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

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. Is your heart steadfast?  Is your soul awake?  About what or who do you sing?  What do you do to exalt the Lord?  (see Psalm 108:1-2, 5)
  2. What does Ezekiel mean by the phrase “heart of stone?”  What is meant by “heart of flesh?”  Do you want a new heart and new spirit with?  Is it possible for God’s Spirit to help you want to obey God?  (see Ezekiel 36:26-27)
  3. How is salvation like a helmet?
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    “Take the helmet of salvation…” – Ephesians 6:17a

    How is the Word of God like a sword?  What is the relationship between the Word and the Spirit?  How can we pray in the Spirit?  What does it mean to pray at all times?  (see Ephesians 6:17-18)

  4. What two examples of faith do you see in Matthew 9:18-26?  What is Jesus’ response to each?  What does Jesus’ response tell us about who He is?
  5. Why should everyone on earth be in awe of the Lord?  (see Psalm 33:8-9)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. How do you see God’s judgments “in all the earth”?  What does it say about God’s character that “He is mindful of his covenant forever”?  (see Psalm 105:7-8)
  2. Why do humans want to accomplish things by our might or power?  How does God say the completion of the temple will take place?  (see Zechariah 4:6)
  3. What does it mean to grieve the Holy Spirit?  How does Paul say we should treat each other?  How would your relationships be improved if you consistently followed Paul’s admonition?  (see Ephesians 4:30-32)
  4. Do you know anyone who needs help getting closer to Jesus?  What did it say about Jesus that He was able, and also willing, to forgive sins?
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    “When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.’” – Jesus in Matthew 9:2

    How did Jesus prove that He had the ability to forgive sins?  (see Matthew 9:1-8)

  5. Have you responded to the Lord’s salvation with joy and singing?  What blessings has the Lord given you?  Are you keeping His statutes and observing His laws?  (see Psalm 105:43-45)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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

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Our Scripture readings for Friday 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 do you lift up your soul to the Lord?  Do you call on the Lord?  How have you seen God’s goodness, faithfulness and abounding love in your life?  (see Psalm 86:4-5, 8)
  2. What response is needed from us if there is no one else like the Lord?  Is God your Rock?
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    “The Lord is my rock, my fortress” – David in Psalm 18:2

    How has the Lord given you strength?  (see 1 Samuel 2:2, 10)

  3. If God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, is He able to make you alive with Him?  Why is salvation by grace alone?  Do you want to be in heavenly places in Christ Jesus?  (see Ephesians 2:4-6)
  4. How is it possible for people to do things in the Lord’s name, but never actually know Him?  Are you actually putting into practice Jesus’ words?  Upon what kind of foundation are you building?  (see Matthew 7:22-27)
  5. The Psalmist says that it is good to give thanks to the Lord.  Whom does it benefit?  How many times a day do you talk about God’s qualities?  (see Psalm 92:1-2, 4)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

  4. Is John saying that if you love God, you will love His family, the church?  Why or why not?  (Expanded Study question:  What is Jesus’ attitude toward the church?)  Who will win the victory, God’s children or the world?  How do you know?  (see 1 John 5:1-6)
  5. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. How often do you pray?  Why did David pray three times a day?  Is it okay to complain to God?  Are you going through a battle right now?  (see Psalm 55:16-18)
  2. Have you experienced the glory of the Lord?  What work has God given you to do?  (see Exodus 40:18, 33-34)
  3. Do you know how to live in order to please God?  What does it mean when Paul says that your sanctification is God’s will?  Have you asked God to sanctify you?  (see 1 Thessalonians 4:1, 3)
  4. What does it mean to “go the second mile?”  How can you “love your enemies?”  Is there a persecutor in your life for whom you need to pray?
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    “…he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous” – Jesus in Matthew 5:45

    Why does God offer blessings to the evil & the good?   Why does God allow rain to fall on the righteous and the unrighteous?  Why does perfection in God’s eyes relate to loving everyone?  (see Matthew 5:38-48)

  5. What does God know about you?  Is that awareness comforting or frightening?  What does it say about God’s attitude toward you that the number of His thoughts about you cannot be counted?  What does it say about God’s fondness for you that He will be with you even at the end?   (see Psalm 139:1, 17-18)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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Our Scripture readings for Sunday 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 makes Jesus good as a shepherd?  Do you listen to Jesus’ voice?  What is the significance of Jesus’ saying that no one takes His life from Him, but rather He lays it down of His own accord?  (see John 10:11-18)
  2. Why was the high-priestly family questioning Peter and John?  How was it possible for the crippled beggar to be healed?  Why were the Jewish leaders upset?  What do you learn from this event?  (see Acts 4:5-12)
  3. What does it mean for the Lord to be your shepherd?
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    “He makes me lie down in green pastures;
    he leads me beside still waters” – Psalm 23:2

    What green pastures has He offered you?  How does the Lord restore your soul?  How does the Lord comfort you in dark valleys?  How have you seen God’s goodness and mercy in your life?  (see Psalm 23)

  4. What is the best picture of what God’s love is?  How should we respond to that kind of divine love?  What does it mean to love not just in word, but in truth and action?  Do you believe in Jesus?  What does it mean to obey the command to “love one another?”  (see 1 John 3:16-24)
  5. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Friday – Easter 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) -Wednesday – Easter Wk3

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday 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. For whom do you wait?  Do you wait for the Lord’s answer?  Can you relate to David’s call for God’s presence and help?  If so, why?  (see Psalm 38:15, 21-22)
  2. Why do the people not need to be afraid, yet are to fear the Lord?  What does it mean then to “fear” the Lord?  Why did the people stand at a distance from the the Lord? (see Exodus 20:20-21)
  3. What does it mean to say that “in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell”? If all of God was in Jesus, how should we respond to Him?  On the cross, Jesus was “making peace” between whom?  (see Colossians 1:19-20)
  4. Why did Jesus want to be baptized?
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    “…for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” – Jesus in Matthew 3:15

    Have you been baptized?  If not, would you be willing to be baptized?  (Consider talking to your pastor to schedule your baptism!)  What do you think it meant to Jesus to hear the voice from heaven?  (see Matthew 3:13-17)

  5. Do you want to learn the Lord’s statutes?  Are you observing the Lord’s law with your whole heart?  Will you ask for the Lord’s salvation to come to you?  (see Psalm 119:33-34, 41)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. When do you talk to the Lord?  Do you take refuge in the Lord?  How have you seen the Lord bless and cover the righteous?  (see Psalm 5:3, 8, 11-12)

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    “O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.” – Psalm 5:3
  2. Why do you sing to the Lord, if you do?  If God is “majestic in holiness, awesome in splendor, doing wonders,” is He worthy of songs of praise?   What examples have you seen of the Lord leading people in His steadfast love?  (see Exodus 15:1, 4, 11, 13)
  3. What does it mean to prepare your mind for action?  Are you self-disciplined?  Upon what is your hope set?  What does it mean to be holy “in all your conduct”?  (see 1 Peter 1:13, 15)
  4. How have you seen Jesus reveal Himself to you (He has promised to do so to those who love Him and keep His commandments)?  Is your life a “home” for Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit?  What is the Holy Spirit teaching you these days?  Is your heart troubled, fearful, or at peace?  (see John 14:18-31)
  5. Does knowing that the Lord’s eyes see us bring you comfort or fear?  Why?  Do you want to see His face?  Why or why not? (see Psalm 11:4, 7)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday 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. How often do you sing praises to our God?  Why is it good to do so?  How do you respond to God’s command?  (see Psalm 147:1, 15, 19)
  2. Why did the Lord want the people to remember the day they came out of Egypt?  Do you remember the day you left a life enslaved to sin?  Why were they to eat unleavened bread?  (see Exodus 13:3, 7-8)

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    “Unleavened bread shall be eaten for seven days” – Exodus 13:7
  3. In what ways have we borne the image of Adam?  How will bearing the image of Christ be different?  (see 1 Corinthians 15:45, 47, 49)
  4. How much authority does Jesus have?  What are you doing to make disciples?  What has Jesus commanded us to do?  Are you obeying Jesus’ commands?  (see Matthew 28:16-20)
  5. Whom does the Psalmist call to praise the name of the Lord?  Why should the name of the Lord be praised?  How could you offer the Lord praise today?  (see Psalm 148:11-13)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) –Tuesday – Lent Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday of Week 5 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

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    “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:2

    From where does your help come?  How has the Lord “kept” you?  (see Psalm 121:1-2, 7)

  2. Why did the Lord deliver His people from slavery to Pharaoh?  How has the Lord delivered you?  Do you need to ask the Lord for deliverance in your life?  (see Exodus 6:1, 6)
  3. Why did the Lord’s people have trouble listening to Him, even when He sent them messengers from other nations?  Do you have any trouble listening to the Lord?  If so, what might be the solution to that problem?  (see 1 Corinthians 14:21)
  4.  Why did Jesus challenge His disciples about their willingness to sacrifice?  Is there any sacrifice you aren’t willing to make to enter the Kingdom of God?  Are you at peace with those around you? (see Mark 9:42-50)
  5. How do you respond when the Lord does great things for you?  What has the Lord done for you recently?  How did you respond?  (see Psalm 126:1-3)
  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 Wk5

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. Why did the Greeks want to see Jesus?  How did Philip arrange the meeting?  Whom do you know who needs to see Jesus for who He is?  How could you help them become friends with Jesus?  Why did Jesus not ask to be delivered from death? (see John 12:20-33)
  2. How was the new covenant different?  What does it mean for God’s law to be written on our hearts?  (see Jeremiah 31:31-34)
  3. Do you believe that David’s confession and request for forgiveness was genuine?  Why?  Have you offered God a genuine confession of your sins?  What does it mean to “desire truth in the inward being”?
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    “Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” – David (Psalm 51:7b)

    Why does David compare purity to the whiteness of snow?  Are you confident that God has blotted out all your iniquities?  Has God given you a clean heart and a new & right spirit?  (see Psalm 51:1-12)

  4. What does it imply to say that Christ was appointed a high priest forever?  What does it imply to say that Christ is the Son of God?  If Christ is the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him, what should your response be to Him?  (see Hebrews 5:5-10)
  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) – Sunday – Lent Wk3

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Our Scripture readings for Sunday 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 did Jesus run the moneychangers and the sellers of animals out of the Temple?  (cf. Matthew 21:13, Mark 11:17, Luke 19:46)  What did Jesus mean by the words, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up?”  (see John 2:13-22)
  2. Why did the Lord give His people these 10 “words” or commandments?  Which commandments are focused on our relationship with God Himself?  Which commandments are focused on our relationships with others?  Which of the 10 is the hardest for you to follow?  Why?  (see Exodus 20:1-17)
  3. How do the heavens tell the glory of God, when they can’t even speak?
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    “The heavens are telling the glory of God;
    and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.” – David, Psalm 19:1

    What characteristics of God’s law & truth does David highlight in Psalm 19?  Are the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart acceptable to the Lord?  (see Psalm 19)

  4. Why does the message of the cross seem like foolishness to some?  Was Paul anti-intellectual?  What kind of wisdom was Paul seeking?  Why was the message of Christ crucified a stumbling block to the Jews?  How does God’s “foolishness” rank on the scale of human wisdom?  How does God’s “weakness” rank on the scale of human strength? (See 1 Corinthians 1:18-25)
  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) – Sunday – Lent Wk1

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

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Whom does the Lord instruct?  Whom does the Lord guide?  (see Psalm 25:1-10)

Why did Christ suffer?  What did He do after being raised from the dead?  (see 1 Peter 3:18-22)

Why do you think Jesus was baptized?  What was the significance of what the voice from heaven said at Jesus’ baptism?  What does it mean to repent?  Have you repented? (see Mark 1:9-15)

Ashes to Fire (A) – Tuesday Easter-Week 7

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday 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.

“Clouds and thick darkness are all around Him… His lightnings light up the world… The mountains melt like wax before the Lord.” Psalm 97:2-5

What is the Psalmist saying about God? Why does he refer to “clouds and thick darkness,” “fire,” “lightnings,” and to mountains melting “like wax”? What is your response to our Lord, the king? (see Psalm 97:1-5)

Is your heart a heart of stone or of flesh? How can one tell the difference? What part does obedience play in having a “heart of flesh”? Have you asked God for an obedient heart? (see Ezekiel 11:19-20)

To what hope is the writer of Hebrews referring? What is your soul’s anchor? What does it mean to have an anchor in the Holy of Holies? (see Hebrews 6:19-20)

If Jesus were sending teams of disciples into your town, where would they go? Where will you go? Whom will you invite to go with you? Why does Jesus seem to tell His disciples to travel light? Why does Jesus tell His disciples to move on if they are not welcomed? How have you seen God at work in your work to tell others about Him? (see Luke 10:1-17)

Have you ever felt like your “foot [was] slipping”? How did you come through that experience? Do you have many “cares of [your] heart”? How can you overcome these cares? (see Psalm 94:18-19)

Ashes to Fire (A) – Monday Easter-Week 7

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

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne” – Ethan in Psalm 89:14
Why are righteousness and justice the foundation for leadership? Why does the Psalmist identify “steadfast love and faithfulness” as key qualities of the Lord? Do you walk in the Lord’s presence? (see Psalm 89:14-15)

What does it mean for Ezekiel to say that “the hand of the Lord was upon [him]”? Have you ever sensed the Lord’s hand on you? How did you respond? (see Ezekiel 3:22-24)

Have you ever been tempted to believe that God had overlooked your work and love you showed in serving Him? Why or why not? How does diligence help you “realize the full assurance of hope to the very end”? Do you have the “full assurance of hope” now? If not, how might you receive it? (see Hebrews 6:10-11)

Why did the village not receive Jesus? Why didn’t Jesus follow His disciples’ advice? What hindered people from following Jesus? (How many people do you think Jesus had to call before He got 12 to say, “Yes”?) Is there anything hindering you from following Jesus fully? (see Luke 9:51-62)

Could God consider you a “faithful one”? Why or why not? Do you claim God as your Father? Is God the source of your salvation? Are you able to live out “steadfast love” for God? What does that look like? Are you living in covenant with God? What does that mean? (see Psalm 89:19, 26, 28)

Ashes to Fire (A) – Sunday Easter-Week 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday 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.

“Then he led out his people like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.” – Psalm 78:52

How have you seen the Lord’s guidance in your life?  How has He been like a shepherd to you?  (see Psalm 78:52-54)

Why does the author of Deuteronomy seem to equate failing to keep the Lord’s commandments with forgetting Him?  What is the outcome of forgetting Him?  (see Deuteronomy 8:11, 19)

What is the difference between being merely a “hearer” and being a “doer” of the Word?  Which are you?  How can we keep from immediately forgetting what we learn in the Word?  How can we consistently incorporate what we learn from the Word into our lives?  (see James 1:22-24)

Why did Jesus’ disciples want Him to teach them how to pray?  Do you want to learn how to pray?  About what types of things did Jesus pray?  Why is persistence in prayer important?  Why is it important to ask, search, and knock?  How do you know that you can trust your Heavenly Father to answer your prayers?  (see Luke 11:1-13)

Why does darkness not hide us from God?  What should our response be to this knowledge?  Why does David ask God to search and know his heart?  Are you willing to do the same?  (see Psalm 139:11-12, 23)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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) – Wednesday Easter-Week 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is your heart’s deepest need?  About what do you sigh?  In what area of your life do you especially need the Lord’s strength?  Do you know that the Lord is near you?  (see Psalm 38:9-10, 21-22)

Why did people worship inanimate objects?  Does this still happen today?  If so, where & how?  How do you explain God’s response to their choice to worship created things rather than the Creator?  (see Daniel 5:3-5)

“And his commandments are not burdensome, 4 for whatever is born of God conquers the world.” 1 John 5:3b-4a

Why does John link love and obedience?  How is it possible that “commandments are not burdensome”?  Have you been born of God?  (see 1 John 5:3-4)

What does it say about Jesus that He was able to heal the sick and cast out demons?  Why did the demons say that Jesus was the “Son of God?’  Why did Jesus not let the demons speak?  (see Luke 4:38-44)

Do you pursue the Lord’s commandments with eagerness (“run the way of your commandments”) or do you run away from them?  Why?  Why did the Psalmist want to learn the way of the Lord’s statues?  Do you desire to observe His laws with your whole heart?  (see Psalm 119:32-34)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Our Scripture readings for Monday 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.

What difference would it make in your life for the Lord to be a shield around you?  In what way do you need the Lord’s deliverance today?  Pray for the Lord’s blessing to be on His people!  (see Psalm 3:3, 7-8)

“At the end of ten days it was observed that they appeared better and fatter than all the young men who had been eating the royal rations.” – Daniel 1:15

What do you need to do or not do today to keep yourself pure?  What could you change to improve your physical health?  Why did God bless Daniel & his companions’ choice (even though they could have been sentenced to death) with knowledge, skill and wisdom?  (see Daniel 1:8, 12, 15, 17)

Why is an eyewitness important?  Have you received the eternal life about which John testified?  (see 1 John 1:1-2)

What is eternal life according to Jesus?  How did Jesus bring glory to the Father?  How did the Father bring glory to His Son, Jesus?  What does it mean to keep the Father’s word (v. 6)?  How do you feel about the fact that Jesus asked His Father to protect us and to make us unified?  (see John 17:1-11)

Where do you find your security?  How have you experienced the Lord’s peace (shalom)?  (see Psalm 4:8)

Meditation Questions for #AshesToFire – Easter Wk7 Friday

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

In Heaven
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him.” – Psalm 103:11

Read Psalm 103:11-13.  How high are the heavens?  How far is the east from the west?  Why does the Psalmist use these distances to describe God’s love and forgiveness?  In what ways is God like the best father you know?  In what ways is God better than the best father you know?

Read Malachi 3:17.  What does it mean to you to know that you belong to the Lord?  How has the Father spared you?

Read Acts 26:19-20.  Have you obeyed God’s vision for you?  Have you repented and turned to God?  Are your actions consistent with a repentant attitude?

Read John 21:15-19.  Do you love Jesus?  What “sheep” has He placed in your care?  What steps do you need to take today to follow Him?

Read Psalm 102:12-13, 16.  What is implied when the Psalmist says that the Lord is enthroned forever?  When have you experienced the Lord arising to offer you compassion?  Have you ever seen the Lord’s glory?

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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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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 Thursday

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

Why should we declare the Lord’s faithfulness to our generation? …or to the last generation?  …or to the next generation?  What does the Psalmist mean by saying that the Lord’s “steadfast love is established forever?”  Meditate on Psalm 89:1-2.

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“There shall be a sowing of peace; the vine shall yield its fruit…” – Zechariah 8:12

What does the phrase “a sowing of peace” mean?  Why does God want our “hands [to] be strong?”  Read Zechariah 8:12-13.

What qualities do you think it would take to be a person “after [God’s] heart?”  Are you a person who will carry out all God’s wishes?  What difference would it make to your descendants if you were?  Consider the example of David, who was not perfect, but who, because of his repentant spirit, was forgiven.  Read Acts 13:22-23.

Is it a Judas-betrayal to act as if we are better than our Master, or as if we know better than He does?  What are the implications of accepting Jesus’ messengers?  Meditate on the words of Jesus in John 13:16-20.

If I asked you for a reason to praise the Lord, what reason would you give?  Why do you think the Psalmist says the name of the Lord is to be praised from dawn to dusk?  Read Psalm 113:1-3.

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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.

The Vision of the New Heaven and the New Earth...
“…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 Monday

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

What way have you chosen? What do you set before you? To what do you cling? What path are you running? Meditate on these questions as you read Psalm 119:30-32.

Why should you seek the Lord today? Is there anything you need to forsake? What are the implications of Isaiah’s promise that God will “abundantly pardon” those who return to Him? Read Isaiah 55:6-7.

Stoning of the ProtomartyrWhat was the source of the grace and power that Stephen shared? What do you think Stephen looked like when he was addressing the council? Read Acts 6:8-10, 15 and consider praying for grace and power sufficient to fulfill God’s purpose for you.

To what lengths do you go to seek Jesus? Are you seeking Jesus or what He can give you? For what kind of food are you working? Have you believed in the One whom God has sent? Meditate on John 6:22-29.

What is a “wonderful deed” that the Lord has done for you? With whom could you share what He did for you? Read Psalm 9:1-2.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk2 Friday

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

Roman Road
“Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.” – Psalm 27:11

Are you learning the Lord’s ways?  Are you walking on a “level path?”  Do you find it hard to “wait for the Lord?”  Why or why not?  Read Psalm 27:11, 13-14 (or if you have time read the entire Psalm).

How can we introduce others to Jesus?  Are you a messenger who announces peace and brings good news?  Consider how you might become one “who announces salvation.”  Think about the implications of Isaiah 52:6-7.

Read Acts 5:34-35, 38-39 and consider whether Gamaliel was right.  What evidence do you have to back up your answer?  Are you trying to support or overthrow what God is doing in our day?  Pray about your answer.

What do we learn about Jesus in John 6:1-15?  Why did Jesus challenge His disciples to feed the crowd?  What did the disciples learn about themselves?  What overwhelming need are you facing that you are wondering how to meet?  Read the passage from John 6 and consider how Jesus may be challenging your faith today.

Read Psalm 134:1-2 and consider taking time this evening before bedtime to offer praise to God.

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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.

Nature's highway without the road noise
“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 Wk1 Saturday

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

What are your favorite “glad songs of victory?”  Did you “recount the deeds of the Lord” to someone yesterday?  To whom could you tell the story of what God has done for you?  Think about Psalm 118;14-15, 17.

Isaiah says that there is only one God and that He provided for us a Savior.  What should our response be to such a God?  Meditate on Isaiah 45:21-23.

Before the Sanhedrin, St. John's College, Cambridge
Peter and John before the Sanhedrin

How should we respond if the commands of God and those of men differ?  How did Peter & John respond?  Consider the implications of Acts 4:18-20 for our day.

Why did Jesus’ disciples have so much trouble believing that Jesus had risen from the dead?  Do you believe?  What is the good news that His disciples are to share with the world?  Are you spreading the good news?  How?  Read Mark 16:9-15.

How can we “bless the Lord?”  What could we do or say that would be a blessing to God?  Think about this as you read Psalm 104:1, 33-34.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk5 Wednesday

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

Walking Out From Gimli
“Blessed be my rock,
and exalted be the God of my salvation” – Psalm 18:46

What does it mean for the Psalmist David to say that the Lord is his rock?  Why did David extol the Lord?  Has the Lord been your rock?  Will you extol Him?  Meditate on Psalm 18:46, 48-49.

What were Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego willing to do to remain faithful to the Lord?  What were they not willing to do?  What was Nebuchadnezzar’s response to their faith and God’s miraculous response?  Read Daniel 3:28 (and all of Chapter 3 if you have time!).

Why is faith important?  Are you living out your faith in God?  What are you doing to “diligently seek Him?”  Read Hebrews 11:6.

What are the implications of Jesus’ words: “everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin”?  What are the implications of Jesus’ words: “if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”  Are you a slave to sin or are you free?  Do you have faith that Jesus could actually set you free from sin?  Pray about Jesus’ words found in John 8:31-42.

Do you fear (reverence) the Lord and walk in His ways?  What is promised to those who do?  Consider the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 128:1-2, 4.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk5 Monday

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

What would the Lord discover if he tested you unexpectedly?  Are you seeking refuge in God?  Read Psalm 17:3-7.

What is the condition of your heart?  Have you asked God to change your heart?  Have you asked God to put His Spirit in you?  Will you?  Read Ezekiel 36:26-27.

What does it mean for the Lord to put His laws in our hearts and on our minds?  Consider the implications of Hebrews 10:15-17.  What difference would it make if our motivation for The Raising of Lazarusrighteous behavior is internal instead of external?

How has Jesus brought life to the dead places in your life?  What does the raising of Lazarus from the grave say to you about Jesus power?  …about our hope of eternal life?  Read John 11:1-45.

How has the Lord upheld you?  Are you willing to speak to praise the Lord?  (Consider leaving a comment below offering praise to God!)  Meditate on Psalm 145:13-14, 21.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk3 Saturday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk3 Friday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk3 Thursday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk1 Saturday

Moses receives the Commandments of GodConsider the following questions for meditation and then follow the link below to read the Scripture passages for today.

If I can’t earn salvation by obeying commandments, why is it still important that I obey?  Read Psalm 119:4-6 and Deuteronomy, chapter 26.

Are you willing to let Christ live in you?  Read Galatians 2:20.

What does it mean, practically speaking, to love your enemies?  Read Matthew, chapter 5.

The Psalmist says that God thinks of you more often than you can count.  Does that idea frighten or fortify you?  Read Psalm 139.

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