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

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Our Scripture readings for Monday 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. About what do you sing?  Have you told anyone about how God has been faithful to you?  What would you say?  (see Psalm 89:1-2)
  2. What do you think about day and night?  What if you thought about what God has said to us?  Are you encouraged to hear that God is with you wherever you go?  (see Joshua 1:8-9)
  3. To whom does God want you to share the boundless riches of Christ?  How is the church to show the wisdom of God?
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    “The centurion replied, ‘Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.'” – Matthew 8:8

    How can we have access to God?  (see Ephesians 3:8, 10-12)

  4. Why did the centurion believe Jesus could heal his servant without actually going to visit him?  How has Jesus brought healing to your body or spirit?  (see Matthew 8:5-17)
  5. What is significant about the fact that the Lord’s love is steadfast?  What difference does it make to you that the Lord’s love is steadfast?   (see Psalm 89:19, 24, 28)
  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) -Tuesday – Easter Wk4

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday 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 for God’s throne to endure forever and ever?  Is God being “judgmental” when he loves righteousness and hates wickedness?  (see Psalm 45:6-7)
  2. Why is so important to Moses for God to forgive the sin of His people?  Would you be willing to pray a similar prayer for someone you know?  (see Exodus 32:30-31)
  3. Would you say that you are a good example to all the believers?  Have you turned to God from any idols in your life?  Are you expecting God’s resurrected Son to return from heaven?  Are you ready for His return?  (see 1 Thessalonians 1:7, 9-10)
  4. Why can we consider ourselves blessed when others persecute us, revile us and say false things about us because of Jesus?  What does it mean to be the “salt of the earth?”  What does it mean to be the “light of the world?”
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    “You are the light of the world.” – Jesus, spoken to His disciples in Matthew 5:14

    What works are you doing which will give glory to our Father in heaven?  (see Matthew 5:11-16)

  5. Take five minutes to ponder God’s “steadfast love” for you!  How could God’s praise reach to the ends of the earth?  (see Psalm 48:1, 9-10)
  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) -Monday – Easter Wk4

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Our Scripture readings for Monday 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. For what do you give God thanks?  Are you able to talk about God’s goodness with other believers?  Are you able to talk to unbelievers about how good God has been to you?  (see Psalm 52:8-9)
  2. What does it mean to keep the Lord’s sabbaths?  Is it possible for the Lord to sanctify you?  (see Exodus 31:12-13)
  3. Do you always speak graciously?  How might you make the most of your time in dealing with “outsiders?”  Do you know how to answer the questions they ask?  (see Colossians 4:5-6)
  4. Why are the poor and those mourning blessed?
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    “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” – Jesus in Matthew 5:8

    What does it mean to be meek?  For what do you hunger and thirst?  When has someone shown you mercy?  Is your heart been made pure?  Do you want it to be?  Are you a peacemaker?  Why are those persecuted for righteousness’ sake blessed?  (see Matthew 5:1-10)

  5. What stories have you been told of what God has done in former days?  What stories will you tell of what God has done in your day?  (see Psalm 44:1, 4-5)
  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) -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) -Friday – Easter Wk2

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Our Scripture readings for Friday 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. If you could schedule an appointment to sit down and talk to God, what would you say to Him?  (You can do this, you know!  A daily devotional time is a personal appointment with God!)  How have you seen the Lord’s protection in your life?  (see Psalm 17:6, 8, 15)
  2. Why did they keep a sample of the manna?  Do you think you would have liked the taste?  (see Exodus 16:31-32)
  3. What does it mean to sanctify Christ as Lord in your heart?  Are you ready to answer anyone who asks you why you have hope?  (see 1 Peter 3:15)
  4. Why did Jesus warn His disciples about opposition?  Why were the disciples sorrowful?  Why did Jesus say it was better for Him to leave?  Is the world wrong in its understanding of sin, righteousness and judgment?  If so, how?  Have you asked the Holy Spirit to guide you into all the truth?  (see John 16:1-15)

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    “Lift up your hands to the holy place,
    and bless the Lord.” – Psalm 134:2
  5. Do you bless the Lord?  Do you lift up your hands to praise the Lord?  Why or why not?  (see Psalm 134:1-2)
  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) -Sunday – Easter Wk2

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Our Scripture readings for Sunday 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 did the resurrected Jesus say, “Peace be with you,” twice to His assembled disciples?  Why did He show them His hands and His side?
    "...he showed them his hands" - John 20:20
    “…he showed them his hands” – John 20:20

    What does it mean for Jesus to send His disciples as His Father had sent Him?  What does that mean for you?  How are you and Thomas alike?  How are you different?  Do you believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God?  (see John 20:19-31)

  2. What was the basis of the unity the early Christians enjoyed?  Why did their testimony about Jesus have great power?  How did the early church care for the needs of its members?  (see Acts 4:32-35)
  3. Is it possible for a family to “live together in unity”?  If so, how?  How is family unity like the anointing oil at the ordination of Aaron?  (see Psalm 133)
  4. How important is the testimony of an eyewitness, of multiple eyewitnesses?  What is your response to the witness of the disciples?  What are the implications of saying that “God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all”?  Have you confessed your sins to God?  What has He promised to do in response?  Do you believe John’s implication in 2:1 that it is possible NOT to sin?  Have you asked Christ’s atonement to be applied to your sins?  (see 1 John 1:1-2:2)
  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) –Friday – Lent Wk3

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Our Scripture readings for Friday 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. Do you have a daily devotional time?  What do you do?  How do you incorporate prayer into your life? (see Psalm 88:9, 13)
  2. Why did Pharaoh offer the best of Egypt to Joseph’s family?
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    “Now, we ask you, let your servants settle in the land of Goshen.” – Psalm 47:4

    (see Genesis 47:4, 6)

  3. What is Paul’s goal?  What is he willing to sacrifice to achieve that goal?  What does he hope will be the outcome?  (see 1 Corinthians 9:19, 22-23)
  4. What would have been your reaction if you been in that boat and had seen Jesus walking on the water during the storm?  Why were the disciples’ hearts hard?  What did the people of Gennesaret learn about Jesus while He was with them?  What does this mean for you in your life?  (see Mark 6:47-56)
  5. Why is it good to give thanks to the Lord?  Why is it good to sing praises to His name?  Do you talk about God morning and night?  What work of God has made you glad?  (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?

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

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday 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. Are you making it a priority to tune in to the Lord’s teaching?  How?  How will you tell the coming generation the “glorious deeds of the Lord, His might, and the wonders He has done?”  (see Psalm 78:1,4)
  2. Why couldn’t Joseph contain himself anymore?  What would have been your reaction to Joseph’s revelation of his true identity if you had been one of Joseph’s brothers?  (see Genesis 45:1-3)
  3. What is our responsibility to other believers?  If we know that something we feel free to do as a Christian will cause another believer to stumble in his/her faith, are we still free to do that action?  Why was Paul willing to forgo eating meat (that had been sacrificed to idols) for the rest of his life?  (see 1 Corinthians 8:12-13 & context)
  4. Why did the people of Jesus’ hometown, Nazareth, not accept Him?  Why did He not perform many miracles there?  Why did Jesus send out the twelve?  What was their message?  What did they do?  Has Jesus sent you out also?  How are doing on His mission? https://www.flickr.com/photos/67652247@N00/364999056/ (see Mark 6:1-13)
  5. Why do you think God chose David to be the “shepherd of His people?”  Do you have an “upright heart?”  Are you fulfilling God’s purpose for you?  (see Psalm 78:67, 70-72)
  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) – Saturday Easter-Week 5

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday 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.

What wondrous deeds of God could you share with someone today?  For what could you give God thanks today?  What does it mean for the Psalmist Asaph to say to God, “your name is near”? (see Psalm 75:1, 7)

What is significant about saying that “your descendants and your name [shall] remain” before the Lord?  If “all flesh shall come to worship before…the Lord,” what does that say about how we should respond to the Lord today?  (see Isaiah 66:22, 23)

What promises did Christ confirm?  How has Christ become a servant for the Gentiles?  How have we seen God’s mercy?  (see Romans 15:8-9)

“And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. And all ate and were filled.” – Luke 9:16-17a

What kind of authority has Jesus given you to make a difference in our world and to share His good news?  Why did Jesus spend time with His disciples away from the crowds?  What does the feeding of the 5,000 say to you about who Jesus is?  (see Luke 9:1-17)

How has the Lord helped you in a day of trouble?  What is your heart’s response to the Lord?  (see Psalm 27;5, 7-8)

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

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday 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.

“So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to all the generations to come.” – Psalm 71:18

When did you first acknowledge God’s presence in your life?  Do you tell others about the “wondrous deeds” of God?  How important is it to you to tell the next generation about what God has done?  How could you share this transforming message? (see Psalm 71:17-18)

Is it good news or bad news that God is planning to create new heavens and a new earth?  Why?  Why are we called to be glad and rejoice?  (see Isaiah 65:17-18)

Is it encouraging or scary to know that “we will all stand before the judgment seat of God”?  Why?  Are you ready to bow and give praise to God?  What does it mean to be accountable to God?  (see Romans 14:10-12)

Why did the demoniac call Jesus, “Son of the Most High God”?  Why did the demons not want to go back into the abyss?  Why did the herd of swine drown themselves when the demons entered them?  Why did Jesus send the man, newly delivered from demons, back home?  (see Luke 8:26-39)

Is it encouraging to you to know that “even the darkness is not dark” to God?  Why or why not?  Are you willing to offer the Psalmist’s heartfelt prayer, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts”?  (see Psalm 139:11-12, 23)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday 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.

Does wickedness cause you to worry?  What does “trust in the Lord” look like?  How do you “take delight in the Lord”?  Have you committed your way to the Lord?  (see Psalm 37:1, 3-5)

“Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” - Jesus in Luke 5:4
“Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” – Jesus in Luke 5:4

Why do so many people fail to honor “the God in whose power is [their] very breath”?  Do you know the number of your days?  What is your response to that fact?  What would be God’s assessment of your “kingdom”?  (see Daniel 5:23, 26-28)

How strong is your desire to hear the words of Jesus?  Why does Simon seem hesitant to go fishing again?  Why did Simon, James & John, after having the best catch of fish in their lives, leave everything and follow Jesus?  What did Jesus mean by saying that they would be “catching people”?  (see Luke 5:1-11)

Do you have a testimony similar to that of the Psalmist David?  Have you seen God care for the righteous & their families?  Does “depart from evil” mean to insulate yourself from sinners?  What do you think the Lord would have you do in order to “do good”?  (see Psalm 37:25, 27)

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) – 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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meditation Questions for #AshesToFire – Easter Wk7 Saturday

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

Read Psalm 11:4, 7. Does the fact that the Lord’s “gaze examines humankind” make you affirmed or frightened? Why?

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“For you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings.” – Malachi 4:2

Read Malachi 4:2, 5. How does a calf act when released from its stall? What does that picture say to you about the joy God is promising?  How has the “sun of righteousness” brought healing to you?

Read Acts 28:30-31. What would you do if you were placed on house arrest? What does Paul do in that circumstance?

Read John 21:20-25. Do you compare yourself to others? What do Jesus’ words challenge us to do when we are tempted to focus on God’s plan for others? Consider reading one chapter of the Gospel of John each day next week and look in each chapter to see if you can find one or both of the purposes (listed in today’s passage) John says are behind his writing of the Gospel.

Meditate on Psalm 33:1, 21-22. What is a practical application-action which you could build into your life from the Psalmist’s words, “Praise befits the upright”? How does someone who hopes in the Lord live and think?

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Meditation Questions for #AshesToFire – Easter Wk7 Thursday

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

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“You show me the path of life.” – Psalm 16:11

Read Psalm 16:9-11.  Are you confident that you are following the “path of life?”  Are you living in God’s presence?

Read Malachi 3:10.  Have you experienced the blessings that result when you are obedient to God’s call to “bring the full tithe into the storehouse?”

Read Acts 23:11.  How has God encouraged you?  What mission does God have in store for you?

Read John 17:20-26.  Who has believed in Jesus through your testimony?  Are you living in unity with other believers?  Have you asked God to let His love live in you?

Read Psalm 105:1, 3-4.  Do you call on the name of the Lord?  Do you tell people what the Lord has done for you?  Does your heart seek the Lord continually?

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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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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.

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“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 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 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 Wk3 Saturday

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

What can you give to the Lord in light of all that He has done for you?  Have you fulfilled any vows you have made to Him?  Read Psalm 116:12-14.

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“…the former things shall not be remembered…” Isaiah 65:17.

What would you most like to see in the new heavens and new earth that the Lord has promised us?  What former things do you want to forget?  What would He have to create for you to “rejoice forever” in it?  Meditate on Isaiah 65:17-18.

What would it look like for you to speak boldly in the name of the Lord?  Would you have to live “in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of he Holy Spirit” in order to speak boldly for Jesus?  Think about the implications of Paul’s ministry for your life and church as you read Acts 9:28, 31.

Why did Peter continue to follow Jesus when others quit following Jesus?  Who does Peter say Jesus is?  What are the implications of this?  What demands do Peter’s words make on our lives?  Read John 6:60-69 and consider what it means for Jesus to be the Holy One of God.

Has God sent out His light and truth since the Psalmist prayed his prayer?  Are you letting God’s light and truth lead you?  Is God your “exceeding joy?”  What does that mean?  Meditate on Psalm 43:3-4.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk3 Friday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk3 Thursday

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

What prayer has God answered for you recently?  Whom have you told about what God did?  Read what God did for the Psalmist in Psalm 66:16, 19-20.

How can we have our whole being “exult” in our God?  (To “exult” can mean “to show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; rejoice exceedingly; be highly elated or jubilant.”)  Does meditating on God’s salvation for you make you want to exult?  Read Isaiah 61:10.

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“Philip began to speak and…proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus.” Acts 8:35

Do you know someone who has questions about God, faith or the Bible?  Are you willing to come alongside them to search for answers?  Read how God used Philip in Acts 8:29-31, 35.

How has God drawn you to Jesus?  How has God taught you?  Do you believe that Jesus is the bread of life?  Meditate on the words of Jesus in John 6:44-51.

The Psalmist David says we are to “depart from evil.”  What practical steps does that call for in your life?  David says we are to “do good.”  What action does that prompt for you today?  Meditate on David’s words in Psalm 37:27-28, 34.

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Devotional for “Ashes to Fire” – Easter Wk3 Monday

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

What way have you chosen? What do you set before you? To what do you cling? What path are you running? Meditate on these questions as you read Psalm 119:30-32.

Why should you seek the Lord today? Is there anything you need to forsake? What are the implications of Isaiah’s promise that God will “abundantly pardon” those who return to Him? Read Isaiah 55:6-7.

Stoning of the ProtomartyrWhat was the source of the grace and power that Stephen shared? What do you think Stephen looked like when he was addressing the council? Read Acts 6:8-10, 15 and consider praying for grace and power sufficient to fulfill God’s purpose for you.

To what lengths do you go to seek Jesus? Are you seeking Jesus or what He can give you? For what kind of food are you working? Have you believed in the One whom God has sent? Meditate on John 6:22-29.

What is a “wonderful deed” that the Lord has done for you? With whom could you share what He did for you? Read Psalm 9:1-2.

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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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Ashes to Fire – Lent Wk3 Wednesday

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

For what could you praise the Lord today?  Read Psalm 147:12-13 to see why the Psalmist is praising God.

storytime!What stories of the Lord’s activities in your life do you need to share with your children and grandchildren?  How will you pass on the stories?  Read Deuteronomy 4:9

Do you see the fruit of the Spirit active in your life?  Are you following the Spirit’s guidance?  Read Galatians 5:22-23, 25.

What is Jesus’ relationship with the Law?  Why does Paul say that “love is the fulfilling of the law?” (Rom. 13:10)  Read Matthew 5:17-20.

How important is justice to you?  For whom should you seek justice?  Read the Psalmist’s words in Psalm 82:3-4, 8.

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