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

“…Our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” 2 Tim. 1:10

     Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he...

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 22:02

Beautiful Boasting

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Jeremiah 9:23: This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches…

Heavenly Father, your Word anticipates every dead end we’re tempted to enter, when you don’t seem to be...

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 01:31

In Praise of Jesus’ Commitment to Show Us His Love

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Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. John 13:1 NIV

 

Lord Jesus, when you stripped and stooped to wash the apostles’ feet, you opened the curtains on the kind of Savior you really are. It wasn’t primarily dirty feet, but sinful...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 18:02

We Cannot Believe This Too Deeply

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For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11(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...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 17:53

The Day of Wiped Tears and No Death

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 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death. Rev. 21:4
 
And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. 1 Thess. 4:13

Most sovereign, caring, and...

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 20:40

This is Impossible, Apart from the Gospel

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Do everything in love. 1 Cor. 16:10

Heavenly Father, “Do everything in love?… seriously? I know you don’t exaggerate, just to make a point, so, I’m going to take this command at face value. Which means I must take the gospel even more seriously.

We love you...

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Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:25-26

Heavenly Father, as we marinate in Asaph’s exquisite words, and taste his heart of impassioned worship, our...

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Friday, 10 November 2017 20:13

Be a Refreshing Kind of Friend

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May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains, but when he arrived in Rome he searched for me earnestly and found me. 2 Tim. 1:16–17

Lord Jesus, Onesiphorus is just one of many of my brothers and sisters...

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 21:44

Resetting Our Hearts on Jesus

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 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life...

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After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.  To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Pet. 5:10-11 (ESV)

For I consider...

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I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the EndRev. 22:13 (NIV)

When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. Ps. 94:19 (ESV)

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!&nbs...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 22:23

Staying Grateful

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Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 107:1Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Phil. 1:3God richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 1 Tim. 6:17

Heavenly Father, these last few days in Edinburgh, Scotland, have fueled...

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Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope1 Thess. 4:13

Heavenly Father, not again. Not another unthinkable act of wickedness . . . so soon, too soon. We begin this day...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 00:54

When We Want Something God Hasn’t Promised for This Life

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Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts1 John 5:21 (NLT)

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 1 Cor. 10:14 (ESV)

My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my waysProv. 23:26 (NIV)

Heaven...

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Saturday, 04 November 2017 06:24

Surrendering to the Transforming Rule of Grace

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So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules insteadRom. 5:21 (NLT)

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 22:52

Smelling Like Jesus and Grace

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     But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 00:48

The Danger of Things Going Well

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Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die. Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and...

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 22:58

When Feeling a Little Scattered

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 And this is the plan: At the right time, he (God) will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Eph. 1:10 (NLT)

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the...

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     But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it--the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and...

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Sunday, 29 October 2017 12:29

Jesus—the Refresher of All Refreshers

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Whoever refreshes others will be refreshedProv. 11:25

Lord Jesus, we can't read these words without lifting our hearts and hands towards heaven; “Whoever refreshes others,” You are the quintessential, archetypical, Lord of refreshment.

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     God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about itEph. 2:8-9 NLT

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Friday, 27 October 2017 12:01

Satisfaction Saturday

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Psalm 63:1 O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole-body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.

Heavenly Father, I can affirm you are "my God" only because you adopted me, and made me your...

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 13:31

Treasuring and Stewarding Our Friendships

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A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.Prov. 17:17 (NIV)

Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.Prov. 13:20 (NLT)

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 12:04

Grace to Accept Changes

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Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Heb. 13:8

Dear Jesus, change is hard. I love to come home to the normal and known, the predictable and broken-in. Grant me grace to accept changes, because there’s so much change going on everywhere I look.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 13:45

Waiting, Trusting, Resting

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     “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they...

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