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Good Life Journal - Psalm 130

Scripture: "Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord!O Lord: hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! If You, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord who could stand? But with You there is forgiveness that You may be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits and in His word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 127

Scripture: Psalm 127:3-5Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth.Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. Observation: The Psalmist is telling us that all things come from the grac...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 124

Scripture: Psalm 124:1-2If it had not been the Lord who was on our sidelet Israel now sayif it had not been the Lord who was on our side when people rose up against us, Observation: The psalmist mediates on this truth, "had it not been for the Lord..." Application: This is a healthy thing to meditate on. Sometimes life gets going and it is easy to take the presence, p...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 123

Scripture: "I was glad when they said to me "Let us go to the house of the Lord!"To You I lift up my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens! Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God till He has mercy on us." Ps 122:1 and 123:1-2Observation: I ob...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 120, 121

Scripture: Psalm 120:1In my distress I called to the Lord,and he answered me. Psalm 121:1I lift up my eyes to the hills.From where does my help come?2My help comes from the Lord,who made heaven and earth. Observation: The psalmist describes a life of distress and desperation. However he also describes a God who answers and comes to his aide. Application: Life has pro...

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Good Life Journal -Philemon

Scripture:Vs 7 I, (Paul), have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.Vs 10 I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus Vs 12 I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart.Vs 16 (Onesimus) no longer as a bondservant but more than a bondservant, as a beloved brother Vs 17 So if you consider...

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Good Life Journal - Titus 3

Scripture: Titus 3:3-7 3Forwe ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.4But whenthe goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,5he saved us,not because of works done by us in righteousness, butaccording to his own mercy, bythe wa...

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Good Life Journal - Titus 1

Scripture: Titus 1:9 He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also rebuke those who contradict it. Observation: Paul is giving instruction to Titus, a young pastor, on qualifications for leadership and problems arising within the church at Crete. After Paul reviews all the other necessary trai...

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Good Life Journal - Titus 2

Scripture: "But as for you teach what accords with sound doctrine...For the Grace of God has appeared bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age-waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ who gave...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Timothy 3

Scripture: "But understand this that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.For people will be... (a number of things resulting in)...having the appearance of godliness but denying its power....For among them are those who (are) always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth." (Excerpted and cut up from 2 Tim 3:1-7)Observation: Paul ...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Timothy 1

Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:5-7 5I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. 6For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control...

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Good Life Journal - 2 Timothy 2

Scripture: 2 Tim. 2:2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men,[a] who will be able to teach others also. Observation: Paul challenges Timothy to entrust what he has been modeled/ taught to others who will be faithful to teach others. Application: Here we go again. Just in time. The Lord has provided another verse ...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Timothy 6

Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:8 But if we have food and clothing, with these things we will be content. Observation: Paul is giving warnings to Timothy as the temptations of life are real and the culture of this world is tempting. He gives the warning but also gives the pursuit of the man of God. Application: It is amazing that God leads me to this passage this mornin...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Timothy 5

Scripture: "As for those who persist in sin rebuke them in the presence of all so that the rest may stand in fear. In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels, I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging doing nothing from partiality...The sins of some people are conspicuous (going before them in judgement), but the sins of others appear la...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Timothy 3

Scripture: 1 Timothy 3:1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Observation: Leading in the local church is both noble and a task. Application: Getting the opportunity to lead in the local church is an incredible one. The honor of getting to journey with Jesus in ministering to people and being a par...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Timothy 4

Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:7-9 Have nothing to do with irreverent silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. Observation: Paul is encouraging and reminding T...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Timothy 1

Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:15The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. Observation: Paul begins his letter to Timothy and reminds him of why he charged his son in the faith to stay in Ephesus; to protect doctrine. He then continues about the grace of God and the law. He then ...

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Good Life Journal - 1 Timothy 2

Scripture: "I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or quarreling... ...Likewise (also) that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel with modesty and self-control; not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire but with what is proper for women who profess godliness---with good works.... (1 Tim 2...

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Good Life Journal - Colossians 4

Scripture: Colossians 4:12-13Vs 12Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.Vs 13For I bear him witness that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis. Observation: Paul gives reference to many fellow ...

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Good Life Journal - Colossians 3

Scripture: Colossians 3:2 Set your minds of the things that are above, not on things that are on earth.Observation: Paul is assuming that the one is been renewed by Jesus Christ and his Gospel. If one has been saved and redeemed this should change our lives and it was true then as well. He makes this statement in verse 2 that shows that we have a choice to make. Appli...

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Good Life Journal - Colossians 2

Scripture: "For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face that their hearts may be encouraged (being knit together in love) to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery which is Christ (in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and kn...

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Good Life Journal - Colossians 1

Scripture: Colossians 1:21-23 And you who were once alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed...

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Good Life Journal - Philippians 3

Scripture: "But whatever gain I had I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.Indeed: I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord...For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him (not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the Law but...

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Good Life Journal - Philippians 2

Scripture: Philippians 2:12-13Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Observation: Paul encourages the Philippian believers to continue obeying in his absence and to...

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Good Life Journal - Philippians 1

Scripture: Phil. 1 Vs 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Vs 14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Vs 20 I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 119

Scripture: Psalm 119:160The sum of your word is truth,and every one of your righteous rules endures forever. Observation: The total completion of the word of God is truth. Every part. The encouraging and popular as well as the burdensome and obscure. The word is true and life-giving. Not only is the word true and life giving, it is eternal. Al the words of God will last...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 119

Scripture: "I am your servant; give me understanding that I may know Your testimonies...Redeem me from man's oppression that I may keep Your precepts...Trouble and anguish have found me out but Your commandments are my delight...Your testimonies are righteous forever; give me understanding that I may live...I call to You; save me-that I may observe your testimonies..." (E...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 119

Scripture: Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path Observation: God's word provides light where there is darkness and illuminates the path towards God that we should follow. The word of the Lord gives guidance for all situations we encounter. The light from the word of God gives us hope and is life.Jesus is the living Word of God who follo...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 119:73-96

Scripture :"Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments." - Psalm 119:73 Observation :Virtually every verse of Psalm 119 is written about the importance of God's word. In verse 73 the writer reminds himself of who is in control and it is God. God has fashioned and made him, therefore His commandments should be upheld. ...

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