LIFe with God

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly – Colossians 3:16 (NET)

In order for the Word to dwell richly in us, we need to do more than just listen to a sermon on Sunday morning or on the radio once in a while. Daily time alone in the Word is essential to grow in Christ and be an effective disciple for Him. And for believers to live in unity and to minister together effectively, they need to be in prayer for each other throughout the week.

To that end, we offer “LIFe with God” (LIFe = Living In Fellowship), a daily devotional published by Pastor Scott F. Guinn. Each installment includes a Scripture reading (taking us through the entire Bible in three years) along with observation and application questions, and a guided prayer time that helps us to us to pray for every person in our church and every missionary/ministry we support each week.

You are encouraged to participate! It will take a little effort and discipline to build this habit, but the benefits are out of this world!

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LIFe with God: November 20, 2018

November 20, 2018

Scripture

1 Thessalonians 3

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What does this passage reveal about those who teach that true Spirit-filled Christians won’t have any problems in this life? What was Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians?

Application

How do I respond when affliction comes into my life? Do I pray for myself and my fellow Christians to increase and abound in love for one another?

Prayer

Dear Jesus, Help me to have Paul’s attitude toward affliction; to understand that in this life we are destined to suffer, and to be more concerned about living for You and about the needs and spiritual health of others than about the difficulties I must endure. I ask that You would cause Your people (including me) to increase and abound in love for one another and for all, so that our hearts are strengthened in holiness to be blameless before our God and Father at Your coming with all Your saints. In Your 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 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 children who enroll in “The Greatest Journey” follow-up discipleship program, that they will come to faith in Jesus and tell their friends and family about Jesus.

Catechism

PART 3: SPIRIT, RESTORATION, GROWING IN GRACE

Question #46: What is the Lord’s Supper?

Children’s Answer: Christ commanded all Christians to eat bread and to drink from the cup in thankful remembrance of him.

Adult’s Answer: Christ commanded all Christians to eat bread and to drink from the cup in thankful remembrance of him and his death. The Lord’s Supper is a celebration of the presence of God in our midst; bringing us into communion with God and with one another; feeding and nourishing our souls. It also anticipates the day when we will eat and drink with Christ in his Father’s kingdom.

Memory Verse

1 Corinthians 11:23–26 (HCSB)

For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: On the night when He was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and said, “This is My body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way, after supper He also took the cup and said, “This cup is the new covenant established by My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

LIFe with God: November 19, 2018

November 19, 2018

Scripture

1 Thessalonians 2

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why did Paul and his companions preach the gospel (verse 4)? What kind of message is the gospel (verse 13)?

Application

Do I truly understand the authority and importance of God’s message, the gospel? Do I live to please people, or to please God?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord Jesus, Help me to be a God-pleaser and not a man-pleaser in all my speech and conduct. Help me to live a life consistent with a messenger of the gospel, the message of God. I ask this in Your Name, 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:

  • 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.

Catechism

Question #46: What is the Lord’s Supper?

Children’s Answer: Christ commanded all Christians to eat bread and to drink from the cup in thankful remembrance of him.

Adult’s Answer: Christ commanded all Christians to eat bread and to drink from the cup in thankful remembrance of him and his death. The Lord’s Supper is a celebration of the presence of God in our midst; bringing us into communion with God and with one another; feeding and nourishing our souls. It also anticipates the day when we will eat and drink with Christ in his Father’s kingdom.

Memory Verse

1 Corinthians 11:23–26 (HCSB)

For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: On the night when He was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and said, “This is My body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way, after supper He also took the cup and said, “This cup is the new covenant established by My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

LIFe with God: November 18, 2018

November 18, 2018

Scripture

1 Thessalonians 1

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why did Paul and company thank God for the Thessalonians?

Application

Do I give fellow Christians reason to thank God for my work of faith, labor of love, and endurance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Thank You for this letter to the Thessalonian church. I ask that I would be so filled by Your Spirit that I would be an example to other believers so that they would give thanks to You for my work of faith and labor of love and endurance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. I ask this in the name of the One who gave Himself for me, 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.

  • 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 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

Operation Christmas Child:

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

Catechism

PART 3: SPIRIT, RESTORATION, GROWING IN GRACE

Question #46: What is the Lord’s Supper?

Children’s Answer: Christ commanded all Christians to eat bread and to drink from the cup in thankful remembrance of him.

Adult’s Answer: Christ commanded all Christians to eat bread and to drink from the cup in thankful remembrance of him and his death. The Lord’s Supper is a celebration of the presence of God in our midst; bringing us into communion with God and with one another; feeding and nourishing our souls. It also anticipates the day when we will eat and drink with Christ in his Father’s kingdom.

Memory Verse

1 Corinthians 11:23–26 (HCSB)

For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: On the night when He was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and said, “This is My body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way, after supper He also took the cup and said, “This cup is the new covenant established by My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

LIFe with God: November 17, 2018

November 17, 2018

Scripture

Psalm 142-143

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What was David pleading in Psalm 142? Why does he ask for deliverance (Psalm 142:7, 143:10-11)?

Application

Do I truly understand that there is no place or situation so deep and dark that my cries to God can’t be heard and His deliverance can’t reach? Do I seek His protection and deliverance for my own convenience or for the glory of His name?

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, When I find myself in the deep darkness of the caves of this life, lead me to cry out to You for mercy in total dependence and complete faith. In Your faithfulness listen to my plea, and in Your righteousness answer me. Help me to remember the days of old, to meditate on all You have done, and to reflect on the work of Your hands. Although my spirit is weak within me, You know my way. You are my shelter, my portion in the land of the living. Let me experience Your faithful love in the morning, for I trust in You. Reveal to me the way I should go, because I long for You. Lead me to come to You for protection. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your gracious Spirit lead me on level ground. Because of Your name, Yahweh, let me live. In Your righteousness deliver me from trouble. Free me from my prison so that I can praise Your name. I ask it in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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

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

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin, Natalie)
  • Janet Sonnenberg
  • Dave & Debbie Spears
  • Justin & Bonnie Wilkerson (Janae, Jordan)
  • Sree & Irena Yalamanchili
  • Jason & Danielle Youngblood (Kayla, Kendra)

Ministry:

  • Chapel Mission India

CLF:

  • That we would be devoted to thanksgiving and praise to our Lord–for what He has done, for what He is doing, for what He will do, and for who He is–in good times and bad.

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

Catechism

PART 3: SPIRIT, RESTORATION, GROWING IN GRACE

Question #45: Is baptism with water the washing away of sin itself?

Children’s Answer: No, only the blood of Christ can cleanse us from sin.

Adult’s Answer: No, only the blood of Christ and the renewal of the Holy Spirit can cleanse us from sin.

Memory Verse

Luke 3:16 (HCSB)

John answered them all, “I baptize you with water, but One is coming who is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to untie the strap of His sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

LIFe with God: November 16, 2018

November 16, 2018

Scripture

Psalm 140-141

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What does David ask of God in Psalm 140? In Psalm 141:3-4?

Application

Do I ask God to protect my loved ones and myself from wicked, violent people? Do I ask Him to protect me from myself and my own sinful desires?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father God, I thank You that You are the Almighty who can defeat any foe and put down any rebellion whenever You choose. I ask that You would watch over my loved ones and me, and protect us from those who would wish to do us harm in whatever way that might be manifested. But I also ask, Lord, like David did, that You would protect me from myself: from sinful or careless speech, from a wicked heart and sinful desires, and from sharing in the sin of others. 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 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 collection and processing of shoe boxes as we anticipate sharing the love of Jesus Christ with multitudes of children across the world.
  • Catechism

    PART 3: SPIRIT, RESTORATION, GROWING IN GRACE

    Question #45: Is baptism with water the washing away of sin itself?

    Children’s Answer: No, only the blood of Christ can cleanse us from sin.

    Adult’s Answer: No, only the blood of Christ and the renewal of the Holy Spirit can cleanse us from sin.

    Memory Verse

    Luke 3:16 (HCSB)

    John answered them all, “I baptize you with water, but One is coming who is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to untie the strap of His sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

LIFe with God: November 15, 2018

November 15, 2018

Scripture

Psalms 138-139

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What is David thankful for in Psalm 138? In Psalm 139, what does David point out regarding God’s presence and knowledge? What statements give us a biblical basis for opposing abortion?

Application

Do I thank God for His goodness and faithful love? Do I have comfort, fear, or some of both when contemplating that there is nowhere I can go where God will not see me? Do I stand up for the sanctity of human life, even in the womb?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Oh, God my Father, Thank You so much for Your goodness and love! Your glory is great and Your faithful love endures forever. No matter where I go, You are there. That is a comfort to me because I am never outside of Your presence or protection. But it is also convicting, because it means You see every sin I commit and I cannot hide anything from You. And yet You love me anyway, and decided before time to create me, remarkably and wonderfully. I pray that Your people would stand up for the sanctity of human life and the rights of the unborn, and that this nation would put an end to the legalized mass-murder of human babies. 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:

  • 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 County leaders…

  • Commissioners, Assessor, Coroner, Treasurer, Clerks, Judges, Prosecutors, Defenders, Sheriffs
  • that they would make sound financial decisions
  • that they would all be faithful in carrying out their duties justly
  • that they would submit themselves to God

Operation Christmas Child:

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

Catechism

PART 3: SPIRIT, RESTORATION, GROWING IN GRACE

Question #45: Is baptism with water the washing away of sin itself?

Children’s Answer: No, only the blood of Christ can cleanse us from sin.

Adult’s Answer: No, only the blood of Christ and the renewal of the Holy Spirit can cleanse us from sin.

Memory Verse

Luke 3:16 (HCSB)

John answered them all, “I baptize you with water, but One is coming who is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to untie the strap of His sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

LIFe with God: November 14, 2018

November 14, 2018

Scripture

Job 42

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What was Job’s response to God? What did God have to say to Job’s friends? What did God do for Job?

Application

LASB: Would the message of the book of Job change if God had not restored to Job his former blessings? No. God is still sovereign. Jesus said that anyone who gives up something for the Kingdom of God will be repaid. Our restoration may or may not be the same kind as Job’s, which was both spiritual and material. Our complete restoration may not be in this life—but it will happen. God loves us, and he is just. He not only will restore whatever we have lost unjustly, but he also will give us more than we can imagine as we live with him in eternity. Cling tightly to your faith through all your trials, and you, too, will be rewarded by God—if not now, in the life to come.
The main question in the book of Job is timely: Why do believers experience troubles and suffering? Through a long debate, Job’s supposedly wise friends were unable to answer this question. Job’s friends made a serious error for which God rebuked them. They assumed that trouble comes only because people sin. People make the same mistake today when they assert that sickness or lack of material blessing is a sign of unconfessed sin or lack of faith. Though normally (but not always) following God leads to a happier life, and rebelling against God normally (but not always) leads to an unhappy life, God is in control. In our world invaded by sin, calamity and suffering come to good and bad alike.
This does not mean that God is indifferent, uncaring, unjust, or powerless to protect us. Bad things happen because we live in a fallen world, where both believers and unbelievers are hit with the tragic consequences of sin. God allows evil for a time although he turns it around for our good (Rom_8:28). We may have no answers as to why God allows evil, but we can be sure he is all-powerful and knows what he is doing. The next time you face trials and dilemmas, see them as opportunities to turn to God for strength. You will find a God who only desires to show his love and compassion to you. If you can trust him in pain, confusion, and loneliness, you will win the victory and eliminate doubt, one of Satan’s greatest footholds in your life. Make God your foundation. You can never be separated from his love.

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father, Keep me from a heart that doubts You in my trials and that jumps to condemning others in theirs. When trials come my way, help me to hold fast to You and trust that You are good all the time. And when a friend is facing trials, help me to compassionately encourage him or her with that same message. 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 the relationship between generations–parents, children, grandparents

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

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

    Catechism

    PART 3: SPIRIT, RESTORATION, GROWING IN GRACE

    Question #45: Is baptism with water the washing away of sin itself?

    Children’s Answer: No, only the blood of Christ can cleanse us from sin.

    Adult’s Answer: No, only the blood of Christ and the renewal of the Holy Spirit can cleanse us from sin.

    Memory Verse

    Luke 3:16 (HCSB)

    John answered them all, “I baptize you with water, but One is coming who is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to untie the strap of His sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

    LIFe with God: November 13, 2018

    November 13, 2018

    Scripture

    Job 41

    Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

    Observation

    BKC: Job has not yet repented of the way he talked about God. So, God takes up the questioning again, and this time focuses attention on two great beasts — the hippopotamus (“behemoth,” 40:15-24) and the crocodile (“leviathan,” 41:1-34). Both of these beasts were greatly admired and feared in Job’s day, although neither one was native to Palestine. The Hebrew word for “behemoth” simply means “large beast,” but most students take it to refer to the hippopotamus. Certainly Job could not face such a beast, let alone create it! Likewise the crocodile; Job could not dare to fish for it, harness it, or make it a pet (41:1-8). “Who then is able to stand before me?” asks Jehovah, “for the Creator is surely greater than the creature!” The entire chapter serves to reveal the greatness of God’s creatures and, therefore, the greatness of God.

    Application

    SB: Man is utterly unable to contend against the Almighty. If the inferior creatures keep man in awe, how wonderful must the majesty of God be, who has sovereign dominion over all.

    Prayer

    Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
    Dear Father in Heaven, Keep me from a heart and mind that doubts Your power and sovereignty. You created all things, and everything is in submission to You, whether willingly or not. I cannot begin to even defend myself against the mighty beasts You created, much less create one, and certainly, the Creator is far greater than the creation. So I willingly submit myself to You, Lord God Almighty. 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
    • 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 our national leaders

    • God’s anointing on them and a desire in them to follow Him
    • For the president and cabinet to seek after God
    • For judges to rule justly and righteously
    • For senators & representatives to pass godly legislation and block sinful bills
    • That our government would protect its citizens and punish evildoers

    Operation Christmas Child:

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

    Catechism

    PART 3: SPIRIT, RESTORATION, GROWING IN GRACE

    Question #45: Is baptism with water the washing away of sin itself?

    Children’s Answer: No, only the blood of Christ can cleanse us from sin.

    Adult’s Answer: No, only the blood of Christ and the renewal of the Holy Spirit can cleanse us from sin.

    Memory Verse

    Luke 3:16 (HCSB)

    John answered them all, “I baptize you with water, but One is coming who is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to untie the strap of His sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

    LIFe with God: November 12, 2018

    November 12, 2018

    Scripture

    Job 40

    Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

    Observation

    TTBDBD: God seemed to await Job’s reply to His questions. Job had protested that he would fill his mouth with arguments, but none was forthcoming. That vision of God had robbed him of self-reliance. He could only humbly acknowledge that he had uttered words enough. He must be led to the further confession, which will come presently, that he had sinned. It was as though the Omniscient Eye still saw in Job some trust in himself; God therefore summoned him to array himself in his utmost glory and majesty and to argue his case further. But how impotent man is at the best!

    LASB: Throughout his time of suffering, Job longed to have an opportunity to plead his innocence before God. Here God appeared to Job and gave him that opportunity. But Job decided to remain quiet because it was no longer necessary for him to speak. God had shown Job that, as a limited human being, he had neither the ability to judge the God who created the universe nor the right to ask why. God’s actions do not depend on ours. He will do what he knows is best, regardless of what we think is fair. It is important to note, however, that God came to Job, demonstrating his love and care for him.

    Application

    LASB: How do you argue or criticize almighty God? Do you demand answers when things don’t go your way, you lose a job, someone close to you is ill or dies, finances are tight, you fail, or unexpected changes occur? The next time you are tempted to complain to God, consider how much he loves you. And remember Job’s reaction when he had his chance to speak. Are you worse off than Job or more righteous than he? Give God a chance to reveal his greater purposes for you, but remember that they may unfold over the course of your life and not at the moment you desire.

    Prayer

    Dear Father, Again, I ask for Your grace and patience with me. Help me to trust You when things don’t go my way, not demand and explanation from You. Help me to listen more and complain less. 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.

    Catechism

    PART 3: SPIRIT, RESTORATION, GROWING IN GRACE

    Question #45: Is baptism with water the washing away of sin itself?

    Children’s Answer: No, only the blood of Christ can cleanse us from sin.

    Adult’s Answer: No, only the blood of Christ and the renewal of the Holy Spirit can cleanse us from sin.

    Memory Verse

    Luke 3:16 (HCSB)

    John answered them all, “I baptize you with water, but One is coming who is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to untie the strap of His sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

    LIFe with God: November 11, 2018

    November 11, 2018

    Scripture

    Job 39

    Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

    Observation

    LASB: God asked Job several questions about the animal kingdom in order to demonstrate how limited Job’s knowledge really was. God was not seeking answers from Job. Instead, he was getting Job to recognize and submit to God’s power and sovereignty. Only then could he hear what God was really saying to him.

    Application

    TTBDBD: There is mystery in every part of the universe of God. He hides Himself, so that we cannot discover Him. His thoughts are deeper, His ways profounder, than our mind can fathom. There is not a single pathway leading out of the garden of life along which a man, traversing it, will not come to a point when the track dies away in the grass and there is no further progress. In nature and in Scripture alike we have to deal with the inscrutability of God’s ways. Nor can we wonder, if the God of the Bible and of nature be the God of providence, to find mystery also there.

    Prayer

    Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
    Lord God my Father, I recognize Your power and sovereignty and I submit myself to You. I confess that far too often I think I know best and I try to rule my life and the world around me. That is sin, and I plead the blood of Christ to cover it. Thank You that You are God, and I am not. I pray this in the Name of Jesus, Amen!

    Pray to BLESS!

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

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

    Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

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

    Catechism

    PART 3: SPIRIT, RESTORATION, GROWING IN GRACE

    Question #45: Is baptism with water the washing away of sin itself?

    Children’s Answer: No, only the blood of Christ can cleanse us from sin.

    Adult’s Answer: No, only the blood of Christ and the renewal of the Holy Spirit can cleanse us from sin.

    Memory Verse

    Luke 3:16 (HCSB)

    John answered them all, “I baptize you with water, but One is coming who is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to untie the strap of His sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”


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