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Good Life Journal - Matthew 27

Scripture: Matthew 27:22-26 Pilate said to them, "Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?" They all said, "Let him be crucified!" 23 And he said, "Why? What evil has he done?" But they shouted all the more, "Let him be crucified!" 24 So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands b...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 26

Scripture: "Jesus said to him (Judas), "Friend, do what you came to do." Then they (the accompanying soldiers) came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him. And behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand, drew his sword, and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear..." (Matt 26:50-51) Jesus said "No more of this!" and touched (the...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 25

Scripture: Matthew 25:45-46Then he will answer them, saying, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.' And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." Observation: Jesus teaches that He will return and judge the living and the dead. Those whose genuine faith in Christ led to c...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 26

Scripture: Matthew 26:6 -8,13 6- Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table. And when the disciples saw it they were indignant saying, "Why this waste?" 13- "Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 23

Scripture: Matthew 23:3so practice and observe whatever they tell youbut not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice. Observation: Jesus describes the scribes and Pharisees of preaching without practicing. In the religious leadership world, this is the gravest of offenses. Application: What I think is critical in this passage is Jesus never asks less of the...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 24

Scripture: "But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.""Who then is the faithful and wise servant...?" Matt 24:36 and 45aObservation: Chapter 24 is chock full of Jesus speaking of the end times or "That Day." There is lots of stuff that can fuel the imagination and prod me into an investigation to fin...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 22

Scripture: Vs 15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle (Jesus) in his words. Vs 16 saying, "Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone's opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. Vs 17 Tell us, then, what do you think Vs 22 When (the Pharisees) heard it, they marveled. And they left (Je...

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Good Life Journal -Matthew 21

Scripture: Matthew 21:14-15 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant, Observation: Though Jesus helped the hurting and healed the sick, the chief priests and scribe...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 20

Scripture: But Jesus called them to him and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant and whoever would be first among you must be your slave even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to giv...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 19

Scripture: Matthew 19:17, 21 And he said to him, "Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments." 21- Jesus said to him, "If you would be perfect, go sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come follow me." Observation: The rich young man comes to Jesus a...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 18

Scripture : Matthew 18:2-3 "And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."" Observation : Matthew chapter 18 begins with a conversation between the disciples and Jesus over who is the greatest in the kingdom of God. The example that Jesus...

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Good Life Journal -Matthew 17

Scripture: When they came to Capernaum the collectors of the two-drachma tax went up to Peter and said, "Does your teacher not pay the tax?" He (Peter) said "Yes."And when he (Peter) came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tax? From their sons or from others?" And when he (Peter) said, ...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 16

Scripture: Matthew 16:21From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. Observation: Jesus asks the disciples the famous question, "Who do you say I am?", and Peter answers "the Christ, the Son of the Living God". From the mo...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 15

Scripture: Matthew 15 Vs 1 Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, Vs 2 "Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat." VS 3He answered them, "And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? Vs 4 For God commanded, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, ...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 14

Scripture: Matthew 14:1414When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. Observation: After hearing his good friend and relative has been killed, Jesus withdraws to a lonely place to be with the Father. However, people remain close by Him because they have needs. Jesus see them, has compassion on them and heals them. Appl...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 13

Scripture: Then the disciples came and said to Him: "Why do you speak to them in parables?"And He answered them: "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven but to them it has not been given...this is why I speak to them in parables because seeing, they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Indeed in their case the p...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 12

Scripture: Matthew 12:34 37 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgement people will give account for every careless word they speak, for...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 11

Scripture: Matthew 11:28-30 28Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Observation: Jesus discusses John the Baptist, pronounces judgment on unrepentant cities and thanks...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 10

Scripture: Matthew 10:24 "A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household. Observation: As Jesus prepares to send his disciples out two by two to do m...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 9

Scripture: Matthew 9:1-89:1And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. 2And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven." 3And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, "This man is blaspheming." 4But Jesus, knowing their th...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 8

Scripture: Vs 2And behold, a leper came to (Jesus) ... "Lord, if you will, you can make me clean. Vs 4And Jesus said to him, "... go, show yourself to the priest ..." Vs 5When he entered Capernaum, a centurion ... appealed to him, 6"Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed ..." Vs 13And to the centurion Jesus said, "Go; let it be done for you as you have believed." Vs 14An...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 7

Scripture: Matthew 7:3-5 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but donot notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, Let me take the speck out of your eye, when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 6

Scripture: "Beware (or be aware) of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven...do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing so that your giving may be in secret...And when you pray do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do for they think that they ...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 5

Scripture: Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Observation: Jesus is telling the disciples how to live a life of character that will point others to God. We are not to be followers of Christ by living unchanged just like those who do not believe. Through ...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 4

Scripture: Matthew 4:2And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry Matthew 4:11Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him. Observation: Jesus' humanity is on full display in this passage. He is hungry, tired, weak. This is when the enemy comes to tempt Him. However we see in vs. 11 that at any moment the angels could ...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 3

Scripture: "But when he (John) saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism he said to them, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?Bear fruit in keeping with repentance and do not presume to say to yourselves "We have Abraham as our father" for I tell you God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham."I bapt...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 2

Scripture: Matthew 2:3-6,13-18When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: "'And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among ...

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Good Life Journal - Matthew 1

Scripture: Matthew 1 Vs 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, beforethey came togethershe was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Vs 19And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. Vs 20 But as he considered these things, behold,...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 132

Scripture: Psalm 132:7 Let us go to his dwelling place; let us worship at his footstool! Observation: The psalmist is declaring the chosen people and land of God and also the response that should take place of the people. He shows his distress but also his response. Application: I think of one word when I read this today, Humility. Let us go to his dwelling pla...

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