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Good Life Journal - John 9

Scripture: John 9:20-23 20"We know he is our son," the parents answered, "and we know he was born blind.21But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don't know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself."22His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders,who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah woul...

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Good Life Journal - John 8

Scripture: John 8 2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 27 They did not understand that he had been speaking to them about the Father. 28 So Jesus said to them, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, 29 And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, ...

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Good Life Journal - John 7

Scripture: John 7: 40-4340 When they heard these words, some of the people said, "This really is the Prophet." 41 Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "Is the Christ to come from Galilee? 42 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the offspring of David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?" 43 So there was a division among the...

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Good Life Journal - John 6

Scripture: When many of his disciples heard it they said, "This is a hard saying, who can listen to it?" But Jesus (knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this) said to them "Do you take offense at this? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the Spirit who gives life-the flesh is no help at all..." After th...

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Good Life Journal - John 5

Scripture: John 5:14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, "See you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you." Observation: Jesus healed the man by the pool at Bethesda who had been an invalid for 38 years. However, his physical healing was not his greatest need. Jesus sought the man and told him that he was well and to sin no more...

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Good Life Journal - John 4

Scripture : John 4:34 - Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. Observation : Jesus and the disciples had been busy traveling and doing ministry. The disciples were urging Jesus to eat and be sustained but Jesus replies "I have food you do not know about." After the disciples were puzzled by the response Jesus correc...

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Good Life Journal - John 3

Scripture: Nicodemus speaking: "Rabbi: we know that you are a teacher come from God (for no one can do the signs you do unless God is with him)." Jesus answered him "Truly, truly I say to you: Unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." Nicodemus said to him "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb?" John 3:2...

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Good Life Journal - John 2

Scripture: John 2:5 His mother said to the servants "Do whatever he tells you." Observations: Jesus had traveled to a wedding with His mother and His disciples. Wedding in those days were big deals. They often lasted days and to run out of food or wine would have been a major embarrassment for the host family and close to an offense of hospitality in the Jewish culture...

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Good Life Journal - John 1

Scripture: John 1 Vs 1 the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Vs 2 He was in the beginning with God. Vs 10 yet the world did not know him. Vs 18 God has made him known. Vs 31 (John the Baptist said), "I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel." Vs 48 Nathanael said to Jesus, "How do you k...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 53

Scripture: Psalm 53:3 3They have all fallen away;together they have become corrupt;there is none who does good,not even one. Observation: David is just getting started in his plea for God to take care and heap judgement on his enemies. We learn later in the psalm that it is men who used to walk with. He says is verse 13 and 14 of Psalm 55; 13But it is you, a man, my eq...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 51

Scripture: "Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love---According to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgression and my sin is ever before me. Against you-You only-have I sinned and done what is evil in Your sight so that you may be justified in Your words and ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 50

Scripture: Psalm 50:23 The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God! Observation: By giving thanks and being grateful to God brings Him glory. Follow God's path and he will reveal His salvation. Application: Every day I must be thankful for everything that God has provided for myself...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 46

Scripture : Psalm 46:1 : God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Observation : Psalm 46 is about the ever changing world around us and the anchor that is God. The kingdoms we see will rise and fall, even the mountains and seas may change, but, God remains the same. The psalmist invites the reader to come and behold The Lord. Application...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 42

Scripture: "As a deer pants for flowing streams so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God....Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God---for I shall again praise Him (who is) my Salvation and my God....My soul is cast down within me therefore I remember You." (Ps 42:1-2 and 5-6a) Observation: ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 39

Scripture: Psalm 39:5Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah Observation : The psalmist king writes of the brevity of his own life, especially compared to the eternal reign of God. He compares the life of man to one breath of God. Application: Control, control, contro...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 37

Scripture: Psalm 37Vs 1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers Vs 3 Trust in the Lord, and do good Vs 5 trust in Him, and He will act.Vs 7 fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way Vs 8 Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.Vs 10 In just a little while, the wicked will be no more;Vs 39 The salvation of the righteous is from theLord Vs 40 He delivers the...

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Good Life Journal - 3 John

Scripture: 4I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. Observation: John shares the joy he experiences when he hears that people he has invested in are walking out their faith. He calls it his greatest joy. Application: I find joy in a lot of things. Family, sports, good food, music, and comedy. However, each of those things can caus...

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Good Life Journal - 2 John 1

Scripture: Though I have much to write to you I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face so that our joy may be complete. (2 John 1:12) Observation: 2 John seems more like a personal letter than an epistle for all the churches. Even so, there are gems to be found in this letter. We also find the Word of God. Applicatio...

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Good Life Journal - 1 John 5

Scripture: 1 John5:1-2 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. Observation: When we place our faith in Jesus that he is the Son of God, we become adopted children of God. To love...

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Good Life Journal - 1 John 4

Scripture: 1 John 4:4 4Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. Observation: John reminds the reader that not all spirits are from God. An evil spirit can not confess Christ as Lord. If we have His Spirit in us, we can overcome any evil because He is greater than any force. Application: The...

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Good Life Journal - 1 John 3

Scripture: Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness-sin is lawlessness. You know that He appeared in order to take away sins and in Him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning. No one who keeps on sinning has (neither) seen Him or (has) known Him. Little children: Let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is rig...

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Good Life Journal - 1 John 2

Scripture: 1 John 2:5-6 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. Observation: John is giving some practical instruction on what it means to live as a Christian. Living in obedience to God's commands is not how we can get to heaven but it is the fruit,...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Peter 3

Scripture: 2 Peter 3:99The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. Observation: Peter is giving his final words to encourage them to remember. Remember what Jesus did, who God is, and what his desires are. Reminding of the evil at the doorway and ...

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Good Life Journal - 1 John 1

Scripture: Vs 3 That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. Vs 4And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. Vs 5This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no d...

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Good Life Journal -2 Peter 2

Scripture: And many will follow their sensuality and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. 2 Peter 2:2Observation: Peter gets right in their confronting the readers with statements, extrapolations of actions, and certainty of results. And (get this) Peter is talking to and about Believers, Church folk-not unbelievers. Folks like you and me.Application: ...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Peter 1

Scripture: 2Peter 1:5 - 9 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep ...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Peter 5

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6 - "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you" Observation: Peter writes to the church elders about the shepherding of the local church. He reminds them of their call in God and asks that they serve eagerly and willingly. Being like Christ means putting others first and not promoting one'...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Peter 4

Scripture: Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh arm yourselves with the same way of thinking. For whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin...so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. 1 Peter 4:1-2Observation: I wonder if I got some thinking mixed up about suffering, affliction, and stuf...

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Good Life Journal - 1Peter 3

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. Observation: Peter lays out a list of behaviors that believers are supposed to exhibit. These behaviors seem opposite of how most people act and react. Yet, Peter states that for us to rec...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Peter 2

Scripture: 1 Peter 2Vs 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milkVs 10 now you have received mercy Vs 20 ... if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.Vs 21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. Observation: ...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Peter 1

Scripture: Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13 Observation: Peter here is writing to the believers spread out into Roman dominated cultures and areas. As he writes to them about the living hope they have in Christ that has been giv...

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