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 composed and published by our 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 pray for every person in our church and every missionary/ministry we support each week.

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LIFe with God: January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021

Scripture

Hosea 10

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

From the Life Application Study Bible: Israel prospered under Jeroboam II, gaining military and economic strength. But the more prosperous the nation became, the more love it lavished on idols. The Israelites were taken in by the lie that military power could keep them safe. Because Israel had put its confidence in military might rather than in God, it would be destroyed by military power. Israel’s king, who had led the people into idol worship, would be the first to fall. Divine judgment is sometimes swift, but it is always sure.

Application

Do I place my trust for my safety and provision in anything other than God?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
My Father and my God, Keep me from the sin of trusting in and seeking out anything more than You. In Jesus’ Name I pray, 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:

  • Corey & Sheryl Morasch
  • Cody Morgan
  • Kyle Morgan
  • Mark & Michelle Morgan
  • Michael & Jenn Morgan (Eleanor)

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 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

LIFe with God: January 20, 2021

January 20, 2021

Scripture

Hosea 9

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

After centuries of God showing His grace toward Israel in spite of their sin, what time has finally arrived (7)? Why (17)?

Application

Am I thankful that, because of Jesus, when the day of God’s final judgment comes I will not be condemned?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Thank You that the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ turns away Your wrath toward even the vilest sinner who receives Him–yes, Lord, even me! 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:

  • Jamie Haberkorn (Hannah, Sean)
  • Deborah Halkola
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus, Jack, Emma, Lucy)
  • Dakota “Koty” & Kayla Molner (Elijah)

Ministry:

  • Operation Christmas Child

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 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

LIFe with God: January 19, 2021

January 19, 2021

Scripture

Hosea 8

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

From The Summarized Bible: Those who sow to the flesh must reap corruption. All the hopes of sinners are cheats, and their gains are snares. Those who break friendship with God make themselves an easy prey to all about them.

Application

From the Life Application Study Bible: The people would call to God, but it would be too late because they had stubbornly refused to give up their idols. We, like Israel, often call on God to ease our pain without wanting him to change our behavior. And we, like Israel, may repent after it is too late to avoid the painful consequences of sin.

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear God, Keep me from false worship, from self-aggrandizement, from self-sufficiency, and from the love of the things of this world. Give me a heart that is faithful to You and worships and serves You alone for Your glory. 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:

  • Roger & Andrea Gabel; Tom
  • Steve & Gloria Gangwer
  • Doug Gates
  • George Gifford
  • Scott & Kristi Guinn (Josiah)

Ministry:

  • J & G Simon, missionaries to Greece

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 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

LIFe with God: January 18, 2021

January 18, 2021

Scripture

Hosea 7

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

From The Summarized Bible by K.L. Brooks: If sinful souls are not healed and helped, but perish in their sin and misery, they cannot blame God, for He could and would have healed them. They are not healed because they will not be, refusing to look to God even when they are reaping the sore results of sin. Let all such remember that all their works are remembered and will have to be faced.

Application

Am I thankful that although God will never forget the sins of the unrepentant, He never remembers the sins of those who have received Christ (Hebrews 8:12; Romans 8:1)?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father God, I thank you that, because of Jesus, You have forgiven and justified me, and You do not hold my sin against me. I pray for people everywhere to open their hearts, minds, and wills to come to You in humble repentance and be healed and reconciled to You for eternity through the finished work of Jesus Christ. Amen and 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.

  • Mike Daniels
  • Theresa Daniels
  • Travis Davidson (Andrew, Maddy)
  • Pat Dumandan
  • Ken & Twilla Eden (Mattea, Joseph, Joshua, Sophia, Jonathan)
  • Gary Friend

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 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

LIFe with God: January 17, 2021

January 17, 2021

Scripture

Hosea 6

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

How should God’s people respond to His discipline? What does God desire from them (6)?

Application

Do I return to God in humble repentance when He disciplines me? Do I strive to know Him better and give Him my loyalty, or do I simply go through the motions of religious practices without my heart really being in it?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, First, I ask that I would live in such a way as to not require Your discipline. But if I should stumble and You choose to discipline me, may I never respond with anger and resentment toward You, but rather by remembering that You are a Father who disciplines Your children because You love them. Therefore, may I respond in humility, coming to You in repentance with a renewed commitment to know You better and follow You more faithfully. 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.

  • Dustin and Amy Barton
  • Debbie Brueggemann
  • Michelle Caldwell
  • Kathi Carr
  • Loran “Bud” Clark

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 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

LIFe with God: January 16, 2021

January 16, 2021

Scripture

Hosea 5

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What do God’s people need to do if they want to experience His presence (15)?

Application

When I sin, do I recognize my guilt and seek God in repentance?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Heavenly Father, May I never reach a point where I am so immersed in a sinful lifestyle that You have to punish me by removing the sense of Your presence from me. Rather, when I fall, may I quickly recognize my sinfulness and humbly seek You with a repentant heart. 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:

  • Dave & Debbie Spears
  • Mike & Ann Thorn
  • Donna Thurman
  • Steve Vinsonhaler
  • Justin & Bonnie Wilkerson (Janae, Jordan)
  • Sree & Irena Yalamanchili (Aria)

Ministry:

  • Mugabi Charities – ministering to orphans in Uganda

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 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

LIFe with God: January 15, 2021

January 15, 2021

Scripture

Hosea 3-4

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What does God tell Hosea to do in chapter 3 to illustrate what He does for His people? Why is God so upset with Israel (4:1-2, 12-16)? What specifically does He mention regarding the priests (4:4-9)?

Application

Do I live as if I do not belong to God? Have I rejected or ignored the knowledge and instruction of His Word?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Heavenly Father, while I will still sometimes sin as long as I am in this body on this earth, may I never revel in my sin and make it my lifestyle and my god. May I never ignore or treat lightly the knowledge of Your Word. Holy Spirit, lead me and empower me to follow, that I may glorify Christ with my life. 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
  • Martin & Patricia Regueiro
  • Daryl & Joyce Roech & family
  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin, Natalie
  • Ross Stoltey

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 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

LIFe with God: January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Scripture

Hosea 2

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What is God’s heart toward His people in spite of their unfaithfulness to Him?

Application

Do I treat the love and grace of God flippantly, or am I truly thankful for it?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
My Father and my God, Thank You for Your amazing grace! Thank You that when You discipline Your people, You do so out of love to bring them to repentance and back into a right and loving relationship with Yourself. Help me to be faithful to You. In Jesus’ Name I pray, 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:

  • Corey & Sheryl Morasch
  • Cody Morgan
  • Kyle Morgan
  • Mark & Michelle Morgan
  • Michael & Jenn Morgan (Eleanor)

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 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

LIFe with God: January 13, 2021

January 13, 2021

Scripture

Hosea 1

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What was God’s strange command to Hosea in verse 2, and why did He make it? What names was Hosea commanded to give his children and why? On what uplifting note does the chapter end?

Application

In my life have I been abandoning the Lord, or following Him faithfully? Am I thankful that, because of Jesus, I am a child of the Living God?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, How sad it is when Your people act like they are not Your people, abandoning You in favor of other pursuits. I confess that far too often, I fit that description. Give me a heart that remains true to you and lives in gratitude for all You have done for me in Christ Jesus. In His Name I ask this, 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:

  • Jamie Haberkorn (Hannah, Sean)
  • Deborah Halkola
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus, Jack, Emma, Lucy)
  • Dakota “Koty” & Kayla Molner (Elijah)

Ministry:

  • Operation Christmas Child

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 our national leaders

  • God’s anointing on them and a desire in them to follow Him
  • For the president and cabinet to seek after God
  • For judges to rule justly and righteously
  • For senators & representatives to pass godly legislation and block sinful bills
  • That our government would protect its citizens and punish evildoers

LIFe with God: January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

Scripture

Psalms 74-75

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

How did Asaph feel about God (74:1,9,10-11)? What brought him some comfort (74:12-17)? What does He ask (74:18-23)? What does Psalm 75 teach us regarding the sovereignty of God? What should His people do (75:1,9)?

Application

How do I respond when I feel like God is a million miles away and not involved in my life? Do I recall His great works in the past? Do I ask Him to arise again? Do I trust God to be control of everything? Do I thank Him and praise Him and tell others about Him?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear God, Keep me from being rules by my emotions. Help me to remember that You always keep Your promises, and You promised never to leave me or forsake me, so that is true, even when I can’t see it or don’t feel it. Help me to recall Your mighty works in times past to encourage me, and call me to continue in prayer until You answer. Dear Father, You alone are God! You will judge fairly in Your good time. You are the One who created and sustains all things, and no one can boast before You. No man can say he has been exalted on his own merits, for You, Lord, are the judge Who exalts one and brings down another, and one day all the wicked will drink the cup of Your wrath and judgment. I give you thanks and praise to You and will tell of Your wonderful works forever. 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:

  • Roger & Andrea Gabel; Tom
  • Steve & Gloria Gangwer
  • Doug Gates
  • George Gifford
  • Scott & Kristi Guinn (Josiah)

Ministry:

  • J & G Simon, missionaries to Greece

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 the poor & imprisoned

  • Salvation
  • That they will trust in God’s provision
  • For sound financial management by city officials
  • That they will have hope
  • For godly mentors in the prison/jail system

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