LIFe with God

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

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

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

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

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LIFe with God: February 10, 2019

February 10, 2019

Scripture

Genesis 41

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What did Pharaoh’s dream mean? How did God use it?

Application

Can I look back at my life and see how God has used circumstances that were painful at the time to work out for my good?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, Thank You that Joseph was betrayed by his brothers, falsely accused by Potipher’s wife, and wrongly imprisoned, because You used all of those circumstances to bring him before Pharaoh and become vice-regent of Egypt. As a result of that, his family and the future nation of Israel was saved. Thank You that You use even the difficult and trying circumstances in my life for my good and Your glory if I am devoted to You. Keep me devoted to You! I ask 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.

  • 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 the elderly…

  • That they will be treated respectfully
  • That they will not dwell on mistakes and regret
  • That God will provide for their health and finances
  • That God will protect them from those who would try to harm them
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • Any broken family relationships restored before they pass on

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: February 9, 2019

February 9, 2019

Scripture

Genesis 40

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What happened to Joseph in prison?

Application

Do I honor God and serve others even when I am in an unfair situation?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Lord, Help me to honor You and serve others even in difficult and unfair situations. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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

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

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin, Natalie)
  • Janet Sonnenberg
  • Dave & Debbie Spears
  • Justin & Bonnie Wilkerson (Janae, Jordan)
  • Sree & Irena Yalamanchili (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 marriages in our community…

  • that Christ-like love would be exhibited
  • for good communication between spouses
  • for unity in finances
  • salvation for non-believing spouses
  • that they would balance work and home life
  • that Godly friends and mentors would come alongside them.

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: February 8, 2019

February 8, 2019

Scripture

Genesis 39

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

How did Joseph attain such success and responsibility so quickly? How did he respond to the boss’s wife’s advances, and what happened as a result? What consolation did he have in spite of this turn of events?

Application

Do I give God the credit for my achievements? Do I take a stand for the right, even if it may have dire consequences? Do I trust God to be with me and bless me even amid such consequences, or do I turn away from Him if things don’t go as I had planned?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in heaven, Thank You that You bless and keep those who are Yours! I ask that You would give me a heart like Joseph had, to do what is right, to give You the glory, to resist temptation, and to trust in You even when I am mistreated for following You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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

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

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Michael & Jenn Morgan (Eleanor)
  • Moy & Janeth Ortiz (Anabelle)
  • Doug & Pam Patchin
  • Jared & Amanda Patchin (Alex, Luc)
  • Travis & Consuela Sauer (Mikayla, Christian, Donte, Cheyenne, Sera, Ella, Thomas)

Ministry:

  • Boise Rescue Mission

CLF:

  • That we will be people who are devoted to giving to the Lord’s work and to anyone who has a need.

Community: Pray for orphans and children in foster care…

  • that they would come to know the adoptive Father-heart of God
  • that they would be positively influenced by Christian workers
  • that God would bring Christian friends alongside them
  • that they would come to salvation
  • that they would be adopted by godly parents

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: February 7, 2019

February 7, 2019

Scripture

Genesis 38

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What string of sinful decisions happen in this chapter? How does Judah reveal his hypocrisy (24)? How does he respond when he realizes it (26)?

Application

Do I get angry with others for the very things that I do? Do I remember that God has forgiven me and calls me to forgive others?

Prayer

Dear Father, keep me from a heart that judges others for the very sins I have committed. Help me to forgive others as You have forgiven me. Keep me from making sinful decisions, and especially from the type that could cause a chain reaction in my family. Keep me on the path to which You’ve called me, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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

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

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Fred & Shirley Leonard
  • Dan & Jenn Loeschke
  • Corey & Sheryl Morasch
  • Cody Morgan
  • Kyle Morgan
  • Mark & Michelle Morgan

Ministry:

  • Christian Pro-Life Ministries in Idaho (Idaho Chooses Life, Stanton Health Care, etc)

CLF:

  • That we will devote ourselves to prayer, individually, in small groups, and as a church.

Community: Pray for single adults…

  • To embrace Christ as their best friend and lover of their souls
  • To more fully grasp the family heart of God
  • That God will bring them Godly friends to care for and support them
  • That God will give them a peace and drive away lonliness
  • That God will provide them with meaningful work & ministry in which to use their gifts

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: February 6, 2019

February 6, 2019

Scripture

Genesis 37

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

How did Jacob do a disservice to all of his sons (including Joseph)? What did Joseph dream, and what did it mean? How did his brothers respond?

Application

Do I cause strife by showing favoritism? Am I resentful of others who have nice things? Do I get jealous when God chooses to bless someone else with a special gift that I don’t have?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear God, Help me not to show favoritism, but rather may I extend Your love to everyone within my sphere of influence. Keep me from a heart of envy and jealousy. Instead, help me to rejoice with others when You bless them with an ability or a possession. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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

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

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Deborah Halkola
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus, Jack, Emma, Lucy)
  • Pat & Hannah Kelley
  • Andy Lanning

Ministry:

  • Chrysalis Women’s Transitional Housing

CLF:

  • Pray that we would be a church that is dedicated to the breaking of bread, both in the sense of being devoted to observing the Lord’s Supper, and in meeting together for meals to fellowship, to deepen bonds, to heal offenses, and to end disputes.

Community: Pray for the relationship between generations–parents, children, grandparents

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

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: February 5, 2019

February 5, 2019

Scripture

Genesis 36

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What do verses 6-7 show us regarding the promises God had made to Jacob and Esau?

Application

Do I live in the trust that God IS faithful and WILL keep His promises? EVERY one of them?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, I confess that far too often I don’t trust You and take You at Your word. Instead, I try to manipulate people and circumstances to meet my plans. Give me a heart that trusts You, rests in Your faithfulness, and follows You in obedient faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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

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

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Mike Daniels
  • Theresa Daniels
  • Travis & Hali Davidson (Andrew, Maddy)
  • Patti Doty
  • Ken & Twilla Eden (Mattea, Joseph, Joshua, Sophia, Jonathan)
  • Gil & Lois Estes

Missionaries:

  • Tim & Miranda Penn (Samid, Sarah), missionaries to Albania

CLF:

  • That Christian Life Fellowship would be a church that is devoted to the Word of God, and that we would be doers of it and not just hearers; that we would study the Word and so always be prepared to give everyone an answer–in season and out of season–and be approved workers who do not need to be ashamed, able to accurately understand and explain it.

Community: Pray for the 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 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: February 04, 2019

February 4, 2019

Scripture

Genesis 35

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

How did Jacob respond to God’s call (2)? What important observation does he make (3)?

Application

Are there “foreign gods” in my life that need getting rid of? Do I need to be purified? Can I look back at my life and see how God has been with me everywhere I’ve gone? Have I given Him praise, thanks, and glory for that?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, I confess that I have allowed “foreign gods” to creep into my life, and in the name of Jesus I renounce them and declare that You alone are Lord and God! Please purify my heart and mind and make them like Jesus’. Thank You for being with me everywhere I go. Help me to live in a growing awareness of your presence. I ask 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:

  • Mike Daniels
  • Theresa Daniels
  • Travis & Hali Davidson (Andrew, Maddy)
  • Patti Doty
  • Ken & Twilla Eden (Mattea, Joseph, Joshua, Sophia, Jonathan)
  • Gil & Lois Estes

Missionaries:

  • Tim & Miranda Penn (Samid, Sarah), missionaries to Albania

CLF:

  • That Christian Life Fellowship would be a church that is devoted to the Word of God, and that we would be doers of it and not just hearers; that we would study the Word and so always be prepared to give everyone an answer–in season and out of season–and be approved workers who do not need to be ashamed, able to accurately understand and explain it.

Community: 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.

LIFe with God: February 3, 2019

February 3, 2019

Scripture

Genesis 34

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What happened to Jacob’s daughter? How did his sons exact revenge?

Application

Do I cause other people grief because of my bad decisions and example? Do I leave vengeance up to God, or take it upon myself?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Lord, like Lot before him, Jacob settled in an area with wicked people who did wicked things. As a result, his daughter was violated and his sons committed mass murder (using the rite of circumcision You had given as a sign of Your covenant in their plot!) in taking their revenge. Help me to make wiser decisions and to set a better example than Jacob did here. 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 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 God will use Operation Christmas Child to bring joy to boys and girls who are facing poverty, sickness, or war.

LIFe with God: February 2, 2019

February 2, 2019

Scripture

Genesis 33

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What kind of reception was Jacob expecting from Esau? What kind did he receive?

Application

Do I hold grudges, or respond with forgiveness?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in heaven, Thank You that Esau forgave Jacob and the brothers were restored. More than that, thank You for the forgiveness that is in Jesus, which restores me with You! Help me to extend forgiveness to others. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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

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

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

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

Ministry:

  • Chapel Mission India

CLF:

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

Community: Pray for 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 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: February 1, 2019

February 1, 2019

Scripture

Genesis 32

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What caused Jacob to be afraid? What was the gist of his prayer? What new name did God give him?

Application

Do I go to God when I am afraid? Do I remember to thank Him for being so kind, faithful, and generous to me, even though I am totally unworthy? Do I lay my fears and anxieties at His feet?

Prayer

Dear Father, remind me to turn to You when I am afraid, and to cast all my cares and anxieties on You, because You care for me. I thank You for being so kind and generous to me–although I certainly never have and never will deserve it–and for being faithful to me even when I have been unfaithful to You. May I live in Your light so that it shines through me and others can see Your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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

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

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Michael & Jenn Morgan (Eleanor)
  • Moy & Janeth Ortiz (Anabelle)
  • Doug & Pam Patchin
  • Jared & Amanda Patchin (Alex, Luc)
  • Travis & Consuela Sauer (Mikayla, Christian, Donte, Cheyenne, Sera, Ella, Thomas)

Ministry:

  • Boise Rescue Mission

CLF:

  • That we will be people who are devoted to giving to the Lord’s work and to anyone who has a need.

Community: Pray for 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 the collection and processing of shoe boxes as we anticipate sharing the love of Jesus Christ with multitudes of children across the world.

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