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, 21 October 2018 18:40

Carrying Our Friends to Jesus

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Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat.

They tried to take him inside to Jesus, but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of...

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

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. John 15:9 (NIV)

Lord Jesus, we long to believe this bold declaration of your love for us, much more than we already do. Free us, we pray, for you...

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Friday, 19 October 2018 20:46

Having and Giving Encouragement

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     God has not destined us for wrath,

but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.1 Thess....

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 20:35

Seeing with Eyes of Grace

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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

Heavenly Father, this Scripture makes me long...

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 21:34

We Are Pursued by Our Incredibly Generous Father

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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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For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”Gal. 5:14 (NIV)

For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away1 Cor. 13:9-10 (ESV)

Heavenly Father, I...

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Monday, 15 October 2018 20:38

In Praise of Our Sovereign Father

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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...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 20:21

Living This October Monday to the Glory of God

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So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.1 Cor. 10:31

    Heavenly Father, this is the October 15th, 2018 you have made, and we want to rejoice and be glad in it. There’s a lot going on in our world, in our American culture, and in our...

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Saturday, 13 October 2018 19:57

What Shall We Do with Our Thirst?

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Psalm 63:1-5 NLT – O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you;

my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.

Heavenly Father, this Psalm is like an oasis of the desert, always beckoning us to gospel-sanity and...

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If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.James 2:8

     Most merciful Lord Jesus, we come to your throne of grace today on behalf of those impacted by Hurricane Michael. Mexico Beach looks like a...

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:19

Known, Re-Named, and Greatly Loved

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     He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

To the one who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it. Rev. 2:17 (NIV)...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 20:39

Think About Such Things

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We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Cor. 10:5

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.Rom. 12:2

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure,...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 20:32

Blasting Our Hearts with the Love of God

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1Cor. 13:1-7 – If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move...

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One person gives freely, yet gains even more;

another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshedProv. 11:24-25

Lord Jesus, I cannot read these words without lifting my heart and hands toward heaven. I cannot read...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 20:11

Our Hostility Destroying, Peace Making Savior

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For he himself (Jesus) is our peace, 

who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the...

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Saturday, 06 October 2018 20:18

When Sharp and Serious Disagreements Threaten

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     Sometime later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the brothers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.”

Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him,...

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Friday, 05 October 2018 20:37

Longing to Hear God Laugh, Today and in THE Day

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     A little while, and the wicked will be no more;

though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity. The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he...

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Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear. Isa. 59:1 (ESV)

Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. Jer. 32:17...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 19:57

Our Care-Catching, Angst-Welcoming Father

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Philippians 4:6 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 care we cast in your direction, taking every burden we offload onto your heart, and for welcoming all the...

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If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthlessJames 1:26 (NLT)

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.Prov. 12:18 (ESV)

Let your conversation be...

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Monday, 01 October 2018 20:28

Resting and Trusting in Our Father

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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, for God is our...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 20:37

More Valuable Than Birds

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“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life…

whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly...

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Saturday, 29 September 2018 20:48

The Matchless, Scandalous, Awesomeness of the Gospel

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     Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.

David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to...

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Friday, 28 September 2018 21:14

Our Cravings, God’s Promises, and the Waiting Mode

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I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!Ps. 37:13-14

Heavenly Father, I hate waiting. The tension between craving what you’ve promised and waiting...

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 20:35

Heavy Hearts, “Full Plates,” and Our Gentle Savior

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Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your soulsMatt. 11:28-29 (ESV)

He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. Is...

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