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Good Life Journal - Psalm 126

Scripture: Psalm 126:1-3When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy;then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad. Observation: The fortunes of Israel were restored by God th...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 124

Scripture: Psalm 124:1 If it had not been the Lord who was on our side—     let Israel now say—  Psalm 124:8 Our help is in the name of the Lord,     who made heaven and earth.  Observation:  It takes the psalmist little time to reveal his purpose for this song. He is celebrating the deli...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 122

Scripture: Psalm 122:1 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!” Observation: David was excited to be going to Jerusalem to worship God. He was happy to be going together with other believers to a house of worship. When you are excited about going someplace you anticipate having a good time and go with a sense of enthusiasm ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 120-121

Scripture: Psalm 120 1 In my distress I called to the Lord,and he answered me.2 Deliver me, O Lord, Psalm 121 1 I lift up my eyes to the hills.From where does my help come?2 My help comes from the Lord,who made heaven and earth. Observation: The author of these psalms is in “distress”.He needs “help”.This is a person clearly worried about some...

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Good Life Journal - Philemon

Scripture: Philemon 1:8-9 Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus— Observation: Paul, though having the authority to command the church to action, instead chooses to compel them to action through a heartfelt...

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Good Life Journal - Titus 3

Scripture: "The saying is trustworthy and I want you to insist on these things so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the Law for they are unprofitable and worthless." Titus 3:8-9   Ob...

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Good Life Journal - Titus 2

Scripture: Titus 2:11-14 – For the grace of God has appeared bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from ...

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Good Life Journal - Titus 1

Scripture: Titus 1:9 “ He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. Observation: In Titus chapter 1 the author lays out the qualifications of those who are in church leadership. Included within this are not only a life that is being lived above reproach...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Timothy 3

Scripture: 2 Tim 3:5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. Observation: Paul is warning Timothy of the difficult times ahead of him and provides a lengthy list of behaviors in people that he will run into during his ministry. The list that Paul uses to describe people is a long list and not flattering. He is warning Timothy to be ...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Timothy 2

Scripture: 2 Tim 2 3 Share in suffering ... 9 ... I am suffering... 10 ...I endure everything ... that they also may obtain the salvation ... 11 The saying is trustworthy ... 12 "if we endure, we will also reign with him" 24 And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 25 c...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Timothy 1

Scripture : 2 Timothy 1:12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.  Observation: Paul, though imprisoned and treated as a criminal, shares that his conscience is clear and that he isn't ashamed. How? How can he have a clear conscie...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Timothy 6

Scripture: "O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you." 1st Tim 6:20Observation:   When I read the full chapter 6, Paul is almost pleading with Timothy ("O Timothy...).  There is a lot to remember and apply as a disciple.  It reads like Paul understands that I can be quickly distracted towards irrelevant things and away from a true worshipful delight o...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Timothy 5

Scripture: 1 Timothy 5:24-25 – Remember, the sins of some people are obvious leading them to certain judgement. But there are others whose sins will not be revealed until later. In the same way, good deeds of some people are obvious. And the good deeds done in secret will someday come to light. Observation: Paul uses these two verses to advise Timothy that God is ...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Timothy 4

Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Observation: Paul challenges Timothy to live an exemplary life, even though his youth might be despised by others. Paul teaches that maturity and leadership do not require grey hairs but rather exemplary conduct. Applica...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Timothy 3

Scripture: 1 Timothy 3:7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. Observation: Paul gives Timothy a humbling list of qualifications for the office of elder. The final thing he says is that those who are outside of the family of God must think highly of him. Application: To serve as an elder in...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Timothy 4

Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:1010 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. Observation: Paul is making it clear and setting forth the expectation that not all will last. This faith and pursuit of Christ and obedience to him is not easy. So many teachings and tempt...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Timothy 2

Scripture: 1 Tim 2:4-5 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus Observation: There is one God. God desires all people to be saved. There is only one way to be saved and that is through Jesus Christ. To be saved a person needs to know the truth. ...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Timothy 1

Scripture: 1 Tim. 1 3 I urged you ... charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, 4 nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. 5 The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Observation: Paul is ins...

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Good Life Journal - Colossians 3

Scripture: "If then you have been raised with Christ..." Col 3:1a Observation: Powerful. Reflective. Full of implication to the Believer. Here is what I observe asking the guy in the mirror: Do I habitually ignore what follows? Application: Did you ever notice how many directive verbs Paul uses in his Letters? I think he uses a lot. I also think that I habitually run ...

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Good Life Journal - Colossians 2

Scripture: Colossians 2:6-7 – And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Observation: Just like we become believers in Christ through faith by g...

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Good Life Journal - Colossians 1

Scripture: Colossians 1:13-14 “ He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Observation: In Colossians chapter 1 the author speaks to the identity of those who are Christ followers and gives God praise for the work of Jesus. Verse 13 speaks to the...

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Good Life Journal - Philippians 3

Scripture: Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Observation: We are called to remember the ultimate goal of a Christian and to live a life that is consistent w...

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Good Life Journal - Philippians 4

Scripture: Philippians 4:2-3 I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. Observation: A disagreement between two women in the church has gotten the atten...

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Good Life Journal - Philippians 2

Scripture: Phil 2 3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 14 Do all things without grumbling or questioning, 15 ... in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the wo...

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Good Life Journal - Philippians 1

Scripture: Philippians 1:19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, Observation: Paul addresses the church Philippi and makes a clear statement about how God's will unfolds. God's will unfolds by the prayers of His people and Spirit of Jesus. Application: There are usually two sides of the ...

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Good life Journal - Psalm 119

Scripture: (multiple references) "...but my heart stands in awe of your words. I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil." (v 161b-162) "Let my cry come before you, O Lord." (v 169a) "...for I have chosen your precepts. I long for your salvation, O Lord, and your law is my delight." (v173b-174)   Observation: Generally speaking Psalms gives us an exampl...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 119

Scripture: Psalm 119: 97 97 Oh how I love your law!It is my meditation all the day. Observation: As the middle of this Psalm we see David valuing what in his time drew him closeTo God, revealed his nature of sin, gave him wisdom in the world, and gave his access to the Father. His heart is revealed in verse 97. Application: Oh man I wish this verse were my words...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 119

Scripture: Psalm 119:83 For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, yet I have not forgotten your statutes. Observation: In the times of pressure, when the heat is on, the psalmist continues to remember and obey God. Application: Following and obeying God is difficult enough in the good times. However, during the times of struggle, the dry times, following God can...

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