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

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday 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 is one to respond to a King?  What does it mean to “Extol the Lord our God”?  Are you doing that?  Choose today to “worship at his footstool.”  (see Psalm 99:1, 5)
  2. Has God ever given you clear direction when you needed to make a decision?  What was the significance of Samuel using anointing oil on David?  (see 1 Samuel 16:12-13)
  3. Do you need to be strengthened in your inner being by the power of God’s Spirit?  How would it change your life if Christ were to “dwell in your heart” in response to your faith in Him?  (see Ephesians 3:16-17)
  4. Are you actively following Jesus or did you give Him an excuse to avoid doing so?  Why did Jesus have no fear of the storm?
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    “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?” – The disciples in Matthew 8:27

    How do you answer the disciples’ question, “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?”  (see Matthew 8:18-27)

  5. What is your response to the Psalmist’s statement that “the Lord will not forsake His people”?  What or who is your stronghold?  To whom do you go to find a refuge?  (see Psalm 94:14-15, 22)
  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 Wk7

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Our Scripture readings for Monday 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. About what do you sing?  Have you told anyone about how God has been faithful to you?  What would you say?  (see Psalm 89:1-2)
  2. What do you think about day and night?  What if you thought about what God has said to us?  Are you encouraged to hear that God is with you wherever you go?  (see Joshua 1:8-9)
  3. To whom does God want you to share the boundless riches of Christ?  How is the church to show the wisdom of God?
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    “The centurion replied, ‘Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.'” – Matthew 8:8

    How can we have access to God?  (see Ephesians 3:8, 10-12)

  4. Why did the centurion believe Jesus could heal his servant without actually going to visit him?  How has Jesus brought healing to your body or spirit?  (see Matthew 8:5-17)
  5. What is significant about the fact that the Lord’s love is steadfast?  What difference does it make to you that the Lord’s love is steadfast?   (see Psalm 89:19, 24, 28)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday 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. What does it mean to say that the Lord is “our dwelling place?”   How does the Psalmist describe the eternity of God?  If God is eternal, what response does that call for from us?  (see Psalm 90:1-2)

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    “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth…from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” – Psalm 90:2
  2. Have you asked God to put His Spirit on you?  Why did Moses want that to happen to all the Lord’s people?  (see Numbers 11:25, 29)
  3. What is the significance of saying that Jesus came to proclaim peace to people who were far off and to those who were near?  How can we have access to the Father?  (see Ephesians 2:17-18)
  4. How was Jesus able to teach as one having authority?  What is significant about Jesus’ touching the leper?  Why was the man, formerly a leper, told to go to the priest?  Why was he told not to tell anyone else?  (see Matthew 7:28-8:4)
  5. Why is the second phrase of each verse in Psalm 136 repeated?  How has the Lord’s steadfast love affected you?  For what can you give the God of heaven thanks today?  (see Psalm 136:23-24, 26)
  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 Wk6

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday 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. What decrees of the Lord do you teach to your child(ren) or to those you are mentoring?  
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    “tell [His decrees] to their children, so that they should set their hope in God.” – Psalm 78:7
    Are you planning to influence the generation yet unborn to set their hope in God?  If so, how?  (see Psalm 78:5-7)
  2. What does it mean for God to place His dwelling in our midst?  Is He your God?  (see Leviticus 26:11-13)
  3. Do you believe that God “desires everyone to be saved”?  How can we be saved?  Do we have a mediator who can represent us before God?  (see 1 Timothy 2:3-6)
  4. Are you able to keep the Word in your heart?  Do you endure?  Are you concerned with the cares of this world and/or the lure of wealth?  Are you bearing fruit for God?  (see Matthew 13:18-23)
  5. How has the Lord guided you?  Has the Lord provided protection for you?  (see Psalm 78:52-54)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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) -Wednesday – Easter Wk3

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday 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. For whom do you wait?  Do you wait for the Lord’s answer?  Can you relate to David’s call for God’s presence and help?  If so, why?  (see Psalm 38:15, 21-22)
  2. Why do the people not need to be afraid, yet are to fear the Lord?  What does it mean then to “fear” the Lord?  Why did the people stand at a distance from the the Lord? (see Exodus 20:20-21)
  3. What does it mean to say that “in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell”? If all of God was in Jesus, how should we respond to Him?  On the cross, Jesus was “making peace” between whom?  (see Colossians 1:19-20)
  4. Why did Jesus want to be baptized?
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    “…for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” – Jesus in Matthew 3:15

    Have you been baptized?  If not, would you be willing to be baptized?  (Consider talking to your pastor to schedule your baptism!)  What do you think it meant to Jesus to hear the voice from heaven?  (see Matthew 3:13-17)

  5. Do you want to learn the Lord’s statutes?  Are you observing the Lord’s law with your whole heart?  Will you ask for the Lord’s salvation to come to you?  (see Psalm 119:33-34, 41)
  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 Wk3

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday 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 love the tabernacle so?  Why did David bless the Lord publicly?  (see Psalm 26:8, 12)
  2. How does the image of being carried “on eagles’ wings” illustrate how God cared for Israel?
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    “I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.” – God in Exodus 19:4

    Have you experienced God bringing you to himself?  (see Exodus 19:3-4)

  3. What difference would it make in your life to be made strong with all the strength that comes from God’s glorious power?  How would it change your life? Does endurance come naturally to you?  Why or why not?  Do you give thanks to the Father with joy?  Do you know for sure that you will share in the inheritance of the saints?  Why or why not?  (see Colossians 1:11-12)
  4. Why does Jesus rebuke the Pharisees and Sadducees so sharply?  What does it mean to “bear fruit worthy of repentance?”  Are you bearing good fruit?  Why is repentance important?  Why is baptism important?  Have you been baptized with the Holy Spirit?  (see Matthew 3:7-12)
  5. What does it mean for your hope to be in the Lord?  Is that true for you?  Can you relate with David’s fear that God holds His peace at his/your tears?  (see Psalm 39:7, 12)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday 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 is the Psalmist’s life dependent upon the Lord’s bounty?  In what way is your life dependent upon the Lord’s bounty?  Consider praying for insight into God’s law as you read His Word today. (see Psalm 119:17-18)
  2. How were the people of Israel able to avoid the diseases that the Egyptians suffered?  Have you experienced healing from the Lord?  (see Exodus 15:26)
  3. What does it mean to return to the shepherd and guardian of your soul?  Have you done so?   How can you be free from sins?  Once freed from sins, how are we to live?  (see 1 Peter 2:24-25)

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    “Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.” – Jesus in John 15:4b
  4. Is there anything in your life that hinders your ability to bear fruit for God?  What areas of your life need to be pruned?  What are you doing to abide in Christ daily?  Are you abiding in His love?  Are you being disobedient to God in any area of your life?  If so, what should you do?  Are you living with divine joy?  (see John 15:1-11)
  5. What answer do you need from God?  Are you trusting in His steadfast love even as you wait for the answer?  (see Psalm 13:3, 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) -Tuesday – Easter Wk2

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday 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. When do you talk to the Lord?  Do you take refuge in the Lord?  How have you seen the Lord bless and cover the righteous?  (see Psalm 5:3, 8, 11-12)

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    “O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.” – Psalm 5:3
  2. Why do you sing to the Lord, if you do?  If God is “majestic in holiness, awesome in splendor, doing wonders,” is He worthy of songs of praise?   What examples have you seen of the Lord leading people in His steadfast love?  (see Exodus 15:1, 4, 11, 13)
  3. What does it mean to prepare your mind for action?  Are you self-disciplined?  Upon what is your hope set?  What does it mean to be holy “in all your conduct”?  (see 1 Peter 1:13, 15)
  4. How have you seen Jesus reveal Himself to you (He has promised to do so to those who love Him and keep His commandments)?  Is your life a “home” for Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit?  What is the Holy Spirit teaching you these days?  Is your heart troubled, fearful, or at peace?  (see John 14:18-31)
  5. Does knowing that the Lord’s eyes see us bring you comfort or fear?  Why?  Do you want to see His face?  Why or why not? (see Psalm 11:4, 7)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. Do you pray more in the daytime or at night?  Why?  Have you ever felt that you were in the “depths of the Pit”?  Have you ever felt that God had abandoned you to the grave?  (How do you think Jesus felt facing the cross?)  (see Psalm 88:1-3, 6, 11)20130212-211455.jpg
  2. What answer have you received from the Lord when you called out to Him in desperation?  How did the Lord respond to Jeremiah?  How does the awareness of God’s presence make a difference?  (see Lamentations 3:55-57)
  3. What does it mean to you to know that Jesus was tempted in every point as we are?  What is your response to the fact that, though tested, he did not sin?  How can we “approach the throne of grace with boldness”?  (see Hebrews 4:15-16)
  4. Where do you see God’s goodness in your life?  Do you wait for the Lord?  What does that mean to you?  How is having courage related to waiting for the Lord?  (see Psalm 27:13-14)
  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) -Thursday – Lent Wk6

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

 

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) –Thursday – Lent Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday of Week 5 of Lent can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. Why does the Lord provide for Zion and its people?  How has the Lord provided for
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    O city of God.” – Psalm 87:3

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

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

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) –Wednesday – Lent Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday of Week 5 of Lent can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. How are we led by God’s “light” and truth?  What do you do to seek God’s presence?  (see Psalm 43:3-4)
  2. Why did God need to reassure Jacob about his going down to Egypt?  Has God ever offered reassurance to you that He hasn’t forgotten about you, or that He is still with you?  (see Genesis 46:1-3)
  3. https://www.flickr.com/photos/40595948@N00/2446809771/What does Paul mean by saying that those who plow or thresh should share in the crop?  (see 1 Corinthians 9:10, 14)
  4. Why did Jesus want the apostles to get some rest away from people?  Why did Jesus respond to the crowd with compassion?  What was Jesus trying to teach His disciples in asking them to feed the crowd?  Why did Jesus dismiss the crowd and then go up on the mountain?  (see Mark 6:30-46)
  5. How does God make you glad?  What does it mean to “lift up [your] soul” to the Lord?  What descriptions would you use in talking about God?  (see Psalm 86:4-5)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (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) – 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) – 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) – Monday Easter-Week 4

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Our Scripture readings for Monday 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.

How have you seen the Lord’s grace in your life?  Have you experienced healing?  How important is integrity to you?  Is having God’s presence in your life important to you? (see Psalm 41:4, 12)

“I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted because of their number.” – Genesis 32:12

Why does Jacob feel that he is unworthy of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness?  Why does God promise to do good to him?  Why does God promise to make his offspring like the sand of the sea? (see Genesis 32:9-10, 12)

Enduring patiently with joy…How does Paul say that is possible?  What kind of power would you have to have to endure suffering while giving thanks to God?  How does knowing that you have an inheritance with the saints help you endure?  (see Colossians 1:11-12)

What was Jesus’ attitude toward the Sabbath?  What was the Pharisees’ attitude toward the Sabbath?  What is your understanding of what Sabbath is meant to be?  If the Sabbath is to be used to do good and to save lives, how could you make that happen on the Christian Sabbath, Sunday?  (see Luke 6:1-11)

What stories have others told you about what God has done in their lives?  Where do you need God’s help in your life today?   (see Psalm 44:1, 26)

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) – Wednesday-Easter-Week 3

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

What is your heart’s deepest need?  About what do you sigh?  In what area of your life do you especially need the Lord’s strength?  Do you know that the Lord is near you?  (see Psalm 38:9-10, 21-22)

Why did people worship inanimate objects?  Does this still happen today?  If so, where & how?  How do you explain God’s response to their choice to worship created things rather than the Creator?  (see Daniel 5:3-5)

“And his commandments are not burdensome, 4 for whatever is born of God conquers the world.” 1 John 5:3b-4a

Why does John link love and obedience?  How is it possible that “commandments are not burdensome”?  Have you been born of God?  (see 1 John 5:3-4)

What does it say about Jesus that He was able to heal the sick and cast out demons?  Why did the demons say that Jesus was the “Son of God?’  Why did Jesus not let the demons speak?  (see Luke 4:38-44)

Do you pursue the Lord’s commandments with eagerness (“run the way of your commandments”) or do you run away from them?  Why?  Why did the Psalmist want to learn the way of the Lord’s statues?  Do you desire to observe His laws with your whole heart?  (see Psalm 119:32-34)

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

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Our Scripture readings for Friday 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.

With what song do you give thanks to the Lord?  What is your response to the reassurance that the Lord has heard the sound of your pleadings?  What is your strength & shield?  (see Psalm 28:6-7)

“I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored the one who lives forever. For his sovereignty is an everlasting sovereignty, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation.” – Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4:34

What is your response to the fact Nebuchadnezzar, who was arguably the greatest king of his time, lifted up his eyes to God and acknowledged His sovereignty and eternity?  (see Daniel 4:34)

Why should we love one another, according to John?  How do we invite God to live in us and perfect His love in us?  (see 1 John 4:11-12)

What is the significance of the fact that the demon knew who Jesus was, the Holy One of God?  What did the demon fear that Jesus would do to him?  What is the significance of the fact that the demon came out at Jesus’ command?  (see Luke 4:31-37)

Why is God’s steadfast love precious to the Psalmist?  Why is God a refuge to him?  What does the Psalmist mean when he says that in God’s light “we see light”?

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 – Easter Wk7 Thursday

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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“You show me the path of life.” – Psalm 16:11

Read Psalm 16:9-11.  Are you confident that you are following the “path of life?”  Are you living in God’s presence?

Read Malachi 3:10.  Have you experienced the blessings that result when you are obedient to God’s call to “bring the full tithe into the storehouse?”

Read Acts 23:11.  How has God encouraged you?  What mission does God have in store for you?

Read John 17:20-26.  Who has believed in Jesus through your testimony?  Are you living in unity with other believers?  Have you asked God to let His love live in you?

Read Psalm 105:1, 3-4.  Do you call on the name of the Lord?  Do you tell people what the Lord has done for you?  Does your heart seek the Lord continually?

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk6 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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“Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights!” Psalm 148:1

Carve out some time today to offer God praise. What are the top 3 things for which you would give God praise? Meditate today on the words of Psalm 148:1, 11, 13.

What does God promise to do when you call on His name? Is there any significance in knowing that you are part of God’s people, His family? Are you able to say, “The Lord is my God?” Read Zechariah 13:9.

How has God already blessed you in allowing you to be born and live where you are? How did your surroundings help prepare you to search for God? What evidence have you seen to support the idea that God “is not far from each one of us?” Read Acts 17:24, 26-28.

Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into all the truth. Read John 16:12-15 and ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand more fully who Jesus is revealed to be in this passage. How does this passage imply we should respond to Jesus’ words?

Take every opportunity you have today to look at the sky, during daylight and night, and consider what the heavens reveal about the One who made them. What does Psalm 8:3-5 tell us about who we are as humans?

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk4 Friday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Easter Wk1 Wednesday

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

For what will you give thanks to God today?  Why do you need to call on His name today?  What has God done for you that you need to tell others about today?  What song of praise for God is on your mind today?  Make a joyful noise to Him!  Mediate on the words of Psalm 105:1-3.

What things in the past will you choose to forget?  What new thing is God wanting to do in your life? What wilderness in your life needs a God-built road?

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“rivers in the desert” – Isaiah 43:19

What is the desert you are crossing that needs a divinely-fed river?  Think about God’s promise to you in Isaiah 43:14, 18-19.

In what way do you need the Lord’s healing?  What would it mean for you to “stand up and walk?”  Are you willing to take that “step?”  Whom do you know who is looking for the wrong thing?  How could you help them to connect with what God wants for them?  Pray about how the transformation of Acts 3 could impact you or those you know today.

Have you ever been confused about what God is doing in your life or in our world?  Have you ever looked back in your life and realized that Jesus was with you even when you didn’t realize it?  How does the story of Jesus’ walk to Emmaus challenge your faith today?  Meditate on what it might mean for Jesus to walk with you today as you read Luke 24:13-35.

How might it change the way you live if you choose to always give glory to God instead of seeking it for yourself?  In what ways have you seen that “the Lord has been mindful of us?”  In what ways have you seen that your reverence for God has resulted in blessing?  Read Psalm 115:1, 12-13 thoughtfully.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk5 Thursday

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

What does it mean to seek the Lord’s “presence continually?”  What clues are there in the passage to discover what it means?  Are you willing to do what the Psalmist calls us to do?  Consider Psalm 105:4-6.

How can we be blameless before God?  How does Abram’s obedience speak to you?  Are you living in covenant with God?  What did it mean for Abram to do so?  Study Genesis 17.

CounselThe writer of Hebrews says that Abraham believed that God could raise the dead.  Do you?  What difference does your faith in God’s power make?  Are you willing to act on your faith in God?  Think about Abraham’s faith as you read Hebrews 11:17, 19.

What claim is Jesus making about His power and the promise of resurrection in John 8:51-59?  Why did the Jews who heard his statement have a hard time believing?  Do you believe Jesus?  What proof of Jesus’ power do we have that they didn’t yet have?  Meditate on John 8:51-59 and consider what your response will be to Jesus’ words.

What encouragement is offered by the Psalmist to those whose spirits are “faint?”  Do you ever pray aloud to the Lord (it’s not the only way to pray, but the Psalmist implies that sometimes he prays aloud)?  Would sometimes praying aloud help you keep focused and alert during your prayer time?  What supplications or complaints do you need to share with the Lord right now?  Read Psalm 142:1-3 aloud (unless it would bother someone near you) and then share your prayer out loud with the Lord.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk4 Friday

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

I Can't Remember How to Be...When have you been brokenhearted or crushed in spirit? Where was God in those times (even if you didn’t know it)? See Psalm 34:17-18 to discover God’s whereabouts during those times in your life.

What does it mean to “do justice?” How can we “love kindness?” Would you need to make any changes to be able to “walk humbly with your God?” Meditate on the words of Micah 6:8.

What will God’s final response be to ungodliness? How should we respond to temptations to ungodliness now? Think about the kindness of God expressed in the warning given in Jude 1:14-15.

Why did Jesus continue to teach and to help others even though He knew He would face opposition and even death? Read John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30.

Why does the Psalmist say the Lord has steadfast love? How have you seen God’s steadfast love expressed in your life? Where have you seen the Lord’s goodness? Prayerfully consider Psalm 107:1, 42-43.

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