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) -Wednesday – Easter Wk7

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday 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 want the Lord to act on your behalf today?  How have you seen the Lord’s hand at work in your life?  (see Psalm 109:21, 26-27)
  2. How has the Lord been a refuge for you?  Have you experienced the Lord offering shelter to you?  (see Isaiah 4:5-6)
  3. What is the desired outcome of the work of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers in the church?
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    “…pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…” – Ephesians 4:11b-12

    Who is to be equipped to do the work of ministry?  (see Ephesians 4:11-13)

  4. What do demons apparently want to do when they inhabit a being?  Why does it take them longer to destroy a person than it did to destroy swine?  What difference does Jesus make in a person?  Whose influence do you want in your life?!  (see Matthew 8:28-34)
  5. What is the significance in the Psalmist saying that the Lord’s righteousness is everlasting?  What is the source of truth?  Are you seeking understanding from the Lord?  If you receive it, what will be the result?  (see Psalm 119:142, 144)
  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) -Saturday – Easter Wk5

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

  5. Have you seen the “goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”?  How long are you willing to “wait for the Lord”?  Are you able to find strength and courage while waiting?  How did David find the strength and courage to wait on the Lord?  (see Psalm 27:13-14)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Wednesday – Easter Wk4

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. What does it mean to keep the Lord’s words?  Do you pray about God’s promises?  If so, which ones?  (see Psalm 119:57-58)
  2. Have you seen God’s goodness in your life?  How has the Lord covered you?  (see Exodus 33:19, 21-22)
  3. Are you leading a “life worthy of God?”  What is your response to the fact that God has called you into His own kingdom and glory?  Whom are you encouraging to lead a life worthy of God?
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    “We dealt with you like a father with his children, urging and encouraging you and pleading that you lead a life worthy of God.” – Paul in 1 Thes. 2:11-12

    (see 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12)

  4. How did Jesus fulfill the law and the prophets?  What do you need to do to be called great in the kingdom of heaven?  Does your righteousness exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees?  (How do you know?) (see Matthew 5:17-20)
  5. How could one gain wisdom and understanding?  If we can not provide a ransom for our lives, how can we be saved?  (see Psalm 49:3, 7, 15)
  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) -Thursday – Easter Wk3

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday 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. In what do you take delight?  Have you committed your way to the Lord?  Do you trust in the Lord?  Do you find it hard to wait patiently for the Lord?  Are you bothered by seeing evil people prospering?  (see Psalm 37:4-5, 7)
  2. Have you ever sensed the protection of angels?  How have you seen God’s guidance?  Do you worship the Lord?  How have you seen the Lord bless your provisions?  (see Exodus 23:20, 25)
  3. Are you living your life in Christ Jesus?  Who or what is your life’s foundation?  Do you abound in thanksgiving?  (see Colossians 2:6-7)
  4. Why did Jesus face such temptations from the devil.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/35409814@N00/5522115274/How does Jesus overcome these temptations?  Could you overcome your temptations the same way Jesus did?  (see Matthew 4:1-11)
  5. Can you testify that the Lord has taken care of His own?  How should you live if you want to “abide forever”?  (see Psalm 37:25, 27)
  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 Wk1

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. Do you bless the Lord?  What do you tell others about the glory of His kingdom and of His power?  What is implied by the Psalmist’s words to the Lord, “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom”?  (see Psalm 145:10-11, 13)
  2. How has the Lord led you along the way?  How has the Lord given you light in darkness?  Are you willing to let the Lord receive glory through your life?  How does your life show others that God is the Lord?  (see Exodus 13:21; 14:1, 4)
  3. Paul endured many challenges and lots of suffering.  How did he not lose heart?  Do you want your inner nature to be “renewed day by day”?  How was Paul able to describe his affliction as “slight?”  (see 2 Corinthians 4:16-17)

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    “…have you not read in the book of Moses, in the story about the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?” – Jesus in Mark 12:26b
  4. What assumptions did the Sadducees have that resulted in their misunderstanding of life in the hereafter?  What is implied by Jesus’ words that “He is God not of the dead, but of the living”?  How did God’s words to Moses at the burning bush help the Sadducees reach a better understanding?  (see Mark 12:18-27)
  5. Why should the Lord’s glory be eternal?  Is it appropriate for the Lord to rejoice in His works?  Are you the work of His hands? Do you sing to the Lord?  If so, why?  If not, why not? (see Psalm 104:31, 33)
  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 Wk1

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. Why does the Psalmist give thanks to the Lord?  How many reasons can you discover in Psalm 136:1, 10-12?  What reasons do you have to give thanks to the Lord?  How many reasons can you list in 2 minutes?
  2. Can you think of several ways the Lord built into the lives of the Hebrews reminders their history of salvation?  What did it mean for them to consecrate to God all the firstborn?  (see Exodus 13:1-2, 14)
  3. Why does death have a “sting?”  How has death “been swallowed up in victory”?  What does it mean to say that we have been given victory over death?   How does this affect your attitude and your work?  (see 1 Corinthians 15:54, 56-58)

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    “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” – Luke 24:5b
  4. Would you have been perplexed if you had been with the women on Easter morning and had found the tomb open and empty?  What does it mean for the tomb to be empty?  Have you known people to look for life among dead things?  (see Luke 24:1-12)
  5. Are there glad songs in your house?  How could you recount the deeds of the Lord?  Do you rejoice in each day that the Lord has made?  (see Psalm 118:15, 17, 24)
  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 Wk1

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. What does it mean you to when you hear that the Lord’s love is steadfast and is on those who fear Him from everlasting to everlasting?  Does the Lord’s kingdom rule over you?  (see Psalm 103:17, 19 22)

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    “The Lord has established his throne in the heavens.” – Psalm 103:19
  2. What do you think it meant that the night of the Passover was a “night of vigil” for the Lord?  Why were the Israelites to keep vigil on Passover night?  (see Exodus 12:41-42)
  3. What does Paul mean when he says that at Christ’s coming those who belong to Him will be made alive?  What will happen when Christ hands over the kingdom to God the Father?  (see 1 Corinthians 15:22-25)
  4. Why were the initial reports of the Resurrection not believed?  Why did it take the actual appearance of the risen Christ in their midst for the disciples to believe?  How are you participating in the call to “go into all the world and to proclaim the good news”?  (see Mark 16:9-20)
  5. What great works of the Lord have you seen in your life?  If all the Lord’s precepts are trustworthy as the Psalmist says, how should you treat them?  (see Psalm 111:2, 6-7)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) –Sunday – Lent Wk4

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Our Scripture readings for Sunday of Week 4 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 do you think John 3:16 has become probably the most famous scripture verse ever?  Why did God send his Son into the world?  What are the implications of believing in Jesus?…of not believing in Jesus?  What does it mean to love “light” rather than “darkness?”  (see John 3:14-21)
  2. https://www.flickr.com/photos/35409814@N00/13712831275/Why did the Israelites complain?  How did the people react to the plague of serpents?  What did Moses do?  Why did Moses make a bronze serpent? (see Numbers 21:4-9)
  3. For what do you give thanks to the Lord?  Why might it be important for the redeemed to “say so?”  Does sin bring affliction?  Have you seen the Lord save you from distress?  (see Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22)
  4. How can someone who is dead in their sins be made alive?  What does it mean to say that salvation is a gift by grace through faith?  What good works has God prepared for you to do?  (see Ephesians 2:1-10)
  5. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. Why does the Psalmist love God’s law?  Where do you find guidance for life?  (see Psalm 119:97-98, 105)
  2. How do you think you would have reacted if you had been Jacob?  Is there anything else that would have persuaded Jacob to make a trip to Egypt?  (see Genesis 45:25-28)
  3. What does it mean for Paul to say that the Corinthians are “the seal of [his] apostleship in the Lord?”  Is there anyone whose life and faith gives evidence of God’s work in you?  (see 1 Corinthians 9:1-3)
  4. Why did King Herod think that, in Jesus, John the Baptist had come back to life?  Why would God allow someone whom Jesus said was the greatest person born to that time (cf. Matthew 11:11) to be killed by King Herod’s order?  What does this tell us about how our view of life and life beyond death, and God’s view, may not be the same?  (see Mark 6:13-29)
  5. How could you be involved in https://www.flickr.com/photos/11309626@N02/7998921560/making sure that the weak and the orphan receive justice?  How are you helping the lowly and the destitute?  Can you do something to help the weak and the needy?  How will God judge your actions?  (see Psalm 82:3-4, 8)
  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 Wk3

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. Why does the Psalmist use the image of God planting a vine in the Promised Land? What would it mean for the Lord to restore you?  Are you willing to let the Lord make you strong for His purposes?
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    “You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.” – Psalm 80:8

    (see Psalm 80:7-8, 14, 17)

  2. Why does Judah ask to stay in Egypt in place of Benjamin?  Do you think Joseph was testing his brothers?  What did he want to find out about them? (Remember what they did to him!) (see Genesis 44:33-34)
  3. Why do you exist?  Who is the source of all things?  (see 1 Corinthians 8:6)
  4. Why did Jairus ask Jesus to come to his house?  Why did the woman touch Jesus’ cloak?  Why did Jesus tell the girl’s father not to fear even though he heard the report that his daughter had died?  (see Mark 5:21-43)
  5. What would it mean for you to experience God’s compassion coming to you “speedily?”  Have you asked God to forgive your sins? (see Psalm 79:8-9)
  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) – 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 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) – Friday Easter-Week 4

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

What is your reaction to the fact that the Lord’s thoughts toward us have been multiplied until they are more than can be counted?  What does that say to you about the care and compassion the Lord has for you?  (see Psalm 40:5)

Why do you think Moses’ face shone after spending time on Mount Sinai in the presence of God?  Why do you think Moses was unaware of his “heavenly glow?”  (see Exodus 34:29)

How are we able to set our minds on things above, not on earthly things?  What does it mean for Christ to be your life?  What does it mean for Paul to say that our life “is hidden with Christ in God”?  (see Colossians 3:2-4)

“…the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof…” – Luke 7:6

Why did Jesus commend the faith of the centurion?  What did the raising of the son of the widow of Nain tell the people about who Jesus was?  What do these accounts teach you?  (see Luke 7:1-17)

What does it mean for us to have “truth in the inward being”?  Are you willing to be taught God’s wisdom?  Are you willing to ask for forgiveness for your sins?  (see Psalm 51:6, 9)

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

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

Have you found hope in the Lord’s words?  Has God’s promise given you comfort?  The Psalmist received hope, comfort and life from God’s words.  How might you receive the same?  (see Psalm 119:49-50)

Have you seen some of God’s glory?  (Has any human seen all of God’s glory???)  How have you seen the Lord’s goodness?  When have you seen evidence of God’s grace in your life?  How has God been merciful to you?  (Exodus 33:18-19)

” As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives[a] in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith,” – Paul in Colossians 2:6-7

What does it mean to root your life in Christ Jesus?  How can you be built up in Christ Jesus?  Are you established in the faith?  Are you abounding in thanksgiving?  What would that look like?  (see Colossians 2:6-7)

Is it possible to love your enemies?  If so, how?  Can you think of a situation in which you need to put into practice Jesus’ words, “Do to others as you would have them do to you”?  Why are we not to judge or condemn, and instead forgive?  (see Luke 6:27-38)

Do you find it easy to remember the Lord when your life is “dark?”  Why or why not?  How is the Psalmist able to remember the Lord’s name in the night?  (see Psalm 119:55-56)

Meditation Questions for #AshesToFire – Easter Wk7 Thursday

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

Footsteps
“You show me the path of life.” – Psalm 16:11

Read Psalm 16:9-11.  Are you confident that you are following the “path of life?”  Are you living in God’s presence?

Read Malachi 3:10.  Have you experienced the blessings that result when you are obedient to God’s call to “bring the full tithe into the storehouse?”

Read Acts 23:11.  How has God encouraged you?  What mission does God have in store for you?

Read John 17:20-26.  Who has believed in Jesus through your testimony?  Are you living in unity with other believers?  Have you asked God to let His love live in you?

Read Psalm 105:1, 3-4.  Do you call on the name of the Lord?  Do you tell people what the Lord has done for you?  Does your heart seek the Lord continually?

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Meditation Questions for #AshesToFire – Easter Wk7 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 17:20-26.  What does it mean to be “one” with other believers?  Is there anything preventing you from being “one” with other believers?  Is Jesus’ love in you?  Are you sharing it?

Read Acts 16:16-34.  Why did Paul disrupt someone’s money-making plan?  Do Paul’s actions reveal anything about the Christian view of the value of a person vs. the importance of making money or were his actions solely in reaction to his annoyance?  Why do you think God allowed Paul & Silas to be put in prison?

pacific morning
“The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice;
let the many coastlands be glad!” – Psalm 97:1

Read Psalm 97.  If the Lord is King, what does that say about what our response to Him should be?  Where have you seen the Lord’s glory in the world around you?  Consider taking time right now to offer thanks to the Lord.

Read Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21.  What does it mean to “wash [your] robes” so that you might have the right to the tree of life?  What does it mean to accept Jesus’ offer of the “water of life?”  Are you ready for Jesus to return?

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk4 Friday

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

2013-04-14 13.23.55How does God make the nations the heritage of His Anointed One?  What part do you play in helping bring the nations to Christ?  What does it mean to serve the Lord with fear, with trembling?  How strong is your desire to serve the Lord?  Read Psalm 2:7-8a, 11, 13c.

How do you “seek the Lord of hosts?”  What does it mean to “entreat the favor of the Lord?”  Do others know that God is with you?  Consider the words of Zechariah 8:21-23.

How important is it that God has fulfilled the promises He made across the years to the people of God?  How significant is it that those promises were fulfilled “by raising Jesus?”  Meditate on Acts 13:32-33.

What do you do when your heart is troubled?  What do you think the dwelling place in heaven that Jesus is preparing will be like?  Why does Jesus want to be with us forever?  Read John 14:1-6 and meditate on the meaning of Jesus’ words, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

In what “desolate pit” did Jesus find you?  How did Jesus rescue you?  What new song did Jesus give you?  Think about the meaning of Psalm 40:1-3 in your life.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk4 Wednesday

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

Why do we ask God to bless us or be gracious to us?  Why does the Psalmist desire God’s grace and blessings?  How are you using God’s blessings to share God’s saving power among all nations?  Read Psalm 67:1-2, 7.

Would your city be called “the faithful city?”  Why or why not?  What would it take to make it so?  What if you started by choosing to be God’s faithful person?  Meditate on Zechariah 8:3, 8.

Prayer
“Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.” – Acts 13:3

How long has it been since you were “worshipping the Lord and fasting?”  How long has it been since the Holy Spirit gave you clear direction for fulfilling His mission?  Are you praying for the Lord’s guidance?  Is it possible that worship and fasting help our “spiritual ears” be more aware of God’s voice?  Read Acts 13:1-3 and consider what might help you tune in to God’s message.  (Then do it!)

According to Jesus’ words in John 12:44-50 how closely connected are He and the Father?  How important are Jesus’ words?  Why are they that important?  Meditate on John 12:44-50.

How valuable is your life?  How valuable is your soul?  Who would pay that price to save you?  Consider your answers as you read Psalm 49:7-8, 15.

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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.

Philip catechizes the Ethiopian Eunuch
“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 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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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk6 Monday (Holy Week)

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

Of what are you afraid?  How does the Psalmist address our fears in this passage?  Read Psalm 27.

“I have given you as a covenant to the people,
a light to the nations” – Isaiah 42:6b

How could we become a “light to the nations?”  What action could you take today to bring deliverance to those in need?  Meditate on Isaiah 42:6-8.

Do you know the power of Christ’s resurrection?  What does Paul mean by this?  What does it mean to share in Christ’s sufferings?  Are you confident that you will share in the resurrection from the dead?  Read Philippians 3:10-11, or if you have time, all of Chapter 3.

How has Jesus brought new life, renewal or healing into your family?  How have you expressed your thanks to Him for these gifts of grace?  What could you do today to express your gratitude to Jesus?  Consider Mary’s actions recorded in John 12:1-11.

How earnestly is the Psalmist in seeking God in Psalm 69:16-18?  How earnest are you in seeking Him?  Do you seek God only when you are in trouble, or is seeking God a noticeable characteristic of your life?

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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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