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Good Life Journal - 2 Thess. 2

Scripture: “For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work….for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:7...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Thess. 5

Scripture: 1 Thess. 5:3-6 When people say, “Everything is quiet and safe,” then suddenly destruction will hit them! It will come as suddenly as the pains that come upon a woman in labor, and people will not escape. 4 But you, friends, are not in the darkness, and the Day should not take you by surprise like a thief. 5 All of you are people who belong to the ...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Thess. 1

Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 - So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because o...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Thess. 2

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:7&11-12 "we (Paul and those with him) were gentle among you (the Thessalonians), like a nursing mother taking care of her own children." 11 "like a father with his children, 12 we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory." Observation:...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Thess. 3

Scripture: 1 Thess. 3:5 For this reason, when I could bear it no longer, I sent to learn about your faith, for fear that somehow the tempter had tempted you and our labor would be in vain. Observation: Paul’s concern for the church at Thessalonica was so great that it was consuming him. Paul had not been able to send much time in Thessalonica. He was able to conv...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Thess. 1

Scripture: 1Thess. 1:3 “We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” Observation: The central theme of this letter is Paul’s encouragement for the church at Thessalonica, which is thriving in spite of persecutions. Paul starts the letter c...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 89

Scripture: “I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations. For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.” (Psalm 89:1-2 ESV) Observation: The Psalms weren’t all written by David. Ethan the Ezrahite wrote this...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 88

Scripture: Psalm 88:3 For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to Sheol. Observation: The Psalmist speaks of such an enormity of external and internal pressures that he uses the phrase his soul is full of troubles. Application: My life is full of activities. I am busy. But in no way is my life full of troubles. Now some of the things that I spend my tim...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 87

Scripture: Psalm 87:5-7 – Regarding Jerusalem it will be said, “Everyone enjoys the rights of citizenship there.” And the Most High will personally bless this city. When the Lord registers the nations, he will say, “They have all become citizens of Jerusalem.” The people will play flutes and sing, “The source of my life springs from Jer...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 84

Scripture: Psalm 84:10-12 One day spent in your Temple is better than a thousand anywhere else; I would rather stand at the gate of the house of my God than live in the homes of the wicked.11 The Lord is our protector and glorious king,blessing us with kindness and honor. He does not refuse any good thing to those who do what is right.12 Lord Almighty, how happy are tho...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 80-82

Scripture: Psalm 81: 10-12I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. 11 “But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. 12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels. Observation: These three verses spoke to me as I read and re-read these t...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 78

Scripture: Psalm 78:4-5, 9, 18, 41, 56Vs 4 "... tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord ..."Vs 5 "He has established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers to teach to their children"Vs 9 "... they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation."Vs 18 "They tested God in their heart b...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 77

Scripture: Psalm 77:10 Then I thought, “To this I will appeal: the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand. I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” Observation: This Psalm of David is a comforting reflection in a time of great ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 73

Scripture: “Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches. All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence. For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning. If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed the generation of your children. But when I thought how to understand thi...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 10

Scripture: Vs 11 "Let a person understand that what we (Paul) say by letter when absent, we do when present."Vs 12 "... when they (Paul's opponents) measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding."Vs 17 "Let one who boasts, boast in the Lord." Observation: Paul is frustrated at the Corinthian church here for hav...

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