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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 15

Scripture:  "For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; that he was buried; that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures..." I Cor 15:3-4. Observation: The above statement is as succinct as you can get when considering all the stuff that Christians are...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 14

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 14:1– Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives – especially the ability to prophesy. Observation: While Paul is addressing the spiritual gifts of speaking in tongues and prophesy with the Corinthians, he reminds them that love is the main goal. Paul wants the Corinthians to know...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 13

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4-5Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful Observation: Paul is giving the excuses we all use for our actions that we deem christians out of obligation to religion. We all say we do this and do that and esteem it to our maturity an...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 12

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. Observation: Though the gifts of the Spirit are varied, there is one Spirit who gives them all. Application: It is the natural incl...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 11

Scripture:  1 Cor 11:18 For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part! Observation: Division, by the meaning of the word, splits things. In Paul’s letter, he was referring to a church. Paul is writing to believers in Corinth 2000 years ago. But he could be writing to just about...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 10

Scripture:  1 Cor. 10 Vs. 24 "Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor." Vs. 31 "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."  Vs. 33 "... I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved." Observation:   Pa...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 9

Scripture: I Cor. 9:23-24 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.   Observation:  Paul communicates the why behind his highly sacrificial ministry. He does it all fo...

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Good Life Church - 1 Corinthians 8

Scripture:   "Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that "all of us possess knowledge."  This "knowledge" puffs up, but love builds up.  If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know....For if anyone sees you who has knowledge eating in an idol's temple, will he not be encouraged (if his conscience is weak) to ...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 7

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7:22-23 – And remember, if you were a slave when the Lord called you, you are now free in the Lord. And if you were free when the Lord called you, you are now a slave of Christ. God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world. Observation: Paul is responding to questions from the church at Corinth regarding how peopl...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 6

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6 19-20 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. Observation: Paul is clearly communicating that he can what he wants but sometimes chooses not to. It maybe lawful but it may not be goo...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 5

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.” Observation: Paul directs the church to deal with sexual immorality within the church. He also challenges them to not judge the sexual immoral that are in the...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 4

Scripture: 1 Cor 4:7 . For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?  Observation:   Paul turns his message from the privileges of the Corinthians to how they should be view their church leaders. Some of the leaders in Corinth were boastful and liked a...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 3

Scripture: 1 Cor. 3 Vs 6 "I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth."Vs. 7 "So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth."Vs. 8 "He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor."Vs. 10 "According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a fo...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 2

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. Observation: Paul continues his letter to the church and recounts his ministry and investment into them. He shares that he humbled himself and shared with them the basic foundation of the gospel and stuck simply to life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus. ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 72

Scripture: James 72:18-19 – Praise the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does such wonderful things. Praise his glorious name forever! Let the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and amen! Observation: The psalmist here is concluding that the God of Israel is deserving of praise for all things including righteousness, defense of the poor, abundance fro...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 1

Scripture: "For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing but to us who are being saved it is the power of God...For since in the wisdom of God the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: A stumbling blo...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 70

Scripture: Psalm 70:3 3 Be to me a rock of refuge,to which I may continually come;you have given the command to save me,for you are my rock and my fortress. Observation: David is being open and honest with God who. Seek him. But also he is being honest and upfront with his response. I can learn so much not only about about the response (prayer) but the content of the r...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 68

Scripture: Psalm 68:20 Our God is a God of salvation, and to God, the Lord, belong deliverances from death. Observation: Though God does bring judgment upon the wicked, He is a God of salvation. Apart from Him there would only be the absence of life. Application: God is my deliverer. I can't count the amount of times that God has saved me from myself, from others, fro...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 67

Scripture: Psalm 67:3-4. Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Observation: In this Psalm, we read that the Psalmist praises God. He encourages the nations to praise God as well. Hs states that God judges the nations and the peop...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 60

Scripture: Psalm 60:1 O God, you have rejected us, broken our defenses; you have been angry; oh, restore us. Observation: The psalmist assumes the state of the people of God is in direct connection to God's punishment or chastisement. Application: It isn't bad theology to believe that God removes His hand of favor and that he allows his own people to be put to shame b...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 65

Scripture: Vs. 1 Praise is due to you, O God, Vs. 4 Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,to dwell in your courts!We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,the holiness of your temple! Vs 5 ... O God of our salvation,the hope of all the ends of the earthand of the farthest seas;6 the one who by his strength established the mountains,being girded with ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 56-59

Scripture: "But I will sing of Your strength; I will sing aloud of Your steadfast love in the morning. For You have been to me a fortress and a refuge I the day of my distress. O my Strength: I will sing praises to You; for You O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love." Ps 59:16-17. "My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and ...

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Good Life Journal - James 5

Scripture: James 5:13 – Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. Observation: No matter what our situation is at any given point in time, we need to communicate with God. Paul tell us this in Philippians 4:6, “Don’t worry about anything: instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and...

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Good Life Journal - James 3

Scripture: James 3:1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. Observation: Teachers will be held to a different standard. This should be considered before someone seeks this position. Application: As a teacher this scripture is especially relevant. I spend my days modeling and teaching ...

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Good Life Journal - James 4

Scripture: James 4:2-3 2 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. Observation: James knows the issues within the believers, and it's honestly the same ones now. The world and the flesh of ...

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Good Life Journal - James 2

Scripture: James 2:1 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory Observation: Prejudice and favoritism was prevalent even in early churches. Not only do believers treat non believers differently, we don't treat all believers the sameShowing partiality, favoritism is a sin.God's judgement is better than my judgment an...

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Good Life Journal - James 1

Scripture: James1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:12-15Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he ...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 15

Scripture: "We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself but as it is written: "The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me." For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction that th...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 16

Scripture: Romans 16:3-4 Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks as well. Observation: Paul takes the time to publicly recognize Prisca and Aquila for risking their own safety and reputation for Paul. Because of their sacrifice the gosp...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 14

Scripture: Romans 14:7-9 – For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves. If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die we belong to the Lord. Christ died and rose again for this very purpose – to be Lord of both the living and the dead. Observation: When we receive Christ as our...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 12

Scripture: Romans 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Observation: Paul pleads with believers to offer their bodies as a sacrifice. Not to die for the sake of Christ but rather to live for the name of Christ. Application: The most imp...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 13

Scripture: Romans 3:14But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. Observation: Paul is making clear the extent of the law and the fulfillment of the law is not the keeping of tons of commandments individually, it's the keeping of the most important. Realistically if you keep loving your neighbor as you love yourself you...

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