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Good Life Journal - Psalm 119

Scripture: "Teach me good judgement and knowledge for I believe in Your commandments.Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your Word. You are good and do good-teach me Your statues.The insolent smear me with lies but with my whole heart I keep Your precepts; their heart is unfeeling like fat but I delight in Your Law.It is good for me that I was afflicted t...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 119

Scripture: Psalm 119:26-27 When I told of my ways, you answered me; teach me your statutes! Make me understand the way of your precepts,and I will meditate on your wondrous works. Observation: The psalmist shares a few facts of his experience. He had a "way". He confessed it. God has a "way". God then made him understand it through his precepts. The psalmist's way be...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 119

Scripture: Vs 2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,who seek him with their whole heart, Vs 6 Then I shall not be put to shame,having my eyes fixed on all your commandments. Vs 10 With my whole heart I seek you;let me not wander from your commandments! Vs 13 With my lips I declareall the rules of your mouth. Vs 14 In the way of your testimonies I delightas much...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 13

Scripture: Hebrews 13:3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.Observation: Sacrifices to God is something we do not discuss often within our 21st century as the sacrifice of all sacrifices has been made. The reality is, we are called to sacrifice. We are not called to sacrifice anim...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 11

Scripture: Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Observation: Faith as a Christian is not just a "form of spirituality" nor is it a ticket to a life of luxury.Faith is not blind, but a reasonable belief in God based on his creation and chara...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 12

Scripture: "Therefore: since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses let us also lay aside every weight and sin (which clings so closely) and let us run with endurance the race set before us looking to Jesus (the founder and perfecter of our faith) who for the joy that was set before Him: endured the Cross; despising the shame; and is seated at the right hand o...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 10

Scripture : "For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified." - Hebrews 10:14 Observation : The writer of Hebrews continues on the theme of showing Christ as the fulfillment of the Old Testament system. Where as the was once a need for high priests and sacrifices and the tabernacle. All have been fulfilled in Jesus. He is the hig...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 9

Scripture: "For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands (which are copies of the true things), but into Heaven itself-now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.Nor was it to offer Himself repeatedly (as the high priest entered the Holy places every year with blood not his own (the priest's))-for then he (Jesus) would have had to suffer repeatedly...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 7

Scripture: Hebrews 7:18-19 18For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness 19(for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God. Observation: The law made nothing perfect. However a better hope is introduced. It results in bringing us near to God. ...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 8

Scripture: Hebrews 8:1-2 Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2a minister in the holy places, in the true tent[a] that the Lord set up, not man. Observation: Jesus is seated at the right hand of The Father. Though He is seated, He is not inactive. He is min...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 6

Scripture: We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:19-20Observation: A promise had been made, a way has been paved, and a promise has been fulfilled in the Christ t...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 5

Scripture: "About this we have much to say (and it is hard to explain) since you have become dull of hearing.For though by this time you ought to be teachers you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the Oracles of God. You need milk...not solid food...for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the way of righteousness since he is a child. (But) sol...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 4

Scripture: Hebrews 4:16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in the time of need. Observation: Jesus, son of God, is our great high priest who is able to sympathize and understand our weakness as he also was a man. Jesus is God as the author tells us Jesus passed through the heavens in verse 14. A...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 3

Scripture :"So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief" - Hebrews 3:19 Observation :The writer of Hebrews chapter three looks at the nation of Israel under the leadership of Moses in comparison to the church and Christ. Moses was a faithful servant in God's house but Jesus is the one over the house. The writer states that it was because of unbelief tha...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 2

Scripture: "Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard lest we drift away from it....Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God to make propitiation for the sins of the people; for because He Himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help th...

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Good Life Journal - Hebrews 1

Scripture: Hebrews 1:1-2Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. Observation: As the writer of Hebrews starts he begins the story of Christ as a continuation of the narrative of God's dealing ...

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Good Life Journal - Ephesians 5

Scripture: Ephesians 5:4 4Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. Observation: Walking in love and honoring the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ is what we are called to. Walking in a manner that is worthy of Christ and not in step with the disobedient of which the wrath of God is...

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Good Life Journal - Ephesians 4

Scripture: "I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called-with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace...Now I say and testify in the Lord that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do: In the futil...

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Good Life Journal - Ephesians 3

Scripture: Ephesians 3:18-19 - may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with the fullness of God. Observation: Paul has just told the Ephesians not to lose heart for his suffering for the sake of the gospel. The glory of the gospel ...

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Good Life Journal - Ephesians 1

Scripture: Ephesians 1:13-14 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. Observation: After introducing himself as the writer of the letter, Paul communicates that as ...

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Good Life Journal - Ephesians 2

Scripture :Ephesians 2:4-6 -"ButGod, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christby grace you have been saved and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus" Observation :Ephesians chapter two discusses our identity in Jesus. It...

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Good Life Journal - Galatians 6

Scripture: Galatians 6:14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Observation: The apostle Paul did not trust in any of the earthly or religious accolades he had received to be his confidence among others. Instead he boasted only in the work of Christ. This is what def...

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Good Life Journal - Galatians 5

Scripture: Galatians 5 1For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. 6For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love. 7You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 11But if I, brothers, still preach circumcision, why am I ...

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Good Life Journal - Galatians 4

Scripture: Galatians 4:7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. Observation: My identity through Christ is one of sonship to God. I am no longer a slave. Though I serve, I am not merely a servant. I am a son. Application: Identity is so important. Whenever I walk into a room, if I am not careful, the room will shape me. If I w...

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Good Life Journal - Galatians 3

Scripture: "O foolish Galatians: who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by Works of the Law or by hearing with faith?Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit are you now being perfected by the flesh?To give a human example, brothers: even with a man-m...

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Good Life Journal - Galatians 2

Scripture: Galatians 2:19-21 For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the la...

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Good Life Journal - Galatians 1

Scripture: Galatians 1:8-98But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. 9As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. Observation: Paul takes no time getting to the point of his letter to the ch...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 117-118

Scripture: For great is His steadfast love toward us and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever...Out of my distress I called on the Lord: the Lord answered me and set me free...You are my God and I will give thanks to You; You are my God (and) I will extol You. Oh give thanks to the Lord for He is good for His steadfast love endures forever! Excerpts from Ps 117:2a...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 115

Scripture: Psalm 115:1Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! Observation: The psalmist rejects the praise of men that is due only to God. He deserves glory for both His Love and His Faithfulness! Application: The praise of men is something that people long for. It feels good to be praised b...

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