LIFe with God: May 10, 2013

Posted on May 10, 2013

Scripture

Acts 15

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Observation

What caused the “sharp dispute” in the early part of this chapter? Why was this such an important issue that urgently needed to be addressed? What was their decision? What did Paul and Barnabas do after their sharp disagreement at the end of this chapter?

Application

Am I currently or have I ever been guilty of expecting others to fulfill certain requirements that God does not expect of them? If so, what can I do to address that? How careful am I to teach that it is through the grace of Christ alone that we are saved? How do I react after a disagreement with another believer?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father, help us to recognize false teaching when we hear it. When someone teaches that we must fulfill other requirements than believing on Jesus as the source of our salvation, may we totally disregard that teaching, attempt to correct that teacher, and instruct others to do the same. Thank You that You have extended Your grace to all nations, and that people of every ethnic background have come to Christ. We rejoice in this, Father: that You know the heart, and You showed that You accept Gentiles believers by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as You did with the Jewish believers, purifying all of us by faith, and making no distinction. May we never test You by putting on the necks of Your disciples a yoke that no man but Christ has ever been able to bear. No, constantly remind us, we pray, that it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved. I also ask, Lord, that when disagreements come up between myself and another believer, that we would do everything we can to resolve it. But if not, may we agree to disagree, bless each other, and go our separate ways on good terms, continuing to do Your work. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Pray to BLESS!
One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Moy & Janeth Ortiz
  • Doug & Pam Patchin
  • Jared & Amanda Patchin (Alex, Luc)
  • Keith Rast
  • Travis & Consuela Sauer (Mikayla, Christian, Donte, Cheyenne, Sera, Ella, Thomas)

Ministry:

  • Boise Rescue Mission

CLF:

  • That we will be people who are devoted to giving to the Lord’s work and to anyone who has a need.

Community: Pray for the elderly…

  • That they will be treated respectfully
  • That they will not dwell on mistakes and regret
  • That God will provide for their health and finances
  • That God will protect them from those who would try to harm them
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • Any broken family relationships restored before they pass on

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different activities, but the same God activates each gift in each person. – 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (HCSB)

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