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Good Life Journal - Psalms 124-125

Scripture: Psalms 124:8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Observation: These two short psalms are songs about who God is and what He does with an emphasis of God’s protection and help. I really get a sense of the depth of gratitude that the author has for God and the protection He provides. He fully acknowledges that without God that ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalms 122-123

Scripture: Vs.1 To You I lift up my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens!Vs 2 ... so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till He has mercy upon us. Observation: The author is in the midst of some unfortunate circumstances. Whatever it is, he wants mercy from his current condition. But, he doesn't want mercy for only himself. He wants mercy for...

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Good Life Journal - Psalms 120-121

 Scripture: Psalms 121:2  - “My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth”  5 “The Lord is your shade at your right hand” Observation: This psalm is a prayer of comfort for people to pray on pilgramage. It offers comforting assurance. Application: What a wonderful assurance for us to have God as our protector. True ...

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Good Life Journal - Philemon 1

Scripture: “Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus—“ (Philemon 1:8-9 ESV)…”but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion bu...

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Good Life Journal - Titus 1

Scripture: Titus 1:10 - For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially of the circumcision party. Observation: Paul is writing to another brother he has great trust and reliance in Titus. I love how Paul calls it the common faith to Titus, and how much encouragement he gives him before the charges come. Paul in this letter will gi...

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Good Life Journal - Titus 3

Scripture: Titus 3:3-5 – Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. But, “When God our savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sin...

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Good Life Journal - Titus 2

Scripture: Titus 2:13-14 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Observation: Paul challenges Titus to lead the church well and attempts to refocus him on what matte...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Timothy 4

Scripture: 2 Tim 4:2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. Observations: Although this letter is to Timothy, this really applies to all of us. There are several directives that apply today. We are told to:1. Preach the word 2. Be ready 3. Rebuke, Reprove and Exhort 4. Do these things w...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Timothy 3

Scripture: Vs 7 - (there will be those) ... always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.Vs 14 - But, as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned itVs 16 - All scripture is breathed by God ...Vs 17 - that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. Observation: Paul in t...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Timothy 1

Scripture: 2 Timothy 1 - This letter authored by Paul to his dear friend Timothy is thought to be one of the last letters that Paul wrote before his death. Paul very pointedly is writing to his young protégée to encourage him to carry on after him in the faith. He addresses Timothy with words of endearment like “…my true child in the faith&helli...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Timothy 2

Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:4 “No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer” Observation: Paul writes this letter to Timothy from a prison in Rome. He is shackled and lonely. Paul is writing to encourage Timothy in his work. Application: What this verse means to me is that those of us serving ...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Timothy 6

Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:6-8 – Yet true godliness with contentment is itself a great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. Observation: Paul is telling Timothy that he needs to be dependent on Christ for his suff...

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Good Life Church - 1 Timothy 5

Scripture: “Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.”??1 Timothy? ?5:1-2? ?ESV?? Observation: Paul instructs Timothy on how to rebuke members of his congregation. This is important because it is a reminder that church leadership has the respon...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Timothy 4

Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:7 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; Observation: Paul is giving final instructions, warnings, and encouragements to people and a brother who needs it. Words from a brother older and most respected are not taken lightly, yet received from Timothy with thanksgiving. This is how Paul encourages a...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Timothy 3

Scripture: Verse 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into Grace, into a snare of the devil. Observation: Paul shares with his disciples all the attributes of being an elder and being a deacon. These are attributes that one must live by in order to be considered for these types of roles within the church. However, it is not enough...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Timothy 2

Scripture: 1Tim. 2:1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. Observation: The apostle Paul urges Timothy to pray for political leaders as well as those who have positions of ...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Timothy 1

Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:15 “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners- of whom I am the worst.” Observation: This is Paul’s letter to Timothy while Timothy is in Ephesus. Timothy was there to deal with problems in the church there. Paul is encouraging Timothy to oppose the false teachers...

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Good Life Journal - Colossians 4

Scripture: “…to declare the mystery of Christ…” Col 4:3b. Observation: This is an interesting phrase that Paul turns: The “mystery” of Christ. Why does he refer to a mystery? Probably it is in parallel with “seeing through a glass darkly…” It is just not completely clear… Application: It is without doub...

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Good Life Journal - Colossians 3

Scripture:Colossians 3:14-15 – Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body, you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Observation:Paul tells the Colossians that it is so important to live a life of love for one another. ...

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Good Life Journal - Colossians 2

Scripture: Col. 2:6Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him Observation: Paul encourages the church to continue in the same faith they received. He highlights that salvation is the beginning of being in Christ but this is followed by a daily journey in Christ as well. Application: Following Christ includes a new beginning called salvation. I st...

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Good Life Journal - Philippians 4

Scripture: Phillipians 4:11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. Observation: Paul is speaking about being content in his physical situation. Whether he is low or high, has enough food or more than enough, has money or does not have money he has learned to be content. This provides us with a few simple tru...

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Good Life Journal - Colossians 1

Scripture: Colossians 1:10 So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Observation: Paul is thankful for these brothers and sisters in the faith, and as all of the churches he writes to he is praying for them and desiring to see them grow in the Lord. He setting for th...

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Good Life Journal - Philippians 3

Scripture: Vs. 13 "Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,Vs 14 "I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Jesus Christ.Vs 15 "Let those of us who are mature think this way" Observation: Paul has laid out clearly that His righteousness is...

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Good Life Journal - Philippians 2

Scripture: Phil. 2:1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, Phil. 2:2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Observation: Paul continues his letter to the church in Philippi. At this point he transitions the letter to a...

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Good Life Journal - Philippians 1

Scripture: I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, (Philippians 1:3-4 ESV) Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalms 119:153-176

Scripture:Psalm 119:160, 165 – The very essence of your words is truth; all your just regulations will stand forever. Those who love your instructions have great peace and do not stumble. Observation:The Psalmist tells us that God’s character, revealed in His word is truth. The spiritual nature of God is truth. God’s commandments are fair and everlasting...

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Good Life Journal - Psalms 119:121-152

Scripture: Psalm 119:130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. Observation: The Psalmist highlights the reality that the truth of the word of God brightens up life. It also brightens up people. Even the most simple minded can gain understanding by the simplicity of God's word. Application: Though the word of God is a masterpi...

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50 Active Commands of Jesus (10-2-16 Sermon Follow-Up)

1. Repent—Matthew 4:17, Luke 13:3 2. Let not your heart be troubled—John 14:27, John 16:33, Matthew 6:25-26, Philippians 4:6-7 3. Follow me—Matthew 4:19 4. Rejoice—Matthew 5:12, (Also 2 Corinthians 6:10, 12:10, James 1:2-4) 5. Let your light shine—Matthew 5:16 6. Honor God’s law—Matthew 5:17-19 7. Be reconciled—Matthew ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalms 119:97-120

Scripture: Psalm 119:108 - Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O Lord, and teach me your rules Observation: Psalm 119 has been an incredible journey of David proclaiming to God his absolute love and devotion to his word, rules, precepts, and statutes. David understands that what God has given him in his time was what brought him into relationship with God. It w...

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Good Life Journal - Psalms 119:73-96

Scripture: V 73: Your hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments. Observation: This section of the Psalm starts out with the simple truth and understanding the God created us. He made us perfect according to His ways. He has also provided us with commandments that we must follow. We are not born with the knowledge and u...

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