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: April 10, 2019

April 10, 2019

Scripture

Matthew 4

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

How did Jesus overcome temptation?

Application

Do I guard against temptation by focusing on Scripture?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, Fill me with Your Spirit, move me to transform my mind by Your Word, and help me to sacrifice my will to Yours so I can overcome temptation as my Lord did. 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:

  • 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 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 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: April 9, 2019

April 9, 2019

Scripture

Matthew 3

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why did Jesus insist that John baptize Him?

Application

Am I willing to do whatever is required to fulfill the will of God?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, Help me to produce fruit that proves my repentance. Give me a heart that desires to see all righteousness fulfilled. I thank You that You take great delight in Jesus–I desire to do likewise. 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:

  • 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 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 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: April 8, 2019

April 8, 2019

Scripture

Matthew 2

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why did Herod want the wise men to report back to him? What was his true motive? How did God intervene?

Application

Do I trust God to lead me on the right path in spite of the motives of men?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear God, Thank You for Jesus! Thank You for intervening with the wise men and with Joseph, protecting Jesus from the evil schemes of Herod. Always help me to remember that You are in control, and that I need to be sensitive to the leading of Your Holy Spirit. 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:

  • 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 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 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: April 7, 2019

April 7, 2019

Scripture

Matthew 1

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What is the meaning of the name Jesus? Of the name Emmanuel?

Application

Do I live as one who has been saved from sin and whose God is with me?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear God, Thank You for Jesus, the One who saves His people from their sins, the One who is God with us. Thank You for protecting the line of Christ down through the ages, and for the faith and obedience of Mary and Joseph. Help me to walk in that same kind of faith, that others may see that Jesus saves and is with those who trust in Him. 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 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 that God will use Operation Christmas Child to bring joy to boys and girls who are facing poverty, sickness, or war.

LIFe with God: April 6, 2019

April 6, 2019

Scripture

Proverbs 4-5

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What will wisdom do for me and what should I guard above all else (ch 4)? What does chapter five have to say about sexual activity outside of marriage? Why will the person who disregards this advice be lost (5:23b)?

Application

Am I reaping any of the benefits of wisdom described in this chapter? If not, what do I need to do? Do I guard my heart above all else, making sure it remains true to God and His wisdom? Do I honor the gift of physical intimacy by keeping it confined only within the context of marriage?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, I thank You that as Your Word says in James 1:5, You grant wisdom to anyone who asks for it. So I’m asking You now to give me Your wisdom, and to stir up in my heart a hunger for it. I ask that as I become wiser, I will begin to see the amazing benefits described in today’s passage start to grow in my life. Help me to guard my heart and not to allow it to stray from Your path. May I never dishonor you and myself by giving in to any seductive advances or forbidden intimate activity. May Your people who are married remain true to their spouses. May Your people who are not yet married remain true to their future spouses, and may You strengthen Your people who will not marry in the future to control themselves and abstain from physical intimacy. Give us all strength to disregard the world’s advice, “If it feels good, do it!” Rather, may we have an iron will and a mindset that says, “If it is right, do it! Otherwise abstain!” Keep me far away from sexual sin, Lord, and don’t let me go near its door. 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.

  • 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 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 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: April 5, 2019

April 5, 2019

Scripture

Proverbs 3

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What must one do to receive God’s guidance (verses 5-6)? What does God do to those He loves (11-12)?

Application

Do I trust in the Lord with all my heart and think about Him in all my ways? Do I rebel at His instruction and discipline, or embrace it as coming from a Father who is trying to teach me and help me?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father, May I never let loyalty and faithfulness leave me, so I will find favor and high regard in the sight of God and man. Teach me to trust in You with all my heart, and not rely on my own understanding; remind me to think about You in all my ways, and guide me on the right paths. Help me not to think of myself as wise, but instead to fear You and turn away from evil, for this is healing to my body and strengthening to my bones.

Help me to be faithful in honoring You with my possessions, that I might honor You and see You work. Remind me not to despise Your instruction, and not to loathe Your discipline; for You discipline the one You love, just as a father does the son he delights in. Help me to find wisdom and acquire understanding, that I may be happy. For only You can give wisdom, Father. You created all things by Your wisdom.

So as I search Your Word and seek Your wisdom, I ask that you would grant it to me and that I would never lose sight of it, for it will be life for me and guide me safely on my way, and my foot will not stumble. I will not be afraid when I lie down, and my sleep will be pleasant, for You will be my confidence. May I never withhold good from another when it is in my power, or plot evil against another, or accuse anyone without cause. I humble myself before You, because You resist the proud, but give grace to the humble. 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
  • 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 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 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: April 4, 2019

April 4, 2019

Scripture

Psalms 4-6

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

To what does the psalmist attribute his ability to sleep peacefully (Psalm 4)? What affirmation of God’s provision does David make at the end of Psalm 5? In 6:9?

Application

Do I trust in God’s provision and protection? Do I truly believe He hears and answers prayer? Do I thank Him and praise Him even before I see Him answer and act?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, Help me not to have anxiety or lose sleep over the affairs of this life, but rather build my faith in You to provide and protect. I believe that You hear my prayers, that You see every shed tear and hear every heartbreak. And like David I thank You and praise You in advance for putting everything right, whether You choose to do it in this life or wait until eternity! 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:

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

LIFe with God: April 3, 2019

April 3, 2019

Scripture

Exodus 40

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What phrase is repeated over and over in chapter 40 in regard to what Moses was doing? What did God do in response (40:34)?

Application

Am I regularly experiencing the presence of God? If not, why not?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, I thank You that You are God and that Your glory fills heaven and earth, and yet You allow Your people to bask in Your presence. Help me to live in such a way that I dwell daily in Your presence. 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:

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

LIFe with God: April 2, 2019

April 2, 2019

Scripture

Exodus 39

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What was the state of things when the work on the tabernacle and its associated items was completed (39:42-43)?

Application

Do I do things just as the Lord commands?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Thank You for the example of the Israeli craftsmen and of Moses. When my life is complete, may people be able to truthfully say that I did everything just as You had commanded me. 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 & 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 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 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: April 1, 2019

April 1, 2019

Scripture

Exodus 38

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What do the skilled craftsmanship and expensive materials in making the items for worship signify?

Application

Do I give of my best to God? Do I worship Him, not just in church on Sunday, but with my work, my finances, my lifestyle?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, The men in today’s reading were careful to follow Your instructions correctly, doing their very best to make sure things were done as You wanted. The materials used were the finest available, given as gifts from Your people to You. I may not be a skilled craftsman, and I may not have much in the way of gold or other costly items, but I pray that You would give me a heart that seeks to honor and worship You by giving You my very best in every aspect of my life. 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 & 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 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.

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