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: June 13, 2021

June 13, 2021

Scripture

Micah 7

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What does Micah say he will do, even when circumstances are at their darkest (7)? How does the Book of Micah close (18-20)?

Application

Summarized Bible: When a child of God has much occasion to cry “Woe is me”—when it seems that all flesh has corrupted their way—it is a great comfort that he has a God to look to, in whom there is rejoicing and satisfaction always. He cannot but marvel at God’s pardoning mercy to men and rejoice at the promise that He shall yet reign supreme in the earth. The gracious God is ready, because of the sacrifice of His Son, to pardon and pass over the iniquity of His people upon their repentance and turning to Him. Let the pardoned sinner remember that if he has not been dealt with according to his deserts, it is because Jesus Christ bore his sins on the cross, and made it possible for God to put His sins in the depths of the sea.

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father, Thank You that even when everything is going wrong and even when I am paying the consequences for my sinful choices, I am still Your child and You are still watching over me. Help me to look to You and wait for You, trusting that You hear me when I pray. Father, who is a God like You, removing iniquity and passing over rebellion for the remnant of Your inheritance? You do not hold on to Your anger forever, because You delight in faithful love. You will again have compassion on us; You will vanquish our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. You will show loyalty and faithful love to Your people, as You swore to our fathers from days long ago. Thank 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.

  • 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 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: June 12, 2021

June 12, 2021

Scripture

Micah 6

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What does God require of His people (6:8)?

Application

In my daily life am I acting justly, loving faithfulness, and walking humbly with my God?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, May I never trust in any rituals or formulas or “good works” that I do to make me righteous before You. Rather may I trust in the perfect sacrifice and resurrection power of Christ alone, and may that by be evidenced in my life (because You have have accepted me in Him, not in an attempt to be accepted through my own efforts) by what is good and what You require of me: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with You, my Lord and my God. 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: 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

LIFe with God: June 11, 2021

June 11, 2021

Scripture

Micah 5

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Who is the ruler described and promised in 5:2-5?

Application

Do I look to the Good Shepherd for my peace?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Thank You for the wonderful promise of Micah 5:2-5 fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ! I thank You that He shepherds His flock in Your strength and in the majesty of Your name. I thank you that because I am in His flock, I will live securely for eternity and He will be my peace. 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 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

LIFe with God: June 10, 2021

June 10, 2021

Scripture

Micah 4

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What will be some of the benefits of God ruling tangibly from Zion in the last days?

Application

Spend some time contemplating what it will be like to go up the mountain of God and being taught His Word directly from Him.

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, When life gets difficult and my senses cannot discern Your presence, may I meditate on that glorious day when all of Your people will be taught by You directly! 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 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

LIFe with God: June 9, 2021

June 9, 2021

Scripture

Micah 3

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What does God denounce in this chapter?

Application

From the Summarized Bible: Men cannot expect to do ill and fare well simply because they are recognized as religious. The time will come when those who have shown no mercy shall have judgment without mercy, for God will hide His face when they are sorely in need of His favor.

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, Keep me from growing a heart that hates good and loves evil. Keep me from leading anyone astray from Your will. Help me to seek justice tempered with mercy. 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:

  • 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 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.

LIFe with God: June 8, 2021

June 8, 2021

Scripture

Micah 2

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

In the midst of pronouncing his forthcoming judgment, what does God promise the remnant of His people?

Application

How am I following the LORD as my leader?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, Once again You make it clear that those who reject You will be destroyed and those who seek You will live! I thank You that You will gather the remnant of Israel–all those who believe Your Word and accept Christ as the Messiah — as Your flock, and that Jesus our King will lead us! Help me be true to You and to teach others to do the same. 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:

  • 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 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

LIFe with God: June 7, 2021

June 7, 2021

Scripture

Micah 1

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why was God about to punish Judah? What was the response Micah had and that he called Judah to have?

Application

Do I lament for those undergoing trials, even if it is God’s will for them? What am I doing, as far as it lies with me, to keep from having to undergo such situations myself?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Triune God, You alone are the all-powerful Creator, Ruler, and Judge of the universe. Thank You for Your patience and faithful love, but I know from Your Word that there comes a point when You will stop allowing sin to go unpunished. Thank You for jesus’ sacrifice that keeps me from having to pay the wages of sin in eternity, but help me to remember that, even as a Christian, sin has consequences in this life. Help me to live for You and walk in the Spirit such that I will not have to undergo Your discipline for sinful choices. Give me a heart of compassion for those who are facing trias, even if it is a result of their own sin. 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.

  • 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 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

LIFe with God: June 6, 2021

June 6, 2021

Scripture

Jonah 3-4

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What were the responses: 1) Of the people of Ninevah to the Word of God? 2) Of God to the people of Ninevah? 3) Of Jonah to God’s response to Ninevah?

Application

How do I respond to God’s Word? How do I respond when God chooses to show mercy and forgiveness to those I don’t care for?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father, Thank You for the love, grace and mercy You show by warning people and offering them a chance to repent before You rain down Your judgment. And thank You that if people respond with repentance, You relent and save them. Keep me from having a heart like Jonah, who wallowed in self-pity when You chose to show mercy to his enemies who repented. Instead, help me to follow Jesus’ instruction in Matthew 5:44 to love my enemies and pray for those who persecute me. In Jesus’ 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.

  • 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 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

LIFe with God: June 5, 2021

June 5, 2021

Scripture

Jonah 1-2

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What impossible thing was Jonah trying to do? What consequence did he face? When did God choose to deliver him?

Application

Do I ever try to run and hide from the presence of the LORD? What have some of the consequences been? How has God shown me mercy, even after my disobedience?

Prayer

Dear Lord, So often, like Jonah, I want my way instead of Your way. Too many times, I try to run and hide from You, forgetting that You always only do what is best for me. I praise You that even though I may have to face some dire consequences because of my disobedience and foolishness, You always show mercy and grace and forgiveness, and in the scope of eternity, I am already fully and totally delivered! Help me to obey You more quickly and completely, trusting Your will and Your way. 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.

  • 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: Pray for the salvation of the lost

  • Readiness to repent
  • Hearts prepared to hear God’s voice
  • Deep dissatisfaction and unrest with life without Him
  • Godly influences

LIFe with God: June 4, 2021

June 4, 2021

Scripture

Psalms 102-103

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What is the theme Psalm 102? What does the writer affirm even in the midst of crying out to God in his affliction (12-17)? What reasons to praise God are found Psalm 103?

Application

Do I pour out my heart to God and praise Him even in the difficult times? Do I praise God for all His benefits?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
LORD, hear my prayer; let my cry for help come before You. Do not hide Your face from me in my day of trouble. Listen closely to me; answer me quickly when I call. My days are like a lengthening shadow, and I wither away like grass. But You, LORD, are enthroned forever; Your fame endures to all generations. The nations will fear the name of Yahweh, and all the kings of the earth Your glory, for You will appear in Your glory. You will pay attention to the prayer of the destitute and will not despise their prayer. Long ago You established the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You will endure; all of them will wear out like clothing. You will change them like a garment, and they will pass away. But You are the same, and Your years will never end. With all that is within me, I praise Your holy name. Do not let me forget all Your benefits: You forgive all my sin; You heal all my diseases; You redeemed my life from the Pit; You crown me with faithful love and compassion; You satisfy me with goodness; my youth is renewed like the eagle; You execute acts of righteousness and justice for all the oppressed; You revealed Your ways to Moses, Your deeds to the people of Israel; You are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and full of faithful love; You will not always accuse us or be angry forever; You have not dealt with us as our sins deserve or repaid us according to our offenses. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is Your faithful love toward those who fear You. As far as the east is from the west, so far have You removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so You have compassion on those who fear You. For You know what we are made of, remembering that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass–he blooms like a flower of the field; when the wind passes over it, it vanishes, and its place is no longer known. But from eternity to eternity, LORD, Your faithful love is toward those who fear You, and Your righteousness toward the grandchildren of those who keep Your covenant, who remember to observe Your instructions. You have established Your throne in heaven, and Your kingdom rules over all. Praise the LORD, all His angels of great strength, who do His word, obedient to His command. Praise the LORD, all His armies, His servants who do His will. Praise the LORD, all His works in all the places where He rules. My soul, praise the LORD! 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:

  • 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: Treasure Valley Churches – For elders, deacons, workers (volunteer and paid), and their families

  • Encouragement
  • Marriages/families
  • Finances
  • Work/life balance
  • Relationships, good friendships

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