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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday 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 say that God “alone does wondrous things”?  What would it be like if God’s glory filled the whole earth?  (see Psalm 72:18-19)
  2. Why does God want the people to be holy?  Are you holy?  What does that mean? (see Leviticus 19:1-2)
  3. Who accomplishes the work of sanctification?  How much of you is to be sanctified?  How long is this sanctification to last?  How do we know God can sanctify us?  (see 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)
  4. Where are you storing your treasures?
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    “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal” – Jesus in Matthew 6:19

    How can you keep your treasures away from thieves?  Where is your heart?  What does it mean to Jesus for our eye to be healthy?  Are you living in light or darkness?  Which master are you serving?  (see Matthew 6:19-24)

  5. What is God’s promise to you?  Does God’s love offer you comfort?  How does God’s mercy help you live?  (see Psalm 119:76-77)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

    (see 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12)

  4. How did Jesus fulfill the law and the prophets?  What do you need to do to be called great in the kingdom of heaven?  Does your righteousness exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees?  (How do you know?) (see Matthew 5:17-20)
  5. How could one gain wisdom and understanding?  If we can not provide a ransom for our lives, how can we be saved?  (see Psalm 49:3, 7, 15)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

  5. How has God brought you out?  Was joy part of the experience?  What song comes to your mind & heart as you think about it?  The Lord keeps His promises to us; do we keep his word?  (see Psalm 105:42-43, 45)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. What do you want your children and grandchildren to know about what the Lord has done in your life?  How will they find out?  (see Psalm 102:18-21)
  2. Had God forgotten about the covenant, the promises He had made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob?  Why did God act at that time?  (compare Genesis 15:13-14 and Exodus 2:23-25)
  3. Why does God give certain people assignments in the church?  Is there a part for you to fill?  What are the most helpful gifts?  (see 1 Corinthians 12:28, 31)
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    “As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed” – Mark 9:2b

    Why was Jesus’ appearance transformed?  What would have been your reaction to seeing Jesus transformed along with Elijah and Moses?  Why didn’t Jesus want His disciples to talk about this incident until after His resurrection?  What did Jesus mean when He said, “Elijah has already come”?  (see Mark 9:2-13)

  5. Have you asked the Lord for help?  How has the Lord saved you?  What chains has the Lord snapped in your life?  (see Psalm 107:10, 13-14)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. What implications are there for your life from the fact that “The Lord is king”?  What does it mean to say that the Lord is a “lover of justice”?  (see Psalm 99:1-2, 4)
  2. Why do you think Jacob wanted his body to be taken back to the field of Ephron in the Promised Land to be buried?  (see Genesis 49:29, 31, 33)
  3. Why did Jesus tell His disciples to use the bread and the cup to remember Him?
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    “Do this…in remembrance of me.” – Jesus (1 Corinthians 11:24)

    What do the bread and the cup symbolize?  (see 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

  4. Why did the crowds stay with Jesus even though they hadn’t had anything to eat for three days?  (How do these people’s desire to be with Jesus compare with yours?)  How did they get bread and fish for so many people out there in the desert?  (What does this say about Jesus’ ability to supply your needs?) (see Mark 8:1-10)
  5. Why would people who have been disciplined by God be happy?  How has the Lord’s steadfast love held you up?  Are you willing to let Him cheer your soul?  (see Psalm 94:12-13, 18-19)
  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 Wk3

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday 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

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    “Glorious things are spoken of you,
    O city of God.” – Psalm 87:3

    Why is the city of God glorious?  Have you invited God to live in your city?  (see Psalm 87:1-3)

  2. Why did Israel (Jacob), when he was about to die, ask his son Joseph to return his body back to the land of his ancestors?  Did Israel (Jacob) have a different “theology of place” than Abraham did (see Hebrews 11:8-10) Where is home for you?  Why?  (see Genesis 47:27, 29-30)
  3. Paul seems to say that Christ sustained Moses and the children of Israel in the desert.  How is that possible?  What does that imply about the nature of God and the divinity of Jesus? (see 1 Corinthians 10:1-4)
  4. Why were the Pharisees quick to criticize the disciples and slow to criticize themselves?  Have you ever been tempted to act that way?  How can we avoid giving in to such a temptation?  Is it possible for our lips and our heart to be out of sync?  How can we make sure our worship is genuine and not in vain?  (see Mark 7:1-12)
  5. What is your response to the “steadfast love” of the Lord?  How has the Lord delivered you?  (see Psalm 136:1, 11-12)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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Our Scripture readings for the Sunday of Lent 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.

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Questions for Meditation

Why do you think the Lord promises Abram a son when he is 99 years old?  …why not before then?  Why does God change Abram’s name to Abraham?  (see Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16)

What does it mean to you to know that God doesn’t hide His face from you?  Do you seek the Lord?  What is implied by the Psalmist saying that all dominion belongs to the Lord?  (see Psalm 22:23-31)

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“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” -Mark 8:34

How could Abraham believe something so unlikely…that he, nearly 100 years old, would have a child?  What does it mean that Abraham’s faith was “reckoned to him as righteousness?”  (see Romans 4:13-25)

Why did Peter rebuke Jesus?  Why did Jesus then rebuke Peter?  What does it mean for us to be willing to lose our lives for the sake of Jesus?   What would it mean for you to be ashamed of Jesus and His words?  (see Mark 8:31-38)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Our Scripture readings for Friday 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.

What does it mean for God to “speak peace to his people”?  Have you turned to Him in your heart?  Are you living in reverence for God?  If so, what is God’s promise to you as seen in Psalm 85:8-9?

What does it imply about the kind of relationship God wants with us for Him to tell Ezekiel to “stand up on your feet and I will speak with you”?  …for Him to say to Ezekiel, “You will speak my words to them”?  Why is Ezekiel to speak God’s words whether or not the people to whom he speaks hear or refuse to hear?  Do you choose to hear or refuse to hear?  (see Ezekiel 2:1-3, 7)

What is implied by saying that Jesus is our “great high priest”?  Why does the writer of Hebrews say that Jesus has “passed through the heavens”?  Why are we to “hold fast to our confession”?  What is this “confession”?  (see Hebrews 4:14)

“Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to [Jesus].” – Luke 9:30

What do you think Jesus, Moses and Elijah talked about in discussing Jesus’ “departure”? What is the significance of the voice from the cloud and the content of what the voice said?  Why did the three disciples who witnessed the Transfiguration keep silent about it at first?  What do you think they “took away” from the experience? (see Luke 9:28-36)

How has the Lord delivered and protected you?  How have you seen the Lord answer you?  How has the Lord helped you in times of trouble?  (see Psalm 91:14-16)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Our Scripture readings for Monday 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 have you seen the Lord’s grace in your life?  Have you experienced healing?  How important is integrity to you?  Is having God’s presence in your life important to you? (see Psalm 41:4, 12)

“I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted because of their number.” – Genesis 32:12

Why does Jacob feel that he is unworthy of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness?  Why does God promise to do good to him?  Why does God promise to make his offspring like the sand of the sea? (see Genesis 32:9-10, 12)

Enduring patiently with joy…How does Paul say that is possible?  What kind of power would you have to have to endure suffering while giving thanks to God?  How does knowing that you have an inheritance with the saints help you endure?  (see Colossians 1:11-12)

What was Jesus’ attitude toward the Sabbath?  What was the Pharisees’ attitude toward the Sabbath?  What is your understanding of what Sabbath is meant to be?  If the Sabbath is to be used to do good and to save lives, how could you make that happen on the Christian Sabbath, Sunday?  (see Luke 6:1-11)

What stories have others told you about what God has done in their lives?  Where do you need God’s help in your life today?   (see Psalm 44:1, 26)

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 Wk3 Friday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk2 Thursday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Easter 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 Wk6 Wednesday (Holy Week)

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

How does the Psalmist’s experience described in Psalm 69 compare with what Jesus faced?  Can you relate to what the Psalmist experienced?  In what way?  How does Jesus’ endurance in excruciating suffering speak to you?  Read Psalm 69:20-21, 29.

How is it that Isaiah’s description so closely matches Jesus’ experiences during Holy Week?  Why did Jesus willingly go to through the suffering He endured?  How did the Lord help both the prophet and His Son and protect them from disgrace?  Mediate on the words of Isaiah 50:6-7.

How has the Lord given you strength?  Consider telling someone today how the Lord has met a specific need you had.  What needs are you facing right now?  Ask the Lord to provide for those needs as promised in Philippians 4:12-13, 19.

Black HaloWhy do you think Judas decided to betray Jesus?  If Jesus knew Judas would betray Him, why did He invite Judas to be one of His disciples?  Why did Jesus warn His disciples that one of them would betray Him?  Why does Jesus challenge Judas with the knowledge that he will betray Jesus?  Think about the compassion and grace of the second chance given to Judas in Matthew 26:14-25.

Do you believe that the Lord will keep His covenant with you?  Which promises are you calling upon Him to fulfill for you today?  Meditate on Psalm 17:18, 20-22

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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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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk4 Wednesday

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

When have you experienced the grace, mercy, compassion and patience of God?  (Is it possible that some folk aren’t aware of these qualities of God because they are so common they are like the air surrounding us?) Read Psalm 145:8-9, 20.

The Morning BellsHave you ever experienced a setting in which it seemed that the very heavens and earth were celebrating?  Is it possible for a mother to forget her child?  What does this passage tell us about the possibility of God’s forgetting us?  Meditate on Isaiah 49:13, 15-16.

What does it mean to “contend for the faith?”  Consider Jude 1:3.

Do you have eternal life? (John 5:24)  Which resurrection will you experience? Whose will (or purposes) are you pursuing?  See John 5:17-30.

Is it important to you to know that God is faithful and righteous?  Why?  Does it help you to know that God’s promise is “well tried?”  Why?  Meditate on Psalm 119:137-138, 140

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk2 Tuesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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