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Good Life Journal - Psalm 68

Scripture: Psalm 68:5 Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. Observation: This Psalm sing the praises of God based on God's deliverance and triumphs over his enemies. The author of this psalm sings praises to God for the triumph over physical and spiritual suffering and pain. It is filled with examples of how God provides little ...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 67

Scripture: Psa. 67:1-3 May God wbe gracious to us and bless us and make his face to xshine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your zsaving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Observation: David has had something of a change here in these psalms compared to many leading up to this. David has had a lot of...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 63

Scripture: Psalm 63:1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land Psalm 63:6 I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches Observation: Psalms 62 and 63 are part of "prayers for deliverance from persecution". David wrote this Psalm while he was in the wildernes...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 60-62

Scripture: Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. (Psalm 61:1-3 ESV) So will I ever sing praises to your name, as I perform my vows day after day... (Psalm 61:8 ESV) For God alone, O my soul, wait in s...

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Good Life Journal - Psalm 56

Scripture: Psalm 56:3-4 But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me? Observation: When the psalmist is afraid he places his trust in God. The psalmist praises God for his promises to those who believe and trust in Him. Trust in God and you will not be...

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Good Life Journal - James 5

Scripture: James 5:16 "Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working." Observation: There is power in confession and prayer. The prayers of righteous people work. Application: The culture of the Christianity I have been a part of for most of my life is n...

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Good Life Journal - James 4

Scripture: James 4:14 " yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes." Observation: James continues his letter with a drill sergeant tone. Though pursuing Christ is more than just the "do's and don'ts" James is making clear the importance of operating in a different manner than th...

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Good Life Journal - James 2

Scripture: James 2Vs 1 " ... show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ ..."Vs 2 "... if you pay attention to one who wears fine clothing and say, 'You sit here in a good place,' while you say to the poor man, 'You stand over there,' have you not made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?"Vs 13 "Mercy triumphs over judg...

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Good Life Journal - James 3

Scripture: James 3:10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not be so. Observation: As James makes clear it only takes a small thing to make a big impact. I was in a doctor's office the other day. An older couple was sitting across the room from me discussing some business and personal legal matters. Over the course of several m...

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Good Life Journal - James 1

Scripture: James 1:2-4 2: Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Observation: What a wonderful gospel James. Five chapters, packed with true wisdom. James, brothe...

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