LIFe with God: August 16

Posted on August 16, 2010

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:
Lord, Help us to recognize false teaching when we hear it. When someone teaches that we must fulfill other requirements besides 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. Rather, constantly remind us 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:

  • Amy & Debbie Brueggemann
  • Chris Carlton
  • Travis & Hali Davidson
  • Mike Daniels
  • Theresa Daniels
  • Brian & Eileen Davis

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 OF THE WEEK:
I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. – John 5:24

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