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

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Our Scripture readings for Sunday 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 were the disciples startled and terrified?  How did Jesus prove to the disciples that He was really alive?  Can you think of any predictions of the Old Testament that Jesus fulfilled?  Consider asking Jesus to open your mind to understand the Scripture.  Have you repented of your sins?  Have you received Christ’s forgiveness for your sins?  (see Luke 24:36-48)
  2. By whose power was the crippled man able to walk?  How did Jesus receive glory?
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    “Why do you wonder at this…as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk?”

    Why did the people have Jesus crucified and a murderer released?  How powerful is faith in Jesus?  What do you need to do if you want your sins wiped out? (see Acts 3:12-19)

  3. What answer are you seeking from God?  Why would someone “love vain words and seek after lies?”  Are you faithful?  What do you do when you are feeling disturbed? What sacrifices are “right”?  How has the Lord brought you gladness?  Does trust in the Lord help you sleep in peace?  (see Psalm 4)
  4. What does it mean to you to be a child of God?  What will it be like to “be like him” when we “see him as he is”?  Do you have hope that you will see him?  Are you purifying yourself in preparation for that day?  What does John mean when he says that “sin is lawlessness”?  Has Jesus taken away your sins?  Are you abiding in him?  (see 1 John 3:1-7)
  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) -Friday – Easter Wk1

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Our Scripture readings for Friday 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. Why does the Psalmist give thanks to the Lord?  How many reasons can you discover in Psalm 136:1, 10-12?  What reasons do you have to give thanks to the Lord?  How many reasons can you list in 2 minutes?
  2. Can you think of several ways the Lord built into the lives of the Hebrews reminders their history of salvation?  What did it mean for them to consecrate to God all the firstborn?  (see Exodus 13:1-2, 14)
  3. Why does death have a “sting?”  How has death “been swallowed up in victory”?  What does it mean to say that we have been given victory over death?   How does this affect your attitude and your work?  (see 1 Corinthians 15:54, 56-58)

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    “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” – Luke 24:5b
  4. Would you have been perplexed if you had been with the women on Easter morning and had found the tomb open and empty?  What does it mean for the tomb to be empty?  Have you known people to look for life among dead things?  (see Luke 24:1-12)
  5. Are there glad songs in your house?  How could you recount the deeds of the Lord?  Do you rejoice in each day that the Lord has made?  (see Psalm 118:15, 17, 24)
  6. 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 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?

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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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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 – 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 – Palm Sunday

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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 Wk4 Sunday

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

Lent4_Prodigal_2Has there been a time in your life when you “came to your senses?”  What prompted that revelation?  What is the quality of your relationship with your Heavenly Father?  What would you like for it to be?  Read Luke 15:1-3, 11-32.

What disgrace has God rolled away from your life?  How has God provided for you?  Compare your story with that of the children of Israel in Joshua 5:9-12.

What difference has a willingness to confess to God made in your life?  What benefits did the Psalmist see when he confessed his sins to God?  Read Psalm 32.

What changes has God made in your life?  In what ways are you becoming an Ambassador for Christ?  Consider Paul’s words to the Corinthians (and us) in 2 Corinthians 5:16-21.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk3 Saturday

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

David experienced God’s forgiveness when he called out to God with a “broken and contrite heart.”  Have you received God’s forgiveness?  What is your attitude before God?  Prayerfully read Psalm 51.

Do you need to “return to the Lord?”  In what areas of your life do you need the Lord’s healing and reviving power?  In what ways has God’s resurrection power been at work in your life?  Read Hosea 6:1-2.

In our relationship with God, what is the connection between love and obedience?  Read 2 John 1:6.

How would you describe the attitudes of the two men in the parable Jesus told in Luke 18:9-14?  Whose attitude is closer to yours?  Pray about your approach to God as you read Luke 18:9-14.

What is the significance of knowing that God has “been our dwelling place in all generations?”  How does it help you to know that people have been depending upon God for generations…that it is possible to live your life…in God!  Meditate on the words of Psalm 90:1-2.

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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 Wk3 Monday

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

For what or whom does your soul long? Read Psalm 42:1-2.

Are pride and disobedience keeping you from a restoration God longs to give you? Read 2 Kings 5:14-15.

Are you using your freedom in Christ to love others or for self-indulgence? See Galatians 5:13-14

Who are the “outsiders” God is calling you to reach? Are you willing to do so even if others are opposed to doing so? Pray about Luke 4:24-30.

What does it mean to take refuge in the Lord? How do we live out our fear or reverence for the Lord? What step could you take today to seek the Lord (Bible reading, prayer and meditation are possibilities!)?

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“As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” Psalm 42:1-2

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk3 Sunday

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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 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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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk2 Thursday

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

How important is it to you to live with the Lord, to dwell on His holy hill?  Why is holiness necessary to live on His holy hill?  Read Psalm 15:1-2.

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“The heart is devious above all else; it is perverse— who can understand it?”

In what ways have you seen that the heart is “devious?”  Have you seen that in your own life?  Is change possible?  Think about Jeremiah 17 9-10.

What is your reaction to God’s work to redeem us who were condemned by the law, so that He might adopt us as His children?  Respond to Galatians 4:4-5.

What could you do today to help someone in need?  How concerned are you for your unsaved relatives?  Are you praying for them now?  Read Luke 16:19-31

Are you “poor and needy?”  Are you asking God for help?  Read the Psalmist’s prayer in Psalm 70:4-5.

How can you be sure that God won’t despise your sacrifice?  Find out by reading Psalm 51: 6, 17.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk2 Monday

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

Have you asked God to forgive you of your sins?  Read and pray Psalm 79:9.Belief

Have you ever considered praying on behalf of your family or your city?  Read Daniel 9:4-5, 19.

What is your response to Christ’s willingness to “become a curse” for you?  Consider Galatians 3:13-14.

What could you do today to show love to an enemy?  Think about Luke 6:32-38.  Will you actually do it?

Why do you owe praise to God?  Read Psalm 65:1-3 to see why the Psalmist says praise is due to God.

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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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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk1 Wednesday

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

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“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.” – Psalm 51:10

How important is it to you to have a clean heart before God?  Read Psalm 51.

What could you do to help establish “justice in the gate” (The city gate was the typical place that legal transactions took place).  Read Amos 5.

Why was it significant to Paul that his message was not his own invention?  What difference does it make to you?  See Galatians 1.

Why is it important to listen to the message of Jonah and of Jesus?  Read Luke 11.

What is the definition of wisdom according to the Psalmist David in Psalm 53?

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Ashes to Fire – Wk1 Sunday

Today, Sunday, begins Week 1 of our Ashes to Fire Journey.

Our Scripture readings for today can be read here.

Lent1_WildernessTemptationHow did Jesus overcome the 40 days of temptations by the devil?  Do you believe it is possible to overcome the temptations you face?  How do Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 10:13 help us in this struggle?

Why did God ask His people to bring their firstfruits to Him?  How did this act remind them of who they were?

Do you know for certain that Jesus Christ has saved you?  Are you willing to accept Him as your Lord?

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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 – Thursday (C)

Thank you for joining us on a spiritual journey from “Ashes to Fire,” from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday.

Our Scripture readings for the Thursday following Ash Wednesday can be read here.  Choose to meditate on God’s word all through the day!  If you don’t have a smart phone to pull this up during your spare moments during the day, take a moment to jot down a verse that is especially meaningful for you today, and carry the verse with you to review, to use as a topic for prayer, and to provide a starting point for meditation.  Many thanks for your prayers my friends, I love you very much

Choose life today!  Choose love today (Don’t forget that it is also Valentine’s Day!)!

1 John 3:16 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”

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Ashes to Fire – Ash Wednesday (C)

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Join us on the journey from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday. Will you join us in reading Scripture daily, joining us for Worship each Sunday, participating in a small group meeting each week and by inviting someone to join you? We will be praying for you on this journey. Allow God to strengthen and develop your faith from “Ashes to Fire.”

Here are the Scripture passages for Ash Wednesday via BibleGateway.com

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