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Good Life Journal - 119:49-72

Scripture: Vs. 49 "Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope."Vs. 50 "This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promises give me life."Vs. 56 "This blessing has fallen to me, that I have kept your precepts."Vs. 64 "The earth, O Lord, if full of your steadfast love, teach me your statutes!" Observation: The psalmist cannot speak more effusiv...

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Good Life Journal - Psalms 119:1-24

Scripture: Psalms 119:1-24 Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord...Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart… Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous rules. With my whole heart I seek you… I ha...

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Good Life Journal - Psalms 119:25-48

Scripture: Psalm 119:26-27, 32 “Teach me your decrees. Cause me to understand the way of your precepts that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds...I run the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding” Observation: Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the bible. It is a devotional poem celebrating the word of God. The author intends it as...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 12

Scripture: Hebrews 12:3-4 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. Observation: As the writer of Hebrews turns the attention of the reader from the heroes of the faith to their own personal lives, he cha...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 11

Scripture: Hebrews 11:2626 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. Observation: The writer of Hebrews is laying out for the audience the men and women who ha, because of their faith in God, done amazing things and endured rough times. They were tested and persevered, they had been killed and nowL...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 10

Scripture: Heb. 10:22-25 "let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting ...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 9

Scripture: Heb.9:13-14 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Observation: The perfect blo...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 7

Scripture: “And it was not without an oath. For those who formerly became priests were made such without an oath, but this one was made a priest with an oath by the one who said to him: “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, ‘You are a priest forever.’” This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant. The former priests were ma...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 6

Scripture: Hebrews 6:11-12 – Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance. Observ...

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Good Life Journal- Hebrews 4

Scripture: Hebrews 4:13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Observation: The author of this chapter of Hebrews is taking the audience back to the historical fact that people that were saved from the Egyptians still did not enter the rest of God they would have in the promise land. This ...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 5

Scripture: Hebrews 5:12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. Observation: After addressing the power of the scripture in the previous chapter, the wri...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 3

Scripture: Heb. 3:13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Observation: This chapter goes into detail about what we are supposed to do, as Christians, to help each other remain strong in the word. Although written to the early Christians and filled with references to ...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 1

Scripture: Hebrews 1:1-4 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 2

Scripture: Hebrews 2:6 "... What is man that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him?"2:8 "... Now in putting everything in subjection to him, He (God) left nothing outside his control."2:15 He (God) delivered all those who through fear of death were subjects to lifelong slavery." Observation: God is in control of everything. And if the Heb...

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Good Life Journal - Eph. 4

Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-3 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Observation: Paul challenges the church to live a life worthy of the calling o...

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Good Life Journal - Eph. 5

Scripture: Ephesians 5:1-2 - Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. Observation: We are God’s adopted children and as children follow their parents, we should follow the example of ...

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Good Life Journal - Eph. 6

Scripture: “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering servi...

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Good Life Journal - Galatians 5

Scripture: “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1 ESV) Observation: Paul is (and has been in other chapters) mentioning a number of terms such as: Freedom; being free; yokes (or restraints); slavery; etc. He is setting up a binary solution set of being bound in one state or ano...

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Good Life Journal - Eph. 3

Scripture:Ephesians 3:1 For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you gentiles Observation: Paul has gone from spiritual blessings from heaven to thankfulness and salvation by grace through faith on to the unity one has in Christ. In the first two chapter of this letter the church of Ephesus have enough words to last a lifetime as it is rich in th...

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Good Life Journal - Eph. 1

Scripture: Eph. 1:3-12Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will&mdash...

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Good Life Journal - Eph. 2

Scripture: Ephesians 2:13 “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” Observation: I did not come to Jesus, He came to me.Nothing I did brought Jesus to me, He came and I did nothing to deserve itIt was through Jesus blood that has allowed me to be close to JesusOnly "in Christ Jesus" are we with Him. N...

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Good Life Journal - Galatians 4

Scripture: Galatians 4:3-7 – And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles of this world. But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own ch...

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Good Life Journal - Galatians 3

Scripture: Galatians 3:21-22 Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law. But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. Observation: The law was never meant to give life...

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Good Life Journal - Galatians 2

Scripture: Gal. 2:16 Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. Observation: Paul whom knows the law and kept the law to the utmost esteem is a vit...

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Good Life Journal - Galatians 1

Scripture: Gal. 1:9 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Observation: Paul has written a letter to the churches at Galatia. It is clear that based on the content in Chapter 1, the early Christians were moving away from what Paul had taught them and were believing or following the doctrine of some others that was not in line with the truth. P...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 118

Scripture: Psalm 118 Vs. 4 "Let those who fear the Lord say His steadfast love endure forever."Vs. 14 "The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation."Vs. 18 "He had disciplined me severely, but he has not given me over to death."Vs. 19 "Open the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord."Vs. 29 "Oh give thanks to ...

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