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) -Monday – Easter Wk5

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday 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. Have your transgressions been forgiven?  How can you tell if your spirit has no deceit?  Can you choose to be glad in the Lord?  For what can you offer rejoicing?  (see Psalm 32:1-2, 11)
  2. Does your heart prompt you to give an offering to the Lord?  Why did the Lord ask the people to make a sanctuary?  (see Exodus 25:1-2, 8)
  3. Have you been raised with Christ?  Are you seeking the things above, where Christ is?  (see Colossians 3:1, 3)
  4. How have you responded to Jesus’ call to you to follow Him?
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    “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” – Jesus in Matthew 4:19

    What does it mean to “fish for people”?  (see Matthew 4:18-25)

  5. Are you thirsty for God?  Do you carve out time to seek the face of God?  (see Psalm 42:1-2, 8)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -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 Wk1

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday 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 “extol the Lord our God”?  What does it mean to say that the Lord is holy?  Do you keep the Lord’s decrees and statutes?  (see Psalm 99:5-7)
  2. Why do you think the whole nation was called to celebrate the Passover?  Why was the nation called to celebrate the Passover annually?  (see Exodus 12:43, 47, 50-51)
  3. What does Paul imply about what our resurrected bodies will be like if our current bodies are “but a bare seed” compared to what they will be?  What does Paul mean when he says that our resurrected bodies will be “imperishable?”  (see 1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42)

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    “Suddenly Jesus met them and said, ‘Greetings!’” – Matthew 28:9
  4. Why do you think so many folk are afraid of the angel?  Who were the first to hear the news of Jesus’ resurrection?  Why do you think they were the first to hear?  Why did the guards, priest and elders devise a cover story?  (see Matthew 28:1-16)
  5. Do you trust in the Lord?  How has He helped you?  What difference does it make to you to know that the Lord is mindful of you?  What might it mean for us to be mindful of Him?  (see Psalm 115:9-13)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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Our Scripture readings for Easter 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. Why was it so hard for the disciples to believe that Jesus had been resurrected? 20130330-184520.jpg How would you have responded if you had been there?  Why didn’t Mary Magdalene recognize Jesus?  Is it possible that we have missed seeing Jesus show up in unexpected times and places?  (see John 20:1-18)
  2. Have you received forgiveness of your sins through believing in Jesus?  How important is it to you to know that there were eyewitnesses to the resurrection of Jesus?  (see Acts 10:34-43)
  3. How do you know that God’s “steadfast love endures forever”?  Why is it appropriate to “sing glad songs of victory” today?  Why does the Psalmist say that “the stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone”?  Why did the Lord make this day?  (see Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24)
  4. What message is of “first importance” to Paul?  What difference does it make that Jesus appeared after His resurrection to more than 500 people at once?  Why did Paul work hard to proclaim this message?  (see 1 Corinthians 15:1-11)
  5. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

  4. Why does the message of the cross seem like foolishness to some?  Was Paul anti-intellectual?  What kind of wisdom was Paul seeking?  Why was the message of Christ crucified a stumbling block to the Jews?  How does God’s “foolishness” rank on the scale of human wisdom?  How does God’s “weakness” rank on the scale of human strength? (See 1 Corinthians 1:18-25)
  5. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (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) – Sunday-Easter-Week 2

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Our Scripture readings for the Sunday 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.

“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” – John 20:25

Why did Thomas say he needed to touch to believe?  Why then did he only need to see to believe?  Is it possible for you to believe without having to touch or see?  What could you do today to strengthen your faith in Jesus?  (see John 20:19-31)

Why did God’s plan involve Jesus’ crucifixion?  Why was it impossible for Jesus to be held in death’s power?  What difference does it make that Jesus’ resurrection was prophesied in advance?  (see Acts 2:14, 22-32)

What does it mean to say that the Lord is your chosen portion?  What is David’s reason for gladness and rejoicing in verses 9-11 of Psalm 16?  Are you willing to follow the path of life that God is showing you?

What kind of inheritance is God preparing for you?  Why do we have to suffer various kinds of trials here on earth?  How is it possible for us to love Christ and believe in Him, even when we haven’t physically seen Him?  How were Peter’s readers able to do so?  (see 1 Peter 1:3-9).

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

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Our Scripture readings for the Friday 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.

What is your response to the fact that the Lord’s love for you is “steadfast” and “endures forever?”  How has the Lord remembered you?  How has He rescued you?  (see Psalm 136:1-2, 23-24)

“Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” – Daniel 12:3

Daniel describes two types of “awakenings” in Daniel 12:2-3.  Which type of “awakening” do you want to experience?   How can you choose the one you want?  How could you “shine…like the stars forever and ever?”

Why does Jesus’ name seem to have transforming power?  Is it the name itself or the power of the One named that provides the transformation?  Is it about magic words or the work of the Master?  (see Acts 4:8, 10)

How might Jesus’ words keep you from stumbling?  Where in the world are Christians being killed by people who think they are serving God by doing so?  (Check out persecution.org and persecution.com for more information.)  What is the work of the Holy Spirit, “the Advocate,” in the world today?  How has the Spirit led you into truth?

What is your response to knowing that the Lord is on your side to help you?  Does it help you to know that you will be triumphant over the haters?  What “glad songs of victory” do you sing?  Take a moment today to recount to someone something that the Lord has done in your life!  (see Psalm 118:7, 15, 17)

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

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Our Scripture readings for the Thursday 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.

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

Has the Lord set you free?  How has He opened your eyes?  How has the Lord lifted you up?  Do you accept the Lord’s love for you?  (see Psalm 146:7-8, 10)

The proof to be offered that God is Lord is resurrection!  How is resurrection possible, according to Ezekiel 37:13-14?

How can we have our sins wiped out?  How can we be refreshed by the Lord?  (see Acts 3:13, 19-20)

How has Jesus shown us the greatest love?  How can we show love to one another?  What is the significance of Jesus’ calling us friends?  Why will we be hated and persecuted by the world?  (see John 15:12-27)

How can you join in the praise being offered to the Lord by angels?  (Psalm 148:1-2, 13)

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 Sunday

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

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

Do you believe that Jesus is the Messiah? Is it possible to tell if Jesus is the Messiah by what He did? Are you listening for Jesus’ voice? Read John 10:22-30.

Why do bad things happen to good people? Why aren’t all good people raised from the dead when we choose? Why aren’t all good people kept from dying? What was the result of Tabitha’s being raised from the dead? Consider the implications of Acts 9:36-43.

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“The Lord is my shepherd” – Psalm 23:1

How has the Lord guided you? How has the Lord provided for you? What “valleys” has the Lord brought you through? When have you seen God’s goodness and love pursuing you? Meditate on the words of Psalm 23.

What must God be like to evoke the amount and level of praise expressed in Revelation 7:9-17? Have you ever been through tribulation? If not, how do you think you would respond if you did face tribulation? How does God respond to those who have endured tribulation?

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk3 Wednesday

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

How do you usually express praise to God?  Think about the ways the Psalmist expressed his praise in Psalm 66:1-5.

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“The sun shall no longer be your light by day…but the Lord will be your everlasting light.” – Isaiah 60:19

What does it mean to you to know that the Lord outshines the sun and moon, that He “will be your everlasting light?”  What might this mean to you on dark days when it seems that all other lights have been extinguished?  Meditate on the words of Isaiah 60:19.

Why did Philip go to Samaria, to those considered by the Jews to be outcasts?  Whom do you know who needs to hear about Jesus?  Would you consider going to tell them?  Read what Philip did in Acts 8:5-6.

Do you want to be raised up on the last day?  Find out how that is possible by reading what Jesus says in John 6:35-40.  What does it mean to receive Jesus, the bread of life?

How does keeping the law of the Lord result in liberty?  What does the Psalmist mean in Psalm 119:41, 44-45, 48?  Meditate on God’s steadfast love and salvation, and on His law, precepts and commandments as you read this passage.

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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Easter Wk2 Sunday

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

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

Easter2_Jesus ThomasJesus offered His disciples His Holy Spirit.  Have you invited His Holy Spirit to live in and through you?  What is your response to Thomas’ reaction to the news that Jesus had risen?  What would have been your reaction to seeing the risen Jesus appear in the room with you?  Read John 20:19-31 and consider why John wrote this Gospel.

Why did the high priest want the apostles to be quiet?  Why did Peter say that they needed to obey God rather than any human authority?  What was the content of the apostles’ message?  What we we learn from the apostles’ example?  Read Acts 5:27-32.

How have you seen the Lord’s goodness this week?  Take a moment to give Him thanks!  Has the Lord become your salvation?  If the Lord has made this day for you, what does that imply about what you should do with it?  Mediate on Psalm 118:1-2, 14-29.

John says in Revelation 1:4-8 that Jesus loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood.  Have you accepted Jesus’ love for you and the deliverance from sin that He bought for us with His own blood?  What does it mean for John to say that we are to be priests serving his God and Father?  How are you serving God today?  Think about the implications of this passage for your life and service to others.

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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Easter Wk1 Thursday

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

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“He sends out his command to the earth” – Psalm 147:15

How often do you sing praises to God?  What usually prompts you to do so?  How important is God’s Word to you?  Where is the evidence in your life of the importance of God’s Word to you?  Read Psalm 147:1, 15, 19.

What are the implications of Isaiah’s saying that there is no god besides the Lord, the King of Israel, and His Redeemer, the Lord of hosts?  What is implied by Isaiah’s saying that we are God’s witnesses?  Meditate on Isaiah 44:6 & 8.

What happens when we repent according to Peter in Acts 3:19-20?  Have you repented?  If not, why not?

What might have been your reaction if you had been with the disciples when they saw the resurrected Jesus for the first time?  How did Jesus prove that He was truly real…alive and not just a vision or a ghost?  What did Jesus help His disciples understand?  What did He ask them to do?  Meditate on Luke 24:35-48.

Put what the Psalmist is saying in Psalm 148:1, 11, 13 into your own words.  How is the Lord praised “from the heavens” and “in the heights?”

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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Easter Wk1 Tuesday

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

The Psalmist says that the “word of the Lord is upright.” How do you incorporate the word of the Lord into your life? Read Psalm 33:4-5, 21-22 and consider if your life reflects the Lord’s values.

Upon what do most people depend for their salvation? According to Isaiah 43:11-13, where do we find salvation?

What does it mean to say that Jesus had been made both Lord and Messiah? Think about the implications of what Peter said in Acts 2:36.

Tomb door and window_2034Peter’s words in Acts 2 found their origin in his personal experience seeing the empty tomb. What would have been your response to seeing the empty tomb? Read Luke 24:8-12 and consider how Peter came to understand that Jesus was the risen Christ?

What does the Psalmist mean when he says that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom?” How has God “sent redemption to his people?” Have you received this gift of redemption? Meditate on Psalm 111:1, 9-10.

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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Easter Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk6 Monday (Holy Week)

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

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

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a light to the nations” – Isaiah 42:6b

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

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

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

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

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk5 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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