Ashes to Fire (Year B) – Pentecost Sunday

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Friday – Easter 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) -Friday – Easter Wk5

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. Why does the Psalmist seem to want God’s help for him to be tied to (& not separate from) God’s help for His people?  Do you more often pray for God to help you or for Him to help His church?  Do you rejoice in what God is doing for His people?  (see Psalm 106:4-5)
  2. Why are we to observe a sabbath?  Is your sabbath a “holy convocation?”  What does that mean?  What does it mean to say that the sabbath is “to the Lord?”  Compare this passage from Leviticus 23:1-3 with what Jesus says in Mark 2:23-28.
  3. Why does Paul give thanks to God for the Thessalonians?  What does this verse imply about how one can be sanctified?  Do you believe the truth given us in God’s Word?  Have you asked the Spirit to sanctify you?  (see 2 Thessalonians 2:13)
  4. Why should we not judge others?
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    “Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?” – Jesus in Matthew 7:3

    Why is it so hard to see the “log” in our own eye, but so easy to see the “speck” in someone else’s eye?  Have you ever treated something holy as if it were trash?  Why or why not?  What does it mean to ask, search and knock?  Do you believe God will give you good things?  (see Matthew 7:1-12)

  5. Do you give thanks to God’s holy name?  What might it look like to “glory in [His] praise”?  What does “Amen” mean?  (see Psalm 106:47-48)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Tuesday – Easter Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday 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

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“Sing to God, sing praises to his name.” – Psalm 68:4
  1. Is your soul able to wait in silence on God?  What is implied by saying that “power belongs to God”?  What kind of power do you need for your life?  Is it significant to you that God’s love is steadfast?  Why or why not?  (see Psalm 62:1-2, 11-12)
  2. Do you know what it is like to be clean before the Lord “from all your sins?”  If not, do you want to experience it?  If you do, ask God for His forgiveness and cleansing! (see Leviticus 16:30-31)
  3. What does it say about God that He has NOT destined us for wrath, but rather for obtaining salvation?  What does it say about our destiny that whether we are awake (alive) or asleep (dead) we will LIVE with Jesus?  (see 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10)
  4. Does God need to be persuaded when we pray?  If God knows what we need before we ask, why are we told to ask?  Do you pray about the things Jesus does (worship, God’s rule, His will on earth, our provisions, forgiveness for ourselves & others, spiritual strength & rescue)?  (see Matthew 6:7-15)
  5. Why is song an appropriate response to God?  What is God’s sanctuary?  Have you received God’s power and strength?  (see Psalm 68:4, 35)
  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) -Tuesday – Easter Wk4

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday 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 for God’s throne to endure forever and ever?  Is God being “judgmental” when he loves righteousness and hates wickedness?  (see Psalm 45:6-7)
  2. Why is so important to Moses for God to forgive the sin of His people?  Would you be willing to pray a similar prayer for someone you know?  (see Exodus 32:30-31)
  3. Would you say that you are a good example to all the believers?  Have you turned to God from any idols in your life?  Are you expecting God’s resurrected Son to return from heaven?  Are you ready for His return?  (see 1 Thessalonians 1:7, 9-10)
  4. Why can we consider ourselves blessed when others persecute us, revile us and say false things about us because of Jesus?  What does it mean to be the “salt of the earth?”  What does it mean to be the “light of the world?”
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    “You are the light of the world.” – Jesus, spoken to His disciples in Matthew 5:14

    What works are you doing which will give glory to our Father in heaven?  (see Matthew 5:11-16)

  5. Take five minutes to ponder God’s “steadfast love” for you!  How could God’s praise reach to the ends of the earth?  (see Psalm 48:1, 9-10)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Monday – Easter Wk3

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. Why did David lift up his soul to the Lord?  Do you trust in God?  What requests do you have of the Lord?  Are you willing to have the Lord teach you His paths?
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    “Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation” – David in Psalm 25:4-5

    Do you want to know His truth?  What did David mean by saying, “for you I wait all day long”?  (see Psalm 25:1-2, 4-5)

  2. To whom have you shared the story of how God has led you, helped you and delivered you?  How do you know that the Lord is greater than all other objects of worship?  (see Exodus 18:8, 10-11)
  3. How do you handle anxiety?  What does it mean to you to know that God cares for you?  How does the promise of restoration, support, strength and establishment affect you when you are going through suffering?  (see 1 Peter 5:7, 10-11)
  4. What does it mean to repent?  Are you a citizen of the kingdom of heaven?  Is your life ready for the arrival of the Lord?  Have you confessed your sins?  Are you willing to share the Good News of forgiveness with others?  (see Matthew 3:1-6)
  5. Is the Lord your stronghold?  Do you put your trust in Him?  Are you seeking Him? (see Psalm 9:9-10)
  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 Wk3

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. Why were the disciples startled and terrified?  How did Jesus prove to the disciples that He was really alive?  Can you think of any predictions of the Old Testament that Jesus fulfilled?  Consider asking Jesus to open your mind to understand the Scripture.  Have you repented of your sins?  Have you received Christ’s forgiveness for your sins?  (see Luke 24:36-48)
  2. By whose power was the crippled man able to walk?  How did Jesus receive glory?
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    “Why do you wonder at this…as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk?”

    Why did the people have Jesus crucified and a murderer released?  How powerful is faith in Jesus?  What do you need to do if you want your sins wiped out? (see Acts 3:12-19)

  3. What answer are you seeking from God?  Why would someone “love vain words and seek after lies?”  Are you faithful?  What do you do when you are feeling disturbed? What sacrifices are “right”?  How has the Lord brought you gladness?  Does trust in the Lord help you sleep in peace?  (see Psalm 4)
  4. What does it mean to you to be a child of God?  What will it be like to “be like him” when we “see him as he is”?  Do you have hope that you will see him?  Are you purifying yourself in preparation for that day?  What does John mean when he says that “sin is lawlessness”?  Has Jesus taken away your sins?  Are you abiding in him?  (see 1 John 3:1-7)
  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 Wk2

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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    “Lift up your hands to the holy place,
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  5. Do you bless the Lord?  Do you lift up your hands to praise the Lord?  Why or why not?  (see Psalm 134:1-2)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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Our Scripture readings for Monday 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 to say that “The Lord is king”?  If this is true (and it is!) how should you respond?  Does holiness befit your house?  (see Psalm 93:1-2, 5)
  2. Why did the Jews put the blood of a lamb on the lintel and doorposts of their homes during Passover?  What did this act teach their children?  How can we convey the importance of the sacrifice of Christ to our children and grandchildren?  (see Exodus 12:23-27)
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    “He was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures” – Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:4

    Is it significant that Jesus both died and was raised “in accordance with the scriptures”?  Why or why not?  What is of “first importance” to you?  (see 1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

  4. Who do you think rolled away the stone?  Why?  Who was the “young man” in the tomb and why was he there?  Why were the women seized with terror and amazement?  What was the most significant thing the “young man” said?  (see Mark 16:1-8)
  5. How do you know that God has listened to your prayer?  Is it possible for God to love you and still say, “No,” to a prayer you have prayed?  (see Psalm 66:19-20)
  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 – Lent Wk6

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. Do you pray more in the daytime or at night?  Why?  Have you ever felt that you were in the “depths of the Pit”?  Have you ever felt that God had abandoned you to the grave?  (How do you think Jesus felt facing the cross?)  (see Psalm 88:1-3, 6, 11)20130212-211455.jpg
  2. What answer have you received from the Lord when you called out to Him in desperation?  How did the Lord respond to Jeremiah?  How does the awareness of God’s presence make a difference?  (see Lamentations 3:55-57)
  3. What does it mean to you to know that Jesus was tempted in every point as we are?  What is your response to the fact that, though tested, he did not sin?  How can we “approach the throne of grace with boldness”?  (see Hebrews 4:15-16)
  4. Where do you see God’s goodness in your life?  Do you wait for the Lord?  What does that mean to you?  How is having courage related to waiting for the Lord?  (see Psalm 27:13-14)
  5. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. Are there times when it seems as though the Lord hides from you?  Why does the Lord not answer as speedily as we would like?  (see Psalm 102:1-2)
  2. Did the Lord help the people of Jerusalem who experienced ruin as vast as the sea?  Will the Lord help you with the challenges that you face?  (see Lamentations 2:10, 13)https://www.flickr.com/photos/35409814@N00/2347251453/
  3. How do you prepare to share in the Lord’s Supper?  How do we discern the body and blood of the Lord as we participate in the Lord’s Supper?  (see 1 Corinthians 11:27-29)
  4. How did Jesus know the disciples would meet a man carrying a jar of water who also had a large room available?  Why did Jesus reveal the upcoming betrayal?  Why is Jesus choosing to abstain from the “fruit of the vine”?  (see Mark 14:12-25)
  5. Do you cry out to the Lord?  What do you cry out to Him?  What does it mean to say that the Lord is the Psalmists “portion in the land of the living”?  (see Psalm 142:5)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. What do you do when you are in anguish or face fear and trembling?  Is it okay to complain to God?  Will the Lord hear you if you don’t call upon Him?  (see Psalm 55:4-5, 16-17)
  2. Why did Israel face destruction?
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    “He has destroyed all its palaces, laid in ruins its strongholds” – Lamentations 2:5b

    Why were its palaces and strongholds destroyed?  Why was there multiplied mourning and lamentation in Judah?  (see Lamentations 2:5)

  3. Why did Paul face “much distress and anguish of heart and…many tears”?  Why did Paul write to the Corinthians?  (see 2 Corinthians 2:4)
  4. Why did the tenants reject the vineyard owner’s servants?  Why did the tenants kill the owner’s son?  How did the owner respond?  Why did Jesus tell this story?  (see Mark 12:1-11)
  5. Why did the Psalmist want the Lord to remember how the enemy scoffs?  Is He likely to forget?  Does the Lord remember His covenant with you?  Do you?  Is it easy for the poor and needy to praise the Lord’s name?  Why or why not?  (see Psalm 74:18-22)
  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 Wk6

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. Why do we often feel as though we are all alone?  Is it true?  What does the Psalmist discover?  (see Psalm 12:1, 7)
  2. When the people of Jerusalem go into exile, how does Jeremiah respond?  To whom do you turn when things go wrong?  (see Lamentations 1:17-18, 20)
  3. How did Paul face “the sentence of death”?  What does that say to you about how to face the challenges of your life?  (see 2 Corinthians 1:8-9)
  4. Why weren’t the chief priests, scribes and elders willing to acknowledge the authority of Jesus?  Have you acknowledged the authority of Jesus over your life? If so, what difference is that making in your life?  (see Mark 11:27-33)

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    “But the Lord has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge.” – Psalm 94:22
  5. How has the Lord been a stronghold for you?  How has the Lord rescued you?  (see Psalm 94:16, 22)
  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 – Lent Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Friday 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. Does your family have a history of trusting God?  If so, how does that help you trust God?  If not, does that make it harder to trust God?  How could you leave a positive legacy for your family?  (see Psalm 22:3-5)
  2. If Pharaoh admitted that he was in the wrong, why did he continue to harden his heart toward God?  Why does one’s attitude toward God make a difference?  What is your attitude toward God? (see Exodus 9:27, 29-30, 33, 35)
  3. Why do some people not “see” the good news about Christ?  How can we prevent having our minds blinded to the light of Christ?  (see 2 Corinthians 4:3-4)
  4. What does it say about Jesus that He knew what awaited Him in Jerusalem…and went anyway?  Why did James & John want seats of honor?  What was the “cup” that Jesus would drink?  How was Jesus’ kingdom to be different from the kingdom of this world?  Why did Jesus come?  What would it mean for you to live as He did?  (see Mark 10:32-45)
  5. How important is it to you to know that the Lord hears your prayers?
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    “Save me, O Lord,…I have fled to you for refuge.” – Psalm 143:9

    Have you ever felt like your spirit was failing and needed a rescue and a refuge?  Are you willing to seek the Lord for salvation and help?  (see Psalm 143:1, 7, 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 (Year B) –Wednesday – Lent Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday 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. Do you cry to the Lord wholeheartedly?  Why do you think the Psalmist got up before dawn?  (see Psalm 119:145-147, 174)
  2. Why did God want the Egyptians to know that He is the Lord?  How do you know that He is the Lord? (see Exodus 7:2, 5, 20-21)
  3. How does Christ bring triumph or victory into your life?  What good things come from knowing Christ?  Do you stand in God’s presence?  (see 2 Corinthians 2:14, 17)

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    ““Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” – Mark 10:14
  4. Why was divorce permitted?  What is God’s desire for marriage?  What does Jesus’ attitude toward children say to you?  What does it mean to receive the kingdom of God as a little child? (see Mark 10:1-16)
  5. Have you ever felt like you were crying out to God out of the depths?  Did you have to wait on the Lord’s reply?  Do you long for the Lord more than someone in darkness longs for the dawn?  (see Psalm 130:1-2, 5-6)
  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 – Lent Wk3

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Our Scripture readings for Friday 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. Do you have a daily devotional time?  What do you do?  How do you incorporate prayer into your life? (see Psalm 88:9, 13)
  2. Why did Pharaoh offer the best of Egypt to Joseph’s family?
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    “Now, we ask you, let your servants settle in the land of Goshen.” – Psalm 47:4

    (see Genesis 47:4, 6)

  3. What is Paul’s goal?  What is he willing to sacrifice to achieve that goal?  What does he hope will be the outcome?  (see 1 Corinthians 9:19, 22-23)
  4. What would have been your reaction if you been in that boat and had seen Jesus walking on the water during the storm?  Why were the disciples’ hearts hard?  What did the people of Gennesaret learn about Jesus while He was with them?  What does this mean for you in your life?  (see Mark 6:47-56)
  5. Why is it good to give thanks to the Lord?  Why is it good to sing praises to His name?  Do you talk about God morning and night?  What work of God has made you glad?  (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?

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

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday 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. How are we led by God’s “light” and truth?  What do you do to seek God’s presence?  (see Psalm 43:3-4)
  2. Why did God need to reassure Jacob about his going down to Egypt?  Has God ever offered reassurance to you that He hasn’t forgotten about you, or that He is still with you?  (see Genesis 46:1-3)
  3. https://www.flickr.com/photos/40595948@N00/2446809771/What does Paul mean by saying that those who plow or thresh should share in the crop?  (see 1 Corinthians 9:10, 14)
  4. Why did Jesus want the apostles to get some rest away from people?  Why did Jesus respond to the crowd with compassion?  What was Jesus trying to teach His disciples in asking them to feed the crowd?  Why did Jesus dismiss the crowd and then go up on the mountain?  (see Mark 6:30-46)
  5. How does God make you glad?  What does it mean to “lift up [your] soul” to the Lord?  What descriptions would you use in talking about God?  (see Psalm 86:4-5)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday 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. When is the last time you poured out your heart before God?  Do you trust in Him at all times?  (see Psalm 62:1-2, 8)
  2. Why did God allow famine to affect Jacob and his sons and their families?  Why didn’t Jacob allow Benjamin to go with his brothers to buy grain in Egypt?  Why did Egypt alone have grain? (see Genesis 42:3-5)
  3. Have you cleaned away any malice in your life?  Have you replaced it with sincerity & truth? https://www.flickr.com/photos/davea2007/14044198665/in/photostream/ What is a paschal lamb? (see 1 Corinthians 5:7-8)
  4. Why did Jesus’ family want to restrain Him?  Why did people think He was out of His mind?  How was He able to cast out demons?  Are you Jesus’ brother, sister or mother?  (see Mark 3:19-35)
  5. How does the Lord bear you up daily?  Is He your source of power and strength?  (see Psalm 68:19-20, 35)
  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 – Lent Wk1

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday 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.

How often do you “call upon God?”  Do you cast your burden on the Lord?  Do you find it easy to take it back from Him?  Why or why not? (see Psalm 55:16, 18, 22)

What do you think sustained Joseph through the hard times?  How do you think Joseph felt when he was not only released from prison, but was also “set over all the land of Egypt?”  (see Genesis 41:38-41)

Why shouldn’t we judge people?  Is there anything you are trying to hide from the Lord?  What does Paul imply about the likelihood of your success in that effort?  Will you be commended or condemned by the Lord when He comes?  (see 1 Corinthians 4:5)

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“One sabbath he was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain.” Mark 2:23

What are the implications of saying that the “sabbath was made for humankind and not humankind for the sabbath?”  What ways do you find to do good on the sabbath?  Why were the Pharisees more concerned about keeping rules than helping someone in need?  (see Mark 2:23-3:6)

How has the Lord helped you in trouble?  Has the Lord preserved you against the wrath of your enemies?  Has the Lord fulfilled His purpose for you yet?  If not, how do you think He will?

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

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

Do you have a teachable spirit?  What have you been learning from God and His Word recently?  (see Psalm 119:66-68)

Why did Jacob’s sons deceive him?  Why did Jacob refuse to be comforted?  (see Genesis 37:31-36)

Why did Paul choose to know nothing except Jesus Christ, and him crucified?  How was the Spirit’s power demonstrated in Paul’s ministry?  (see 1 Corinthians 2:2-4)

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“In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.” – Mark 1:35

What does it say about Jesus that he was able to heal the sick and to cast out demons?  Why did Jesus take time to pray, even before dawn?  (see Mark 1:29-45)

Why might a ransom to God be needed for someone’s life?  (see Psalm 49:7)

Ashes to Fire (Year B) – Friday – Day 3

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Our Scripture readings for Friday (Day 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.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/18199254@N02/5335349005/Have you asked God to guide you in your life?  Ask Him to guide you today! (see Psalm 25:4-5)

How would you pray for your city?  (see Daniel 9:15-19)

Are you willing to hear (and live out) sound doctrine?  (see 2 Timothy 4:3-5)

 

Ashes to Fire (Year B) – Thursday – Day 2

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday (Day 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 asked God to forgive you of your sins? (cf. Psalm 25:7, Daniel 9:5, 1 John 1:9)

What does it mean to “trust” in God?  (cf. Psalm 25:1-2)

What should our response be to the condition of our city? (cf. Daniel 9:2-3)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday 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.

“Lead me to the rock that is higher than I; for you are my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.” – David in Psalm 61:2b-3

When do you cry out to the Lord?  What do you do when your “heart is faint”?  Have you discovered that the Lord is a “refuge, a strong tower against the enemy”?  (see Psalm 61:1-3)

What does it mean for Isaiah to say that instead of the sun & moon, the Lord will be “your everlasting light”?  What is implied by this for your life? (see Isaiah 60:19)

What does conformity to this world look like?  Are you asking the Lord to renew your mind, to transform you so that you can discern the will of God?  (see Romans 12:2)

What kind of soil are you?  Are you receptive to the Word of God?  Are you growing in your faith?  Are you producing fruit?  (see Luke 8:1-15)

Will you pray that the Lord will go “out before [His] people”?  Ask the Lord to show His strength on behalf of His people!  (see Psalm 68:7-8, 28)

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

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Our Scripture readings for the Sunday of Easter 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 Jesus reveal about His relationship with and connection to His Father?  What does Jesus reveal about how to have a relationship with His Father?  Why does Jesus promise to answer our requests?  What if we ask for something that would not bring glory to His Father?  (see John 14:1-14)

Why does Stephen see heaven opened?  Where is Jesus?  Why did the people kill Stephen?  Why was Stephen able to forgive those who were hurling stones at him?  (see Acts 7:55-60)

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

For what reasons have you ever sought refuge in God?  Is there any significance in the fact that it seems that Stephen quoted David as he was dying?  What does it mean for David to say “my times are in your hand”?  (see Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16)

Are you growing spiritually?  What does it mean to be built into a spiritual house as a living stone?  Why have you been offered the privilege of being in God’s holy, royal priesthood?  Where do you see God’s mercy in your life?  (see 1 Peter 2:2-10)

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

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday 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.

How often do you call upon the Lord?  How do you express your complaints?  (see Psalm 55:16-18)

“If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,’ even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.” – Psalm 139:11-12

How do you feel when you finish a project?  What was the Lord’s response to the completion of the tabernacle?  (see Exodus 40:18, 33-34)

With what type of “garments” do you clothe your spirit?  What does Paul say is the perfect “clothing” accessory which ties everything together?  (see Colossians 3:12, 14)

What evidence does Jesus list for John to show that He is the Promised One?  What is the commendation that Jesus gives to John?  Why does Jesus say that the least in the kingdom of God is greater than John?  Why were some critical of John the Baptist and also critical of Jesus, despite their opposite approaches?  (see Luke 7:18-28, 31-35)

Why is the darkness not dark to God?  Are you willing to let God search you and know your heart; to test and know your thoughts?  Why or why not?  (see Psalm 139:11-12, 23)

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

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday 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.

Does it make a difference in your life to know that God’s throne will endure eternally?  How does it affect you to know that God’s rule will affirm righteousness and oppose wickedness?  (see Psalm 45:6-7)

With whom did Jacob wrestle, in your opinion?  Why did Jacob desire to be blessed by the man?  Why was Jacob given a new name?  What do you learn from Jacob’s experience? (see Genesis 32:24, 26-28)

“…shout to God with loud songs of joy. For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome, a great king over all the earth.” – Psalm 47:1b-2

How was it possible for us to be reconciled to God, when we were once “estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds?”  Is it possible, according to Paul, for us to be holy, blameless and irreproachable before God?  (see Colossians 1:21-22)

Why did Jesus spend the night in prayer?  Why do you think Jesus chose Judas?  How might Jesus bring healing to your life?  How can Jesus say that the poor, the hungry and the weeping, the hated, the rejected, are blessed?  Why does Jesus say that some situations that seem to be blessings will result in woe?  (see Luke 6:12-26)

What are the methods the Psalmist calls his readers/listeners to use to praise God?  Why does he call upon us to praise God?  What reasons do you have today to offer God praise?  What methods will you choose to use to offer your praise?  (see Psalm 47:1-2, 4)

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

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Our Scripture readings for the Sunday of Easter 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.

Is Jesus a stranger to you? Can you recognize the “voice” of Jesus? Why is a gate important? List the differences between a shepherd and a thief. (see John 10:1-11)

“So again Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.'” – John 10:7

How might we devote ourselves to the apostle’s teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayer today? How might we provide for those who are in need? Why did the disciples “spend much time together” at their place of worship? Why is eating together important? Are you praying for people you know to be saved? (see Acts 2:42-47)

Have you invited the Lord to shepherd you? How has the Lord provided for you? Has He restored your soul? What direction is He leading you at this point in your life? How does the Good Shepherd dispel fear? What did it mean in Old Testament times to be anointed? How has the Lord’s “goodness and mercy” followed you throughout your life? Do you have divine assurance that you will live in the house of the Lord “for length of days?” (see Psalm 23)

When have you suffered unjustly? Did you endure it? Why would God offer His approval for such endurance? Why should we follow Christ’s steps? Why did Jesus bear our sins in His body on the cross? How do you need to be healed today? Do you need to return “to the shepherd and guardian of [your soul]”? (see 1 Peter 2:19-25)

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) – Tuesday-Easter-Week 3

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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.

With what song do you give thanks to the Lord?  What is your response to the reassurance that the Lord has heard the sound of your pleadings?  What is your strength & shield?  (see Psalm 28:6-7)

“I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored the one who lives forever. For his sovereignty is an everlasting sovereignty, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation.” – Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4:34

What is your response to the fact Nebuchadnezzar, who was arguably the greatest king of his time, lifted up his eyes to God and acknowledged His sovereignty and eternity?  (see Daniel 4:34)

Why should we love one another, according to John?  How do we invite God to live in us and perfect His love in us?  (see 1 John 4:11-12)

What is the significance of the fact that the demon knew who Jesus was, the Holy One of God?  What did the demon fear that Jesus would do to him?  What is the significance of the fact that the demon came out at Jesus’ command?  (see Luke 4:31-37)

Why is God’s steadfast love precious to the Psalmist?  Why is God a refuge to him?  What does the Psalmist mean when he says that in God’s light “we see light”?

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

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Our Scripture readings for the Saturday of Easter 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.

To what king is the Psalmist referring, who has been given “length of days forever and ever?”  How has the Lord given you strength?  …help?  …rich blessings?  (see Psalm 21:1, 3-4)

How is it that the three Hebrews thrown into the fire were unharmed and were released from that which bound them?  Who was the fourth man with the appearance of a god?  (see Daniel 3:24-25)

Why would the world hate Christians?  How can we tell if we have the life of Christ within us?  How do we know what love is?  (see 1 John 3:13-14, 16)

“Jesus answered him, ‘It is said, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”’” Luke 4:12

Which temptation would have been the most difficult for you to overcome?  How did Jesus defeat these temptations?  What does it mean to live on the word of God?  How do people worship things other than God?  Have you ever tried to test God?  If so, why?  What lessons do you learn from Jesus’ temptations?  (see Luke 4:1-13)

How has the Lord delivered your soul from death?  How will the Lord deliver your eyes from tears (see Isaiah 25:8)?  What does it mean to keep your faith?  Have you offered to the Lord a thanksgiving sacrifice recently?  When have you called on the name of the Lord?  (see Psalm 116:8-10, 17)

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

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday 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.

“I treasure your word in my heart, so that I may not sin against you.” – Psalm 119:11

What does it mean to seek God with your whole heart? What does treasuring God’s word look like? How does treasuring God’s word result in avoiding sin? (see Psalm 119:10-11)

Does it reassure you or scare you to know that God knows what is in the darkness?  Why?  For what can you give God thanks and praise today?  (see Daniel 2:22-23)

Do you love your brothers & sisters?  Is this “old commandment” speaking just about blood kin, or does it refer to a larger group of people?  What does it mean to live “in the light?”  (see 1 John 2:7, 10)

What is your reaction to knowing that Jesus prayed for you in the passage we are reading today from the Gospel of John?  Why did Jesus want us as His followers to be completely one and for us to be in Him & the Father?  Is it possible for the Father’s love for Jesus to be in us also?  How?  (see John 17:20-26)

About what do you want the Lord to answer you?  Do you believe the Lord will give you victory over death?  Why or why not?  Is your heart able to rejoice in your salvation?  (see Psalm 13:3, 5)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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).

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“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 Wk6 Saturday

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

Read Psalm 47:8-9.  What is implied by the Psalmist’s statement, “God is king over the nations?”  What does it imply about God to say “the shields of the earth belong to God?”

Read Zechariah 14:20-21a.  How would you approach life differently if everything around you was “Holy to the Lord,” set apart for God, dedicated to the glory of God?  What if you yourself were “Holy to the Lord?”

Read Acts 18:25, 28.  What is significant to you about Apollos’ ministry?  Why was his ministry effective?  What might that imply about your personal ministry or that of your church?  What are the implications of saying that “the Messiah is Jesus?”

Read John 16:23-28.  What does it mean to ask “in Jesus’ name?”  Do your requests honor Jesus’ name?  For what are you asking the Father?

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“Teach us to count our days that we might gain a wise heart.” – Psalm 90:12

Meditate on Psalm 90:12, 17.  If you live an average life span, how many days do you have left?  How might numbering those days help you gain a “wise heart?”  Can you ask God to “prosper the work of our hands?”

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk6 Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk6 Sunday

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

Are you willing to let God make His home with you?  How do you know if you truly love God?  Are you experiencing God’s peace in the midst of a troubled world?  Read John 14:23-29.

Easter6_PeaceDoes our city need a “place of prayer?”  Does it have one?  Do you know anyone who is seeking God?  What could you do to help that person find Him?  Read Acts 16:9-15.

How could God bless us so that His saving power might be made known among the nations?  How could we be part of helping “all the ends of the earth [to] revere him?”  Meditate on Psalm 67.

What will be the place of the nations in the New Heavenly Jerusalem?  In what way does God’s heart for the nations show up in His Holy City?  What description of this city is most meaningful to you?  Read Revelation 21:10, 22-27; 22:1-5.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk5 Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk4 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 Wk4 Monday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk3 Saturday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk3 Thursday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk3 Tuesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 Wednesday

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

How is it possible to “bless the Lord at all times?”  How could we make our whole lives a blessing to God?  How could we keep His praise in our mouths continually?  Meditate on Psalm 34:1-3

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“I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” – Isaiah 49:6

Why is the Lord not satisfied with reaching only our family?  Why does the Lord want to reach the nations, to the end of the earth?  What could we do to help to share His light with the world?  Pray about your place in world evangelism as you read Isaiah 49:5-6.

Why did the angel deliver the apostles from prison?  Why are we kept free?  Read Acts 5:19-21 and consider your God-given mission.

Why did Jesus come into the world?  Have you received His gift of eternal life?  Will you believe in Him and choose to live in the light?  Think about Jesus’ words in John 3:16-21.

Do you need an answer from God?  Ask God for that answer, along with the Psalmist’s request in Psalm 13:3, 5.  Do you trust in God’s steadfast love and rejoice in His salvation?  Take time to offer Him praise today!

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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Easter Wk2 Monday

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

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“Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage.” – Psalm 2:8

Psalm 2 says that the Lord will make the nations the heritage of His Son.  What does this mean?  Read Psalm 2:7-8.  What could you do to help the nations learn about the Lord?

How close are you to the Lord’s deliverance?  How has God brought deliverance near?  Are you willing to receive His salvation?  Meditate on Isaiah 46:12-13.

The response of the apostles to persecution was not to pray for protection, but to pray for boldness.  What does that say about their focus and commitment?  Would you be willing to pray for God to do what only He can do?  Think about the apostles’ approach to ministry found in Acts 4:29-30.

Have you been born of the Spirit, born from above?  Have you received a new life from Christ?  Are you willing to?  Admit that you have sinned; Believe that Jesus died to offer you new life; Claim the forgiveness and salvation He offers;  Don’t wait!  Read John 3:1-8.

What does the Psalmist mean when he asks for the light of the Lord’s face to shine on him?  How does our relationship with God affect our sense of peace?  Could the state of our relationship with God possibly affect our ability to get a good night’s sleep?  Why or why not?  Consider what the Psalmist says in Psalm 4:6-8.

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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Easter Wk1 Friday

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

What does the Psalmist mean by his reference to the “cornerstone?”  How did the Apostle Paul make use of the word “cornerstone” (see Ephesians 2:19-21)?  Read Psalm 118:22-24 and compare.

Has the Lord “swept away your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like a mist?”  Have you asked Him to?  Pray a prayer based on your response to what Isaiah says in Isaiah 44:21-22.

How use does Peter make of the word “cornerstone” in Acts 4:10-11?  What does this tell us about who Peter believed Jesus to be?  What other clues to who Jesus is can you find in this passage?

Boat on the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias, Gennesareth).
“Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’” – John 21:3

Why, do you think, did Peter and these other disciples go back to fishing?  How were they able to catch so many fish?  Why didn’t Peter wait for the boat to take him to shore?  What do you learn about Jesus and about the disciples from John 21:1-14?

The Psalmist is determined to use his life to “recount the deeds of the Lord.”  What are you doing with your life?  Are you entering the “gates of righteousness?”  Meditate on Psalm 118:17, 19, and 28.

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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Easter Wk1 Wednesday

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

For what will you give thanks to God today?  Why do you need to call on His name today?  What has God done for you that you need to tell others about today?  What song of praise for God is on your mind today?  Make a joyful noise to Him!  Mediate on the words of Psalm 105:1-3.

What things in the past will you choose to forget?  What new thing is God wanting to do in your life? What wilderness in your life needs a God-built road?

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“rivers in the desert” – Isaiah 43:19

What is the desert you are crossing that needs a divinely-fed river?  Think about God’s promise to you in Isaiah 43:14, 18-19.

In what way do you need the Lord’s healing?  What would it mean for you to “stand up and walk?”  Are you willing to take that “step?”  Whom do you know who is looking for the wrong thing?  How could you help them to connect with what God wants for them?  Pray about how the transformation of Acts 3 could impact you or those you know today.

Have you ever been confused about what God is doing in your life or in our world?  Have you ever looked back in your life and realized that Jesus was with you even when you didn’t realize it?  How does the story of Jesus’ walk to Emmaus challenge your faith today?  Meditate on what it might mean for Jesus to walk with you today as you read Luke 24:13-35.

How might it change the way you live if you choose to always give glory to God instead of seeking it for yourself?  In what ways have you seen that “the Lord has been mindful of us?”  In what ways have you seen that your reverence for God has resulted in blessing?  Read Psalm 115:1, 12-13 thoughtfully.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk5 Friday

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

Why do you call upon the Lord?  Are you facing distress today?  What does the Psalmist testify is the Lord’s response when we call upon Him?  Read Psalm 18:3, 6.

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“Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God.
Let your good spirit lead me
on a level path.” – Psalm 143:10

What is the difference between a test and a temptation?  How has the Lord delivered you?  Consider the words of Jeremiah 20:12-13.

How does your faith strengthen and help you?  How do the stories of the heroes of faith affect your faith?  Meditate on the words of Hebrews 11:32-34.

Consider the implications of Jesus’ words, “I am God’s Son.”  Many of the Jews of Jesus’ day refused to believe Jesus’ claim.  What is your response?  Think about what Jesus said in John 10:31-42.

Do you know what God’s will is for you?  Consider praying the Psalmist’s prayer found in Psalm 143:9-10.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk5 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 seek the Lord’s “presence continually?”  What clues are there in the passage to discover what it means?  Are you willing to do what the Psalmist calls us to do?  Consider Psalm 105:4-6.

How can we be blameless before God?  How does Abram’s obedience speak to you?  Are you living in covenant with God?  What did it mean for Abram to do so?  Study Genesis 17.

CounselThe writer of Hebrews says that Abraham believed that God could raise the dead.  Do you?  What difference does your faith in God’s power make?  Are you willing to act on your faith in God?  Think about Abraham’s faith as you read Hebrews 11:17, 19.

What claim is Jesus making about His power and the promise of resurrection in John 8:51-59?  Why did the Jews who heard his statement have a hard time believing?  Do you believe Jesus?  What proof of Jesus’ power do we have that they didn’t yet have?  Meditate on John 8:51-59 and consider what your response will be to Jesus’ words.

What encouragement is offered by the Psalmist to those whose spirits are “faint?”  Do you ever pray aloud to the Lord (it’s not the only way to pray, but the Psalmist implies that sometimes he prays aloud)?  Would sometimes praying aloud help you keep focused and alert during your prayer time?  What supplications or complaints do you need to share with the Lord right now?  Read Psalm 142:1-3 aloud (unless it would bother someone near you) and then share your prayer out loud with the Lord.

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Information for our Prayer Vigil Participants

Thanks to all those who volunteered to pray for one hour during our upcoming Prayer Vigil this weekend.  Here are some suggested guidelines to help you make this time beneficial for the growth of Christ’s Kingdom and of your spiritual maturity.  Click here to download this information as a Word document: PRAYER Vigil Info

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Prayer Vigil 2013

March 22, 6:00 pm – March 23, 6:00 pm

 Step #1:         Preparation prior to your scheduled hour

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk 4 Tuesday

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

Refreshing ViewWhat is the “river” God is using to make you glad (or refresh you)?  What would it mean for you to “be still” and know that He is God?  Read Psalm 46:4-5, 10.

List some ways that God has been providing for you.  How has the Lord brought healing in your life?  Meditate on Ezekiel 47:12.

Whom or what do you imitate?  What change could you make so that your life would more closely imitate the life of Jesus?  Consider 3 John 11.

Do you want to be made well?  In what area of your life do you need Christ’s healing?  What could you do to “pick up your mat and walk?”  Think about John 5:1-16.

If you knew God were listening to you, about what would you pray?  (By the way, He is!)  Read Psalm 66:19-20.

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