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

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday 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 want the Lord to act on your behalf today?  How have you seen the Lord’s hand at work in your life?  (see Psalm 109:21, 26-27)
  2. How has the Lord been a refuge for you?  Have you experienced the Lord offering shelter to you?  (see Isaiah 4:5-6)
  3. What is the desired outcome of the work of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers in the church?
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    “…pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…” – Ephesians 4:11b-12

    Who is to be equipped to do the work of ministry?  (see Ephesians 4:11-13)

  4. What do demons apparently want to do when they inhabit a being?  Why does it take them longer to destroy a person than it did to destroy swine?  What difference does Jesus make in a person?  Whose influence do you want in your life?!  (see Matthew 8:28-34)
  5. What is the significance in the Psalmist saying that the Lord’s righteousness is everlasting?  What is the source of truth?  Are you seeking understanding from the Lord?  If you receive it, what will be the result?  (see Psalm 119:142, 144)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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! You can reap the most benefit from this journey by joining a small group and by inviting others to join us!

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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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 Wk3 Thursday

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

What prayer has God answered for you recently?  Whom have you told about what God did?  Read what God did for the Psalmist in Psalm 66:16, 19-20.

How can we have our whole being “exult” in our God?  (To “exult” can mean “to show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; rejoice exceedingly; be highly elated or jubilant.”)  Does meditating on God’s salvation for you make you want to exult?  Read Isaiah 61:10.

Philip catechizes the Ethiopian Eunuch
“Philip began to speak and…proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus.” Acts 8:35

Do you know someone who has questions about God, faith or the Bible?  Are you willing to come alongside them to search for answers?  Read how God used Philip in Acts 8:29-31, 35.

How has God drawn you to Jesus?  How has God taught you?  Do you believe that Jesus is the bread of life?  Meditate on the words of Jesus in John 6:44-51.

The Psalmist David says we are to “depart from evil.”  What practical steps does that call for in your life?  David says we are to “do good.”  What action does that prompt for you today?  Meditate on David’s words in Psalm 37:27-28, 34.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk3 Wednesday

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

How do you usually express praise to God?  Think about the ways the Psalmist expressed his praise in Psalm 66:1-5.

Eclipse
“The sun shall no longer be your light by day…but the Lord will be your everlasting light.” – Isaiah 60:19

What does it mean to you to know that the Lord outshines the sun and moon, that He “will be your everlasting light?”  What might this mean to you on dark days when it seems that all other lights have been extinguished?  Meditate on the words of Isaiah 60:19.

Why did Philip go to Samaria, to those considered by the Jews to be outcasts?  Whom do you know who needs to hear about Jesus?  Would you consider going to tell them?  Read what Philip did in Acts 8:5-6.

Do you want to be raised up on the last day?  Find out how that is possible by reading what Jesus says in John 6:35-40.  What does it mean to receive Jesus, the bread of life?

How does keeping the law of the Lord result in liberty?  What does the Psalmist mean in Psalm 119:41, 44-45, 48?  Meditate on God’s steadfast love and salvation, and on His law, precepts and commandments as you read this passage.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk3 Tuesday

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

From what do you need rescued?  What is your request to the Lord?  Read the Psalmist’s requests in Psalm 31:1-2.

What steps could you take to maintain a “contrite and humble” spirit?  What is God’s response to those who live that way?  What are the implications of the fact that God inhabits eternity?  Meditate on Isaiah 57:15, 19.

Beam this up - Stradbroke Island (Straddie)
“Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.” – Psalm 36:5

What is the significance of the fact that Stephen, as he is being opposed and heckled by those who heard his message, sees into heaven, sees the glory of God and sees Jesus standing at the right hand of God?  Consider God’s response to the first Christian martyr recorded in Acts 7.

Why was the crowd seeking a sign?  Did they want literal bread or the True Bread from heaven, Jesus?  What are the implications of Jesus’ saying that He is bread of life?  Consider how you should live if Jesus is the True Bread.  Read John 6:30-35.

How far does the Lord’s love reach?  If you know the song, “Your Love, O Lord,” hum or sing the song as you offer praise to the Lord for His steadfast love!  Read Psalm 36:5, 10.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk3 Monday

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

What way have you chosen? What do you set before you? To what do you cling? What path are you running? Meditate on these questions as you read Psalm 119:30-32.

Why should you seek the Lord today? Is there anything you need to forsake? What are the implications of Isaiah’s promise that God will “abundantly pardon” those who return to Him? Read Isaiah 55:6-7.

Stoning of the ProtomartyrWhat was the source of the grace and power that Stephen shared? What do you think Stephen looked like when he was addressing the council? Read Acts 6:8-10, 15 and consider praying for grace and power sufficient to fulfill God’s purpose for you.

To what lengths do you go to seek Jesus? Are you seeking Jesus or what He can give you? For what kind of food are you working? Have you believed in the One whom God has sent? Meditate on John 6:22-29.

What is a “wonderful deed” that the Lord has done for you? With whom could you share what He did for you? Read Psalm 9:1-2.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk2 Friday

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

Roman Road
“Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.” – Psalm 27:11

Are you learning the Lord’s ways?  Are you walking on a “level path?”  Do you find it hard to “wait for the Lord?”  Why or why not?  Read Psalm 27:11, 13-14 (or if you have time read the entire Psalm).

How can we introduce others to Jesus?  Are you a messenger who announces peace and brings good news?  Consider how you might become one “who announces salvation.”  Think about the implications of Isaiah 52:6-7.

Read Acts 5:34-35, 38-39 and consider whether Gamaliel was right.  What evidence do you have to back up your answer?  Are you trying to support or overthrow what God is doing in our day?  Pray about your answer.

What do we learn about Jesus in John 6:1-15?  Why did Jesus challenge His disciples to feed the crowd?  What did the disciples learn about themselves?  What overwhelming need are you facing that you are wondering how to meet?  Read the passage from John 6 and consider how Jesus may be challenging your faith today.

Read Psalm 134:1-2 and consider taking time this evening before bedtime to offer praise to God.

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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 Wk2 Tuesday

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

The Psalmist emphasizes the Lord’s sovereignty, strength and eternal nature in Psalm 93:1-2.  How do these descriptions of God help you as you face the challenges of your day?

Isaiah reveals that the Lord laid out the foundation of the earth and spread out the heavens.  Does this qualify Him to “[lead] you in the way you should go?”  Why or why not?  Meditate on Isaiah 48:12-13, 17.

With whom are you “of one heart and soul?”  Do you believe you will ever experience this?  Is it possible for a church family or at least the leaders of a church family to be “of one heart and soul?”  Is there any direct relationship between this level of unity and the reports of “great power” and “great grace?”  What steps would you need to take to pursue this level of unity and of effective ministry?  Read Acts 4:32-33.

Bronze SerpentHave you been born from above?  Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to bring you new life?  How was Moses’ lifting up a serpent in the wilderness an illustration of the Son of Man being lifted up?  Have you received the eternal life Jesus promised?  Pray about what Jesus says in John 3:7-15.

The Psalmists says that the Lord examines humankind.  Is that idea comforting or frightening?  Why?  What does the Psalmist imply in Psalm 11:4, 7 is necessary if we are to behold the Lord’s face?

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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Easter Wk2 Monday

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

Physicists of many nations
“Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage.” – Psalm 2:8

Psalm 2 says that the Lord will make the nations the heritage of His Son.  What does this mean?  Read Psalm 2:7-8.  What could you do to help the nations learn about the Lord?

How close are you to the Lord’s deliverance?  How has God brought deliverance near?  Are you willing to receive His salvation?  Meditate on Isaiah 46:12-13.

The response of the apostles to persecution was not to pray for protection, but to pray for boldness.  What does that say about their focus and commitment?  Would you be willing to pray for God to do what only He can do?  Think about the apostles’ approach to ministry found in Acts 4:29-30.

Have you been born of the Spirit, born from above?  Have you received a new life from Christ?  Are you willing to?  Admit that you have sinned; Believe that Jesus died to offer you new life; Claim the forgiveness and salvation He offers;  Don’t wait!  Read John 3:1-8.

What does the Psalmist mean when he asks for the light of the Lord’s face to shine on him?  How does our relationship with God affect our sense of peace?  Could the state of our relationship with God possibly affect our ability to get a good night’s sleep?  Why or why not?  Consider what the Psalmist says in Psalm 4:6-8.

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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 Friday

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

What does the Psalmist mean by his reference to the “cornerstone?”  How did the Apostle Paul make use of the word “cornerstone” (see Ephesians 2:19-21)?  Read Psalm 118:22-24 and compare.

Has the Lord “swept away your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like a mist?”  Have you asked Him to?  Pray a prayer based on your response to what Isaiah says in Isaiah 44:21-22.

How use does Peter make of the word “cornerstone” in Acts 4:10-11?  What does this tell us about who Peter believed Jesus to be?  What other clues to who Jesus is can you find in this passage?

Boat on the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias, Gennesareth).
“Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’” – John 21:3

Why, do you think, did Peter and these other disciples go back to fishing?  How were they able to catch so many fish?  Why didn’t Peter wait for the boat to take him to shore?  What do you learn about Jesus and about the disciples from John 21:1-14?

The Psalmist is determined to use his life to “recount the deeds of the Lord.”  What are you doing with your life?  Are you entering the “gates of righteousness?”  Meditate on Psalm 118:17, 19, and 28.

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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Easter Wk1 Thursday

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

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“He sends out his command to the earth” – Psalm 147:15

How often do you sing praises to God?  What usually prompts you to do so?  How important is God’s Word to you?  Where is the evidence in your life of the importance of God’s Word to you?  Read Psalm 147:1, 15, 19.

What are the implications of Isaiah’s saying that there is no god besides the Lord, the King of Israel, and His Redeemer, the Lord of hosts?  What is implied by Isaiah’s saying that we are God’s witnesses?  Meditate on Isaiah 44:6 & 8.

What happens when we repent according to Peter in Acts 3:19-20?  Have you repented?  If not, why not?

What might have been your reaction if you had been with the disciples when they saw the resurrected Jesus for the first time?  How did Jesus prove that He was truly real…alive and not just a vision or a ghost?  What did Jesus help His disciples understand?  What did He ask them to do?  Meditate on Luke 24:35-48.

Put what the Psalmist is saying in Psalm 148:1, 11, 13 into your own words.  How is the Lord praised “from the heavens” and “in the heights?”

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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?

Canyonlands National Park
“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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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Easter Wk1 Tuesday

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

The Psalmist says that the “word of the Lord is upright.” How do you incorporate the word of the Lord into your life? Read Psalm 33:4-5, 21-22 and consider if your life reflects the Lord’s values.

Upon what do most people depend for their salvation? According to Isaiah 43:11-13, where do we find salvation?

What does it mean to say that Jesus had been made both Lord and Messiah? Think about the implications of what Peter said in Acts 2:36.

Tomb door and window_2034Peter’s words in Acts 2 found their origin in his personal experience seeing the empty tomb. What would have been your response to seeing the empty tomb? Read Luke 24:8-12 and consider how Peter came to understand that Jesus was the risen Christ?

What does the Psalmist mean when he says that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom?” How has God “sent redemption to his people?” Have you received this gift of redemption? Meditate on Psalm 111:1, 9-10.

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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Easter Monday

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

Why is the word “majestic” a good description of God?  Why does the Psalmist say that “holiness befits” the Lord’s house forevermore?  What song comes to mind as you read Psalm 93:1, 4-5?

Fiery furnace, Michaelhouse, CambridgeCan you think of times when God’s people had to pass through the waters?  When have God’s people had to walk through fire?  How did God protect His people in these trials?  How has God protected you?  Consider writing out Isaiah 43:2-3 on a 3×5 card to carry with you so you can pull it out and remind yourself of God’s protection.

Why did God plan for Jesus to be crucified?  Why was Jesus raised up from death?  Read Acts 2:23-24 to find out more.

Why were the women (& the other disciples) perplexed when Jesus was not found in the tomb?  How often you looked for life in dead places?  Meditate on Luke 24:1-7.

Are you confident that you will enjoy the fullness of joy in God’s presence when you die?  Have you chosen to take refuge in God?  If not, would you choose to do so now?  Read Psalm 16:1, 9-11 and ask God to be your refuge, to forgive you of your sins and give you eternal life.  (We’d love to celebrate with you when you make this decision, so please let us know!)

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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Easter Sunday

Please join us at church today to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ! For directions see our home page.  Happy Easter!

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

How does Jesus’ resurrection change the world? What is different since He has conquered death?  Meditate on John 20:1-18.

20130330-184520.jpgWhich part of the new world God is promising in Isaiah 65:17-25 is most appealing to you? Why? What changes has God already made in your life?

How do you express joy? How will you rejoice today in what God has done? Join with the Psalmist in rejoicing as you read Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24.

How does Christ’s resurrection change the meaning of death for you? What impact does Christ’s resurrection have on the amount of hope you live with on a daily basis? Consider Paul’s words to the church in Corinth as you read 1 Corinthians 15:19-26.

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

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

When have you faced rejection?  How was Jesus treated?  Think about the prophetic description of Jesus found in Psalm 31:11-12, 13b.

Why was Jesus rejected?  Does it make a difference to you to know that Jesus endured suffering, and infirmity and also took our iniquity upon Himself?  Meditate on Isaiah 53:3-4, 6.

What does it mean to be ransomed by the precious blood of Christ?  How should we respond to someone who took our place, paying the death penalty we owed?  Read 1 Peter 1:18-19.

"It Is Finished"Read through John’s eyewitness account of Jesus’ crucifixion.  What does this Good Friday mean to you?  How many fulfilled prophecies does John refer to in this passage, John 19:16-37?  What is your response to what Jesus did for you?

Has Jesus delivered you?  If not, do you want to be delivered?  Meditate on Psalm 40:1, 13, and 17.  Would you consider asking Him to deliver you now?  Ask Him to forgive you of your sins!  He has promised that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (cf. 1 John 1:9)

Why were Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus who had previously seemed to be afraid to acknowledge Jesus publicly now ready to acknowledge their devotion to Him even to the Roman Governor/Prefect?  (Prayerfully read John 19:38-42.)  Is there anything keeping you from publicly acknowledging your devotion to Jesus?  Do you want Jesus to acknowledge you in His Kingdom or to be ashamed of you (cf. Mark 8:38)

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

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

Does Psalm 89:26-27 tell us something about Jesus?  If so, what?  In 1 Timothy 6 and in Revelation 17 & 19 Jesus is called “King of Kings and Lord of lords.”  Do you see any parallels with our reading today in Psalm 89?

How has the Lord brought you good news?  How has He bound up your broken heart?  How has the Lord set you free?  Meditate on the Mission of the Servant of God shared in Isaiah 61:1-2.

"I am the Bread of Life."What does the Lord’s Supper mean to you?  Do you pay attention to the meaning being conveyed in the bread and fruit of the vine?  What is the meaning of the New Covenant that Jesus is establishing with His disciples?  Think about what Paul is telling the church in 1 Corinthians 11:27-29.

What is the significance of Jesus reading the passage from Isaiah 61 in the synagogue in Nazareth?  How did Jesus fulfill this passage?  Examine Luke 4:16-21 to determine how Jesus fulfilled Isaiah’s words.

What are the things or people we are tempted to depend upon instead of the Lord?  How can we make Him our refuge instead of other things?  Meditate on the words of Psalm 142:5.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk6 Wednesday (Holy Week)

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

How does the Psalmist’s experience described in Psalm 69 compare with what Jesus faced?  Can you relate to what the Psalmist experienced?  In what way?  How does Jesus’ endurance in excruciating suffering speak to you?  Read Psalm 69:20-21, 29.

How is it that Isaiah’s description so closely matches Jesus’ experiences during Holy Week?  Why did Jesus willingly go to through the suffering He endured?  How did the Lord help both the prophet and His Son and protect them from disgrace?  Mediate on the words of Isaiah 50:6-7.

How has the Lord given you strength?  Consider telling someone today how the Lord has met a specific need you had.  What needs are you facing right now?  Ask the Lord to provide for those needs as promised in Philippians 4:12-13, 19.

Black HaloWhy do you think Judas decided to betray Jesus?  If Jesus knew Judas would betray Him, why did He invite Judas to be one of His disciples?  Why did Jesus warn His disciples that one of them would betray Him?  Why does Jesus challenge Judas with the knowledge that he will betray Jesus?  Think about the compassion and grace of the second chance given to Judas in Matthew 26:14-25.

Do you believe that the Lord will keep His covenant with you?  Which promises are you calling upon Him to fulfill for you today?  Meditate on Psalm 17:18, 20-22

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk6 Tuesday (Holy Week)

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 you to say that The Lord is your hope, your trust? Meditate on Psalm 71:3, 5, 6c.

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

What are the implications of God’s choice to offer His salvation to the nations (not just for Israel), to the ends of the earth? What does it imply for the mission of His church? Read Isaiah 49:6.

What do you need to forget? Toward what do you need to reach? What goal has God given you? Pray about Philippians 3:13b-14.

Why was Jesus troubled? Why did Jesus allow Judas to carry out his plan to betray Him? How did Jesus glorify God the Father? How did the Father glorify Jesus? Think about Jesus’ choice to go to the cross as you read John 13:21-33, 36-38.

Is there someone in your life who will stand up for you? How did Jesus stand up for you? Meditate on the words of Psalm 94:16-17, 22.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk6 Monday (Holy Week)

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

Of what are you afraid?  How does the Psalmist address our fears in this passage?  Read Psalm 27.

“I have given you as a covenant to the people,
a light to the nations” – Isaiah 42:6b

How could we become a “light to the nations?”  What action could you take today to bring deliverance to those in need?  Meditate on Isaiah 42:6-8.

Do you know the power of Christ’s resurrection?  What does Paul mean by this?  What does it mean to share in Christ’s sufferings?  Are you confident that you will share in the resurrection from the dead?  Read Philippians 3:10-11, or if you have time, all of Chapter 3.

How has Jesus brought new life, renewal or healing into your family?  How have you expressed your thanks to Him for these gifts of grace?  What could you do today to express your gratitude to Jesus?  Consider Mary’s actions recorded in John 12:1-11.

How earnestly is the Psalmist in seeking God in Psalm 69:16-18?  How earnest are you in seeking Him?  Do you seek God only when you are in trouble, or is seeking God a noticeable characteristic of your life?

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk6 – Palm Sunday

Please join us for worship today and invite someone to come with you!  Our home page has information on our meeting times and location.

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

PalmSunday_Triumphal EntryWhat role do worship and praise have in your day-to-day life?  How might your life be different if worship was as important to you as breathing?  Read Luke 19:28-40 and think about what Jesus said about the stones!

Notice that Isaiah gives us the words of One who was struck and insulted.  Of whom is Isaiah speaking?  What do you learn about this Person from this passage?  Consider the description given in Isaiah 50:4-9.

Of whom is the Psalmist speaking:  of himself or of someone else?  Do you relate to what he describes?  If so, in what way?  How does the person described respond to all these problems?  What can we learn from this?  Meditate on Psalm 31:9-16.

In what ways did Jesus humble Himself in order to come to earth?  In what ways has the Father determined to exalt His Son?  What is your reaction/response to Jesus’ choice to become like us?  What is your reaction/response to the Father’s decision to exalt Jesus?  Read Philippians 2:5-11 through slowly, out loud, if possible.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk5 Sunday

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

imageHow have you expressed your love for Christ? Think about the sacrificial gift given in John 12:1-8.

What new thing does God want to do in your life? Through what wilderness is the Lord guiding you right now? Consider His words to you through Isaiah 43:16-21.

About what do you weep? Where do you need the Lord’s restoration in your life? Meditate on the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 126.

Upon what “gains” or benefits are you tempted to rely? What is of surpassing value to you? What is the goal you are pressing toward? Is it the same as the Apostle Paul’s? Read Philippians 3:4-14.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk4 Wednesday

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

When have you experienced the grace, mercy, compassion and patience of God?  (Is it possible that some folk aren’t aware of these qualities of God because they are so common they are like the air surrounding us?) Read Psalm 145:8-9, 20.

The Morning BellsHave you ever experienced a setting in which it seemed that the very heavens and earth were celebrating?  Is it possible for a mother to forget her child?  What does this passage tell us about the possibility of God’s forgetting us?  Meditate on Isaiah 49:13, 15-16.

What does it mean to “contend for the faith?”  Consider Jude 1:3.

Do you have eternal life? (John 5:24)  Which resurrection will you experience? Whose will (or purposes) are you pursuing?  See John 5:17-30.

Is it important to you to know that God is faithful and righteous?  Why?  Does it help you to know that God’s promise is “well tried?”  Why?  Meditate on Psalm 119:137-138, 140

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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 Sunday

Please join us for worship today and invite someone to come with you!  Our home page has information on our meeting times and location.

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

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“For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none.” Luke 13:7

Why do bad things happen to good people?  Why is God patient with sinners?  Read Luke 13:1-9.

Are you squandering your resources on things that don’t really matter?  What are you spending your time seeking?  Read Isaiah 55:1-9.

Is your greatest thirst for God?  Is your highest praise given to God?  Is your richest feast in God?  Meditate on Psalm 63:1-8.

In what way is the devil testing or tempting you?  Have you found the path through or out of the temptation that God has provided?  Read 1 Corinthians 10:1-13.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk1 Tuesday

Consider the following questions for meditation and then follow the link below to read the Scripture passages for today.

Prayer is the languageHow can you overcome your fears?  Where is God when you are brokenhearted?  See Psalm 34.

In what ways does the Word of God nourish your life?  See Isaiah 55.

Have you committed yourself fully to God’s gospel of grace?   Read Galatians 1.

Is prayer a noticeable characteristic of your life?  See Matthew 6.

In what ways have you seen the Lord’s greatness?  Read Psalm 48.

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Ashes to Fire – Saturday Readings (C)

Join us on the journey from “Ashes to Fire” by reading Scripture daily, joining us for Worship each Sunday, participating in a small group meeting each week and by inviting someone to join you!

The Scripture readings for the Saturday after Ash Wednesday can be read here.

Questions for Meditation
What does it mean to observe the Sabbath? How will you incorporate Sabbath observance into our Christian celebration of the Lord’s Day (Sunday)? How will you make tomorrow “a delight?” How could you prepare today to make Sunday a day dedicated to the worship of God?

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Worship the Lord, all the earth!

In what area of your life do you need Christ’s healing: spiritual, physical, mental, emotional?

Where have you seen the kindness and love of God our Savior in your life?

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Ashes to Fire – Friday Readings (C)

Thank you for joining us on the journey from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday.

The Scripture readings for the Friday after Ash Wednesday can be read here.

Have you found that fasting has brought you closer to God?  In what ways?

What kind of fasting is Isaiah calling for in today’s reading?  How might we live that out in our day, in our community?

Edge of the WorldAre you depending upon God’s power (as Paul invited Titus) to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions so that you can live a self-controlled, upright and godly life in this present age?

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