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Good Life Journal - Matthew 10

Scripture: Matthew 10:16 Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Observation: Jesus is sending his disciples out to go spread the Gospel and warning them to be aware of their circumstances, alert about the evil around them yet be open and inviting to those they encounter. He paints a picture of opposites t...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 9

Scripture: Matthew 9 11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” .... 13 (Jesus said to the Pharisees) “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” Observation: Jesus has just cal...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 8

Scripture: Matthew 8:11-1211 I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12 while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Observation: Jesus tells his disciples that people who once were on th...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 7

Scripture: (multiple references follows) "Judge not, that you be not judged....Enter by the narrow gate. (Here's why--) For the gate is wide and the way easy that leads to destruction-and those who enter it (the wide gate) are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life-and those who find (the narrow gate) are few...." Matt 7:1; 13-14   "......

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 6

Scripture: Matthew 6:12, 14-15 – and forgive us our debts, as we have also forgiven our debtors.For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Observation: Jesus is giving us a model of how to pray to our Father in the Lord&...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 5

Scripture: Matthew 5:16 - In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Observation: Jesus speaks to the witness of his followers during his sermon captured in chapter five of Matthew. He covers many topics but central is the idea that his followers are called to be salt and ligh...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 4

Scripture: Matthew 4:1Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Observation: Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  The Spirit did not tempt, however, the Spirit led Him to be tempted by the enemy. Jesus’ temptation gives every believer insight on how to defeat the attacks of the enemy. We...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 3

Scripture: Matthew 3:4 John's clothes were made of camel's hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. Observation: John the Baptist came to prepare the way for Christ. In this chapter Matthew described John’s manner of life. He describes his clothes, his food and his lifestyle. They were all simple. They reflected how he...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 1

Scripture: Matthew 1:17 So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations. Observation: If my math is right, 42 generations between Abraham and the promise and the coming of the Messiah. In the genealogy of Jesu...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 2

Scripture:  Matthew 2 13 ... behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14 And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15 and r...

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