But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Heavenward by Scotty Smith - Apologetic Report
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 19:29

Let’s Be Careful Where We Abide

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     As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.  

     If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 19:28

The God Who Puts Joy in Our Hearts

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imageThere are many who say, “Who will show us some good?

     Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!” You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 19:19

Delighting Ourselves in the Lord

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Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 (ESV)

     He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me. Psalm 18:19 (NLT)

Heavenly Father, the command to delight ourselves in you causes us pause and...

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Philippians 2:1-4Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ,

Lord Jesus, what encouragement do we have through our union with you? What a blessed rhetorical question. Because we’re united to you, all our sins are forgiven, and your righteousness has been...

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Friday, 14 September 2018 19:33

When Feeling “Blah-ish” or a Bit “Funky”

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Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. 

     But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.Isa. 40:30-31 NLT

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 19:07

Storms, Sovereignty, and Servanthood

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     The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever.

     The LORD givesstrength to his people; the LORD blesses his people withpeacePsalm 29:10-11

     Most glorious and gracious Father, it’s not...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 18:56

Gratitude Is a Discipline Before It’s a Feeling

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You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol youPsalm 119:28 ESV

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus1 Thess. 5:18 NLT

Heavenly Father, we want to begin (and continue) this day...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 17:07

When Hurricanes Threaten, Literally and Figuratively

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When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.Psalm 94:19

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.Prov. 12:25

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.1 Peter 5:7

Heavenly Father, something’s afoot when...

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God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.Matt. 5:9 NLT

Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousnessJames 3:18 NIV

Lord Jesus, it’s the day on our calendar that has its own dark branding, “9/11.” There have been many...

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 16:38

Remembering God’s Commitment to Finish His Work

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And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work

until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.Phil. 1:6 (NLT)

Heavenly Father, here’s a huge understatement: I am so thankful “salvation is of the Lord,” from beginning to end....

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Saturday, 08 September 2018 16:42

The Freedom We Have and Long to Experience More Fully

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It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.

Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Gal. 5:1

If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.John 8:23

    Dear Lord Jesus, spending these past few days in the Swiss Alps has made my...

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Friday, 07 September 2018 15:04

Let’s Be Tenacious, Unrelenting Encouragers

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     God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 

     Who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 16:06

Forgiveness Is Better Than Sin-Amnesia

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     Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord,

Hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.  If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. Psalm...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 15:05

Let’s Steward Our Restlessness

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“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

     Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 22:11

Listen Up, My Heart

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and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Ps. 19:1-3

Heavenly Father, right now I’m looking out over a magnificent...

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Monday, 03 September 2018 19:24

A Heart Tattoo Verse

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Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Eph. 4:32 ESV

Heavenly Father, this ought to be a “heart-tattoo” verse, or at least one of those “post-it-on-the-front-of-the-refrigerator-verses.” No matter the situation,...

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Sunday, 02 September 2018 20:08

A Labor Day of Love

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He said, “It is finished” John 19:30

     Lord Jesus, on this Labor Day 2018, we praise you for our vocations and the gift of work. By our various vocations, we provide for our families and participate in the Creation Mandate—our calling to steward...

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Saturday, 01 September 2018 20:00

In God’s Hand and Heart

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The life of every living thing is in his hand, and the breath of every human beingJob 12:10 (NLT)

Heavenly Father, though I sang it long before I believed it, you DO have the whole world in your hands. This frees us to release our white-knuckled grip on all kinds of things we’d...

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Friday, 31 August 2018 20:26

Redemptive Attitudes in a Bad Attitude World

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Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.Phil. 4:5(NIV)

Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.Heb. 12:15 (NLT)

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger,...

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 19:57

“Chillax,“, Get Still, and Worship. God Is God

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“My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” Isa. 46:10 (NIV)

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 19:47

When You Feel Like a Hybrid of the Two Luke 15 Sons

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     And he arose and came to his father. 

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.  Luke 15:20

Heavenly Father, I’m not beginning my day in a faraway country derelict, disillusioned, and...

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Proverbs 7:18-26: “Come, let’s drink our fill of love until morning. Let’s enjoy each other’s caresses, 

for my husband is not home. He’s away on a long trip. He has taken a wallet full of money with him and won’t return until later this month.”

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Monday, 27 August 2018 20:23

Irritation Becoming Adoration

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     You rejoice, though now for a little while, as was necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,

so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor...

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Sunday, 26 August 2018 19:55

Lamenting Violence and Longing for Its End

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Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place.

For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be...

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Saturday, 25 August 2018 20:22

Gospel-Shaped and Spirit-Filled Worship

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Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, 

holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of...

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