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

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday 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 is one to respond to a King?  What does it mean to “Extol the Lord our God”?  Are you doing that?  Choose today to “worship at his footstool.”  (see Psalm 99:1, 5)
  2. Has God ever given you clear direction when you needed to make a decision?  What was the significance of Samuel using anointing oil on David?  (see 1 Samuel 16:12-13)
  3. Do you need to be strengthened in your inner being by the power of God’s Spirit?  How would it change your life if Christ were to “dwell in your heart” in response to your faith in Him?  (see Ephesians 3:16-17)
  4. Are you actively following Jesus or did you give Him an excuse to avoid doing so?  Why did Jesus have no fear of the storm?
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    “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?” – The disciples in Matthew 8:27

    How do you answer the disciples’ question, “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?”  (see Matthew 8:18-27)

  5. What is your response to the Psalmist’s statement that “the Lord will not forsake His people”?  What or who is your stronghold?  To whom do you go to find a refuge?  (see Psalm 94:14-15, 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) -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) -Thursday – Easter Wk6

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. Do you praise the Lord with a shout?  Do you sing praises to God?  Why are praises to God appropriate?  (see Psalm 47:5-7)
  2. Who is the “Ancient One” of whom Daniel wrote?  What does it mean to say that He “took His throne”?  Who is on the “throne” of your life?  (see Daniel 7:9-10)
  3. Who is the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” of whom John wrote?
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    “See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah…has conquered” – Revelation 5:5b

    Why do all in heaven and on earth offer blessing and honor and glory and might to the One seated on the throne and to the Lamb?  How should we respond to them?  (see Revelation 5:5, 13)

  4. If you had seen Jesus after the resurrection, would you have doubted?  If Jesus has all authority, how should we treat His words?  Are you currently making a disciple?  What is the disciple’s name?  Are you also helping make disciples of all nations?  How?  Are you obeying everything Jesus has commanded us?  (see Matthew 28:16-20)
  5. Is the Lord glorious and strong?  How can we worship the Lord in holy splendor?  How could you “say among the nations, ‘The Lord is king!'”?  (see Psalm 96:7, 9-10)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. Why did David love the tabernacle so?  Why did David bless the Lord publicly?  (see Psalm 26:8, 12)
  2. How does the image of being carried “on eagles’ wings” illustrate how God cared for Israel?
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    “I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.” – God in Exodus 19:4

    Have you experienced God bringing you to himself?  (see Exodus 19:3-4)

  3. What difference would it make in your life to be made strong with all the strength that comes from God’s glorious power?  How would it change your life? Does endurance come naturally to you?  Why or why not?  Do you give thanks to the Father with joy?  Do you know for sure that you will share in the inheritance of the saints?  Why or why not?  (see Colossians 1:11-12)
  4. Why does Jesus rebuke the Pharisees and Sadducees so sharply?  What does it mean to “bear fruit worthy of repentance?”  Are you bearing good fruit?  Why is repentance important?  Why is baptism important?  Have you been baptized with the Holy Spirit?  (see Matthew 3:7-12)
  5. What does it mean for your hope to be in the Lord?  Is that true for you?  Can you relate with David’s fear that God holds His peace at his/your tears?  (see Psalm 39:7, 12)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

 

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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    “But the Lord has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge.” – Psalm 94:22
  5. How has the Lord been a stronghold for you?  How has the Lord rescued you?  (see Psalm 94:16, 22)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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

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Our Scripture readings for Monday 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. Of what do you sing?  Where do you see the Lord’s love in your life?  How is the Lord’s strength evident in your life?  How has the Lord revealed His faithfulness to you?  (see Psalm 89:1, 13-14)
  2. How has the Lord blessed you?  Has the Lord been a shepherd to you?  If so, how?  How have you seen the blessings of heaven in your life?  (see Genesis 49:22, 24-26)
  3. What does it mean to do everything for the glory of God?  Why should we avoid giving offense to others?  What was Paul’s motivation for his actions?  Are you a Christ-imitator?  (see 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1)
  4. Why do you think Jesus went to the region of Tyre?  Why did Jesus respond to the woman’s request?  Why did Jesus take the deaf man aside in private to heal him? Why didn’t Jesus seek publicity for the healing?  (see Mark 7:24-37)
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    “Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord.” – Psalm 89:5

    How do the heavens praise the wonders of the Lord?  How can we praise the Lord’s faithfulness when we assemble together?  (see Psalm 89:5-6, 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) – Monday – Lent Wk3

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

Questions for Meditation

  1. Why does the Psalmist use the image of God planting a vine in the Promised Land? What would it mean for the Lord to restore you?  Are you willing to let the Lord make you strong for His purposes?
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    “You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.” – Psalm 80:8

    (see Psalm 80:7-8, 14, 17)

  2. Why does Judah ask to stay in Egypt in place of Benjamin?  Do you think Joseph was testing his brothers?  What did he want to find out about them? (Remember what they did to him!) (see Genesis 44:33-34)
  3. Why do you exist?  Who is the source of all things?  (see 1 Corinthians 8:6)
  4. Why did Jairus ask Jesus to come to his house?  Why did the woman touch Jesus’ cloak?  Why did Jesus tell the girl’s father not to fear even though he heard the report that his daughter had died?  (see Mark 5:21-43)
  5. What would it mean for you to experience God’s compassion coming to you “speedily?”  Have you asked God to forgive your sins? (see Psalm 79:8-9)
  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 Wk3

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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

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

Questions for Meditation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself.” Asaph in Psalm 80:17

What does it mean for God’s hand to be upon someone?  Have you ever asked for God’s hand to be upon you?  Would you be willing to ask God to make you strong for Him?  In what ways do you need the Lord’s restoration?  (see Psalm 80:14, 17, 19)

Why is it important for parents to discipline their children?  In what ways have you seen the Lord’s discipline in your life?  What might it look like in your life to walk in the Lord’s ways?  What does it mean to fear or reverence Him?  (see Deuteronomy 8:5-6)

How often do you ask God for wisdom?  When have you been the recipient of God’s wisdom?  What is the impact of doubt?  (see James 1:5-6)

Why do you think Jesus took time to pray?  Who do you say Jesus is?  Why?  Why is Peter’s answer significant?  Why did Jesus respond to Peter’s statement with a description of His upcoming torture & death?  What must we do to become Jesus’ followers?  Are you willing to lose your life for Jesus’ sake?  How can we make sure that we are not ashamed of Jesus and His words?  (see Luke 9:18-27)

Do you take time to meditate?  Why or why not?  Do you search your spirit?  If so, how?  What benefit would you receive from “[calling] to mind the deeds of the Lord”?  If God’s way is holy, what does that imply about what our pathway should be if we want to walk with Him?  Share with someone who is spiritually hungry some of the wonders that God has worked in your life!  (see Psalm 77:6, 11-14)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How have you heard the Lord speaking to you?  What is implied by the Psalmist’s saying that that God “summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting”?  (see Psalm 50:1-2)

Which of the qualities of God that Moses discovered are most meaningful to you?  Why?  How have you seen these qualities of God in your life?  (see Exodus 34:6-7)

Why is baptism described as a burial?  How does faith raise us from this burial?  Why does Paul say that we were “dead in trespasses”?  What is the impact of having our trespasses forgiven by God?  (see Colossians 2:12-14)

Is there a “log” in your eye?  What kind of fruit is your life producing?  Upon what kind of foundation are you building?  (see Luke 6:39-49)

What or who is the fortress or refuge for your life?  From where does your strength come?  Do you sing praises to God?  If so, why?  (see Psalm 59:16-17)

Ashes to Fire (A) – Friday Easter-Week 3

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

“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.” – Psalm 105:4

How can we “seek the Lord & His strength”?  Do you seek His presence continually?  What wonderful works had He done in your life?  With whom could you share the stories?  (see Psalm 105:4-5, 7)

Why did Daniel continue to pray even when it was outlawed?  How has God delivered you? (see Daniel 6:13, 16)

What does it mean to abide in the teaching of Christ?  Why does the Father offer His presence to those who abide in the teaching of His Son?  (see 2 John 9)

Why would Jesus withdraw to deserted places?  Why did Jesus take time to pray?  Why did Jesus first offer forgiveness of sins to a man who obviously needed physical healing?  Have you received forgiveness for your sins?  Why was that important to Jesus?  (see Luke 5:12-26)

Do you remember God’s holy promise(s) to you?  How has the Lord brought you out?  What do the phrases “with joy” and “with singing” imply to you about the Lord’s deliverance for His people?  What does the Lord’s deliverance allow His people to do?  (see Psalm 105:42-43, 45)

Ashes to Fire (A) – Wednesday-Easter-Week 3

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

What is your heart’s deepest need?  About what do you sigh?  In what area of your life do you especially need the Lord’s strength?  Do you know that the Lord is near you?  (see Psalm 38:9-10, 21-22)

Why did people worship inanimate objects?  Does this still happen today?  If so, where & how?  How do you explain God’s response to their choice to worship created things rather than the Creator?  (see Daniel 5:3-5)

“And his commandments are not burdensome, 4 for whatever is born of God conquers the world.” 1 John 5:3b-4a

Why does John link love and obedience?  How is it possible that “commandments are not burdensome”?  Have you been born of God?  (see 1 John 5:3-4)

What does it say about Jesus that He was able to heal the sick and cast out demons?  Why did the demons say that Jesus was the “Son of God?’  Why did Jesus not let the demons speak?  (see Luke 4:38-44)

Do you pursue the Lord’s commandments with eagerness (“run the way of your commandments”) or do you run away from them?  Why?  Why did the Psalmist want to learn the way of the Lord’s statues?  Do you desire to observe His laws with your whole heart?  (see Psalm 119:32-34)

Ashes to Fire (A) – Tuesday-Easter-Week 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday 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.

Is the Lord your strength?  How has the Lord delivered you?  To whom could you tell the story of your deliverance today?  (see Psalm 18:1, 16-17, 19)

How has the Lord proven to you that He is God?  How did the Lord prove this to Nebuchadnezzar and to Daniel?  If God is God, what is the response called for from us?  (see Daniel 2:47-48)

“Bear fruits worthy of repentance.” – John the Baptist in Luke 3:8

What does John mean by “the world?”  Do you think he is talking about the physical planet, or the people on the planet, or the sinful value system here, or something else?  How do we need to live to do the will of God?  (see 1 John 2:15, 17)

Put John the Baptist’s challenge to the people into your own words.  How does his challenge speak to us today?  What good fruit was John wanting to see in people’s lives?  Is your life producing this good fruit?  How would you summarize what John was saying about how we should treat one another?  (see Luke 3:1-14)

Why does the Psalmist say that our God is a rock?  Would you agree?  If so, why?  Can you think of a time when God gave you strength?  Can you think of a time when God made your way safe?  When has God given you great triumphs?  How have you seen God’s steadfast love?  (see Psalm 18:31-32, 50)

Meditation Questions for #AshesToFire – Easter Wk6 Thursday

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

Read Psalm 47:1-2, 5-6, 8. Why are we called to clap, shout and sing praises to God? How awesome would God have to be for you to feel comfortable acting this way? How awesome do you think God is? Meditate on and then act on the challenges in Psalm 47:1-2, 5-6, 8.

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“On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem.” – Zechariah 14:8

Read Zechariah 14:4-5, 8. Are you looking for the Lord’s coming? Is there anything you need to do to be ready for His coming? Who are the “holy ones” who will be with Him? What is the significance of “living waters” flowing out from Jerusalem?

Read Acts 18:1, 5. Why was Paul able to focus on proclaiming the Word after Silas and Timothy joined him in Corinth? What was the theme of Paul’s message to the Jews there? How does Paul’s ministry provide guidance for ours?

Read John 16:16-20. Consider the significance of Jesus’ knowing about his return to His Father before it happened. Consider the significance of Jesus’ knowing beforehand that He would come back from the dead and that the disciples’ pain would turn to joy! What hope does this give you for your times of weeping, mourning and pain?

Read Psalm 24:3-5. Is it possible to live with clean hands, a pure heart, true worship and honesty? Could it be possible if God’s Spirit were living in and through us? What is promised to those who live this way?

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk5 Thursday

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

What words does the Psalmist use to describe the Lord?  What words would you use?  What is the response that the Psalmist calls us to make to the Lord?  Meditate on Psalm 96:6-7, 9.

Word "cloud" based on today's Bible readingsWhat does it mean to be redeemed?  What does it mean to be brought home?  Are you “strong in the Lord?”  Do you “walk in his name?”  Think about the meaning of Zechariah 10:8, 10, 12.

The prophet Amos envisioned the Lord calling His people and the Gentiles to seek Him.  Why was it so hard for the Jewish leaders and even some Church leaders of the 1st Century to be open to God’s global mission?  Read Acts 15:13, 15-17 and consider how you are partnering with God’s global mission today.

How can we abide in Jesus’ love? How can we live with Jesus’ complete joy within?  Meditate on the meaning of Jesus’ words in John 15:9-11.

How has God taught you?  When was the last time you told someone something wonderful that God did for you?  Consider singing a song of joy & praise to God today as you read Psalm 71:17, 21-24.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk4 Thursday

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

Why should we declare the Lord’s faithfulness to our generation? …or to the last generation?  …or to the next generation?  What does the Psalmist mean by saying that the Lord’s “steadfast love is established forever?”  Meditate on Psalm 89:1-2.

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“There shall be a sowing of peace; the vine shall yield its fruit…” – Zechariah 8:12

What does the phrase “a sowing of peace” mean?  Why does God want our “hands [to] be strong?”  Read Zechariah 8:12-13.

What qualities do you think it would take to be a person “after [God’s] heart?”  Are you a person who will carry out all God’s wishes?  What difference would it make to your descendants if you were?  Consider the example of David, who was not perfect, but who, because of his repentant spirit, was forgiven.  Read Acts 13:22-23.

Is it a Judas-betrayal to act as if we are better than our Master, or as if we know better than He does?  What are the implications of accepting Jesus’ messengers?  Meditate on the words of Jesus in John 13:16-20.

If I asked you for a reason to praise the Lord, what reason would you give?  Why do you think the Psalmist says the name of the Lord is to be praised from dawn to dusk?  Read Psalm 113:1-3.

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Devotional for Ashes to Fire – Easter Wk2 Tuesday

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

The Psalmist emphasizes the Lord’s sovereignty, strength and eternal nature in Psalm 93:1-2.  How do these descriptions of God help you as you face the challenges of your day?

Isaiah reveals that the Lord laid out the foundation of the earth and spread out the heavens.  Does this qualify Him to “[lead] you in the way you should go?”  Why or why not?  Meditate on Isaiah 48:12-13, 17.

With whom are you “of one heart and soul?”  Do you believe you will ever experience this?  Is it possible for a church family or at least the leaders of a church family to be “of one heart and soul?”  Is there any direct relationship between this level of unity and the reports of “great power” and “great grace?”  What steps would you need to take to pursue this level of unity and of effective ministry?  Read Acts 4:32-33.

Bronze SerpentHave you been born from above?  Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to bring you new life?  How was Moses’ lifting up a serpent in the wilderness an illustration of the Son of Man being lifted up?  Have you received the eternal life Jesus promised?  Pray about what Jesus says in John 3:7-15.

The Psalmists says that the Lord examines humankind.  Is that idea comforting or frightening?  Why?  What does the Psalmist imply in Psalm 11:4, 7 is necessary if we are to behold the Lord’s face?

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk6 Wednesday (Holy Week)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk5 Thursday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ashes to Fire – Lent 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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