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: October 5, 2019

October 5, 2019

Scripture

Joshua 15

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What did Caleb’s daughter request of her father (15:18-19)? How did he respond?

Application

Do I ask my Heavenly Father for the spiritual springs that refresh and grow spiritual fruit?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father God, Thank You for this detailed record of the fulfillment of Your promise, the allotment of the promised Land to Your people. As Caleb’s daughter Achsah boldly asked her father for the blessing of water that her land might grow crops, I ask You to give me the spiritual water that will refresh my soul and produce a spiritual harvest. 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
  • Mike & Ann Thorn
  • Steve Vinsonhaler
  • Justin & Bonnie Wilkerson (Janae, Jordan)
  • Sree & Irena Yalamanchili (Aria)
  • Jason & Danielle Youngblood (Kayla, Kendra)

Ministry:

  • Chapel Mission India

CLF:

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

Community: Pray for 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 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: October 4, 2019

October 4, 2019

Scripture

Joshua 14

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why was Caleb especially blessed by God?

Application

How loyal am I to God?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Thank You for fulfilling Your promises to Israel. Thank You, Father, for the special blessing You gave to Caleb in honor of his loyalty to You, and thank You for the example of Caleb to Your people throughout history. May I ever remain loyal to You, my King and my God, 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.

  • Michael & Jenn Morgan (Eleanor)
  • Moy & Janeth Ortiz (Anabelle)
  • Doug & Pam Patchin
  • Martin & Patricia Regueiro
  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin, Natalie)

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: 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 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: October 3, 2019

October 3, 2019

Scripture

Joshua 13

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What task did God give Joshua the honor to do? Why was it important that he got busy going about doing it (1)? Why wasn’t the tribe of Levi given a portion of the land (33)?

Application

Am I committed to going about the work of God, completing what he has for me before I die? Am I thankful that, like the Levites, my inheritance is God Himself (Romans 8:16-18; 1 Peter 1:3-4)?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Thank You for fulfilling Your promises to Israel, and thank You that, as the eternal and unchanging God, You will fulfill Your promises to me and Your church. Strengthen me to be obedient and carry out the work You have given me in this life, so that I may go to my grave with no unfinished spiritual business. I thank You and praise You that You are my inheritance because of Christ! In His 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:

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

LIFe with God: October 2, 2019

October 2, 2019

Scripture

Joshua 12

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

From the Life Application Study Bible: Chapter 12 is a summary of the first half of the book of Joshua. It lists the kings and nations conquered by Joshua to both the east and the west of the Jordan River. As long as the people trusted and obeyed God, one evil nation after another fell in defeat.

Application

Have I been walking in victory through trust and obedience to God, or have I been trusting my own strength and wisdom? Do I truly believe that–even when it seems I am defeated–Christ has already won the victory (Romans 8:31-39) and I have already been seated in heaven with Him (Ephesians 2:4-7)?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Thank You for giving the victory to Israel in the Promised Land, and thank You for giving all true believers the ultimate victory in Jesus Christ! Help me to trust and obey You and so walk in the victory He has already won, rather than striving to win it myself or walking in the defeat of my sinful human strength and understanding. I ask this in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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

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

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

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

LIFe with God: October 1, 2019

October 1, 2019

Scripture

Joshua 11

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What dire circumstances was Israel facing? What did God promise? How did God show that His promise was true (8)? What important statement is made of Joshua (15)? What was the result (16, 23)?

Application

Do I trust God, believing He keeps His promises, even when appearances would seem to show otherwise? Do I do my best to “leave nothing undone” in following God’s will?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, Thank You for fulfilling Your promise to Israel to give them the land and rest from war. Help me to believe Your promises, even when enemies like my sin nature, the forces of Satan, the philosophies of the world, and the circumstances of my life make it appear that you don’t. Even when all those enemies band together and come against me, help me to step out in faith against them like Joshua did. May I follow You completely, leaving nothing undone of all that You lead me to do. Thank You that one day You will make all things new, and Your people will have rest from war, strife, sin, and death forever! I pray this in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

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

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

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • 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 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 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: September 30, 2019

September 30, 2019

Scripture

Joshua 10

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

How was Joshua able to so completely defeat all his enemies and take the region in one campaign (verse 42)?

Application

Why do I so often fret and worry and run from challenges or try to conquer them in my own strength, when the Lord has already won the victory?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, As I read this chapter I am struck by how easily and totally You defeated all the enemies of Your people in the area. You alone are Almighty God! Thank You for Your encouragement to Joshua to not be afraid and Your promise that You had already handed them over to him before the battle even began. Just so, Lord, Christ has already won the victory over all the enemies of my Christian walk, and I have no need whatsoever to be afraid of them. Keep reminding me of that as You did Joshua, and help me to walk in Your victory! 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)
  • 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 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 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: September 29, 2019

September 29, 2019

Scripture

Joshua 9

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What mistake did Israel make regarding their visitors (verse 14b)? What did Joshua do when he discovered they had been deceived?

Application

Do I rush into decisions without consulting the Lord? Do I keep my word, even when it hurts (see Psalm 15:4)?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father, Keep me from rushing into decisions; remind me to seek Your will before I act. And if I do make a mistake, promising something when I’ve rushed ahead of You, give me the grace and strength to have the integrity to keep my word. 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 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 that God will use Operation Christmas Child to bring joy to boys and girls who are facing poverty, sickness, or war.

LIFe with God: September 28, 2019

September 28, 2019

Scripture

Joshua 8

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What did God tell Joshua in verse 1 to bolster him for a 2nd attack against Ai? What was the outcome?

Application

Is there an area in my life right now where I need to trust God and not be afraid or discouraged, taking new ground even though I’ve been defeated before? Have I learned from this and the preceding chapters the difference between attempting something with my confidence in my own strength as opposed to God’s strength?

Prayer

Dear Lord, Even though Israel met a terrible defeat at AI due to their disobedience and self-assurance, You came and encouraged Joshua to go do the same task without fear in Your strength, and they emerged victorious. Help me to trust You and not be afraid or discouraged when You give me a mission, even if I’ve been defeated previously in my own strength in that same mission. Help me to undertake the challenge not in my own self-assurance, but totally relying on 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.

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

Ministry:

  • Chapel Mission India

CLF:

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

Community: Pray for 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 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: September 27, 2019

September 27, 2019

Scripture

Joshua 7

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why did Israel lose the battle with Ai? What did it take for them to get back on track?

Application

Am I harboring unconfessed sin, disobedience, and rebellion that may be preventing God from pouring out His full blessing on my life?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father God, Achan sinned by disobeying You, and the consequences of that sin were much more far-reaching than he could have ever imagined. But I am in no position to feel superior to Achan, for I have done the same thing many times, disobeying You because I think I know better, and trying to hide it from others. Lord, I give up my rebellion now, and repent and turn to You. Please keep me from anything that would cause You to withhold Your blessings in my life or that would cause harm to any of Your people. 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.

  • Michael & Jenn Morgan (Eleanor)
  • Moy & Janeth Ortiz (Anabelle)
  • Doug & Pam Patchin
  • Martin & Patricia Regueiro
  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin, Natalie)

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 Public Service Professionals (Firefighters, law enforcement, and medical personnel)…

  • Strength to serve well
  • Safety/health
  • Salvation for lost & ministry opportunities for saved
  • Strong family/marriage relationships
  • Strong, God-honoring friendships

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: September 26, 2019

September 26, 2019

Scripture

Joshua 6

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What battle plan did the Lord give Joshua for taking Jericho? How did Joshua (and the people) respond, and what was the result? Why were Rahab and her family spared?

Application

Do I obey God even when it doesn’t make sense to me? Do I trust Him for the victory, even when I don’t see how it can be won? Am I thankful and do I trust that he always keeps His promises? Do I make very effort to keep my promises?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Thank You for Jesus Christ, the Commander of the Army of the Lord! Thank You for His appearance and encouraging words to Joshua, explaining that the battle had already been won by His power. And thank You for the Gospel and the New Testament, which show that the same Commander and Captain of our Faith has come into the life of everyone who trusts in Him and He has already won the battle for us, too! Help me to trust You and obey you, even when I don’t understand the plan. Thank You for always keeping Your promises, and help me to keep mine. 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 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 for God to provide the wisdom, resources, and volunteers needed to oversee this expanding global outreach to children.

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