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) -Sunday – Easter Wk7

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Our Scripture readings for Sunday 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. Are you keeping (obeying) God’s word?  Do you believe that God sent Jesus?  What does it mean for us to be one with fellow believers as Jesus and the Father are one?  Has Jesus’ joy been made complete in you?  Do you belong to the world or to Jesus?  Do you believe God can protect you from the evil one?  Have you been sanctified?  (see John 17:6-19)
  2. How was David able to predict the betrayal of the Messiah years before it happened?  How does evidence of the fulfillment of prophecy affect your faith?  (see Acts 1:15-17)
  3. Are you happy?  Do you delight in the law of the Lord?  Do you incorporate meditation on God’s word into your life?  Is your life fruitful?
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    “They are like trees
    planted by streams of water,
    which yield their fruit in its season,
    and their leaves do not wither.” – Psalm 1:3

    What does it truly mean to prosper?  Which path have you chosen?  (see Psalm 1)

  4. Do you believe the testimony of God concerning his Son?  Do you have life?  Do you believe in the name of the Son of God? (see 1 John 5:9-13)
  5. 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) -Monday – Easter Wk6

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Our Scripture readings for Monday 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. Is God your Shepherd?  What would that mean?  Why the Psalmist describe this Shepherd as “enthroned?”  How mighty is God?  How do you need His salvation today?  (see Psalm 80:1-2)
  2. Is the Lord your God?  How has He delivered you?  Are you God’s servant?  What does that mean?  (see Leviticus 25:55)
  3. How strong is God’s glorious power?  Do you live with endurance, patience and joy and thanksgiving?  What do you think it will mean for you to “share in the inheritance of the saints in the light”?  Have you asked God to rescue you from the power of darkness?  Have you chosen to enter the kingdom of God’s beloved Son, Jesus?  Has He forgiven your sins?  (see Colossians 1:11-14)
  4. What kind of soil are you:
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    What kind of soil are you?

    hardened, rocky ground, thin soil, choked with thorns, or good & fruitful?  Talk to the Lord about the kind of soil you want to be!  (see Matthew 13:1-16)

  5. What deeds of the Lord can you “call to mind?”  How might it benefit you to think about all that the Lord has done for you and for all of His people?  How could you praise the greatness of our God today?  (see Psalm 77:11-14)
  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) -Thursday – Easter Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday 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. Do you seek God?  Are you able to rejoice and be glad in Him?  What needs do you have?  Have you asked God to help you?  (see Psalm 70:4-5)
  2. Why were the Israelites not to oppress aliens in their land?  Why should you avoid any form of oppression?  Is the Lord your God too?  (see Leviticus 19:33-34)
  3. What does it mean to be worthy of God’s call?  What work of faith do you want God to fulfill in your life to bring glory to Jesus?  (see 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)
  4. About what are you tempted to worry?  If God takes care of the birds, the lilies, the grass of the fields, what does that imply about His care for you?
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    “Look at the birds of the air;…your heavenly Father feeds them…. Consider the lilies…if God so clothes the grass of the field, …will he not much more clothe you” – Jesus in Matthew 6:26, 28, 30

    What is first on your list of things for which to strive?  Does God’s kingdom top the list?  (see Matthew 6:25-34)

  5. How have you seen the Lord working salvation?  What is implied if God owns both the day and the night?  (see Psalm 74:12, 16)
  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 Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Monday 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 God fulfilling His purpose for you?  How has the Lord sent salvation from heaven for you?  Tell someone about God’s steadfast love and faithfulness today!  (see Psalm 57:2-3)

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    “…with the sound of God’s trumpet…” – 1 Thessalonians 4:16
  2. Why the law of Moses call for animal sacrifices?  What does “atonement” mean?  Do you need atonement?  Why or why not?  (see Leviticus 16:6, 18-19)
  3. What question do you think Paul was trying to answer when he wrote these verses? Why is it significant that the “dead in Christ” will rise “first?”  How will we know the Lord has returned?  Are you ready?  If not, what would you need to do to get ready?  (see 1 Thessalonians 4:14, 16)
  4. Why does God not reward good works done in order to be seen by others?  (see Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18)
  5. Do you rejoice in the Lord?  How do you take refuge in Him? Are you upright in heart?  (see Psalm 64:10)
  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) -Friday – Easter Wk3

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Our Scripture readings for Friday 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. How could you offer thanks to the Lord?  How could you make known the Lord’s deeds among the people?  What song of praise could you sing to the Lord?  Does your heart rejoice?  (see Psalm 105:1-3)
  2. Do you listen to the reading of Scripture?  Have you made a commitment to be obedient to all that the Lord has spoken?  (see Exodus 24:7)
  3. Do you want to be made alive?  Do you want God to forgive you all your trespasses?  How did Jesus set aside the record against us?  (see Colossians 2:13-15)
  4. Why did Jesus withdraw when He heard about John’s arrest?  Why did Jesus settle in Capernaum?
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    “The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light” – Matthew 4:16

    How did Jesus fulfill the promise to bring a great light to those sitting in darkness?  Is the kingdom of heaven near?  Have you repented?  (see Matthew 4:12-17)

  5. How has God brought you out?  Was joy part of the experience?  What song comes to your mind & heart as you think about it?  The Lord keeps His promises to us; do we keep his word?  (see Psalm 105:42-43, 45)
  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 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) -Saturday – Easter Wk2

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday 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 the Lord helped you?  How has the Lord answered you?  In what or whom do you take pride?  (see Psalm 20:6-7)
  2. https://www.flickr.com/photos/35409814@N00/3356399744/Why did the Lord ask Moses to take his staff with him?  Why did the Lord ask Moses to strike the rock?  What has God asked you to do with what you have?  (see Exodus 17:5-6)
  3. Does God share His word through public speakers?  How can we serve with God’s strength?  Is God glorified in all things in your life?  Will Jesus Christ receive glory though your life?  If so, how?   (see 1 Peter 4:11)
  4. Why was Jesus going to be leaving His disciples?  Did the disciples’ pain turn to joy?  When?  What does it mean to ask in Jesus’ name?  Is your joy complete?  How can we know for sure that the Father loves us?  Do you have peace in Jesus?  What persecution have you experienced for the sake of Christ?  (see John 16:16-33)
  5. Are you confident that the Lord hears your voice and your supplications?  Have you decided to call on the Lord as long as you live?  (see Psalm 116:1-2, 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) -Wednesday – Easter Wk2

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. How is the Psalmist’s life dependent upon the Lord’s bounty?  In what way is your life dependent upon the Lord’s bounty?  Consider praying for insight into God’s law as you read His Word today. (see Psalm 119:17-18)
  2. How were the people of Israel able to avoid the diseases that the Egyptians suffered?  Have you experienced healing from the Lord?  (see Exodus 15:26)
  3. What does it mean to return to the shepherd and guardian of your soul?  Have you done so?   How can you be free from sins?  Once freed from sins, how are we to live?  (see 1 Peter 2:24-25)

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    “Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.” – Jesus in John 15:4b
  4. Is there anything in your life that hinders your ability to bear fruit for God?  What areas of your life need to be pruned?  What are you doing to abide in Christ daily?  Are you abiding in His love?  Are you being disobedient to God in any area of your life?  If so, what should you do?  Are you living with divine joy?  (see John 15:1-11)
  5. What answer do you need from God?  Are you trusting in His steadfast love even as you wait for the answer?  (see Psalm 13:3, 5)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. Why should those who seek God rejoice and be glad in Him?  Have you ever been “poor and needy” and called on God to help you?  What was the outcome? (see Psalm 70:4-5)
  2. Why did Joseph’s brothers believe God had made it look like they had stolen money?  (see Genesis 42:26-28)
  3. What are the implications of saying that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit?  Why should we glorify God with our bodies?  (see 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
  4. Are you hiding your light?  What measure do you use to give?  Are you planting seeds and trusting God to bring the increase?  (see Mark 4:21-34)

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    “You established the luminaries and the sun.” – Psalm 74:16
  5. What is your response to knowing that God is the creator of the earth, who owns the day, the night, the stars and the sun?  …that this God is working to bring salvation to us on earth?  (see Psalm 74:12-16)
  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) – Thursday Easter-Week 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Our Scripture readings for Monday 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 vows have you made to God?  For what do you owe Him thanks?  How has He delivered your soul from death or your feet from falling?  Are you walking before God in the light of life?  (see Psalm 56:12-13)

“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” – Isaiah 60:1

How has God brought light into your life?  How have you seen God’s glory?  Why does God want to “make you majestic forever, a joy from age to age”?  (see Isaiah 60:1, 15-16)

Are you living “wisely toward outsiders”?  What does that mean?  Are you “making the most of the time”?  What step could you take to improve your stewardship of time (to keep it from going to waste)?  Is your speech always gracious?  How could you improve in knowing how “to answer everyone”?  (see Colossians 3:4-5)

Why do you think the Pharisee invited Jesus to dinner?  Why did the woman anoint Jesus’ feet?  Why did the Pharisee think what the woman did was inappropriate?  Why did Jesus’ dinner companions remark about His forgiving the woman’s sins?  If Jesus can forgive sins, what does that say about who He is?  (see Luke 7:36-50)

Have deeds of iniquity ever overwhelmed you?  What did you do?  What does David say God does?  Where do we find hope?  To whom is this hope offered?  (see Psalm 65:3, 5)

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

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Our Scripture readings for the Saturday 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.

What was the last tune you had on your mind?  Was it praise to the Lord?  Why is God’s anger temporary, but His favor lasting?  What has been your experience with weeping?  Is God’s promise of joy meaningful to you?  (see Psalm 30:4-5)

“My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me” – Daniel 6:22

Have you ever thought that you had been visited by God’s angel?  If so, with whom could you share that experience?  Have you been convinced that the God of Daniel, the God of the Bible, is the Living God?  If so, what convinced you?  (see Daniel 6:21-23, 25-26)

What do you find yourself imitating more:  what is evil, or what is good?  Why?  Why does John say that our connection with (or disconnection from) God will be seen in what we do?  (see 3 John 11)

Why do you think Levi left his job as a tax collector to follow Jesus?  If you are a sinner, what is Jesus calling you to do?  When is the time for fasting?  What do you think is the new garment and new wineskins Jesus introduced?  (see Luke 5:27-39)

When were you the thirstiest in your life?  How would you describe how you felt?  Does your desire for God rival or exceed your thirst for water?  Why or why not?  What could you do to foster an awareness of God’s presence every waking hour?  (see Psalm 42:1-2, 8)

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

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

“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.” – Psalm 105:4

How can we “seek the Lord & His strength”?  Do you seek His presence continually?  What wonderful works had He done in your life?  With whom could you share the stories?  (see Psalm 105:4-5, 7)

Why did Daniel continue to pray even when it was outlawed?  How has God delivered you? (see Daniel 6:13, 16)

What does it mean to abide in the teaching of Christ?  Why does the Father offer His presence to those who abide in the teaching of His Son?  (see 2 John 9)

Why would Jesus withdraw to deserted places?  Why did Jesus take time to pray?  Why did Jesus first offer forgiveness of sins to a man who obviously needed physical healing?  Have you received forgiveness for your sins?  Why was that important to Jesus?  (see Luke 5:12-26)

Do you remember God’s holy promise(s) to you?  How has the Lord brought you out?  What do the phrases “with joy” and “with singing” imply to you about the Lord’s deliverance for His people?  What does the Lord’s deliverance allow His people to do?  (see Psalm 105:42-43, 45)

Ashes to Fire (A) – Friday-Easter-Week 2

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Our Scripture readings for Friday of the Easter Season, Week 2, 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.

Have you chosen the Lord?  Where do you find “fullness of joy?”  Why are most pleasures temporary?  (see Psalm 16:5-6, 11)

“…we will not serve your gods and we will not worship the golden statue that you have set up.” – Daniel 3:18

Why did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to fall down and worship Nebuchadnezzar’s gods?  Why were they willing to die rather than worship them?  What other gods are we called to fall down and worship today?  What is your response to this call?  (see Daniel 3:16-18)

What do you think it will be like to be like Jesus on the day He returns?  How can we purify ourselves in the hope of being ready to meet Jesus when He is revealed?    How can we be pure as He is pure?  (see 1 John 3:2-3)

Why did John baptized people?  What does it mean to be baptized by the Holy Spirit and fire?  What does it mean to be wheat?  What does it mean to be chaff?  Why was John the Baptist imprisoned?  (see Luke 3:15-22)

How do you know that the Lord is great?  How do you know that our Lord is above all gods?  Why is it significant that the Lord’s name endures forever?  (see Psalm 135:5, 13)

Ashes to Fire (A) – Tuesday-Easter-Week 2

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday of the Easter Season, Week 2, 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.

“O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.” – Psalm 5:3

When do you carve out time to talk to God?  Do you have a regular time each day that is devoted to prayer?  How could life be different for someone who makes such a commitment?  (see Psalm 5:3, 7-8)

How might it change life for you to know that wisdom belongs to God?  Do you need wisdom and understanding?  (see Daniel 2:20-21)

What should you do if you sin?  (see 1 John 2:1-2 & 1 John 1:9)  What does it mean for Jesus to be our advocate with the Father?

Has Jesus’ joy been made complete in you?  What might that mean for you?  Have you asked God to sanctify you?  What are you to be doing in the world as a “sent one?”  (see John 17:12-19

How can we incorporate “righteous deeds” into our daily lives?  What might that look like?  What do you think the Psalmist means when he says, “the upright behold his face?”  (see Psalm 11:4-5, 7)

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

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Our Scripture readings for the Saturday 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.

How do you give the Lord thanks?  In what ways do you bless Him?  How do you express the glory of God’s kingdom and tell of His power?  What is the significance of knowing that His kingdom is “an everlasting kingdom?”  (see Psalm 145:10-11, 13)

How has the Lord of hosts destroyed the “shroud” that was cast over all people?  How did He “swallow up death forever?”  (see Isaiah 25:6-9)

“…But when her child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy…” – Jesus quoted in John 16:21

Why did the disciples want to speak the Lord’s word with “all boldness?”  Do you pray for boldness?  Why or why not?  Why did the disciples pray for miracles to happen?  Do you?  (see Acts 4:29-30)

Why does Jesus talk about His departure using the phrase, “your pain will turn into joy?”  What does it mean to ask in Jesus’ name?  How can we have courage in the face of persecution?  (see John 16:16-33)

Why should you bless the Lord?  What reasons does the Psalmist give for doing so?  How can our meditation be pleasing to the Lord?  (see Psalm 104:1-2, 34)

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)

Meditation Questions for #AshesToFire – Easter Wk7 Saturday

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

Read Psalm 11:4, 7. Does the fact that the Lord’s “gaze examines humankind” make you affirmed or frightened? Why?

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“For you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings.” – Malachi 4:2

Read Malachi 4:2, 5. How does a calf act when released from its stall? What does that picture say to you about the joy God is promising?  How has the “sun of righteousness” brought healing to you?

Read Acts 28:30-31. What would you do if you were placed on house arrest? What does Paul do in that circumstance?

Read John 21:20-25. Do you compare yourself to others? What do Jesus’ words challenge us to do when we are tempted to focus on God’s plan for others? Consider reading one chapter of the Gospel of John each day next week and look in each chapter to see if you can find one or both of the purposes (listed in today’s passage) John says are behind his writing of the Gospel.

Meditate on Psalm 33:1, 21-22. What is a practical application-action which you could build into your life from the Psalmist’s words, “Praise befits the upright”? How does someone who hopes in the Lord live and think?

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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 Friday

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

Read Psalm 96:1, 8-9. If you were to sing to the Lord a new song, what would you sing about? What offering could you bring to the Lord? What does it mean to “Worship the Lord in holy splendor?”

Read Zechariah 14:9-11. If “the Lord will become king over all the earth” how should we respond to Him today? What does the promise of Jerusalem’s security mean for you?

Read Acts 18:9-10. Why was Paul told to be not afraid and not to be silent? About what was Paul to speak?

Read John 16:20-23. What do we learn about both pain and joy from Jesus’ words? What does Jesus mean when He uses the illustration contrasting a woman’s labor pains with her joy at childbirth?

Read Psalm 85:7-8. In what ways have you seen the Lord’s steadfast love in your life? Have you asked Him to save you? Are you listening to what the Lord is saying to you? Have you turned to Him in your heart?

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But when her child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy

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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 Monday

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

Who or what makes you glad?  What do you think makes God glad?  Read Psalm 149:2, 4.

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“On that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and iniquity.” Zechariah 31:1

Are you praying for the salvation of the Jewish people?  What does Zechariah say God has planned for them?  What is the sin-cleansing fountain that will be opened for the House of David?  Read Zechariah 12:10; and 13:1.

What prompted Lydia’s attentiveness?  What prompted Lydia to be baptized?  What prompted Lydia’s hospitality?  What is prompting you?  Read Acts 16:14-15.

How could you testify about Jesus?  Jesus said “an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God.”  Who would do such a thing?  Why were Jesus’ disciples still willing to testify about Him?  Are you willing?  Think about Jesus’ words in John 15:26-16:4.

Have you ever asked God to forgive “the iniquities of our ancestors?”  Why do we need God’s compassion?  How could God bring glory to His name by delivering & forgiving us?  Meditate on Psalm 79:8-9.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk5 Thursday

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

What words does the Psalmist use to describe the Lord?  What words would you use?  What is the response that the Psalmist calls us to make to the Lord?  Meditate on Psalm 96:6-7, 9.

Word "cloud" based on today's Bible readingsWhat does it mean to be redeemed?  What does it mean to be brought home?  Are you “strong in the Lord?”  Do you “walk in his name?”  Think about the meaning of Zechariah 10:8, 10, 12.

The prophet Amos envisioned the Lord calling His people and the Gentiles to seek Him.  Why was it so hard for the Jewish leaders and even some Church leaders of the 1st Century to be open to God’s global mission?  Read Acts 15:13, 15-17 and consider how you are partnering with God’s global mission today.

How can we abide in Jesus’ love? How can we live with Jesus’ complete joy within?  Meditate on the meaning of Jesus’ words in John 15:9-11.

How has God taught you?  When was the last time you told someone something wonderful that God did for you?  Consider singing a song of joy & praise to God today as you read Psalm 71:17, 21-24.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk5 Monday

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

Why should we give God glory?  Why should we not try to bring glory to ourselves?  Read Psalm 115:1, 16.

Are you able to rejoice greatly?  Read Zechariah 9:9-10 to see why Zechariah calls Jerusalem to rejoice.  Have you received the peace of the King?

Have you turned from worthless things to the living God?  Do you bring good news to others?  Consider how Paul & Barnabas reacted to the praise of the people of Lystra.  Consider their words recorded in Acts 14:15.

How are we to express our love for God, according to Jesus in John 14:21-26?  Meditate on this passage and consider how much your life expressed your love for God.  Have you allowed the Father & Son to make their home with you?

“In the shadow of your wings I take refuge” – Psalm 57:1

When have you experienced God’s mercy?  When have you experienced the protection of God from the storms of life?  Consider praying for God to fulfill his purpose for you.  Read & meditate on the words of Psalm 57:1-2, 5.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk4 Saturday

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

singing natureIf you were to write a song to sing to the Lord, what would it be about?  What “marvelous things” has God done for you?  How do you “make a joyful noise to the Lord?”  Read Isaiah 98:1, 4.

Have you experienced the Lord guarding you?  If so, in what way?  Has the Lord protected you from an oppressor?  How?  Think about the words of Zechariah 9:6b, 8.

Are you willing to be used by God to be a light to someone whom others might consider an outcast?  What part could you play in bringing “salvation to the ends of the earth?”  Read Acts 13:47-48.

Do you have an accurate understanding of God the Father?  Does He look just like Jesus?  What is the family resemblance that Jesus describes in John 14:7-14?  For what are you asking Jesus today?

What burden are you carrying today?  Are you willing to “cast your burden on the Lord?”  Meditate on the words of Psalm 55:22.

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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 Wk3 Friday

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

Why should nations & peoples praise the Lord?  How have you seen the Lord’s steadfast love and faithfulness in your life?  Worship the Lord as you read Psalm 117.

Have you ever tried to count all the things that the Lord has done for you?  Have you ever told your family members the things that the Lord has done for you?  Consider writing down some of the significant ways the Lord has blessed you.  Read Isaiah 63:7.

How do you explain Saul/Paul’s rapid transformation:  from persecuting the followers of Jesus to proclaiming Jesus as the Son of God?  Have you seen a change in the direction of your life?  Think about the implications of Acts 9:19-20.

“Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.” Jesus in John 6:56

What does Jesus mean by telling his listeners to “eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood?”  Was Jesus advocating cannibalism?  If not, what did He mean?  Is there any connection with His later institution of the Last Supper?  What does it mean to have Jesus live within us?  Meditate on John 6:52-59.

How has God fulfilled His promises to you?  List at least 3 that come to mind that have brought you joy.  Consider offering God praise today through a song or make up your own music to sing Psalm 105:42-43, 45.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk3 Thursday

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

What prayer has God answered for you recently?  Whom have you told about what God did?  Read what God did for the Psalmist in Psalm 66:16, 19-20.

How can we have our whole being “exult” in our God?  (To “exult” can mean “to show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; rejoice exceedingly; be highly elated or jubilant.”)  Does meditating on God’s salvation for you make you want to exult?  Read Isaiah 61:10.

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“Philip began to speak and…proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus.” Acts 8:35

Do you know someone who has questions about God, faith or the Bible?  Are you willing to come alongside them to search for answers?  Read how God used Philip in Acts 8:29-31, 35.

How has God drawn you to Jesus?  How has God taught you?  Do you believe that Jesus is the bread of life?  Meditate on the words of Jesus in John 6:44-51.

The Psalmist David says we are to “depart from evil.”  What practical steps does that call for in your life?  David says we are to “do good.”  What action does that prompt for you today?  Meditate on David’s words in Psalm 37:27-28, 34.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk2 Thursday

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

Have you taken refuge in the Lord?  Have you chosen to live a righteous life (with the Lord’s help!)?  Read Psalm 34:15, 22 and consider your response.

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“He will comfort all her waste places,
and will make her wilderness like Eden,” – Isaiah 51:3

Are there wilderness places in your life that you would like the Lord to make like the Garden of Eden?  Do you need the Lord’s comfort?  Would you be open to having joy, gladness, thanksgiving and the voice of song in your life?  Meditate on Isaiah 51:3.

Why did Peter and the apostles risk jail in order to obey God?  What was the heart of the apostles’ message?  Have you repented of your sins and received God’s forgiveness?  Consider talking with God about His offer of forgiveness as you read Acts 5:29-31.

What does John 3:31-36 tell us about Jesus?  What difference does believing in God’s Son make?  Does it matter if one doesn’t believe in Jesus?  Read John 3:31-36 to learn more.

What is implied by the Psalmist’s description of God’s promises?  How important is it to you to have the Lord’s protection?  Meditate on Psalm 12:6-7.

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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Easter Monday

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

Why is the word “majestic” a good description of God?  Why does the Psalmist say that “holiness befits” the Lord’s house forevermore?  What song comes to mind as you read Psalm 93:1, 4-5?

Fiery furnace, Michaelhouse, CambridgeCan you think of times when God’s people had to pass through the waters?  When have God’s people had to walk through fire?  How did God protect His people in these trials?  How has God protected you?  Consider writing out Isaiah 43:2-3 on a 3×5 card to carry with you so you can pull it out and remind yourself of God’s protection.

Why did God plan for Jesus to be crucified?  Why was Jesus raised up from death?  Read Acts 2:23-24 to find out more.

Why were the women (& the other disciples) perplexed when Jesus was not found in the tomb?  How often you looked for life in dead places?  Meditate on Luke 24:1-7.

Are you confident that you will enjoy the fullness of joy in God’s presence when you die?  Have you chosen to take refuge in God?  If not, would you choose to do so now?  Read Psalm 16:1, 9-11 and ask God to be your refuge, to forgive you of your sins and give you eternal life.  (We’d love to celebrate with you when you make this decision, so please let us know!)

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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Easter Sunday

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

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

How does Jesus’ resurrection change the world? What is different since He has conquered death?  Meditate on John 20:1-18.

20130330-184520.jpgWhich part of the new world God is promising in Isaiah 65:17-25 is most appealing to you? Why? What changes has God already made in your life?

How do you express joy? How will you rejoice today in what God has done? Join with the Psalmist in rejoicing as you read Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24.

How does Christ’s resurrection change the meaning of death for you? What impact does Christ’s resurrection have on the amount of hope you live with on a daily basis? Consider Paul’s words to the church in Corinth as you read 1 Corinthians 15:19-26.

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

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

What brings you gladness and joy?  Do you have confidence that you will be in the Lord’s presence when you die?  Read Psalm 16:9-11.  Do you have the same confidence that the Psalmist does?

The rescue of IsaacWhat parallels and contrasts do you see in the story of the Abraham offering Isaac and Christ offering Himself as a sacrifice?  How does God provide a lamb for the sacrifice in both cases?  Think about God’s grace as you read Genesis 22:7-8.

What tests did Jesus overcome?  What tests have you faced?  In what ways have you experienced the sympathy of Christ?  Meditate on the words of Hebrews 4:15-16.

When have you seen the goodness of the Lord in your life?  How do you stay strong during those times when you are waiting on the Lord to act?  Read Psalm 27:13-14.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk4 Monday

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

Can you dare to believe that “rejoicing comes in the morning?”  What is your “night?”  About what are you weeping?  Consider what will bring you joy as you read Psalm 30:4-5.

the final frontier
“See, I will create
new heavens and a new earth.” Isaiah 65:17

How does Isaiah’s promise of a new earth speak to where you are?  What do you think God’s new creation will be like?  Read Isaiah 65:17-18.

Would others be able to testify to your faithfulness to the truth?  Why or why not?  Why would your walking in the truth bring joy to God and others (including your pastor)?  Think about 3 John 1:2-4.

Why was the father able to take Jesus at His word?  Would you have been able to do the same?  Why or why not?  Put yourself in that father’s place as you read John 4:43-54.

Pray the words of Psalm 67:1-3 as a blessing for or a benediction on your ministry to others this day!

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