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) -Monday – Easter Wk4

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Our Scripture readings for Monday 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. For what do you give God thanks?  Are you able to talk about God’s goodness with other believers?  Are you able to talk to unbelievers about how good God has been to you?  (see Psalm 52:8-9)
  2. What does it mean to keep the Lord’s sabbaths?  Is it possible for the Lord to sanctify you?  (see Exodus 31:12-13)
  3. Do you always speak graciously?  How might you make the most of your time in dealing with “outsiders?”  Do you know how to answer the questions they ask?  (see Colossians 4:5-6)
  4. Why are the poor and those mourning blessed?
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    “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” – Jesus in Matthew 5:8

    What does it mean to be meek?  For what do you hunger and thirst?  When has someone shown you mercy?  Is your heart been made pure?  Do you want it to be?  Are you a peacemaker?  Why are those persecuted for righteousness’ sake blessed?  (see Matthew 5:1-10)

  5. What stories have you been told of what God has done in former days?  What stories will you tell of what God has done in your day?  (see Psalm 44:1, 4-5)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday 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 do you think some of David’s favorite descriptions for God are “Rock,” “Fortress,” “Deliverer”?  What are your favorite words to use to describe God?  (see Psalm 18:2-3)

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    “The Lord is my rock, my fortress” – David in Psalm 18:2
  2. Why did the Lord give the Israelites manna to eat?  What does this tell you about God?  (see Exodus 16:14-15)
  3. How can we inherit a blessing?  Which of the qualities that Peter lists is the easiest for you?  Which is the hardest to live out?  Why? (see 1 Peter 3:8, 9)
  4. How did Jesus show His love for you?  How can you show that kind of love to others?  Does the world hate you?  Why or why not?  Why does identifying certain behaviors as sinful often prompt a response of hatred?  What is your testimony about Jesus?  (see John 15:12-27)
  5. What do you think it meant to David to talk about God as “a rock?”  How has God offered you strength?  (see Psalm 18:31-32, 50)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

 

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Palm Sunday – Lent Wk6

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Our Scripture readings for Palm Sunday (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. Why did the people of Jerusalem spread their cloaks and leafy branches on the road where Jesus was about to ride the colt of a donkey?
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    ““Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” – Mark 11:9

    Why did they offer blessing to the One who came in the name of the Lord?  How do you think you would have responded if you had been there?  (see Mark 11:1-11)

  2. Do you know anyone who can “sustain the weary with a word”?  Are you willing to “listen as those who are taught”?  How has the Lord God helped you?  (see Isaiah 50:4-9)
  3. Have you ever been in distress, grief, sorrow and/or misery?  Have you ever been rejected or attacked by others?  How did the Psalmist respond to these challenges?  How did you?  Do you think Jesus could relate to these experiences?  (see Psalm 31:9-16)
  4. Why did the Son of God take on the form of a slave?  Why did Jesus obey even to the point of death on a cross?  Why did the Father exalt Jesus?  Why will every knee bend at the name of Jesus?  Has your tongue confessed that Jesus is Lord?  (see Philippians 2:5-11)
  5. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) – Monday – Lent Wk2

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Our Scripture readings for Monday 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. How have you seen God’s mercy in your life?  How does one take refuge “in the shadow of [His] wings?”  When have you had God protect you from “destroying storms?” (see Psalm 57:1)
  2. Why did Egypt have bread in the middle of a famine that affected every country?
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    “There was famine in every country, but throughout the land of Egypt there was bread.” – Genesis 41:54

    What do you learn from Joseph’s preparation?  (see Genesis 41:53-54)

  3. Why was Paul considered to be a fool for the sake of Christ by the Corinthians?  Why was Paul willing to endure deprivation?  (see 1 Corinthians 4:10-12)
  4. Why were people flocking to Jesus?  Why did Jesus order the unclean spirits not “to make him known?”  Why did Jesus appoint twelve?  What did He want them to do?  (see Mark 3:7-19)
  5. Why is praise due to God?  Is God your hope?  If so, why?  (see Psalm 65:1, 5)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday 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.

“On the holy mount stands the city he founded; the Lord loves the gates of Zion” – Psalm 87:1-2

What has God built in your life?  Could your life be called a “city of God”?  (see Psalm 87:1-3)

What role does God want you to play in turning others from sin?  What would it mean to you to know that you helped save someone’s life and helped them make it to heaven?  (see Ezekiel 3:21)

How did suffering benefit Jesus?  What is the result if you obey Jesus?  What is the significance of the author of Hebrews saying that Jesus has “been designated by God a high priest”?  (see Hebrews 5:8-10)

What does Jesus’ ability to cast out demons say about Him?  What is the significance of Jesus’ being able to predict His betrayal?  What is Jesus trying to teach His disciples by challenging them to welcome a child?  What does it mean to “welcome a child”?  Why should we assume that everyone is for us unless they actively work against us?  (see Luke 9:37-50)

Can you think of a “low” time in your life when the Lord helped lift you?  When has the Lord rescued you?  Take a few minutes today to offer Him thanks for these specific ways that He has helped you!

Ashes to Fire (A) – Friday Easter-Week 5

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

For what can you give God thanks today?  How have you experienced His steadfast love recently?  For what can you give God praise?  What does it mean for us to “observe justice”?  Are you asking God to help you “do righteousness at all times”?  (see Psalm 106:1-3)

“Thus says the Lord: Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool;” – Isaiah 66:1

What does it mean for the Lord to say, “Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool”?  What are the implications for your life?  Why does the Lord “look to the humble…who trembles at [His] word”?  (see Isaiah 66:1-2)

What is the kingdom of God about?  How can we “pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding”?  What steps could you take today to move closer to these goals? (see Romans 14:17, 19)

Why did Luke tell these stories about Jesus?  Why did Jairus ask Jesus to come to his house?  Why did the woman with hemorrhages touch Jesus rather than ask Him to heal her?  Why did the people in Jairus’ house not believe Jesus’ declaration that the girl was not dead?  Why did Jesus order Jairus and his wife to tell no one what had happened?  (see Luke 8:40-56)

How do you need the Lord’s saving power today?  What does it mean for the Lord to gather you “from among the nations”?  How could you “glory in [God’s] praise”?  (see Psalm 106:47-48)

Ashes to Fire (A) – Thursday Easter-Week 5

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

“So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to all the generations to come.” – Psalm 71:18

When did you first acknowledge God’s presence in your life?  Do you tell others about the “wondrous deeds” of God?  How important is it to you to tell the next generation about what God has done?  How could you share this transforming message? (see Psalm 71:17-18)

Is it good news or bad news that God is planning to create new heavens and a new earth?  Why?  Why are we called to be glad and rejoice?  (see Isaiah 65:17-18)

Is it encouraging or scary to know that “we will all stand before the judgment seat of God”?  Why?  Are you ready to bow and give praise to God?  What does it mean to be accountable to God?  (see Romans 14:10-12)

Why did the demoniac call Jesus, “Son of the Most High God”?  Why did the demons not want to go back into the abyss?  Why did the herd of swine drown themselves when the demons entered them?  Why did Jesus send the man, newly delivered from demons, back home?  (see Luke 8:26-39)

Is it encouraging to you to know that “even the darkness is not dark” to God?  Why or why not?  Are you willing to offer the Psalmist’s heartfelt prayer, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts”?  (see Psalm 139:11-12, 23)

Ashes to Fire (A) – Wednesday Easter-Week 5

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

What does it mean to seek the Lord?  What steps would you need to take to rejoice and be glad in Him?  How could David rejoice, be glad in God, and proclaim the greatness of God, when he himself was “poor and needy”?  (see Psalm 70:4-5)

What does it tell you about the character of God to know that He said, “Here I am” to those who didn’t call on Him, and that He “held out [His] hands all day long to a rebellious people”?  What should our response be to a God like this?  (see Isaiah 65:1-2)

Have you laid aside “works of darkness”?  What does it mean to “live honorably as in the day”?  How can you avoid “quarreling and jealousy”?  How do we “put on the Lord Jesus Christ”?  (see Romans 13:12-14)

“They went to him and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he woke up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; they ceased, and there was a calm.” – Luke 8:24

Is there anything you are trying to hide from God or others?  How would Jesus recommend you deal with this issue?  What does it take to be considered by Jesus to be part of His family?  Do you have faith in Jesus during the “storms” of your life?  What does Jesus’ command of the storm tell you about who Jesus is?  (see Luke 8:16-25)

What is our proper response to the One who “made and fashioned” us?  Do you pray for understanding of God’s commandments?  How has God humbled you?  (see Psalm 119:73, 75)

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

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

“The heavens proclaim his righteousness; and all the peoples behold his glory.” – Psalm 97:6

Where do you see God’s glory displayed?  What do the heavens declare to you about God?  Why do the upright in heart experience joy?  (see Psalm 97:1, 6, 11)

Why does Micah choose to look to the Lord?  Do you choose to look to the Lord?  How?  (see Micah 7:7, 9)

What do you have to offer those who are hurting around you?  Will you?  What could you do today to help someone in need?  What does God have to offer to those in need?  What will you allow God to do through you?  (see Acts 3:6-8)

What unfruitful branches are there in your life?  Are you willing to let the Father remove them?  What fruitful branches in your life need pruning?  Are you bearing fruit for Jesus?  What does it mean to “abide” in Jesus?  (see John 15:1-11)

Are you willing for all glory to go to the Lord and not to you?  What does it mean to you to hear that “the Lord has been mindful of us”?  How have you been blessed by the Lord?  (see Psalm 115:1, 12-13)

Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk3 Tuesday

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

From what do you need rescued?  What is your request to the Lord?  Read the Psalmist’s requests in Psalm 31:1-2.

What steps could you take to maintain a “contrite and humble” spirit?  What is God’s response to those who live that way?  What are the implications of the fact that God inhabits eternity?  Meditate on Isaiah 57:15, 19.

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“Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.” – Psalm 36:5

What is the significance of the fact that Stephen, as he is being opposed and heckled by those who heard his message, sees into heaven, sees the glory of God and sees Jesus standing at the right hand of God?  Consider God’s response to the first Christian martyr recorded in Acts 7.

Why was the crowd seeking a sign?  Did they want literal bread or the True Bread from heaven, Jesus?  What are the implications of Jesus’ saying that He is bread of life?  Consider how you should live if Jesus is the True Bread.  Read John 6:30-35.

How far does the Lord’s love reach?  If you know the song, “Your Love, O Lord,” hum or sing the song as you offer praise to the Lord for His steadfast love!  Read Psalm 36:5, 10.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk4 Friday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk3 Saturday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk3 Friday

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

ListenHow well do you listen?  How well do you listen to God?  Are you walking in His ways?  Think about the Psalmist’s words recorded in Psalm 81:8, 13.

Why did Israel “stumble?”  How can we make sure we are walking in the ways of the Lord?  Meditate on Hosea 14:1, 9.

About what are you tempted to boast?  What does it mean to say that the “world has been crucified to me, and I to the world?”  Can you say that?  Pray about Galatians 6:14.

Do you love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength?  What does this mean in practical terms?  What does “loving your neighbor” look like?  Ask God to deepen your understanding of Mark 12:28-34.

How often do you give thanks to the Lord and sing praises to the name of the Most High?  Do you declare his steadfast love and faithfulness daily?  Listen to the Psalmist’s heart in Psalm 92:1-2, 4.

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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 Wk2 Wednesday

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

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“My times are in your hand.” – Psalm 31:15

What does it mean to say, “My times are in your hand.”  In what ways do you need deliverance?  Read Psalm 31:1-16.

How do you respond when it seems that others are plotting against you?  Read Jeremiah 18:18-20.

What is implied when Paul says that we are “children of God through faith?”  What does it mean to clothe yourself with Christ?  Read Galatians 3:19-29.

What does it mean to drink Jesus’ cup?  What were James & John (sons of Zebedee) saying they were willing to do?  Are you willing to become like Jesus, a servant?  Read Matthew 20:17-28.

Why should you acknowledge God’s glory & strength?  Read Psalm 29:1-2, 11.

Are you living in the joy of your salvation?  Do you respond to God with a willing spirit?  Consider the words of Psalm 51:12, 17.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk2 Tuesday

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

How could you give God a “sacrifice of thanksgiving” today? Read Psalm 50.

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“Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” – Isaiah 1:18

Have you asked God to forgive you of your sins?  What would it mean to you to know that though your sins were as scarlet, they could be like snow?  Pray about the message of Isaiah 1 in your quiet time today.

What does it mean to you to see that God fulfilled His promise to Abraham through Christ? Read Galatians 3:16.

What do you learn from Jesus’ words to the Pharisees? How can we choose to live a life of humility? Read Matthew 23.

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Ashes to Fire – Ash Wednesday (C)

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Join us on the journey from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday. Will you join us in reading Scripture daily, joining us for Worship each Sunday, participating in a small group meeting each week and by inviting someone to join you? We will be praying for you on this journey. Allow God to strengthen and develop your faith from “Ashes to Fire.”

Here are the Scripture passages for Ash Wednesday via BibleGateway.com

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