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Good Life Journal - 1 Peter 1

Scripture: "According to his great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarding through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though no...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 36

Scripture: Psalm 36:7 – How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. Observation: God’s love for us is of great value to Him and that love remains steadfast. God’s love does not change based on circumstances and is unending. God, as creator of the universe and everyone in it, protects those who fol...

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Good Life Journal. Psalm 33

Scripture: Psalm 33:16-17 The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue. Observation: The security of man is not in the power or skill of their army. These are false senses of security. Rescue comes from the Lord. Application: I spend many ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 30

Scripture: Psalm 30:55 For his anger is but for a moment,and his favor is for a lifetime.Weeping may tarry for the night,but joy comes with the morning. Observation: The psalmist acknowledges that the anger of God is temporary but the favor of God is lasting. He doesn't ignore that God can grow frustrated with him, but he understands that the frustration is temporary. T...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 27

Scripture: Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? Observation: David confidence, trust and hope is in the Lord. It is not in man, men or himself. David's confidence is in the Lord not things. David courage came from above. It came from God and not of this world. David's guidance came from God not from the world. Application: Too...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 27

Scripture: Acts 27:10-11 “Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.” But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship. Observation: Paul, though not an expert in sailing or in weather, has been given insigh...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 24

Scripture: 25:8 Then Paul made his defense: “I have done nothing wrong against the Jewish law or against the temple or against Caesar.” Observation: Paul was brought before Festus, a new Roman leader, to have his case heard. Paul was falsely accused by the Jewish leaders of Jerusalem of all kinds of acts yet without any proof. Festus, while not religious, fo...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 24

Scripture: Acts 24 vs. 16 "I (Paul) always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man." vs. 21 "... It is with respect to the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you this day." vs. 25 "And as he (Paul) reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix (the Roman official) was alarmed..." vs. 27 "... desiring...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 23

Scripture: Acts 23:1And looking intently at the council, Paul said, “Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day.” Observation: Paul, before the council, claims to have lived before God in good conscience everyday of his life. This is a stunning claim, especially since Paul used to persecute the church of Jesus. He actuall...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 22

Scripture: Acts 22:22 The crowd listened to Paul until he said this. Then they raised their voices and shouted, “Rid the earth of him! He’s not fit to live!” Observation: Paul was telling his story and everyone listened intently. He shares the story of how Jesus confronted him on the road to Damascus, how he was blinded, how God sent Ananias, how he re...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 20

Scripture: Acts20:24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Observation: Though Paul has accomplished much, gone many places, led many people, even raised the dead, he never lost track of the goal. Finishing wel...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 21

Scripture: “And when we had parted from them and set sail, we came by a straight course to Cos and the next day to Rhodes and from there to Patara. And having found a ship crossing to Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail. When we had come in sight of Cyprus, leaving it on the left we sailed to Syria and landed at Tyre, for there the ship was to unload its cargo. A...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 16

Scripture: Vs 10 "Paul ... concluded God had called us ..." Vs 14 "... we sat down and spoke to the women ..." Vs 18 "... Paul, having become really annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." Vs 23 "And when they have inflicted many blows up on them, they threw (Paul and Silas) into prison ..." Vs 25 "About ...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 14

Scripture: Acts 14:21-23 – After preaching the Good News in Derbe and making many disciples, Paul and Barnabas returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch of Pisidia, where they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God. Paul and Barnabas also appointed elders...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 14

Scripture: Acts 14:8-11 and 19-20 "Now at Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet. He was crippled from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul speaking. And Paul, looking intently at him and seeing that he had faith to be made well, said in a loud voice, "Stand upright on your feet."And he sprang up and began walking. And when the crowds saw wh...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 10

Scripture: Acts10:34-35 34 So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. Observation: This chapter is about conversion. Not Cornelius is conversion but Peter's conversion. Peter now understood that Christianity was meant for all believer...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 9

Scripture: Acts 9:15 But The Lord said to him, "Go. For he (Saul) is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name…"16 for I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name. 20 And immediately he (Saul) proclaimed Jesus ... 24 ... The Jews plotted to kill him. 27 Barnabas brought him to the apostles and declared to them ... how Saul preached boldly i...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 7

Scripture: “And the high priest said (to Stephen), “Are these things so?” And Stephen said…” (Acts 7:1 and 2a) Observation: After chapter 6 where worthless men were instigated into saying falsehoods about Stephen before the Council, we read where the high priest opens the door for Stephen to give a full account—so full that Stephen ...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 8

Scripture: “Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ. And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip, when they heard him and saw the signs that he did. For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. So there was much j...

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