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Good Life Journal - Romans 6

Scripture: Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Observation: Paul is making very clear that just because God extends grace does not give the person the freedom to sin and go crazy. Where grace exists does not mean that sin is overlooked. This is monumental to und...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 4

Scripture: Romans 4:3-5 For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness." Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness. Observation: Paul continues his discussion around ...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 3

Scripture: Romans 3 Vs. 19 "Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God." Vs. 25 "(Christ Jesus) whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith." Vs. 26 "It was to show God's righteousness at the present time" Vs. 27...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 2

Scripture: Romans 2:3 Do you suppose, O manyou who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourselfthat you will escape the judgment of God? Observation: Paul calls out people that judge others for certain acts yet, in honesty, they do the exact same thing behind closed doors. In Romans 1, Paul calls out everything from sexual immorality to disobeying and d...

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Good Life Journal - Romans 1

Scripture: "Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures..." Romans 1:1-2 Observation: There are a number of things to glean from Paul's greetings in any letter. I used to just gloss over the intros (let's get to the meats!!) but if I think real hard ab...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 69

Scripture: Psalm 69:16 Answer my prayers, O Lord, for your unfailing love is wonderful. Take care of me, for your mercy is so plentiful. Observation: The psalmist's only response to the treatment by his enemies is to keep praying to God for his rescue. God's love is unfailing and wonderful. The psalmist also seeks shelter and protection from God whose mercy abounds. A...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 34

Scripture: Psalm 34:1 I will bless the Lord at all times;his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Observation: The Psalmist makes the declaration that all times are appropriate for him to bless the Lord. He clarifies that his way of blessing the Lord is to praise him with his lips. Application: If I were to write this psalm it would sound something like this, I wi...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 22

Scripture: Psalm 22:22 29 I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you. v. 29 All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, even the one who could not keep himself alive. Observation: The Psalm is considered a Messianic Psalm due to its prophetic tones and thoughts that...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 16

Scripture: Vs. 2 "I say to the Lord, 'You are my Lord;I have no good apart from you'." Vs. 4 "The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply." Vs. 8 "I have set the Lord always before me" Vs. 9 "Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;my flesh also dwells secure." Vs. 11 "You make known to me the path of life;in your presence there is fu...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 8

Scripture: Psalm 8:3-4 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Observation: The psalmist looks around at all of creation and wonders why God cares about mankind. All creation is majestic, yet mankind is full of deceit, da...

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