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

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. How do you see God’s judgments “in all the earth”?  What does it say about God’s character that “He is mindful of his covenant forever”?  (see Psalm 105:7-8)
  2. Why do humans want to accomplish things by our might or power?  How does God say the completion of the temple will take place?  (see Zechariah 4:6)
  3. What does it mean to grieve the Holy Spirit?  How does Paul say we should treat each other?  How would your relationships be improved if you consistently followed Paul’s admonition?  (see Ephesians 4:30-32)
  4. Do you know anyone who needs help getting closer to Jesus?  What did it say about Jesus that He was able, and also willing, to forgive sins?
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    “When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.’” – Jesus in Matthew 9:2

    How did Jesus prove that He had the ability to forgive sins?  (see Matthew 9:1-8)

  5. Have you responded to the Lord’s salvation with joy and singing?  What blessings has the Lord given you?  Are you keeping His statutes and observing His laws?  (see Psalm 105:43-45)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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) -Tuesday – Easter Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday of Week 5 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

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“Sing to God, sing praises to his name.” – Psalm 68:4
  1. Is your soul able to wait in silence on God?  What is implied by saying that “power belongs to God”?  What kind of power do you need for your life?  Is it significant to you that God’s love is steadfast?  Why or why not?  (see Psalm 62:1-2, 11-12)
  2. Do you know what it is like to be clean before the Lord “from all your sins?”  If not, do you want to experience it?  If you do, ask God for His forgiveness and cleansing! (see Leviticus 16:30-31)
  3. What does it say about God that He has NOT destined us for wrath, but rather for obtaining salvation?  What does it say about our destiny that whether we are awake (alive) or asleep (dead) we will LIVE with Jesus?  (see 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10)
  4. Does God need to be persuaded when we pray?  If God knows what we need before we ask, why are we told to ask?  Do you pray about the things Jesus does (worship, God’s rule, His will on earth, our provisions, forgiveness for ourselves & others, spiritual strength & rescue)?  (see Matthew 6:7-15)
  5. Why is song an appropriate response to God?  What is God’s sanctuary?  Have you received God’s power and strength?  (see Psalm 68:4, 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) -Thursday – Easter Wk4

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday of Week 4 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. For what could you offer the Lord thanksgiving?  Make a list!  What do you need to do today to “go the right way?”  (see Psalm 50:14, 23)
  2. What quality of the Lord listed in Exodus 34:6-7 is most important to you right now?  Why?IMG_6348
  3. What is the difference between “a human word” and “God’s word?”   Is God’s word at work in you?  What difference would it make if you asked God to put His word to work in you?  (see 1 Thessalonians 2:13)
  4. Are all your relationships in good shape, or are you “at odds” with anyone?  According to Jesus, how does a broken relationship with someone affect your relationship with God?  (see Matthew 5:21-26)
  5. Why should God receive glory instead of us?  How could you “bless the Lord” today?  (see Psalm 115:1, 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) -Tuesday – Easter Wk4

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday of Week 4 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 for God’s throne to endure forever and ever?  Is God being “judgmental” when he loves righteousness and hates wickedness?  (see Psalm 45:6-7)
  2. Why is so important to Moses for God to forgive the sin of His people?  Would you be willing to pray a similar prayer for someone you know?  (see Exodus 32:30-31)
  3. Would you say that you are a good example to all the believers?  Have you turned to God from any idols in your life?  Are you expecting God’s resurrected Son to return from heaven?  Are you ready for His return?  (see 1 Thessalonians 1:7, 9-10)
  4. Why can we consider ourselves blessed when others persecute us, revile us and say false things about us because of Jesus?  What does it mean to be the “salt of the earth?”  What does it mean to be the “light of the world?”
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    “You are the light of the world.” – Jesus, spoken to His disciples in Matthew 5:14

    What works are you doing which will give glory to our Father in heaven?  (see Matthew 5:11-16)

  5. Take five minutes to ponder God’s “steadfast love” for you!  How could God’s praise reach to the ends of the earth?  (see Psalm 48:1, 9-10)
  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 – 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 – 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) -Sunday – Easter Wk3

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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

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Our Scripture readings for Sunday 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 did the resurrected Jesus say, “Peace be with you,” twice to His assembled disciples?  Why did He show them His hands and His side?
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    “…he showed them his hands” – John 20:20

    What does it mean for Jesus to send His disciples as His Father had sent Him?  What does that mean for you?  How are you and Thomas alike?  How are you different?  Do you believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God?  (see John 20:19-31)

  2. What was the basis of the unity the early Christians enjoyed?  Why did their testimony about Jesus have great power?  How did the early church care for the needs of its members?  (see Acts 4:32-35)
  3. Is it possible for a family to “live together in unity”?  If so, how?  How is family unity like the anointing oil at the ordination of Aaron?  (see Psalm 133)
  4. How important is the testimony of an eyewitness, of multiple eyewitnesses?  What is your response to the witness of the disciples?  What are the implications of saying that “God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all”?  Have you confessed your sins to God?  What has He promised to do in response?  Do you believe John’s implication in 2:1 that it is possible NOT to sin?  Have you asked Christ’s atonement to be applied to your sins?  (see 1 John 1:1-2:2)
  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) – Easter Sunday

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Our Scripture readings for Easter Sunday 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 was it so hard for the disciples to believe that Jesus had been resurrected? 20130330-184520.jpg How would you have responded if you had been there?  Why didn’t Mary Magdalene recognize Jesus?  Is it possible that we have missed seeing Jesus show up in unexpected times and places?  (see John 20:1-18)
  2. Have you received forgiveness of your sins through believing in Jesus?  How important is it to you to know that there were eyewitnesses to the resurrection of Jesus?  (see Acts 10:34-43)
  3. How do you know that God’s “steadfast love endures forever”?  Why is it appropriate to “sing glad songs of victory” today?  Why does the Psalmist say that “the stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone”?  Why did the Lord make this day?  (see Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24)
  4. What message is of “first importance” to Paul?  What difference does it make that Jesus appeared after His resurrection to more than 500 people at once?  Why did Paul work hard to proclaim this message?  (see 1 Corinthians 15:1-11)
  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) –Sunday – Lent Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Sunday 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 did the Greeks want to see Jesus?  How did Philip arrange the meeting?  Whom do you know who needs to see Jesus for who He is?  How could you help them become friends with Jesus?  Why did Jesus not ask to be delivered from death? (see John 12:20-33)
  2. How was the new covenant different?  What does it mean for God’s law to be written on our hearts?  (see Jeremiah 31:31-34)
  3. Do you believe that David’s confession and request for forgiveness was genuine?  Why?  Have you offered God a genuine confession of your sins?  What does it mean to “desire truth in the inward being”?
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    “Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” – David (Psalm 51:7b)

    Why does David compare purity to the whiteness of snow?  Are you confident that God has blotted out all your iniquities?  Has God given you a clean heart and a new & right spirit?  (see Psalm 51:1-12)

  4. What does it imply to say that Christ was appointed a high priest forever?  What does it imply to say that Christ is the Son of God?  If Christ is the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him, what should your response be to Him?  (see Hebrews 5:5-10)
  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) – 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) – 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) – 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)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/35409814@N00/5337992389/What is your dream?  Have you ever had someone reject your dream?  (see Genesis 37:5-8)

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) – Saturday – Day 4

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jesus-heals-a-man_DSC3348-1800Our Scripture readings for Saturday (Day 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.

In what area(s) is the Lord teaching you these days?  (see Psalm 25:9)

Have you confessed your sins to God?  (see Psalm 32:5)  Do you know that He has forgiven you?

What does it mean to you to know that Jesus has the authority to forgive sins?  (see Matthew 9:6)

Ashes to Fire (Year B) – Thursday – Day 2

20130212-211455.jpgThank you for joining us on a spiritual journey from “Ashes to Fire,” from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday. We would also love to have you join us for worship this week! Click here to discover our location & service times!

Our Scripture readings for Thursday (Day 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.

Have you asked God to forgive you of your sins? (cf. Psalm 25:7, Daniel 9:5, 1 John 1:9)

What does it mean to “trust” in God?  (cf. Psalm 25:1-2)

What should our response be to the condition of our city? (cf. Daniel 9:2-3)

 

Ashes to Fire (Year B) – Ash Wednesday

IMG_6348Join us on the journey from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday. Will you join us in reading Scripture daily, joining us for Worship each Sunday, participating in a small group meeting each week and by inviting someone to join you? We will be praying for you on this journey. Allow God to strengthen and develop your faith from “Ashes to Fire.”

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

Questions for Meditation

1. Is the “Day of the Lord” a good day or a bad day?  Why?  What is God planning to do about the sin of the nation?  (see Joel 2:1-2, 12-17)

2. What is the reason for fasting? (see Joel 2:15)

3. Have you asked God for a clean heart?  Do you want to have a “right spirit” within?  Have you asked God to forgive you for the sins you have committed?  (see Psalm 51:1-17)

4. When is the day to be saved?  How is it that God’s servants are commended by both good and bad things?  How do you react to the list of both good and bad things that Paul mentions?  (see 1 Corinthians 5:20-6:10)

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Ashes to Fire (A) – Pentecost Sunday

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Our Scripture readings for Pentecost Sunday 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 has Jesus satisfied your spiritual thirst? Have you received the Spirit of Jesus within? (See John 7:37-39)

What does it say about Jesus that He appeared unexpectedly in a locked room? How did the disciples know that He really was Jesus? Why does Jesus want His disciples to receive the Holy Spirit? (See John 20:19-23)

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Why did the Spirit-filled disciples begin to speak in the languages of the homelands of the visitors in Jerusalem for the Festival of Pentecost? What is the heart of Peter’s message on the Day of Pentecost? (See Acts 2:1-21)

Why do you think that the Spirit that was on Moses was shared with other leaders in Israel? Why did Moses want the Lord to put His Spirit on all His people? Are you willing to receive His Spirit? (see Numbers 11:24-30)

How does the incredible diversity of life in the sea display the Lord’s wisdom? How does the Lord provide food for them all? How does the Lord provide for you?  What role does God’s Spirit play in creation, according to the Psalmist? About what would you sing to the Lord? (See Psalm 104:24-35)

What is revealed about the relationship between Jesus and the Holy Spirit according to Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 12:3? Why is there apparently so much variety & diversity in the work of the Holy Spirit in people? What is the significance of Paul saying that Jews and Greeks, slaves and free, are all one in Christ through His Spirit? (See 1 Corinthians 12:3-13)

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

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday 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.

“I will establish with you an everlasting covenant” – Ezekiel 16:60b

How is it possible to live with “integrity of heart” in our day to day life, and even at home? What does David’s commitment not to set before his eyes “anything that is base” say to us about our choices for entertainment? (see Psalm 101:2-3)

Why does God want an “everlasting covenant” with His people? Do you want to have such a covenant with God? Does God’s willingness to forgive you confound you? Why or why not? (see Ezekiel 16:60, 62-63)

What does the life of Melchizedek illustrate to us about Jesus? (see Hebrews 7:1-3)

What does it tell us about Jesus that demons were subject even to His disciples? Why was it more appropriate for Jesus disciples to rejoice over their names being written in heaven than to rejoice that the demons were subject to them? Why does God hide things from the wise and reveal them to infants? (see Luke 10:17-24)

Do you agree with the Psalmist that God’s decrees are wonderful? Is there another word you would use to describe God’s statutes? Why would you pick that description? (See Psalm 119:129, 135)

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

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Our Scripture readings for the Monday 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.

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne” – Ethan in Psalm 89:14
Why are righteousness and justice the foundation for leadership? Why does the Psalmist identify “steadfast love and faithfulness” as key qualities of the Lord? Do you walk in the Lord’s presence? (see Psalm 89:14-15)

What does it mean for Ezekiel to say that “the hand of the Lord was upon [him]”? Have you ever sensed the Lord’s hand on you? How did you respond? (see Ezekiel 3:22-24)

Have you ever been tempted to believe that God had overlooked your work and love you showed in serving Him? Why or why not? How does diligence help you “realize the full assurance of hope to the very end”? Do you have the “full assurance of hope” now? If not, how might you receive it? (see Hebrews 6:10-11)

Why did the village not receive Jesus? Why didn’t Jesus follow His disciples’ advice? What hindered people from following Jesus? (How many people do you think Jesus had to call before He got 12 to say, “Yes”?) Is there anything hindering you from following Jesus fully? (see Luke 9:51-62)

Could God consider you a “faithful one”? Why or why not? Do you claim God as your Father? Is God the source of your salvation? Are you able to live out “steadfast love” for God? What does that look like? Are you living in covenant with God? What does that mean? (see Psalm 89:19, 26, 28)

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

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday 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 does it mean to seek the Lord?  What steps would you need to take to rejoice and be glad in Him?  How could David rejoice, be glad in God, and proclaim the greatness of God, when he himself was “poor and needy”?  (see Psalm 70:4-5)

What does it tell you about the character of God to know that He said, “Here I am” to those who didn’t call on Him, and that He “held out [His] hands all day long to a rebellious people”?  What should our response be to a God like this?  (see Isaiah 65:1-2)

Have you laid aside “works of darkness”?  What does it mean to “live honorably as in the day”?  How can you avoid “quarreling and jealousy”?  How do we “put on the Lord Jesus Christ”?  (see Romans 13:12-14)

“They went to him and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he woke up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; they ceased, and there was a calm.” – Luke 8:24

Is there anything you are trying to hide from God or others?  How would Jesus recommend you deal with this issue?  What does it take to be considered by Jesus to be part of His family?  Do you have faith in Jesus during the “storms” of your life?  What does Jesus’ command of the storm tell you about who Jesus is?  (see Luke 8:16-25)

What is our proper response to the One who “made and fashioned” us?  Do you pray for understanding of God’s commandments?  How has God humbled you?  (see Psalm 119:73, 75)

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 4

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Our Scripture readings for Friday of the Easter Season, 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.

What is your reaction to the fact that the Lord’s thoughts toward us have been multiplied until they are more than can be counted?  What does that say to you about the care and compassion the Lord has for you?  (see Psalm 40:5)

Why do you think Moses’ face shone after spending time on Mount Sinai in the presence of God?  Why do you think Moses was unaware of his “heavenly glow?”  (see Exodus 34:29)

How are we able to set our minds on things above, not on earthly things?  What does it mean for Christ to be your life?  What does it mean for Paul to say that our life “is hidden with Christ in God”?  (see Colossians 3:2-4)

“…the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof…” – Luke 7:6

Why did Jesus commend the faith of the centurion?  What did the raising of the son of the widow of Nain tell the people about who Jesus was?  What do these accounts teach you?  (see Luke 7:1-17)

What does it mean for us to have “truth in the inward being”?  Are you willing to be taught God’s wisdom?  Are you willing to ask for forgiveness for your sins?  (see Psalm 51:6, 9)

Ashes to Fire (A) – Thursday Easter-Week 4

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday of the Easter Season, 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.

“The mighty one, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.” – Psalm 50:1

How have you heard the Lord speaking to you?  What is implied by the Psalmist’s saying that that God “summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting”?  (see Psalm 50:1-2)

Which of the qualities of God that Moses discovered are most meaningful to you?  Why?  How have you seen these qualities of God in your life?  (see Exodus 34:6-7)

Why is baptism described as a burial?  How does faith raise us from this burial?  Why does Paul say that we were “dead in trespasses”?  What is the impact of having our trespasses forgiven by God?  (see Colossians 2:12-14)

Is there a “log” in your eye?  What kind of fruit is your life producing?  Upon what kind of foundation are you building?  (see Luke 6:39-49)

What or who is the fortress or refuge for your life?  From where does your strength come?  Do you sing praises to God?  If so, why?  (see Psalm 59:16-17)

Ashes to Fire (A) – Wednesday Easter-Week 4

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday of the Easter Season, 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.

Have you found hope in the Lord’s words?  Has God’s promise given you comfort?  The Psalmist received hope, comfort and life from God’s words.  How might you receive the same?  (see Psalm 119:49-50)

Have you seen some of God’s glory?  (Has any human seen all of God’s glory???)  How have you seen the Lord’s goodness?  When have you seen evidence of God’s grace in your life?  How has God been merciful to you?  (Exodus 33:18-19)

” As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives[a] in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith,” – Paul in Colossians 2:6-7

What does it mean to root your life in Christ Jesus?  How can you be built up in Christ Jesus?  Are you established in the faith?  Are you abounding in thanksgiving?  What would that look like?  (see Colossians 2:6-7)

Is it possible to love your enemies?  If so, how?  Can you think of a situation in which you need to put into practice Jesus’ words, “Do to others as you would have them do to you”?  Why are we not to judge or condemn, and instead forgive?  (see Luke 6:27-38)

Do you find it easy to remember the Lord when your life is “dark?”  Why or why not?  How is the Psalmist able to remember the Lord’s name in the night?  (see Psalm 119:55-56)

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) – Sunday-Easter-Week 3

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Our Scripture readings for the Sunday 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.

“Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.” – Luke 24:35

Would you have recognized Jesus if you had been there?  Why or why not?  Why didn’t these disciples understand what had happened?  What do you think Jesus showed them in the Old Testament?  Why did Jesus reveal Himself when He broke bread with them?  What lessons does this story have for your life?  (see Luke 24:13-35)

Why did Peter accuse the Jews of crucifying the Messiah?  Is it possible for someone to be forgiven for crucifying Jesus?  What does it mean to repent?  What do you have to do for your sins to be forgiven?  Is it possible for you to receive the Holy Spirit?  Have you responded to the Lord’s call (chances are, you wouldn’t be reading this post unless the Lord was calling you!)?  How can we save ourselves from our “corrupt generation?”  (see Acts 2:14, 36-41)

Has the Lord rescued you from illness or death?  Have you fulfilled any vows you have made to the Lord?  Why is the death of His faithful ones precious to the Lord?  About what can you offer praise to the Lord today?  (see Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19)

From what futile ways were you ransomed?  Why is the blood of Christ considered precious?  What is implied by Peter saying that Jesus was destined before the foundation of the world to be offered like a lamb? Have you trusted in God?  Have you purified your soul by obeying the truth?  Do you have genuine, deep, mutual love for one another?  (see 1 Peter 1:17-23)

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

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday 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.

“O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.” – Psalm 5:3

When do you carve out time to talk to God?  Do you have a regular time each day that is devoted to prayer?  How could life be different for someone who makes such a commitment?  (see Psalm 5:3, 7-8)

How might it change life for you to know that wisdom belongs to God?  Do you need wisdom and understanding?  (see Daniel 2:20-21)

What should you do if you sin?  (see 1 John 2:1-2 & 1 John 1:9)  What does it mean for Jesus to be our advocate with the Father?

Has Jesus’ joy been made complete in you?  What might that mean for you?  Have you asked God to sanctify you?  What are you to be doing in the world as a “sent one?”  (see John 17:12-19

How can we incorporate “righteous deeds” into our daily lives?  What might that look like?  What do you think the Psalmist means when he says, “the upright behold his face?”  (see Psalm 11:4-5, 7)

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

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Our Scripture readings for the Thursday 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.

“Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights!” -Psalm 148:1

Has the Lord set you free?  How has He opened your eyes?  How has the Lord lifted you up?  Do you accept the Lord’s love for you?  (see Psalm 146:7-8, 10)

The proof to be offered that God is Lord is resurrection!  How is resurrection possible, according to Ezekiel 37:13-14?

How can we have our sins wiped out?  How can we be refreshed by the Lord?  (see Acts 3:13, 19-20)

How has Jesus shown us the greatest love?  How can we show love to one another?  What is the significance of Jesus’ calling us friends?  Why will we be hated and persecuted by the world?  (see John 15:12-27)

How can you join in the praise being offered to the Lord by angels?  (Psalm 148:1-2, 13)

Meditation Questions for #AshesToFire – Easter Wk7 Friday

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

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“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him.” – Psalm 103:11

Read Psalm 103:11-13.  How high are the heavens?  How far is the east from the west?  Why does the Psalmist use these distances to describe God’s love and forgiveness?  In what ways is God like the best father you know?  In what ways is God better than the best father you know?

Read Malachi 3:17.  What does it mean to you to know that you belong to the Lord?  How has the Father spared you?

Read Acts 26:19-20.  Have you obeyed God’s vision for you?  Have you repented and turned to God?  Are your actions consistent with a repentant attitude?

Read John 21:15-19.  Do you love Jesus?  What “sheep” has He placed in your care?  What steps do you need to take today to follow Him?

Read Psalm 102:12-13, 16.  What is implied when the Psalmist says that the Lord is enthroned forever?  When have you experienced the Lord arising to offer you compassion?  Have you ever seen the Lord’s glory?

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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.

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“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 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 Wk3 Monday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk2 Thursday

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

Have you taken refuge in the Lord?  Have you chosen to live a righteous life (with the Lord’s help!)?  Read Psalm 34:15, 22 and consider your response.

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“He will comfort all her waste places,
and will make her wilderness like Eden,” – Isaiah 51:3

Are there wilderness places in your life that you would like the Lord to make like the Garden of Eden?  Do you need the Lord’s comfort?  Would you be open to having joy, gladness, thanksgiving and the voice of song in your life?  Meditate on Isaiah 51:3.

Why did Peter and the apostles risk jail in order to obey God?  What was the heart of the apostles’ message?  Have you repented of your sins and received God’s forgiveness?  Consider talking with God about His offer of forgiveness as you read Acts 5:29-31.

What does John 3:31-36 tell us about Jesus?  What difference does believing in God’s Son make?  Does it matter if one doesn’t believe in Jesus?  Read John 3:31-36 to learn more.

What is implied by the Psalmist’s description of God’s promises?  How important is it to you to have the Lord’s protection?  Meditate on Psalm 12:6-7.

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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Easter Wk1 Friday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – 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 Wk5 Wednesday

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

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“Blessed be my rock,
and exalted be the God of my salvation” – Psalm 18:46

What does it mean for the Psalmist David to say that the Lord is his rock?  Why did David extol the Lord?  Has the Lord been your rock?  Will you extol Him?  Meditate on Psalm 18:46, 48-49.

What were Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego willing to do to remain faithful to the Lord?  What were they not willing to do?  What was Nebuchadnezzar’s response to their faith and God’s miraculous response?  Read Daniel 3:28 (and all of Chapter 3 if you have time!).

Why is faith important?  Are you living out your faith in God?  What are you doing to “diligently seek Him?”  Read Hebrews 11:6.

What are the implications of Jesus’ words: “everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin”?  What are the implications of Jesus’ words: “if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”  Are you a slave to sin or are you free?  Do you have faith that Jesus could actually set you free from sin?  Pray about Jesus’ words found in John 8:31-42.

Do you fear (reverence) the Lord and walk in His ways?  What is promised to those who do?  Consider the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 128:1-2, 4.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk4 Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk3 Saturday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk3 Tuesday

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

How have you seen God’s steadfast love? Read Psalm 17:6-8.Bring it to the Cross

What are you “pleased to recount” about what God has done for you? Read Daniel 4:1-3

What can you do to live by the Spirit today instead of fulfilling the desires of the sinful nature? Read Galatians 5:16-17.

Whom do you need to forgive? Consider how Matthew 18:21-35 challenges your relationships.

Think about all that God has done as you read Psalm 77::11-13.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk2 Thursday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk2 Tuesday

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

How could you give God a “sacrifice of thanksgiving” today? Read Psalm 50.

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“Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” – Isaiah 1:18

Have you asked God to forgive you of your sins?  What would it mean to you to know that though your sins were as scarlet, they could be like snow?  Pray about the message of Isaiah 1 in your quiet time today.

What does it mean to you to see that God fulfilled His promise to Abraham through Christ? Read Galatians 3:16.

What do you learn from Jesus’ words to the Pharisees? How can we choose to live a life of humility? Read Matthew 23.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk2 Monday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk1 Friday

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

What do you do when you are down in the dumps?  What did the Psalmist do?  Read Psalm 130.

Return of the Prodigal SonWould having a “clean slate” change your life?  See if Ezekiel’s words give you hope today.  Read Ezekiel 18.

Are you trying to counter-balance a “dirty slate” with good works?  Paul found out that good works are not enough.  Learn the key to being justified before God (just as if you’d never sinned) by reading Galatians, chapter 2.

Do you have any broken relationships?  Does it matter to God?  What should you do? Read Matthew 5.

What do you want or need to say to God today?  Hear the Psalmist’s prayer in Psalm 54 and then pray your own prayer to God!

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