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Good Life Journal - Psalms 149-150

Scripture: Psalm 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Observation: How fitting the last blog of the year finishes with Psalm 150 and the six verses that implore us to Praise God. The last verse really hits home. Everything that has breath should be praising the Lord. No matter where you are and no matter what your situation, we should b...

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Good Life Journal - Psalms 137-138

Scripture: Psalm 137:4-6 v4 - How shall we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land? v5 - If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill! v6 - Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy! Observation: How can one sing and worship God in a season of drought? How can be in a place...

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Good Life Journal - Psalms 139-140

Scripture: Psalm 139:23 – Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Observation: After prayer against the evil who oppose God, the psalmist turns to himself and asks God to examine him. The psalmist wants God to know his heart, where his intentions and direction are revealed. He wants to be tested to show he is unwavering even duri...

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Good Life Journal - Psalms 141-143

Scripture: “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds…” (Psalm 141:3-4a ESV) and “Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness; let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head; let my head not refuse it….”(Psalm 141:5a ESV) a...

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Good Life Journal - Psalms 133-136

Scripture: Psalm 133:1Behold, how good and pleasant it iswhen brothers dwell in unity! Observation: The psalmist compares the unity of brothers to oil on the head or refreshing dew. Unity is good, pleasant and brings peace. Application: As a parent I get this. There is nothing that gets under my skin more than when my kids don't get along. It is so frustrating. I ofte...

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Good Life Journal - Psalms 144-146

Scripture: Psalm 144:3-4 O Lord, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow. Observation: The psalmist asks a significant question. Why does God even take time to concern himself with man? Man is finite and God is infinite. The answer is found throughout scripture. Not that man has d...

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Good Life Journal - Psalms 147-148

Scripture: Vs 1 - "Praise the Lord!"Vs 4 - "He determines the numbers of stars;He gives to all of them their names."Vs 11 - "the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, and those who hope in his steadfast love."Vs 16 - "He scatters frost like ashes." Observation: God is worthy of praise!God is sovereign over everything we can see or not see.He is in control of things...

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Good Life Journal - Revelation 22

Scripture: Revelation 22:20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! Observation: As The book of Revelation closes we are left with these final words, "Surely I am coming soon." These are directly from the mouth of Jesus Himself. After hearing how the world will pass away and mankind will be judged, we are rem...

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Good Life Journal - Revelation 22

Scripture: Verse 6: And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.” Observation: The entire book of Revelation is a true story of God’s revenge and judgment. The last chapter first describes a very peaceful place and then ...

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Good Life Journal - Revelation 20

Scripture: v2: “He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan and bound him for a thousand years” Observation: John in this chapter accounts for us two fates. We see the defeat and judgement of Satan, and we have the judgement of the dead. Both of these are scary and reassuring at the same time. Scary because of the awesome power of ...

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Good Life Journal - Revelation 19

Scripture: And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesu...

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Good Life Journal - Revelation 15

Scripture: 2 And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire—and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. 3 And they sing the song of Moses , the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord Go...

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Good Life Journal - Revelation 17

Scripture: Revelation 17:14 - They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful. Observation: A great prostitute and beast are taking as brief reign and destruction is about to take place. We can also see the opposition within the beast and prostitute and the d...

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Good Life Journal - Revelation 18

Scripture: Revelation 18:4-5 – Then I heard another voice calling from heaven, “Come away from her, my people. Do not take part in her sins, or you will be punished with her. For her sins are piled as high as heaven, and God remembers her evil deeds.” Observation: In this song, John hears a voice from heaven that is telling God’s people to separa...

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Good Life Journal - Revelation 16

Scripture: Revelation 16:7 And I heard the altar saying, “Yes, Lord God the Almighty, true and just are your judgments!” Observation: No matter how bad the wrath of God gets, it is justified. God is just and all his judgments are justified. Application: It is easy to wonder why God allows difficult things to happen. It is easy to judge Him for being judgme...

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Good Life Journal - Revelation 14

Scripture: Rev. 14:12-13 “Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.* And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds ...

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Good Life Journal - Revelation 13

Scripture: Revelation 13:5 And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. Observation: No matter how scary the characters in the book of Revelation are, The only authority they have or are able to exercise is the authority that they are given permission to have for a season of time. ...

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Good Life Journal - Revelation 12

Scripture: “And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.”” (Revelation 12:10 ESV) Observation: Very interesting and encouraging descriptions of ...

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Good Life Journal - Revelation 11

Scripture: Revelation 11:17,18 – And they said, “We give thanks to you, Lord God, the Almighty, the one who is and who always was, for now you have assumed your great power and have begun to reign. The nations were filled with wrath, but now the time of your wrath has come. It is time to judge the dead and reward your servants the prophets, as well as your hol...

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Good Life Journal - Revelation 10

Scripture: Revelation 10:10 - And I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it. It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter. Observation: This chapter is pretty confusing and odd. I also like to use the word mysterious as even in the chapter there is mystery within the voice of the angel. Job can't even speak s...

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Good Life Journal - Revelation 9

Scripture: Revelation 9:4 They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any green plant or any tree, but only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. Observation: As the judgement unravels it is obvious that every detail has been prepared. When we see the wrath of God so specific we must understand that nothing happens outside of His plan...

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Good Life Journal - Revelation 8

Scripture: V1 - When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. V2 Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. Observation: In this chapter we see silence, prayer and then destruction of food, water, sun, and even air. Up to this point Heaven had been a place of singing, prayers and ...

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Good Life Journal - Revelation 7

Scripture: Vs. 14 "these are the ones coming out of the great tribulation."Vs. 16 "They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; The sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat."Vs. 17 "For The Lamb in the midst of the throne will be there shepherd, and He will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." Observati...

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Good Life Journal - Revelation 6

Scripture: Revelation 6:11 Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been. Observation: As John watched the seals be opened by Jesus he saw one opened that revealed the soul of martyred saints who were crying out th...

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Good Life Journal - Revalation 2

Scripture: Revelation 2: 4-5 - But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. if not, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place, unless you repent. Observation: John is hearing from the Son to write these things to the seven churc...

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Good Life Journal - Revelation 3

Scripture: Revelation 3:7 - And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens. Observation: Jesus is continuing to address the churches in good ways but also in ways that are not so good. The beauty of each addressing of the negatives is that...

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Good Life Journal - Revelation 4

Scripture: Revelation 4:11 – “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.” Observation: John describes for us what worship is like in heaven. In response to the four beings ceaselessly praising God Almighty, the twenty four elders fall down before...

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Good Life Journal - Revelation 5

Scripture: “And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, ...

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Good Life Journal - Revelation 1

Scripture: v20 - As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches. Observation: Revelation is not a chapter that is full of happy rainbows. It is a chapter that describes much suffering, destruction and death. But Joh...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 28

Scripture: v20: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” Observation: This is the closing of Matthew’s wonderful account of the life of Jesus. Jesus is giving The Great Commission, to go and baptize and teach to obey all of his commands. Then he gives them and us the ultimate encouragement, “And surely I am with you always, t...

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Good Life Journal - Jude 1

Scripture: Vs. 10 "But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all they understand instinctively."Vs. 11 "For they ... abandoned themselves for the sake of gain."Vs. 16 "These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage."Vs. 18 "In the last ti...

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