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Good Life Journal - Romans 11

Scripture: "So to at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. But, if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works otherwise grace would no longer be grace." Romans 11:5-6Observation: Through chapter 11 Paul is addressing something specific to the Church at Rome: being snotty to the Jews. It is the attitude of superiority that the Holy Spirit is add...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 10

Scripture: Romans 10:21 But concerning Israel he says, "All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people. Observation: This letter is for Israel but it applies to the church today. Zeal can be a good thing, if it is directed toward the right thing. The Israelites were zealous of the wrong things for the wrong reasons. Disobedient people turn ...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 9

Scripture: Romans 9 Vs 6But it is not as though the word of God has failed. Vs 8... it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. Vs 18So then (God) has mercy on whomever He wills, and He hardens whomever He wills. Vs 19You will say to me then, "Why does He still find fault? For who can resis...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 8

Scripture: Rom. 8:38-39 38For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,39nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Observation: Paul has addressed talked about the reality that the flesh and the spirit ...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 7

Scripture: "For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want but I do the very thing I hate... (for) I know that nothing good dwells in me (that is-in my flesh). For I have the desire to do what is right but not the ability to carry it out. (for) I do not do the good I want but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.So I find it to be a law tha...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 6

Scripture: Romans 5:16-18 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin which leads to death, or obedience , which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committ...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 5

Scripture : Romans 5:1 - Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Observation : Romans chapter five speaks to the peace and hope that the believer has because of Christ. As a result of the gospel Christians are justified and as a result no longer have to live in fear or in need of chasing satisfaction from...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 4

Scripture: "What then shall we say was gained by Abraham?...If Abraham was justified by works (then) he has something to boast about BUT not before God. For what does the Scripture say?-"Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness."Now to the one who works his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due....to the one who does not work but believes i...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 3

Scripture: Romans 3:21-23 But now apart from the law the righteousness of Godhas been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.This righteousness is given through faithin Jesus Christto all who believe.There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,for all have sinnedand fall short of the glory of God Observation: Paul just finishes telling us how sorry ev...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 2

Romans 2 Scripture: Vs 2 We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Vs 3 Do you suppose, O manyou who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourselfthat you will escape the judgment of God? Vs 4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to ...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 1

Scripture: Romans 1:24-2524Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. Observation: Paul desires to see the brother and sisters in Rome. He wants ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 69 & 118

Scripture: "O God: You know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from You. Let not those who hope in You be put to shame through me O God of hosts-Let not those who seek You be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel." (Ps 69:5-6)"Out of my distress I called on the Lord-the Lord answered me and set me free...I shall not die but I shall live and recount...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 49

Scripture: Psalm 49:7-9 Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life, for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice, that he should live on forever and never see the pit. Observation: The Psalmist wants to provide wisdom to all who will listen about those who have a rich lifestyle.We should meditate on God's word for understandin...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 34

Scripture: Psalm 34:8 Oh, taste and see that theLordis good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Observation: The psalmist gives praise to God. He focuses on the faithfulness of God and gives example of how the Lord comes through. David, the writer of psalm 34, is not content to simply recall the faithfulness of God but he allows it to bring forth worsh...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 22

Scripture: "My God, my God: Why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me; from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day but you do not answer. And by night but I find no rest.Yet: You are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In You our fathers trusted; they trusted and You delivered them. To You they cried and were rescued, in you they trusted ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 16

Scripture: Psalm 16:5 Lord, you alone are my portionand my cup; you make my lotsecure. Observation: In this psalm, David praises God for several things that are apparent in his life. He praises God for being the only truly good thing, for being one of His people, for his portion or spiritual inheritance and for the Lord's guidance and council. David knows that God will...

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Good Life Journal - John 20

Scripture: "...Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said "Peace be with you." Then (Jesus) said to Thomas: "Put your finger here and see my hands; and put out your hand and place it is my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe." Thomas answered (Jesus) "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him: "Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blesse...

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Good Life Journal - John 19

Scripture: John 19:35-37 He who saw it has borne witness his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth that you may also believe. For these things took place that the scriptures may be fulfilled:"Not one of his ones will be broken."And again another scripture says, "They will look on him whom they have pierced." Observation: John was at the crucifi...

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Good Life Journal - John 18

Scripture: John 18:36 - Jesus answered,"My kingdomis not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world,my servants would have been fighting, thatI might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world." Observation: Jesus had been placed on trial after His betrayal and arrest. The high priest and leaders of the Jews led him to Pilate's hous...

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Good Life Journal - John 17

Scripture: Jesus is praying: "I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me for they are Yours." John 17:9 "I do not ask for these only but also for those who will believe in me through their word..." John 17:20 Observation: Why is Jesus praying like this in John 17? He is being very precise in "praying for this" and "not pra...

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Good Life Journal - John 16

Scripture: John 16:23-24 23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. Observation: This chapter represents a turning point in Jesus's ministry. People will start praying to Jesus ...

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Good Life Journal - John 15

Scripture: 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name...

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Good Life Journal - John 14

Scripture: John 14:15 15"If you love me, you will keep my commandments. Observation: Jesus tells the disciples that the key to obedience is love. Loving Him results in obedience. Application: For many years I would read this passage and assume Jesus was saying, "prove your love to me by obeying me!" However the longer I follow Jesus the more I understand that He is tr...

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Good Life Journal - John 13

Scripture: Jesus (knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands and that He had come from God and was going back to God) rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments and...began to wash the disciples feet...When He had washed their feet, put on his outer garments, and resumed His place, He said to them: "Do you understand what I have done to you?" John...

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Good Life Journal - John 12

Scripture: John 12:26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and, where I am, there will be my servant also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. Observation: Jesus is speaking to some Greeks who were seeking him when he tells them not to care for their life in this world to gain eternity. Jesus follows by saying that to serve him we must follow him. To fol...

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Good Life Journal - John 10

Scripture: John 10:17-18 "For this reason the Father loves me because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I received from my Father." Observation: This section of Scripture is plain spoken and yet puzzling to the...

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Good Life Journal - John 11

Scripture : John 11: 25-26 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?" Observation : Jesus arrives to the home of Lazarus after he has already been dead four days. The family is mourning and Lazarus' sister Martha is frus...

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