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Good Life Journal - John 4

Scripture: John 4:28-29 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” Observations: Jesus does not care about norms. This story demonstrates several ways in which Jesus acted in a manner outside of the socially accepted norms. First, Jesus traveled d...

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Good Life Journal - John 3

Scripture: John 3:1-3,8-9,12,17-18,21Vs 1 - "There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemas, a ruler of the Jews."Vs 2 - "This man came to Jesus by night ...."Vs 3 - "Nicodemas questioned Him ...Vs 8 - Jesus answered ...Vs 9 Nicodemas questioned Him ...Vs 12 Jesus answered ....Vs 17 "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world th...

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Good Life Journal - John 2

Scripture: John 2:9He did not realize where it had come from, though many servants who had drawn the water knew. Observation: John’s gospel starts not with Jesus’ birth, but Jesus as an adult. Chapter 1 starts with Jesus being baptized then calling his disciples. Chapter has Jesus reluctantly committing his first miracle. Then we see Jesus being angry with t...

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Good Life Journal - John 1

Scripture: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” (John 1:1-3 ESV) “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 51

Scripture: Psalm 51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Observation: After being caught in his sin, David is broken. He feels a million miles away from God and he is sorry for what he did. He wants to get things back the way they used to be; when he was joyful and he felt close to God. He remembers the moment of his salvatio...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 55

Scripture: Psalm 55:16 &22 But I will call on God, and the Lord will rescue me. 22-Give your burdens to the Lord and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. Observation: The psalmist turns to God in prayer as he is distraught by the betrayal of a former friend. The psalmist prays without ceasing throughout the morning, noon and nigh...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 48

Scripture: Psalm 48:9 Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love. Observation: Unfailing love. Science, philosophy, religion, psychology - they all agree. The treasured human ultimate goal. Nothing else trumps this - we are always looking for more love. Did we read Unfailing love? Wait a minute!Love that NEVER fails? Ever? Stop. What about... Tra...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 39

Scripture: Psalm 39 1-3 I said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.” : But my anguish increased; my heart grew hot within me. While I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue. Observation: David is in the middle of prayers of anguish. God is rebuking him for ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 42

Scripture: Psalm 42:2&5Vs 2 "My soul thirsts for God, for the living God"Vs 5 "Why are you cast down, O my soul .... Hope in God ...""My soul is cast down down within me; therefore I remember you ..." Observation: David is in a horrible place. He feels separated from God's presence. And what are the people around him saying to him in this tough soot?They are saying,...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 44

Scripture: Psalm 44:17 All this has come upon us though we have not forgotten you, and we have not been false to your covenant. Observation: Sometimes God will test us. • Sometimes God is quiet. • It’s easy to trust God when things are good. Harder to trust God when times are not going as well as we would like. • Just because things in our life are...

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