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Good Life Journal - John 8

Scripture: John 8:5-11 ESV “Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the fir...

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Good Life Journal - John 9

Scripture: John 9:1 As He went along, He saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Observation: Jesus and his disciples pass by a blind man. First, Jesus actually takes notice of him. Even the lowliest in society do not escape Jesus’ love. Second, Jesus knew that he was b...

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Good Life Journal - John 7

Scripture: John 7:16-18 So Jesus told them, “My message is not my own; it comes from God who sent me. Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or merely is my own. Those who speak for themselves want glory only for themselves, but a person who seeks to honor the one who sent him speaks truth, not lies.”   Obser...

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Good Life Journal - John 6

Scripture: John 6:33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” Observation: After Jesus had fed the 5,000, He then retreated away from the crowd because He knew that their desire was to make Him King by force. When the crowd pursued and found Him the next morning they asked Him why He had left. Jesus responded by telling ...

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Good Life Journal - John 5

Scripture: John 5:39-40 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life. Observation: It's possible to be in a religion with the Scriptures instead of a relationship with the Savior. This is scary. They studied diligently!These peopl...

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Good Life Journal - John 4

Scripture: John 4:28-29 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” Observations: Jesus does not care about norms. This story demonstrates several ways in which Jesus acted in a manner outside of the socially accepted norms. First, Jesus traveled d...

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Good Life Journal - John 3

Scripture: John 3:1-3,8-9,12,17-18,21Vs 1 - "There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemas, a ruler of the Jews."Vs 2 - "This man came to Jesus by night ...."Vs 3 - "Nicodemas questioned Him ...Vs 8 - Jesus answered ...Vs 9 Nicodemas questioned Him ...Vs 12 Jesus answered ....Vs 17 "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world th...

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Good Life Journal - John 2

Scripture: John 2:9He did not realize where it had come from, though many servants who had drawn the water knew. Observation: John’s gospel starts not with Jesus’ birth, but Jesus as an adult. Chapter 1 starts with Jesus being baptized then calling his disciples. Chapter has Jesus reluctantly committing his first miracle. Then we see Jesus being angry with t...

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Good Life Journal - John 1

Scripture: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” (John 1:1-3 ESV) “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 51

Scripture: Psalm 51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Observation: After being caught in his sin, David is broken. He feels a million miles away from God and he is sorry for what he did. He wants to get things back the way they used to be; when he was joyful and he felt close to God. He remembers the moment of his salvatio...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 55

Scripture: Psalm 55:16 &22 But I will call on God, and the Lord will rescue me. 22-Give your burdens to the Lord and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. Observation: The psalmist turns to God in prayer as he is distraught by the betrayal of a former friend. The psalmist prays without ceasing throughout the morning, noon and nigh...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 48

Scripture: Psalm 48:9 Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love. Observation: Unfailing love. Science, philosophy, religion, psychology - they all agree. The treasured human ultimate goal. Nothing else trumps this - we are always looking for more love. Did we read Unfailing love? Wait a minute!Love that NEVER fails? Ever? Stop. What about... Tra...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 39

Scripture: Psalm 39 1-3 I said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.” : But my anguish increased; my heart grew hot within me. While I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue. Observation: David is in the middle of prayers of anguish. God is rebuking him for ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 42

Scripture: Psalm 42:2&5Vs 2 "My soul thirsts for God, for the living God"Vs 5 "Why are you cast down, O my soul .... Hope in God ...""My soul is cast down down within me; therefore I remember you ..." Observation: David is in a horrible place. He feels separated from God's presence. And what are the people around him saying to him in this tough soot?They are saying,...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 44

Scripture: Psalm 44:17 All this has come upon us though we have not forgotten you, and we have not been false to your covenant. Observation: Sometimes God will test us. • Sometimes God is quiet. • It’s easy to trust God when things are good. Harder to trust God when times are not going as well as we would like. • Just because things in our life are...

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Good Life Journal - Psalms 37-38

Scripture: Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off--but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land. (Psalm 37:8-9 ESV) O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you. My heart throbs; my strength fails me, and the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me. ...

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Good Life Journal - 3 John

Scripture: 3 John 5-6 Dear friend you are being faithful to God when you care for the traveling teachers who pass through, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church here of your loving friendship. Please continue providing for such teachers in a manner that pleases God. Observation: John is encouraging Gaius for faithfulness to God and living by ...

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Good Life Journal - 2 John

Scripture: 2 John vs. 5 And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. 6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. Observation: The Apostle John writes his second letter, this time to a woman he a...

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Good Life Journal - 1 John 5

Scripture : 1 John 5:1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. Observation: I recently saw an Interview with Rick Warren and John Piper - I HIGHLY recommend it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LImVHzy7WtU. Rick said something like "We can no longer simply mention God. Muslims, and o...

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Good Life Journal - 1 John 4

Scripture: 1 John 4:9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. Observation: Verses 7 through 10 discuss what love is and how God loved us. In these verses John lets us know that: God is love. Love comes from God. Love is the supreme quality of God. God loved me first before I even k...

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Good Life Journal - 1 John 3

Scripture: 1 John 3V 1 - "see what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God: and so we are."V 2 - "Beloved, we are children of God..."V 7 - "Little children, let no one deceive you ..."V 10 - "... who are children of the devil: the one who does not love his brother."V 11 - "... this is the message from the beginning, love one anoth...

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Good Life Journal - 1 John 2

Scripture: 1John 2 2 We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him. Whoever claims to love Him must live as Jesus did. Obser...

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