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Good Life Journal - Psalm 126-127

Scripture: Psalm 127:1 Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. Observation: The laboring of men alone is a vain effort. God created us for fellowship with Him. Therefore anything we do apart from him will never teach its full potential and will ultimately be a waste of t...

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Good Life Journal - Psalms 128-130

Scripture: 7 O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. Observation: David has gone from fear of the Lord to praise to the Lord. His range of emotions and conversations with the Lord I can relate to as I feel like I'm always all over the place with God. David says something here in verse 7 that I really n...

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Good Life Journal - Psalms 131-132

Scripture: Psalm 131:1 Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I do not concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp. Observation: The psalmist is writing to show his contentment with the Lord. The heart, which represents our entire being, should not be proud. Nor should our eyes view things through a lens of arrogance. God detes...

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Good Life Journal - Psalms 124-125

Scripture: Psalms 124:8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Observation: These two short psalms are songs about who God is and what He does with an emphasis of God's protection and help. I really get a sense of the depth of gratitude that the author has for God and the protection He provides. He fully acknowledges that without God that not on...

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Good Life Journal - Psalms 122-123

Scripture: Vs.1 To You I lift up my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens!Vs 2 ... so our eyes look to the Lord our God,till He has mercy upon us. Observation: The author is in the midst of some unfortunate circumstances.Whatever it is, he wants mercy from his current condition.But, he doesn't want mercy for only himself.He wants mercy for his community.He asks f...

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Good Life Journal - Psalms 120-121

Scripture: Psalms 121:2 - "My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth" 5 "The Lord is your shade at your right hand" Observation: This psalm is a prayer of comfort for people to pray on pilgramage. It offers comforting assurance. Application: What a wonderful assurance for us to have God as our protector. True help comes only from God. As I go thru my ...

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Good Life Journal - Philemon 1

Scripture: "Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to youI, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus" (Philemon 1:8-9 ESV)"but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own accord." (Philemon 1:14 ES...

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Good Life Journal - Titus 1

Scripture: Titus 1:10 -For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially of the circumcision party. Observation: Paul is writing to another brother he has great trust and reliance in Titus. I love how Paul calls it the common faith to Titus, and how much encouragement he gives him before the charges come. Paul in this letter will give muc...

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Good Life Journal - Titus 3

Scripture: Titus 3:3-5 Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. But, "When God our savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us ...

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Good Life Journal - Titus 2

Scripture: Titus 2:13-14 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Observation: Paul challenges Titus to lead the church well and attempts to refocus him on what matte...

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