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: June 7, 2019

June 7, 2019

Scripture

Proverbs 8-9

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What is wisdom’s promise (verse 17-19)? What is the secret to happiness (verses 32-35)? How does our response to rebuke reveal our true inner character (verse 8)? At what point does one no longer need to grow in wisdom (verse 9)?

Application

Do I love wisdom and search for it? Do I seek happiness in the ways of the world, or in the wisdom of the Lord? When someone rebukes me, how do I respond? What does this reveal about my character and level of wisdom? Am I continually seeking to grow in wisdom, or do I feel like I’ve “arrived”?

Prayer

Dear Lord, I desire to have wisdom. Remind me to seek it like treasure, and remind me that the one who sincerely seeks it will find it. May I always listen to your wisdom, disregarding the foolishness of the world, that I may have true happiness. Help me not to participate in behavior that would require a rebuke, but if there is just cause for someone to rebuke and correct me, help me to respond with love and wisdom, not hatred and rebellion. May I continually be seeking to grow in Your wisdom. 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
  • Travis & Consuela Sauer (Mikayla, Christian, Donte, Cheyenne, Sera, Ella, Thomas)
  • Janet Sonnenberg

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 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 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: June 06, 2019

June 6, 2019

Scripture

Psalms 14-15

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What does the Bible call the person who says there is no God? What does Psalm 15 tell us about the person who follows and obeys the Lord (verse 5b)?

Application

Do I seek after God and nurture my relationship with Him so that I will never be shaken?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father God, Those who say You do not exist are fools. They are corrupt; their actions are revolting. There is no one who does good. But those who are in Christ receive His righteousness, and You are with them. You are our refuge, and when we remain in You, we can never be moved! Thank You, Father! 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:

  • 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.

LIFe with God: June 5, 2019

June 5, 2019

Scripture

Psalms 12-13

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Psalms 11-13 have a common theme: the wicked oppressing the righteous. Yet, how does David end each of these psalms?

Application

Do I praise and trust in the Lord even in difficult times and even when I’m being unfairly treated?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father God, As I look at the world around me, I see evil men flourishing while many people who faithfully follow You are persecuted. Yet I know that one day You will judge the wicked. I know that You love justice and that those who have the righteousness of Christ will see Your face. Though we may be persecuted in this life, You will keep us safe and protect us from such people throughout all eternity. Though evil may pursue me, I have trusted in Your faithful love; my heart will rejoice in Your deliverance. I will sing to You because You have treated me generously. 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)
  • Fred Leonard
  • Dan & Jenn Loeschke

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.”

LIFe with God: June 4, 2019

June 4, 2019

Scripture

Psalms 10-11

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What comfort does Psalm 10:14-18 give us? And Psalm 11?

Application

Do I believe God sees my trouble and grief, and trust in Him to get me through it? Do I trust Him to judge the wicked and save the righteous?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, You Yourself have seen trouble and grief, observing it in order to take the matter into Your hands. The helpless entrusts himself to You; You are a helper of the fatherless. You are King forever and ever, yet You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their hearts. You will listen carefully, doing justice for the fatherless and the oppressed, so that men of the earth may terrify them no more. You are in Your holy temple, Your throne in heaven. Your eyes watch and You examine everyone, and You will punish the wicked. For You, LORD, are righteous; You love righteous deeds. The upright will see Your face. 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
  • George Gifford
  • Scott & Kristi Guinn (Josiah)
  • Mike & Jamie Haberkorn (Hannah, Sean)

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.

LIFe with God: June 3, 2019

June 3, 2019

Scripture

Leviticus 27

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

From The Bible Knowledge Commentary: “The subject of vows does relate directly to the curses in Lev. 26, since people are more likely to make rash vows in times of dire distress. Rash vows are, of course, warned against in Scripture (see Ecc. 5:4-5; Deut. 23:21-23; Prov. 20:25), and the high price on the commutation of vows . . . would also discourage spontaneous vows. The subjects of vows (including those pertaining to sacrificial animals), gifts, and tithes for the sanctuary are closely related and so are appropriately grouped together in this final chapter of a book that began with sacrifices offered at the sanctuary.”

Application

Am I careful not to make rash vows (see Matt 5:37 and James 5:12)?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Sometimes in my zeal to serve You I make vows that come from my flesh rather than Your Spirit, and I over-promise on things You never called me to promise. Keep me from rash vows, Father. May my yes simply be yes, and my no, no. In the name of Jesus I ask 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:

  • Mike Daniels
  • Theresa Daniels
  • Travis Davidson (Andrew, Maddy)
  • Patti Doty
  • 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.

LIFe with God: June 2, 2019

June 2, 2019

Scripture

Leviticus 26

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What were the stipulations God gave in order for Israel to be under the umbrella of His protection and blessing? What would He do if they failed to follow Him? What would He do if they confessed and repented of their sin?

Application

Do I try to claim the promises and blessings of God while living in habitual disobedience? If so, what can/should I do about that?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Thank You for You many great blessings and Your mighty hand that protects. Help me to walk in obedience to You–not to earn salvation, but because I have been saved–and so keep under the umbrella of Your promised provision and protection. 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.

  • 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.

LIFe with God: June 1, 2019

June 1, 2019

Scripture

Leviticus 25

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Other than the practical issues, what was the point of God’s commands regarding the Sabbath Year and Year of Jubilee (23)? What provisions were made for the poor and helpless (35-43)?

Application

Do I live as one who understands that everything belongs to God, and I am just His steward in a foreign land for this life? Do I do my part to aid and minister to the poor and helpless?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father, Remind me of the fact that everything I have on loan from You, for I brought nothing into this world and I shall take nothing out of it. Help me to be a good steward of all that You have entrusted to my care. Open my eyes to the needs of the truly poor and helpless, and open my heart, hands, and wallet to help them whenever I can. 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)
  • Dave & Debbie Spears
  • 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 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.

LIFe with God: May 31, 2019

May 31, 2019

Scripture

Leviticus 24

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What is the significance of the tabernacle lamp being kept full of the purest olive oil and burning continually? Why was the penalty for blasphemy so severe? How does God show the priority of human life over animal life?

Application

Do I keep my life full of the oil of the Holy Spirit, so that I the Light of the World can constantly shine through me? Do I treat God (in word and deed) with the reverence and honor He deserves? Do I recognize that God places human life above all other life on earth, and honor it as such?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit who indwells every person who receives Christ! Fill me with Your Spirit so that the love and grace and truth of Jesus, the Light of the World, will shine through me. By the power of that same Spirit, help me to speak and live in reverence of You, and keep me from anything that would blaspheme You or defame the name of Christ. And help me to have a holy respect and appreciation for human life, as You have commanded. 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
  • Travis & Consuela Sauer (Mikayla, Christian, Donte, Cheyenne, Sera, Ella, Thomas)
  • Janet Sonnenberg

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 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 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: May 30, 2019

May 30, 2019

Scripture

Leviticus 23

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

In this chapter, God details the times and requirements of various holidays He requires Israel to observe. What is the symbolism of some of these, and how do they point to Christ? Why are believers in Christ not under obligation to observe these holidays (cross reference Colossians 2:14-17)?

Application

Do I take special times to focus on all the wonderful things God has done for me? Am I careful not to make these holidays and special observances more important than they should be, as if they are a requirement or supposed means to being right with God?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord God, Let me never forget to honor You for who You are and what You have done! And while that may sometimes take the form of special days and celebrations, may I never makes these observances and holidays as important or more important than my relationship with You based purely on the finished work of Christ, and may I never judge a brother or sister in Christ for observing or not observing days differently than I might. 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:

  • 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.

LIFe with God: May 29, 2019

May 29, 2019

Scripture

Leviticus 22

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why were there so many instructions and commands regarding priests? Why were animals with defects unacceptable as offerings?

Application

Do I live as a holy representative of God to the world? Do I proclaim the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, who was without sin or defect, as the only acceptable offering to make us right with God?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Help me live as Your holy representative to the world. Thank You for Jesus’ perfect offering of Himself as the once and for all payment of all sin to everyone who receives Him, and help me to proclaim that boldly and unashamed whenever an opportunity presents itself by Your spirit’s leading. 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)
  • Fred Leonard
  • Dan & Jenn Loeschke

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.”

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