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
Thursday, 15 November 2018 18:25

Pretending Less and Trusting More

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Rom. 15:13 ESV

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isa...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 19:44

No, It’s Not Too Early!

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For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isa. 9:6

     “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these...

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     For even when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted at every turn…

fighting without and fear within. But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus. 2 Cor. 7:5-6

Gracious Father, the incidental pictures in the...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 19:25

Righteous 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, and every dry well from which we...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 19:15

What Does Loving Well Look Like?

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Do everything in love. 1 Cor. 16:10

Heavenly Father, “Do everything in love?… seriously? There’s only one way we can begin to love this often, this deeply, and this sincerely. It’s only because you’ve hidden our lives in Jesus, have given us your Spirit, and promise us...

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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 ponder the impassioned declaration of the Psalmist, we also cry out, “Us too, Lord,...

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“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Everyone was filled with awe…” Acts 2:42-43

Heavenly Father, by your grace, I’ve known Jesus for 50 years and have been ordained into...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 18:51

Living More as 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 me2 Tim. 1:16–17

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

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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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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 18:53

Seeking Things Above and Setting 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 appears,...

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Monday, 05 November 2018 18:40

How Then Shall We Vote, Trust, and Worship?

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     The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.”

And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 19:33

The Day Before Mid-Term Elections in the USA

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Do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and...

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Saturday, 03 November 2018 19:15

Worshipping, Trusting, and Resting

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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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Friday, 02 November 2018 21:09

A Prayer for Centering, Settling, and Hoping

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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 earthEph. 1:10 (NLT)

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

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 17:18

Emitting the Aroma of 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 fragrance is perceived...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 15:29

We’re Always Needing to Rediscover the Gospel

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For by grace you have been saved through faith.

And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.Eph. 2:8-9

Lord Jesus, how did it ever come to pass that there was even a needfor the Reformation? What circumstances...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 15:01

Living Hope, Not Groundless Hype

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.Rom. 15:13 (ESV)

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.Isa...

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Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;

fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 15:26

Where Do You Want to Go This Week?

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May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and Christ’s perseverance2 Thess. 3:5 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, this Scripture reminds me of a line from one of my favorite hymns: “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love. Take my heart, O take and...

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Saturday, 27 October 2018 16:03

Gathered, Protected, and Welcomed by Jesus

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O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you would not! Luke 13:34

Lord Jesus, of all the metaphors you used to help us understand your...

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Friday, 26 October 2018 16:35

Our Father Is Speaking to Us. Let’s Listen

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“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!

Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you...

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I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. Phil. 4:11-12 (ESV)

Keep your life free from love of money, and be...

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 19:57

God Is Greedy with Our Battles

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 The Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s. (1 Sam. 17:47)

This is what the Lord says to you: “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”(2 Chron. 20:15)

Heavenly Father, we...

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 19:40

Jesus Intends to Make Us Even Freer

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Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”

The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”John 11:43-44 (NIV)

Lord Jesus, as surely as you spoke the...

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Monday, 22 October 2018 19:22

God’s Promise of Non-Stop Goodness Towards Us

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They shall be my people, and I will be their God.

I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant that I will never stop doing good to themJer. 32:38-40...

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