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Good Life Journal - Romans 10

Scripture: Romans 10:20 “And Isaiah boldly says, I was found by those who did not seek me; I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.” Observation: Paul continues his discussion on righteousness. In Chapter 10 he talks about his desire for the Israelites to be saved. He outlines that works does not accomplish this. Jesus and his grace alone saves. ...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 11

Scripture: Rom. 11:1 "I ask then, had God rejected His people? By no means! Rom. 11:5 "... at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace." Rom. 11:6 "But if it is chosen by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace." Rom. 11:11 "... Through their (Israel's) trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles. So as to make...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 9

Scripture: “I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit—that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.” (Romans 9:1-2 ESV) “But it is not as though the word of God has failed. “ (Romans 9:6a ESV) “…For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I h...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 7

Scripture: Rom. 7:15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Observation: Paul, the greatest church planting missionary of all time expresses a frustration that everyone of us have. We are a new person in Christ, yet we continue to do the very things we hate and struggle to do the things we know we should. Pau...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 6

Scripture: Romans 6:15-17 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? Observation: GraceSlaveryObedience...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 8

Scripture: Romans 8:14-15 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are Children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him “Abba, Father.” Observation: When we place our faith in Jesus, we have God’s Spirit living in us. Those...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 5

Scripture: Romans 5:5. But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. Observation: 1. Gifts are not valued by everyone at the same level. Have you ever been given an expensive gift to someone and you were so excited to ...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 4

Scripture: Rom.4:19 "He (Abraham) did not weaken in his faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead ... or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. Vs 20 " ... he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God." Vs 21 "fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised." Vs 22 "That is why his faith was counted to him as righteou...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 3

Scripture: Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law, rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. Observation: Paul is writing to the church in Rome. The theme of this letter is righteousness. Many Jews felt that by their works and following the law that they were made righteous. Paul is opposing tha...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 2

Scripture: “Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourse...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 1

Scripture: Romans 1:16-17 - For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work saving everyone who believes – the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good news tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. AS the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person h...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 69

Scripture: Psalm 69:13 "But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness." Observation: David cries out to God in the midst of his affliction. His enemies despise him and it seems as if the whole world is against him. Yet in the middle of it all he recognizes that God...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 49

Scripture: Psalm 49:12-13, 20 NIV People, despite their wealth, do not endure; they are like the beasts that perish. This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings. People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish. Observation: Prosperity PerishPurpose Prosperity - God loves when we ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 34

Scripture: Psalm 34:11 Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord Observations: In this Psalm, David calls on his people to praise God. David invites others to listen to him and they will learn how to fear the Lord. David instructs people to listen to him and learn all that is good by believing in the Lord. David points out the Lord seeks thos...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 16

Scripture: Psalm 16:1 "Keep me safe my God for in you I take refuge." Observation: This is a prayer of safekeeping, trust and faith. Some translate Micktam ad golden. The Golden Psalm. The refuge and safety mentioned here is more precious than gold. Application: What a wonderful reassurance for me to know that my safety and refuge is in God. As I think about what th...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 8

Scripture: “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place--what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4 ESV) “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:9 ESV) Observation: David lets it go with praise to...

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Good Life Journal - John 21

Scripture: John 21:17 – A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.” Observation: The three questions and affirmations of Peter’s love for Jesus pa...

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Good Life Journal - John 19

Scripture: John 19:14-16 Pilate said to the Jews, "Behold your King!" They cried out, "Away with him, away with him, crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your King?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar." So he delivered him over to them to be crucified. Observation: Pilot was a weak leader, scared leader, betraying leader. Weak - man...

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Good Life Journal - John 18

Scripture: John 18:6 When Jesus[b] said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. John 18:17 The servant girl at the door said to Peter, “You also are not one of this man's disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” Observations: The dichotomy of the two answers that Jesus and Peter gave, "I am he" and “I am n...

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Good Life Journal - John 17

Scripture: John 17:24"Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world." Observation: What an amazing chapter. Here we get to know what Jesus prayed right before he was arrested as "... the hour had come ...".What an earnest, deep, transparen...

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Good Life Journal - John 16

Scripture: John 12:20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. Observation: Jesus is preparing the disciples. He knows what is going to happen, but the disciples don’t know. There is not yet a death on the cross; there is not yet a resurrection. Jesus is telling them that surely yo...

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Good Life Journal - John 15

Scripture: Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. (John 15:4 ESV) You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. (John 15:...

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Good Life Journal - John 14

Scripture: John 14:6 - Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Observation: Verse 6 is Jesus response to Thomas question about not knowing where he was going, so how could he know the way. Jesus is the only way to the Father. There is no other route to God without Jesus. Jesus is the truth becaus...

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Good Life Journal - John 13

Scripture:John 13:3 "Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God," Observation:Before Jesus rises from the table to perform one of the most humble acts in the history of time, the apostle John gives insight to the state of Jesus, His heart and mind before He does this. Jesus knows fully who He...

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Good Life Journal - John 12

Scripture: John 12 5-8 NIV “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages. ” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended th...

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Good Life Journal - John 10

Scripture: John 10Vs 1 - (Jesus said) "Truly, truly I say to you ..."Vs 8 - ... "they (the religious leaders)did not understand" ...Vs 2 - "So Jesus again said to them, 'Truly, truly I say to you ...'"Vs 31 - "The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him."Vs 32 - "Jesus answered them, I have shown you many good works ...."Vs 33 - "The Jews answered Him, "It is not for a g...

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Good Life Journal - John 11

Scripture: John 11:41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” 45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in h...

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