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: March 21, 2019

March 21, 2019

Scripture

Exodus 27

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why was God so careful to be so precise about the construction plans for the tabernacle and altar?

Application

Do I worship God according to His instruction, or according to my preferences?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father God, Thank You for revealing yourself to Your people. I praise You as the only true God, forever worthy of all worship. Forgive me for treating worship flippantly or as something to make me feel good. Far too often my focus in worship is on me rather than You, which is not really worship at all. Bring me back to the heart of worship: humbling myself before you and giving You all glory, honor, and praise! 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:

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

LIFe with God: March 20, 2019

March 20, 2019

Scripture

Exodus 26

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why was God so careful to be so precise about the construction plans for the tabernacle and altar?

Application

Do I worship God according to His instruction, or according to my preferences?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father God, Thank You for revealing yourself to Your people. I praise You as the only true God, forever worthy of all worship. Forgive me for treating worship flippantly or as something to make me feel good. Far too often my focus in worship is on me rather than You, which is not really worship at all. Bring me back to the heart of worship: humbling myself before you and giving You all glory, honor, and praise! 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:

  • 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 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 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: March 19, 2019

March 19, 2019

Scripture

Exodus 25

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

From whom did God instruct Moses to receive an offering (2)? What was the significance of the fact that the ark was portable?

Application

Am I in tune with the Holy Spirit so that my heart will stir me to give? When my heart does stir me to give, do I obey? Do I set my heart on following God and dwelling in His presence wherever I go?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Stir my heart to give when and what You would have me give, and may I be obedient to that stirring. Help me to focus my heart on Your presence, and may I ever dwell there and follow You wherever You lead me. I pray these things 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 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 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: March 18, 2019

March 18, 2019

Scripture

Exodus 17

Exodus 24

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What was the response of the people after Moses told them the commands and ordinances the Lord had given them? How does verse 8 foreshadow the cross of Jesus Christ?

Application

How well am I obeying the Lord’s instruction? Do I trust and rest in the blood of Jesus Christ, the blood of the New Covenant?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, help me to do everything You have commanded. Help me to remember, appreciate, rely on, and live in the blood of the New Covenant that was shed by Christ Jesus on Calvary. 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:

  • 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 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 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: March 17, 2019

March 17, 2019

Scripture

Exodus 23

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What important concept is contained in verses 4-5? In verse 6?

Application

Do I do the right thing only when I want to? Do I stand up for the poor?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, Keep me from being a person who does good only when it suits me. Rather, give me a heart that chooses to do what is right even when I don’t want to! Keep me from playing favorites–may I be fair and just to people regardless of how they have treated me or what their financial or social standing might be. 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.

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

LIFe with God: March 16, 2019

March 16, 2019

Scripture

Exodus 22

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What is the underlying theme of the instructions in these chapters?

Application

Do I stand up for justice and recognize that while God is a God of love, mercy and grace, He is also just and righteous?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Lord, Help me to live a life that treats people fairly, honestly, and justly. Help me to stand up for those who are being unfairly treated, and seek justice on their behalf. 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)
  • 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 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 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: March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019

Scripture

Exodus 21

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What is the underlying theme of the instructions in this chapter?

Application

Do I stand up for justice and recognize that while God is a God of love, mercy and grace, He is also just and righteous?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Lord, Help me to live a life that treats people fairly, honestly, and justly. Help me to stand up for those who are being unfairly treated, and seek justice on their behalf. 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
  • 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 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 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: March 14, 2019

March 14, 2019

Scripture

Exodus 20

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

In this chapter, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. Jesus said the entire law was summed up by loving God and loving people. How does that apply to the Ten Commandments?

Application

Do I show my love for God and other people by keeping His commands?

Prayer

Dear Lord, Thank You for Your perfect and eternal Law. Thank You that Jesus fulfilled it perfectly when I couldn’t, and died in my place to pay the price for my sin. Help me to obey You out of my love for 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:

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

LIFe with God: March 13, 2019

March 13, 2019

Scripture

Exodus 19

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What promise did God make to the Israelites? What stipulation did He include with his promise?

Application

Revelation 1:6 and 5:10 state that those who are in Christ are a kingdom of priests, just as God had promised Israel here in Exodus. Do I live like a citizen in God’s kingdom of priests? Do I listen to God and live according to His word?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father God, Thank You for what You did to the Egyptians and how You carried Israel on eagles’ wings and brought them to Yourself. Thank You that all who are in Christ are spiritually grafted into Israel, as adopted children into a family, by His shed blood. Help me to listen to You and keep Your covenant, and live like a member of Your family and a citizen of Your kingdom of priests, as Your own possession. 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:

  • 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 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 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: March 12, 2019

March 12, 2019

Scripture

Exodus 18

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

How did Jethro respond to Moses’ report of God’s work? What advice did he give Moses?

Application

How do I respond upon hearing how God is working in the lives of other believers? Am I overextending myself–is there some area I need to delegate to others?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Make me a person who rejoices over all the good things You do in the lives of Your people, and lead me to worship You. Lord, show me when I need to personally carry out tasks, but also please show me when I need to delegate tasks to others when the tasks are too heavy for me and I can’t do it alone. Bring people around me who will help, so that I do not wear out myself and others. I pray these things 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 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 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.

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