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, 18 July 2019 19:46

Jesus Loves Us as Much as Our Father Loves Him

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As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.John 15:9

Lord Jesus, how can it be? How can it possibly be that you love us as much as the Father loves you? Everything in our culture, world, and experience tells us we get what we deserve and earn. But there’s no way we...

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 19:20

Those Days When Nothing Feels Enough

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Godliness with contentment is great gain, 

for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 1 Tim. 6:6-8 (NIV)

Do all things without grumbling. Phil 2:14 (ESV)

Take delight in...

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 21:12

Gratitude and Hope Are Always En Vogue

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Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,

who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.  James 1:17-18

Heavenly Father, I woke up...

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Monday, 15 July 2019 20:38

I Am So Glad This Is True

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Of the increase of his government and ofpeace there will be no end.

He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. Isa. 9:7

Lord Jesus, your...

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Sunday, 14 July 2019 22:25

Do NOT Forget

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And we know that in all things God works for the good,

for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also...

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Saturday, 13 July 2019 21:15

Encourage Your Friends Daily and More

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Encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Heb. 10:25

     Lord Jesus, this passage has made me think about the gift of friendship this morning, and what it means to grow older together. I’m so grateful for the brothers and sisters...

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Friday, 12 July 2019 21:28

Heart and Mouth Goodness

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A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart…

And an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. Luke 6:45 (NLT)

Lord Jesus, this Scripture is the chase to which we must always...

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You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may...

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019 21:19

Enjoyment as an Act of Obedient Love

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     So I commend the enjoyment of life

because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun. Eccles. 8:15

Heavenly Father, I woke up in...

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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 21:01

The Beauty and Power of a Grateful Heart

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Psalm 103:1– Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 

Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—

Heavenly Father, King David’s words provide the perfect vehicle for us to engage in one of the most...

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Monday, 08 July 2019 20:06

The Day We Intensely Crave

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The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through loveGal. 5:6

Lord Jesus, there are so many things that make us crave your return. For starters, “no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Rev. 21:4). But in light of our current culture of relational...

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Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise.

Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding. Prov. 15:31–32

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.Prov. 12:1

Lord Jesus,...

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Saturday, 06 July 2019 19:46

The Full Extent of Jesus’ Love

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

Lord Jesus, this story always grabs my heart. It’s the night of your betrayal—the night you would be denied and abandoned not just by Peter but by all of the disciples. You knew...

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Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Pet. 5:7

Heavenly Father, it’s an unparalleled joy to know how much you care for us, your children. We always need your welcoming heart, broad shoulders, and sufficient grace.

By faith on this July Saturday, we offload a...

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Thursday, 04 July 2019 20:19

Be Careful with Moments of Great Vulnerability

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Watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. Gen. 4:7 (NLT)

Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matt. 26:41 (NIV)

 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in...

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Wednesday, 03 July 2019 19:33

True and Lasting Freedom

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It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.

Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slaveryGal. 5:1 

Lord Jesus, it’s another 4th of July in the USA. As broken, divided, and conflicted as America is, we remain grateful for the privileges we...

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Tuesday, 02 July 2019 20:41

Celebrating Christmas in Early July

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

, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over...

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Monday, 01 July 2019 20:24

How Jesus Meets Our Deepest Craving

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I will make you my wife forever, showing you righteousness and justice, unfailing love and compassion. Hos. 2:19

As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.Isa. 62:5

“Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him...

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Sunday, 30 June 2019 20:26

A Monday Filled with Joy, Peace, and 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 hopeRomans 15:13

Heavenly Father, what a great verse for focusing, fueling, and filling our hearts this first Monday of July. No matter how much we dread or delight in...

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Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.Ps. 115:3 (ESV)

Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me. Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.Isa....

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And 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 not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put...

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Thursday, 27 June 2019 19:54

The Greening of Our Hearts

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Will you not revive us again,

that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation. Ps. 85:6–7

Lord Jesus, it’s amazing what a few really good rains can do to transform our brown, sunbaked yards into a lavish display of fresh, green...

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Why do you complain, Jacob?

Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no...

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Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!1 Cor. 9:16

Lord Jesus, if “to woe” is to express dread, distress, and despair, then I’ve certainly done my share of “woe-ing.” “Woe is me, if she won’t go out with me”, or “if I don’t get the...

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Monday, 24 June 2019 20:20

Expressing Our Love to 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. 3:8-9 (NIV)

Lord Jesus, we deeply...

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