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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 night and...

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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 his transgre...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 42

Scripture: Psalm 42:25Vs 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, "Whe...

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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 difficult, we should ke...

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Good Life Journal - Psalms 37-38

Scripture: Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off--but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land. (Psalm 37:8-9 ESV) O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you. My heart throbs; my strength fails me, and the light of my eyesit also has gone from me. (Psalm ...

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Good Life Journal - 3 John

Scripture: 3 John 5-6 Dear friend you are being faithful to God when you care for the traveling teachers who pass through, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church here of your loving friendship. Please continue providing for such teachers in a manner that pleases God. Observation: John is encouraging Gaius for faithfulness to God and living by ...

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Good Life Journal - 2 John

Scripture: 2 John vs. 5 And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. 6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. Observation: The Apostle John writes his second letter, this time to a woman he a...

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Good Life Journal - 1 John 5

Scripture : 1 John 5:1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. Observation: I recently saw an Interview with Rick Warren and John Piper - I HIGHLY recommend it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LImVHzy7WtU. Rick said something like "We can no longer simply mention God. Muslims, and o...

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