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: April 30, 2021

April 30, 2021

Scripture

Daniel 5

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What frightening thing happened to King Belshazzar? What was Daniel’s explanation of its meaning? What happened that very night?

Application

Summarized Bible: God expects from the greatest of men that their hearts will be humbled before Him by acknowledgment that, great as they are, to Him they are accountable. If they persist in their pride and impenitence, they will be made to know that the Most High God rules.

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father in Heaven, Once again Your word shows the fate of the unrepentant proud heart. May I ever remain humble before You, for Your glory and my good. 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:

  • Moy & Janeth Ortiz (Anabelle)
  • Doug & Pam Patchin
  • Martin & Patricia Regueiro
  • Daryl & Joyce Roech & family
  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin, Natalie
  • Ross Stoltey

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 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

LIFe with God: April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021

Scripture

Daniel 4

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Describe the range of highs and lows Nebuchadnezzar experiences in this chapter.

Application

Do I praise God only for a time after he has done something amazing and then allow myself to drift away from Him and become self-aggrandizing? Or do I keep a more even spiritual keel, worshiping and being thankful regardless of the circumstances?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, I praise You for the miracles and wonders You have done for me, Most high God! How great are Your works! Your kingdom and dominion are eternal. Help to remember that always, and when I begin to become proud and haughty, may I humble myself before You so that You will not need to humble me! Help me to follow the example of Jesus, who humbled Himself to serve others and glorify You. 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:

  • Moy & Janeth Ortiz (Anabelle)
  • Doug & Pam Patchin
  • Martin & Patricia Regueiro
  • Daryl & Joyce Roech & family
  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin, Natalie
  • Ross Stoltey

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 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

LIFe with God: April 28, 2021

April 28, 2021

Scripture

Daniel 3

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What act of “civil disobedience” was committed by Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? How did they respond when warned about the consequences? What happened?

Application

Do I place the will of God above everything–even the law of the land? Do I have a heart that believes God can deliver, but trusts Him even when He doesn’t?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord God, Help me not to be swayed into being unfaithful to you, even by the powers-that-be. Strengthen me to stand firm for You and to face the consequences with faith that You are able to deliver, and give me fortitude to trust You and endure even when You don’t. I pray these things in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

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

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

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Jamie Haberkorn (Hannah, Sean)
  • Deborah Halkola
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus, Jack, Emma, Lucy)
  • Dakota “Koty” & Kayla Molner (Elijah)

Ministry:

  • Operation Christmas Child

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 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

LIFe with God: April 27, 2021

April 27, 2021

Scripture

Daniel 2

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What happened when the king ordered the pagan mediums and priests to tell him what he dreamed and what it meant? How did Daniel react and what did God do?

Application

The Summarized Bible: The wisest of men are clouded with a veil of flesh which confounds their understanding of divine things. The sacred things belong to the Lord our God, but believers by prayer are let into His mysteries concerning the last days. The kings of earth have no power but what is given them from above, and in due time all earthly kingdoms will be done away and replaced by the eternal kingdom of Christ on earth.

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
My Heavenly Father, Thank You that You know all things and reveal knowledge to whomever You choose whenever you choose. I praise You as the one true God, Almighty and all-knowing, who holds the future and who will one day make all things new. I thank You that You have reserved a place and an inheritance for eternity for Your people! 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:

  • 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 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

LIFe with God: April 26, 2021

April 26, 2021

Scripture

Daniel 1

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

In spite of the grievous situation of being conquered and deported, how did Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah demonstrate their faithfulness to God? How did God demonstrate His faithfulness to them?

Application

Do I continue to follow and serve God faithfully even when the situation is dark and things don’t go my way? Do I give God the honor and praise for His faithfulness to me? Do I give Him the credit for any good thing that happens to me?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father, Thank You for the godly example of faithfulness set by Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. But thank You even more for Your faithfulness to them, and to all Your people through the ages, including me. Help me to trust You and remain true to You even in the darkest times when I don’t understand what You are doing, and help me to remember that any good thing I have is a gift from You, and any good things I have learned, I was ultimately taught by You. Thank You for Your great generosity and faithful love! 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 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

LIFe with God: April 25, 2021

April 25, 2021

Scripture

Galatians 6

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

How do verses 1-2 instruct us to help keep each other in step with the Spirit? What is the main point in Paul’s instruction on living the Spirit-filled life (verses 7-10)?

Application

How do I react when someone sins–especially against me? Do I harbor bitterness and resentment, or do I try to gently restore that person and help to carry his/her burden? Where in my life do I need to be more careful to “sow” to please the Spirit instead of my sinful nature?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord, Keep me from a bitter and unforgiving and arrogant heart. If a brother or sister is caught in a sin, help me to be spiritually mature and gently restore that person. May I ever watch myself, so that I do not think I am above falling into sin as well. Give me a heart that desires to carry my fellow believers’ burdens, so fulfilling the law of Christ. Help me to be willing to carry my own load, as well, so that I do not become spiritually lazy. Father, keep me from becoming deceived, and help me to remember that I will reap what I sow. Therefore, may I sow to please Your Spirit, and not my sinful nature. I thank You that all true believers in Christ die to the sinful nature, which reaps destruction, and sow to please the Spirit, reaping eternal life. Help me never to become weary in doing good, for I believe Your promise that, if I do not give up, at the proper time I will reap a great harvest. Therefore, as I have opportunity, may I do good to all people, especially those who belong to the family of believers. May I never boast except in the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ, and may His grace be with my spirit. I ask this 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.

  • 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 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

LIFe with God: April 24, 2021

April 24, 2021

Scripture

Galatians 5

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What is meant by the quote “A little yeast leavens the whole lump of dough”? If we have been made alive by the Spirit, why do we still struggle with sin? Is Paul condemning everyone who ever commits a sin, or those who revel in a sinful lifestyle? How can we tell when we are walking in the Spirit–what is the “fruit” produced from such a lifestyle?

Application

How can I live out my freedom in Christ and still please Him with sacrificial obedience? Have I allowed “a little yeast” to creep into my life? How should I respond to someone who claims his freedom in Christ allows him to do whatever he wants, whenever he wants, wherever he wants(verse 13)? What sinful things are dead and buried in my life, and which are alive and well? What spiritual fruit do I see God blossoming in my life?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, It is for freedom that Christ has set me free; therefore, empower me to stand firm in that freedom and not allow myself to become burdened again by a yolk of slavery. May I never try to earn a right standing with You through rituals or regulations. Rather, help me to rest in the knowledge that Jesus has made me right with You for eternity. May that faith constantly remain, expressing itself in love. Help me to continue to run a good race, without allowing the “yeast” of any false doctrine or philosophy to infiltrate my life, until You call me home or Christ returns. May I never use my freedom to indulge my sinful nature; rather, help me to serve You and Your children in love. Help me to fulfill Your entire law by loving my neighbors as myself. May I not bite and devour them, so that we won’t be destroyed by each other. Instead, help me to live by the Spirit and so not gratify the desires of the sinful nature, for it desires what is contrary to the Spirit. My flesh and Your Spirit are in conflict with each other, and so sometimes I don’t do what I want. The sinful nature reveals itself obviously, via behaviors and attitudes like sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. Those who live like this will not inherit Your kingdom. But if I walk in Your Spirit, the results will be equally obvious: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things. I belong to Christ and have crucified my sinful nature with its evil passions and desires. Therefore, strengthen me, I pray, to live by the Spirit, keeping in step with Him. So do not let me become conceited, provoking and envying others. May I always live in freedom by living in Your love and Your Spirit. 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 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: 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

LIFe with God: April 23, 2021

April 23, 2021

Scripture

Galatians 4

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

How does being in Christ affect the relationships, standing, and prestige among fellow believers? What is the difference between “observing special days, months, seasons, and years” (verse 10) and celebrating Christmas, Easter, birthdays, and anniversaries? How does the story of Hagar and Sarah correlate with the two covenants?

Application

How can I help build unity across social and cultural barriers in my sphere of influence? Do I celebrate my life in Christ and all He has done for me? Am I living like “a child of the free woman” or “a child of the slave woman”?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father, Thank You for making me Your child through faith in Christ Jesus, and for baptizing me into Christ and clothing me with Him. And since You have done this to everyone who places faith in Him, give me spiritual eyes to see Christ in each believer, not being a respecter of persons regarding race, background, or social standing. Thank You for sending the Spirit of Your Son into my heart, the Spirit who calls out “Abba, Father.” I praise You because You delivered me from slavery to sin and the law, and made me Your child and Your heir. Because You have done this for me, please keep me from turning back to the weak and miserable principles of the world and becoming enslaved to them again. Help me to be on my guard against anyone who preaches anything that strays from Your truth. Keep me from becoming zealous for anything other than for Your will. Thank You for making me a child of promise. 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:

  • Moy & Janeth Ortiz (Anabelle)
  • Doug & Pam Patchin
  • Martin & Patricia Regueiro
  • Daryl & Joyce Roech & family
  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin, Natalie
  • Ross Stoltey

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 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

LIFe with God: April 22, 2021

April 22, 2021

Scripture

Galatians 3

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

How was Abraham considered righteous by God? Since the law does not set aside the promise, what is its purpose? What does this passage say in regard to our human differences?

Application

How did Jesus reconcile the problem that I cannot earn a right standing before God? How do I respond to that? Do I try to “perform” to earn God’s approval? Do I treat all believers with equality and unity as fellow believers in Christ?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Let nothing bewitch me that would turn my eyes from Christ alone, and Him crucified. I received the Spirit not from the law but by believing when I heard the gospel. Help me now not to try to attain righteousness by my human efforts. May I always be like Abraham, who believed You and so was considered righteous, for all who rely on observing the law are under a curse. Clearly, no one is justified by observing the law, because You said the righteous will live by faith. I thank You that Christ redeemed me from the curse of the law by dying on the cross, in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to me through Him, so that by faith I might receive the promise of the Holy Spirit. May I always remember that while the law is just and good and not opposed to Your promises, it was not given to save me but to show me my need for a Savior, so that I might be justified by faith. Thank You for that immeasurable gift! Help me to set aside any fleshly prejudice and bigotry, and to accept all believers and Christ in the unity of the Holy Spirit as co-heirs with Jesus. 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:

  • Moy & Janeth Ortiz (Anabelle)
  • Doug & Pam Patchin
  • Martin & Patricia Regueiro
  • Daryl & Joyce Roech & family
  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin, Natalie
  • Ross Stoltey

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 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

LIFe with God: April 21, 2021

April 21, 2021

Scripture

Galatians 2

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

How are we to live? If we could earn righteousness, what did Christ die for?

Application

How does my life measure up to verses 19-20?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord God, Help me not revert to the old way of life as Peter did in today’s reading. And when I see a brother or sister doing so, help me to confront them as Paul did here. Thank You that we are not justified by observing the law (for no one has ever been made righteous by observing the law) but by faith in Jesus Christ. Help me to remember that I died to sin that I might live to You. Keep me ever mindful that I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me; the life I now live in the body I live by faith in Your Son who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside Your grace, for if I could gain righteousness through the law, than Christ died for nothing! Thank You for Your amazing grace! I pray these things in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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

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

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Jamie Haberkorn (Hannah, Sean)
  • Deborah Halkola
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus, Jack, Emma, Lucy)
  • Dakota “Koty” & Kayla Molner (Elijah)

Ministry:

  • Operation Christmas Child

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 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

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