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

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. Is God your Shepherd?  What would that mean?  Why the Psalmist describe this Shepherd as “enthroned?”  How mighty is God?  How do you need His salvation today?  (see Psalm 80:1-2)
  2. Is the Lord your God?  How has He delivered you?  Are you God’s servant?  What does that mean?  (see Leviticus 25:55)
  3. How strong is God’s glorious power?  Do you live with endurance, patience and joy and thanksgiving?  What do you think it will mean for you to “share in the inheritance of the saints in the light”?  Have you asked God to rescue you from the power of darkness?  Have you chosen to enter the kingdom of God’s beloved Son, Jesus?  Has He forgiven your sins?  (see Colossians 1:11-14)
  4. What kind of soil are you:
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    What kind of soil are you?

    hardened, rocky ground, thin soil, choked with thorns, or good & fruitful?  Talk to the Lord about the kind of soil you want to be!  (see Matthew 13:1-16)

  5. What deeds of the Lord can you “call to mind?”  How might it benefit you to think about all that the Lord has done for you and for all of His people?  How could you praise the greatness of our God today?  (see Psalm 77:11-14)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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Our Scripture readings for Friday 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. How could you offer thanks to the Lord?  How could you make known the Lord’s deeds among the people?  What song of praise could you sing to the Lord?  Does your heart rejoice?  (see Psalm 105:1-3)
  2. Do you listen to the reading of Scripture?  Have you made a commitment to be obedient to all that the Lord has spoken?  (see Exodus 24:7)
  3. Do you want to be made alive?  Do you want God to forgive you all your trespasses?  How did Jesus set aside the record against us?  (see Colossians 2:13-15)
  4. Why did Jesus withdraw when He heard about John’s arrest?  Why did Jesus settle in Capernaum?
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    “The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light” – Matthew 4:16

    How did Jesus fulfill the promise to bring a great light to those sitting in darkness?  Is the kingdom of heaven near?  Have you repented?  (see Matthew 4:12-17)

  5. How has God brought you out?  Was joy part of the experience?  What song comes to your mind & heart as you think about it?  The Lord keeps His promises to us; do we keep his word?  (see Psalm 105:42-43, 45)
  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 Wk3

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. Why did David lift up his soul to the Lord?  Do you trust in God?  What requests do you have of the Lord?  Are you willing to have the Lord teach you His paths?
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    “Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation” – David in Psalm 25:4-5

    Do you want to know His truth?  What did David mean by saying, “for you I wait all day long”?  (see Psalm 25:1-2, 4-5)

  2. To whom have you shared the story of how God has led you, helped you and delivered you?  How do you know that the Lord is greater than all other objects of worship?  (see Exodus 18:8, 10-11)
  3. How do you handle anxiety?  What does it mean to you to know that God cares for you?  How does the promise of restoration, support, strength and establishment affect you when you are going through suffering?  (see 1 Peter 5:7, 10-11)
  4. What does it mean to repent?  Are you a citizen of the kingdom of heaven?  Is your life ready for the arrival of the Lord?  Have you confessed your sins?  Are you willing to share the Good News of forgiveness with others?  (see Matthew 3:1-6)
  5. Is the Lord your stronghold?  Do you put your trust in Him?  Are you seeking Him? (see Psalm 9:9-10)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

 

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday 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. How often do you sing praises to our God?  Why is it good to do so?  How do you respond to God’s command?  (see Psalm 147:1, 15, 19)
  2. Why did the Lord want the people to remember the day they came out of Egypt?  Do you remember the day you left a life enslaved to sin?  Why were they to eat unleavened bread?  (see Exodus 13:3, 7-8)

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    “Unleavened bread shall be eaten for seven days” – Exodus 13:7
  3. In what ways have we borne the image of Adam?  How will bearing the image of Christ be different?  (see 1 Corinthians 15:45, 47, 49)
  4. How much authority does Jesus have?  What are you doing to make disciples?  What has Jesus commanded us to do?  Are you obeying Jesus’ commands?  (see Matthew 28:16-20)
  5. Whom does the Psalmist call to praise the name of the Lord?  Why should the name of the Lord be praised?  How could you offer the Lord praise today?  (see Psalm 148:11-13)
  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) -Friday – Lent Wk6

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Our Scripture readings for Friday of Week 6 of Lent, Good Friday, 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 reasons do you have to glorify the Lord?  Have you ever felt despised?  What does it mean to you to know that the Lord does not despise or abhor you or hide his face from you?  (see Psalm 22:23-24)
  2. What or who gives you hope?  What does the Lord’s steadfast love mean to you?  What does it mean to you to know that the Lord’s mercies are new every morning?  What does it mean to say that the Lord’s faithfulness is great?  (see Lamentations 3:19, 21-23, 31)"new every morning"
  3. What futile ways have you been tempted to follow?  How do some try to “ransom” themselves with perishable things?  How is Christ like a lamb without defect or blemish?  (see 1 Peter 1:18-19)
  4. Are you willing to follow Jesus?  What did that mean for Peter?  In your opinion, why did Peter deny Jesus?  (see John 13:36-38)
  5. Do you wait patiently for the Lord?  Why or why not?  Is it okay to want God to help you quickly, without delay?  How has God helped you or delivered you?  (see Psalm 40:1, 13, 17)
  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) –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) –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) –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) – 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) – 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 (A) – Saturday Easter-Week 7

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Our Scripture readings for Friday of the Easter Season, Week 7, 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.

For what do you thank the Lord? Do you extol (“praise enthusiastically”) The Lord in the congregation of the people? (See Psalm 107:31-32)

“As the glory of the Lord entered the temple…the Spirit lifted me up…” – Ezekiel 43:4-5

Have you seen God’s glory? What did it mean for God’s glory to fill the temple? (See Ezekiel 43:2, 4-5)

Why is the blood of Christ more effective in providing purity than the blood of goats and bulls sacrificed in the Old Testament era? Have you asked God to purify your conscience from dead works? How do you worship the living God? (See Hebrews 9:13-14)

Why did some accuse Jesus of casting out demons by the power of the ruler of demons? How did Jesus provide evidence that the kingdom of God had come? Are you with Jesus? (See Luke 11:14-23)

Do you stand in awe of the Lord? What prompts you to reverence the Lord? (See Psalm 33:8-9)

Ashes to Fire (A) – Thursday Easter-Week 7

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

What does it mean to you to know that the Lord is mindful of His covenant with us forever? What is your response to the fact that the Lord is mindful of His words for a thousand generations? (See Psalm 105:7-8)

Are you willing to cast away from you all transgressions against God? How can you get a new heart and a new spirit? What is the choice you are given for life or death? What will you choose? (See Ezekiel 18:31-32)

“…he always lives to make intercession for them.” – Hebrews 7:25

What is implied by saying that Jesus’ priesthood continues forever? What is your response to knowing that Jesus is making intercession for you? (See Hebrews 7:24-25)

How can you inherit eternal life? Why is loving God and loving your neighbor so important? What is significant about the difference in the question asked by the lawyer (“And who is my neighbor?”) and the question asked by Jesus (“Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor…?) Will you be a neighbor to someone in need? (See Luke 10:25-37)

God brought Israel out from Egyptian captivity. How has He brought you out? When have you responded to God’s grace with joy & singing? (See Psalm 105:37, 43)

Ashes to Fire (A) – Sunday Easter-Week 7

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Our Scripture readings for the Sunday of Easter Week 7 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 did Jesus glorify the Father?  How did the Father glorify the Son?  If you belong to Jesus, the Son, what is your relationship with the Father?  Why does Jesus want the Father to protect His disciples?  (see John 17:1-11)

“…as they were watching, [Jesus] was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. ” – Luke in Acts 1:9

Why does Luke, the author of Acts, tell us that Jesus provided “many convincing proofs” that He was alive after the resurrection?  Why were the disciples told to wait in Jerusalem?  How were the disciples to be changed when they were baptized with the Holy Spirit?  What would the Holy Spirit enable them to do?  Have you received the promised gift of the Holy Spirit?  If so, how has He helped you fulfill Jesus’ commission for His disciples?  (see Acts 1:1-14)

In Psalm 68 what does David say that God has done for His people?  How does David call for God’s people to respond to God?  For what could you offer God praise?  (see Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35)

Should Christians expect their lives to be free from ordeals or tests?  Why?  What does Jesus’ example say about this?  Is it possible to face revilement and still be blessed?  How?  Why does judgment begin with the household of God?  What implications does that have for how we should behave (& for some folk’s tendency to be judgmental of others)?  How are we to handle anxiety?  What is the devil doing?  How should we respond to him?  What is the outcome of the suffering of Christians?  (see 1 Peter 4:12-19; 5:6-11)

Ashes to Fire (A) – Friday Easter-Week 6

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

What does it mean for God to “speak peace to his people”?  Have you turned to Him in your heart?  Are you living in reverence for God?  If so, what is God’s promise to you as seen in Psalm 85:8-9?

What does it imply about the kind of relationship God wants with us for Him to tell Ezekiel to “stand up on your feet and I will speak with you”?  …for Him to say to Ezekiel, “You will speak my words to them”?  Why is Ezekiel to speak God’s words whether or not the people to whom he speaks hear or refuse to hear?  Do you choose to hear or refuse to hear?  (see Ezekiel 2:1-3, 7)

What is implied by saying that Jesus is our “great high priest”?  Why does the writer of Hebrews say that Jesus has “passed through the heavens”?  Why are we to “hold fast to our confession”?  What is this “confession”?  (see Hebrews 4:14)

“Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to [Jesus].” – Luke 9:30

What do you think Jesus, Moses and Elijah talked about in discussing Jesus’ “departure”? What is the significance of the voice from the cloud and the content of what the voice said?  Why did the three disciples who witnessed the Transfiguration keep silent about it at first?  What do you think they “took away” from the experience? (see Luke 9:28-36)

How has the Lord delivered and protected you?  How have you seen the Lord answer you?  How has the Lord helped you in times of trouble?  (see Psalm 91:14-16)

Ashes to Fire (A) – Monday Easter-Week 5

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Our Scripture readings for Monday of the Easter Season, Week 5, 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 vows have you made to God?  For what do you owe Him thanks?  How has He delivered your soul from death or your feet from falling?  Are you walking before God in the light of life?  (see Psalm 56:12-13)

“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” – Isaiah 60:1

How has God brought light into your life?  How have you seen God’s glory?  Why does God want to “make you majestic forever, a joy from age to age”?  (see Isaiah 60:1, 15-16)

Are you living “wisely toward outsiders”?  What does that mean?  Are you “making the most of the time”?  What step could you take to improve your stewardship of time (to keep it from going to waste)?  Is your speech always gracious?  How could you improve in knowing how “to answer everyone”?  (see Colossians 3:4-5)

Why do you think the Pharisee invited Jesus to dinner?  Why did the woman anoint Jesus’ feet?  Why did the Pharisee think what the woman did was inappropriate?  Why did Jesus’ dinner companions remark about His forgiving the woman’s sins?  If Jesus can forgive sins, what does that say about who He is?  (see Luke 7:36-50)

Have deeds of iniquity ever overwhelmed you?  What did you do?  What does David say God does?  Where do we find hope?  To whom is this hope offered?  (see Psalm 65:3, 5)

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

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

“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.” – Psalm 105:4

How can we “seek the Lord & His strength”?  Do you seek His presence continually?  What wonderful works had He done in your life?  With whom could you share the stories?  (see Psalm 105:4-5, 7)

Why did Daniel continue to pray even when it was outlawed?  How has God delivered you? (see Daniel 6:13, 16)

What does it mean to abide in the teaching of Christ?  Why does the Father offer His presence to those who abide in the teaching of His Son?  (see 2 John 9)

Why would Jesus withdraw to deserted places?  Why did Jesus take time to pray?  Why did Jesus first offer forgiveness of sins to a man who obviously needed physical healing?  Have you received forgiveness for your sins?  Why was that important to Jesus?  (see Luke 5:12-26)

Do you remember God’s holy promise(s) to you?  How has the Lord brought you out?  What do the phrases “with joy” and “with singing” imply to you about the Lord’s deliverance for His people?  What does the Lord’s deliverance allow His people to do?  (see Psalm 105:42-43, 45)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is the Lord your strength?  How has the Lord delivered you?  To whom could you tell the story of your deliverance today?  (see Psalm 18:1, 16-17, 19)

How has the Lord proven to you that He is God?  How did the Lord prove this to Nebuchadnezzar and to Daniel?  If God is God, what is the response called for from us?  (see Daniel 2:47-48)

“Bear fruits worthy of repentance.” – John the Baptist in Luke 3:8

What does John mean by “the world?”  Do you think he is talking about the physical planet, or the people on the planet, or the sinful value system here, or something else?  How do we need to live to do the will of God?  (see 1 John 2:15, 17)

Put John the Baptist’s challenge to the people into your own words.  How does his challenge speak to us today?  What good fruit was John wanting to see in people’s lives?  Is your life producing this good fruit?  How would you summarize what John was saying about how we should treat one another?  (see Luke 3:1-14)

Why does the Psalmist say that our God is a rock?  Would you agree?  If so, why?  Can you think of a time when God gave you strength?  Can you think of a time when God made your way safe?  When has God given you great triumphs?  How have you seen God’s steadfast love?  (see Psalm 18:31-32, 50)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meditation Questions for #AshesToFire – Easter Wk7 Sunday

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

Read John 17:20-26.  What does it mean to be “one” with other believers?  Is there anything preventing you from being “one” with other believers?  Is Jesus’ love in you?  Are you sharing it?

Read Acts 16:16-34.  Why did Paul disrupt someone’s money-making plan?  Do Paul’s actions reveal anything about the Christian view of the value of a person vs. the importance of making money or were his actions solely in reaction to his annoyance?  Why do you think God allowed Paul & Silas to be put in prison?

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“The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice;
let the many coastlands be glad!” – Psalm 97:1

Read Psalm 97.  If the Lord is King, what does that say about what our response to Him should be?  Where have you seen the Lord’s glory in the world around you?  Consider taking time right now to offer thanks to the Lord.

Read Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21.  What does it mean to “wash [your] robes” so that you might have the right to the tree of life?  What does it mean to accept Jesus’ offer of the “water of life?”  Are you ready for Jesus to return?

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk6 Monday

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

Who or what makes you glad?  What do you think makes God glad?  Read Psalm 149:2, 4.

"On that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David"
“On that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and iniquity.” Zechariah 31:1

Are you praying for the salvation of the Jewish people?  What does Zechariah say God has planned for them?  What is the sin-cleansing fountain that will be opened for the House of David?  Read Zechariah 12:10; and 13:1.

What prompted Lydia’s attentiveness?  What prompted Lydia to be baptized?  What prompted Lydia’s hospitality?  What is prompting you?  Read Acts 16:14-15.

How could you testify about Jesus?  Jesus said “an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God.”  Who would do such a thing?  Why were Jesus’ disciples still willing to testify about Him?  Are you willing?  Think about Jesus’ words in John 15:26-16:4.

Have you ever asked God to forgive “the iniquities of our ancestors?”  Why do we need God’s compassion?  How could God bring glory to His name by delivering & forgiving us?  Meditate on Psalm 79:8-9.

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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 Monday

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

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“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 – 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 Wk5 Saturday

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

Lightning Striking Longs Peak Foothills 6CWhen & where have you seen the Lord’s power in nature?  Has the Lord ever delivered you from physical threat or danger?  Read the Psalmist’s experience in Psalm 18:12-13, 16, 19.

What is your response to God’s desire to establish an everlasting covenant with you?  Are you willing to be in covenant with Him?  Respond to God’s invitation in Ezekiel 37:26-27.

Are you at peace with everyone?  Are you willing to pursue peace with everyone?  Are you pursuing holiness?  Do you want to see God?  What is the connection between thanksgiving and worship?  What does it mean for the writer of Hebrews to say that “our God is a consuming fire?”  Meditate on Hebrews 12:14, 28-29.

Responding to Jesus’ raising of Lazarus, the Jewish High Priest Caiaphas led the Jewish leaders in deciding to kill Jesus, since they feared that the Romans would come and destroy their Temple and their nation.  They decided it was better that one man die for the sake of saving the nation.  Compare or contrast their idea of saving their nation with Jesus’ plan.  Consider the plans of the Jews and of Jesus as you read John 11:45-56.

Do you ever get discouraged?  If so, what usually gets you down?  What is the Psalmist’s prescription for encouragement?  Think about Psalm 43:5.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk5 Friday

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

Why do you call upon the Lord?  Are you facing distress today?  What does the Psalmist testify is the Lord’s response when we call upon Him?  Read Psalm 18:3, 6.

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“Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God.
Let your good spirit lead me
on a level path.” – Psalm 143:10

What is the difference between a test and a temptation?  How has the Lord delivered you?  Consider the words of Jeremiah 20:12-13.

How does your faith strengthen and help you?  How do the stories of the heroes of faith affect your faith?  Meditate on the words of Hebrews 11:32-34.

Consider the implications of Jesus’ words, “I am God’s Son.”  Many of the Jews of Jesus’ day refused to believe Jesus’ claim.  What is your response?  Think about what Jesus said in John 10:31-42.

Do you know what God’s will is for you?  Consider praying the Psalmist’s prayer found in Psalm 143:9-10.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk5 Tuesday

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

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“Let this be recorded for a generation to come” – Psalm 102:18

What would you want recorded about what God has done in your life in order that a future generation may praise Him?  How has God rescued you?  Psalm 102:18-20.

Consider what the Lord is preparing His people for in Numbers 21:8-9.  What parallels do you see between this story and that of Jesus’ crucifixion?

In Old Testament times, only the High Priest was permitted to go behind the curtain of the Holy of Holies.  What encouragement does the reading from Hebrews 10:19-22 give to those of us living under the new covenant?

What is the key to avoid dying in our sins?  What does Jesus reveal about His relationship with His Father?  Study John 8:21-30 to find out more.

How has the Lord delivered you?  How have you offered the Lord public praise?  Meditate on the words of Psalm 35:9-10, 18.

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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 Wk2 Wednesday

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

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“My times are in your hand.” – Psalm 31:15

What does it mean to say, “My times are in your hand.”  In what ways do you need deliverance?  Read Psalm 31:1-16.

How do you respond when it seems that others are plotting against you?  Read Jeremiah 18:18-20.

What is implied when Paul says that we are “children of God through faith?”  What does it mean to clothe yourself with Christ?  Read Galatians 3:19-29.

What does it mean to drink Jesus’ cup?  What were James & John (sons of Zebedee) saying they were willing to do?  Are you willing to become like Jesus, a servant?  Read Matthew 20:17-28.

Why should you acknowledge God’s glory & strength?  Read Psalm 29:1-2, 11.

Are you living in the joy of your salvation?  Do you respond to God with a willing spirit?  Consider the words of Psalm 51:12, 17.

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