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) -Friday – Easter Wk4

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. How has God been your helper?  What do you want to say to God today?  What offering do you want to give to Him?  (see Psalm 54:2, 4, 6)
  2. What does it say about God that after Moses had spent time in His presence, the skin of Moses’ face shone?  (see Exodus 34:29)
  3. How would it change your life if God helped you increase in love for everyone?  What difference would it make to you if you were “blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus?”  Consider asking God to strengthen your heart in holiness so that you can be blameless on that day!  (see 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13)
  4. What does it say about God’s view of sin when Jesus recommends such drastic measures to avoid it and goes to such extreme lengths (the cross!) to rescue us from it?  What is Jesus’ teaching about divorce?
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    “Do not swear at all…by heaven, for it is the throne of God” – Jesus in Matthew 5:34

    Why does Jesus prohibit swearing?  (see Matthew 5:27-37)

  5. Why is a “broken and contrite heart” an acceptable sacrifice to God?  Would you describe your heart that way?  Why or why not?  (see Psalm 51:15-17)
  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) -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) -Friday – Easter Wk3

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday 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. Why do you think some of David’s favorite descriptions for God are “Rock,” “Fortress,” “Deliverer”?  What are your favorite words to use to describe God?  (see Psalm 18:2-3)

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    “The Lord is my rock, my fortress” – David in Psalm 18:2
  2. Why did the Lord give the Israelites manna to eat?  What does this tell you about God?  (see Exodus 16:14-15)
  3. How can we inherit a blessing?  Which of the qualities that Peter lists is the easiest for you?  Which is the hardest to live out?  Why? (see 1 Peter 3:8, 9)
  4. How did Jesus show His love for you?  How can you show that kind of love to others?  Does the world hate you?  Why or why not?  Why does identifying certain behaviors as sinful often prompt a response of hatred?  What is your testimony about Jesus?  (see John 15:12-27)
  5. What do you think it meant to David to talk about God as “a rock?”  How has God offered you strength?  (see Psalm 18:31-32, 50)
  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) -Thursday – Easter Wk1

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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“God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.” – Psalm 50:1

In what ways do you hear the Lord speaking most clearly?  Do you listen for the Lord’s voice all day long?  How have you seen the beauty of the Lord?  (see Psalm 50:1-2)

In what ways has the Lord blessed you?  How are you caring for the things over which you have been given oversight?  (see Genesis 39:3-5)

Upon what foundation are you building?  What are using to build on that foundation?  What does it mean to say that Jesus Christ is the only foundation?  (see 1 Corinthians 3:10-11)

Why did people seek out Jesus?  Why did the four people bring a paralyzed man to Jesus?  Why did Jesus forgive him of his sins first?  Why did Jesus heal him of his paralysis?  What do we learn about who Jesus is from this account?  (see Mark 2:1-12)

Does anything have dominion over you other than God?  Are all your words and the meditations of your heart acceptable to God?  What does it mean to you to say that the Lord is your rock and your redeemer?  (see Psalm 19:12-14)

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 (Year B) – Saturday – Day 4

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jesus-heals-a-man_DSC3348-1800Our Scripture readings for Saturday (Day 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.

In what area(s) is the Lord teaching you these days?  (see Psalm 25:9)

Have you confessed your sins to God?  (see Psalm 32:5)  Do you know that He has forgiven you?

What does it mean to you to know that Jesus has the authority to forgive sins?  (see Matthew 9:6)

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) – Wednesday-Easter-Week 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Wk5 Friday

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

"You have been a fortress for me and a refuge in the day of my distress"
“You have been a fortress for me and a refuge in the day of my distress” – Psalm 59:16

David refers to God’s “steadfast love” three times in Psalm 59:9-10, 16-17.  Why might God’s steadfast love be important to David?  Why might God’s steadfast love be important to you? How has God been a fortress for you and a refuge in the day of your distress?

What might cause someone to annul a covenant?  In what ways did God’s people reject Him?  Read Zechariah 11:7, 10, 14.

Have you ever sent someone to encourage believers and to proclaim the Word (If you are part of our church you have!)?  Whom have you encouraged recently?  When have you shared God’s Word with someone?  Read Acts 15:32, 34-35.

How did Jesus show you the greatest kind of love?  What does it mean to be a friend of Jesus, not just a servant?  How do you respond to the revelation that Jesus has chosen you?  Are you willing to produce lasting fruit?  Meditate on John 15:18-21.

Why do you want the Lord to remember you today?  For what are you seeking the Lord’s help?  Read Psalm 106:4-5.

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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).

Physicists of many nations
“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 Monday

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

Why is the word “majestic” a good description of God?  Why does the Psalmist say that “holiness befits” the Lord’s house forevermore?  What song comes to mind as you read Psalm 93:1, 4-5?

Fiery furnace, Michaelhouse, CambridgeCan you think of times when God’s people had to pass through the waters?  When have God’s people had to walk through fire?  How did God protect His people in these trials?  How has God protected you?  Consider writing out Isaiah 43:2-3 on a 3×5 card to carry with you so you can pull it out and remind yourself of God’s protection.

Why did God plan for Jesus to be crucified?  Why was Jesus raised up from death?  Read Acts 2:23-24 to find out more.

Why were the women (& the other disciples) perplexed when Jesus was not found in the tomb?  How often you looked for life in dead places?  Meditate on Luke 24:1-7.

Are you confident that you will enjoy the fullness of joy in God’s presence when you die?  Have you chosen to take refuge in God?  If not, would you choose to do so now?  Read Psalm 16:1, 9-11 and ask God to be your refuge, to forgive you of your sins and give you eternal life.  (We’d love to celebrate with you when you make this decision, so please let us know!)

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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 Wk5 Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk5 Tuesday

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

Pen, Diary and Glasses
“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 Wk4 Thursday

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

Moses “stood in the breach” to plead for God to spare the Israelites.  Who “stood in the breach” for you…Christ and who else? For whom are you standing “in the breach?”

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Going to the extreme to rescue others!

What would you be willing to do to save someone?  Consider the implications of Psalm 106:21, 23, 47 and of Exodus 32:11-13.

How important is faith?  Read Jude 1:5.

What do your works say about you?  Whose glory are you seeking?  Consider Jesus’ words in John 5:31-47.

Are you willing to let Christ examine your heart, evaluate your words, looking for errors and hidden faults?  Will you ask Him to cleanse & purify you?  Pray the prayer of Psalm 19:12, 14.

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk2 Tuesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk2 Monday

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

Have you asked God to forgive you of your sins?  Read and pray Psalm 79:9.Belief

Have you ever considered praying on behalf of your family or your city?  Read Daniel 9:4-5, 19.

What is your response to Christ’s willingness to “become a curse” for you?  Consider Galatians 3:13-14.

What could you do today to show love to an enemy?  Think about Luke 6:32-38.  Will you actually do it?

Why do you owe praise to God?  Read Psalm 65:1-3 to see why the Psalmist says praise is due to God.

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