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Good Life Journal - Psalm 111

Scripture: Vs 2Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them. Vs 3Full of splendor and majesty is his work, 4He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered 6He has shown his people the power of his works 7The works of his hands are faithful and just; 10The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a goo...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 107

Scripture: Psalm 107:33-34 He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground, A fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the evil of its inhabitants.Observation: The Psalmist has for many verses has explained and made clear the sinfulness of people and the deliverance of God. He delivered them from their distress is a constant theme thus far a...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 103

Scripture: Psalm 103:11-12 - For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love to toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. Observation: God's love for us in enormous, never changing to those who submit to Him and fear the Lord. God does not deal with us based on our ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 106

Scripture: So He saved them from the hand of the foe and redeemed them from the power of the enemy. And the waters covered their adversaries-not one of them were left. THEN they believed His words; they sang His praise.But then they soon forgot His works..." Ps 106:10-13a.Observation: The Psalmist is recounting the works of the Lord. He also is recounting His ways. Wor...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 92

Scripture: Psalm 92:4For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy. Observation: Worship is a result of the character and actions of God. His works cause us to respond in gladness and singing. Application: The Lord is good. He is majestic. He is Holy. He is righteous. He is gracious. He is worthy to be worshipped. A couple...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 97

Scripture - "For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods." Observation - Psalm 97 is all about the supremacy of God. The chapter describes how the Lord reigns over the earth. He is sovereign, in control, righteous, and worthy to be worshipped. Application - Life can so often be filled with anxiety and wondering. Psalm 97 serve...

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Good Life Journal - Luke 23

Scripture: Luke 23 Vs 3 And Pilate asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" And he answered him, "You have said so." Vs 8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. Vs 9 So he questioned him at some length, but he (Jesus) made no answer. Vs 10 The c...

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Good Life Journal - Luke 22 1-38

Scripture : A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest? And He said to them: "The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them and those in authority over them are called "benefactors." But not so with you. Rather let the greatest among you become as the youngest and the leaders as one who serves. For who is the greater: on...

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Good Life Journal - Luke 22 39-71

Scripture : 42saying, "Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done." 43And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. Luke 22:42-43 Observation : Jesus is entering into the last moments of his life with his disciples and is nearing his arrest. He draws away from the disciples to pray and talk wi...

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Good Life Journal - Luke 21

Scripture: Luke 21:3-4And he said, "Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on." Observation: Jesus teaches an important lesson on giving. In God's economy the amount of the gift does not equate to the value. Instead, the heart of the giver...

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Good Life Journal - Luke 20

Scripture: Luke 20:17But he looked directly at them and said, "What then is this that is written:"'The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone'? Observation: Jesus tells a parable intended on confronting the ruling Jews of their mistreatment of the "servants" (prophets) and their future blunder of murdering the "son" (Jesus). Then Jesus tells them ...

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Good Life Journal - Luke 18

Scripture: Luke 18:1And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. Observation: Before the parable of the persistent widow is shared in the gospel of Luke, he explains why Jesus told it in the first place. As believers we ought to pray always and not lose heart. Application: Within each of us there is a scale. The scale wei...

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Good Life Journal - Luke 17

Scripture: Luke 17 Vs 12 And as he (Jesus) entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance Vs 13 and lifted up their voices, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." Vs 14 When he saw them he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went they were cleansed. Vs 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, tur...

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Good Life Journal - Luke 16

Scripture: Luke 16:30-31 30And he said, 'No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' 31He said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.'" Observation: Money is one of the ways we as humans fall into temptation and find ourselves lost in it. Jesus ...

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Good Life Journal - Luke 15

Scripture: "There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father "Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me." And he divided his property between them. Not many days later the younger gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country and there squandered his property in reckless living. And when he spent everything a sev...

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Good Life Journal - Luke 14

Scripture: Luke 14:10-11 "But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, 'Friend, move up higher.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." Observation: Jesus is dining at the home of ...

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Good Life Journal - Luke 13

Scripture- "He said therefore, "What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches." Observation- Jesus is teaching on the kingdom of God. He uses two parables. One is a mustard seed and the other is...

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Good Life Journal - Luke 11

Scripture: Luke 11:29When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, "This generation is an evil generation. It seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. Observation: As the crowds get bigger, Jesus' message gets more confrontational. Also as the crowd increases, Jesus spends increased time referencing the coming work of the cross and...

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Good Life Journal - Luke 12

Scripture: And he said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you put on." LUKE12:22(Also reference Luke10:41, Matthew 6:3-4, Phil 4-6 (my personal favorite). Observation: Jesus is speaking to his disciples about the error of living their lives in worry and anxiety. He tells us instead: ...

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Good Life Journal - Luke 10

Scripture: Vs 1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them Vs 17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!" Vs 20 (Jesus said to them) "Do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." Vs 21 In that same hour he (Jesus) rejoiced...

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Good Life Journal - Luke 8

Scripture: Concerning the demoniac: ""Return to your home and declare how much God has done for you." And he went away proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him." (v9)Concerning the woman in the crowd: "And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; Go in peace." (v 48 )Concerning the little girl who was dead: "And her spirit ret...

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Good Life Journal - Luke 9

Scripture: Luke 9:23 If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Observation: Five thousand had been fed, the Christ had been revealed and Jesus made clear his near future would end in death yet be finished in the resurrection. Hope was coming and the clear call on the follows life was and is summed up in this verse in...

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Good Life Journal - Luke 7

Scripture: Luke 7:47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little. Observation: Jesus is dining at the home of a Pharisee, when a woman of the city kisses Jesus feet and anoints them with ointment. The Pharisee then questions Jesus as he is letting a sinner touch him. Jesus answers the Pha...

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Good Life Journal - Luke 6

Scripture -"For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit." - Luke 6:43 Observation -Jesus is teaching and makes this statement. He teaches that it is not about what you "do" but it is about who you are. The righteous man will produce good fruit because at his heart and core are righteousness. God de...

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Good Life Journal - Luke 5

Scripture: "And Levi made him a great feast in his house. (And) There was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. (And) The Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his (Jesus') disciples saying, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" (And) Jesus answered them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician but th...

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Good Life Journal - Luke 3

Scripture: Vs 3 And (John the Baptist) went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Vs 8 "Bear fruits in keeping with repentance " Vs 10 And the crowds asked him, "What then shall we do?" Vs 11 And (John) answered them, "Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to d...

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Good Life Journal - Luke 4

Scripture: Luke 4:13And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time. Observation: After 40 days of fasting and praying alone Jesus is hungry. It is at that time the enemy comes to tempt him. The enemy comes when Jesus was most vulnerable, most tired, most susceptible. After he comes and tries to get Jesus to sin, he leaves wit...

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Good Life Journal - Luke 2

Scripture: "And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:52Observation: In all of Luke 2, we see Jesus not only born but men traveling to see him, people knowing who he was and heavenly host worshipingat his coming and even him and his family traveling to Jerusalem to obey the law and observe time in their history and faith. In thi...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 29

Scripture: "A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back. Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him." Proverbs 29:11 and 20.Observation: Words can reveal what is in the heart of man, what that person is like. Why does the world look at restraint like it is unhealthy?Application: Today's attitude...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 31

Scripture: Proverbs 31:30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Observation: The book of Proverbs closes with a similarity to the opening in Book 1 that the fear of the Lord is essential in one's life. Someone who is charming can be deceiving and a woman only concerned about her outward appearance can be prideful. In cont...

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Good Life Journal - Luke 1

Scripture: "In as much as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us-just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us-it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you most excellent Theophilus th...

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