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

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday 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. Have your transgressions been forgiven?  How can you tell if your spirit has no deceit?  Can you choose to be glad in the Lord?  For what can you offer rejoicing?  (see Psalm 32:1-2, 11)
  2. Does your heart prompt you to give an offering to the Lord?  Why did the Lord ask the people to make a sanctuary?  (see Exodus 25:1-2, 8)
  3. Have you been raised with Christ?  Are you seeking the things above, where Christ is?  (see Colossians 3:1, 3)
  4. How have you responded to Jesus’ call to you to follow Him?
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    “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” – Jesus in Matthew 4:19

    What does it mean to “fish for people”?  (see Matthew 4:18-25)

  5. Are you thirsty for God?  Do you carve out time to seek the face of God?  (see Psalm 42:1-2, 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) -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) –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) –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 (A) – Friday 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.

How can you enthrone the Lord? Do you fear the name of the Lord? Will you be ready to see the Lord appear in His glory? (See Psalm 102:12, 15-16)

“You are my sheep, the sheep of my pasture and I am your God, says The Lord God.” – Ezekiel 34:31

Have you made the Lord your God? What does it mean to say that you are the Lord’s sheep? (See Ezekiel 34:30-31)

A priest represented God to the people and the people to God. What is the significance of saying that Jesus is our High Priest? What is implied by the author of Hebrews saying that Jesus is at the right hand of the throne in the heavenly sanctuary? (See Hebrews 8:1-2)

What was “the better part” that Mary had chosen? Are you ever “distracted by [your] many tasks”? Do you ever complain to Jesus about what others are doing or not doing? (See Luke 10:38-42)

For what are you thirsty? How has God satisfied your thirst & hunger? How has the Lord provided refreshing for you? (See Psalm 107:9, 35)

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

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday 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 wondrous deeds of God could you share with someone today?  For what could you give God thanks today?  What does it mean for the Psalmist Asaph to say to God, “your name is near”? (see Psalm 75:1, 7)

What is significant about saying that “your descendants and your name [shall] remain” before the Lord?  If “all flesh shall come to worship before…the Lord,” what does that say about how we should respond to the Lord today?  (see Isaiah 66:22, 23)

What promises did Christ confirm?  How has Christ become a servant for the Gentiles?  How have we seen God’s mercy?  (see Romans 15:8-9)

“And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. And all ate and were filled.” – Luke 9:16-17a

What kind of authority has Jesus given you to make a difference in our world and to share His good news?  Why did Jesus spend time with His disciples away from the crowds?  What does the feeding of the 5,000 say to you about who Jesus is?  (see Luke 9:1-17)

How has the Lord helped you in a day of trouble?  What is your heart’s response to the Lord?  (see Psalm 27;5, 7-8)

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) – Sunday Easter-Week 4

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Our Scripture readings for the Sunday of Easter Week 4 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 Jesus a stranger to you? Can you recognize the “voice” of Jesus? Why is a gate important? List the differences between a shepherd and a thief. (see John 10:1-11)

“So again Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.'” – John 10:7

How might we devote ourselves to the apostle’s teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayer today? How might we provide for those who are in need? Why did the disciples “spend much time together” at their place of worship? Why is eating together important? Are you praying for people you know to be saved? (see Acts 2:42-47)

Have you invited the Lord to shepherd you? How has the Lord provided for you? Has He restored your soul? What direction is He leading you at this point in your life? How does the Good Shepherd dispel fear? What did it mean in Old Testament times to be anointed? How has the Lord’s “goodness and mercy” followed you throughout your life? Do you have divine assurance that you will live in the house of the Lord “for length of days?” (see Psalm 23)

When have you suffered unjustly? Did you endure it? Why would God offer His approval for such endurance? Why should we follow Christ’s steps? Why did Jesus bear our sins in His body on the cross? How do you need to be healed today? Do you need to return “to the shepherd and guardian of [your soul]”? (see 1 Peter 2:19-25)

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

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Our Scripture readings for the Saturday of Easter 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 was the last tune you had on your mind?  Was it praise to the Lord?  Why is God’s anger temporary, but His favor lasting?  What has been your experience with weeping?  Is God’s promise of joy meaningful to you?  (see Psalm 30:4-5)

“My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me” – Daniel 6:22

Have you ever thought that you had been visited by God’s angel?  If so, with whom could you share that experience?  Have you been convinced that the God of Daniel, the God of the Bible, is the Living God?  If so, what convinced you?  (see Daniel 6:21-23, 25-26)

What do you find yourself imitating more:  what is evil, or what is good?  Why?  Why does John say that our connection with (or disconnection from) God will be seen in what we do?  (see 3 John 11)

Why do you think Levi left his job as a tax collector to follow Jesus?  If you are a sinner, what is Jesus calling you to do?  When is the time for fasting?  What do you think is the new garment and new wineskins Jesus introduced?  (see Luke 5:27-39)

When were you the thirstiest in your life?  How would you describe how you felt?  Does your desire for God rival or exceed your thirst for water?  Why or why not?  What could you do to foster an awareness of God’s presence every waking hour?  (see Psalm 42:1-2, 8)

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) – 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) – Wednesday-Easter-Week 2

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday 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.

“I treasure your word in my heart, so that I may not sin against you.” – Psalm 119:11

What does it mean to seek God with your whole heart? What does treasuring God’s word look like? How does treasuring God’s word result in avoiding sin? (see Psalm 119:10-11)

Does it reassure you or scare you to know that God knows what is in the darkness?  Why?  For what can you give God thanks and praise today?  (see Daniel 2:22-23)

Do you love your brothers & sisters?  Is this “old commandment” speaking just about blood kin, or does it refer to a larger group of people?  What does it mean to live “in the light?”  (see 1 John 2:7, 10)

What is your reaction to knowing that Jesus prayed for you in the passage we are reading today from the Gospel of John?  Why did Jesus want us as His followers to be completely one and for us to be in Him & the Father?  Is it possible for the Father’s love for Jesus to be in us also?  How?  (see John 17:20-26)

About what do you want the Lord to answer you?  Do you believe the Lord will give you victory over death?  Why or why not?  Is your heart able to rejoice in your salvation?  (see Psalm 13:3, 5)

Ashes to Fire (A) – Wednesday-Easter-Week1

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Our Scripture readings for the Wednesday of Easter 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.

“The heavens proclaim his righteousness; and all the peoples behold his glory.” – Psalm 97:6

Where do you see God’s glory displayed?  What do the heavens declare to you about God?  Why do the upright in heart experience joy?  (see Psalm 97:1, 6, 11)

Why does Micah choose to look to the Lord?  Do you choose to look to the Lord?  How?  (see Micah 7:7, 9)

What do you have to offer those who are hurting around you?  Will you?  What could you do today to help someone in need?  What does God have to offer to those in need?  What will you allow God to do through you?  (see Acts 3:6-8)

What unfruitful branches are there in your life?  Are you willing to let the Father remove them?  What fruitful branches in your life need pruning?  Are you bearing fruit for Jesus?  What does it mean to “abide” in Jesus?  (see John 15:1-11)

Are you willing for all glory to go to the Lord and not to you?  What does it mean to you to hear that “the Lord has been mindful of us”?  How have you been blessed by the Lord?  (see Psalm 115:1, 12-13)

Thank You!

A2FC_LogoJust wanted to say, “Thank You” to all who made the commitment to walk with us through the “Ashes to Fire” journey.  I know that you were strengthened and blessed as you opened your heart to God’s Word.

Now, let me encourage you to maintain the good habits you developed!  Continue to read Scripture daily!  Continue to consider how to apply the Scripture to your everyday life!  Invite others to join you on the journey!

One tool that I have found helpful in keeping up with reading the Bible daily is the YouVersion.com Bible app.  It offers numerous Bible reading plans which can even remind you daily if you’d like.  I have completed 3 reading plans using the app, two of which were read-through-the-Bible-in-a-year plans.  Of course, there are lots of shorter plans to choose from also.  The reading plans are also available via your computer at youversion.com.  Let me challenge you to try one!   Click here to explore the options.

“I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.” – Psalm 119:11 (NIV)

Meditation Questions for #AshesToFire – Easter Wk7 Tuesday

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

Read Psalm 68:19-20.  How has the Lord borne you up?  How has the Lord borne your burdens?  How has God provided for us an “escape from death?”

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“For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap” – Malachi 3:2

Read Malachi 3:2-3.  Are you willing to ask the Lord to refine you until you may stand in God’s presence in righteousness?  What areas of your life need to be purified?

Read Acts 20:24.  Why was Paul willing to give his life in order “to testify to the good news of God’s grace?”  To what are you willing to give your life?

Read John 17:1-11.  Do you know God and His Son, Jesus Christ?  Have you accepted His words?  What does it mean to you to know that Jesus prays for you?  What work has God given you to do?

Read Psalm 95:1, 6-7.  What song would you use to offer worship to God today?  Does your body posture (such as bowing down, kneeling, sitting, standing, etc.) help you worship God?  What does it mean to be “the sheep of his hand?”

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk5 Thursday

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

What words does the Psalmist use to describe the Lord?  What words would you use?  What is the response that the Psalmist calls us to make to the Lord?  Meditate on Psalm 96:6-7, 9.

Word "cloud" based on today's Bible readingsWhat does it mean to be redeemed?  What does it mean to be brought home?  Are you “strong in the Lord?”  Do you “walk in his name?”  Think about the meaning of Zechariah 10:8, 10, 12.

The prophet Amos envisioned the Lord calling His people and the Gentiles to seek Him.  Why was it so hard for the Jewish leaders and even some Church leaders of the 1st Century to be open to God’s global mission?  Read Acts 15:13, 15-17 and consider how you are partnering with God’s global mission today.

How can we abide in Jesus’ love? How can we live with Jesus’ complete joy within?  Meditate on the meaning of Jesus’ words in John 15:9-11.

How has God taught you?  When was the last time you told someone something wonderful that God did for you?  Consider singing a song of joy & praise to God today as you read Psalm 71:17, 21-24.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk4 Friday

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

2013-04-14 13.23.55How does God make the nations the heritage of His Anointed One?  What part do you play in helping bring the nations to Christ?  What does it mean to serve the Lord with fear, with trembling?  How strong is your desire to serve the Lord?  Read Psalm 2:7-8a, 11, 13c.

How do you “seek the Lord of hosts?”  What does it mean to “entreat the favor of the Lord?”  Do others know that God is with you?  Consider the words of Zechariah 8:21-23.

How important is it that God has fulfilled the promises He made across the years to the people of God?  How significant is it that those promises were fulfilled “by raising Jesus?”  Meditate on Acts 13:32-33.

What do you do when your heart is troubled?  What do you think the dwelling place in heaven that Jesus is preparing will be like?  Why does Jesus want to be with us forever?  Read John 14:1-6 and meditate on the meaning of Jesus’ words, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

In what “desolate pit” did Jesus find you?  How did Jesus rescue you?  What new song did Jesus give you?  Think about the meaning of Psalm 40:1-3 in your life.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk4 Thursday

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

Why should we declare the Lord’s faithfulness to our generation? …or to the last generation?  …or to the next generation?  What does the Psalmist mean by saying that the Lord’s “steadfast love is established forever?”  Meditate on Psalm 89:1-2.

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“There shall be a sowing of peace; the vine shall yield its fruit…” – Zechariah 8:12

What does the phrase “a sowing of peace” mean?  Why does God want our “hands [to] be strong?”  Read Zechariah 8:12-13.

What qualities do you think it would take to be a person “after [God’s] heart?”  Are you a person who will carry out all God’s wishes?  What difference would it make to your descendants if you were?  Consider the example of David, who was not perfect, but who, because of his repentant spirit, was forgiven.  Read Acts 13:22-23.

Is it a Judas-betrayal to act as if we are better than our Master, or as if we know better than He does?  What are the implications of accepting Jesus’ messengers?  Meditate on the words of Jesus in John 13:16-20.

If I asked you for a reason to praise the Lord, what reason would you give?  Why do you think the Psalmist says the name of the Lord is to be praised from dawn to dusk?  Read Psalm 113:1-3.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk4 Tuesday

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

Why did the Psalmist say that God loved the “gates of Zion?”  Why is Jerusalem called the “city of God?”  What does this say about God’s love for humanity and His desire to have a relationship with us?  Read Psalm 87:1-2.

Why is fairness in your decisions important?  Why do you want to be treated with kindness and mercy?  Are you oppressing widows, orphans, aliens, the poor or anyone?  Are you planning evil toward anyone?  If so, what changes do you need to make?  Consider the implications of Zechariah 7:9-10.

Where do you see the grace of God around you?  Whom are you exhorting to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast devotion?  Are you full of the Holy Spirit and faith?  Who is one person you could bring to the Lord?  (Start first by bringing them to the Lord in prayer!)  Read Acts 11:23-24.

Why does the good shepherd lay down his life for his sheep?  Why does the hired hand run away when threatened?  Are you listening to the Good Shepherd’s voice?  Meditate on the words of John 10:11-18.

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“Your name, O God, like your praise, reaches to the ends of the earth.” – Psalm 48:10

What has God’s steadfast love meant to you?  How could you help God’s name reach the ends of the earth?  How do you respond to knowing that God’s right hand is filled with victory?  How will you praise God today?  Ponder the words of Psalm 48:9-10, and 48:1.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk3 Friday

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

Why should nations & peoples praise the Lord?  How have you seen the Lord’s steadfast love and faithfulness in your life?  Worship the Lord as you read Psalm 117.

Have you ever tried to count all the things that the Lord has done for you?  Have you ever told your family members the things that the Lord has done for you?  Consider writing down some of the significant ways the Lord has blessed you.  Read Isaiah 63:7.

How do you explain Saul/Paul’s rapid transformation:  from persecuting the followers of Jesus to proclaiming Jesus as the Son of God?  Have you seen a change in the direction of your life?  Think about the implications of Acts 9:19-20.

“Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.” Jesus in John 6:56

What does Jesus mean by telling his listeners to “eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood?”  Was Jesus advocating cannibalism?  If not, what did He mean?  Is there any connection with His later institution of the Last Supper?  What does it mean to have Jesus live within us?  Meditate on John 6:52-59.

How has God fulfilled His promises to you?  List at least 3 that come to mind that have brought you joy.  Consider offering God praise today through a song or make up your own music to sing Psalm 105:42-43, 45.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk3 Monday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk3 Sunday

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

Easter3_Jesus PeterWhy do you think Peter and his companions went fishing? What was Jesus getting at in asking Peter three times if he loved Him? Read John 21:1-19 and consider what you would say if Jesus asked those questions of you.

Why was Saul persecuting the church? Why was Ananias willing to find Saul and deliver a message to him? Would you be willing to let God use you to help someone else find Him? Read Acts 9:1-20 and then ask God to show you whom you could help on their faith journey.

Have you ever experienced healing? In either case, what was your response? If the Lord hid his face from you, what would be your response? What requests did David make of the Lord in Psalm 30?

Why is the Lamb (Jesus) considered worthy? Who are the ones offering praise to the Lamb in Revelation 5:11-14? What is being offered to the Lamb? How could we intentionally join in, offering the Lamb what is due to Him? Think about how you could offer praise to Jesus daily.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk3 Saturday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk3 Monday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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