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Good Life Journal - Psalm 36

Scripture: Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; Your judgements are like the great deep; Man and beast you save, O Lord. How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, an...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 33

Scripture: Psalm 33:18 - Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love Observation: God watches over those who live in awe of Him. God's love is unchanging for those who trust in Him for their provision. Application: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. (Proverbs ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 32

Scripture: Psalm 32:1 - "Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered." Observation: Psalm 32 is a psalm written by David. It discusses the theme of God's faithfulness to forgive when we confess. Throughout the psalm the pattern is shown, when we acknowledge our sin to God, He is faithful to forgive us. Application: Although this seems so b...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 27

Scripture: Psalm 27:1-2The Lord is my light and my salvation;whom shall I fear?The Lord is the stronghold of my life;of whom shall I be afraid? Observation: The psalmist starts this song with total clarity on who God is and what it means for his life. God is both the light of salvation and the stronghold of his life. The result in his life? There is nothing to be afraid...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 26

Scripture: Psalm 26:1 and 26:4-5 Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.. I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites.I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked. Observation: David states that he has walked in faith. This connotates action on the part of...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 23

Scripture: Psalm 23 Vs 1TheLordis my shepherd; I shall not want. Vs 3 He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Vs 4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; Vs 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of theLordforever. Observat...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 19

Scripture: Psalm 19:14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Observation: The psalmist declares the glory of God in creation, specifically in the heavens, the sky and the sun. As he meditates on the enormity and glory of God, he sees his own issues, problems, inconsistencies. Yet instead of ...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 28

Scripture: From morning till evening he expounded to them testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus-both from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets. And some were convinced by what he said but others disbelieved. And disagreeing among themselves they departed after Paul made one statement: "The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathe...

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Good Life Journal -‘Acts 27

Scripture: Acts 27:23-25 For this very night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, and he said, 'Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.' So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told. Observation: During the fury ...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 26

Scripture: Acts 26:15-16And I said, 'Who are you, Lord?' And the Lord said,'I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.16But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, Observation: Paul is testifying before King Ag...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 25

Scripture: Acts 25:19 Rather they had certain points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, who was dead, but whom Paul asserted to be alive. Observation: As Festus talks with Agrippa about Paul's situation he shares how he doesn't understand what the big deal is. To him, the dispute between Paul and the Jews about the resurrection of Je...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 24

Scripture: Acts 24:25 And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, "Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you." Observation: Felix was in complete control of this situation. He knew Paul was innocent yet he kept Paul in jail to appease the Jews and/or to get money from Paul. Felix...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 23

Scripture: Acts 23Vs 1 And looking intently at the council, Paul said, "Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day."Vs 2 And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth.Vs 3 Then Paul said to him, "God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Are you sitting to judge me according to the law,...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 22

Scripture: Acts 22:99Now those who were with me saw the light but did not understand the voice of the one who was speaking to me. Observation: Paul is sharing the story of his transformation with Fathers and sons in hopes they will hear of this testimony and turn from their sin and follow Jesus. This way is the way that Paul as Saul persecuted yet in a moment bowed and ...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 21

Scripture: And having sought out the disciples, we (Paul and his posse) stayed there for seven days. And through the Spirit they (the disciples at Tyre) were telling Paul not to go on to Jerusalem....On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea and we entered the house of Phillip the evangelist (who was one of the seven) and stayed with him. He (Phillip) had four unma...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 19

Scripture: Acts 19:25-28These he gathered together, with the workmen in similar trades, and said, "Men, you know that from this business we have our wealth. And you see and hear that not only in Ephesus but in almost all of Asia this Paul has persuaded and turned away a great many people, saying that gods made with hands are not gods. And there is danger not only that thi...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 20

Scripture: Acts 20:24 - 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 I received from the Lord Jesus to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Observation: Paul is giving advice to the Ephesian elders and tells them that his life by itself has no value. In spite of beatings, imprisonment, Paul li...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 18

Scripture: Acts 18:26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him and explained to him the way of God more accurately. Observation: Apollos was a passionate and gifted preacher. He was effective and spoke the truths of Jesus accurately. However he was not in total understanding of the Spirit. So Priscilla and Aquila...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 17

Scripture: Acts 17:11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Observation: Paul showed us an example of how we are to spread the word. The men and women of Berea showed us an example of how we are to receive the word. Application: Paul spoke bold...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 15

Scripture: Acts 15:9-119and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith. 10Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will." Observati...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 16

Scripture: Acts 16 16As (Paul and Silas) were going to the place of prayer ... 19 ... they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers.22The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods.23And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 14

Scripture: When they had preached the gospel to that city (Derbe) and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Anticoch, strengthening the souls of the disciples encouraging them to continue in the faith and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the Kingdom of God. Acts 14:21-22 Observation: What follows the Gospel? Not exactl...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 13

Scripture: Acts 13:47-49 For so the Lord has commanded us saying, " I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you my bring salvation to the ends of the earth." And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole ...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 11

Scripture: Acts 11:27Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius). 29So the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers[d] living in Judea. 30And...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 12

Scripture: Acts 12:5 - So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. Observation: As Acts chapter 12 opens Peter is in prison for his preaching of the gospel. The church intercedes on his behalf and God performs a miracle to allow Peter to escape from prison. Peter visits the church and they are amazed that God delivered hi...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 10

Scripture: Acts 10:34-35 So Peter opened his mouth and said: "Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, 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' conversion but Peter's conversion. From the legalistic laws of the Jews to now accepting that Christianity was me...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 9

Scripture: Acts 94 ... "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" 5 And he said, "Who are you, Lord?" And he said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6 But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do."8 Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand ... 10 Now there was a disciple at Dama...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 7

Scripture: (Stephen says) "Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands. As the prophet says:"Heaven is my throne and the earth My footstool.What kind of house will you build for Me?" says the Lord,"or what is the place of My rest? Did not My hand make all of these things?"(Stephen continues) "You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you alway...

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Good Life Journal - Acts 8

Scripture: Acts 8:10-11They all paid attention to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, this man is the power of God that is called great. And they paid attention to him because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic. Observation: Stephen is dead, Christians are saddened yet empowered and evil is knocking at the door. Application: What is evil God ca...

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