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 Wk6

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

  4. If you had seen Jesus after the resurrection, would you have doubted?  If Jesus has all authority, how should we treat His words?  Are you currently making a disciple?  What is the disciple’s name?  Are you also helping make disciples of all nations?  How?  Are you obeying everything Jesus has commanded us?  (see Matthew 28:16-20)
  5. Is the Lord glorious and strong?  How can we worship the Lord in holy splendor?  How could you “say among the nations, ‘The Lord is king!'”?  (see Psalm 96:7, 9-10)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

  5. Do you give thanks to God’s holy name?  What might it look like to “glory in [His] praise”?  What does “Amen” mean?  (see Psalm 106:47-48)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -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 Wk4

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

  5. Take five minutes to ponder God’s “steadfast love” for you!  How could God’s praise reach to the ends of the earth?  (see Psalm 48:1, 9-10)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. What does it mean to “extol the Lord our God”?  What does it mean to say that the Lord is holy?  Do you keep the Lord’s decrees and statutes?  (see Psalm 99:5-7)
  2. Why do you think the whole nation was called to celebrate the Passover?  Why was the nation called to celebrate the Passover annually?  (see Exodus 12:43, 47, 50-51)
  3. What does Paul imply about what our resurrected bodies will be like if our current bodies are “but a bare seed” compared to what they will be?  What does Paul mean when he says that our resurrected bodies will be “imperishable?”  (see 1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42)

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    “Suddenly Jesus met them and said, ‘Greetings!’” – Matthew 28:9
  4. Why do you think so many folk are afraid of the angel?  Who were the first to hear the news of Jesus’ resurrection?  Why do you think they were the first to hear?  Why did the guards, priest and elders devise a cover story?  (see Matthew 28:1-16)
  5. Do you trust in the Lord?  How has He helped you?  What difference does it make to you to know that the Lord is mindful of you?  What might it mean for us to be mindful of Him?  (see Psalm 115:9-13)
  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) -Monday – Easter Wk1

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. What does it mean to say that “The Lord is king”?  If this is true (and it is!) how should you respond?  Does holiness befit your house?  (see Psalm 93:1-2, 5)
  2. Why did the Jews put the blood of a lamb on the lintel and doorposts of their homes during Passover?  What did this act teach their children?  How can we convey the importance of the sacrifice of Christ to our children and grandchildren?  (see Exodus 12:23-27)
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    “He was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures” – Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:4

    Is it significant that Jesus both died and was raised “in accordance with the scriptures”?  Why or why not?  What is of “first importance” to you?  (see 1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

  4. Who do you think rolled away the stone?  Why?  Who was the “young man” in the tomb and why was he there?  Why were the women seized with terror and amazement?  What was the most significant thing the “young man” said?  (see Mark 16:1-8)
  5. How do you know that God has listened to your prayer?  Is it possible for God to love you and still say, “No,” to a prayer you have prayed?  (see Psalm 66:19-20)
  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 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 (A) – Thursday Easter-Week 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Our Scripture readings for Monday 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.

“But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself.” Asaph in Psalm 80:17

What does it mean for God’s hand to be upon someone?  Have you ever asked for God’s hand to be upon you?  Would you be willing to ask God to make you strong for Him?  In what ways do you need the Lord’s restoration?  (see Psalm 80:14, 17, 19)

Why is it important for parents to discipline their children?  In what ways have you seen the Lord’s discipline in your life?  What might it look like in your life to walk in the Lord’s ways?  What does it mean to fear or reverence Him?  (see Deuteronomy 8:5-6)

How often do you ask God for wisdom?  When have you been the recipient of God’s wisdom?  What is the impact of doubt?  (see James 1:5-6)

Why do you think Jesus took time to pray?  Who do you say Jesus is?  Why?  Why is Peter’s answer significant?  Why did Jesus respond to Peter’s statement with a description of His upcoming torture & death?  What must we do to become Jesus’ followers?  Are you willing to lose your life for Jesus’ sake?  How can we make sure that we are not ashamed of Jesus and His words?  (see Luke 9:18-27)

Do you take time to meditate?  Why or why not?  Do you search your spirit?  If so, how?  What benefit would you receive from “[calling] to mind the deeds of the Lord”?  If God’s way is holy, what does that imply about what our pathway should be if we want to walk with Him?  Share with someone who is spiritually hungry some of the wonders that God has worked in your life!  (see Psalm 77:6, 11-14)

Meditation Questions for #AshesToFire – Easter Wk7 Monday

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

Read Psalm 68:1, 3-4.  Are you joyful?  Consider expressing your joy today by singing “praises to his name.”  What song expresses your joy to the Lord?

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“For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name is great among the nations” – Malachi 1:11

Read Malachi 1;11.  What is your reaction to the fact that God’s name is great among the nations around the world, from the rising of the sun to its setting?  What does it mean to you to say that God’s name is great?

Read Acts 19:2, 6.  The believers in Ephesus had not received the blessing for which they had not asked.  Have you asked to receive the Holy Spirit?

Read John 16:29-33.  Do you believe Jesus came from God?  Do you have peace?  What persecution have you had to face?  What is your response to the knowledge that Jesus has conquered the world?

Read Psalm  89:15-16, 18.  Why were those who participated in the Lord’s festivals (“who know the festal shout”) happy?  Is it possible for you to “exult in [God’s] name all day long?”  Think about how you might offer praise to God all day long (Remember, there is more than one way to offer praise!).

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Meditation Questions for #AshesToFire – Easter Wk6 Saturday

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

Read Psalm 47:8-9.  What is implied by the Psalmist’s statement, “God is king over the nations?”  What does it imply about God to say “the shields of the earth belong to God?”

Read Zechariah 14:20-21a.  How would you approach life differently if everything around you was “Holy to the Lord,” set apart for God, dedicated to the glory of God?  What if you yourself were “Holy to the Lord?”

Read Acts 18:25, 28.  What is significant to you about Apollos’ ministry?  Why was his ministry effective?  What might that imply about your personal ministry or that of your church?  What are the implications of saying that “the Messiah is Jesus?”

Read John 16:23-28.  What does it mean to ask “in Jesus’ name?”  Do your requests honor Jesus’ name?  For what are you asking the Father?

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“Teach us to count our days that we might gain a wise heart.” – Psalm 90:12

Meditate on Psalm 90:12, 17.  If you live an average life span, how many days do you have left?  How might numbering those days help you gain a “wise heart?”  Can you ask God to “prosper the work of our hands?”

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Meditation Questions for #AshesToFire – Easter Wk6 Thursday

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

Read Psalm 47:1-2, 5-6, 8. Why are we called to clap, shout and sing praises to God? How awesome would God have to be for you to feel comfortable acting this way? How awesome do you think God is? Meditate on and then act on the challenges in Psalm 47:1-2, 5-6, 8.

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“On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem.” – Zechariah 14:8

Read Zechariah 14:4-5, 8. Are you looking for the Lord’s coming? Is there anything you need to do to be ready for His coming? Who are the “holy ones” who will be with Him? What is the significance of “living waters” flowing out from Jerusalem?

Read Acts 18:1, 5. Why was Paul able to focus on proclaiming the Word after Silas and Timothy joined him in Corinth? What was the theme of Paul’s message to the Jews there? How does Paul’s ministry provide guidance for ours?

Read John 16:16-20. Consider the significance of Jesus’ knowing about his return to His Father before it happened. Consider the significance of Jesus’ knowing beforehand that He would come back from the dead and that the disciples’ pain would turn to joy! What hope does this give you for your times of weeping, mourning and pain?

Read Psalm 24:3-5. Is it possible to live with clean hands, a pure heart, true worship and honesty? Could it be possible if God’s Spirit were living in and through us? What is promised to those who live this way?

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk5 Saturday

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

Lightning Striking Longs Peak Foothills 6CWhen & where have you seen the Lord’s power in nature?  Has the Lord ever delivered you from physical threat or danger?  Read the Psalmist’s experience in Psalm 18:12-13, 16, 19.

What is your response to God’s desire to establish an everlasting covenant with you?  Are you willing to be in covenant with Him?  Respond to God’s invitation in Ezekiel 37:26-27.

Are you at peace with everyone?  Are you willing to pursue peace with everyone?  Are you pursuing holiness?  Do you want to see God?  What is the connection between thanksgiving and worship?  What does it mean for the writer of Hebrews to say that “our God is a consuming fire?”  Meditate on Hebrews 12:14, 28-29.

Responding to Jesus’ raising of Lazarus, the Jewish High Priest Caiaphas led the Jewish leaders in deciding to kill Jesus, since they feared that the Romans would come and destroy their Temple and their nation.  They decided it was better that one man die for the sake of saving the nation.  Compare or contrast their idea of saving their nation with Jesus’ plan.  Consider the plans of the Jews and of Jesus as you read John 11:45-56.

Do you ever get discouraged?  If so, what usually gets you down?  What is the Psalmist’s prescription for encouragement?  Think about Psalm 43:5.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk2 Thursday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk1 Wednesday

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

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“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.” – Psalm 51:10

How important is it to you to have a clean heart before God?  Read Psalm 51.

What could you do to help establish “justice in the gate” (The city gate was the typical place that legal transactions took place).  Read Amos 5.

Why was it significant to Paul that his message was not his own invention?  What difference does it make to you?  See Galatians 1.

Why is it important to listen to the message of Jonah and of Jesus?  Read Luke 11.

What is the definition of wisdom according to the Psalmist David in Psalm 53?

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Ashes to Fire – Friday Readings (C)

Thank you for joining us on the journey from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday.

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

Have you found that fasting has brought you closer to God?  In what ways?

What kind of fasting is Isaiah calling for in today’s reading?  How might we live that out in our day, in our community?

Edge of the WorldAre you depending upon God’s power (as Paul invited Titus) to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions so that you can live a self-controlled, upright and godly life in this present age?

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