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

“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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     Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Cor. 12:9NLT

Heavenly Father, thank you for promising to give us all the grace we need,...

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In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory Eph. 1:13-14

Heavenly Father, what a...

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Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts. 1 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 ways. Prov. 23:26 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, these Scriptures remind us that...

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Titus 2:11- For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 

Heavenly Father, your grace “appeared” in our lives like the sun burning through the bleakest skyline; like an artesian spring in the middle of the driest desert; like a Coast Guard...

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For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you. Philemon 1:7

Heavenly Father, I can’t imagine navigating storms, bearing burdens, and handling heartaches without good friends. Thank you for the gift of...

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 13:10

Give Jesus Access to Your Heart Today

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Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.

Lord Jesus, you are my generous shepherd—my very Good Shepherd. You give me everything I need, even when that includes things I don’t want. All I’ll need today is you, plus what you...

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Monday, 15 May 2017 14:01

Dealing with Feelings of Broken Trust

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Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.Psalm 20:7 (ESV)

Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.Prov. 28:26 (NIV)

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.Psalm 56:3 (NIV)

“Don’t...

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Sunday, 14 May 2017 14:05

Monday Morning Care Casting: Phil. 4:6-8

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6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

Heavenly Father, thank you for catching every worrisome care we cast in your direction. Should we “pray more and worry less”? Indeed, that’s not a...

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Saturday, 13 May 2017 13:09

Constantly Rejoicing in the Main Thing

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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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Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people (Eph. 6:7 NIV).

Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant (Gal. 1:10 NLT).

The LORD is for me, so I will have...

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It is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Phil. 2:13 NIV)

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 that was with me. (1 Cor. 15:10 NIV)

The Lord...

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 14:28

Owning My Annoyance and Getting Still

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Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down…Prov. 12:25 ESV

Fools show their annoyance at once…Prov. 12:16 NIV

“Love is not… irritable”1 Cor. 13:4-5 ESV

“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the...

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I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the LORD. Jer. 30:17 (ESV)

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well3 John 2 (NIV)

Stop drinking only water, and use a little...

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Monday, 08 May 2017 14:08

Hooray for the Bible’s Last Command!

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The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.  Rev. 22:17

Heavenly Father, of all the commands with which you could’ve ended the...

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Sunday, 07 May 2017 13:35

Jesus Brings Peace to Our Relationships

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     He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.Eph. 2:17–18(NLT)

Lord Jesus, this Scripture is...

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Saturday, 06 May 2017 14:19

Knowing the Lord’s Presence and Rest

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for promising to be with us throughout our journey, and for promising rest all the way Home, not just when we get Home. Like the children of Israel traveling...

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     I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself. You said, “I have made...

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 14:16

Trusting Our Father–the God of Hope

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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...

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Wednesday, 03 May 2017 11:46

The Compassion and Care of Our Father

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“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” Jer. 31:25 (NIV)

And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Ex. 33:14 (ESV)

It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for...

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 13:26

When Mere Men Get Too Big in Our Hearts

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Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safetyProv. 29:25 (NLT)

We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers. Num. 13:33 (NLT)

God sits above the circle of the earth. The people below seem like grasshoppers to...

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Monday, 01 May 2017 13:19

Cultivating Heavenly Mindedness

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I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. Phil. 1:23 (NLT)

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the...

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Sunday, 30 April 2017 13:56

For the Annoyed, Irritated, and Exasperated

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Fools show their annoyance at once. Prov. 12:16 (NIV)

Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools. Eccl. 7:9 (ESV)

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,...

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Saturday, 29 April 2017 13:12

Sovereignty Happens All the Time

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Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast. The voice said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.” And instantly I was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne in heaven and...

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Friday, 28 April 2017 13:07

Refreshed Intimacy with Jesus

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     The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with JesusActs 4:13 (NLT)

Lord Jesus, this...

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