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Good Life Journal - 2 Thess. 3

Scripture: Vs. 1 "Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you" Vs. 4 "And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command." Vs. 5 "May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ." Vs. 7 "For you yourselves know h...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Thess. 2

Scripture: Thessalonians 2:10 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Observation: Paul is not only giving the warning, he is reminding them that he has already given them this warning. The things not only to look for, but the reminder of who wins. Jesus the king will with his breath and...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Thess. 1

Scripture:     "We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right because your faith is growing abundantly and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing-Therefore we ourselves boast about you....To this end we always pray for you that out God may make you worthy of His calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and ev...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Thess. 4

Scripture: 1 Thess. 4:1  Finally, then, brothers,[a] we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. Observation: The church was responding appropriately to the grace of Jesus by living and walking in obedience and seeking to please God. Paul urges the...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Thess. 5

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:8-9 – But let us who live by the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.  For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour his anger on us.       Observation: Paul is giving the Thessalonian Church guidanc...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Thess. 3

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 3:8 For now we live, if you are standing fast in the Lord.  Observation: As Paul describes to the church how he had longed to hear of their faith he explains that once he heard they were walking in the truth he could now "live". Application:   The "life" of an apostolic leader is not found in numbers. It's not found in statistics ...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Thess. 2

Scripture: 1 Thes 2:6-8  Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel ...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Thess. 1

Scripture: Vs. 6 "And you became imitators of us and of the Lord ..." Vs. 7 "so that you became an example to all the believers ..." Vs. 8 "the word of the Lord sounded forth from you ..., your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything." Observation: Paul is encouraging the Thessalonians in not only their faith, but also their deeds.They...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 88

Scripture: "O Lord, God of my salvation, I cry out day and night before you. Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry! For my soul is full of troubles...You have put me in the depths of the pit, in the regions dark and deep...my eye grows dim through sorrow...Every day I call upon you, O Lord; I spread out my hands to you....Are your wonders known in the ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 90

Scripture: Psalm 91 1 1 “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will rest in the shadow of the Almighty”Observation: Psalm 91 is a glowing testimony to the security of those who trust in the Lord. Psalm 91 is the opposite of Psalm 90. Psalm 90, attributed to Moses, asks God to have compassion on his people who experience God’s wrath because of t...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 86

Scripture: Psalm 86:11 – Teach me you ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I my honor you. Observation: The Psalmist is asking God to teach him in His ways of unfailing love and forgiveness. The psalmist recognizes God as the soverign Lord which represents truth. He wants to live his live by following the truth o...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 78

Scripture: Psalm 78:17  Yet they sinned still more against him, rebelling against the Most High in the desert. Observation: The purpose of this psalm is to recount God’s faithfulness throughout Israel’s history.  Israel’s forefathers were stubborn and rebellious and the psalmist was writing so the reader would not be like their forefathe...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 80

Scripture:  Psalm 80:3; 7; 19 Restore us,[a] O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved! Observation:  3 times the psalmist voices this plea to God. The psalmist believes that restoration is found in the presence of God; that only he makes salvation possible. Application: A few things. First I must remember where my help comes from when I find myself ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 77

Scripture: Psalm 77 Vs. 4 You hold my eyelids open;I am so troubled that I cannot speak. Vs. 11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;yes, I will remember your wonders of old. Vs. 14 You are the God who works wonders. Observation: The author is extremely tormented by some kind of trouble.He has such angst that he can not even sleep ... can't even speak.His mind is cl...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 11

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 11 Observation: (V:3) Just as Satan tempted Eve causing her to believe that God's insufficiency made Him unworthy and incapable to care for her, Paul is worried the church will fall into the same misconception. (V:4) Paul is acknowledging that Satan is attacking the church with a false Jesus and false gospel, free of sickness and suffering. Howev...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 73

Scripture: Psalm 73:23-26  23 “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Observation:  Psalm...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 13

Scripture: "Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you?-unless indeed you fail to meet the test." 2 Cor 13:5   Observation: Why is Paul challenging the Corinth church corporately and individuals specifically like this? Test myself? Is he calling for me to doubt? O...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 12

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weakness, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weakness, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am ...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 10

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. Observation: As Paul continues to defend his ministry against skeptical Corinthians he makes a powerful statement. He doesn't fight his battles in the flesh though he is still in the flesh as a human. Instead he fights with divine power and wit...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 9

Scripture:  2 Cor 9:6-7 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Observation: Paul wanted to make sure the Corinthians were going to fulfill a promise they had mad...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 8

Scripture: 2 Cor. 8:Vs. 1 We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, Vs. 2 for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. Vs. 3 For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of th...

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Good Life Church - 2 Corinthians 7

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 7:6 But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, Observation: Paul shares with the church the great pain and distress that he has felt and experienced. He shares that in the darkness God was his comfort. Application: Depression, darkness and discomfort is to be expected in the life of a believer. Even when walking i...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 6

Scripture: "We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open. You are not restricted by us but you are restricted in your own affections. In return...widen your heart also." 2 Cor 6:11-13 Observation: It appears that this broad section of Scripture (2 Cor 4-7), while there is a lot of detailed instruction, is about pressing into Sanctification; walking in...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 5

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:14– 15 Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. Observation: Christ&rsq...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 4

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 10:4 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. Observation: Paul giving descriptions on the new life in Jesus. He gives a clarity of the Gospel and its power and penetration power in the heart of man. He says this statement in verse 10 that is physical and spiritual. ...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 3

Scripture:  2 Cor. 3:3 And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Observation: Paul says to look no further than the fruit of the church when seeking a letter of recommendation for Paul’s authority and c...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 2

Scripture: 2 Cor 2:7-10   Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8 I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. 9 Another reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. 10 Anyone you forgive, I also forgiv...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 1

Scripture: 2 Cor. 1 Vs 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  Vs 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  Vs 5 For as we share abundantly in Christ...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 16

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 16:7 For I do not want to see you now just in passing. I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. Observation: As Paul closes out his first letter to the church in Corinth, he expresses a desire to visit and spend some good time together. Application: It's easy to read through the letters of the New Testament and see a bunch of "...

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