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
Saturday, 19 January 2019 18:57

Word-Framed, Gospel-Soaked, Spirit-Filled Worship

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The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. Jn. 4:23

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

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 “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. 

I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table. Mephibosheth bowed down and said,...

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Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,

    Lord Jesus, as Paul writes in this passage, everything we need to know about God is revealed in and through you. We don’t have to guess what God...

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 19:37

Gospel-Centered Parenting and Grandparenting

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Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.

Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 19:47

When, Not If, Life Gets Messy, Confusing, Or Hard

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Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. Isa. 43:1-2(NIV)

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has...

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Monday, 14 January 2019 19:38

We’ll Never Experience an Abba-less Day

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The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14

Heavenly Father, on our mystery-laced, mercy-graced journey between the resurrection and the return of Jesus, you’re always with us and completely for us. We have rest now, because the gospel...

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Since you have been raised to new life with Christ,

set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God....

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Saturday, 12 January 2019 18:45

Savoring the Chocolate Truffles of the Gospel

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May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.2 Thess. 3:5(NIV)

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work...

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Friday, 11 January 2019 19:05

“Give Me Your Heart”

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I hope you will put up with a little more of my foolishness.

Please bear with me. For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ. But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve...

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 19:39

GOD is Author, Editor, and Publisher of Our Stories

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I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,

plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jer. 29:11

Heavenly Father, this well-known, oft’-quoted verse both challenges and comforts us. It challenges the part of us that wishes you’d simply sign off on the...

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We know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven,

an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new...

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 19:57

77 or 490 Times, Our Call to Forgive Continues

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Then Peter came up and said to him [Jesus], “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?

As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.”Matt. 18:21-22

Lord Jesus, we are so grateful that any...

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Monday, 07 January 2019 19:50

Busy Rushing That Ends in Nothing

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This I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;

his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”Lam. 3:19-24 (NIV)

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But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us,

not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that,...

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Saturday, 05 January 2019 19:24

Our Preeminent Calling to Love Jesus

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Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,

yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are...

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Friday, 04 January 2019 20:46

Walking in Humility, Weakness, and Dependence

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This happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead…

We have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.2 Cor. 1:9; 4:7

Heavenly Father, there are some gospel-freedoms that are difficult to remember...

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I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you,

I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil....

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 20:11

Seeing All Things through Gospel-Eyes

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But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height,

for I have rejected him.The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”1 Sam. 16:7

Heavenly Father, we are convicted by your words to...

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But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us,

not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our...

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Monday, 31 December 2018 19:59

A Prayer for a Gospel-Shaped 2019

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This is what the Lord says:

“Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing...

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Sunday, 30 December 2018 20:51

Our Primary Resolution for 2019

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Be still and know that I am God.Psalm 46:10 (NLT)

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, it’s the last day of 2018, and our hearts are filled with many...

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Saturday, 29 December 2018 20:11

Oh, My Heart, Sing and Soar

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And when they [Joseph and Mary] had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord,

they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him. Luke 2:39–40

Lord Jesus, surely, this...

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Friday, 28 December 2018 19:55

Hope Won’t Disappoint Us

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She (Anna) never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.

Coming up to them (Mary and Joseph) at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child [Jesus] to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.Luke 2:36–38 NIV

Lord Jesus,...

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Thursday, 27 December 2018 18:57

Jesus Holds Us Tightly and Tenderly

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Simeon took him [Jesus] in his arms and praised God, saying:

“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the...

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Wednesday, 26 December 2018 19:29

Jesus Comes Close to Give Us Peace

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And he [Jesus] came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.

For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. Eph. 2:17–18

Lord Jesus, what is Christmas? It is you coming near to us, sabotaging the illusion of our self-righteousness, taking...

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