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: December 15, 2018

December 15, 2018

Scripture

Song of Songs 6

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

The Bible Knowledge Commentary states, “The Song of Songs (called the Song of Solomon in some Bible versions, e.g., KJV, NASB) is perhaps the most difficult and mysterious book in the entire Bible. A cursory glance at the Song’s history of interpretation reveals a diversity of opinion unequaled in the study of any other biblical work. The Song has been interpreted as: (a) an allegory, (b) an extended type, (c) a drama involving either two or three main characters, (d) a collection of Syrian wedding songs in which the groom played the role of a king and the bride played the role of a queen, (e) a collection of pagan fertility cult liturgies (held by Theophile Meek), and (f) an anthology of disconnected songs extolling human love.
The allegorical approach is subjective with no way to verify that any of the interpretations are correct. The Song of Songs nowhere gives an interpreter the suggestion that it should be understood as an allegory.
Some scholars view the book as an extended type, with Solomon typifying Christ and the beloved being a type of the church. This differs from the allegorical approach in that the typical view sees Solomon as a historical person and does not seek to discover a mystical meaning for every detail in the book. However, the Scriptures give no indication that various aspects of Solomon’s life are divinely intended types of Christ. Those who see the book as a drama (e.g., Franz Delitzsch, H. Ewald, and S.R. Driver) fail to note that the literary genre of a full-fledged drama was not known among the Israelites. Also the book cannot be analyzed into acts and scenes like a drama.”

I do not pretend to know definitively what far more gifted and knowledgable men of God have not been able to ascertain. Therefore, for this book I will not give observation and application questions and prayers, but will leave it to you to seek the Spirit’s leading and ponder the book’s meaning and application for yourself.

– Pastor Scott F. Guinn

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)
  • Janet Sonnenberg
  • Dave & Debbie Spears
  • 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 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

Operation Christmas Child:

  • Pray for God to direct each shoe box gift into the hands of just the right child so that each one will experience His unconditional love and provision.

Catechism

PART 3: SPIRIT, RESTORATION, GROWING IN GRACE

Question #49: Where is Christ now?

Children’s Answer: Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

Adult’s Answer: Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father, ruling his kingdom and interceding for us, until he returns to judge and renew the whole world.

Memory Verse

Ephesians 1:19–21 (HCSB)

and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength. He demonstrated this power in the Messiah by raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His right hand in the heavens– far above every ruler and authority, power and dominion, and every title given, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

LIFe with God: December 14, 2018

December 14, 2018

Scripture

Song of Songs 5

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

The Bible Knowledge Commentary states, “The Song of Songs (called the Song of Solomon in some Bible versions, e.g., KJV, NASB) is perhaps the most difficult and mysterious book in the entire Bible. A cursory glance at the Song’s history of interpretation reveals a diversity of opinion unequaled in the study of any other biblical work. The Song has been interpreted as: (a) an allegory, (b) an extended type, (c) a drama involving either two or three main characters, (d) a collection of Syrian wedding songs in which the groom played the role of a king and the bride played the role of a queen, (e) a collection of pagan fertility cult liturgies (held by Theophile Meek), and (f) an anthology of disconnected songs extolling human love.
The allegorical approach is subjective with no way to verify that any of the interpretations are correct. The Song of Songs nowhere gives an interpreter the suggestion that it should be understood as an allegory.
Some scholars view the book as an extended type, with Solomon typifying Christ and the beloved being a type of the church. This differs from the allegorical approach in that the typical view sees Solomon as a historical person and does not seek to discover a mystical meaning for every detail in the book. However, the Scriptures give no indication that various aspects of Solomon’s life are divinely intended types of Christ. Those who see the book as a drama (e.g., Franz Delitzsch, H. Ewald, and S.R. Driver) fail to note that the literary genre of a full-fledged drama was not known among the Israelites. Also the book cannot be analyzed into acts and scenes like a drama.”

I do not pretend to know definitively what far more gifted and knowledgable men of God have not been able to ascertain. Therefore, for this book I will not give observation and application questions and prayers, but will leave it to you to seek the Spirit’s leading and ponder the books’ meaning and application for yourself.

– Pastor Scott F. Guinn

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 (Eleanor)
  • 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 the relationship between generations–parents, children, grandparents

  • That the true Christian faith of older generation would be clearly communicated and passed down to children
  • That saved children in unsaved families would clearly exhibit and communicate the faith to their parents and grandparents
  • A harvest of souls of all ages
  • Good, nurturing relationships
  • Good, nurturing relationships
  • Operation Christmas Child:

    • Pray for the collection and processing of shoe boxes as we anticipate sharing the love of Jesus Christ with multitudes of children across the world.
    • Catechism

      Question #49: Where is Christ now?

      Children’s Answer: Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

      Adult’s Answer: Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father, ruling his kingdom and interceding for us, until he returns to judge and renew the whole world.

      Memory Verse

      Ephesians 1:19–21 (HCSB)

      and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength. He demonstrated this power in the Messiah by raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His right hand in the heavens– far above every ruler and authority, power and dominion, and every title given, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

    LIFe with God: December 13, 2018

    December 13, 2018

    Scripture

    Song of Songs 3-4

    Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

    The Bible Knowledge Commentary states, “The Song of Songs (called the Song of Solomon in some Bible versions, e.g., KJV, NASB) is perhaps the most difficult and mysterious book in the entire Bible. A cursory glance at the Song’s history of interpretation reveals a diversity of opinion unequaled in the study of any other biblical work. The Song has been interpreted as: (a) an allegory, (b) an extended type, (c) a drama involving either two or three main characters, (d) a collection of Syrian wedding songs in which the groom played the role of a king and the bride played the role of a queen, (e) a collection of pagan fertility cult liturgies (held by Theophile Meek), and (f) an anthology of disconnected songs extolling human love.
    The allegorical approach is subjective with no way to verify that any of the interpretations are correct. The Song of Songs nowhere gives an interpreter the suggestion that it should be understood as an allegory.
    Some scholars view the book as an extended type, with Solomon typifying Christ and the beloved being a type of the church. This differs from the allegorical approach in that the typical view sees Solomon as a historical person and does not seek to discover a mystical meaning for every detail in the book. However, the Scriptures give no indication that various aspects of Solomon’s life are divinely intended types of Christ. Those who see the book as a drama (e.g., Franz Delitzsch, H. Ewald, and S.R. Driver) fail to note that the literary genre of a full-fledged drama was not known among the Israelites. Also the book cannot be analyzed into acts and scenes like a drama.”

    I do not pretend to know definitively what far more gifted and knowledgable men of God have not been able to ascertain. Therefore, for this book I will not give observation and application questions and prayers, but will leave it to you to seek the Spirit’s leading and ponder the books’ meaning and application for yourself.

    – Pastor Scott F. Guinn

    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:

    • Fred & Shirley Leonard
    • Dan & Jenn Loeschke
    • Corey & Sheryl Morasch
    • Cody Morgan
    • Kyle Morgan
    • Mark & Michelle 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 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

    Operation Christmas Child:

    • Pray for God to provide the wisdom, resources, and volunteers needed to oversee this expanding global outreach to children.

    Catechism

    PART 3: SPIRIT, RESTORATION, GROWING IN GRACE

    Question #49: Where is Christ now?

    Children’s Answer: Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

    Adult’s Answer: Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father, ruling his kingdom and interceding for us, until he returns to judge and renew the whole world.

    Memory Verse

    Ephesians 1:19–21 (HCSB)

    and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength. He demonstrated this power in the Messiah by raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His right hand in the heavens– far above every ruler and authority, power and dominion, and every title given, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

    LIFe with God: December 12, 2018

    December 12, 2018

    Scripture

    Song of Songs 2

    Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

    The Bible Knowledge Commentary states, “The Song of Songs (called the Song of Solomon in some Bible versions, e.g., KJV, NASB) is perhaps the most difficult and mysterious book in the entire Bible. A cursory glance at the Song’s history of interpretation reveals a diversity of opinion unequaled in the study of any other biblical work. The Song has been interpreted as: (a) an allegory, (b) an extended type, (c) a drama involving either two or three main characters, (d) a collection of Syrian wedding songs in which the groom played the role of a king and the bride played the role of a queen, (e) a collection of pagan fertility cult liturgies (held by Theophile Meek), and (f) an anthology of disconnected songs extolling human love.
    The allegorical approach is subjective with no way to verify that any of the interpretations are correct. The Song of Songs nowhere gives an interpreter the suggestion that it should be understood as an allegory.
    Some scholars view the book as an extended type, with Solomon typifying Christ and the beloved being a type of the church. This differs from the allegorical approach in that the typical view sees Solomon as a historical person and does not seek to discover a mystical meaning for every detail in the book. However, the Scriptures give no indication that various aspects of Solomon’s life are divinely intended types of Christ. Those who see the book as a drama (e.g., Franz Delitzsch, H. Ewald, and S.R. Driver) fail to note that the literary genre of a full-fledged drama was not known among the Israelites. Also the book cannot be analyzed into acts and scenes like a drama.”

    I do not pretend to know definitively what far more gifted and knowledgable men of God have not been able to ascertain. Therefore, for this book I will not give observation and application questions and prayers, but will leave it to you to seek the Spirit’s leading and ponder the books’ meaning and application for yourself.

    – Pastor Scott F. Guinn

    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)
    • Pat & Hannah Kelley
    • Andy Lanning

    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 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

    Operation Christmas Child:

    • Pray for the National Leadership Team volunteers who work with local churches to distribute the shoe boxes and to implement “The Greatest Journey.”

    Catechism

    PART 3: SPIRIT, RESTORATION, GROWING IN GRACE

    Question #49: Where is Christ now?

    Children’s Answer: Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

    Adult’s Answer: Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father, ruling his kingdom and interceding for us, until he returns to judge and renew the whole world.

    Memory Verse

    Ephesians 1:19–21 (HCSB)

    and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength. He demonstrated this power in the Messiah by raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His right hand in the heavens– far above every ruler and authority, power and dominion, and every title given, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

    LIFe with God: December 11, 2018

    December 11, 2018

    Scripture

    Song of Songs 1

    Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

    The Bible Knowledge Commentary states, “The Song of Songs (called the Song of Solomon in some Bible versions, e.g., KJV, NASB) is perhaps the most difficult and mysterious book in the entire Bible. A cursory glance at the Song’s history of interpretation reveals a diversity of opinion unequaled in the study of any other biblical work. The Song has been interpreted as: (a) an allegory, (b) an extended type, (c) a drama involving either two or three main characters, (d) a collection of Syrian wedding songs in which the groom played the role of a king and the bride played the role of a queen, (e) a collection of pagan fertility cult liturgies (held by Theophile Meek), and (f) an anthology of disconnected songs extolling human love.
    The allegorical approach is subjective with no way to verify that any of the interpretations are correct. The Song of Songs nowhere gives an interpreter the suggestion that it should be understood as an allegory.
    Some scholars view the book as an extended type, with Solomon typifying Christ and the beloved being a type of the church. This differs from the allegorical approach in that the typical view sees Solomon as a historical person and does not seek to discover a mystical meaning for every detail in the book. However, the Scriptures give no indication that various aspects of Solomon’s life are divinely intended types of Christ. Those who see the book as a drama (e.g., Franz Delitzsch, H. Ewald, and S.R. Driver) fail to note that the literary genre of a full-fledged drama was not known among the Israelites. Also the book cannot be analyzed into acts and scenes like a drama.”

    I do not pretend to know definitively what far more gifted and knowledgable men of God have not been able to ascertain. Therefore, for this book I will not give observation and application questions and prayers, but will leave it to you to seek the Spirit’s leading and ponder the books’ meaning and application for yourself.

    – Pastor Scott F. Guinn

    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 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 your neighbors…

    • That God would provide opportunities for you to minister to them
    • That unbelievers would receive Christ as Savior and Lord
    • For their marriages / family relationships
    • For their finances / employment
    • Any specific needs of which you’re aware

    Operation Christmas Child:

    • Pray for the children who enroll in “The Greatest Journey” follow-up discipleship program, that they will come to faith in Jesus and tell their friends and family about Jesus.

    Catechism

    PART 3: SPIRIT, RESTORATION, GROWING IN GRACE

    Question #49: Where is Christ now?

    Children’s Answer: Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

    Adult’s Answer: Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father, ruling his kingdom and interceding for us, until he returns to judge and renew the whole world.

    Memory Verse

    Ephesians 1:19–21 (HCSB)

    and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength. He demonstrated this power in the Messiah by raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His right hand in the heavens– far above every ruler and authority, power and dominion, and every title given, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

    LIFe with God: December 10, 2018

    December 10, 2018

    Scripture

    Psalms 148-150

    Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

    Observation

    What does the psalmist call upon all things to do in Psalm 148? Where? What does Psalm 149 teach us about God’s heart toward His people? What promise (fulfilled in the book of Revelation) is given? According to Psalm 150, in what ways are we to praise God? Who is to praise God?

    Application

    Do I make it a point to wholeheartedly praise God every day, no matter what has happened or where I am? Do I truly believe that God takes pleasure in me? Do I glory in His triumph? Do I believe that He will one day put down forever all of the enemies of Himself and His people? Do I dedicate myself to praising God in every way possible? Since He is the One who gives me breath, will I use it to praise Him until I have breathed my last?

    Prayer

    Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
    Dear Father, May I ever join with all creation in giving You the praise and glory You are due! For You commanded, and all things were created. I praise Your name, for You alone are exalted, and Your majesty covers heaven and earth. May I, along with all Your people whom You have brought close to Yourself, praise You! I praise You and sing to you, my Maker! It is so overwhelmingly amazing that You would take pleasure in me. I celebrate Your triumphal glory, and I thank You that Christ will return and forever put down Satan and all who follow him! Teach me new ways to praise and honor You. Thank You that You breathed the breath of life into man, and each breath I take is a gift from You–remind me to use my breath to praise You! 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 & 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 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

    Operation Christmas Child:

    • Pray that the boxes will open doors for children to hear the Good News in parts of the world that are typically closed to proclaiming the Gospel.

    Catechism

    Question #49: Where is Christ now?

    Children’s Answer: Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

    Adult’s Answer: Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father, ruling his kingdom and interceding for us, until he returns to judge and renew the whole world.

    Memory Verse

    Ephesians 1:19–21 (HCSB)

    and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength. He demonstrated this power in the Messiah by raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His right hand in the heavens– far above every ruler and authority, power and dominion, and every title given, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

    LIFe with God: December 9, 2018

    December 9, 2018

    Scripture

    Psalms 146-147

    Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

    Observation

    How long should we give praise to God (146)? How does the psalmist describe praise in Psalm 147? What does God do for those in pain and difficulty (147:3,6)?

    Application

    Do I desire to praise God until my final breath? Do I find praising Him good and pleasant and lovely? Do I run to Him for help and healing when I am brokenhearted and afflicted?

    Prayer

    Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
    Dear Father, I will praise You all my life; I will sing to You as long as I live. May I never trust in men or the institutions of men, for they cannot save. I am happy because my help is You, God of Jacob! My hope is in You, LORD my God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them. You remain faithful forever and Your reign is forever. It is good to sing to you, for praise is pleasant and lovely. You heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds, and You help the afflicted. You are the Great Maker of all things, and the Great Provider for Your creatures. The power of man is nothing to You. I exalt You, Lord God! I give thanks for Your many blessings, and for the great gifts of Your written Word, the Bible, and the Living Word, Jesus Christ. In His 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 marriages in our community…

    • that Christ-like love would be exhibited
    • for good communication between spouses
    • for unity in finances
    • salvation for non-believing spouses
    • that they would balance work and home life
    • that Godly friends and mentors would come alongside them.

    Operation Christmas Child:

    • Pray that God will use Operation Christmas Child to bring joy to boys and girls who are facing poverty, sickness, or war.

    Catechism

    PART 3: SPIRIT, RESTORATION, GROWING IN GRACE

    Question #49: Where is Christ now?

    Children’s Answer: Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

    Adult’s Answer: Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father, ruling his kingdom and interceding for us, until he returns to judge and renew the whole world.

    Memory Verse

    Ephesians 1:19–21 (HCSB)

    and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength. He demonstrated this power in the Messiah by raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His right hand in the heavens– far above every ruler and authority, power and dominion, and every title given, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

    LIFe with God: December 8, 2018

    December 8, 2018

    Scripture

    Psalms 144-145

    Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

    Observation

    What are some of things for which David praises God in Psalm 144? What does he say is required for a nation to be happy? What attributes of God does David praise in Psalm 145?

    Application

    Do I praise God for taking care of me, for saving me, for caring about me? While I can’t control my nation, is He the Lord of my home? Do I praise Him both for His many blessings and for who He is?

    Prayer

    Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
    Dear Father in Heaven, I praise You, my rock, my faithful love, my fortress, my stronghold, and my deliverer. You are my shield and I take refuge in You. I do not understand why You care for me and love me enough to send Your Son to die for me, but I’m so glad that You do! I will sing praises to You, for You have lavished me with many blessings. I am happy because You, Lord, are my God. I exalt You, my God the King, and praise Your name forever and ever. I will praise You every day; I will honor Your name forever and ever. Yahweh, You are great and highly praised; Your greatness is unsearchable. I will speak of Your glorious splendor and Your wonderful works. I will give a testimony of Your great goodness and will joyfully sing of Your righteousness. For You are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and great in faithful love. You are good to everyone; Your compassion rests on all You have made. All You have made will praise You, LORD; the godly will bless You. They will speak of the glory of Your kingdom and will declare Your might, informing all people of Your mighty acts and of the glorious splendor of Your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; Your rule is for all generations. You are faithful in all Your words and gracious in all Your actions. You help all who fall; You raise up all who are oppressed. All eyes look to You, and You give them their food in due time. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. You are righteous in all Your ways and gracious in all Your acts. You are near all who call out to You with integrity. You fulfill the desires of those who fear You; You hear their cry for help and save them. You guard all those who love You, but You destroy all the wicked. My mouth will declare Your praise; let every living thing praise Your holy name forever and ever. 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)
    • Janet Sonnenberg
    • Dave & Debbie Spears
    • 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 orphans and children in foster care…

    • that they would come to know the adoptive Father-heart of God
    • that they would be positively influenced by Christian workers
    • that God would bring Christian friends alongside them
    • that they would come to salvation
    • that they would be adopted by godly parents

    Operation Christmas Child:

    • Pray for God to direct each shoe box gift into the hands of just the right child so that each one will experience His unconditional love and provision.

    Catechism

    PART 3: SPIRIT, RESTORATION, GROWING IN GRACE

    Question #48: What is the church?

    Children’s Answer: The church is the family of God and the body of Christ, of which He is the head.

    Adult’s Answer: The church is the family of God and the body of Christ, of which He is the head. The universal church is all those who have received salvation and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. The local church is a community of members of the universal church, who worship together, encourage and learn from one another, build each other up in the knowledge and grace of God, and spur each other on to good works. God sends out this community to proclaim the gospel and prefigure Christ’s kingdom by the quality of their life together and their love for one another.

    Memory Verse

    1 Corinthians 12:13-14,27 (HCSB)

    For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free–and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.So the body is not one part but many. Now you are the body of Christ, and individual members of it.

    LIFe with God: December 7, 2018

    December 7, 2018

    Scripture

    Ecclesiastes 12

    Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

    Observation

    What does Solomon surmise (at the beginning and ending of this chapter) is the only thing that truly matters in life?

    Application

    Does my life display for others that I remember God is my Creator, that I fear Him and obey Him?

    Prayer

    Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
    Oh Lord, my God, You alone created all things, including me. Thank You for redeeming me through the saving power of the death and resurrection of Jesus! By Your Spirit’s indwelling power, help me to obey You and show others that You are my God. 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.

    • Michael & Jenn Morgan (Eleanor)
    • 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 the relationship between generations–parents, children, grandparents

    • That the true Christian faith of older generation would be clearly communicated and passed down to children
    • That saved children in unsaved families would clearly exhibit and communicate the faith to their parents and grandparents
    • A harvest of souls of all ages
    • Good, nurturing relationships

    Operation Christmas Child:

    • Pray for the collection and processing of shoe boxes as we anticipate sharing the love of Jesus Christ with multitudes of children across the world.
    • Catechism

      PART 3: SPIRIT, RESTORATION, GROWING IN GRACE

      Question #48: What is the church?

      Children’s Answer: The church is the family of God and the body of Christ, of which He is the head.

      Adult’s Answer: The church is the family of God and the body of Christ, of which He is the head. The universal church is all those who have received salvation and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. The local church is a community of members of the universal church, who worship together, encourage and learn from one another, build each other up in the knowledge and grace of God, and spur each other on to good works. God sends out this community to proclaim the gospel and prefigure Christ’s kingdom by the quality of their life together and their love for one another.

      Memory Verse

      1 Corinthians 12:13-14,27 (HCSB)

      For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free–and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.So the body is not one part but many. Now you are the body of Christ, and individual members of it.

    LIFe with God: December 6, 2018

    December 6, 2018

    Scripture

    Ecclesiastes 11

    Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

    Observation

    Bible Knowledge Commentary: Solomon closed his discussion on people’s ignorance of the future with some practical advice about their activities in view of such ignorance. To emphasize that man is ignorant of the future Solomon said, “You do not know” three times; he also said, “You cannot understand”. However, he counseled that ignorance of the future should lead not to inactivity or despair, but to diligent labor.
    Solomon noted that people are as ignorant of God’s providential dealings in human affairs as they are of “the path of the wind” and the formation of a baby in its “mother’s womb”. Moreover, people do not know which of their ventures “will succeed” or what calamities might come on the earth and wipe out the results of their work. Even so, people should engage in diligent, active labor. Like the benefits that come from the seafaring trade of foodstuffs, so active involvement in business gives a promise of some return. But in view of the possibility of disaster a person should make prudent investments in numerous ventures (to seven, yes to eight) rather than put all his “eggs in one basket”. The NEB accurately reflects this interpretation of Ecc. 11:1-2, “Send your grain across the seas, and in time you will get a return. Divide your merchandise among seven ventures, eight maybe, since you do not know what disasters may occur on earth.”

    Application

    LASB: Because life has no guarantees, we must be prepared. Solomon does not support a stingy, despairing attitude. Just because life is uncertain does not mean we should do nothing. We need a spirit of trust and adventure, facing life’s risks and opportunities with God-directed enthusiasm and faith. The wise person does not just think about the moment and its impact; he or she takes the long-range view toward eternity. Approach your decisions with God’s perspective—consider their impact 10 years from now and into eternity. Live with the attitude that although our life is short, we will live with God forever. Enjoy life now, but don’t do anything physically, morally, or spiritually that will prevent you from enjoying life when you are old.

    Prayer

    Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
    Dear Father God, Teach me to properly reconcile having a proper view of eternity with living life on this earth. Give me a spirit of holy optimism, enthusiasm, and faith, and may I live and work with joy in this life in such a way that impacts eternity for Your kingdom. I pray this in the mighty and precious 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:

    • Fred & Shirley Leonard
    • Dan & Jenn Loeschke
    • Corey & Sheryl Morasch
    • Cody Morgan
    • Kyle Morgan
    • Mark & Michelle 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 the relationship between generations–parents, children, grandparents

    • That the true Christian faith of older generation would be clearly communicated and passed down to children
    • That saved children in unsaved families would clearly exhibit and communicate the faith to their parents and grandparents
    • A harvest of souls of all ages
    • Good, nurturing relationships

    Operation Christmas Child:

    • Pray for God to provide the wisdom, resources, and volunteers needed to oversee this expanding global outreach to children.

    Catechism

    PART 3: SPIRIT, RESTORATION, GROWING IN GRACE

    Question #48: What is the church?

    Children’s Answer: The church is the family of God and the body of Christ, of which He is the head.

    Adult’s Answer: The church is the family of God and the body of Christ, of which He is the head. The universal church is all those who have received salvation and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. The local church is a community of members of the universal church, who worship together, encourage and learn from one another, build each other up in the knowledge and grace of God, and spur each other on to good works. God sends out this community to proclaim the gospel and prefigure Christ’s kingdom by the quality of their life together and their love for one another.

    Memory Verse

    1 Corinthians 12:13-14,27 (HCSB)

    For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free–and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.So the body is not one part but many. Now you are the body of Christ, and individual members of it.


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