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Good Life Journal - Matthew 22

Scripture: Matthew 22:9-10 9 Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests. Observation: After the first invited guests found themselves too preoccupied to attend, ...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 21

Scripture: "What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said "Son: go and work in the vineyard today." And (the son) answered "I will not," but afterward he changed his mind and went. And the (father) went to the other son and said the same. And the (2nd son) answered "I go, sir" but did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father? (The Pha...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 20

Scripture: Matthew 20:16 – “So the last will be first and the first last.” Observation: Jesus finishes telling the parable of the laborers in the vineyard by illustrating that the kingdom of heaven does not operate on worldly values. Someone of minimal perceived value by government or culture can be of high standing to God. The logic of the gospel repr...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 19

Scripture: Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Observation: Jesus encountered a man who was very religious. He by all accounts must have been very well thought of and really had his “ducks in a row” when it came to spiritual life. He was a rule follower and a comman...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 18

Scripture: Matthew 18:7-9 7 “Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! 8 And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal f...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 16

Scripture: Matt 16 1 And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test (Jesus) they asked him to show them a sign from heaven … 4 (Jesus answered them), “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” Observation: The religious leaders were feeling threatened by who Jesus was showing Himse...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 14

Scripture: "For Herod had seized John, bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias (his brother Philip's wife), because John had been saying to him "It is not lawful for you to have her, (Herod)." And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people because they held (John) to be a prophet. But, when Herod's birthday came the daughter of Herodias d...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 13

Scripture: Matthew 13:44 – “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up.  Then in his joy, he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Observation: The kingdom of heaven is valuable and to be protected.  You have to seek to find the kingdom of heaven.  When you find the kingdom of hea...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 12

Scripture: Matthew 12: 7-97 And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.” Observation: The Pharisees keep placing Jesus under their expectations. They view him and expect him to act in a way that they have said to please them...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 11

Scripture: Matthew 11:1 When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities. Observation: Jesus' ministry included both small group discipleship and evangelism to the masses. Application: As we continue the ministry of Jesus today through His Spirit, He will lead us to make disciples in smaller and intima...

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