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) -Saturday – Easter Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday 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. What does it mean to you to know that God will someday “rise up to…save all the oppressed of the earth”?  (see Psalm 76:7-9)
  2. Why did the Lord have Moses establish an annual “Day of Atonement”?  For whose benefit was it established?  (see Leviticus 23:26-28)
  3. Do your spiritual leaders have confidence in your obedience?  To what is your heart directed?  Are you focused on the love of God and the steadfastness of Christ?  Why or why not?  (see 2 Thessalonians 3:4-5)
  4. Why is the road to life so much harder to find than the road to destruction?
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    “…every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.” – Jesus in Matthew 7:17

    What kind of “tree” are you?  What kind of “fruit” do you bear?  Who will enter the kingdom of heaven?  (see Matthew 7:13-21)

  5. Have you seen the “goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”?  How long are you willing to “wait for the Lord”?  Are you able to find strength and courage while waiting?  How did David find the strength and courage to wait on the Lord?  (see Psalm 27:13-14)
  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) -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) -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) -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) –Sunday – Lent Wk5

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. Do you have a daily devotional time?  What do you do?  How do you incorporate prayer into your life? (see Psalm 88:9, 13)
  2. Why did Pharaoh offer the best of Egypt to Joseph’s family?
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    “Now, we ask you, let your servants settle in the land of Goshen.” – Psalm 47:4

    (see Genesis 47:4, 6)

  3. What is Paul’s goal?  What is he willing to sacrifice to achieve that goal?  What does he hope will be the outcome?  (see 1 Corinthians 9:19, 22-23)
  4. What would have been your reaction if you been in that boat and had seen Jesus walking on the water during the storm?  Why were the disciples’ hearts hard?  What did the people of Gennesaret learn about Jesus while He was with them?  What does this mean for you in your life?  (see Mark 6:47-56)
  5. Why is it good to give thanks to the Lord?  Why is it good to sing praises to His name?  Do you talk about God morning and night?  What work of God has made you glad?  (see Psalm 92:1-2, 4)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday 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. Are you making it a priority to tune in to the Lord’s teaching?  How?  How will you tell the coming generation the “glorious deeds of the Lord, His might, and the wonders He has done?”  (see Psalm 78:1,4)
  2. Why couldn’t Joseph contain himself anymore?  What would have been your reaction to Joseph’s revelation of his true identity if you had been one of Joseph’s brothers?  (see Genesis 45:1-3)
  3. What is our responsibility to other believers?  If we know that something we feel free to do as a Christian will cause another believer to stumble in his/her faith, are we still free to do that action?  Why was Paul willing to forgo eating meat (that had been sacrificed to idols) for the rest of his life?  (see 1 Corinthians 8:12-13 & context)
  4. Why did the people of Jesus’ hometown, Nazareth, not accept Him?  Why did He not perform many miracles there?  Why did Jesus send out the twelve?  What was their message?  What did they do?  Has Jesus sent you out also?  How are doing on His mission? https://www.flickr.com/photos/67652247@N00/364999056/ (see Mark 6:1-13)
  5. Why do you think God chose David to be the “shepherd of His people?”  Do you have an “upright heart?”  Are you fulfilling God’s purpose for you?  (see Psalm 78:67, 70-72)
  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 – Lent Wk3

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. Why did Jesus run the moneychangers and the sellers of animals out of the Temple?  (cf. Matthew 21:13, Mark 11:17, Luke 19:46)  What did Jesus mean by the words, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up?”  (see John 2:13-22)
  2. Why did the Lord give His people these 10 “words” or commandments?  Which commandments are focused on our relationship with God Himself?  Which commandments are focused on our relationships with others?  Which of the 10 is the hardest for you to follow?  Why?  (see Exodus 20:1-17)
  3. How do the heavens tell the glory of God, when they can’t even speak?
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    “The heavens are telling the glory of God;
    and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.” – David, Psalm 19:1

    What characteristics of God’s law & truth does David highlight in Psalm 19?  Are the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart acceptable to the Lord?  (see Psalm 19)

  4. Why does the message of the cross seem like foolishness to some?  Was Paul anti-intellectual?  What kind of wisdom was Paul seeking?  Why was the message of Christ crucified a stumbling block to the Jews?  How does God’s “foolishness” rank on the scale of human wisdom?  How does God’s “weakness” rank on the scale of human strength? (See 1 Corinthians 1:18-25)
  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 (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) – Thursday Easter-Week 7

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday 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.

What does it mean to you to know that the Lord is mindful of His covenant with us forever? What is your response to the fact that the Lord is mindful of His words for a thousand generations? (See Psalm 105:7-8)

Are you willing to cast away from you all transgressions against God? How can you get a new heart and a new spirit? What is the choice you are given for life or death? What will you choose? (See Ezekiel 18:31-32)

“…he always lives to make intercession for them.” – Hebrews 7:25

What is implied by saying that Jesus’ priesthood continues forever? What is your response to knowing that Jesus is making intercession for you? (See Hebrews 7:24-25)

How can you inherit eternal life? Why is loving God and loving your neighbor so important? What is significant about the difference in the question asked by the lawyer (“And who is my neighbor?”) and the question asked by Jesus (“Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor…?) Will you be a neighbor to someone in need? (See Luke 10:25-37)

God brought Israel out from Egyptian captivity. How has He brought you out? When have you responded to God’s grace with joy & singing? (See Psalm 105:37, 43)

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

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Our Scripture readings for Friday 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.

What does it mean for God to “speak peace to his people”?  Have you turned to Him in your heart?  Are you living in reverence for God?  If so, what is God’s promise to you as seen in Psalm 85:8-9?

What does it imply about the kind of relationship God wants with us for Him to tell Ezekiel to “stand up on your feet and I will speak with you”?  …for Him to say to Ezekiel, “You will speak my words to them”?  Why is Ezekiel to speak God’s words whether or not the people to whom he speaks hear or refuse to hear?  Do you choose to hear or refuse to hear?  (see Ezekiel 2:1-3, 7)

What is implied by saying that Jesus is our “great high priest”?  Why does the writer of Hebrews say that Jesus has “passed through the heavens”?  Why are we to “hold fast to our confession”?  What is this “confession”?  (see Hebrews 4:14)

“Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to [Jesus].” – Luke 9:30

What do you think Jesus, Moses and Elijah talked about in discussing Jesus’ “departure”? What is the significance of the voice from the cloud and the content of what the voice said?  Why did the three disciples who witnessed the Transfiguration keep silent about it at first?  What do you think they “took away” from the experience? (see Luke 9:28-36)

How has the Lord delivered and protected you?  How have you seen the Lord answer you?  How has the Lord helped you in times of trouble?  (see Psalm 91:14-16)

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

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday 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.

“Then he led out his people like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.” – Psalm 78:52

How have you seen the Lord’s guidance in your life?  How has He been like a shepherd to you?  (see Psalm 78:52-54)

Why does the author of Deuteronomy seem to equate failing to keep the Lord’s commandments with forgetting Him?  What is the outcome of forgetting Him?  (see Deuteronomy 8:11, 19)

What is the difference between being merely a “hearer” and being a “doer” of the Word?  Which are you?  How can we keep from immediately forgetting what we learn in the Word?  How can we consistently incorporate what we learn from the Word into our lives?  (see James 1:22-24)

Why did Jesus’ disciples want Him to teach them how to pray?  Do you want to learn how to pray?  About what types of things did Jesus pray?  Why is persistence in prayer important?  Why is it important to ask, search, and knock?  How do you know that you can trust your Heavenly Father to answer your prayers?  (see Luke 11:1-13)

Why does darkness not hide us from God?  What should our response be to this knowledge?  Why does David ask God to search and know his heart?  Are you willing to do the same?  (see Psalm 139:11-12, 23)

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

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday 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 often do you call upon the Lord?  How do you express your complaints?  (see Psalm 55:16-18)

“If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,’ even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.” – Psalm 139:11-12

How do you feel when you finish a project?  What was the Lord’s response to the completion of the tabernacle?  (see Exodus 40:18, 33-34)

With what type of “garments” do you clothe your spirit?  What does Paul say is the perfect “clothing” accessory which ties everything together?  (see Colossians 3:12, 14)

What evidence does Jesus list for John to show that He is the Promised One?  What is the commendation that Jesus gives to John?  Why does Jesus say that the least in the kingdom of God is greater than John?  Why were some critical of John the Baptist and also critical of Jesus, despite their opposite approaches?  (see Luke 7:18-28, 31-35)

Why is the darkness not dark to God?  Are you willing to let God search you and know your heart; to test and know your thoughts?  Why or why not?  (see Psalm 139:11-12, 23)

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 – Lent Wk5 Monday

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

What would the Lord discover if he tested you unexpectedly?  Are you seeking refuge in God?  Read Psalm 17:3-7.

What is the condition of your heart?  Have you asked God to change your heart?  Have you asked God to put His Spirit in you?  Will you?  Read Ezekiel 36:26-27.

What does it mean for the Lord to put His laws in our hearts and on our minds?  Consider the implications of Hebrews 10:15-17.  What difference would it make if our motivation for The Raising of Lazarusrighteous behavior is internal instead of external?

How has Jesus brought life to the dead places in your life?  What does the raising of Lazarus from the grave say to you about Jesus power?  …about our hope of eternal life?  Read John 11:1-45.

How has the Lord upheld you?  Are you willing to speak to praise the Lord?  (Consider leaving a comment below offering praise to God!)  Meditate on Psalm 145:13-14, 21.

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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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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk2 Thursday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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