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.

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LIFe with God: January 19, 2019

January 19, 2019

Scripture

Genesis 19

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What did Lot’s heavenly visitors do when the men of Sodom tried to storm Lot’s house? What did they do when Lot hesitated in leaving, and why did they do it? What happened to Lot’s wife?

Application

Do I thank God for His protection, even though I may not know when or how much I’ve been protected? Do I thank Him that, out of His love, He prompts me by His Spirit? Do I find myself looking back longingly at the world?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear God my Father, Thank You that even if a whole city were to attack me, You could easily stop them. Even though I walk through the valley of death I will fear no evil because You are with me and You protect me! Thank You for moving Lot along when he hesitated, for his own good. While I hope that I would not hesitate when I hear from You, I ask that You would do the same for me if I do. Please give me a heart that looks toward You, and not toward the world. 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 (Aria)
  • 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 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

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.

LIFe with God: January 18, 2019

January 18, 2019

Scripture

Genesis 18

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What did Sarah do when she heard God’s promise? What did she do when God called her on it? What would it have taken for God to spare Sodom?

Application

Do I believe God or do I scoff at His promises? Do I try to deny my actions to the One who sees all things? Am I living righteously enough that God would spare my city if he found nine others like me?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, I must confess that I sometimes react like Sarah when the situation seems impossible. Please give me a heart that believes You no matter what the circumstances. May I be a beacon of the righteousness of Christ in this dark world. I pray that I would live in such a matter that would preserve my city! 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 (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 Kuna…

  • That city leaders would submit to God
  • That people can find and keep gainful employment
  • For sound financial management by city officials
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For the mayor, city council members, and public works officials

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.

LIFe with God: January 17, 2019

January 17, 2019

Scripture

Genesis 17

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What did God instruct Abraham to do (1)? Why did God promise Abraham short-term and long-term? How did God respond to Abraham’s suggestion of a compromise (17-20)?

Application

Do I devoutly live in God’s presence? Have I thanked Him lately for keeping His promise to give Abraham a son, who would be an ancestor of Christ?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, I desire to dwell in Your presence! Give me a heart that is devout and follows You daily. Thank You for keeping Your covenant with Abraham, even though human wisdom would say it was impossible. You are the God for whom the impossible is easy to accomplish! I 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:

  • 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 Boise & Garden City…

  • That city leaders would submit to God
  • That people can find and keep gainful employment
  • For sound financial management by city officials
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For the mayor, city council members, and public works officials
  • Gowan Field Military Base

Operation Christmas Child:

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

LIFe with God: January 16, 2019

January 16, 2019

Scripture

Genesis 16

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

How did Sarai take matters into her own hands? What was the result?

Application

Do I allow my impatience and unbelief to take precedence over God’s word?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Lord, Thank You that You are not only a God who makes promises, but You always keep them. I confess that, like Sarai, I am far too quick to stop waiting on Your timing and I try to force my own solutions onto situations, almost always to disastrous results. Give me faith to trust You and to wait for You to act in Your perfect timing. 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:

  • 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 Mountain Home…

  • That city leaders would submit to God
  • That people can find and keep gainful employment
  • For sound financial management by city officials
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For the mayor, city council members, and public works officials
  • For the air base: safety for military and their families (especially those who are deployed), sound military strategies by commanders, impact for Christ in areas where deployed

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.”

LIFe with God: January 15, 2019

January 15, 2019

Scripture

Genesis 15

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What promise did God make to Abram in verse 1? How can this be said to be the foundation of every promise that follows? In ancient times, a covenant was sealed by dividing animals in two after which both parties would walk down the middle. What is the significance of God going between the pieces (in the form of the fire pot and torch) while Abram slept?

Application

Do I believe God fully and rest on His promise to keep me and never leave or forsake me? Do I believe God initiates and keeps His covenants without any need of help from me?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in heaven, Thank You for Your grace! For You made Your covenant with Abram while he slept–You took the initiative and he could do nothing to help. You promised to keep Your word to him. Thank You that You do the same for me in Jesus! In His 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:

  • 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 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 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.

LIFe with God: January 14, 2019

January 14, 2019

Scripture

Genesis 14

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

After Abram and his men rescued Lot, what happened between him and Melchizedek? How did Abram respond when the king of Sodom tried to reward him?

Application

Do I offer God praise, worship, and glory for all the things He has done? Am I careful to place my relationship with God above rewards and wealth?

Prayer

Dear Father, Thank You for Your great victory on behalf of Abram and Lot. Thank You that Melchizedek gave You praise and instructed Abram to do the same, and that Abram obeyed. Help me to do likewise when I experience victory, for I know it comes from You and not from me. Help me to be like Abram, who refused rewards from a wicked king so that none but You would receive the glory. I ask this for Jesus’ sake and 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:

  • 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 our state leaders…

  • Governor & his advisers
  • Judges
  • state senators and representatives
  • that they would all be faithful in carrying out their duties justly
  • that they would submit themselves to God

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.

LIFe with God: January 13, 2019

January 13, 2019

Scripture

Genesis 13

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What does Abram do for Lot that reveals his godly character? And what does Lot do that shows his character is lacking?

Application

Do I humble myself and place others before myself? Do I choose to live among and be influenced by the worldly, ungodly crowd, or do I dedicate myself to God even as I have to live in this ungodly world?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear God my Father, I want to be like Abram and not like Lot. Give me a heart that is humble and chooses to generously serve others instead of claiming my own rights. Give me a desire to follow You and make Your ways my priority instead of desiring what the world offers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Pray to BLESS!

One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

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

Ministry:

  • Compassion International

CLF:

  • That we will be devoted to evangelism and growth; that the Lord will add to our numbers those who are being saved.

Community: Pray for our national leaders

  • God’s anointing on them and a desire in them to follow Him
  • For Jesus to once again be Lord and King over our nation
  • 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 that God will use Operation Christmas Child to bring joy to boys and girls who are facing poverty, sickness, or war.

LIFe with God: January 12, 2019

January 12, 2019

Scripture

Genesis 12

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What promise did God God make to Abram? How did Abram show that he believed God? How did he reveal when he did not trust God, and what were the consequences?

Application

Do I trust God and believe that He keeps His promises? How am I responding to His call on my life right now?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, Thank You for Your unconditional love and grace. Thank You for making and keeping a covenant with Abram. Help me to follow his example when he heard Your word and immediately obeyed it and followed You to the land You showed him. But help me not to follow in his steps when he took matters into his own hands by going to Egypt. Thank You that, even then, You protected him and Sarai. You are faithful, God! 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 (Aria)
  • 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 the poor and 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 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.

LIFe with God: January 11, 2019

January 11, 2019

Scripture

Genesis 11

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why was it wrong for the people to stay all together (Refer to Gen. 9:1,7)? What did God do as a result of mankind’s rebellion (11:6-9)?

Application

Do I obey God or do I try to circumvent His instruction?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, I confess that I am too often like the people of Babylon; I ignore Your instruction and try to do things my own way, thinking I know better. I agree with You that such rebellion is sin, and I ask for Your help in digging it out of my life by the roots! 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 (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 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 collection and processing of shoe boxes as we anticipate sharing the love of Jesus Christ with multitudes of children across the world.

LIFe with God: January 10, 2019

January 10, 2019

Scripture

Genesis 10

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why do these family records tell us regarding God’s grace, when taking into consideration The Flood and the fact that God considered wiping out mankind entirely?

Application

Do I give God praise for giving mankind (and especially me) a second chance?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Lord, Thank You for saving a remnant through the flood and preserving the lineage of Noah. Thank You for being a God who forgives and gives grace to start anew. 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:

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

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