LIFe with God

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly – Colossians 3:16 (NET)

In order for the Word to dwell richly in us, we need to do more than just listen to a sermon on Sunday morning or on the radio once in a while. Daily time alone in the Word is essential to grow in Christ and be an effective disciple for Him. And for believers to live in unity and to minister together effectively, they need to be in prayer for each other throughout the week.

To that end, we offer “LIFe with God” (LIFe = Living In Fellowship), a daily devotional published by Pastor Scott F. Guinn. Each installment includes a Scripture reading (taking us through the entire Bible in three years) along with observation and application questions, and a guided prayer time that helps us to us to pray for every person in our church and every missionary/ministry we support each week.

You are encouraged to participate! It will take a little effort and discipline to build this habit, but the benefits are out of this world!

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LIFe with God: October 23, 2017

October 23, 2017

Scripture

Jeremiah 11

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What is the theme of this chapter?

Application

While Christ brought a new and better covenant, like the old one, it still emphasizes obedience to God for those who enter the covenant. Do I walk in obedience to God?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Heavenly Father, Thank You that my salvation is not based on my perfect obedience, for I would have lost it a long time ago if it were! But even under the New Covenant, You require obedience–for my good as well as for Your glory. May I not be like Your people in today’s passage. May my love for You be revealed in my obedience to You–not in order to be saved, but because I have been saved! I pray this 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:

  • Theresa Daniels
  • Travis & Hali Davidson (Andrew, Maddy)
  • Patti Doty
  • Ken & Twilla Eden (Mattea, Joseph, Joshua, Sophia, Jonathan)
  • Gil & Lois Estes

Missionaries:

  • Tim & Miranda Penn (Samid, Sarah), missionaries to Albania

CLF:

  • That Christian Life Fellowship would be a church that is devoted to the Word of God, and that we would be doers of it and not just hearers; that we would study the Word and so always be prepared to give everyone an answer–in season and out of season–and be approved workers who do not need to be ashamed, able to accurately understand and explain it.

Community: Pray for Ontario…

  • That city leaders would submit to God
  • That people can find and keep gainful employment
  • For sound financial management by city officials
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For the mayor, city council members, and public works officials

Memory Verse

2 Timothy 4:2 (HCSB)

Proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching.

LIFe with God: October 22, 2017

October 22, 2017

Scripture

Jeremiah 10

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why is the God of Christianity and the Bible the only God who should be feared and worshiped? What is Jeremiah’s prayer (23-25)?

Application

Have I been unfaithful to God , following other pursuits and giving them the place of priority in my life that only He deserves? Do I really understand that, in the grand scheme of things, I have no control over what happens in my life? Do I ask God to intervene against the wicked on behalf of His people for their protection and for His glory?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father, Far too often I follow “idols” like money, prestige, and pleasure, giving them the place of preeminence in my life that only You should have, and thus, making them gods and worshiping them. I confess that as sin and plead the cleansing blood of Jesus. Help me to remember that You are in control and I am not, and so help me remember to seek You and follow You. Remind me, Lord, to seek You in prayer to intervene on behalf of Your people against the wicked, for their protection as well as for Your glory. I ask these things in Jesus’ name, 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.

  • Dustin Barton
  • Amy Brueggemann
  • Debbie Brueggemann
  • Loran “Bud” Clark
  • Mike Daniels

Ministry:

  • Compassion International

CLF:

  • That we will be devoted to evangelism and growth; that the Lord will add to our numbers those who are being saved.

Community: Pray for Caldwell

  • That city leaders would submit to God
  • That people can find and keep gainful employment
  • For sound financial management by city officials
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For the mayor, city council members, and public works officials

Memory Verse

2 Timothy 4:2 (HCSB)

Proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching.

LIFe with God: October 21, 2017

October 21, 2017

Scripture

Jeremiah 9

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What charge is brought against the people in verses 2-8? What does God say He is about to do because of it (9-12)? Why (14-15)? What important command/principle is given in verses 23-24?

Application

Do I have an adulterous heart and deceptive lips? Am I flirting with causing God to discipline me because of ongoing disobedience, unfaithfulness, and unrepentance? Do I constantly “toot my own horn,” or do I give God the glory for every good thing?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, May I be faithful and true to You and honest with my lips and my life. Keep me from a heart that turns to anything but you, and when I stumble, may I always immediately come to You in contrition and repentance. Keep me from arrogance, boasting, and conceit. Instead, may I boast only of You and Your great love, justice, and righteousness, for You delight in these things. I pray this in Jesus’ Name, 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.

  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin, Natalie)
  • Dave & Debbie Spears
  • Mark & Natalie Westcott
  • Justin & Bonnie Wilkerson (Janae, Jordan)
  • Sree & Irena Yalamanchili
  • Jason & Danielle Youngblood (Kayla, Kendra)

Ministry:

  • Chapel Mission India

CLF:

  • That we would be devoted to thanksgiving and praise to our Lord–for what He has done, for what He is doing, for what He will do, and for who He is–in good times and bad.

Community: Pray for Nampa

  • That city leaders would submit to God
  • That people can find and keep gainful employment
  • For sound financial management by city officials
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For the mayor, city council members, and public works officials

Memory Verse

Hebrews 13:5 (HCSB)

Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you. 

LIFe with God: October 20, 2017

October 20, 2017

Scripture

Jeremiah 8

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What sin had the people continued in, and what was God’s response to it (7-13)? How did Jeremiah react (18-22)?

Application

Do I ignore God’s requirements and live in open, unashamed rebellion against Him? Do I recognize the serious peril of such a lifestyle? If I am living for Him, do I mourn when others who claim to be His do not live for Him?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, Keep me from ongoing, unrepentant, unashamed rebellion. Remind me of the dangerous consequences of such a lifestyle, and help me to be an example to others of knowing and following Your righteous ways. Give me a heart that mourns when those who claim to be the people of God live as if they are not. I pray this in Jesus’ Name, 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 (Anabelle)
  • Doug & Pam Patchin
  • Jared & Amanda Patchin (Alex, Luc)
  • 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 Star and Eagle

  • That city leaders would submit to God
  • That people can find and keep gainful employment
  • For sound financial management by city officials
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For the mayor, city council members, and public works officials

Memory Verse

Hebrews 13:5 (HCSB)

Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you. 

LIFe with God: October 19, 2017

October 19, 2017

Scripture

Jeremiah 7

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What is the key difference between unacceptable (false) worship and acceptable (true) worship?

Application

Do I live in sin while declaring that I am a follower of God?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
heavenly Father, Help me not to claim with my lips to be worshiping You when my heart, mind and lifestyle are sinful. Help me not to trust or assume that, simply because I attend a church service sometimes, everything is right in my relationship with You. That is false, unacceptable worship, and I am only deceiving myself if I do it. Instead, strengthen me to follow Your Word and Your will in joyful, loving obedience, and so offer You true, acceptable worship in spirit and in truth. I ask this in Jesus’ name, 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:

  • Darrell & Fralina Leatham
  • Fred & Shirley Leonard
  • Dan & Jenn Loeschke
  • Mark & Michelle Morgan (Cody, Kyle)
  • Michael & Jenn Morgan

Ministry:

  • Christian Pro-Life Ministries in Idaho (Idaho Chooses Life, Stanton Health Care, etc)

CLF:

  • That we will devote ourselves to prayer, individually, in small groups, and as a church.

Community: Pray for Meridian

  • That city leaders would submit to God
  • That people can find and keep gainful employment
  • For sound financial management by city officials
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For the mayor, city council members, and public works officials

Memory Verse

Hebrews 13:5 (HCSB)

Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you. 

LIFe with God: October 18, 2017

October 18, 2017

Scripture

Jeremiah 6

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What plea does God make in the midst of announcing His impending judgment on wicked and rebellious Jerusalem (8)? What sins so offended God (10, 13-15)? Why was their worship unacceptable to Him (19-20)?

Application

Am I thankful that even in His judgment, God is loving and desires that people would repent rather than be destroyed? Do I fail to listen to God and treat His Word as if it were contemptible, or do I find my pleasure in it? Do I make money from cheating others, or do I deal with people honorably and fairly? Am I ashamed and humiliated when I realize I have acted abhorrently in God’s eyes? Do I follow God’s instruction joyfully, or do I not pay attention to Him and just go through the motions in my worship?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, Keep me from living like the people of Jerusalem in the point in history recorded in today’s Scripture passage. Help me to live such that You will not need to punish me, and thank You that even in Your punishment Your are loving and merciful. Help me to find great joy and pleasure in mining the depths of Your word, and may I never ignore it or treat it as if it were something contemptible. In my dealings with others, may I always treat them honorably and fairly rather then trying to cheat them for my own profit. When I commit some abhorrent sin, may I feel righteous shame and humiliation and turn to You in repentance. Help me to follow the instruction from Your word in joyful obedience and service in true worship, and keep me from merely going through the motions. I pray these things in Jesus’ Name, 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:

  • Deborah Halkola
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus, Jack, Emma, Lucy)
  • Bob & Peggy Hoover
  • Pat & Hannah Kelley
  • Chuck Knipple

Ministry:

  • Chrysalis Women’s Transitional Housing

CLF:

  • Pray that we would be a church that is dedicated to the breaking of bread, both in the sense of being devoted to observing the Lord’s Supper, and in meeting together for meals to fellowship, to deepen bonds, to heal offenses, and to end disputes.

Community: Pray for Kuna…

  • That city leaders would submit to God
  • That people can find and keep gainful employment
  • For sound financial management by city officials
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For the mayor, city council members, and public works officials

Memory Verse

Hebrews 13:5 (HCSB)

Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you. 

LIFe with God: October 17, 2017

October 17, 2017

Scripture

Jeremiah 5

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What was Jerusalem’s reaction to God’s please for repentance? What was God’s response?

Application

Do I follow the leading of the Holy Spirit to repent of sin, or does it take severe punishment from God to get my attention?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Oh Lord, my God and Father: I confess that I often give in to sin too often, that I often rebel against Your Word and Your will too quickly, and that I often turn back to You in repentance far too slowly. I ask that You would give me a heart that seeks to follow and obey Your Spirit, magnify the name of Christ,and glorify You, and that when I sin, I would immediately come to You in repentance rather than rebel and require Your severe punishment to bring me around. I ask this 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:

  • Gary Friend
  • Roger & Andrea Gabel; Tom
  • Steve & Gloria Gangwer
  • Scott & Kristi Guinn (Josiah)
  • Mike & Jamie Haberkorn (Hannah, Sean)

Ministry:

  • J & G Simon, missionaries to Austria

CLF:

  • Ask that we would be a church that is devoted to true fellowship: Pray that we would be encouraged from being united with Christ, comforted by His love, bonded with His Spirit, tender and compassionate with one another. Pray that we would be like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Ask that we would do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider one another better than ourselves, looking not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of each other. Pray that we would all have the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus.

Community: Pray for Boise & Garden City…

  • That city leaders would submit to God
  • That people can find and keep gainful employment
  • For sound financial management by city officials
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For the mayor, city council members, and public works officials
  • Gowan Field Military Base

Memory Verse

Hebrews 13:5 (HCSB)

Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you. 

LIFe with God: October 16, 2017

October 16, 2017

Scripture

Jeremiah 4

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What does God call Judah to do in verses 1-4? What brought on the great disaster that God was about to allow to happen to Judah (18)? How did Jeremiah feel about the message/vision the Lord had given him?

Application

Do I return to God in repentance after falling, consecrating myself anew for His purpose? Am I living in a manner that, if unchecked, will bring intense consequences on myself? Do I deliver the Word of God regardless of how I may feel about it?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Heavenly Father, Please keep me from the horrible sin of the people of Judah, who, although having seen Your mighty works, protection and provision time and time again, still turned away from You. Remind me that although I am not strong, You are, and when I fail, help me to run to You in humble and sincere repentance and be re-consecrated for Your purpose. Help me to be strong in You and to speak the message of the Gospel boldly, even when it makes me or others uncomfortable. I pray this 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:

  • Theresa Daniels
  • Travis & Hali Davidson (Andrew, Maddy)
  • Patti Doty
  • Ken & Twilla Eden (Mattea, Joseph, Joshua, Sophia, Jonathan)
  • Gil & Lois Estes

Missionaries:

  • Tim & Miranda Penn (Samid, Sarah), missionaries to Albania

CLF:

  • That Christian Life Fellowship would be a church that is devoted to the Word of God, and that we would be doers of it and not just hearers; that we would study the Word and so always be prepared to give everyone an answer–in season and out of season–and be approved workers who do not need to be ashamed, able to accurately understand and explain it.

Community: Pray for Mountain Home…

  • That city leaders would submit to God
  • That people can find and keep gainful employment
  • For sound financial management by city officials
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For the mayor, city council members, and public works officials
  • For the air base: safety for military and their families (especially those who are deployed), sound military strategies by commanders, impact for Christ in areas where deployed

Memory Verse

Hebrews 13:5 (HCSB)

Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you. 

LIFe with God: October 15, 2017

October 15, 2017

Scripture

Jeremiah 3

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

For what does God chastise Israel and Judah? What does He tell Jeremiah to call Israel to do, and what does He promise if they comply?

Application

Have I been unfaithful to God and spiritually prostituted myself to other things? Have I come to in Him in repentance, trusting that He will restore my relationship with Him and place me back under the umbrella of His blessing?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father, Far too often I turn from You to follow the lures of Satan, the world, and my own sinful desires. I live as if I am not Yours, even though You created me and bought me with the precious blood of Jesus. Help me not to be unfaithful to You, but if I am, may I recognize my sin and return to You in repentance and be restored. Thank You that, though I am often unfaithful to You, You are never unfaithful to me! In Jesus’ name, 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.

  • Dustin Barton
  • Amy Brueggemann
  • Debbie Brueggemann
  • Loran “Bud” Clark
  • Mike Daniels

Ministry:

  • Compassion International

CLF:

  • That we will be devoted to evangelism and growth; that the Lord will add to our numbers those who are being saved.

Community: Pray for County leaders…

  • Commissioners, Assessor, Coroner, Treasurer, Clerks, Judges, Prosecutors, Defenders, Sheriffs
  • that they would make sound financial decisions
  • that they would all be faithful in carrying out their duties justly
  • that they would submit themselves to God

Memory Verse

Hebrews 13:5 (HCSB)

Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you. 

LIFe with God: October 14, 2017

October 14, 2017

Scripture

Jeremiah 2

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What did Israel do that so offended God that He declared the heavens should be appalled (5-12)? What did God say would be its own punishment and reprimand (19)? Why was He about to judge them (35)?

Application

Have I “exchanged gods” in my life? Have I committed unfaithfulness before God and then claimed I have not sinned?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, May I never be a person who exchanges You and Your glory for a useless idol, whatever it may be. Help me to be faithful and true to You, and if I stray, may I immediately turn back to You in humility and repentance, rather than rebelling and then declaring I have not sinned. I pray this in Jesus’ Name, 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.

  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin, Natalie)
  • Dave & Debbie Spears
  • Mark & Natalie Westcott
  • Justin & Bonnie Wilkerson (Janae, Jordan)
  • Sree & Irena Yalamanchili
  • Jason & Danielle Youngblood (Kayla, Kendra)

Ministry:

  • Chapel Mission India

CLF:

  • That we would be devoted to thanksgiving and praise to our Lord–for what He has done, for what He is doing, for what He will do, and for who He is–in good times and bad.

Community: Pray for our state leaders…

  • Governor & his advisers
  • Judges
  • state senators and representatives
  • that they would all be faithful in carrying out their duties justly
  • that they would submit themselves to God

Memory Verse

Colossians 1:13-14 (HCSB)

He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves. We have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, in Him.


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