Ashes to Fire (Year B) – 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.

Questions for Meditation

  1. Who is the Advocate of whom Jesus spoke?  About what were Jesus’ disciples to witness?  What is the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives?  …in our world?  (see John 15:26-27; 16:4-15)IMG_6348
  2. Why was there wind and fire on the Day of Pentecost?  How many different native languages were represented in the audience on the Day of Pentecost?  How did they each hear the apostles speaking their own language?  About what did they speak?  Have you asked God to pour out His Spirit on you?  (see Acts 2:1-21)
  3. What works of the Lord create wonder in you?  How has the Lord provided for you?  Are your meditations pleasing to God?  (see Psalm 104:24-34)
  4. In what way(s) do you see the need for the redemption of our bodies?   For what do you hope?  How does the Holy Spirit help you in your weakness?  What does it mean to you to hear that the Holy Spirit prays for you?  (see Romans 8:22-27)
  5. 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 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) -Friday – Easter Wk7

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Our Scripture readings for Friday 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. What does it reveal about God to say that He laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens?
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    “Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth,
    and the heavens are the work of your hands.” – Psalm 102:25

    What does it tell us about God to say that the earth and the heavens will perish, but God will endure?  (see Psalm 102:25-27)

  2. What difference will it make if God’s law is put within you, on your heart?  Have you chosen to make God your God?  (see Jeremiah 31:33)
  3. With what do you choose to fill yourself?  Do you sing to the Lord in your heart?  How could we give thanks to God the Father at all times?  (see Ephesians 5:18-20)
  4. How have you responded to Jesus’ call to follow Him?  Why did Jesus eat with sinners?  Why did Jesus’ disciples not fast then, but later did fast?  (see Matthew 9:9-17)
  5. For what could you give thanks to the Lord?  What sacrifice could you make to express your thanksgiving to the Lord?  What song of joy could you use to tell others of His deeds?  (see Psalm 107:21-22)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

  5. What is your response to the Psalmist’s statement that “the Lord will not forsake His people”?  What or who is your stronghold?  To whom do you go to find a refuge?  (see Psalm 94:14-15, 22)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday 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. How does God’s word guide you?  Do you see God’s decrees as your heritage?  What is the joy of your heart?  (see Psalm 119:105, 111)
  2. What might it mean for you to inherit a double portion of the Spirit that was on Elijah?   How much of God’s spirit do you desire?  (see 2 Kings 2:9-11)
  3. If you have Christ, what spiritual blessings do you have?  What is God’s plan?  Are you in Christ?  (see Ephesians 1:3, 9-10)
  4. How can King David call his descendant his Lord?  Why didn’t the Pharisees answer this question when Jesus asked it?  (see Matthew 22:41-46)

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    “…lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds…” – Psalm 68:4
  5. When did God arise and scatter His enemies?  What praises could you sing to God today as He “rides upon the clouds”?  (see Psalm 68:1, 4)
  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 Wk6

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Our Scripture readings for Sunday 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 keep Jesus commands?  What does Jesus promise if you do?  What is Jesus’ example of the greatest love?  How can you demonstrate your friendship with Jesus?  Are you bearing lasting fruit?  (see John 15:9-17)
  2. Why were the Jewish believers astonished that the Holy Spirit had been given to the Gentiles?  Has the Holy Spirit been poured out on you?  (see Acts 10:44-48)
  3. If you wrote a new song to praise God, what is a general idea of what it would say?  Have you witnessed God’s victory in your life?  If so, how?  Do you make a joyful noise to the Lord?
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    “let the hills sing together for joy
    at the presence of the Lord” – Psalm 98:8-9

    How does the world around you offer praise to God?  (see Psalm 98)

  4. Is John saying that if you love God, you will love His family, the church?  Why or why not?  (Expanded Study question:  What is Jesus’ attitude toward the church?)  Who will win the victory, God’s children or the world?  How do you know?  (see 1 John 5:1-6)
  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) -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) -Sunday – Easter Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Sunday 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. How is the Lord pruning you?  Have you chosen to abide in Jesus?  What does that mean?  Are you bearing fruit for Jesus?  https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeanetteb1/3459522414/in/photostream/What happens to those who choose not to abide in Jesus?  Are you bringing glory to the Father?  (see John 15:1-8)
  2. How did Philip know to go talk to the Ethiopian?  Why does Philip tell him about Jesus?  Have you told anyone about Jesus?  Are you willing to be led by the Spirit to reach those who need to hear about Jesus?  (see Acts 8:26-40)
  3. Do you share your praise for God with a congregation of others?  Are you fulfilling any promises you have made to God?  Have you chosen to live for God?  What role will you have in telling the next generation about how God has brought deliverance?  (see Psalm 22:25-31)
  4. Why should we love one another?  How do we see God’s love revealed?  How do we know that God is living in us?  Why are love and fear mutually exclusive?  Why is it impossible to love God and hate one’s brothers or sisters at the same time? (see 1 John 4:7-21)
  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) -Tuesday – Easter Wk3

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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

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Our Scripture readings for Friday 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. If you could schedule an appointment to sit down and talk to God, what would you say to Him?  (You can do this, you know!  A daily devotional time is a personal appointment with God!)  How have you seen the Lord’s protection in your life?  (see Psalm 17:6, 8, 15)
  2. Why did they keep a sample of the manna?  Do you think you would have liked the taste?  (see Exodus 16:31-32)
  3. What does it mean to sanctify Christ as Lord in your heart?  Are you ready to answer anyone who asks you why you have hope?  (see 1 Peter 3:15)
  4. Why did Jesus warn His disciples about opposition?  Why were the disciples sorrowful?  Why did Jesus say it was better for Him to leave?  Is the world wrong in its understanding of sin, righteousness and judgment?  If so, how?  Have you asked the Holy Spirit to guide you into all the truth?  (see John 16:1-15)

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    “Lift up your hands to the holy place,
    and bless the Lord.” – Psalm 134:2
  5. Do you bless the Lord?  Do you lift up your hands to praise the Lord?  Why or why not?  (see Psalm 134:1-2)
  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) -Monday – Easter Wk2

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. How has God made the nations the heritage of His Son?  How have the ends of the earth become the possession of Christ?  (see Psalm 2:7-8)

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    “I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.” – Psalm 2:8
  2. Why was the crossing of the sea such a pivotal moment for the Hebrew nation?  (see Exodus 14:21-22, 30-31)
  3. How is new birth possible?  Have you received this new birth?  How does Peter describe the inheritance that is waiting in heaven for you?  (see 1 Peter 1:3-4)
  4. What is the way to heaven?  How do we know what God the Father is like?  Have you invited the Spirit of Jesus to live in you?  (see John 14:1-17)
  5. What is the significance of saying that God is your shield?  What does it mean to be “upright in heart”?  Are you upright in heart?  What thanksgiving do you owe to the Lord?  (see Psalm 7:10, 17)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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Our Scripture readings for Monday 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.

What has God done for you?  What does it mean to declare the Lord’s name? (see Psalm 52:8-9)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/35409814@N00/5337992389/What is your dream?  Have you ever had someone reject your dream?  (see Genesis 37:5-8)

For what do you give God thanks?  Have you strengthened the testimony about Christ? Will you be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ? (see 1 Corinthians 1:4-9)

Do you know for sure that God has forgiven you of your sins?  Have you asked for this forgiveness?  John the Baptist promised that Jesus would offer to baptize us with the Holy Spirit.  Have you asked Jesus to baptize you with His Spirit?  (see Mark 1:1-13)

According to the Psalmist, what is the source of our salvation?  (see Psalm 44:4-8)

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) – Sunday Easter-Week 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday 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.

“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” – Psalm 119:103

Why were God’s words “tasty” to the Psalmist?  Is reading God’s word like a sweet treat to you?  Why or why not?  (see Psalm 119:103-104)

Why did Elisha want to inherit a double share the Spirit of Elijah?  Do you desire more of God’s Spirit in your life?  (Trivia Question:  What took Elijah to heaven, a chariot of fire or a whirlwind?)  (see 2 Kings 2:9:11)

If the prayers of the righteous are so powerful, why don’t we see more miraculous answers?  Are you one of the righteous?  How do you know?  How important is prayer to you?  (see James 5:16-18)

Are you a worrier?  Why or why not?  Does Jesus’ illustrations of God’s care for plants and animals reduce your level of worry?  What does Jesus say we should focus on instead of “all these things”?  (see Luke 12:22-31)

Take a moment today and pray for God’s enemies to “be scattered.”  Take a moment and sing praises to His name.  Offer praise with joy and express the triumph we experience in Him!  (see Psalm 68:1, 4)

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

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Our Scripture readings for the Sunday of Easter 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.

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.” – Jesus in John 14:16

Why does loving Christ result in obedience?  Have you invited the Holy Spirit to live in you?  In what ways do we “see” Jesus today?  How have you seen Jesus reveal Himself to you? (see John 14:15-21)

What do people worship in our day (other than God)?  What are the consequences of doing so?  How did you search for God?  What does Paul mean when he said that in God “we live and move and have our being”?  Why has God commanded all people everywhere to repent?  (see Acts 17:22-31)

How has God blessed you?  How have you been tested?  What promises have you made to God?  Have you fulfilled your promises?  Do you have confidence that God is listening to your prayers? (see Psalm 66:8-20)

Why do we think that if we are doing what is right & good that we should not have to endure suffering?    Have you experienced suffering for doing good, for doing evil, or at random (or some mixture of all three)?  What was Christ’s experience?  Why did He suffer?  (see 1 Peter 3:13-22)

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

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Our Scripture readings for Monday 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 blessings are given to the humble? What benefit is offered those who keep the Lord’s covenant? (see Psalm 25:8-10)

In the New Testament era how are sins atoned? Is Jesus’ righteousness sufficient to atone for your sins? Is Jesus’ mercy offered to you? (see Daniel 4:27)

Do you believe in the name of God’s Son Jesus Christ? Are you obeying God’s command to “love one another?” What happens when you do, according to 1 John 3:23-24? Does God abide in you by His Spirit?

“They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff.” Luke 4:29

How does Jesus bring deliverance? Why are prophets not accepted in their own hometown? Why did the townspeople of Nazareth try to kill Jesus? How was Jesus able to avoid their attempt to kill him? (see Luke 4:14-30)

Why is it that those who walk blamelessly, do what is right, speak the truth from the heart, do no evil, nor take up a reproach against their neighbors are allowed to live on God’s holy hill? Why are not all allowed to live in God’s “tent?” (see Psalm 15:1-3)

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

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Our Scripture readings for the Sunday of Easter 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.

“Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.” – Luke 24:35

Would you have recognized Jesus if you had been there?  Why or why not?  Why didn’t these disciples understand what had happened?  What do you think Jesus showed them in the Old Testament?  Why did Jesus reveal Himself when He broke bread with them?  What lessons does this story have for your life?  (see Luke 24:13-35)

Why did Peter accuse the Jews of crucifying the Messiah?  Is it possible for someone to be forgiven for crucifying Jesus?  What does it mean to repent?  What do you have to do for your sins to be forgiven?  Is it possible for you to receive the Holy Spirit?  Have you responded to the Lord’s call (chances are, you wouldn’t be reading this post unless the Lord was calling you!)?  How can we save ourselves from our “corrupt generation?”  (see Acts 2:14, 36-41)

Has the Lord rescued you from illness or death?  Have you fulfilled any vows you have made to the Lord?  Why is the death of His faithful ones precious to the Lord?  About what can you offer praise to the Lord today?  (see Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19)

From what futile ways were you ransomed?  Why is the blood of Christ considered precious?  What is implied by Peter saying that Jesus was destined before the foundation of the world to be offered like a lamb? Have you trusted in God?  Have you purified your soul by obeying the truth?  Do you have genuine, deep, mutual love for one another?  (see 1 Peter 1:17-23)

Ashes to Fire (A) – Friday-Easter-Week1

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

What is your response to the fact that the Lord’s love for you is “steadfast” and “endures forever?”  How has the Lord remembered you?  How has He rescued you?  (see Psalm 136:1-2, 23-24)

“Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” – Daniel 12:3

Daniel describes two types of “awakenings” in Daniel 12:2-3.  Which type of “awakening” do you want to experience?   How can you choose the one you want?  How could you “shine…like the stars forever and ever?”

Why does Jesus’ name seem to have transforming power?  Is it the name itself or the power of the One named that provides the transformation?  Is it about magic words or the work of the Master?  (see Acts 4:8, 10)

How might Jesus’ words keep you from stumbling?  Where in the world are Christians being killed by people who think they are serving God by doing so?  (Check out persecution.org and persecution.com for more information.)  What is the work of the Holy Spirit, “the Advocate,” in the world today?  How has the Spirit led you into truth?

What is your response to knowing that the Lord is on your side to help you?  Does it help you to know that you will be triumphant over the haters?  What “glad songs of victory” do you sing?  Take a moment today to recount to someone something that the Lord has done in your life!  (see Psalm 118:7, 15, 17)

Meditation Questions for #AshesToFire – Pentecost Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for joining us on the journey from “Ashes to Fire” this Spring (from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday).  We’d love for you to leave a comment below or send us an e-mail at office@jaxnaz.org if this devotional resource was a help or blessing to you.  We hope that you have established a habit of and hunger for reading God’s Word on a daily basis.  Don’t give up the journey!  See you at Faith Church!

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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 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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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk6 Wednesday

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

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“Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights!” Psalm 148:1

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

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

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

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

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

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk6 Tuesday

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

Why does the Psalmist give thanks to the Lord in Psalm 138:2-3?  For what do you give thanks to the Lord?  Have you called to the Lord today?

Have you ever been wounded by friends?  How did Jesus respond when betrayed by friends?  Read Zechariah 13:6.

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“Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” – Acts 16:31

Would you know how to help someone be saved from their sins and from an eternity in hell?  How did Paul & Silas guide the jailer to salvation?  Read Acts 16:29-31.

Why did Jesus say it was better for the disciples for Him to go away?  Why did the disciples feel it was better for Him to stay with them?  What is the truth about sin, righteousness and judgment that the Holy Spirit is trying to convey to the world?  Meditate on John 16:5-11.

What glorious deeds of the Lord do you need to share with the next generation?  What stories of God’s work in your life need to be remembered?  Think about the implications of Psalm 78:4, 7.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk5 Wednesday

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

Why was David glad to have the opportunity to go to the house of the Lord?  Why would he pray for the peace of Jerusalem?  Read Psalm 122:1, 6-7, 9.

What does God do to save Judah?  Read Zechariah 10:6 and consider what God has done so that you might be saved.

How did God make it clear that He accepted Gentiles as well as Jews?  Have you asked God to give you His Holy Spirit, and to cleanse your heart?  Do you have faith that He will if you ask?  Meditate on Acts 15:8-9.

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“He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit.” John 15:2

Are you willing to be cleansed by the Word so that you can be more fruitful?  What does it mean to abide in the Vine (Jesus)?  What fruit do you see being produced in your life?  Read John 15:1-8 several times.

What does it mean to say that the Lord’s word is “firmly fixed in heaven?”  What difference does it make to you to know that the Lord’s faithfulness endures to all generations?  Consider what Psalm 119:89-90, 93 tell us about the Lord.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk4 Tuesday

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

Why did the Psalmist say that God loved the “gates of Zion?”  Why is Jerusalem called the “city of God?”  What does this say about God’s love for humanity and His desire to have a relationship with us?  Read Psalm 87:1-2.

Why is fairness in your decisions important?  Why do you want to be treated with kindness and mercy?  Are you oppressing widows, orphans, aliens, the poor or anyone?  Are you planning evil toward anyone?  If so, what changes do you need to make?  Consider the implications of Zechariah 7:9-10.

Where do you see the grace of God around you?  Whom are you exhorting to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast devotion?  Are you full of the Holy Spirit and faith?  Who is one person you could bring to the Lord?  (Start first by bringing them to the Lord in prayer!)  Read Acts 11:23-24.

Why does the good shepherd lay down his life for his sheep?  Why does the hired hand run away when threatened?  Are you listening to the Good Shepherd’s voice?  Meditate on the words of John 10:11-18.

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“Your name, O God, like your praise, reaches to the ends of the earth.” – Psalm 48:10

What has God’s steadfast love meant to you?  How could you help God’s name reach the ends of the earth?  How do you respond to knowing that God’s right hand is filled with victory?  How will you praise God today?  Ponder the words of Psalm 48:9-10, and 48:1.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk4 Monday

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

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“As the deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.” – Psalm 42:1

Do you thirst for God at least as much as you thirst for water?  Do you pray as often as you drink?  How strong is your hope in God?  Read Psalm 42:1-2, 5-6.

Have you ever helped “build the temple of the Lord?”  Have you ever been part of a Work & Witness trip to help bu

ild a church?  If so, you may have helped fulfill this Scripture!  Are you building your life as a spiritual temple for the Lord?  What could you do today to make your life a holy temple in which the Lord can live?  Pray about Zechariah 6:15.

Have you asked the Holy Spirit to baptize you, to fill you, to cleanse you, to empower you?  If not, why not now?  Read Acts 11:15-16 and ask the Lord to fulfill this promise in your life!

Are you able to recognize the Lord’s “voice?”  Are you following Him as your shepherd?  Are you living the “life to the full” that Jesus offers?  If not, why not?  Meditate today on John 10:1-10.

Are you living with integrity?  How has the Lord been gracious to you and raised you up?  What praise can you offer to God today?  Read Psalm 41:10, 12-13.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk3 Saturday

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

What can you give to the Lord in light of all that He has done for you?  Have you fulfilled any vows you have made to Him?  Read Psalm 116:12-14.

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“…the former things shall not be remembered…” Isaiah 65:17.

What would you most like to see in the new heavens and new earth that the Lord has promised us?  What former things do you want to forget?  What would He have to create for you to “rejoice forever” in it?  Meditate on Isaiah 65:17-18.

What would it look like for you to speak boldly in the name of the Lord?  Would you have to live “in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of he Holy Spirit” in order to speak boldly for Jesus?  Think about the implications of Paul’s ministry for your life and church as you read Acts 9:28, 31.

Why did Peter continue to follow Jesus when others quit following Jesus?  Who does Peter say Jesus is?  What are the implications of this?  What demands do Peter’s words make on our lives?  Read John 6:60-69 and consider what it means for Jesus to be the Holy One of God.

Has God sent out His light and truth since the Psalmist prayed his prayer?  Are you letting God’s light and truth lead you?  Is God your “exceeding joy?”  What does that mean?  Meditate on Psalm 43:3-4.

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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Easter Wk2 Tuesday

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

The Psalmist emphasizes the Lord’s sovereignty, strength and eternal nature in Psalm 93:1-2.  How do these descriptions of God help you as you face the challenges of your day?

Isaiah reveals that the Lord laid out the foundation of the earth and spread out the heavens.  Does this qualify Him to “[lead] you in the way you should go?”  Why or why not?  Meditate on Isaiah 48:12-13, 17.

With whom are you “of one heart and soul?”  Do you believe you will ever experience this?  Is it possible for a church family or at least the leaders of a church family to be “of one heart and soul?”  Is there any direct relationship between this level of unity and the reports of “great power” and “great grace?”  What steps would you need to take to pursue this level of unity and of effective ministry?  Read Acts 4:32-33.

Bronze SerpentHave you been born from above?  Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to bring you new life?  How was Moses’ lifting up a serpent in the wilderness an illustration of the Son of Man being lifted up?  Have you received the eternal life Jesus promised?  Pray about what Jesus says in John 3:7-15.

The Psalmists says that the Lord examines humankind.  Is that idea comforting or frightening?  Why?  What does the Psalmist imply in Psalm 11:4, 7 is necessary if we are to behold the Lord’s face?

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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Easter Wk2 Sunday

Please join us at church today to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ! For directions see our home page.

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

Easter2_Jesus ThomasJesus offered His disciples His Holy Spirit.  Have you invited His Holy Spirit to live in and through you?  What is your response to Thomas’ reaction to the news that Jesus had risen?  What would have been your reaction to seeing the risen Jesus appear in the room with you?  Read John 20:19-31 and consider why John wrote this Gospel.

Why did the high priest want the apostles to be quiet?  Why did Peter say that they needed to obey God rather than any human authority?  What was the content of the apostles’ message?  What we we learn from the apostles’ example?  Read Acts 5:27-32.

How have you seen the Lord’s goodness this week?  Take a moment to give Him thanks!  Has the Lord become your salvation?  If the Lord has made this day for you, what does that imply about what you should do with it?  Mediate on Psalm 118:1-2, 14-29.

John says in Revelation 1:4-8 that Jesus loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood.  Have you accepted Jesus’ love for you and the deliverance from sin that He bought for us with His own blood?  What does it mean for John to say that we are to be priests serving his God and Father?  How are you serving God today?  Think about the implications of this passage for your life and service to others.

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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 Wk3 Thursday

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

What does it mean to “harden your hearts?”  How can we avoid a hard heart?  Read Psalm 95:6-8.

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“if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life” – Galatians 6:8b

Why does God call us to walk a certain way?  Find the answer in Jeremiah 7:23-24.

What does it mean to “sow to the Spirit?”  How can we avoid growing weary in doing good?  Think about Galatians 6:8-9.

What is implied by the fact that Jesus was able to cast out demons?  Read and consider Luke 11:14-23.

In what area do you need the Lord’s protection?  What are the practical implications in your life of the fact that the Lord is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness?”  Meditate on Psalm 86:14-15.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk3 Wednesday

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

For what could you praise the Lord today?  Read Psalm 147:12-13 to see why the Psalmist is praising God.

storytime!What stories of the Lord’s activities in your life do you need to share with your children and grandchildren?  How will you pass on the stories?  Read Deuteronomy 4:9

Do you see the fruit of the Spirit active in your life?  Are you following the Spirit’s guidance?  Read Galatians 5:22-23, 25.

What is Jesus’ relationship with the Law?  Why does Paul say that “love is the fulfilling of the law?” (Rom. 13:10)  Read Matthew 5:17-20.

How important is justice to you?  For whom should you seek justice?  Read the Psalmist’s words in Psalm 82:3-4, 8.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk3 Tuesday

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

How have you seen God’s steadfast love? Read Psalm 17:6-8.Bring it to the Cross

What are you “pleased to recount” about what God has done for you? Read Daniel 4:1-3

What can you do to live by the Spirit today instead of fulfilling the desires of the sinful nature? Read Galatians 5:16-17.

Whom do you need to forgive? Consider how Matthew 18:21-35 challenges your relationships.

Think about all that God has done as you read Psalm 77::11-13.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk2 Friday

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

What is the significance of our God being a covenant-making and covenant-keeping God? Read Psalm 105:7-9a.

Joseph sold as a slaveJoseph was spared being killed by his brothers, but ended up sold into slavery and taken to Egypt. How do you think Joseph felt at the time? Do you think he understood that God’s plan to exalt him was still going to work out despite the setbacks? Read Genesis 37:28 (cf. 50:20).

Have you ever been tempted to turn back from following God? What lies did the devil use? Consider Paul’s words in Galatians 4:8-9a.

In the parable in Matthew 21, why did the tenants reject the owner’s messengers? What has been your response to God’s message & messengers? Read Jesus’ parable in Matthew 21:33-43.

Is God continually with you? Are you continually with Him? (Is it possible to be physically with someone while being “somewhere else?”) How can we choose to be present to God? Who or what is the strength of your heart? Meditate on Psalm 73:23, 26.

Why is God looking for humility of spirit? Are you asking for God’s Holy Spirit to stay with you? Pray along with the Psalmist in Psalm 51:11, 17.

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