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: July 23, 2019

July 23, 2019

Scripture

Scripture

Hebrews 9

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What was the point of the physical regulations under the Old Covenant? What did Jesus’ sacrifice accomplish under the New Covenant? Why did Jesus appear the first time? Why will he appear the second time?

Application

Do I truly trust in the once-for-all sacrifice of Christ? Am I ready for Jesus’ second appearance?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Thank You for the Old Covenant, which, through its physical regulations concerning food, drink, washings and sacrifices, pointed to the coming New Covenant. Thank You for that New Covenant, instituted and fulfilled by Jesus Christ, who, as our high priest, in the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands (that is, not of this creation), entered the holy of holies once for all, not by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption, and through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to You, thereby cleansing our consciences from dead works to serve You, the eternally living God! Lord Jesus, thank You for being the mediator of a new covenant, so that we who are called might receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. Thank You for offering Your blood to pay sin’s penalty and inaugurate the New Covenant, because without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. You did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands but into heaven itself, that You might now appear in the presence of God for us. You did not need to offer Yourself many times, but appeared one time for the removal of sin by the sacrifice of Yourself. And just as it is appointed for people to die once — and after this, judgment — so You, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to us who are waiting for You. Thank You, 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:

  • 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 Ontario…

  • 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: July 22, 2019

July 22, 2019

Scripture

Hebrews 8

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What does God promise us under the New Covenant (10-12)?

Application

Am I dwelling and basking in the promises of God’s New Covenant with me?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, I thank You and praise You that Jesus has now obtained a superior ministry, and to that degree He is the mediator of a better covenant, which has been legally enacted on better promises. Thank You for making this New Covenant, and for promising to put Your laws into my mind and write them on my heart. Thank You that You are my God, and I am one of Your people. Most especially, thank You that You are merciful to my wrongdoing, and will never again remember my sins! Thank you, Father, 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:

  • 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 Caldwell

  • 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: July 21, 2019

July 21, 2019

Scripture

Hebrews 7

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What is the significance of a change in the priesthood from the Levites to Jesus (verses 12, 18)?

Application

Am I still trying to live under the old law and regulations, or am I fully experiencing the freedom Christ offers?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord Jesus, Thank You for establishing a new covenant and for being my high priest who remains forever. I thank You that I am no longer under the weight of the law, but I am made right with God through Your grace. Thank You, 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.

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

LIFe with God: July 20, 2019

July 20, 2019

Scripture

Hebrews 6

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

How did God show Abraham he was serious about His promise? How are we able to “enter the inner sanctuary”?

Application

Am I willing to wait patiently like Abraham for God’s promises to be fulfilled? Do I let little, temporary issues distract me from the faith that comes from remembering that Jesus made the way for me to enter the inner sanctuary of God’s spiritual temple?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father, I confess that I am too impatient and have too little faith. I show my selfishness and ingratitude when I get distraught about life’s difficulties instead of patiently waiting, trusting You to fulfill Your promise. Give me more faith to trust You! Thank You that Jesus is my Lord, my Savior, and my high priest, who remains my priest forever! 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.

  • 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 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 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: July 19, 2019

July 19, 2019

Scripture

Hebrews 5

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What is the problem with people who just listen to the Word, but don’t grow in it and implement it in their lives?

Application

Am I a mere spiritual infant when I should be spiritually mature? If so, am I willing to take action to change that?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear God, I ask that I would not be a mere spiritual infant, always getting fed, always getting taught, but never growing or learning or maturing in You. Give me the initiative and wisdom to accept Your Word in faith and obey it and learn and grow from it. May I never take it for granted or turn away from it. Keep me from spiritual laziness, and empower me to serve You and Your people in love. 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 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 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: July 18, 2019

July 18, 2019

Scripture

Hebrews 4

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why is simply hearing a message from God not enough? Why is God’s Word likened to a sword? What is the significance of Jesus the Messiah also being our high priest? How can we now approach God’s throne?

Application

Do I simply hear the Word of God, or do I receive it in faith? Is there evidence that the Word is living and effective in my life? Am I grateful to Christ for being not only my Savior, but also my high priest, who intercedes for me with the Father? Do I take advantage of my privilege to go boldly before the Father’s throne?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Help me to be careful not to allow Your Word to simply go in one ear and out the other; may I always combine it with faith. Thank You that because I believe the Good News of Jesus Christ, I will enter Your rest. Keep me from hardening my heart to You, but let Your living and effective Word permeate my life, and grant that I would respond to it in faith and obedience. Thank You, Jesus, for being my great high priest who has passed through the heavens. Let me hold fast to the confession of faith in You. For You are not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with my weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as I am,  yet without sin. Therefore, I can now approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that I may receive mercy and find grace to help me at the proper time. Thank You, Lord! 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 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 provide the wisdom, resources, and volunteers needed to oversee this expanding global outreach to children.

LIFe with God: July 17, 2019

July 17, 2019

Scripture

Hebrews 3

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What is the Christian’s responsibility to other Christians (v 13)? What will be the outcome of faithfulness?

Application

What other believers can I encourage today? Who can I go to for encouragement and accountability? In what condition is my heart: hard, or tender?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, I confess that I am too often like the children of Israel in the desert: I hear Your voice and I know Your will, but my heart is hard and I go my own way instead. Soften my heart toward You and my fellow believers. May I be an encouragement to others so they are not deceived by sin’s deception. May I ever be Christ’s companion, for He was faithful as a Son over His household, and I am part of that household by His blood and Your grace. 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:

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

LIFe with God: July 16, 2019

July 16, 2019

Scripture

Hebrews 2

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

How was Jesus made lower than the angels? Why did He have to become like us?

Application

Do I understand and implement in my life Jesus as brother, author of salvation, and high priest?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord Jesus, Grant that I would never forget to pay careful attention to what You have done for me and what You continue to teach me from Your Word through Your Spirit. I thank You that, though You were equal with God in every way, and everything was subjected to You, still You made Yourself subject to save us. While we do not yet see everything subjected to You, we do see that You allowed Yourself to be made lower than the angels for a short time so that by God’s grace You might taste death for everyone—crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death. For it was fitting, in bringing many sons to glory, that You, for whom and through whom all things exist, should make the source of our salvation perfect through sufferings. For the One who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. That is why You are not ashamed to call us brothers, saying: “I will proclaim Your name to My brothers; I will sing hymns to You in the congregation.” Again, “I will trust in Him.” And again, “Here I am with the children God gave Me.” Thank You that, since we all have flesh and blood in common, You also shared in these, so that through Your death You might destroy the one holding the power of death—that is, the Devil-and free us who were held in slavery all our lives by the fear of death. For it is clear that You do not reach out to help angels, but to help mere humans. Therefore You became like us in every way, so that You could become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since You Yourself were tested and have suffered, You are able to help those who are tested. Thank You, 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:

  • 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 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 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: July 15, 2019

July 15, 2019

Scripture

Hebrews 1

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

How is Jesus superior to the prophets? To the angels?

Application

Do I lessen the person, power, and position of Christ by equating Him to or only slightly above an angel or a prophet (or even Satan in regard to His power)? Do I give Him the glory, honor, and praise that are due Him?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father, Thank You that though in the past You spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at different times and in different ways, Your revelation of Yourself culminated in Your Son, the Lord Jesus, whom You appointed heir of all things and through whom You made the universe. He is the radiance of Your glory, the exact expression of Your nature, and He sustains all things by His powerful word. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of Your Majesty on high. So He became higher in rank than the angels, just as the name He inherited is superior to theirs. I thank You that His throne will last forever and ever, and I will spend eternity with You because of Him! 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:

  • 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 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 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: July 14, 2019

July 14, 2019

Scripture

Numbers 36

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What word from the Lord did Moses give to the family leaders of the 5 daughters pleading their case regarding their inheritance (1-9)? How did they respond (10-12)?

Application

Do I seek to accomplish things through the proper God-ordained channels, or do I manipulate and connive to get what I want? Do I abide by godly counsel and decisions made by those who God has put in authority over me?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Help me to be a person who seeks Your will in Your way through the authority You have put in place over me, and then strengthen me to abide by their decisions, even when they don’t go the way I want. 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.

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

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