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Good Life Journal - 2 Thess. 3

Scripture: 2 Thess 3:1-2 As for other matters, brothers and sisters,pray for usthat the message of the Lordmay spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people,for not everyone has faith. Observation: Paul is writing to the Thessalonians and asking for their prayers. He makes it known that he is con...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Thess. 2

Scripture:Vs 1 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed ...Vs 8 ... the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.Vs 16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Thess. 5

Scripture: "And we urge you brothers: admonish the idle; encourage the fainthearted; help the weak; be patient with the all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.Rejoice always; Pray without ceasing; Give thanks in all circumstances-for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you; Do not quench the Spiri...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Thess. 4

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:9 -10 Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers to do this more and more Observation: Paul is encouraging the Thessalonian believers to b...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Thess. 3

Scripture :"and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you," - 1 Thesselonians 3:12 Observation : In chapter three of First Thesselonians Paul is wrapping up his letter to the church in Thesselonica. He gives them some last wishes and desires that he has for them. Chief amongst those is that God would increase their ...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Thess. 2

Scripture: "...though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict....But we were gentle among you like a nursing mother taking care of her own children....For you know how (like a father with his children) we exhorted each one of you and encouraged...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Thess. 1

Scripture: I Thess. 1:4-64For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 89

Scripture:Vs 1 I will sing of the Lord's great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.Vs 2 I will declare that your love stands firm forever,Vs 15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence,Lord.Vs 30 (God says), "If (David's) sons forsake my law and do not follow my statutes,Vs...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 88

Scripture: Pslam 88:1-3 O Lord, God of my salvation,I cry out day and night before you.2Let my prayer come before you;incline your ear to my cry! 3For my soul is full of troubles,and my life draws near to Sheol. Observation: The writer is in great shame, fear, and frustration. He is crying out to God and seemingly in the worst position in life he can imagine. He...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 86

Scripture: "Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me for I am poor and needy...Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to You I cry all the day. Gladden the soul of Your servant for to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. For You, O Lord, are good and forgiving; abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon You.Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer-listen for my plea for grace. In the day ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 84

Scripture: Psalm 84:10 For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. Observation: The psalmist is saying that it is better to be with God for a short period of time than to be anywhere else for an extended period. To serve God in what some would be consider a me...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 81

Scripture : Psalm 81:11-12 "But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their counsels." Observation : In Psalm 81 the psalmist writes on the promise of God. If His people turn to Him and seek Him then He will be with them. However, they chose to do otherwise and followed after fals...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 77

Scripture: Psalm 77:12 I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds. Observation: There is a sharp contrast in the tones of Psalms 76 and 77. Psalm 76 is focused on the magnificence of God and the power and control he has over everything. It focuses on the majesty that is God. Psalm 77 brings us into the world of someone that needs comforted ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 78-79

Scripture: "Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth! I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old---things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, (and) his might, and the wonders...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 73

Scripture: Psalm 73 Vs 1 Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. Vs 2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. Vs 3 For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Vs 5 They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind. Vs 11 And (God's people...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 12

Scripture: 2 Cor 12:5b-10"...but on my own behalf I will not boast except of my weaknesses. Though if I should wish to boast I would not be a fool for I would be speaking the truth-but I refrain from it so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. So to keep me from becoming conceited...a thorn was given me in the flesh (a messenger of Sa...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 13

Scripture: 9For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for.2 Corinthians13:9 Observation: Paul is giving his final warning and encouragement to the people of Corinth. He puts out his heart before them. Test your faith and ensure you are in Christ and know that I only bring the force you force me to. He is blunt and honest w...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 11

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 11:2 - 4 - For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 9

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9 "And your zeal has stirred up most of them. But I am sending the brothers so that our boasting about you may not prove empty in this matter so that you may be ready (as I said you would be). Otherwise if some Macedonians come with me and find that you are not ready we would be humiliated-to say nothing of you (your humiliation)-for being so co...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 10

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 10:17-18 "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends. Observation: Paul is in the awkward position of having to defend his authority among a church he started. Why? Because people have risen up against his authority for their own gain. People f...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 8

Scripture: 2 Cor 8:7 But since you excel in everythingin faith, in speech, in knowledge,in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in yousee that you also excel in this grace of giving. Observation: Paul shared the excitement and joy of how the Macedonians, a very poor community of believers, gave a generous financial gift. Paul did not force the Mac...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 7

Scripture: Vs 2Make room in your hearts for us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one. Vs4I am acting with great boldness toward you ... Vs8For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret itthough I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. Vs 9As it is, I rejoice, not...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 5

Scripture: "Therefore: If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.All this is from God who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation-that is: In Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself; not counting their trespasses against them, and; entrusting to us the message of reconc...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 6

Scripture : 2 Corinthians 62-3 "In a favorable time I listened to you,and in a day of salvation I have helped you." Behold,now is thefavorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.3Weput no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, Observation : The Gospel and the deliverance of the Gospel is the most important thing to Paul. He...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 3

Scripture : 2 Corinthians 3:5 - "Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God," Observation : Paul writes to the Corinthian church and in chapter three begins to speak on confidence in God. He makes it key to the believers that the sufficiency that a believer has is not from theirselves but it is found in...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 4

Scripture : 2 Corinthians 4 1-2; 16-18 Therefore having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not loose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God. 16 So we do not loose heart. Though...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Corinthians 2

Scripture: "For this is why I wrote that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything. Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven-if I have forgiven anything-has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, so that we would not be outwitted by Satan (for we are not ignorant of his designs). 2 Cor 2:9-11 Observation: The ...

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Good Life Church -2 Corinthians 1

Scripture: 2 Cor 1:12-13 Now this is our boast: Our consciencetestifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity.We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdombut on God's grace.For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand. Observation: Paul writes to fellow Christians ...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Corinthians 16

Scripture: 1 Cor. 16:13-14Vs 13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Vs 14 Let all that you do be done in love.Observation:Paul is drawing his letter to the Corinthians to a close. This is the final chapter so he's giving his final instructions to the church.Paul lists many different orders for many different people.It's almost like Paul is a foo...

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