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Good Life Journal - John 8

Scripture: John 8:7-11 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jes...

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Good Life Journal - John 7

Scripture:  John 7:24 "Do not judge by appearances but judge with right judgment." And v50 "Nicodemus, who had gone to Him before and who was one of them, said to them "Does our Law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?"" Observation: These two verses don't seem to have any correlation with each other. But imagining deeper perhap...

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Good Life Journal - John 6

Scripture: John 6:35 – Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” Observation: Jesus answers the crowds request for the true bread from God by telling them, “I Am the bread of life.” The people want God’s gift and are thereby open to be changed...

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Good Life Journal - John 5

Scripture: John 5:5-95 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” 7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps...

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Good Life Journal - John 4

Scripture: John 4:42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.” Observation: After the woman meets Jesus and He reveals a glimpse of His divinity through knowing the details of her life, she leaves her water jar and runs back to...

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Good Life Journal - John 3

Scripture: John 3:20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. Observation: This chapter contains several verses that are often quoted. John 3:16 is one of the most widely known verse as is verse 3. Jesus continues to speak in terms that some find difficult to understand. He makes it clear that on...

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Good Life Journal - John 1

Scripture: John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. Observation: John teaches us that Jesus is God, was with God in the beginning, was present and active in creation and was later sent to earth by God the Father. Though this pushes our understanding of personhoo...

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Good Life Journal - John 2

Scripture: Vs 1 ".... there was a wedding at Cana ..."Vs 5 "His (Jesus) mother said to the servants, 'Do whatever He (Jesus) tells you'."Vs 7 "Jesus sad to the servants, "Fill the jars with water."And they filled them to the brim.Vs 8 "And He said to them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast."So they took it. Observation: Here we have the wedding w...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 55

Scripture: Ps 55:4-8 "My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me. And I say, "Oh that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest; yes, I would wander far away; I would lodge in the wilderness (Selah). I would hurry to find shelter from the raging wind and tempest." Ob...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 51

Scripture: Psalm 51:12 – Restore me to the joy of your salvation and make me willing to obey you. Observation: David is clearly broken over his sin and wants to be made new with God by repenting. There is great joy in God’s saving grace. David asks God give him the will to be obedient to Him. Application: This verse provides a blueprint for how I should de...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 49

Scripture: Psalm 49: 18-20 18 For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed -and though you get praise when you do well for yourself-19 his soul will go to the generation of his fathers, who will never again see light.20 Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish. Observation: These Psalms go up and down. The perishing of the wicke...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 43

Scripture: Psalm 43:3 Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! Observation: In Psalms 42 and 43, David describes a time in his life when he is seeking God. He is seeking God’s protection, God’s direction and proof that God exists. David knows that he has sinned and because of his in, he p...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 39

Scripture: Psalm 39 Vs 1 "... The wicked are in my presence."Vs 4 "Let me know how fleeting I am!"Vs 5 "Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath!"Vs 11 "Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath!"Vs 12 "I am a sojourner with You." Observation: David is in unpleasant circumstances.He is in the presence of the "wicked".He is having steady and overwhelming reminders th...

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Good Life Journal - 3 John

Scripture: 3 John vs. 11a: "Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good." Observation: I have to look, sometimes look hard, but it seems a practical application can always be found in the Scriptures. Imitation can sound a whole lot like works but it isn't, is it? Application: Imitation sounds so plastic, so contrived, and so fake; it kind of seems out of place as an...

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Good Life Journal - 1 John 4

Scripture: 1 John 4:7 7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God Observation: The understanding and application of love has more weight than anything else when it comes to our connection and relationship with God. Application: The love that God has given us in Christ should result in a love for other...

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Good Life Journal - 1 John 5

Scripture: 1 John 5:11-13 11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. Observation: God has given mankind eternal life...

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Good Life Journal - 2 John

Scripture: 2 John 1:1-2 – This letter is from John, the elder. I am writing to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in the truth –as does everyone else who knows the truth- because the truth lives in us and will be with us forever. Observation: John is writing this letter to the church and its members. John emphasizes that he loves the church in the...

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Good Life Journal - 1 John 3

Scripture: 1 John 3: 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. Observation: This chapter continues with the theme that believing in Christ leads to new behavior and different living from the world. We are part of God’s family. Nothing we can do or say will change that. It is up to us to live like we are part of His family and le...

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Good Life Journal - 1 John 2

Scripture: Vs. 16 "The desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions is not from the Father but is from the world. Vs 17 "And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever." Observation: John is describing the preeminence of Christ.The love of Jesus is so perfect and complete that nothing is...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Peter 3

Scripture: 2nd Peter 3:1b: "In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember...v11b: "...what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness..." v16b-18a: "...There are some things in them (Paul's letters) that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as th...

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Good Life Journal - 1 John 1

Scripture: 1 John 1:8-10 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. Observation: Sin is a reality in every person’s life. Some deeper ...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Peter 2

Scripture: 2 Peter 2:9-10 – So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue Godly people from their trials, even while keeping the wicked under punishment until the day of final judgement. He is especially hard on those who follow their own twisted sexual desire and despise authority. These people are proud and arrogant, daring even to scoff at supernatural beings without ...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Peter 1

Scripture: 2Peter 1:1 Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: Observation: Peter begins this letter to the believers by letting them know that even though he knew Jesus personally walked with him, talked with him and saw him after the resur...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Peter 5

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:1-11 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over thos...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Peter 4

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. Observation: Peter is making it clear that behavior that occurred before acceptin...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Peter 3

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:9-10 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; Observation: Peter is giving basic instructions for families and fellow bel...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Peter 2

Scripture: Peter 2:9-10 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Observation/Application...

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