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.

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LIFe with God: February 6, 2020

February 6, 2020

Scripture

Luke 3

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

How did John describe himself and his ministry compared to Jesus and His ministry?

Application

Do I fall into the trap of thinking too highly of myself and not highly enough of Jesus?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, I ask that I would not base my standing before You on any claims of human ancestry or privilege, but only on my relationship with Jesus. I ask that I would produce fruit in keeping with repentance. I thank You that One much more powerful than I has come, whose sandals I am not worthy to untie, and yet, He took the penalty for my sin on Himself and died in my place. I thank You that because I have received Your free gift, I have been baptized in the Holy Spirit and have eternal life! Help me to live a life worthy of my calling in Christ. 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:

  • 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 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

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 5: What else did God create?

Children’s Answer: God created all things and all His creation was very good.

Adult’s Answer: God created all things by His powerful Word, and all His creation was very good; everything flourished under His loving rule.

Memory Verse

Genesis 1:31 (HCSB)

God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.

LIFe with God: February 5, 2020

February 5, 2020

Scripture

Luke 2

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

How did the shepherds react to meeting Jesus? How is Jesus “the consolation of Israel”?

Application

Do I rejoice and spread the news that King Jesus came to earth? Do I seek in Him the consolation for my sorrows, pains, and difficulties?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord God, I am once again awestruck by these extraordinary, supernatural events, when You personally intervened on our behalf in the world. Like the shepherds, may I rush to see what You tell me, and then rejoice in it and spread the word, glorifying and praising You. Like Simeon, may I be overwhelmed by the realization of the fulfillment of Your promises in the person of Jesus and give You glory for it. Like Anna, may I give thanks and worship and share the good news! 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 the salvation of the lost

  • Readiness to repent
  • Hearts prepared to hear God’s voice
  • Deep dissatisfaction and unrest with life without Him
  • Godly influences

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 5: What else did God create?

Children’s Answer: God created all things and all His creation was very good.

Adult’s Answer: God created all things by His powerful Word, and all His creation was very good; everything flourished under His loving rule.

Memory Verse

Genesis 1:31 (HCSB)

God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.

LIFe with God: February 4, 2020

February 4, 2020

Scripture

Luke 1

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why did Luke write this book, and who were his sources? How does Mary’s reaction to Gabriel differ from Zechariah’s? For what things does Mary praise God in her song? How do the events surrounding John’s birth begin to put the wheels of the gospel in motion?

Application

Do I have confidence that the Bible is the true and accurate Word of God? How do I respond when God speaks to me through it–more like Mary, or more like Zechariah? For which of the attributes of God in Mary’s song do I most need to praise Him? In what ways do the current events in my life contribute to propagating the gospel?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, It is with great joy and awe that I read this passage revealing that Your prophecies regarding Christ were beginning to be fulfilled. I glorify and praise You that You always knew just the right time to send Christ, as well as John, who would prepare the way for Him. I ask that when I receive a message from Your Word that I would respond in faith as Mary did, rather than with skepticism like Zechariah did. Thank You for the indescribably great gift of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of the world. I thank You, Father, that nothing is impossible with You!

My soul glorifies You and my spirit rejoices in You, my Savior, for You are mindful of the humble estate of Your servant. I thank you that You were mindful of Mary, and with all generations, I call her blessed for You did mighty things for her. I thank You also for the mighty things You have done for me. Holy is Your Name! Your mercy extends to those who fear You from generation to generation. You perform mighty deeds and scatter those who are proud in their inner thoughts. You bring down rulers from thrones but lift up the humble. You fill the hungry with good things, but send the self-sufficient away empty. You help Your people, remembering to be merciful, just as You promised. I praise you that Jesus came to redeem His people. You raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of Your servant David, as You promised through Your prophets long ago, remembering Your holy covenant, the oath you swore to Abraham. You protect us from our enemies, enabling us to serve You without fear in holiness and righteousness before You all of our days. Thank You for the gift of salvation through the forgiveness of sins because of Your tender mercy, by which Your Son came to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death and to guide our feet into the path of peace. 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: Treasure Valley Churches – For elders, deacons, workers (volunteer and paid), and their families

  • Encouragement
  • Marriages/families
  • Finances
  • Work/life balance
  • Relationships, good friendships

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 5: What else did God create?

Children’s Answer: God created all things and all His creation was very good.

Adult’s Answer: God created all things by His powerful Word, and all His creation was very good; everything flourished under His loving rule.

Memory Verse

Genesis 1:31 (HCSB)

God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.

LIFe with God: February 3, 2020

February 3, 2020

Scripture

Proverbs 19

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

How does Solomon describe showing kindness to the poor, and what does he say will be the result (verse 17)? Why should one continue in God’s Word and keep going to church and Bible studies (verse 27)?

Application

In what ways do I show kindness to the poor? What are some ways I need to start doing so? Do I continually listen to godly instruction, or have I strayed from the ways of knowledge?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father God, Your Word says that kindness to the poor is a loan to You, and You will give a reward to the lender. Remind me of this with the poor who come across my path. You also said that if I stop listening to instruction, I stray from the words of knowledge. Help me never to grow weary of Your instruction! I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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

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

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Mike Daniels
  • Theresa Daniels
  • Travis 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 area pastors and their families:

  • Encouragement
  • Faithfulness in the Lord’s work
  • Finances
  • Marriage/family relationships
  • Work/life balance
  • Deep friendships and support from other Christian leaders

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 5: What else did God create?

Children’s Answer: God created all things and all His creation was very good.

Adult’s Answer: God created all things by His powerful Word, and all His creation was very good; everything flourished under His loving rule.

Memory Verse

Genesis 1:31 (HCSB)

God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.

LIFe with God: February 2, 2020

February 2, 2020

Scripture

Proverbs 18

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What should a godly person do when facing trouble (verse 10)? Why is important to do our best not to offend others (19)?

Application

Do I trust in God and run to Him when facing trial, hardship, or danger? Do I exercise caution so as not to offend others, or am I careless and inconsiderate?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Remind me that You are my strong tower, and if I run to You I will find protection. Help me to trust in You and not in myself. Make me sensitive to how my words and actions impact others, and keep me from causing offenses. I ask these things in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, Amen!

Pray to BLESS!

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

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

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • 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 outreaches & service projects

  • Creative strategies
  • Volunteers
  • Anointing of the Holy Spirit
  • Believers working together in unity
  • Provision of necessary resources
  • Salvation for people reached

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 5: What else did God create?

Children’s Answer: God created all things and all His creation was very good.

Adult’s Answer: God created all things by His powerful Word, and all His creation was very good; everything flourished under His loving rule.

Memory Verse

Genesis 1:31 (HCSB)

God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.

LIFe with God: February 1, 2020

February 1, 2020

Scripture

Psalms 35-36

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Psalm 35: What does David do regarding those who oppose him? How did he treat them when they were facing trials?

Psalm 36: What keeps the wicked from turning from their sin? What does David say about God’s character?

Application

Psalm 35: Do I let God fight my battles, or am I quick to jump to my own defense? Do I have genuine concern for those who oppose me, praying for them and grieving for them when they face trials?

Psalm 36: Do I examine myself honestly, or do I flatter myself too much to discover and hate my sin? Do I bask in God’s faithful love, ponder it, share it, and thank Him for it?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, Remind me when I am being unjustly treated and attacked that You are my deliverer, and I need to let you take care of things. Keep me from returning evil for evil. Instead, help me to love my enemies and pray for those who persecute me. Keep me from deceiving myself and flattering myself too much to discover and hate my sin. May I carefully consider the words of my mouth and act wisely and do good. May the plans I make be in line with Your plans, Lord; may I walk a path that is good and rejects evil. LORD, Your faithful love reaches to heaven, Your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountain; Your judgments, like the deepest sea. LORD, You preserve man and beast. God, Your faithful love is so valuable that people take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. They are filled from the abundance of Your house; You let them drink from Your refreshing stream, for with You is life’s fountain. In Your light we will see light. Spread Your faithful love over those who know You, and Your righteousness over the upright in heart. Do not let the foot of the arrogant come near me or the hand of the wicked drive me away. Thank You that one day Christ will return and take His rightful throne, and there the evildoers will fall; they will have been thrown down and will not rise. 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
Community: Pray for Unity in the Body of Christ…

  • that we would be united in our love for Jesus and each other
  • that we would encourage and support each other
  • that we would focus on Biblical principles in every arena of our lives
  • that we would have a spirit of cooperation in outreach

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

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 31, 2020

January 31, 2020

Scripture

Scripture

Psalms 33-34

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Psalm 33: Why should we praise God? What makes for a happy nation?

Psalm 34: About what did David unashamedly boast? What comfort can the brokenhearted take from this chapter?

Application

Psalm 33: Do I give God the praise He is due for who He is and what He has done? Do I pray for my nation to make Him its Lord?

Psalm 34: Do I glory and revel in the greatness of God? When I am brokenhearted, do I remember He is near and run to Him?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear God my Father, You are right and all Your work is trustworthy. You love and are the source of righteousness and justice; the earth is full of Your unfailing love. You made everything with just a word, and You sustain all things. May the whole earth tremble in awe before You! For You spoke, and it came into being; You commanded, and it came into existence. While men plot and scheme, You frustrate the counsel of nations and thwart their plans, but Your counsel stands forever, the plans of Your heart from generation to generation. May my nation choose to make You our God and our Lord, that we may be happy–the people of Your possession. You are all-seeing, all-knowing, all-present, and all-powerful! You deliver Your people from death. I wait on You, my help and shield. My heart rejoices in You, because I trust in Your holy name. May Your faithful love rest on Your people, for we put our hope in You! Oh Great God and Lord of All, I will praise You at all times; Your praise will always be on my lips. May I never boast in anything but You, and let the humble hear, be glad, and proclaim Your greatness and exalt You together with me. I thank You that I sought You and You answered me and delivered me. May I ever look to You and be radiant with joy and never ashamed. Thank You for saving the poor and for surrounding those who fear You and rescuing them. Every day, lead me to taste and see that You are good! How happy are those who take refuge in You, for they will lack no good thing. For Your eyes are on the righteous and Your ears are open to their cry for help. Thank You, Lord, that You are near the brokenhearted and You save those who are crushed in spirit. Many adversaries may come against me, but You save me from them all. Even if I should die, You will redeem my life. I praise You, Lord! In the name of Christ Jesus to Your glory I pray this. 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 teens and young adults (middle school through college age) in our community

  • For Godly influences and teachers
  • For safety and protection from accidents, abuse, and predators
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For a heart to learn and to know God
  • That they will not be prodigals, but remain true to God all the days of their lives
  • That they would turn to God to fill every need, not to addictive substances and behaviors
  • Respect for parents and other authority

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 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 30, 2020

January 30, 2020

Scripture

Psalms 31-32

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What reason does David give for asking God to lead and guide him (31:3)? What important truth does David recognize 31:5,15)? What is the source of true happiness (32:1-2)? What is the reward of trusting the Lord (32:10)?

Application

Do I understand and desire that the reason God leads and guides is to bring Himself glory? Because God has power over everything and the course of my life is in His hand, do I entrust myself to Him? Do I rejoice that my sins are forgiven? Do I acknowledge my sin and need for forgiveness before God? Do I trust in Him and bask in His faithful love?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, I seek refuge in You; let me never be disgraced for following You. Save me by Your righteousness. You are my rock and my fortress; You lead and guide me because of Your name. Help me to live to glorify Your name and not to defame it. Into Your hand I entrust my spirit; You redeem me, LORD, God of truth. I will rejoice and be glad in Your faithful love because You have seen my affliction. You have known the troubles of my life. When I face adversity, opposition, and mistreatment, may I declare that I trust in You, LORD, and that You are my God. The course of my life is in Your power; deliver me from the power of my enemies and from my persecutors. Show Your favor to Your servant; save me by Your faithful love. How great is Your goodness that You have stored up for those who fear You, and accomplished in the sight of everyone for those who take refuge in You. I praise, You, Lord, for You have wonderfully shown Your faithful love to me! Along with all who put their hope in You, LORD, may I be strong and courageous. I am so happy that You forgave my transgression and covered my sin! Thank You that because of Christ You don’t charge me with my sin! Keep my spirit from deceit, and help me to acknowledge my sin before You instead of trying to conceal it. For You are my hiding place; You protect me from trouble and surround me with joyful shouts of deliverance and faithful love. I thank You 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 young children in our community

  • For Godly influences
  • For safety and protection from accidents, abuse, and predators
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For a heart to learn and to know God from a young age
  • That they will not be prodigals, but remain true to God all the days of their lives

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 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 29, 2020

January 29, 2020

Scripture

2 Samuel 24

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why did David sin (1)? (CAREFUL! Check out the verse from this parallel passage before making any assertions! From the Life Application Study Bible: “Hebrew writers do not always distinguish between primary and secondary causes. So if God allowed Satan to tempt David, to them it is as if God did it.”)
Why was the census in the Book of Numbers OK, but this one a sin? What did David do when he realized his sin (10)? What choices did God present, what did David choose, and what did God do? What key statement did David make in verse 24, and how did God respond to David’s offering in verse 25?

Application

When I give in to my own selfish pride and to the incitement of Satan, resulting in sin, how do I respond? Do I assume that because God has led me (or someone else) to do something before, it’s OK to go ahead and do the same thing again without seeking Him and getting His guidance? Am I thankful that God has allowed me to throw myself on His mercy displayed at the cross of Christ? Do I give Him my all, or only that which costs me nothing? Do I praise Him for answered prayer?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father in Heaven, When I fall into sin because of my own pride and arrogance and the incitement of Satan, help to respond as David did–recognizing my action as sin, confessing it, and repenting of it. Help me not to make assumptions about what You would have do when there has not been specific instruction from Your Word or leading from Your Spirit. Thank You that You poured out Your wrath at my sin on Jesus at Calvary, and so I am eternally forgiven and justified in Him! Keep me from laziness and stinginess in my giving and worship–may I not offer to You the things that cost me nothing and mean nothing to me, but rather, may I give You my best and my all. I thank You and praise You for being the One True Living God who answers prayer! 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 Teachers & Administrators & School Boards

  • Godly curriculum
  • God’s wisdom in teaching and leading
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • Ability to inspire a love of truth and learning

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 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 28, 2020

January 28, 2020

Scripture

2 Samuel 23

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Who was the one about whom David prophesied in verses 2 through 4, which is also the means by which God carried out the blessings in 5 and the judgment in verses 6 and 7?

Application

Am I thankful for Christ Jesus, who will rule forever with justice and the fear of the Lord? Is my house with God? Do I praise Him for His everlasting covenant, ordered and secured in every detail, and trust in that alone to bring about my salvation?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father in Heaven, You are my God and my Rock. I thank You for Jesus, who came meekly and humbly in His first advent, but who will return in power, might, and glory to rule the people with justice in the fear of God. He is like the morning light when the sun rises on a cloudless morning, the glisten of rain on sprouting grass. He has established an everlasting covenant with me, ordered and secured in every detail. Thank You that by His life, death, and resurrection He has brought about my whole salvation and my every worthy desire! I thank You praise You in His 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 Media Industries (TV/Movies, Radio/Music, Print/Internet)

  • Godly themes/influences
  • Christian workers at all levels sensitive to God’s leading
  • Salvation for influential media leaders
  • Courage to share God’s message
  • Financial rewards for wholesome media

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 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.


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