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

Apologetic Report - Heavenward by Scotty Smith
Sunday, 26 March 2017 12:22

Comfort from the Tears of Jesus

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Jesus weptJohn 11:35

Lord Jesus, we all know this verse answers the question, “What’s the shortest verse in the Bible?” But it’s also a candidate for the most profound and comforting verse in the Scriptures. Your compassionate tears, shed outside of Lazarus’s...

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Saturday, 25 March 2017 13:39

Staying Grateful When Life Is Messy

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     Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.1 Thess. 5:18 (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...

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     Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love endures forever.” When hard...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 14:17

God Overriding Our Unbelief

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     “He (Peter) went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 14:09

Our God Is Abba, Father, not Sugar Daddy

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     There 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 dwell in...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 14:27

Astonishing: God Longs to Be Gracious to Us

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     This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’ Therefore you will flee! You said,...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 12:58

Investing This Brief Important Life

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     Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then...

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     Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.Rev. 3:19-20 ESV

Lord Jesus, every day we have the privilege of living...

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Saturday, 18 March 2017 13:35

Holy Spirit, Turn Up the Volume on Our Sonship!

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     For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.Romans 8:15-16

Gracious Father, on any...

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     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 manyHeb. 12:15 (NLT)

     Resentment kills a foolJob. 5:2 (NIV)

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 13:42

The Soul-Rest Our Father Alone Can Give

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     Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him,...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:41

Being Merciful Instead of Critical

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Be merciful, just as your Father is mercifulLuke 6:36 (NIV)

Speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgmentJames 2:12-13 (ESV)

Heavenly Father, thank...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 15:38

A Gentle Heart, Kind Responses, and Soft Words

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A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly. Prov. 15:1-2

Lord Jesus, as with all the Scriptures, this passage, makes us think of you. There’s no one more filled with kindness and gentle...

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Monday, 13 March 2017 15:37

Fresh Peace and More Peace from King Jesus

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Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thess. 3:16 (NLT)

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. Col. 3:15 (ESV)

Lord Jesus, there’s no part of our being, chapter in our stories, or place...

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Sunday, 12 March 2017 13:52

Repenting of Impatience and Being in a Hurry

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Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.&n...

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Saturday, 11 March 2017 11:57

The Indelible Ink of Grace

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     The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and...

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Friday, 10 March 2017 13:49

Seeing and Savoring the Beauty of Our God

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One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, it’s only through the gospel of your grace that I’ve come to...

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 12:25

Called, Cherished, Changing, and Kept… Forever

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     May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. 1 Thess. 5:23-24 (NIV)

Holy and loving Father,...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 12:39

Grace Strengthened Hearts

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     Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them. We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat. (Heb. 13:9-10)

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 12:35

Doing All Things for the Lord, Not for Men

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     Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Col. 3:23-24

Lord Jesus, we begin today profoundly grateful for everything you’ve already done...

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     I said to the Lord, “You are my Master! Every good thing I have comes from you.” The godly people in the land are my true heroes! I take pleasure in them. Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods. I will not take part in their sacrifices of...

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Sunday, 05 March 2017 13:00

The All-By-Grace-Ness of Our Salvation

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     God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” But what...

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Saturday, 04 March 2017 12:55

When We See Things Differently Theologically

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     For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. Gal. 5:14-15 (NIV)

     For we know in part and we...

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Friday, 03 March 2017 13:03

It’s All About Loving Jesus

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     Though you have not seen him (Jesus), you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.1 Pet. 1:8-9 (NIV)

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 12:49

Healing

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     When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove...

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