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, 14 February 2019 19:50

Known, Numbered, and Loved

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In your book were written, every one of them the days that were formed for me … 

when as yet there were none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I were to count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you. Psalm...

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 18:33

The Love We Crave, for Which We’ve Been Made

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I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me. Song of Sol. 7:10 (NIV)

And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 18:26

Seeing Jesus in the Difficult Chapters of Life

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But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 

“Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”Acts 7:55–56 (NIV)

Lord Jesus,...

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Monday, 11 February 2019 18:58

The Expanse and Expense of God’s Love for Us

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I will show love to those I called ‘Not loved.’

And to those I called ‘Not my people,’ I will say, ‘Now you are my people.’ And they will reply, ‘You are our God!’” Then the Lord said to me, “Go and love your wife again, even...

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Sunday, 10 February 2019 19:23

When Feeling Blah-ish, Cold-ish, and Tired-ish

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Have you not known? Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be...

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Saturday, 09 February 2019 18:24

Living with Our Glorious Gospel Identity

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Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James—to those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. Jude 1-2 (ESV)

Heavenly Father, what a gospel-saturated identity Jude gives us, as...

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Friday, 08 February 2019 18:59

Grace for Our Hardest and Healthiest Relationships

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How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! 

For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe. Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the...

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 19:54

Resting in Our Father’s Love and Faithfulness

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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.Psalm 89:1-2

Heavenly Father, as fully as your...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 19:24

The Transforming Reign of Grace

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

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...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 19:40

What Do We Really Need?

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I saw a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it. Rev. 4:2 (NLT)

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

“I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good.”Jer. 29:11 (NLT)

Heavenly Father, life...

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Monday, 04 February 2019 19:23

We Keep on Needing Jesus and Each Other

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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, you spoke the...

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Sunday, 03 February 2019 19:28

When It’s Easy to Fret, Vex, and Worry

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“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life,

what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and...

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Behold… what great love the Father has lavished on us,

that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known....

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Friday, 01 February 2019 20:03

The Joy of Obeying 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 have completed your...

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 18:49

God’s Schedule Trumps “Swiss Timing”

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But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you. 2 Pet. 3:8-9 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, you’ve written this good news in...

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:13

Being More Generous and Welcoming Than Is Comfortable

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In Christ Jesus, you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Eph. 2:13  

When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in...

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O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you”:

Dear heavenly Father, from the beginning, you created us for life in a garden paradise—a life of revealing your goodness, truth, and beauty. Our calling hasn’t changed but our context has....

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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)

Heavenly Father, many of us have friends...

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Sunday, 27 January 2019 20:14

Circumstance-Transcending, Heart-Invigorating Joy

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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 scorpions, and over all...

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Saturday, 26 January 2019 19:11

Tons of Encouragement, Peace, and Hope

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Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Heavenly Father, meditating through this passage is like standing in awe of the Swiss Alps of your grace. Make these riches of the gospel increasingly understandable and...

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Friday, 25 January 2019 18:45

Let’s Be Thankful This Is True, All of It!

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Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.

Therefore, he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted...

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Thursday, 24 January 2019 18:43

The Twin Thieves of Fear and Worry

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Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’?

It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will...

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 19:28

Filling Our Hearts and Words with God’s Grace

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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)

Dear Lord Jesus, when it comes to how we speak to each other, this Scripture is the bottom...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 20:17

When It Doesn’t Seem Like Jesus Cares

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Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.

She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”Luke 10:40 (NIV)

I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I...

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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 blood or even speak...

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