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.

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: July 28, 2021

July 28, 2021

Scripture

Mark 7

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

For what did Jesus rebuke the Pharisees (6-8)? What did He teach about being “defiled”? What was the crowd’s response to seeing the power of Jesus at work (37)?

Application

Do I sometimes place human tradition on a level with God’s Word? Am I more concerned with the appearance of godliness than with a heart that follows after God? What is my response to the power of Christ?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord God, I never want to be someone that honors You with my lips while my heart is far from You. Help me never to set the traditions of humans anywhere near the level of Your holy and eternal Word. May I always be more concerned with the state of my heart than with outward appearances. Jesus, I am completely astounded that You love me and that by Your power You have saved me and keep me. I declare that You have done and always will do all things well. 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:

  • Scott & Kristi Guinn (Josiah)
  • Jamie Haberkorn (Hannah, Sean)
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus, Jack, Emma, Lucy)

Ministry:

  • Mugabi Charities Uganda

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 Media Industries (TV/Movies, Radio/Music, Print/Internet)

  • Godly themes/influences
  • Christian workers at all levels sensitive to God’s leading
  • Salvation for influential media leaders
  • Courage to share God’s message
  • Financial rewards for wholesome media

LIFe with God: July 27, 2021

July 27, 2021

Scripture

Mark 6

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What did Jesus say regarding His hometown? Why did Herodias want to have John the Baptist killed? What did Jesus tell His disciples in verse 31? Why didn’t the disciples understand about the loaves?

Application

Do I amaze Jesus with my unbelief? How do I react when someone points out my sin to me? Do I take time to come away privately with Jesus to an isolated place and rest awhile in Him? Is my heart too hard to understand what God is doing in my life?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, I am embarrassed to admit that sometimes the level of my unbelief is amazing. Help me to believe You–please forgive my unbelief! When You use someone to show me an area of sin in my life, may I respond with humility and repentance, not with anger and malice. I ask that You would remind me to come away privately with Jesus to an isolated place and rest awhile on a regular basis. Help me to trust in Him to provide in every situation and not to fear. Keep my heart from being hardened and let me be open to whatever You want to do in and through my life. I ask all of this in the name of the One who gave Himself for me, Jesus Christ. 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
  • Steve & Gloria Gangwer
  • Doug Gates
  • George Gifford

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 Public Service Professionals (Firefighters, law enforcement, and medical personnel)…

  • Strength to serve well
  • Safety/health
  • Salvation for lost & ministry opportunities for saved
  • Strong family/marriage relationships
  • Strong, God-honoring friendships

LIFe with God: July 26, 2021

July 26, 2021

Scripture

Mark 5

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What does the story of “Legion” teach us about the power and authority of Jesus? Why was the woman who had been suffering a twelve-year hemorrhage healed? What did Jesus tell Jairus upon receiving word that his daughter had died?

Application

Do I trust Christ and His absolute authority, regardless of the circumstances? Do I have faith in Jesus to take care of everything in my life for my good and according to His will? Do I remember that I should not be afraid but only believe Him, even in the worst of times?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Thank You for the power and authority of Jesus! Nature obeys His every whim, and multitudes of demons cringe in fear at His presence. Thank You that You are in charge of all things. Thank You that You promise to work out all things to the good of those who love You and are called according to Your purpose–even if we can’t see how or why and even if it seems impossible. Give me a faith in You that does not waver. Help me not to fear but only believe. 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.

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

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 business professionals providing goods and services

  • God to be glorified by excellent work
  • Ministry to occur in the workplace
  • Godly employers and employees
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • Sound financial strategies
  • Strong, God-honoring relationships

LIFe with God: July 25, 2021

July 25, 2021

Scripture

Mark 4

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What is the point of the Parable of the Sower? Of the Parable of the Lamp? Of the Parables of the Growing Seed and the Mustard Seed? For what did Jesus rebuke the disciples?

Application

What kind of “soil” does the seed of God’s Word hit when I hear or read it? Do I hide the lamp of the light of the Gospel in my life? Would Jesus have to scold me for being cowardly? Do I still not have faith? Do I trust Him and His absolute authority, regardless of the circumstances?

Prayer

Dear Father in Heaven, Soften my heart so that it will be good, fertile soil in which the seed of Your Word takes root deeply and grows quickly and surely. May Your light shine through me to a lost world, that they might come to You. Thank You for the power and authority of Jesus! Nature obeys His every whim, and multitudes of demons cringe in fear at His presence. May I not be cowardly; rather, grant me faith and courage to always trust Him. In His name I ask, 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
  • 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 Outreach Ministries

  • God’s creative provision
  • For sound financial management and strategies
  • Salvation and spiritual growth for those to whom they minister
  • God’s anointing and leading for projects and programs
  • Volunteers and workers

LIFe with God: July 24, 2021

July 24, 2021

Scripture

Mark 3

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why was Jesus deeply distressed and what did He do to prove His point about truly following God’s law? How did the Pharisees respond? How did Jesus respond to those who accused Him of using Satan’s power to cast out demons? Who are His family members?

Application

Am I more concerned with how other people measure up against my standards than I am about their heart relationship with God? Do I work with God or against Him? Am I in Jesus’ family?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord God, Help me to always seek to do good and not evil, regardless of the day, time, or location. Help me to focus on my own heart and sharing Your love with others more than whether someone else is meeting my human standard of right and wrong. Help me never to work against You or Your people, and never to make the terrible error of attributing the work of Your Spirit to anyone but Him. Work in me to do Your will, Lord, and to count all who are Yours as my family. I ask this in the Name of the Lord 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.

  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin, Natalie)
  • Dave & Debbie Spears
  • Justin & Bonnie Wilkerson (Janae, Jordan)

Missionaries/Ministries:

  • 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: Rural towns in Treasure Valley – Emmett, Greenleaf, Homedale, Marsing, Middleton, New Plymouth, Parma, Payette, Wilder, Weiser, etc…

  • 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: July 23, 2021

July 23, 2021

Scripture

Scripture

Mark 2

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why did Jesus choose to forgive the paralytic? Why did He say He healed him? For whom did Jesus come to earth (verse 17)?

Application

Do I have faith that my sins are forgiven by Jesus? Do I truly believe He has the authority to forgive sin? Am I thankful that He came to save and call sinners like me?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, I ask that You would give me the kind of faith this crippled man and his friends had; the kind of faith that actively pursues Jesus and trusts Him to do mighty things. Thank You that Jesus didn’t simply heal this man’s legs and send him on his way, but that He forgave his sins and saved him for eternity! I believe that Jesus has the authority to forgive sin, and I put my trust solely in Him to do just that. Help me to confidently rest in that. Thank You for sending Jesus to call and save sinners like me! I ask all of this in the name of the One who gave Himself for me, Jesus Christ. 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:

  • Michael & Jenn Morgan (Ellie)
  • Moy & Janeth Ortiz
  • Doug & Pam Patchin

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 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

LIFe with God: July 22, 2021

July 22, 2021

Scripture

Mark 1

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What did John teach about Jesus? What happened to Jesus in the wilderness? What did Jesus tell Simon and Andrew? Why were the synagogue attendees amazed by Jesus’ teaching? What was Jesus’ response to the leper’s request?

Application

Do I give Jesus the proper reverence and position He deserves? Do I remember that He can identify with me in temptation? Do I follow Him in His pursuit to fish for men? Do I trust in the authority of the amazing Word of God and submit myself to it? Do I make sure to ask my prayer requests with the attitude of “if You are willing,” rather than demanding that God grant them?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, Help me to properly honor Jesus and humble myself. When I am about to yield to temptation, remind that He was tempted in every way as I am, yet He did not sin. Help me to follow His example in the strength of the Holy Spirit. Help me to be a follower of Christ and a fisher of men! I am amazed by the wonderful power and teaching of Jesus and of His Spirit through the authors of Scripture. I humbly confess before You that too often I do not recognize the authority of Your Word. I now ask for strength by Your grace to be submissive and obedient to it. I also ask that You would remind me to always ask for Your will to be done in all things, on earth as it is in heaven. I pray all of this in the mighty and precious name of Jesus, my coming King! Amen.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:

  • Cody Morgan
  • Kyle Morgan
  • Mark & Michelle Morgan

Ministry:

  • Christian Pro-Life Ministries in Idaho

CLF:

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

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

LIFe with God: July 21, 2021

July 21, 2021

Scripture

Psalms 116-118

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What did God do for the psalmist in Psalm 116? What did the psalmist do in return? What does Psalm 117 tell us about wy should we praise God? How long does His faithfulness endure? What is the theme of Psalm 118?

Application

In what ways has God heard my cry and delivered me over the course of my life? Do I give Him thanks, glory, obedience, and worship? Do I praise God for His great faithful love that endures forever? Do I take time out of my busy schedule to remember all the things God has done for me and thank Him for His eternal faithful love?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
LORD my God, I love You, because You heard my appeal for mercy, and so I will call out to you as long as I live. When I encountered trouble and sorrow, I called on You to save me. You are gracious and righteous; You are compassionate. You guard the inexperienced; I was helpless, and You saved me. Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you. For You, LORD, rescued me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. I will walk before You in the land of the living. I believed, even when I said, “I am severely afflicted.” In my alarm I said, “Everyone is a liar.” How can I repay You for all the good You have done for me? I will take the cup of salvation and worship You. I will fulfill my vows to You in the presence of all Your people. The death of Your faithful ones is valuable in Your sight. LORD, I am indeed Your servant. You have loosened my bonds. I will offer You a sacrifice of thanksgiving and will worship You. Hallelujah! I will praise You, LORD, and glorify You! For great is Your faithful love to us; Your faithfulness endures forever. Hallelujah! I will give thanks to You because You have answered me and have become my salvation. The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This came from You; it is wonderful in my eyes. This is the day You have made; I will rejoice and be glad in it. LORD, save me! LORD, please grant me success! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD. You are God and have given me light. You are my God, and I will give You thanks. You are my God; I will exalt You. I give You thanks, LORD, for You are good; Your faithful love endures 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:

  • Scott & Kristi Guinn (Josiah)
  • Jamie Haberkorn (Hannah, Sean)
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus, Jack, Emma, Lucy)

Ministry:

  • Mugabi Charities Uganda

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 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: July 20, 2021

July 20, 2021

Scripture

Psalms 114-115

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

To what pivotal event in Israel’s history does Psalm 114 refer? What is the main thrust of the first half of Psalm 115? Of the second half?

Application

Do I believe that God created the universe? Do I believe that He miraculously delivered and provided for Israel? Do I believe He can take care of me? Do I give glory to God and renounce anything that sets itself over and against Him? Do I trust in Him alone to bless, protect, and provide?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father God, I praise You as the God who created and controls nature, and as the God who delivered Your people at the Red Sea and provided for them in the desert. I trust You with my eternal destiny; help me to trust You with today and tomorrow! Not to us, LORD, not to us, but to Your name give glory because of Your faithful love, because of Your truth. Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” You are in heaven and do whatever You please. There is no other god, and anything that takes Your place in the lives of men is worthless. I trust in You, LORD! You are my help and shield. You will bless those who fear You–small and great alike. You are the Maker of heaven and earth and everything in them, and I trust in You and I praise you, both now forever. Hallelujah! 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:

  • Gary Friend
  • Steve & Gloria Gangwer
  • Doug Gates
  • George Gifford

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 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: July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

Scripture

Psalms 112-113

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Psalm 112: What is the source of true happiness? Why is the truly happy person unafraid?
Psalm 113: How long should God be praised? What does He do for the poor and needy?

Application

Do I fear God and take delight in his word? Am I easily shaken? Am I confident and unafraid, trusting in God? Do I praise the Lord day and night? Do I thank Him for providing my physical needs, and even more for lifting me up from my spiritual poverty?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Give me a heart that fears You and takes delight in Your word. Help me to walk in Your way, that I might have Your blessing. Give me a stout faith that will not be shaken or fear bad news, and a heart that is confident, trusting completely in You. Help me to live in righteousness, and to give generously. I give You praise, now and forevermore! May Your name be praised from the rising of the sun to its setting. You are exalted above the nations, and Your glory is above the heavens. There is none like You, enthroned on high, who stoops to look on the heavens and earth. You raise the poor from the dust and lift the needy from the garbage pile in order to seat them with nobles–with the nobles of Your people. You give the childless woman a household, making her the joyful mother of children. Hallelujah! 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.

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

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 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

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