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Good Life Journal - Psalm 119

Scripture: Psalm 119:71 It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes. Observation: Sometimes it takes suffering to realize we are dependent upon God. It is often only at our lowest when we finally look up. When we are high we often think we are the reason we got to this position. We rely on our self and not God for his wisdom. Application: ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 119

Scripture: Psalm 119:25-40 25 ... GIVE ME LIFE according to your word!26 ... your statutes!27 ... your precepts,28 ... your word!29 ... your law!30 ... your rules 32 ... your commandments33 ... your statutes34 ... your law35 ... your commandments 37 ... your ways.39 ... your rules are good.40 I long for your precepts;in your righteousness GIVE ME LIFE! Observation: The...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 13

Scripture: (multiple references) "Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith." (Heb 13:7) "Obey your leaders and submit to them for they are keeping watch over your souls as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning-for that would be of no ad...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 12

 Scripture: Hebrews 12:2 – 3 – We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross disregarding the shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people, then you won’t become wear...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 10

Scripture: Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Observation: Meeting together with other believers on a regular basis to encourage each other and challenge each other is important. Liv...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 8

Scripture: Hebrews 8 Vs. 6 ... Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. Vs. 12 "For I will be merciful toward their iniquities,and I will remember their sins no more.” Observation: Jesus is the one and only better High Priest.He has made a sacrifice t...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 9

Scripture: Hebrews 9:27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment. Observation: This chapter serves as a reminder that Jesus will come again. When he does come, he will come to judge. I must prepare now for His second coming. The description of the physical boundary in the holy of holies serves as a reminder that many know about God...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 4

Scripture: Hebrews 4:13And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account Observation: People either entered or did not enter the rest of God that was offered. Obedience and faith enters and disobedience and hardened hearts does not allow entrance. Application: So many times I say with my mouth that ...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 6

Scripture: "Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity: Not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God; and of instructions about washings; the laying on of hands; the resurrection of the dead; and eternal judgement. (And) this we will do if God permits." Heb 6:1-3.   Observation: There is a ...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 5

Scripture: Hebrews 5:8-9 - Even though Jesus was God’s son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. In this way God qualified him as the perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for those who obey him. Observation:Jesus was always obedient to God’s will. Jesus’ obedience to the Father’s will was learned through...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 2

Scripture: Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. Observation: This verse suggests that we must pay attention. It is not about rejecting Jesus and His word but neglecting it. Drifting is going with the current, not against it. It is easier to go with the current than against it. Going with the world is ...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 3

Scripture: Hebrews 3:7-8 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, Observation: The Holy Spirit is graceful enough to warn us when our hearts and actions are in rebellion. The most important change in regards to repentance is the heart. Change starts wi...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 1

Scripture: 1:1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. 8  ... of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is foreve...

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Good Life Journal - Ephesians 5

Scripture: (multiple references) "...Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children...Walk as children of light...and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord....Look carefully then how you walk-not as unwise but as wise--...Therefore do not be foolish but understand what the will of the Lord is...) Eph 5:1; 8b-10; 15; 17.   Observation: The first part of E...

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Good Life Journal - Ephesians 3

Scripture: Eph. 3:17-19 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be fi...

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Good Life Journal - Ephesians 1

Scripture: Eph. 1:22-23 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.  Observation: As Paul begins this letter to the Ephesians he closes his opening statements with a powerful truth. All things are under the feet of Chris...

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Good Life Journal - Ephesians 2

Scripture: Ephesians 2:7 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus  Observation:   Paul not only tells us the “what” but also the “why”. The “what”- He saved us through His grace. He forgave us when we had no chance. He made us r...

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Good Life Journal - Galatians 5

Scripture: Galatians 5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Observation: Paul transitions from telling the Galatians what not to do, trust in circumcision, to telling them what to do, walk in the spirit. Application: Throughout this letter Paul has consistently warned the listeners to not abandon the gospel they first he...

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Good Life Journal - Galatians 6

Scripture: Galatians 6 Vs. 1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Vs. 2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Vs. 5 For each will have to bear his own load. Vs. 17 ... I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. Observation: There is a lot of "bearing" happening here...

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Good Life Journal - Galatians 4

Scripture: "Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. But now that you have come to know God (or rather, be known by God), how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world-whose slaves you want to be once more? You observe days and month and seasons and years! I am afraid I may have...

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Good Life Journal - Galatians 3

Scripture: Galatians 3:26 – For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Observation: Faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and savior is the only way to receive God’s promise of inheritance to become one of His children. Galatian believers were returning to the law about circumcision. The Law does not save anyone but acted a guard until Christ&rsq...

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Good Life Journal - Galatians 1

Scripture: Galatians 1:9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. Observation: Paul reiterates that no matter who is preaching it, if it is not salvation by grace though faith, it is no gospel at all. Application: It didn't take long for false doctrine to creep into the ch...

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Good Life Journal - Galatians 2

Scripture: Galatians 2:2121 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose Observation: Paul has his first disciple Titus with him in his first journey. He goes and encountered several things God. He encounters the pillar apostles at work and even sees Peter being a bit wishy washy when it comes to his ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 118

Scripture: Psalm 118:8. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. Observation: The Psalmist explains that if we put trust in man we will be disappointed. No person or group of people or even government will be able to save us in the way we most need help. Application: This verse reminds me of the help the people need Houston. While they certainly n...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 116

Scripture: Psalm 116 Vs. 3 The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish. Vs. 4 Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!” Vs. 5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. Vs. 6 The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brou...

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