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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday 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. What does it mean you to when you hear that the Lord’s love is steadfast and is on those who fear Him from everlasting to everlasting?  Does the Lord’s kingdom rule over you?  (see Psalm 103:17, 19 22)

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    “The Lord has established his throne in the heavens.” – Psalm 103:19
  2. What do you think it meant that the night of the Passover was a “night of vigil” for the Lord?  Why were the Israelites to keep vigil on Passover night?  (see Exodus 12:41-42)
  3. What does Paul mean when he says that at Christ’s coming those who belong to Him will be made alive?  What will happen when Christ hands over the kingdom to God the Father?  (see 1 Corinthians 15:22-25)
  4. Why were the initial reports of the Resurrection not believed?  Why did it take the actual appearance of the risen Christ in their midst for the disciples to believe?  How are you participating in the call to “go into all the world and to proclaim the good news”?  (see Mark 16:9-20)
  5. What great works of the Lord have you seen in your life?  If all the Lord’s precepts are trustworthy as the Psalmist says, how should you treat them?  (see Psalm 111:2, 6-7)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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Our Scripture readings for Monday 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. What does it mean to say that “The Lord is king”?  If this is true (and it is!) how should you respond?  Does holiness befit your house?  (see Psalm 93:1-2, 5)
  2. Why did the Jews put the blood of a lamb on the lintel and doorposts of their homes during Passover?  What did this act teach their children?  How can we convey the importance of the sacrifice of Christ to our children and grandchildren?  (see Exodus 12:23-27)
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    “He was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures” – Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:4

    Is it significant that Jesus both died and was raised “in accordance with the scriptures”?  Why or why not?  What is of “first importance” to you?  (see 1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

  4. Who do you think rolled away the stone?  Why?  Who was the “young man” in the tomb and why was he there?  Why were the women seized with terror and amazement?  What was the most significant thing the “young man” said?  (see Mark 16:1-8)
  5. How do you know that God has listened to your prayer?  Is it possible for God to love you and still say, “No,” to a prayer you have prayed?  (see Psalm 66:19-20)
  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 Wk6

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday of 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. Are there times when it seems as though the Lord hides from you?  Why does the Lord not answer as speedily as we would like?  (see Psalm 102:1-2)
  2. Did the Lord help the people of Jerusalem who experienced ruin as vast as the sea?  Will the Lord help you with the challenges that you face?  (see Lamentations 2:10, 13)https://www.flickr.com/photos/35409814@N00/2347251453/
  3. How do you prepare to share in the Lord’s Supper?  How do we discern the body and blood of the Lord as we participate in the Lord’s Supper?  (see 1 Corinthians 11:27-29)
  4. How did Jesus know the disciples would meet a man carrying a jar of water who also had a large room available?  Why did Jesus reveal the upcoming betrayal?  Why is Jesus choosing to abstain from the “fruit of the vine”?  (see Mark 14:12-25)
  5. Do you cry out to the Lord?  What do you cry out to Him?  What does it mean to say that the Lord is the Psalmists “portion in the land of the living”?  (see Psalm 142:5)
  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 Wk6

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday of 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. What do you do when you are in anguish or face fear and trembling?  Is it okay to complain to God?  Will the Lord hear you if you don’t call upon Him?  (see Psalm 55:4-5, 16-17)
  2. Why did Israel face destruction?
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    “He has destroyed all its palaces, laid in ruins its strongholds” – Lamentations 2:5b

    Why were its palaces and strongholds destroyed?  Why was there multiplied mourning and lamentation in Judah?  (see Lamentations 2:5)

  3. Why did Paul face “much distress and anguish of heart and…many tears”?  Why did Paul write to the Corinthians?  (see 2 Corinthians 2:4)
  4. Why did the tenants reject the vineyard owner’s servants?  Why did the tenants kill the owner’s son?  How did the owner respond?  Why did Jesus tell this story?  (see Mark 12:1-11)
  5. Why did the Psalmist want the Lord to remember how the enemy scoffs?  Is He likely to forget?  Does the Lord remember His covenant with you?  Do you?  Is it easy for the poor and needy to praise the Lord’s name?  Why or why not?  (see Psalm 74:18-22)
  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 Wk6

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday of 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 do we often feel as though we are all alone?  Is it true?  What does the Psalmist discover?  (see Psalm 12:1, 7)
  2. When the people of Jerusalem go into exile, how does Jeremiah respond?  To whom do you turn when things go wrong?  (see Lamentations 1:17-18, 20)
  3. How did Paul face “the sentence of death”?  What does that say to you about how to face the challenges of your life?  (see 2 Corinthians 1:8-9)
  4. Why weren’t the chief priests, scribes and elders willing to acknowledge the authority of Jesus?  Have you acknowledged the authority of Jesus over your life? If so, what difference is that making in your life?  (see Mark 11:27-33)

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    “But the Lord has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge.” – Psalm 94:22
  5. How has the Lord been a stronghold for you?  How has the Lord rescued you?  (see Psalm 94:16, 22)
  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 Wk6

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Our Scripture readings for Monday of 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. What does it mean to have “a broken and contrite heart”?  How is such a heart a “sacrifice” to God?  Are you offering your heart to God?  (see Psalm 51:17-19)
  2. Why was the city empty?  Why had the city lost its majesty?  What was the source of its sorrow?  Do you believe that God understands your emptiness and sorrow?  How do you know?  (see Lamentations 1:1, 6, 12)
  3. What do the sufferings of Christ mean to you?  Lent_Jesus_FigTreeWhy does Paul refer to God as “the God of all consolation”?  What does that description of God mean to you?  (see 2 Corinthians 1:3, 5)
  4. Why does Jesus curse the fig tree?  How had the money changers changed the nature of the temple?  Why did the chief priests and scribes want to kill Jesus?  Have you seen the power of faith in your life?  When and where?  (see Mark 11:12-25)
  5. Do you need an answer from God?  How do God’s steadfast love and abundant mercy offer you help?  Have you asked God to “draw near” to you?  Have you asked God to redeem you?  (see Psalm 69:16-18)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

 

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Friday – Lent Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Friday of Week 5 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. Does your family have a history of trusting God?  If so, how does that help you trust God?  If not, does that make it harder to trust God?  How could you leave a positive legacy for your family?  (see Psalm 22:3-5)
  2. If Pharaoh admitted that he was in the wrong, why did he continue to harden his heart toward God?  Why does one’s attitude toward God make a difference?  What is your attitude toward God? (see Exodus 9:27, 29-30, 33, 35)
  3. Why do some people not “see” the good news about Christ?  How can we prevent having our minds blinded to the light of Christ?  (see 2 Corinthians 4:3-4)
  4. What does it say about Jesus that He knew what awaited Him in Jerusalem…and went anyway?  Why did James & John want seats of honor?  What was the “cup” that Jesus would drink?  How was Jesus’ kingdom to be different from the kingdom of this world?  Why did Jesus come?  What would it mean for you to live as He did?  (see Mark 10:32-45)
  5. How important is it to you to know that the Lord hears your prayers?
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    “Save me, O Lord,…I have fled to you for refuge.” – Psalm 143:9

    Have you ever felt like your spirit was failing and needed a rescue and a refuge?  Are you willing to seek the Lord for salvation and help?  (see Psalm 143:1, 7, 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) –Thursday – Lent Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday of Week 5 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 Lord provide for Zion and its people?  How has the Lord provided for
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    “Glorious things are spoken of you,
    O city of God.” – Psalm 87:3

    His church?  How has the Lord provided for you?  (see Psalm 132:13-16)

  2. Why couldn’t Pharaoh’s magicians imitate the plague of gnats?  Why did the magicians decide that this plague was “the finger of God”?  When have you seen God at work in an undeniable way?  (see Exodus 8:16-19)
  3. What was the source of the glory of Moses’ face?  How is the ministry of grace more glorious than that of Moses’?  (see 2 Corinthians 3:7-8)
  4. Why did the rich man go away grieving from Jesus?  Why is it not impossible for the rich to enter Christ’s kingdom?  How will your sacrifices for Christ’s kingdom be repaid?  (see Mark 10:17-31)
  5. Have you seen the Lord help the needy and the poor?  If so, how?  Have you given thanks to the name of the Lord?  Do you live in His presence?  (see Psalm 140:12-13)
  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 Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday of Week 5 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 cry to the Lord wholeheartedly?  Why do you think the Psalmist got up before dawn?  (see Psalm 119:145-147, 174)
  2. Why did God want the Egyptians to know that He is the Lord?  How do you know that He is the Lord? (see Exodus 7:2, 5, 20-21)
  3. How does Christ bring triumph or victory into your life?  What good things come from knowing Christ?  Do you stand in God’s presence?  (see 2 Corinthians 2:14, 17)

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    ““Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” – Mark 10:14
  4. Why was divorce permitted?  What is God’s desire for marriage?  What does Jesus’ attitude toward children say to you?  What does it mean to receive the kingdom of God as a little child? (see Mark 10:1-16)
  5. Have you ever felt like you were crying out to God out of the depths?  Did you have to wait on the Lord’s reply?  Do you long for the Lord more than someone in darkness longs for the dawn?  (see Psalm 130:1-2, 5-6)
  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 Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday of Week 5 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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    “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:2

    From where does your help come?  How has the Lord “kept” you?  (see Psalm 121:1-2, 7)

  2. Why did the Lord deliver His people from slavery to Pharaoh?  How has the Lord delivered you?  Do you need to ask the Lord for deliverance in your life?  (see Exodus 6:1, 6)
  3. Why did the Lord’s people have trouble listening to Him, even when He sent them messengers from other nations?  Do you have any trouble listening to the Lord?  If so, what might be the solution to that problem?  (see 1 Corinthians 14:21)
  4.  Why did Jesus challenge His disciples about their willingness to sacrifice?  Is there any sacrifice you aren’t willing to make to enter the Kingdom of God?  Are you at peace with those around you? (see Mark 9:42-50)
  5. How do you respond when the Lord does great things for you?  What has the Lord done for you recently?  How did you respond?  (see Psalm 126:1-3)
  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) –Monday – Lent Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Monday of Week 5 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. Where do you seek refuge?  What is the “rock of refuge” in your life, your foundation?  (see Psalm 31:1-2)

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    “Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me.” – Psalm 31:2
  2. Why did Moses protest God’s plan to make him a spokesman?  What was God’s answer?  Have you ever tried to tell God you’re not good at something He told you to do?  How did that go?  (see Exodus 4:10-12)
  3. What is greater than spiritual gifts?  Why is love so essential?  What does it mean to say that if I “do not have love, I am nothing”?  (see 1 Corinthians 12:31-3:2)
  4. Why did Jesus tell His disciples about His upcoming suffering and death?  How can one become great?  How can we welcome Christ?  Why didn’t Jesus say “whoever is not for us is against us”?  How is that different than what Jesus did say? (see Mark 9:30-41)
  5. Are there times you are tempted to think that God is asleep?  How do you respond?  How did the Psalmist respond?  (see Psalm 35:22-24)
  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 Wk4

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday 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. Is your soul awake?  Why does the Psalmist want his soul to be awake?  Are you preparing your soul to sing praise to God?  (see Psalm 108:1-3)
  2. Why did God choose Moses?  Why did Moses believe that he shouldn’t be the one to call Pharaoh to let God’s people go?  What was God’s answer to Moses’ objection?  (see Exodus 3:11-12)
  3. Why is it hard for us to see clearly or to know fully in this life?
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    “Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face.” – Paul (1 Corinthians 13:12)

    What is your response to the fact that you are fully known by God?  Why is love greater than faith or hope?  (see 1 Corinthians 13:12-13)

  4. Why were Jesus’ disciples unable to cast out the evil spirit from the boy?  Why did the boy’s father imply that Jesus might not be able to do anything?  Why is belief so important?  What is significant about the father’s words, “I believe; help my unbelief”?  Do you believe, yet struggle with unbelief?  (see Mark 9:14-29)
  5. Do you have hope in the Lord’s steadfast love?  Do you believe that He will deliver your soul from death?  How does trusting in the Lord make one’s heart glad?  (see Psalm 33:18-21)
  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 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) –Thursday – Lent Wk4

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday 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. How do you most often praise God?  How do you seek God?  (see Psalm 69:30-32, 35)
  2. Why is it significant that the new king of Egypt didn’t know Joseph?  What was the outcome of that “ignorance?”  (see Exodus 1:8, 22)
  3. How is the church like a body, according to Paul?  How is it possible for people from many different backgrounds to become “one body”?  (see 1 Corinthians 12:12-13)
  4. Who do you say Jesus is?  Why does Peter rebuke Jesus?  Why does Jesus rebuke Peter?  Are you following Jesus?
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    “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”- Jesus (Mark 8:34)

    What does it mean to take up your cross?  Are you willing to lose your life for the sake of Jesus?  (see Mark 8:27-9:1)

  5. Do you desire God most of all?  If you could only have one thing/person, what or who would it be?  If God is the One who will be there for you when everything else fails, what should your response be to Him?  (see Psalm 73:25-26)
  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

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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) – Monday – Lent Wk1

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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)

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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)

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

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Our Scripture readings for the Sunday 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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Whom does the Lord instruct?  Whom does the Lord guide?  (see Psalm 25:1-10)

Why did Christ suffer?  What did He do after being raised from the dead?  (see 1 Peter 3:18-22)

Why do you think Jesus was baptized?  What was the significance of what the voice from heaven said at Jesus’ baptism?  What does it mean to repent?  Have you repented? (see Mark 1:9-15)

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 – 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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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk3 Friday

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

ListenHow well do you listen?  How well do you listen to God?  Are you walking in His ways?  Think about the Psalmist’s words recorded in Psalm 81:8, 13.

Why did Israel “stumble?”  How can we make sure we are walking in the ways of the Lord?  Meditate on Hosea 14:1, 9.

About what are you tempted to boast?  What does it mean to say that the “world has been crucified to me, and I to the world?”  Can you say that?  Pray about Galatians 6:14.

Do you love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength?  What does this mean in practical terms?  What does “loving your neighbor” look like?  Ask God to deepen your understanding of Mark 12:28-34.

How often do you give thanks to the Lord and sing praises to the name of the Most High?  Do you declare his steadfast love and faithfulness daily?  Listen to the Psalmist’s heart in Psalm 92:1-2, 4.

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