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

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday 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. Do you praise the Lord with a shout?  Do you sing praises to God?  Why are praises to God appropriate?  (see Psalm 47:5-7)
  2. Who is the “Ancient One” of whom Daniel wrote?  What does it mean to say that He “took His throne”?  Who is on the “throne” of your life?  (see Daniel 7:9-10)
  3. Who is the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” of whom John wrote?
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    “See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah…has conquered” – Revelation 5:5b

    Why do all in heaven and on earth offer blessing and honor and glory and might to the One seated on the throne and to the Lamb?  How should we respond to them?  (see Revelation 5:5, 13)

  4. If you had seen Jesus after the resurrection, would you have doubted?  If Jesus has all authority, how should we treat His words?  Are you currently making a disciple?  What is the disciple’s name?  Are you also helping make disciples of all nations?  How?  Are you obeying everything Jesus has commanded us?  (see Matthew 28:16-20)
  5. Is the Lord glorious and strong?  How can we worship the Lord in holy splendor?  How could you “say among the nations, ‘The Lord is king!'”?  (see Psalm 96:7, 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) -Friday – Easter Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Friday 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

  1. Why does the Psalmist seem to want God’s help for him to be tied to (& not separate from) God’s help for His people?  Do you more often pray for God to help you or for Him to help His church?  Do you rejoice in what God is doing for His people?  (see Psalm 106:4-5)
  2. Why are we to observe a sabbath?  Is your sabbath a “holy convocation?”  What does that mean?  What does it mean to say that the sabbath is “to the Lord?”  Compare this passage from Leviticus 23:1-3 with what Jesus says in Mark 2:23-28.
  3. Why does Paul give thanks to God for the Thessalonians?  What does this verse imply about how one can be sanctified?  Do you believe the truth given us in God’s Word?  Have you asked the Spirit to sanctify you?  (see 2 Thessalonians 2:13)
  4. Why should we not judge others?
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    “Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?” – Jesus in Matthew 7:3

    Why is it so hard to see the “log” in our own eye, but so easy to see the “speck” in someone else’s eye?  Have you ever treated something holy as if it were trash?  Why or why not?  What does it mean to ask, search and knock?  Do you believe God will give you good things?  (see Matthew 7:1-12)

  5. Do you give thanks to God’s holy name?  What might it look like to “glory in [His] praise”?  What does “Amen” mean?  (see Psalm 106:47-48)
  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 Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday 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

  1. Do you seek God?  Are you able to rejoice and be glad in Him?  What needs do you have?  Have you asked God to help you?  (see Psalm 70:4-5)
  2. Why were the Israelites not to oppress aliens in their land?  Why should you avoid any form of oppression?  Is the Lord your God too?  (see Leviticus 19:33-34)
  3. What does it mean to be worthy of God’s call?  What work of faith do you want God to fulfill in your life to bring glory to Jesus?  (see 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)
  4. About what are you tempted to worry?  If God takes care of the birds, the lilies, the grass of the fields, what does that imply about His care for you?
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    “Look at the birds of the air;…your heavenly Father feeds them…. Consider the lilies…if God so clothes the grass of the field, …will he not much more clothe you” – Jesus in Matthew 6:26, 28, 30

    What is first on your list of things for which to strive?  Does God’s kingdom top the list?  (see Matthew 6:25-34)

  5. How have you seen the Lord working salvation?  What is implied if God owns both the day and the night?  (see Psalm 74:12, 16)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Wednesday – Easter Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday 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

  1. Why does the Psalmist say that God “alone does wondrous things”?  What would it be like if God’s glory filled the whole earth?  (see Psalm 72:18-19)
  2. Why does God want the people to be holy?  Are you holy?  What does that mean? (see Leviticus 19:1-2)
  3. Who accomplishes the work of sanctification?  How much of you is to be sanctified?  How long is this sanctification to last?  How do we know God can sanctify us?  (see 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)
  4. Where are you storing your treasures?
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    “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal” – Jesus in Matthew 6:19

    How can you keep your treasures away from thieves?  Where is your heart?  What does it mean to Jesus for our eye to be healthy?  Are you living in light or darkness?  Which master are you serving?  (see Matthew 6:19-24)

  5. What is God’s promise to you?  Does God’s love offer you comfort?  How does God’s mercy help you live?  (see Psalm 119:76-77)
  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 Wk4

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday 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. How often do you pray?  Why did David pray three times a day?  Is it okay to complain to God?  Are you going through a battle right now?  (see Psalm 55:16-18)
  2. Have you experienced the glory of the Lord?  What work has God given you to do?  (see Exodus 40:18, 33-34)
  3. Do you know how to live in order to please God?  What does it mean when Paul says that your sanctification is God’s will?  Have you asked God to sanctify you?  (see 1 Thessalonians 4:1, 3)
  4. What does it mean to “go the second mile?”  How can you “love your enemies?”  Is there a persecutor in your life for whom you need to pray?
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    “…he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous” – Jesus in Matthew 5:45

    Why does God offer blessings to the evil & the good?   Why does God allow rain to fall on the righteous and the unrighteous?  Why does perfection in God’s eyes relate to loving everyone?  (see Matthew 5:38-48)

  5. What does God know about you?  Is that awareness comforting or frightening?  What does it say about God’s attitude toward you that the number of His thoughts about you cannot be counted?  What does it say about God’s fondness for you that He will be with you even at the end?   (see Psalm 139:1, 17-18)
  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) -Friday – Easter Wk4

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Our Scripture readings for Friday 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. How has God been your helper?  What do you want to say to God today?  What offering do you want to give to Him?  (see Psalm 54:2, 4, 6)
  2. What does it say about God that after Moses had spent time in His presence, the skin of Moses’ face shone?  (see Exodus 34:29)
  3. How would it change your life if God helped you increase in love for everyone?  What difference would it make to you if you were “blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus?”  Consider asking God to strengthen your heart in holiness so that you can be blameless on that day!  (see 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13)
  4. What does it say about God’s view of sin when Jesus recommends such drastic measures to avoid it and goes to such extreme lengths (the cross!) to rescue us from it?  What is Jesus’ teaching about divorce?
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    “Do not swear at all…by heaven, for it is the throne of God” – Jesus in Matthew 5:34

    Why does Jesus prohibit swearing?  (see Matthew 5:27-37)

  5. Why is a “broken and contrite heart” an acceptable sacrifice to God?  Would you describe your heart that way?  Why or why not?  (see Psalm 51:15-17)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -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) -Wednesday – Easter Wk4

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday 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 to keep the Lord’s words?  Do you pray about God’s promises?  If so, which ones?  (see Psalm 119:57-58)
  2. Have you seen God’s goodness in your life?  How has the Lord covered you?  (see Exodus 33:19, 21-22)
  3. Are you leading a “life worthy of God?”  What is your response to the fact that God has called you into His own kingdom and glory?  Whom are you encouraging to lead a life worthy of God?
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    “We dealt with you like a father with his children, urging and encouraging you and pleading that you lead a life worthy of God.” – Paul in 1 Thes. 2:11-12

    (see 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12)

  4. How did Jesus fulfill the law and the prophets?  What do you need to do to be called great in the kingdom of heaven?  Does your righteousness exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees?  (How do you know?) (see Matthew 5:17-20)
  5. How could one gain wisdom and understanding?  If we can not provide a ransom for our lives, how can we be saved?  (see Psalm 49:3, 7, 15)
  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 Wk2

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday 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. How has the Lord helped you?  How has the Lord answered you?  In what or whom do you take pride?  (see Psalm 20:6-7)
  2. https://www.flickr.com/photos/35409814@N00/3356399744/Why did the Lord ask Moses to take his staff with him?  Why did the Lord ask Moses to strike the rock?  What has God asked you to do with what you have?  (see Exodus 17:5-6)
  3. Does God share His word through public speakers?  How can we serve with God’s strength?  Is God glorified in all things in your life?  Will Jesus Christ receive glory though your life?  If so, how?   (see 1 Peter 4:11)
  4. Why was Jesus going to be leaving His disciples?  Did the disciples’ pain turn to joy?  When?  What does it mean to ask in Jesus’ name?  Is your joy complete?  How can we know for sure that the Father loves us?  Do you have peace in Jesus?  What persecution have you experienced for the sake of Christ?  (see John 16:16-33)
  5. Are you confident that the Lord hears your voice and your supplications?  Have you decided to call on the Lord as long as you live?  (see Psalm 116:1-2, 5)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Friday – Lent Wk6

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) –Monday – Lent Wk4

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Our Scripture readings for Monday of Week 4 of Lent can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. Of what do you sing?  Where do you see the Lord’s love in your life?  How is the Lord’s strength evident in your life?  How has the Lord revealed His faithfulness to you?  (see Psalm 89:1, 13-14)
  2. How has the Lord blessed you?  Has the Lord been a shepherd to you?  If so, how?  How have you seen the blessings of heaven in your life?  (see Genesis 49:22, 24-26)
  3. What does it mean to do everything for the glory of God?  Why should we avoid giving offense to others?  What was Paul’s motivation for his actions?  Are you a Christ-imitator?  (see 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1)
  4. Why do you think Jesus went to the region of Tyre?  Why did Jesus respond to the woman’s request?  Why did Jesus take the deaf man aside in private to heal him? Why didn’t Jesus seek publicity for the healing?  (see Mark 7:24-37)
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    “Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord.” – Psalm 89:5

    How do the heavens praise the wonders of the Lord?  How can we praise the Lord’s faithfulness when we assemble together?  (see Psalm 89:5-6, 8)

  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

 

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) –Saturday – Lent Wk3

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

Questions for Meditation

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    “Glorious things are spoken of you,
    O city of God.” – Psalm 87:3

    Why is the city of God glorious?  Have you invited God to live in your city?  (see Psalm 87:1-3)

  2. Why did Israel (Jacob), when he was about to die, ask his son Joseph to return his body back to the land of his ancestors?  Did Israel (Jacob) have a different “theology of place” than Abraham did (see Hebrews 11:8-10) Where is home for you?  Why?  (see Genesis 47:27, 29-30)
  3. Paul seems to say that Christ sustained Moses and the children of Israel in the desert.  How is that possible?  What does that imply about the nature of God and the divinity of Jesus? (see 1 Corinthians 10:1-4)
  4. Why were the Pharisees quick to criticize the disciples and slow to criticize themselves?  Have you ever been tempted to act that way?  How can we avoid giving in to such a temptation?  Is it possible for our lips and our heart to be out of sync?  How can we make sure our worship is genuine and not in vain?  (see Mark 7:1-12)
  5. What is your response to the “steadfast love” of the Lord?  How has the Lord delivered you?  (see Psalm 136:1, 11-12)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (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) – Sunday Easter-Week 7

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

How did Jesus glorify the Father?  How did the Father glorify the Son?  If you belong to Jesus, the Son, what is your relationship with the Father?  Why does Jesus want the Father to protect His disciples?  (see John 17:1-11)

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

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

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

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

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

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

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established;” David in Psalm 8:3

When have you seen God’s majesty displayed in the heavens or on earth?  When you see the heavens, the moon and the stars, what do you think?  What does it say to you, knowing that, in this vast universe, God cares for us?  (see Psalm 8:1, 3-4)

What do you learn about God from Daniel’s vision of God taking His throne?  What response does it call for from us?  (see Daniel 7:9-10)

In what way was Jesus made “lower than the angels”?  What is His status now, after having “taste[d] death for everyone”?  How should we respond to Him, given what He went through for us?  (see Hebrews 2:9)

What are the implications of saying that Jesus has been given “all authority in heaven and on earth”?  What is Jesus call His disciples to do?  How are you involved in Jesus’ ongoing mission on earth?  Why is it significant that Jesus has promised to be with us always?  (see Matthew 28:16-20)

Why should gates be opened for the “King of glory”?  What “gates” need to be opened in your life so that the Lord can enter?  What is the significance for you of knowing that the Lord is “mighty in battle”? (see Psalm 24:7-9)

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

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Our Scripture readings for Friday 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.

For what can you give God thanks today?  How have you experienced His steadfast love recently?  For what can you give God praise?  What does it mean for us to “observe justice”?  Are you asking God to help you “do righteousness at all times”?  (see Psalm 106:1-3)

“Thus says the Lord: Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool;” – Isaiah 66:1

What does it mean for the Lord to say, “Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool”?  What are the implications for your life?  Why does the Lord “look to the humble…who trembles at [His] word”?  (see Isaiah 66:1-2)

What is the kingdom of God about?  How can we “pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding”?  What steps could you take today to move closer to these goals? (see Romans 14:17, 19)

Why did Luke tell these stories about Jesus?  Why did Jairus ask Jesus to come to his house?  Why did the woman with hemorrhages touch Jesus rather than ask Him to heal her?  Why did the people in Jairus’ house not believe Jesus’ declaration that the girl was not dead?  Why did Jesus order Jairus and his wife to tell no one what had happened?  (see Luke 8:40-56)

How do you need the Lord’s saving power today?  What does it mean for the Lord to gather you “from among the nations”?  How could you “glory in [God’s] praise”?  (see Psalm 106:47-48)

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

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Our Scripture readings for the Sunday of Easter 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 Jesus reveal about His relationship with and connection to His Father?  What does Jesus reveal about how to have a relationship with His Father?  Why does Jesus promise to answer our requests?  What if we ask for something that would not bring glory to His Father?  (see John 14:1-14)

Why does Stephen see heaven opened?  Where is Jesus?  Why did the people kill Stephen?  Why was Stephen able to forgive those who were hurling stones at him?  (see Acts 7:55-60)

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

For what reasons have you ever sought refuge in God?  Is there any significance in the fact that it seems that Stephen quoted David as he was dying?  What does it mean for David to say “my times are in your hand”?  (see Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16)

Are you growing spiritually?  What does it mean to be built into a spiritual house as a living stone?  Why have you been offered the privilege of being in God’s holy, royal priesthood?  Where do you see God’s mercy in your life?  (see 1 Peter 2:2-10)

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) – Monday-Easter-Week 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

Meditation Questions for #AshesToFire – Pentecost Sunday

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

Read John 14:8-17, 25-27.  When have you seen the Father at work in your life?  How do we know what God the Father is like?  Are you doing the works of Jesus?  What does it mean to ask in Jesus’ name?

Pentecost_HolySpirit Desends-2Read Acts 2:1-21.  How many different languages did the crowd hear the disciples speaking?  Why do you think God wanted the diverse crowd gathered for the Jewish feast of Pentecost to hear the good news in their native languages?

Meditate on Psalm 104:24-34.  What have you seen in nature recently that has displayed the Lord’s wisdom and greatness?  When have you seen God supply what is needed for His creatures?  What is your response to the Lord’s greatness?

Read Romans 8:14-17.  Are you being led by the Spirit of God?  Are you a slave to fear?  What does it mean to you be be adopted by God the Father?  Have you sensed God’s Spirit confirming to you that you are a child of God?  Why are glory and suffering connected?

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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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Meditation Questions for #AshesToFire – Easter Wk7 Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk5 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 the glory and power of God’s kingdom? What does it mean to you to know that the Lord is near to all who call on him? Meditate on the words of Psalm 145:10-11, 17-18.

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“for like the jewels of a crown they shall shine on his land.” – Zechariah 9:16

What is implied by saying that we are God’s flock? What is implied by saying that God’s people are like “the jewels of a crown?” Read Zechariah 9:16-17.

What could you do to proclaim the good news? What are you doing to make disciples? Have you strengthened someone’s soul this week? Why must we endure persecutions in order to enter the kingdom of God? Consider the implications of Acts 14:21-22.

Are you enjoying the Lord’s peace or is your heart troubled and/or fearful? Why did Jesus let His disciples know ahead of time what was going to happen to Him? Read John 14:27-31.

Are you waiting for God? Who is your rock, your salvation, your fortress? Read Psalm 62:1-2, 12.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk5 Monday

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

Why should we give God glory?  Why should we not try to bring glory to ourselves?  Read Psalm 115:1, 16.

Are you able to rejoice greatly?  Read Zechariah 9:9-10 to see why Zechariah calls Jerusalem to rejoice.  Have you received the peace of the King?

Have you turned from worthless things to the living God?  Do you bring good news to others?  Consider how Paul & Barnabas reacted to the praise of the people of Lystra.  Consider their words recorded in Acts 14:15.

How are we to express our love for God, according to Jesus in John 14:21-26?  Meditate on this passage and consider how much your life expressed your love for God.  Have you allowed the Father & Son to make their home with you?

“In the shadow of your wings I take refuge” – Psalm 57:1

When have you experienced God’s mercy?  When have you experienced the protection of God from the storms of life?  Consider praying for God to fulfill his purpose for you.  Read & meditate on the words of Psalm 57:1-2, 5.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk3 Tuesday

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

From what do you need rescued?  What is your request to the Lord?  Read the Psalmist’s requests in Psalm 31:1-2.

What steps could you take to maintain a “contrite and humble” spirit?  What is God’s response to those who live that way?  What are the implications of the fact that God inhabits eternity?  Meditate on Isaiah 57:15, 19.

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“Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.” – Psalm 36:5

What is the significance of the fact that Stephen, as he is being opposed and heckled by those who heard his message, sees into heaven, sees the glory of God and sees Jesus standing at the right hand of God?  Consider God’s response to the first Christian martyr recorded in Acts 7.

Why was the crowd seeking a sign?  Did they want literal bread or the True Bread from heaven, Jesus?  What are the implications of Jesus’ saying that He is bread of life?  Consider how you should live if Jesus is the True Bread.  Read John 6:30-35.

How far does the Lord’s love reach?  If you know the song, “Your Love, O Lord,” hum or sing the song as you offer praise to the Lord for His steadfast love!  Read Psalm 36:5, 10.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk6 Tuesday (Holy Week)

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

What does it mean to you to say that The Lord is your hope, your trust? Meditate on Psalm 71:3, 5, 6c.

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“I will give you as a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” – Isaiah 49:6c

What are the implications of God’s choice to offer His salvation to the nations (not just for Israel), to the ends of the earth? What does it imply for the mission of His church? Read Isaiah 49:6.

What do you need to forget? Toward what do you need to reach? What goal has God given you? Pray about Philippians 3:13b-14.

Why was Jesus troubled? Why did Jesus allow Judas to carry out his plan to betray Him? How did Jesus glorify God the Father? How did the Father glorify Jesus? Think about Jesus’ choice to go to the cross as you read John 13:21-33, 36-38.

Is there someone in your life who will stand up for you? How did Jesus stand up for you? Meditate on the words of Psalm 94:16-17, 22.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk4 Thursday

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

Moses “stood in the breach” to plead for God to spare the Israelites.  Who “stood in the breach” for you…Christ and who else? For whom are you standing “in the breach?”

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What would you be willing to do to save someone?  Consider the implications of Psalm 106:21, 23, 47 and of Exodus 32:11-13.

How important is faith?  Read Jude 1:5.

What do your works say about you?  Whose glory are you seeking?  Consider Jesus’ words in John 5:31-47.

Are you willing to let Christ examine your heart, evaluate your words, looking for errors and hidden faults?  Will you ask Him to cleanse & purify you?  Pray the prayer of Psalm 19:12, 14.

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