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: January 26, 2020

January 26, 2020

Scripture

2 Samuel 21

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why did God allow famine for three years in Israel? What did David do to right past wrongs to the Gibeonites? What did he do to honor Saul’s family? What did God do as a result of these actions (last sentence of verse 14)?

Application

Do I seek God to discover the reason for times of judgment in my life? Do I understand the significance of and am I thankful for Christ being hanged on a tree, when, unlike Saul’s family, He had done no wrong? Do I honor Christ’s sacrifice with my life? Do I believe God answers prayer?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, When I find myself under Your divine discipline, help me to seek You for the cause and what action to take, rather than complaining and wallowing in self-pity. Thank You that, though He bore no personal or inherited blame, Christ hung on the tree and died so that Your wrath would be satisfied and I could be reconciled with You. Help me to live in such a way that I honor that great sacrifice for the rest of my life. Thank You that because of Christ You hear and answer my prayer. 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 business professionals providing goods and services

  • God to be glorified by excellent work
  • Ministry to occur in the workplace
  • Godly employers and employees
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • Sound financial strategies
  • Strong, God-honoring relationships

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 1: GOD, CREATION AND FALL, LAW

Question 4: How and why did God create us?

Children’s Answer: God created us male and female in His own image to glorify Him.

Adult’s Answer: God created us male and female in His own image to know Him, love Him, live with Him, and glorify Him. And it is right that we who were created by God should live to His glory.

Memory Verse

Genesis 1:27 (HCSB)

So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.

LIFe with God: January 25, 2020

January 25, 2020

Scripture

2 Samuel 20

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What did Sheba do? What did Joab do to Amasa? What caused Joab to end his siege of the city of Abel?

Application

Am I a peacemaker or a pot-stirrer? Do I intentionally violate the direct leading of my Lord to satisfy my own plans and desires? Do I listen to wise counsel?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, Keep me from the sin of Sheba, whose foolish rebellious decision led to his death. Instead, may I be loyal to You, my Lord and King. Keep me from the sin of Joab, whose ego caused him to repeatedly disobey his king’s commands. May I submit to You in obedience, my Lord and King. Give me the wisdom and courage to speak up and intervene for the innocent caught in the middle of others’ disputes, and the wisdom and humility to listen to the wise counsel of others. 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.

  • Dave & Debbie Spears
  • Steve Vinsonhaler
  • Mike & Ann Thorn
  • Justin & Bonnie Wilkerson (Janae, Jordan)
  • Sree & Irena Yalamanchili (Aria)

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 Outreach Ministries

  • God’s creative provision
  • For sound financial management and strategies
  • Salvation and spiritual growth for those to whom they minister
  • God’s anointing and leading for projects and programs
  • Volunteers and workers

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 1: GOD, CREATION AND FALL, LAW

Question 3: How many persons are there in God?

Children’s Answer: There are three persons in one God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Adult’s Answer: There are three persons in the one true and living God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are the same in substance, equal in power and glory.

Memory Verse

2 Corinthians 13:13* (HCSB)

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

*Depending on your translation, this may be either verse 13 or 14 of 2 Corinthians chapter 13. All have the same text, but some split the verses differently. (The verse numbers are not inspired!)

LIFe with God: January 24, 2020

January 24, 2020

Scripture

2 Samuel 19

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why did Joab rebuke David, and what did he say David ought to do? How did David deal with Shimei, who had previously cursed and insulted him? What had happened with Mephibosheth, and how does the truth gibe with the story Ziba had given David earlier?

Application

In times of grief, am I able to mourn while remembering that I have responsibilities to others that still need to be fulfilled? Do I grant grace to those who have wronged me? Do I sometimes make snap decisions, only to find out later that I didn’t have all the facts or that someone misrepresented the truth to me?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in heaven, Certainly in this life I will have times of great grief and sorrow. But even in these times of mourning, may my sorrow not be debilitating, causing me to neglect my service to others and to You. Just as certainly there will be times when people will wrong me, and well-meaning friends may encourage me to take vengeance, but help me to extend the mercy, grace and forgiveness that You have extended to me. Also certainly there will be times when I will be tempted to rush into a decision before I have all the information or when people have lied to me. Give me the patience and wisdom to check out the true situation before I make my decision, and so not unintentionally wrong others. 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:

  • 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: Rural towns in Treasure Valley – Emmett, Greenleaf, Homedale, Marsing, Middleton, New Plymouth, Parma, Payette, Wilder, Weiser, etc…

  • 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.

Catechism

PART 1: GOD, CREATION AND FALL, LAW

Question 3: How many persons are there in God?

Children’s Answer: There are three persons in one God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Adult’s Answer: There are three persons in the one true and living God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are the same in substance, equal in power and glory.

Memory Verse

2 Corinthians 13:13* (HCSB)

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

*Depending on your translation, this may be either verse 13 or 14 of 2 Corinthians chapter 13. All have the same text, but some split the verses differently. (The verse numbers are not inspired!)

LIFe with God: January 23, 2020

January 23, 2020

Scripture

2 Samuel 18

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What order did David give to his commanders? What did Joab do? What did David keep telling himself as the runners approached? How did David react to the report of Absalom’s death?

Application

Do I follow the orders of Jesus, my spiritual Commander-in-Chief, or do I often take matters into my own hands? Am I sometimes unreasonably optimistic, to the point of deceiving myself and refusing to recognize or plan for outcomes I do not want to happen?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father God, Help me to follow the orders of Jesus, my spiritual Commander-in-Chief, rather than trusting my own judgment and understanding and taking matters into my own hands. Help me to be ready and prepared for outcomes other than what I desire to see happen, so that I will not lose hope or be a stumbling-block to others. 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:

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

Catechism

PART 1: GOD, CREATION AND FALL, LAW

Question 3: How many persons are there in God?

Children’s Answer: There are three persons in one God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Adult’s Answer: There are three persons in the one true and living God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are the same in substance, equal in power and glory.

Memory Verse

2 Corinthians 13:13* (HCSB)

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

*Depending on your translation, this may be either verse 13 or 14 of 2 Corinthians chapter 13. All have the same text, but some split the verses differently. (The verse numbers are not inspired!)

LIFe with God: January 22, 2020

January 22, 2020

Scripture

2 Samuel 17

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What was Ahithophel’s counsel to Absalom? What was Hushai’s counsel? Why did Absalom take Hushai’s advice over Ahithophel’s? What did Shobi, Machir, and Barzillai do for David and the people with him?

Application

Do I trust God to thwart the plans of Satan and men against His anointed ones? Do I lend aid and encouragement to God’s people as He enables me and as opportunities present themselves?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father in Heaven, Please help me to remember that the best-laid plans of men and of Satan will not stand against those under Your anointing and protection. Therefore, I have no need to fear. May I be a source of aid and encouragement to Your people whenever there is opportunity and I have the means to do so. 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 & Jamie Haberkorn (Hannah, Sean)
  • Deborah Halkola
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus, Jack, Emma, Lucy)
  • Fred Leonard

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

Catechism

PART 1: GOD, CREATION AND FALL, LAW

Question 3: How many persons are there in God?

Children’s Answer: There are three persons in one God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Adult’s Answer: There are three persons in the one true and living God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are the same in substance, equal in power and glory.

Memory Verse

2 Corinthians 13:13* (HCSB)

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

*Depending on your translation, this may be either verse 13 or 14 of 2 Corinthians chapter 13. All have the same text, but some split the verses differently. (The verse numbers are not inspired!)

LIFe with God: January 21, 2020

January 21, 2020

Scripture

2 Samuel 16

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What did Shimei do to David? How did Abishai suggest the matter be handled? How did David respond? What did Absalom do that the prophet Nathan had told David would happen as a result of his sin with Bathsheba?

Application

Do I seek to add insult to injury (like Shimei) to those going through difficult times? Do I seek vengeance on people who do that to me (like Abishai), or instead do I trust God to vindicate me (like David)? Have I ever been openly humiliated as a result of my sin?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father in Heaven, Help me to be kind and gracious, even to those who I perceive have wronged me or my loved ones. Instead of seeking vengeance against those who taunt and insult me, help me to bear the disgrace, forgive, and trust You to vindicate me. Keep me from sins that would bring public shame on You, Your people, or my loved ones and myself. 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:

  • Roger & Andrea Gabel; Tom
  • Steve & Gloria Gangwer
  • Doug Gates
  • George Gifford
  • Scott & Kristi Guinn (Josiah)

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.

Catechism

PART 1: GOD, CREATION AND FALL, LAW

Question 3: How many persons are there in God?

Children’s Answer: There are three persons in one God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Adult’s Answer: There are three persons in the one true and living God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are the same in substance, equal in power and glory.

Memory Verse

2 Corinthians 13:13* (HCSB)

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

*Depending on your translation, this may be either verse 13 or 14 of 2 Corinthians chapter 13. All have the same text, but some split the verses differently. (The verse numbers are not inspired!)

LIFe with God: January 20, 2020

January 20, 2020

Scripture

2 Samuel 15

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

How did Absalom steal the hearts of the people? What ruse did he use to trick David into enabling his revolt in Hebron? What did David do?

Application

Do I use false sincerity and manipulation to get my way? Do I plot and scheme under the pretext of religious activity? Do I use good judgment as to when to stand and fight and when to retreat so as to prevent others from coming to harm? Do I trust God to vindicate me?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Heavenly Father, Help me to be sincere and honest and to trust in Your plan and Your timing, rather than lying, manipulating, and feigning concern for others in order to get my way in my timing. May I never use worship as a cover for plotting and scheming and sin. Help me to seek You to pick my battles, and to to know when to stand my ground and when to retreat to prevent those caught in the middle from getting hurt. 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 Davidson (Andrew, Maddy)
  • Pat Dumandan
  • 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.

Catechism

PART 1: GOD, CREATION AND FALL, LAW

Question 3: How many persons are there in God?

Children’s Answer: There are three persons in one God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Adult’s Answer: There are three persons in the one true and living God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are the same in substance, equal in power and glory.

Memory Verse

2 Corinthians 13:13* (HCSB)

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

*Depending on your translation, this may be either verse 13 or 14 of 2 Corinthians chapter 13. All have the same text, but some split the verses differently. (The verse numbers are not inspired!)

LIFe with God: January 19, 2020

January 19, 2020

Scripture

2 Samuel 14

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What did Joab do when he recognized David’s heartache over Absalom? What did David do as a result? How long was it before David let Absalom see him?

Application

Am I sensitive to the heartaches of those around me, and do I attempt to be a peacemaker when relationships are estranged? Do I only go halfway toward reconciling, giving the appearance of extending grace and forgiveness while not actually fully doing so?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, Help me to be sensitive to others and to Your Spirit’s leading, and make me aware of opportunities where I can mediate disputes and help bring peace. When I have been wronged, remind me not to give only partial grace and forgiveness, but to seek full reconciliation and restoration. 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 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.

Catechism

PART 1: GOD, CREATION AND FALL, LAW

Question 3: How many persons are there in God?

Children’s Answer: There are three persons in one God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Adult’s Answer: There are three persons in the one true and living God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are the same in substance, equal in power and glory.

Memory Verse

2 Corinthians 13:13* (HCSB)

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

*Depending on your translation, this may be either verse 13 or 14 of 2 Corinthians chapter 13. All have the same text, but some split the verses differently. (The verse numbers are not inspired!)

LIFe with God: January 18, 2020

January 18, 2020

Scripture

2 Samuel 13

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What did Amnon do, and how did Absalom respond? What was David’s error in dealing with the matter? How did this partially fulfill Nathan’s prophecy of the consequences of David’s previous adultery with Bathsheba?

Application

Do I allow my lust to control me, like Amnon? Do I plot and scheme and wait for an opportunity to take vengeance, like Absalom? Do I sit on my hands when it is within my power to see that justice is served on behalf of innocent people who have been harmed?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, I see three negative examples in today’s chapter. Keep me from the sin of Amnon, who allowed his lust to control him. Keep me from the sin of Absalom, who became obsessed with vengeance and plotted and schemed for two years to carry it out. And keep me from sins of omission, like David, who as the king and the father of these others had the power and authority to discipline them and protect the innocent and see justice carried out on their behalf when they were terribly harmed. 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.

  • Dave & Debbie Spears
  • Steve Vinsonhaler
  • Mike & Ann Thorn
  • Justin & Bonnie Wilkerson (Janae, Jordan)
  • Sree & Irena Yalamanchili (Aria)

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.

Catechism

PART 1: GOD, CREATION AND FALL, LAW

Question 2: What is God?

Children’s Answer: God is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything.

Adult’s Answer: God is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything. He is eternal, infinite, and unchangeable in His power and perfection, goodness and glory, wisdom, justice, and truth. Nothing happens except through Him and by His will.

Memory Verse

Psalm 86:8-10,15 (HCSB)

Lord, there is no one like You among the gods, and there are no works like Yours. All the nations You have made will come and bow down before You, Lord, and will honor Your name. For You are great and perform wonders; You alone are God. But You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in faithful love and truth.

LIFe with God: January 17, 2020

January 17, 2020

Scripture

2 Samuel 12

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

How did David respond when Nathan told him the story about the wicked man stealing his neighbor’s sheep? What was David’s response when he realized the story was about him? What were the earthly consequences of his sin, in spite of his being forgiven by God in eternity?

Application

Am I quick to judge sin in others, but less so in myself? Do I respond in repentance when confronted with my sin? Do I understand that, while God forgives and restores my relationship with Him when I repent, He typically doesn’t interfere with the consequences in this life?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in heaven, help me not to be the kind of person who seeks justice for others and mercy for myself, but rather who understands that we all fall in many ways, and we all need your mercy and grace. When I am confronted with my sin, may I respond in true and lasting repentance. Help me to remember that I am not condemned because of Jesus’ finished work on the cross, but I still will likely have to pay the consequences in this life, and may that be a deterrent to sin for me. 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:

  • 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 Boise & Garden City…

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

Operation Christmas Child:

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

Catechism

PART 1: GOD, CREATION AND FALL, LAW

Question 2: What is God?

Children’s Answer: God is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything.

Adult’s Answer: God is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything. He is eternal, infinite, and unchangeable in His power and perfection, goodness and glory, wisdom, justice, and truth. Nothing happens except through Him and by His will.

Memory Verse

Psalm 86:8-10,15 (HCSB)

Lord, there is no one like You among the gods, and there are no works like Yours. All the nations You have made will come and bow down before You, Lord, and will honor Your name. For You are great and perform wonders; You alone are God. But You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in faithful love and truth.


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