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
Sunday, 17 November 2019 18:42

Marinate in This Till It Possesses You

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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.Jer. 29:11

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...

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Saturday, 16 November 2019 18:30

Jesus Still Gives Us His Fully Extended 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. You take on our dirty feet, broken stories, and sinful...

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You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 Tim. 2:1

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

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder...

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Thursday, 14 November 2019 18:49

Heck Yes, Christmas Carols on November 15th!

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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 details! There is only one...

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019 19:21

Gospel Okayed and Fueled 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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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 19:21

Apart from the Gospel, This Is Impossible

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Do everything in love. 1 Cor. 16:10

Heavenly Father, “Do everything in love?… seriously? We know you don’t exaggerate, just to make a point, so, we’ll take this command at face value. Which means we’ll take the riches of the Gospel just as seriously.

We love you...

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Monday, 11 November 2019 18:06

The “Little While” of Our Aches and Sufferings

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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. Amen1 Pet. 5:10-11

For I consider that the...

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Sunday, 10 November 2019 18:38

The War That Ends All Wars

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Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there.

Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war… The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. From his mouth came a sharp sword to...

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Saturday, 09 November 2019 18:30

Falling Down, Not Nodding off, in Our Worship of God

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The secrets of their hearts are laid bare.

So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”1 Cor. 14:25

Gracious Father, what a great picture Paul paints in this one verse—Spirit-fueled reality, not empty ritual, marking your people’s...

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Friday, 08 November 2019 18:06

Seeing with 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

Loving Father, many of us live with vision...

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Thursday, 07 November 2019 18:42

Jesus’ Shameless Love for Us

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Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family.

So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises.” And again, “I will put my...

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Wednesday, 06 November 2019 18:27

Don’t Make Resentment a Heart-Guest

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The godless in heart harbor resentment. Job 36:13

Heavenly Father, this one little verse is bringing big conviction this morning. I confess the ease with which I can generate feelings of resentment, toward people, inanimate things, and circumstances.

Whether it’s wrinkleless shirts that...

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Tuesday, 05 November 2019 19:26

Living “Smitten” with Our Father

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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 (NI...

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Monday, 04 November 2019 18:31

When We Get Snarky, Judgmental, and Unkind

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You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else…

for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things… Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not...

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Sunday, 03 November 2019 18:47

Getting a Jumpstart on Thanksgiving Day

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Giving thanks always and for everything

to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Eph. 5:20 (ESV)

Heavenly Father, thank you for only commanding things that intensify our joy in you and worship of you. Gratitude is just such a transforming command. As your children, we have a copious...

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Saturday, 02 November 2019 19:41

Blessed Are the Refreshers

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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 alone. A weekend retreat to Blue Ridge, Georgia,...

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Friday, 01 November 2019 19:12

Smelling Like the Gospel

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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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Thursday, 31 October 2019 19:22

We’re Always-in-Need-of-the-Gospel People

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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, I woke up today in Blue Ridge, Georgia, with a small band of dear friends, eager to spend the...

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 19:51

Stuck in a Trick-Or-Treat Spirituality?

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great cloud a of witnesses,

let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.Heb. 12:1-2

Lord Jesus, over the course of...

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019 19:56

Gospel-GPS Directed Hearts

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May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and Christ’s perseverance. 2 Thess. 3:5

Heavenly Father, this Scripture reminds us of a line from a favorite hymn. “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love. Take my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for...

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Monday, 28 October 2019 15:34

The Trinity Has No 4th Member

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I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Rev. 22:13

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

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!Isa. 26:3

Heavenly Father, it’s...

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Sunday, 27 October 2019 16:23

Giving Jesus What He Claims… Our Battles

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 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)

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

Lord Jesus, we’d...

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Saturday, 26 October 2019 16:19

Beckoned to Dance with Our Heavenly Father

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[The older brother] was angry and refused to go in.

His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, “Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son...

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Friday, 25 October 2019 15:03

Laying Hold of the Grip of Grace

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“This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’”Zech. 8:23 NIV

Lord Jesus, every day...

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Thursday, 24 October 2019 15:24

A Bit of Fresh Encouragement and Good Hope

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May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us 

and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,encourage your hearts, and strengthen you in every good deed and word.2 Thess. 2:16-17

   Heavenly Father, you are so over-the-top good to...

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