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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 12

Scripture: 1 Cor. 12:28- 31 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But e...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 10

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10: 13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” Observation: Paul is writing to the Corinthians who are engaging in all kinds of wrongdoing, idol...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 8

Scripture: 1 Cor. 8:9-13“But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol's temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus,...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 9

Scripture: “I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 73

Scripture: Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.”??Psalms? ?73:23? ?ESV?? Observation: After confessing his own mistakes, sin, and disobedience, David acknowledges that God never lets him go. Application: Many times I fail. My decisions and actions are offensive to God and I don't live the way I know God has called me to or even how I ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 71

Scripture: Psalm 71:1?-?3 NIV In you, Lord , I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn your ear to me and save me. Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. Observation: PleaProtectionPraise Plea - clearly the Author (I think David, bu...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 68

Scripture: Psalm 68:5 Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. Observation: This Psalm sing the praises of God based on God’s deliverance and triumphs over his enemies. The author of this psalm sings praises to God for the triumph over physical and spiritual suffering and pain. It is filled with examples of how God provides l...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 67

Scripture: Psa. 67:1-3 May God wbe gracious to us and bless us and make his face to xshine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your zsaving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Observation: David has had something of a change here in these psalms compared to many leading up to this. David has had a lot of...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 63

Scripture: Psalm 63:1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land Psalm 63:6 I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches Observation: Psalms 62 and 63 are part of “prayers for deliverance from persecution”. David wrote this Psalm while he was in t...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 60-62

Scripture: Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. (Psalm 61:1-3 ESV) So will I ever sing praises to your name, as I perform my vows day after day... (Psalm 61:8 ESV) For God alone, O my soul, wait in s...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 56

Scripture: Psalm 56:3-4 – But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me? Observation: When the psalmist is afraid he places his trust in God. The psalmist praises God for his promises to those who believe and trust in Him. Trust in God and you will...

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Good Life Journal - James 5

Scripture: James 5:16 “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” Observation: There is power in confession and prayer. The prayers of righteous people work. Application: The culture of the Christianity I have been a part of for most of ...

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Good Life Journal - James 4

Scripture: James 4:14 “ yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” Observation: James continues his letter with a drill sergeant tone. Though pursuing Christ is more than just the “do’s and don’ts” James is making clear the importance of ope...

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Good Life Journal - James 2

Scripture: James 2Vs 1 " ... show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ ..."Vs 2 "... if you pay attention to one who wears fine clothing and say, 'You sit here in a good place,' while you say to the poor man, 'You stand over there,' have you not made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?"Vs 13 "Mercy triumphs over judg...

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Good Life Journal - James 3

Scripture: James 3:10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not be so. Observation: As James makes clear it only takes a small thing to make a big impact. I was in a doctor’s office the other day. An older couple was sitting across the room from me discussing some business and personal legal matters. Over the course of sev...

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Good Life Journal - James 1

Scripture: James 1:2-4 2: Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Observation: What a wonderful gospel… James. Five chapters, packed with true wisdom. James...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 15

Scripture: Romans 15:20 – My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else. Observation: Jesus last words to the disciples, in the Great Commission, were “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations baptizing them in the name of the F...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 16

Scripture: Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks as well. (Romans 16:3-4 ESV) Observation: At the end of each of Paul’s epistles (letters) is a list of recognitions and reminders. Why did the Holy Spirit make sure that the Scri...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 13

Scripture: Romans 13:1 NIV Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Observation: God's got this! Our current Presidential election is the worst I've seen in my lifetime. Every four years I feel as if I'm being forced to choose between ...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 14

Scripture: Romans 14:13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. Observation: Paul address the judgmental culture within the church. Even from the very early history of the church, people got sidetracked by judging others and comparing their faith pursu...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 12

Scripture: Romans 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Observation: Paul progressed from discussing life in the body of Christ to how a believer should live their life and how they should respond to people that try to persecute them. It is easy to think how hard life would have been for early Christians. As Americans we do not feel the same ...

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