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

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday 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. Is your heart steadfast?  Is your soul awake?  About what or who do you sing?  What do you do to exalt the Lord?  (see Psalm 108:1-2, 5)
  2. What does Ezekiel mean by the phrase “heart of stone?”  What is meant by “heart of flesh?”  Do you want a new heart and new spirit with?  Is it possible for God’s Spirit to help you want to obey God?  (see Ezekiel 36:26-27)
  3. How is salvation like a helmet?
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    “Take the helmet of salvation…” – Ephesians 6:17a

    How is the Word of God like a sword?  What is the relationship between the Word and the Spirit?  How can we pray in the Spirit?  What does it mean to pray at all times?  (see Ephesians 6:17-18)

  4. What two examples of faith do you see in Matthew 9:18-26?  What is Jesus’ response to each?  What does Jesus’ response tell us about who He is?
  5. Why should everyone on earth be in awe of the Lord?  (see Psalm 33:8-9)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Monday – Easter 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) -Sunday – Easter Wk4

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Our Scripture readings for Sunday 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 makes Jesus good as a shepherd?  Do you listen to Jesus’ voice?  What is the significance of Jesus’ saying that no one takes His life from Him, but rather He lays it down of His own accord?  (see John 10:11-18)
  2. Why was the high-priestly family questioning Peter and John?  How was it possible for the crippled beggar to be healed?  Why were the Jewish leaders upset?  What do you learn from this event?  (see Acts 4:5-12)
  3. What does it mean for the Lord to be your shepherd?
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    “He makes me lie down in green pastures;
    he leads me beside still waters” – Psalm 23:2

    What green pastures has He offered you?  How does the Lord restore your soul?  How does the Lord comfort you in dark valleys?  How have you seen God’s goodness and mercy in your life?  (see Psalm 23)

  4. What is the best picture of what God’s love is?  How should we respond to that kind of divine love?  What does it mean to love not just in word, but in truth and action?  Do you believe in Jesus?  What does it mean to obey the command to “love one another?”  (see 1 John 3:16-24)
  5. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Sunday – Easter 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) -Saturday – Lent Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday 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 need the Lord to enter into your world to set you free and rescue you?  Has He already done that once?  What is your response to Him for His saving act?  (see Psalm 144:5, 7-8)
  2. Why did the Lord set a limit on the plagues He brought upon Egypt?  At first, Pharaoh hardened his own heart.  In the end, God hardened Pharaoh’s heart.  Why?  (see Exodus 11:1, 4-5, 10)
  3. Why does Paul seem to say that believing in Jesus leads to speaking about Him?  Is that true for you?  Why or why not?  (see 2 Corinthians 4:13-14)
  4. Why did blind Bartimaeus disobey those who ordered him to be quiet?
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    “When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’” – Mark 10:47

    What would you have done?  What was the result of Bartimaeus’ actions?  (see Mark 10:46-52)

  5. How do you encourage yourself when you are “down?”  What did the Psalmist do when he felt cast down or disquieted?  (see Psalm 43:5)
  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 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) – Monday – Lent Wk3

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. Why does the Psalmist use the image of God planting a vine in the Promised Land? What would it mean for the Lord to restore you?  Are you willing to let the Lord make you strong for His purposes?
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    “You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.” – Psalm 80:8

    (see Psalm 80:7-8, 14, 17)

  2. Why does Judah ask to stay in Egypt in place of Benjamin?  Do you think Joseph was testing his brothers?  What did he want to find out about them? (Remember what they did to him!) (see Genesis 44:33-34)
  3. Why do you exist?  Who is the source of all things?  (see 1 Corinthians 8:6)
  4. Why did Jairus ask Jesus to come to his house?  Why did the woman touch Jesus’ cloak?  Why did Jesus tell the girl’s father not to fear even though he heard the report that his daughter had died?  (see Mark 5:21-43)
  5. What would it mean for you to experience God’s compassion coming to you “speedily?”  Have you asked God to forgive your sins? (see Psalm 79:8-9)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) – Thursday – Lent Wk1

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

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

In what ways do you hear the Lord speaking most clearly?  Do you listen for the Lord’s voice all day long?  How have you seen the beauty of the Lord?  (see Psalm 50:1-2)

In what ways has the Lord blessed you?  How are you caring for the things over which you have been given oversight?  (see Genesis 39:3-5)

Upon what foundation are you building?  What are using to build on that foundation?  What does it mean to say that Jesus Christ is the only foundation?  (see 1 Corinthians 3:10-11)

Why did people seek out Jesus?  Why did the four people bring a paralyzed man to Jesus?  Why did Jesus forgive him of his sins first?  Why did Jesus heal him of his paralysis?  What do we learn about who Jesus is from this account?  (see Mark 2:1-12)

Does anything have dominion over you other than God?  Are all your words and the meditations of your heart acceptable to God?  What does it mean to you to say that the Lord is your rock and your redeemer?  (see Psalm 19:12-14)

Ashes to Fire (Year B) – Wednesday – Lent Wk1

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

Do you have a teachable spirit?  What have you been learning from God and His Word recently?  (see Psalm 119:66-68)

Why did Jacob’s sons deceive him?  Why did Jacob refuse to be comforted?  (see Genesis 37:31-36)

Why did Paul choose to know nothing except Jesus Christ, and him crucified?  How was the Spirit’s power demonstrated in Paul’s ministry?  (see 1 Corinthians 2:2-4)

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“In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.” – Mark 1:35

What does it say about Jesus that he was able to heal the sick and to cast out demons?  Why did Jesus take time to pray, even before dawn?  (see Mark 1:29-45)

Why might a ransom to God be needed for someone’s life?  (see Psalm 49:7)

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) – Tuesday Easter-Week 4

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday 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.

Does it make a difference in your life to know that God’s throne will endure eternally?  How does it affect you to know that God’s rule will affirm righteousness and oppose wickedness?  (see Psalm 45:6-7)

With whom did Jacob wrestle, in your opinion?  Why did Jacob desire to be blessed by the man?  Why was Jacob given a new name?  What do you learn from Jacob’s experience? (see Genesis 32:24, 26-28)

“…shout to God with loud songs of joy. For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome, a great king over all the earth.” – Psalm 47:1b-2

How was it possible for us to be reconciled to God, when we were once “estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds?”  Is it possible, according to Paul, for us to be holy, blameless and irreproachable before God?  (see Colossians 1:21-22)

Why did Jesus spend the night in prayer?  Why do you think Jesus chose Judas?  How might Jesus bring healing to your life?  How can Jesus say that the poor, the hungry and the weeping, the hated, the rejected, are blessed?  Why does Jesus say that some situations that seem to be blessings will result in woe?  (see Luke 6:12-26)

What are the methods the Psalmist calls his readers/listeners to use to praise God?  Why does he call upon us to praise God?  What reasons do you have today to offer God praise?  What methods will you choose to use to offer your praise?  (see Psalm 47:1-2, 4)

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) – Sunday Easter-Week 4

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

Is Jesus a stranger to you? Can you recognize the “voice” of Jesus? Why is a gate important? List the differences between a shepherd and a thief. (see John 10:1-11)

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

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

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

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

Ashes to Fire (A) – 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)

Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk3 Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk6 Thursday (Holy Week)

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

Does Psalm 89:26-27 tell us something about Jesus?  If so, what?  In 1 Timothy 6 and in Revelation 17 & 19 Jesus is called “King of Kings and Lord of lords.”  Do you see any parallels with our reading today in Psalm 89?

How has the Lord brought you good news?  How has He bound up your broken heart?  How has the Lord set you free?  Meditate on the Mission of the Servant of God shared in Isaiah 61:1-2.

"I am the Bread of Life."What does the Lord’s Supper mean to you?  Do you pay attention to the meaning being conveyed in the bread and fruit of the vine?  What is the meaning of the New Covenant that Jesus is establishing with His disciples?  Think about what Paul is telling the church in 1 Corinthians 11:27-29.

What is the significance of Jesus reading the passage from Isaiah 61 in the synagogue in Nazareth?  How did Jesus fulfill this passage?  Examine Luke 4:16-21 to determine how Jesus fulfilled Isaiah’s words.

What are the things or people we are tempted to depend upon instead of the Lord?  How can we make Him our refuge instead of other things?  Meditate on the words of Psalm 142:5.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk6 Monday (Holy Week)

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

Of what are you afraid?  How does the Psalmist address our fears in this passage?  Read Psalm 27.

“I have given you as a covenant to the people,
a light to the nations” – Isaiah 42:6b

How could we become a “light to the nations?”  What action could you take today to bring deliverance to those in need?  Meditate on Isaiah 42:6-8.

Do you know the power of Christ’s resurrection?  What does Paul mean by this?  What does it mean to share in Christ’s sufferings?  Are you confident that you will share in the resurrection from the dead?  Read Philippians 3:10-11, or if you have time, all of Chapter 3.

How has Jesus brought new life, renewal or healing into your family?  How have you expressed your thanks to Him for these gifts of grace?  What could you do today to express your gratitude to Jesus?  Consider Mary’s actions recorded in John 12:1-11.

How earnestly is the Psalmist in seeking God in Psalm 69:16-18?  How earnest are you in seeking Him?  Do you seek God only when you are in trouble, or is seeking God a noticeable characteristic of your life?

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk 4 Tuesday

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

Refreshing ViewWhat is the “river” God is using to make you glad (or refresh you)?  What would it mean for you to “be still” and know that He is God?  Read Psalm 46:4-5, 10.

List some ways that God has been providing for you.  How has the Lord brought healing in your life?  Meditate on Ezekiel 47:12.

Whom or what do you imitate?  What change could you make so that your life would more closely imitate the life of Jesus?  Consider 3 John 11.

Do you want to be made well?  In what area of your life do you need Christ’s healing?  What could you do to “pick up your mat and walk?”  Think about John 5:1-16.

If you knew God were listening to you, about what would you pray?  (By the way, He is!)  Read Psalm 66:19-20.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk3 Saturday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk3 Monday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ashes to Fire – Saturday Readings (C)

Join us on the journey from “Ashes to Fire” by reading Scripture daily, joining us for Worship each Sunday, participating in a small group meeting each week and by inviting someone to join you!

The Scripture readings for the Saturday after Ash Wednesday can be read here.

Questions for Meditation
What does it mean to observe the Sabbath? How will you incorporate Sabbath observance into our Christian celebration of the Lord’s Day (Sunday)? How will you make tomorrow “a delight?” How could you prepare today to make Sunday a day dedicated to the worship of God?

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Worship the Lord, all the earth!

In what area of your life do you need Christ’s healing: spiritual, physical, mental, emotional?

Where have you seen the kindness and love of God our Savior in your life?

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