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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. Are you keeping (obeying) God’s word?  Do you believe that God sent Jesus?  What does it mean for us to be one with fellow believers as Jesus and the Father are one?  Has Jesus’ joy been made complete in you?  Do you belong to the world or to Jesus?  Do you believe God can protect you from the evil one?  Have you been sanctified?  (see John 17:6-19)
  2. How was David able to predict the betrayal of the Messiah years before it happened?  How does evidence of the fulfillment of prophecy affect your faith?  (see Acts 1:15-17)
  3. Are you happy?  Do you delight in the law of the Lord?  Do you incorporate meditation on God’s word into your life?  Is your life fruitful?
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    “They are like trees
    planted by streams of water,
    which yield their fruit in its season,
    and their leaves do not wither.” – Psalm 1:3

    What does it truly mean to prosper?  Which path have you chosen?  (see Psalm 1)

  4. Do you believe the testimony of God concerning his Son?  Do you have life?  Do you believe in the name of the Son of God? (see 1 John 5:9-13)
  5. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday 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. What does it mean to say that the Lord is “our dwelling place?”   How does the Psalmist describe the eternity of God?  If God is eternal, what response does that call for from us?  (see Psalm 90:1-2)

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    “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth…from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” – Psalm 90:2
  2. Have you asked God to put His Spirit on you?  Why did Moses want that to happen to all the Lord’s people?  (see Numbers 11:25, 29)
  3. What is the significance of saying that Jesus came to proclaim peace to people who were far off and to those who were near?  How can we have access to the Father?  (see Ephesians 2:17-18)
  4. How was Jesus able to teach as one having authority?  What is significant about Jesus’ touching the leper?  Why was the man, formerly a leper, told to go to the priest?  Why was he told not to tell anyone else?  (see Matthew 7:28-8:4)
  5. Why is the second phrase of each verse in Psalm 136 repeated?  How has the Lord’s steadfast love affected you?  For what can you give the God of heaven thanks today?  (see Psalm 136:23-24, 26)
  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) -Tuesday – Easter Wk6

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday 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. What decrees of the Lord do you teach to your child(ren) or to those you are mentoring?  
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    “tell [His decrees] to their children, so that they should set their hope in God.” – Psalm 78:7
    Are you planning to influence the generation yet unborn to set their hope in God?  If so, how?  (see Psalm 78:5-7)
  2. What does it mean for God to place His dwelling in our midst?  Is He your God?  (see Leviticus 26:11-13)
  3. Do you believe that God “desires everyone to be saved”?  How can we be saved?  Do we have a mediator who can represent us before God?  (see 1 Timothy 2:3-6)
  4. Are you able to keep the Word in your heart?  Do you endure?  Are you concerned with the cares of this world and/or the lure of wealth?  Are you bearing fruit for God?  (see Matthew 13:18-23)
  5. How has the Lord guided you?  Has the Lord provided protection for you?  (see Psalm 78:52-54)
  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 Wk6

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Our Scripture readings for Monday 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. Is God your Shepherd?  What would that mean?  Why the Psalmist describe this Shepherd as “enthroned?”  How mighty is God?  How do you need His salvation today?  (see Psalm 80:1-2)
  2. Is the Lord your God?  How has He delivered you?  Are you God’s servant?  What does that mean?  (see Leviticus 25:55)
  3. How strong is God’s glorious power?  Do you live with endurance, patience and joy and thanksgiving?  What do you think it will mean for you to “share in the inheritance of the saints in the light”?  Have you asked God to rescue you from the power of darkness?  Have you chosen to enter the kingdom of God’s beloved Son, Jesus?  Has He forgiven your sins?  (see Colossians 1:11-14)
  4. What kind of soil are you:
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    What kind of soil are you?

    hardened, rocky ground, thin soil, choked with thorns, or good & fruitful?  Talk to the Lord about the kind of soil you want to be!  (see Matthew 13:1-16)

  5. What deeds of the Lord can you “call to mind?”  How might it benefit you to think about all that the Lord has done for you and for all of His people?  How could you praise the greatness of our God today?  (see Psalm 77:11-14)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday 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. Do you seek God?  Are you able to rejoice and be glad in Him?  What needs do you have?  Have you asked God to help you?  (see Psalm 70:4-5)
  2. Why were the Israelites not to oppress aliens in their land?  Why should you avoid any form of oppression?  Is the Lord your God too?  (see Leviticus 19:33-34)
  3. What does it mean to be worthy of God’s call?  What work of faith do you want God to fulfill in your life to bring glory to Jesus?  (see 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)
  4. About what are you tempted to worry?  If God takes care of the birds, the lilies, the grass of the fields, what does that imply about His care for you?
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    “Look at the birds of the air;…your heavenly Father feeds them…. Consider the lilies…if God so clothes the grass of the field, …will he not much more clothe you” – Jesus in Matthew 6:26, 28, 30

    What is first on your list of things for which to strive?  Does God’s kingdom top the list?  (see Matthew 6:25-34)

  5. How have you seen the Lord working salvation?  What is implied if God owns both the day and the night?  (see Psalm 74:12, 16)
  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) -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) -Sunday – Easter Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Sunday 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 the Lord pruning you?  Have you chosen to abide in Jesus?  What does that mean?  Are you bearing fruit for Jesus?  https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeanetteb1/3459522414/in/photostream/What happens to those who choose not to abide in Jesus?  Are you bringing glory to the Father?  (see John 15:1-8)
  2. How did Philip know to go talk to the Ethiopian?  Why does Philip tell him about Jesus?  Have you told anyone about Jesus?  Are you willing to be led by the Spirit to reach those who need to hear about Jesus?  (see Acts 8:26-40)
  3. Do you share your praise for God with a congregation of others?  Are you fulfilling any promises you have made to God?  Have you chosen to live for God?  What role will you have in telling the next generation about how God has brought deliverance?  (see Psalm 22:25-31)
  4. Why should we love one another?  How do we see God’s love revealed?  How do we know that God is living in us?  Why are love and fear mutually exclusive?  Why is it impossible to love God and hate one’s brothers or sisters at the same time? (see 1 John 4:7-21)
  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 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) -Wednesday – Easter Wk3

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday 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 is the Psalmist’s life dependent upon the Lord’s bounty?  In what way is your life dependent upon the Lord’s bounty?  Consider praying for insight into God’s law as you read His Word today. (see Psalm 119:17-18)
  2. How were the people of Israel able to avoid the diseases that the Egyptians suffered?  Have you experienced healing from the Lord?  (see Exodus 15:26)
  3. What does it mean to return to the shepherd and guardian of your soul?  Have you done so?   How can you be free from sins?  Once freed from sins, how are we to live?  (see 1 Peter 2:24-25)

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    “Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.” – Jesus in John 15:4b
  4. Is there anything in your life that hinders your ability to bear fruit for God?  What areas of your life need to be pruned?  What are you doing to abide in Christ daily?  Are you abiding in His love?  Are you being disobedient to God in any area of your life?  If so, what should you do?  Are you living with divine joy?  (see John 15:1-11)
  5. What answer do you need from God?  Are you trusting in His steadfast love even as you wait for the answer?  (see Psalm 13:3, 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) -Monday – Easter Wk2

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Our Scripture readings for Monday 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 God made the nations the heritage of His Son?  How have the ends of the earth become the possession of Christ?  (see Psalm 2:7-8)

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    “I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.” – Psalm 2:8
  2. Why was the crossing of the sea such a pivotal moment for the Hebrew nation?  (see Exodus 14:21-22, 30-31)
  3. How is new birth possible?  Have you received this new birth?  How does Peter describe the inheritance that is waiting in heaven for you?  (see 1 Peter 1:3-4)
  4. What is the way to heaven?  How do we know what God the Father is like?  Have you invited the Spirit of Jesus to live in you?  (see John 14:1-17)
  5. What is the significance of saying that God is your shield?  What does it mean to be “upright in heart”?  Are you upright in heart?  What thanksgiving do you owe to the Lord?  (see Psalm 7:10, 17)
  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) -Saturday – Lent Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday 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 need the Lord to enter into your world to set you free and rescue you?  Has He already done that once?  What is your response to Him for His saving act?  (see Psalm 144:5, 7-8)
  2. Why did the Lord set a limit on the plagues He brought upon Egypt?  At first, Pharaoh hardened his own heart.  In the end, God hardened Pharaoh’s heart.  Why?  (see Exodus 11:1, 4-5, 10)
  3. Why does Paul seem to say that believing in Jesus leads to speaking about Him?  Is that true for you?  Why or why not?  (see 2 Corinthians 4:13-14)
  4. Why did blind Bartimaeus disobey those who ordered him to be quiet?
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    “When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’” – Mark 10:47

    What would you have done?  What was the result of Bartimaeus’ actions?  (see Mark 10:46-52)

  5. How do you encourage yourself when you are “down?”  What did the Psalmist do when he felt cast down or disquieted?  (see Psalm 43:5)
  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 – 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) –Sunday – Lent Wk5

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

  4. What does it imply to say that Christ was appointed a high priest forever?  What does it imply to say that Christ is the Son of God?  If Christ is the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him, what should your response be to Him?  (see Hebrews 5:5-10)
  5. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday 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. Are you inspired by the majesty of nature?  Are you inspired by the God who created nature?  Why does the Psalmist call God “awesome?”  (see Psalm 76:1, 4, 7
  2. Why did Joseph reassure his brothers about the payment for their grain?  Why was Joseph emotional when he saw his younger brother Benjamin?  (see Genesis 43:23, 29-30)
  3. Why did Paul say that the appointed time has grown short?  Is your time short?  If your time were short, how would you respond?  (Is that how you are responding?) (see 1 Corinthians 7:29, 31)
  4. How did the legion of demons treat the man they possessed?  How did they treat the herd of swine?  What does that say about the devil’s goals?  What do you learn about Jesus’ goals for humanity in this story?  What do the demons believe Jesus’ goals for them are? (see Mark 5:1-20)
  5. How is the Lord shepherding you?
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    “The Lord is my shepherd.” – Psalm 23:1

    Are you following His lead?  What provisions has He made for you?  What has He done to restore your soul?  (see Psalm 23:1-3)

  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday 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 should those who seek God rejoice and be glad in Him?  Have you ever been “poor and needy” and called on God to help you?  What was the outcome? (see Psalm 70:4-5)
  2. Why did Joseph’s brothers believe God had made it look like they had stolen money?  (see Genesis 42:26-28)
  3. What are the implications of saying that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit?  Why should we glorify God with our bodies?  (see 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
  4. Are you hiding your light?  What measure do you use to give?  Are you planting seeds and trusting God to bring the increase?  (see Mark 4:21-34)

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    “You established the luminaries and the sun.” – Psalm 74:16
  5. What is your response to knowing that God is the creator of the earth, who owns the day, the night, the stars and the sun?  …that this God is working to bring salvation to us on earth?  (see Psalm 74:12-16)
  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 Wk2

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday 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. Have you blessed the Lord for doing wondrous things?  Could you tell someone today something God has done for you?  (see Psalm 72:18-19)
  2. Why did Joseph’s brothers believe they were suffering anguish?  Were they right?  What consequences of sin have you had to endure?  (see Genesis 42:21)
  3. What is the significance of Paul’s phrase “used to be” in 1 Corinthians 6:9, 11?  What does it mean to be justified?  What does it mean to be sanctified?  (see 1Corinthians 6:9, 11)
  4. What type of soil are you most like in the parable Jesus told?  What type of soil do you want to be?
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    “Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain” – Mark 4:8

    Is it possible to change your receptivity to the “seed” that Jesus sows?  (see Mark 4:1-20)

  5. What meaning does it have for your life to know that the Lord “exists forever?”  How does it help you to know that God’s word “stands firmly fixed in heaven?”  (see Psalm 119:89-90)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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Our Scripture readings for Monday 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.

What has God done for you?  What does it mean to declare the Lord’s name? (see Psalm 52:8-9)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/35409814@N00/5337992389/What is your dream?  Have you ever had someone reject your dream?  (see Genesis 37:5-8)

For what do you give God thanks?  Have you strengthened the testimony about Christ? Will you be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ? (see 1 Corinthians 1:4-9)

Do you know for sure that God has forgiven you of your sins?  Have you asked for this forgiveness?  John the Baptist promised that Jesus would offer to baptize us with the Holy Spirit.  Have you asked Jesus to baptize you with His Spirit?  (see Mark 1:1-13)

According to the Psalmist, what is the source of our salvation?  (see Psalm 44:4-8)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“On the holy mount stands the city he founded; the Lord loves the gates of Zion” – Psalm 87:1-2

What has God built in your life?  Could your life be called a “city of God”?  (see Psalm 87:1-3)

What role does God want you to play in turning others from sin?  What would it mean to you to know that you helped save someone’s life and helped them make it to heaven?  (see Ezekiel 3:21)

How did suffering benefit Jesus?  What is the result if you obey Jesus?  What is the significance of the author of Hebrews saying that Jesus has “been designated by God a high priest”?  (see Hebrews 5:8-10)

What does Jesus’ ability to cast out demons say about Him?  What is the significance of Jesus’ being able to predict His betrayal?  What is Jesus trying to teach His disciples by challenging them to welcome a child?  What does it mean to “welcome a child”?  Why should we assume that everyone is for us unless they actively work against us?  (see Luke 9:37-50)

Can you think of a “low” time in your life when the Lord helped lift you?  When has the Lord rescued you?  Take a few minutes today to offer Him thanks for these specific ways that He has helped you!

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

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Our Scripture readings for Friday 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.

For what can you give God thanks today?  How have you experienced His steadfast love recently?  For what can you give God praise?  What does it mean for us to “observe justice”?  Are you asking God to help you “do righteousness at all times”?  (see Psalm 106:1-3)

“Thus says the Lord: Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool;” – Isaiah 66:1

What does it mean for the Lord to say, “Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool”?  What are the implications for your life?  Why does the Lord “look to the humble…who trembles at [His] word”?  (see Isaiah 66:1-2)

What is the kingdom of God about?  How can we “pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding”?  What steps could you take today to move closer to these goals? (see Romans 14:17, 19)

Why did Luke tell these stories about Jesus?  Why did Jairus ask Jesus to come to his house?  Why did the woman with hemorrhages touch Jesus rather than ask Him to heal her?  Why did the people in Jairus’ house not believe Jesus’ declaration that the girl was not dead?  Why did Jesus order Jairus and his wife to tell no one what had happened?  (see Luke 8:40-56)

How do you need the Lord’s saving power today?  What does it mean for the Lord to gather you “from among the nations”?  How could you “glory in [God’s] praise”?  (see Psalm 106:47-48)

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) – Sunday-Easter-Week 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for joining us on a spiritual journey from “Ashes to Fire,” from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday. We would also love to have you join us for worship this week! Click here to discover our location & service times!

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)

Meditation Questions for #AshesToFire – Easter Wk7 Friday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Meditation Questions for #AshesToFire – Easter Wk7 Tuesday

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

Read Psalm 68:19-20.  How has the Lord borne you up?  How has the Lord borne your burdens?  How has God provided for us an “escape from death?”

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“For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap” – Malachi 3:2

Read Malachi 3:2-3.  Are you willing to ask the Lord to refine you until you may stand in God’s presence in righteousness?  What areas of your life need to be purified?

Read Acts 20:24.  Why was Paul willing to give his life in order “to testify to the good news of God’s grace?”  To what are you willing to give your life?

Read John 17:1-11.  Do you know God and His Son, Jesus Christ?  Have you accepted His words?  What does it mean to you to know that Jesus prays for you?  What work has God given you to do?

Read Psalm 95:1, 6-7.  What song would you use to offer worship to God today?  Does your body posture (such as bowing down, kneeling, sitting, standing, etc.) help you worship God?  What does it mean to be “the sheep of his hand?”

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Meditation Questions for #AshesToFire – Easter Wk7 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 (Click here to read today’s Bible passages).

Read John 17:20-26.  What does it mean to be “one” with other believers?  Is there anything preventing you from being “one” with other believers?  Is Jesus’ love in you?  Are you sharing it?

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

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

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

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

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Meditation Questions for #AshesToFire – Easter Wk6 Friday

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

Read Psalm 96:1, 8-9. If you were to sing to the Lord a new song, what would you sing about? What offering could you bring to the Lord? What does it mean to “Worship the Lord in holy splendor?”

Read Zechariah 14:9-11. If “the Lord will become king over all the earth” how should we respond to Him today? What does the promise of Jerusalem’s security mean for you?

Read Acts 18:9-10. Why was Paul told to be not afraid and not to be silent? About what was Paul to speak?

Read John 16:20-23. What do we learn about both pain and joy from Jesus’ words? What does Jesus mean when He uses the illustration contrasting a woman’s labor pains with her joy at childbirth?

Read Psalm 85:7-8. In what ways have you seen the Lord’s steadfast love in your life? Have you asked Him to save you? Are you listening to what the Lord is saying to you? Have you turned to Him in your heart?

Geborgenheit
But when her child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk6 Tuesday

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

Why does the Psalmist give thanks to the Lord in Psalm 138:2-3?  For what do you give thanks to the Lord?  Have you called to the Lord today?

Have you ever been wounded by friends?  How did Jesus respond when betrayed by friends?  Read Zechariah 13:6.

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“Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” – Acts 16:31

Would you know how to help someone be saved from their sins and from an eternity in hell?  How did Paul & Silas guide the jailer to salvation?  Read Acts 16:29-31.

Why did Jesus say it was better for the disciples for Him to go away?  Why did the disciples feel it was better for Him to stay with them?  What is the truth about sin, righteousness and judgment that the Holy Spirit is trying to convey to the world?  Meditate on John 16:5-11.

What glorious deeds of the Lord do you need to share with the next generation?  What stories of God’s work in your life need to be remembered?  Think about the implications of Psalm 78:4, 7.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk6 Monday

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

Who or what makes you glad?  What do you think makes God glad?  Read Psalm 149:2, 4.

"On that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David"
“On that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and iniquity.” Zechariah 31:1

Are you praying for the salvation of the Jewish people?  What does Zechariah say God has planned for them?  What is the sin-cleansing fountain that will be opened for the House of David?  Read Zechariah 12:10; and 13:1.

What prompted Lydia’s attentiveness?  What prompted Lydia to be baptized?  What prompted Lydia’s hospitality?  What is prompting you?  Read Acts 16:14-15.

How could you testify about Jesus?  Jesus said “an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God.”  Who would do such a thing?  Why were Jesus’ disciples still willing to testify about Him?  Are you willing?  Think about Jesus’ words in John 15:26-16:4.

Have you ever asked God to forgive “the iniquities of our ancestors?”  Why do we need God’s compassion?  How could God bring glory to His name by delivering & forgiving us?  Meditate on Psalm 79:8-9.

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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.

"I am the Vine"
“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 Wk5 Tuesday

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

How have you seen the glory and power of God’s kingdom? What does it mean to you to know that the Lord is near to all who call on him? Meditate on the words of Psalm 145:10-11, 17-18.

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“for like the jewels of a crown they shall shine on his land.” – Zechariah 9:16

What is implied by saying that we are God’s flock? What is implied by saying that God’s people are like “the jewels of a crown?” Read Zechariah 9:16-17.

What could you do to proclaim the good news? What are you doing to make disciples? Have you strengthened someone’s soul this week? Why must we endure persecutions in order to enter the kingdom of God? Consider the implications of Acts 14:21-22.

Are you enjoying the Lord’s peace or is your heart troubled and/or fearful? Why did Jesus let His disciples know ahead of time what was going to happen to Him? Read John 14:27-31.

Are you waiting for God? Who is your rock, your salvation, your fortress? Read Psalm 62:1-2, 12.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk5 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).

What does it mean to love one another as Jesus loved us? How is it different from the Old Testament command to “love your neighbor as yourself?” Read John 13:31-35.

Where do you see prejudice in our culture today? What are the implications for our culture from the lesson Peter learned in Acts 11:1-18. How can we make sure that all people, regardless of cultural or personal prejudices, know that God welcomes them into His family?

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“Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars!” – Psalm 148:3

Read Psalm 148 and count how many parts of God’s creation are listed as offering praise to God? What are the implications of their example for your life?

Which aspect of the new heaven, new earth or new city is most intriguing or interesting to you? Why? Which aspect most serves to create a desire in your heart to live in this new world designed by God for us? Read Revelation 21:1-16.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk4 Friday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk4 Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk3 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 Friday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Easter Wk2 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 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 Saturday

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

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

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

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Peter and John before the Sanhedrin

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

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

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

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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 – Lent Wk6 Good Friday (Holy Week)

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

When have you faced rejection?  How was Jesus treated?  Think about the prophetic description of Jesus found in Psalm 31:11-12, 13b.

Why was Jesus rejected?  Does it make a difference to you to know that Jesus endured suffering, and infirmity and also took our iniquity upon Himself?  Meditate on Isaiah 53:3-4, 6.

What does it mean to be ransomed by the precious blood of Christ?  How should we respond to someone who took our place, paying the death penalty we owed?  Read 1 Peter 1:18-19.

"It Is Finished"Read through John’s eyewitness account of Jesus’ crucifixion.  What does this Good Friday mean to you?  How many fulfilled prophecies does John refer to in this passage, John 19:16-37?  What is your response to what Jesus did for you?

Has Jesus delivered you?  If not, do you want to be delivered?  Meditate on Psalm 40:1, 13, and 17.  Would you consider asking Him to deliver you now?  Ask Him to forgive you of your sins!  He has promised that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (cf. 1 John 1:9)

Why were Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus who had previously seemed to be afraid to acknowledge Jesus publicly now ready to acknowledge their devotion to Him even to the Roman Governor/Prefect?  (Prayerfully read John 19:38-42.)  Is there anything keeping you from publicly acknowledging your devotion to Jesus?  Do you want Jesus to acknowledge you in His Kingdom or to be ashamed of you (cf. Mark 8:38)

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk6 Tuesday (Holy Week)

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 you to say that The Lord is your hope, your trust? Meditate on Psalm 71:3, 5, 6c.

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

What are the implications of God’s choice to offer His salvation to the nations (not just for Israel), to the ends of the earth? What does it imply for the mission of His church? Read Isaiah 49:6.

What do you need to forget? Toward what do you need to reach? What goal has God given you? Pray about Philippians 3:13b-14.

Why was Jesus troubled? Why did Jesus allow Judas to carry out his plan to betray Him? How did Jesus glorify God the Father? How did the Father glorify Jesus? Think about Jesus’ choice to go to the cross as you read John 13:21-33, 36-38.

Is there someone in your life who will stand up for you? How did Jesus stand up for you? Meditate on the words of Psalm 94:16-17, 22.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk6 Monday (Holy Week)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk5 Saturday

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

Lightning Striking Longs Peak Foothills 6CWhen & where have you seen the Lord’s power in nature?  Has the Lord ever delivered you from physical threat or danger?  Read the Psalmist’s experience in Psalm 18:12-13, 16, 19.

What is your response to God’s desire to establish an everlasting covenant with you?  Are you willing to be in covenant with Him?  Respond to God’s invitation in Ezekiel 37:26-27.

Are you at peace with everyone?  Are you willing to pursue peace with everyone?  Are you pursuing holiness?  Do you want to see God?  What is the connection between thanksgiving and worship?  What does it mean for the writer of Hebrews to say that “our God is a consuming fire?”  Meditate on Hebrews 12:14, 28-29.

Responding to Jesus’ raising of Lazarus, the Jewish High Priest Caiaphas led the Jewish leaders in deciding to kill Jesus, since they feared that the Romans would come and destroy their Temple and their nation.  They decided it was better that one man die for the sake of saving the nation.  Compare or contrast their idea of saving their nation with Jesus’ plan.  Consider the plans of the Jews and of Jesus as you read John 11:45-56.

Do you ever get discouraged?  If so, what usually gets you down?  What is the Psalmist’s prescription for encouragement?  Think about Psalm 43:5.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk5 Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk5 Tuesday

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

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“Let this be recorded for a generation to come” – Psalm 102:18

What would you want recorded about what God has done in your life in order that a future generation may praise Him?  How has God rescued you?  Psalm 102:18-20.

Consider what the Lord is preparing His people for in Numbers 21:8-9.  What parallels do you see between this story and that of Jesus’ crucifixion?

In Old Testament times, only the High Priest was permitted to go behind the curtain of the Holy of Holies.  What encouragement does the reading from Hebrews 10:19-22 give to those of us living under the new covenant?

What is the key to avoid dying in our sins?  What does Jesus reveal about His relationship with His Father?  Study John 8:21-30 to find out more.

How has the Lord delivered you?  How have you offered the Lord public praise?  Meditate on the words of Psalm 35:9-10, 18.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk2 Thursday

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

How important is it to you to live with the Lord, to dwell on His holy hill?  Why is holiness necessary to live on His holy hill?  Read Psalm 15:1-2.

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“The heart is devious above all else; it is perverse— who can understand it?”

In what ways have you seen that the heart is “devious?”  Have you seen that in your own life?  Is change possible?  Think about Jeremiah 17 9-10.

What is your reaction to God’s work to redeem us who were condemned by the law, so that He might adopt us as His children?  Respond to Galatians 4:4-5.

What could you do today to help someone in need?  How concerned are you for your unsaved relatives?  Are you praying for them now?  Read Luke 16:19-31

Are you “poor and needy?”  Are you asking God for help?  Read the Psalmist’s prayer in Psalm 70:4-5.

How can you be sure that God won’t despise your sacrifice?  Find out by reading Psalm 51: 6, 17.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk2 Wednesday

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

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

What does it mean to say, “My times are in your hand.”  In what ways do you need deliverance?  Read Psalm 31:1-16.

How do you respond when it seems that others are plotting against you?  Read Jeremiah 18:18-20.

What is implied when Paul says that we are “children of God through faith?”  What does it mean to clothe yourself with Christ?  Read Galatians 3:19-29.

What does it mean to drink Jesus’ cup?  What were James & John (sons of Zebedee) saying they were willing to do?  Are you willing to become like Jesus, a servant?  Read Matthew 20:17-28.

Why should you acknowledge God’s glory & strength?  Read Psalm 29:1-2, 11.

Are you living in the joy of your salvation?  Do you respond to God with a willing spirit?  Consider the words of Psalm 51:12, 17.

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Ashes to Fire – Wk1 Sunday

Today, Sunday, begins Week 1 of our Ashes to Fire Journey.

Our Scripture readings for today can be read here.

Lent1_WildernessTemptationHow did Jesus overcome the 40 days of temptations by the devil?  Do you believe it is possible to overcome the temptations you face?  How do Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 10:13 help us in this struggle?

Why did God ask His people to bring their firstfruits to Him?  How did this act remind them of who they were?

Do you know for certain that Jesus Christ has saved you?  Are you willing to accept Him as your Lord?

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