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: May 21, 2019

May 21, 2019

Scripture

Leviticus 14

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

The regulations given in this chapter have the specific purpose of health and the prevention of disease. It is likely that the people to whom the laws were given did not fully understand this, yet obeying the instructions was for their good.

Application

Do I obey God even when I don’t understand His reasoning, trusting that He knows what He’s doing and His ways are what is best for me?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father God, While it is easy to obey You when the benefits to me are obvious, help me to follow You even when the reasons are beyond my understanding, trusting You to do what is best for me and making Your glory of higher importance than my comfort. I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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

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

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Roger & Andrea Gabel; Tom
  • Steve & Gloria Gangwer
  • George Gifford
  • 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 Nampa

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

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: May 20, 2019

May 20, 2019

Scripture

Leviticus 13

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Today’s passage deals with the issue of a highly contagious skin disease, which could be fatal. The Bible often uses this as an analogy for sin, as sin is destructive, contagious, and ultimately fatal.

Application

Do I make every effort to keep sin from gaining a grip on my life? Am I on guard against the highly contagious, destructive, and deadly nature of sin, taking precautions from exposing myself to its influence? While I am called to minister to and witness to lost sinners, do I keep myself from participating in their sinful behavior?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Help me to love sinners but hate sin, just as You do. Remind me to steer clear of situations that could easily draw me into sinful thoughts and behavior. And while I am clean eternally because of Christ, Your word repeatedly instructs me to make every effort on my part to say no to sin and live a life of holiness–please help me to do that. In the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, Amen!

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

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

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

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

Missionaries:

  • Tim & Miranda Penn (Samid, Sarah), missionaries to Albania

CLF:

  • That Christian Life Fellowship would be a church that is devoted to the Word of God, and that we would be doers of it and not just hearers; that we would study the Word and so always be prepared to give everyone an answer–in season and out of season–and be approved workers who do not need to be ashamed, able to accurately understand and explain it.

Community: Pray for Star and Eagle

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

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: May 19, 2019

May 19, 2019

Scripture

Leviticus 12

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

From the Life Application Study Bible:
“Why was a woman considered “ceremonially unclean” after the wonderful miracle of birth? It was due to the bodily emissions and secretions occurring during and after childbirth. These were considered unclean and made the woman unprepared to enter the pure surroundings of the Tabernacle. Her temporary status highlighted her role as a young mother and relieved her of certain duties that probably made the early days with a new baby easier.

Unclean did not mean sinful or dirty. God created us male and female, and he ordered us to be fruitful and multiply (Gen_1:27-28). He did not change his mind and say that sex and procreation were now somehow unclean. Instead, he made a distinction between his worship and the popular worship of fertility gods and goddesses. Canaanite religions incorporated prostitution and immoral rites as the people begged their gods to make their crops, herds, and families increase. By contrast, Israel’s religion avoided all sexual connotations. By keeping worship and sex entirely separate, God helped the Israelites avoid confusion with pagan rites. The Israelites worshiped God as their loving Creator and Provider, and they thanked him for bountiful crops, marital love, and safe childbirth.”

Application

Am I thankful for the children God has placed in my life–whether mine own or those God has given to relatives, friends, and neighbors?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Thank You for the wonderful gift of babies and children! Help me to be a positive and nurturing influence on the children in my life, helping to plant seeds that will lead them to receive Christ and to grow in Him. 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.

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

LIFe with God: May 18, 2019

May 18, 2019

Scripture

Leviticus 11

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

While this chapter deals specifically with ritual and ceremony for worship, what is the larger primary issue at stake (44a,45)?

Application

Do I consecrate myself to God and His glory as an act of living worship to Him? Do I prepare my heart and mind before entering into private and corporate worship?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father, Remind me of the importance of holiness in the lives of Your people. May I be holy out of worship and reverence to you, for You are holy and You bought me at the greatest price. 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
  • Steve Vinsonhaler
  • 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 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 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: May 17, 2019

May 17, 2019

Scripture

Leviticus 10

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

For what reason did God judge Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu (1-3)? Why did Aaron and his other sons abstain from partaking of their allowed portion of the sin offering (16-20)?

Application

Do I sometimes commit the sin of presumption in my worship of and relationship with God–giving Him what I think is best rather than what He has specifically instructed? Do I allow for others to mourn and follow God’s leading in the midst of their mourning, without trying to enforce on them my idea of what they ought to be doing?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Give me the wisdom and grace to worship You in the way You desire, rather than in the way I desire. Help to extend that grace when others are in the midst of trials and sorrow, allowing You to work in them and them to follow You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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

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

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Michael & Jenn Morgan (Eleanor)
  • Moy & Janeth Ortiz (Anabelle)
  • Doug & Pam Patchin
  • Travis & Consuela Sauer (Mikayla, Christian, Donte, Cheyenne, Sera, Ella, Thomas)
  • Janet Sonnenberg

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 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 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: May 16, 2019

May 16, 2019

Scripture

Leviticus 9

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What was required for the glory of the Lord to appear to the people (6)? What did God do when the people obeyed (24)?

Application

Do I seek manifestations of God’s glory and power without regard to obeying Him? Do I thank Him and give Him glory when He works in my life, and obey Him and trust Him even when i can’t see how He is working?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord God, Help me to obey You and serve You so that Your glory will be revealed in my life. Thank You for the times when You reveal Your power mightily and obviously, but help me to go on trusting and obeying You even when I don’t see Your hand at work. In the Name of the Lord Jesus, Amen.

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

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

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Dakota “Koty” & Kayla Molner
  • 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 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 God to provide the wisdom, resources, and volunteers needed to oversee this expanding global outreach to children.

LIFe with God: May 15, 2019

May 15, 2019

Scripture

Leviticus 8

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

While the entire tribe of Levites were especially set aside for service to God, only those from Aaron’s line could serve as priests. The ceremonial rituals described here are symbolic of the purity and holiness of God–the priests, who were also sinful humans, had to take care of their own sins before God before they could intercede for the people. The writer of Hebrews tells us that this is why Jesus is a far superior priest; He faced every form of temptation but remained sinless. Therefore, His offering of Himself was complete and acceptable to God, and therefore His work is finished.

Just like the priests, we are not made right before God due to any holiness on our own part–it comes from God and God alone through Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter if you are the senior pastor of a mega church or a person who no one seems to have heard of–our holiness and right standing before God come from Him, not us.

Application

Do I live as one set apart for God’s service, since in Christ I am a citizen in His kingdom of priests? Am I thankful for the holiness of God (that I could never attain to in my own effort) imputed to me by the death and resurrection of Jesus?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, I know I am in no position to serve You by my own merit or effort. Thank You for the Lamb of God, whose blood washes away my sin, Jesus Christ! Thank you that He became sin for me, that I might become the righteousness of God in Him! 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)
  • Fred Leonard
  • Dan & Jenn Loeschke

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

LIFe with God: May 14, 2019

May 14, 2019

Scripture

Leviticus 7

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

The peace (fellowship) offering is different from the previously explained offerings, in that it is not an offering given because of sin. Rather, it was an offering given as an act of worship for three types of occasions: 1) thanksgiving for something God had done, 2) when a vow had been fulfilled, or 3) as a freewill (voluntary) offering to God for no special occasion.

Application

Do I live a life offering my thanks, praise, and worship to God when He blesses me, when I’ve accomplished something, and even in the “rut” of everyday life?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father God, While the sacrifice system is no longer needed because of the once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus as revealed in the New Testament, may I offer my life to You as a sacrifice of thanks, praise, worship, and obedience. May I always give you thanks, praise, and glory; when You act on my behalf, when I have accomplished some task or mission by Your grace, and just for being alive and Your child. I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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

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

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Roger & Andrea Gabel; Tom
  • Steve & Gloria Gangwer
  • George Gifford
  • 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 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: May 13, 2019

May 13, 2019

Scripture

Leviticus 6

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

How does today’s passage show us:
God’s concern for the way we treat others?
His forgiveness for the repentant?
His provision for those called to full-time ministry?

Application

Do I make every effort to make peace with those I have wronged? Do I trust that, having received Christ, I am clean and forgiven in God’s sight? Do I help support those God has placed in full-time ministry in my life?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, I thank You and praise You for the perfect, complete, and acceptable sacrifice of Jesus that forgives my sin and mends relationships between Your people and with You! When I stumble and cause offense, help me to recognize my wrong, humble myself, and make restitution as needed. Help me to walk in the knowledge that I am clean before You because of Christ alone, and not anything I do or can do. And remind me to support in whatever ways I can those You have placed in my life who have given their lives to full-time ministry. In the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, Amen!

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

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

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

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

Missionaries:

  • Tim & Miranda Penn (Samid, Sarah), missionaries to Albania

CLF:

  • That Christian Life Fellowship would be a church that is devoted to the Word of God, and that we would be doers of it and not just hearers; that we would study the Word and so always be prepared to give everyone an answer–in season and out of season–and be approved workers who do not need to be ashamed, able to accurately understand and explain it.

Community: Pray for 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 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: May 12, 2019

May 12, 2019

Scripture

Leviticus 5

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

The sin offering described in the last chapter and the “trespass” offering here in chapter 5 are similar, but different. The former deals with sin as part of our human nature, while the latter regards individual acts of sin (both of commission and omission). In addition to the offering, offenders had to make restitution for their sinful acts (here against God and in chapter 6 against our fellow man). These sins are seen by God as a debt that must be paid, and true repentance involves involves restitution where possible.

Application

Am I thankful that Christ’s once-for-all offering of himself pays the debt of both my sinful human nature and each individual sin I commit? Do I just go through the motions of private confession to God, or do I truly repent and make restitution to others when I have wronged them?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, The explanations of these sacrifices make it quite clear that sin is a serious issue in Your eyes, and that it is a debt that requires payment; the wages of sin is death. Thank You for the gift of Jesus Christ, who paid a debt He didn’t owe because I owed a debt I couldn’t pay! Help me not to merely go through the motions of confessing my sin. Rather, may I be truly repentant and make restitution whenever possible. Thank You for the forgiveness and eternal life that is mine in Christ 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.

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

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