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Good Life Journal - Matthew 27

Scripture:   Matthew 27:39-40 39 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”    Observation:   Jesus is mocked by the passers-by. ...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 27

Scripture: Now Jesus stood before the governor and the governor asked him "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus said, "You have said so." But when he (Jesus) was accused by the chief priests and elders he gave no answer. Then Pilate said to him "Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?" But (Jesus) gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that ...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 26

Scripture: Matthew 26:75 – And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly. Observation: Jesus knows how we are going to act and offers us forgiveness when we sin. Jesus gave the disciples hope when he told them that after the resurrection he would go to Galilee. Pete...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 25

Scripture: Matthew 25:2727 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. Observation: As Jesus gives some insight into the kingdom he tells an illustration of a master who entrusts three of his servants with his resources. After returning from a journey he goes to settle accounts wi...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 26

Scripture: Matthew 26: 14-1614 Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him. Observation: A disciple who had been with him for years had...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 24

Scripture: Matthew 24:45-46 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Observation: God is our master and we are to do what He wants and has asked us to do. There is reward for doing what God wants us to...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 23

Scripture: Matthew 23 1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat, 3 so practice and observe whatever they tell you—but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice. 23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the wei...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 22

Scripture: Matthew 22:9-10 9 Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests. Observation: After the first invited guests found themselves too preoccupied to attend, ...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 21

Scripture: "What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said "Son: go and work in the vineyard today." And (the son) answered "I will not," but afterward he changed his mind and went. And the (father) went to the other son and said the same. And the (2nd son) answered "I go, sir" but did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father? (The Pha...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 20

Scripture: Matthew 20:16 – “So the last will be first and the first last.” Observation: Jesus finishes telling the parable of the laborers in the vineyard by illustrating that the kingdom of heaven does not operate on worldly values. Someone of minimal perceived value by government or culture can be of high standing to God. The logic of the gospel repr...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 19

Scripture: Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Observation: Jesus encountered a man who was very religious. He by all accounts must have been very well thought of and really had his “ducks in a row” when it came to spiritual life. He was a rule follower and a comman...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 18

Scripture: Matthew 18:7-9 7 “Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! 8 And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal f...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 16

Scripture: Matt 16 1 And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test (Jesus) they asked him to show them a sign from heaven … 4 (Jesus answered them), “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” Observation: The religious leaders were feeling threatened by who Jesus was showing Himse...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 14

Scripture: "For Herod had seized John, bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias (his brother Philip's wife), because John had been saying to him "It is not lawful for you to have her, (Herod)." And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people because they held (John) to be a prophet. But, when Herod's birthday came the daughter of Herodias d...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 13

Scripture: Matthew 13:44 – “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up.  Then in his joy, he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Observation: The kingdom of heaven is valuable and to be protected.  You have to seek to find the kingdom of heaven.  When you find the kingdom of hea...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 12

Scripture: Matthew 12: 7-97 And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.” Observation: The Pharisees keep placing Jesus under their expectations. They view him and expect him to act in a way that they have said to please them...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 11

Scripture: Matthew 11:1 When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities. Observation: Jesus' ministry included both small group discipleship and evangelism to the masses. Application: As we continue the ministry of Jesus today through His Spirit, He will lead us to make disciples in smaller and intima...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 10

Scripture: Matthew 10:16 Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Observation: Jesus is sending his disciples out to go spread the Gospel and warning them to be aware of their circumstances, alert about the evil around them yet be open and inviting to those they encounter. He paints a picture of opposites t...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 9

Scripture: Matthew 9 11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” .... 13 (Jesus said to the Pharisees) “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” Observation: Jesus has just cal...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 8

Scripture: Matthew 8:11-1211 I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12 while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Observation: Jesus tells his disciples that people who once were on th...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 7

Scripture: (multiple references follows) "Judge not, that you be not judged....Enter by the narrow gate. (Here's why--) For the gate is wide and the way easy that leads to destruction-and those who enter it (the wide gate) are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life-and those who find (the narrow gate) are few...." Matt 7:1; 13-14   "......

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 6

Scripture: Matthew 6:12, 14-15 – and forgive us our debts, as we have also forgiven our debtors.For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Observation: Jesus is giving us a model of how to pray to our Father in the Lord&...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 5

Scripture: Matthew 5:16 - In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Observation: Jesus speaks to the witness of his followers during his sermon captured in chapter five of Matthew. He covers many topics but central is the idea that his followers are called to be salt and ligh...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 4

Scripture: Matthew 4:1Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Observation: Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  The Spirit did not tempt, however, the Spirit led Him to be tempted by the enemy. Jesus’ temptation gives every believer insight on how to defeat the attacks of the enemy. We...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 3

Scripture: Matthew 3:4 John's clothes were made of camel's hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. Observation: John the Baptist came to prepare the way for Christ. In this chapter Matthew described John’s manner of life. He describes his clothes, his food and his lifestyle. They were all simple. They reflected how he...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 1

Scripture: Matthew 1:17 So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations. Observation: If my math is right, 42 generations between Abraham and the promise and the coming of the Messiah. In the genealogy of Jesu...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 2

Scripture:  Matthew 2 13 ... behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14 And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15 and r...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 131

Scripture: O LORD, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high. I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother-like a weaned child is my soul within me--O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and forevermore. Ps 131:1-3   Observation: I thin...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 130

Scripture: Psalm 130:4-6 – But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you. I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word. I long for the Lord more than sentries for long for the dawn, yes more than sentries long for the dawn. Observation: The Psalmist recognizes that he is a sinner with no way out except for the f...

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