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Good Life Journal - Matthew 27:32-66

Scripture: And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. When the centurion and those who were with him...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 27:1-31

Scripture: Matthew: 27:4, 24 – “I have sinned,” he declared, “for I have betrayed an innocent man.” “What do we care?” they retorted. “That’s your problem.” 24 – Pilate saw he wasn’t getting anywhere and that a riot was developing. So he sent for a bowl of water and washed his hands before the crowd s...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 26:1-46

Scripture: v41 "Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Observation: Jesus is entering into a time that he has been not only betrayed and but is in now the waiting game to be captured. He has a couple of his closest guys with him in the woods to pray and for him to go to the Father. Jesus even as...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 26:47-75

Scripture: V49 - And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. Observation: Jesus is betrayed by someone very very close to him. This person even addresses him as teacher and gives him a kiss. He addressed Jesus in a honorable and loving way, yet the entire time he didn’t love him or didn’t desire to follow him....

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 23

Scripture: 27: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.” Observation: I...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 24

Scripture: Vs 4 "... see that no one lead you astray."Vs 11 "... many false prophets will arise and lead many astray."Vs 24 "...false christs and false prophets will arise ... so as to lead astray..."Vs 42 "Therefore, stay awake ..." Observation: Jesus is having a long conversation with the apostles.He is giving them many stern warnings and prophecies about that time an...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 25

Scripture: 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me. Observation: In this Chapter of Matthew we read three parables that all have similar themes. On a high level, the first parable of the virgins teaches...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 22

Scripture: “Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him…”(Matthew 22:41-42 ESV) Observation: In Matt 22 I see three separate instances where the Pharisees and Sadducees conspired together to ask Jesus questions trying to trap hi...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 21

Scripture: Matthew 21:21-22– Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea and it will happen. You can pray for anything and if you have faith you will receive it.” Observation: After cursing...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 20

Scripture: Matthew 20: 29-34 - 29 And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him. 30 And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” 31 The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, “Lord,...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 17

Scripture: Vs 5 - "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him." Observation: Jesus takes Peter and James and John to the top of a high mountain where they witness the Transfiguration of Jesus. Moses and Elijah appear with Jesus. God the Father says He is pleased with Jesus and tells the disciples to listen to Him. Application: Th...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 19

Scripture: Matthew 19:13-15 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away. Observation: The apostles assumed the little children...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 18

Scripture: Matthew 18:8 And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. Observation: Jason sent a journal entry to me recently that spoke to this very thing and once I read this passage today it is all I could think about...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 13

Scripture: Matthew 13:9 - "He who has ears, let him hear.” Observation: Jesus is teaching a teaching that is not simple yet pretty complex at first listen. Yet as he will explain becomes clear. But what Jesus says in this complex parable he gives clear direction that is honestly really clear and expectant. If you have ears, let him hear. This for me gives me no ex...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 16

Scripture: Matthew 16:15-20 - 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 15

Scripture: “But Peter said to him, “Explain the parable to us.” And he said, “Are you also still without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adulter...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 14

Scripture: Matthew 14:27 – But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. "Take courage. I am here!” Observation: The disciples were afraid from the wind and the waves of the storm. When Jesus heard the disciples cry out, thinking he was a ghost, He quickly assured them not to fear. Jesus tells the disciples He will provide st...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 12

Scripture: Matthew 12:13-14 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other. But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him. Observation: The Pharisees were so blinded by their desire to trap Jesus that they miss the celebration of a man who is healed. They ...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 11

Scripture: Matthew 11:28-29 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Observations: This is one of my favorite illustrations in the Bible. Yokes are used to train younger animals. A young, smaller ox was yoked to an ol...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 10

Scripture: Vs. 16 "Behold I am sending you out as sheep among wolves so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. "Vs. 17 "Beware of man for they will deliver you over to courts ..."Vs. 18 "And you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake to bear witness ..."Vs. 18 "When they deliver you over do not be anxious ..."Vs 22 "you will be hated by all for my name...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 9

Scripture: 2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” Observation: Jesus is healing people all over. A man with leprosy, a centurion’s servant and Peter’s mother-in-law Mary. Jesus rewards faith. Then he goes across the lake to his own town....

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 8

Scripture: “When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, “See that you...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 7

Scripture: Matthew 7: 1-3 “Do not judge others and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own eye?” Observation: Here, Jesus is teaching for us to not judge others, but a...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 6

Scripture: Matthew 6:24 24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. Observation: Jesus is now teaching. He is amazing his disciples and others as he sits in a mount and teaches about so many different things that are a part of people's...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 5

Scripture: Matthew 5:30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell. Observation: Jesus communicates the seriousness of sin by comparing temporary loss and pain with eternal loss and pain. Jesus teaches that it is better to lose here on earth for the sak...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 4

Scripture: Matthew 4:9 - And he said to him, “All these things I will give to you if you will fall down and worship me.” Observation: Here is Jesus who was led by the spirit into the wilderness. Probably very light-headed since he had been 40 days without food. We think skipping one meal is tough. He went more than a month. And along comes Satan to tempt Jes...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 3

Scripture: Vs. 13 "Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him." Vs. 16 "And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on Him" Vs. 17 "and behold, a voice from heaven said, "This is my beloved Son, with who...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 2

Scripture: Matthew 2:13 & 14 13.”When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “Take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child and kill him.” 14. So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left fo...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 1

Scripture: “Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way: When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 126-127

Scripture: Psalm 127:1 Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. Observation: The laboring of men alone is a vain effort. God created us for fellowship with Him. Therefore anything we do apart from him will never teach its full potential and will ultimately be a waste of t...

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Good Life Journal - Psalms 128-130

Scripture: 7 O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. Observation: David has gone from fear of the Lord to praise to the Lord. His range of emotions and conversations with the Lord I can relate to as I feel like I'm always all over the place with God. David says something here in verse 7 that I really n...

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Good Life Journal - Psalms 131-132

Scripture: Psalm 131:1 – Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I do not concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp. Observation: The psalmist is writing to show his contentment with the Lord. The heart, which represents our entire being, should not be proud. Nor should our eyes view things through a lens of arrogance. Go...

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