fulfilling God’s purpose for you?  (see Psalm 78:67, 70-72)
  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) – Monday – Lent Wk3

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Our Scripture readings for Monday of Week 3 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 does the Psalmist use the image of God planting a vine in the Promised Land? What would it mean for the Lord to restore you?  Are you willing to let the Lord make you strong for His purposes?
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    “You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.” – Psalm 80:8

    (see Psalm 80:7-8, 14, 17)

  2. Why does Judah ask to stay in Egypt in place of Benjamin?  Do you think Joseph was testing his brothers?  What did he want to find out about them? (Remember what they did to him!) (see Genesis 44:33-34)
  3. Why do you exist?  Who is the source of all things?  (see 1 Corinthians 8:6)
  4. Why did Jairus ask Jesus to come to his house?  Why did the woman touch Jesus’ cloak?  Why did Jesus tell the girl’s father not to fear even though he heard the report that his daughter had died?  (see Mark 5:21-43)
  5. What would it mean for you to experience God’s compassion coming to you “speedily?”  Have you asked God to forgive your sins? (see Psalm 79:8-9)
  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 – Lent Wk2

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday 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. Are you inspired by the majesty of nature?  Are you inspired by the God who created nature?  Why does the Psalmist call God “awesome?”  (see Psalm 76:1, 4, 7
  2. Why did Joseph reassure his brothers about the payment for their grain?  Why was Joseph emotional when he saw his younger brother Benjamin?  (see Genesis 43:23, 29-30)
  3. Why did Paul say that the appointed time has grown short?  Is your time short?  If your time were short, how would you respond?  (Is that how you are responding?) (see 1 Corinthians 7:29, 31)
  4. How did the legion of demons treat the man they possessed?  How did they treat the herd of swine?  What does that say about the devil’s goals?  What do you learn about Jesus’ goals for humanity in this story?  What do the demons believe Jesus’ goals for them are? (see Mark 5:1-20)
  5. How is the Lord shepherding you?
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    “The Lord is my shepherd.” – Psalm 23:1

    Are you following His lead?  What provisions has He made for you?  What has He done to restore your soul?  (see Psalm 23:1-3)

  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 – Lent Wk2

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Our Scripture readings for Friday 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. About what do you sing?  How could you offer thanksgiving to God?  Why would the oppressed be glad when they see thanksgiving of God?  (see Psalm 69:30-34)
  2. Why was Jacob willing to let his youngest son Benjamin go with his brothers to Egypt?  (see Genesis 43:11-15)
  3. Do you know what the Lord wants for your life?  What would it look like for you to live your life for Jesus right where you are?  (see 1 Corinthians 3:17, 20)
  4. What does Jesus’ calming of the storm tell you about who He is?  (see Mark 4:35-41)

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    “Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.” – Mark 4:39
  5. Who or what is your refuge?  Are you seeking to be near God?  What could you do to draw nearer to Him?  (see Psalm 73:25, 28)
  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 Wk2

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday 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. Why should those who seek God rejoice and be glad in Him?  Have you ever been “poor and needy” and called on God to help you?  What was the outcome? (see Psalm 70:4-5)
  2. Why did Joseph’s brothers believe God had made it look like they had stolen money?  (see Genesis 42:26-28)
  3. What are the implications of saying that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit?  Why should we glorify God with our bodies?  (see 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
  4. Are you hiding your light?  What measure do you use to give?  Are you planting seeds and trusting God to bring the increase?  (see Mark 4:21-34)

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    “You established the luminaries and the sun.” – Psalm 74:16
  5. What is your response to knowing that God is the creator of the earth, who owns the day, the night, the stars and the sun?  …that this God is working to bring salvation to us on earth?  (see Psalm 74:12-16)
  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) – Tuesday – Lent Wk2

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday 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. When is the last time you poured out your heart before God?  Do you trust in Him at all times?  (see Psalm 62:1-2, 8)
  2. Why did God allow famine to affect Jacob and his sons and their families?  Why didn’t Jacob allow Benjamin to go with his brothers to buy grain in Egypt?  Why did Egypt alone have grain? (see Genesis 42:3-5)
  3. Have you cleaned away any malice in your life?  Have you replaced it with sincerity & truth? https://www.flickr.com/photos/davea2007/14044198665/in/photostream/ What is a paschal lamb? (see 1 Corinthians 5:7-8)
  4. Why did Jesus’ family want to restrain Him?  Why did people think He was out of His mind?  How was He able to cast out demons?  Are you Jesus’ brother, sister or mother?  (see Mark 3:19-35)
  5. How does the Lord bear you up daily?  Is He your source of power and strength?  (see Psalm 68:19-20, 35)
  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) – Monday – Lent Wk2

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Our Scripture readings for Monday 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. How have you seen God’s mercy in your life?  How does one take refuge “in the shadow of [His] wings?”  When have you had God protect you from “destroying storms?” (see Psalm 57:1)
  2. Why did Egypt have bread in the middle of a famine that affected every country?
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    “There was famine in every country, but throughout the land of Egypt there was bread.” – Genesis 41:54

    What do you learn from Joseph’s preparation?  (see Genesis 41:53-54)

  3. Why was Paul considered to be a fool for the sake of Christ by the Corinthians?  Why was Paul willing to endure deprivation?  (see 1 Corinthians 4:10-12)
  4. Why were people flocking to Jesus?  Why did Jesus order the unclean spirits not “to make him known?”  Why did Jesus appoint twelve?  What did He want them to do?  (see Mark 3:7-19)
  5. Why is praise due to God?  Is God your hope?  If so, why?  (see Psalm 65:1, 5)
  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) – Sunday – Lent Wk2

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Our Scripture readings for the Sunday of Lent 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.

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Questions for Meditation

Why do you think the Lord promises Abram a son when he is 99 years old?  …why not before then?  Why does God change Abram’s name to Abraham?  (see Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16)

What does it mean to you to know that God doesn’t hide His face from you?  Do you seek the Lord?  What is implied by the Psalmist saying that all dominion belongs to the Lord?  (see Psalm 22:23-31)

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“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” -Mark 8:34

How could Abraham believe something so unlikely…that he, nearly 100 years old, would have a child?  What does it mean that Abraham’s faith was “reckoned to him as righteousness?”  (see Romans 4:13-25)

Why did Peter rebuke Jesus?  Why did Jesus then rebuke Peter?  What does it mean for us to be willing to lose our lives for the sake of Jesus?   What would it mean for you to be ashamed of Jesus and His words?  (see Mark 8:31-38)

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

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday 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.

How often do you “call upon God?”  Do you cast your burden on the Lord?  Do you find it easy to take it back from Him?  Why or why not? (see Psalm 55:16, 18, 22)

What do you think sustained Joseph through the hard times?  How do you think Joseph felt when he was not only released from prison, but was also “set over all the land of Egypt?”  (see Genesis 41:38-41)

Why shouldn’t we judge people?  Is there anything you are trying to hide from the Lord?  What does Paul imply about the likelihood of your success in that effort?  Will you be commended or condemned by the Lord when He comes?  (see 1 Corinthians 4:5)

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“One sabbath he was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain.” Mark 2:23

What are the implications of saying that the “sabbath was made for humankind and not humankind for the sabbath?”  What ways do you find to do good on the sabbath?  Why were the Pharisees more concerned about keeping rules than helping someone in need?  (see Mark 2:23-3:6)

How has the Lord helped you in trouble?  Has the Lord preserved you against the wrath of your enemies?  Has the Lord fulfilled His purpose for you yet?  If not, how do you think He will?

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

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Our Scripture readings for Friday 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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“the Lord…heard my cry. He drew me up…” – Psalm 40:1-2

Have you ever been in a situation in which you cried out to the Lord for help and He heard you and rescued you?  If so, whom have you told your story to recently?  (see Psalm 40:1-2, 11)

Have you ever felt forgotten by someone you tried to help?  How did you handle the situation?  How did Joseph handle his situation?   (see Genesis 40:21-23 & ff.)

Do you have everything you need?  Why or why not?  How would Paul answer those questions?  (see 1 Corinthians 3:21-23)

Why did Jesus eat with “tax collectors and sinners?”  In what way was Jesus like a physician?  What does fasting mean to you?  What do you think it might have meant for Jesus’ disciples?  (see Mark 2:13-22)

Is unspoken praise really praise?  Do you offer an acceptable sacrifice to God?  (See Psalm 51:15-17 to discover what an acceptable offering is!)

 

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 (Year B) – Wednesday – Lent Wk1

Thank you for joining us on a spiritual journey from “Ashes to Fire,” from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday. We would also love to have you join us for worship this week! Click here to discover our location & service times!

Our Scripture readings for Wednesday 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.

Do you have a teachable spirit?  What have you been learning from God and His Word recently?  (see Psalm 119:66-68)

Why did Jacob’s sons deceive him?  Why did Jacob refuse to be comforted?  (see Genesis 37:31-36)

Why did Paul choose to know nothing except Jesus Christ, and him crucified?  How was the Spirit’s power demonstrated in Paul’s ministry?  (see 1 Corinthians 2:2-4)

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“In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.” – Mark 1:35

What does it say about Jesus that he was able to heal the sick and to cast out demons?  Why did Jesus take time to pray, even before dawn?  (see Mark 1:29-45)

Why might a ransom to God be needed for someone’s life?  (see Psalm 49:7)

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

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday 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.

What does it say about God if His throne endures forever?  What should your response to God be if He is King forever and he loves righteousness, but hates wickedness?  (see Psalm 45:6-7)

How significant to his own welfare was Judah’s decision to avoid murder?   (see Genesis 37:26-28)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/86083886@N02/8140935467/Why does God work with the foolish and the weak?  Do you think anyone in the presence of God will want to boast?  Why or why not? (see 1 Corinthians 1:27-29)

What was Jesus’ message?  What does it mean for Jesus’ disciples to fish for people instead of for fish?  What does the unclean spirit reveal about Jesus’ identity?  How does the unclean spirit know who Jesus is?  (see Mark 1:14-28)

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

Thank you for joining us on a spiritual journey from “Ashes to Fire,” from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday. We would also love to have you join us for worship this week! Click here to discover our location & service times!

Our Scripture readings for Monday 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.

What has God done for you?  What does it mean to declare the Lord’s name? (see Psalm 52:8-9)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/35409814@N00/5337992389/What is your dream?  Have you ever had someone reject your dream?  (see Genesis 37:5-8)

For what do you give God thanks?  Have you strengthened the testimony about Christ? Will you be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ? (see 1 Corinthians 1:4-9)

Do you know for sure that God has forgiven you of your sins?  Have you asked for this forgiveness?  John the Baptist promised that Jesus would offer to baptize us with the Holy Spirit.  Have you asked Jesus to baptize you with His Spirit?  (see Mark 1:1-13)

According to the Psalmist, what is the source of our salvation?  (see Psalm 44:4-8)

Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk6 Holy Saturday (Holy Week)

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

What brings you gladness and joy?  Do you have confidence that you will be in the Lord’s presence when you die?  Read Psalm 16:9-11.  Do you have the same confidence that the Psalmist does?

The rescue of IsaacWhat parallels and contrasts do you see in the story of the Abraham offering Isaac and Christ offering Himself as a sacrifice?  How does God provide a lamb for the sacrifice in both cases?  Think about God’s grace as you read Genesis 22:7-8.

What tests did Jesus overcome?  What tests have you faced?  In what ways have you experienced the sympathy of Christ?  Meditate on the words of Hebrews 4:15-16.

When have you seen the goodness of the Lord in your life?  How do you stay strong during those times when you are waiting on the Lord to act?  Read Psalm 27:13-14.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk5 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 seek the Lord’s “presence continually?”  What clues are there in the passage to discover what it means?  Are you willing to do what the Psalmist calls us to do?  Consider Psalm 105:4-6.

How can we be blameless before God?  How does Abram’s obedience speak to you?  Are you living in covenant with God?  What did it mean for Abram to do so?  Study Genesis 17.

CounselThe writer of Hebrews says that Abraham believed that God could raise the dead.  Do you?  What difference does your faith in God’s power make?  Are you willing to act on your faith in God?  Think about Abraham’s faith as you read Hebrews 11:17, 19.

What claim is Jesus making about His power and the promise of resurrection in John 8:51-59?  Why did the Jews who heard his statement have a hard time believing?  Do you believe Jesus?  What proof of Jesus’ power do we have that they didn’t yet have?  Meditate on John 8:51-59 and consider what your response will be to Jesus’ words.

What encouragement is offered by the Psalmist to those whose spirits are “faint?”  Do you ever pray aloud to the Lord (it’s not the only way to pray, but the Psalmist implies that sometimes he prays aloud)?  Would sometimes praying aloud help you keep focused and alert during your prayer time?  What supplications or complaints do you need to share with the Lord right now?  Read Psalm 142:1-3 aloud (unless it would bother someone near you) and then share your prayer out loud with the Lord.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk2 Friday

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

What is the significance of our God being a covenant-making and covenant-keeping God? Read Psalm 105:7-9a.

Joseph sold as a slaveJoseph was spared being killed by his brothers, but ended up sold into slavery and taken to Egypt. How do you think Joseph felt at the time? Do you think he understood that God’s plan to exalt him was still going to work out despite the setbacks? Read Genesis 37:28 (cf. 50:20).

Have you ever been tempted to turn back from following God? What lies did the devil use? Consider Paul’s words in Galatians 4:8-9a.

In the parable in Matthew 21, why did the tenants reject the owner’s messengers? What has been your response to God’s message & messengers? Read Jesus’ parable in Matthew 21:33-43.

Is God continually with you? Are you continually with Him? (Is it possible to be physically with someone while being “somewhere else?”) How can we choose to be present to God? Who or what is the strength of your heart? Meditate on Psalm 73:23, 26.

Why is God looking for humility of spirit? Are you asking for God’s Holy Spirit to stay with you? Pray along with the Psalmist in Psalm 51:11, 17.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk2 Sunday

Think about the following questions as you prepare for or reflect upon our worship time today, then read today’s Scripture passages by clicking on the link below.

Decisions DecisionsWhy do humans so often reject Jesus’ invitation?  How are you responding to His call?  Read Luke 13.

What does it mean to enter into a covenant with God?  In Abraham’s time a covenant was sealed with the blood of animals.  Read Genesis 15 to learn more.  How is a covenant with God established in the New Testament?  (Read Jesus’ words about this here.)

What are you seeking in your life?  Read Psalm 27 to see what David was seeking.

What choice is Paul presenting to us in Philippians 3:17-4:1?  What choice will you make?

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