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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 15

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:36 You foolish person!What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. Observation: Paul is obviously speaking to either the Sadducees or people who have been influenced by the Sadducees who believe in no resurrection of the dead. He is clearing up different miscommunications and seemingly things that are getting people held up on this ide...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 14

Scripture: "Pursue love and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts especially that you may prophesy....So with yourselves-since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit---strive to excel in building up the church." 1 Cor 14:1 and 12Observation: Paul is coming off an opus on Gifts in Chapter 12 and 13. In Chapter 12 and 13 Paul not only writes about Gifts, he also p...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 13

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient and Kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. Observation: Paul is sharing with the C...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 12

Scripture : 1 Corinthians 12:12 "For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ." Observation : In first Corinthians chapter 12 the apostle Paul writes to the church concerning spiritual gifts. He is clear that all believers have the Spirit working in them and equipping them for servi...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 11

Scripture: "For, in the first place, when you come together as a church I hear that there are divisions' among you. And I believe it in part for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized...."(Concerning Communion) "When you come together is it not the Lord's Supper that you eat?...(note this) ..."...This is my body w...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 10

Scripture: 1 Cor 10:6-Now these things occurred as examplesto keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. Observation: We can all learn from past behavior even if it is not ours. It was true back then and it is still true today. Paul was speaking to the Corinthians. He gave them examples of how actions by God's people lead to sin and, ultimately,...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 9

Scripture: 1 Cor. 9 Vs 10 Does (God) not certainly speak for our sake? It (the law) was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop.Vs 15 But I, Paul, have made no use of any of these rights,Vs 17 For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward, but if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with ...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 8

Scripture: This "knowledge"puffs up,but love builds up.2If anyone imagines that he knows something,he does not yet know as he ought to know.3But if anyone loves God,he is known by God 1 Corinthians 8:2-3 Observation: Food is something is simple and is consumable by allNot every type of food was consumed back in the first century and it would cause some to stumble in the...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 7

Scripture: "Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: "It is good for a man not have sexual relations with a woman." (But) because of the temptation to sexual immorality each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights and likewise the wife to her husband....Do not deprive one another except...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 4

Scripture: (From Paul) "This is how one should regard us-as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God....For (though) you have countless guides in Christ you do not have many fathers; for I became your father in Christ Jesus through the Gospel. I urge you then: Be imitators of me. That is why I sent you Timothy to remind you my ways in Christ (as I teach th...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 6

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. Observation: Paul is concluding this section to tell the Corinthians gospel truths as to why to avoid sexual immorality. Through Christ's death and res...

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Good Life Church - 1 Corinthians 5

Scripture : 1 Corinthians 5:12 "For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?" Observation : Paul writes strongly against immorality within the church in 1 Corinthians chapter 5. His call is not for those within the church to be judgmental towards people outside of the church, his call is to take seriously holine...

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Good Life Church - 1 Corinthians 3

Scripture: 1 Cor 3:6-7 I planted the seed,Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. Observation: Paul was speaking to the Corinthians. He was letting them know that their faith is far from mature. He also shares an example that shares the viewpoint that peo...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 2

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2Vs 3 I (Paul) was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling,Vs 4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,Vs 5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.Wisdom from the SpiritVs 6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, alth...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 1

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:10 10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. Observation: Paul is writing to people who just can't get along. Remind them of the two responses to the Gospel and how we have made it compl...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 72

Scripture: "Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. Blessed be his glorious Name forever; may the whole earth be filled with His Glory! Amen and Amen!" Ps 72:18-19Observation: Psalms 72 starts off as a plea to God for the king and through 17 verses asks God for support to the king while additionally praying for the king to deliver godly r...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 68

Scripture : Psalm 68:20 "Our God is a God of salvation, and to God, the Lord, belong deliverances from death." Observation : Psalm 68 recalls the power of the Lord. The psalmist writes of the magnitude of God and inspires worship by calling the listener to consider the might of God. His power and might are unrivaled yet He is a God of salvation. He is in the business ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 70

Scripture: Psalm 70:4-5 May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, "God is great!" But I am poor and needy; hasten to me O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay! Observation: David cries out to the Lord for help with a sense of urgency in Psalm 70. In verse 4 David tells us that all who seek God...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 63

Scripture: Psalm 63:6 when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; Observation: David writes this Psalm while he is in the wilderness being pursued by one on his enemies. The wilderness of Judah was a desolate place without many comforts. It was a dry and probably lonely place to be, hiding and running from people that wanted to har...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 62

Scripture: Psalm 62 Vs 1 from (God) comes my salvation. Vs 2He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. Vs 5for my hope is from (God). Vs 6He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. Vs 8Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah Vs 11 ... pow...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 58

Scripture: Psalm 56:8 - Your have kept count of my tossing; Put my tears in your bottle. Are they mot in your book? Observation: David is in a place of threat. He is threatened by his enemies and he is scared. People are trying to kill him, torture him, and annoy him in every sense of the word. What he says in verse 8 really just helps me see God so clearly. Ap...

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Good Life Journal - James 4

Scripture: James 4:8 10 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double minded. Be wretched mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. Observation: Here James is warning believers to not live in the ways of t...

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Good Life Journal - James 5

Scripture: "Therefore: confess your sins to one another and pray for one another that you may be healed." James 5:16Observation: After all that James has written to us we need to look for certain key words. "Therefore" is one of those words. Why? Because when we see the word "Therefore" we need to see what it is there for. Confess my sin? I think that I could be too emb...

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Good Life Journal - James 3

Scripture : James 3:4-5 "Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things." Observation : In James chapter three the author stresses the importance and alos danger of the words that we speak. ...

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Good Life Journal - James 2

Scripture: "What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him...So faith by itself (if it does not have works) is dead. But someone will say "You have faith and I have works." (James says) Show me your faith apart from your works and I will show you my faith by my works....Do you want to be shown (you foolish perso...

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Good Life Journal - James 1

Scripture: James 1:19-20My dear brothers and sisters,take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speakand slow to become angry,20because human angerdoes not produce the righteousness that God desires. Observation: These verses contain three character qualities that are supposed to be present in our life. We are to be quick to listen, slow to speak ...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 16

Scripture: Romans 16 Vs 1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae Vs 3 Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus Vs 4 who risked their necks for my life Vs 6 Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you. Vs 7Greet Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners Vs 9Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ ...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 15

Scripture: Romans 15: 7 - Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you for the Glory of God. Observation: The Strong take on the weak, the words of old are for the encouragement and strength of the people of God and then Paul says something that we as Christians do not want to hear today. The theology police and moral police do not want to hear what he...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 14

Scripture: "As for the one who is weak in faith welcome him-but not to quarrel over opinions....Who are you to pass judgement on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls...Why do you pass judgement on your brother? Or you-why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God, for it is written: "As I live...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 12

Scripture : Romans 12:1 - "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." Observation: In Romans chapter 12 the apostle Paul urges the believer to live their entire life devoted to God. The believer can not give 50% to God and 50% to the world, or eve...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 13

Scripture : Romans 13:8-10 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet," and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Love does no wrong to a nei...

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