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, 05 July 2018 20:38

The Day for Which We Long… More Than Ever

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

Lord Jesus, there are so many things we intensely crave about our coming life in the new heaven and new earth. For starters, “no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Rev. 21:4). But in light...

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Wednesday, 04 July 2018 19:58

Where Else Are We Gonna’ Take This Stuff?

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     The best-equipped army cannot save a king, nor is great strength enough to save a warrior.

     Don’t count on your warhorse to give you victory—for all its strength, it cannot save you. But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who...

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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 the Fourth of July—a holiday set aside in the USA to remember the freedom we enjoy as citizens. As...

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Monday, 02 July 2018 19:52

Living As Servants, Not Cynics or Pawns

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     “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper. Jer. 29:7 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, these words you spoke through Jeremiah are quite...

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Sunday, 01 July 2018 20:14

When Jesus Must Be “Enough”

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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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Saturday, 30 June 2018 19:47

Our Most Awesome, Unbroken, Eternal Marriage

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

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

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

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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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Thursday, 28 June 2018 20:54

Grace to Love Hard to Love People

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If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you?

     For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what...

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Wednesday, 27 June 2018 20:50

Trusting God with Our “Impossibilities”

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Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”Luke 18:27 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, on this last Thursday in June, we praise you for your promises of steadfast love, daily mercies, and doing the impossible. We need all three.

Because of your steadfast love, we have...

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 20:27

Expressing Our Love for 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)

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Monday, 25 June 2018 21:01

The Revolutionary Power of God’s 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...

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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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Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people. 

Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. For...

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Friday, 22 June 2018 21:44

Eagles Dancing and Our Father Caring

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In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him.

     He guarded him as the apple of his eye, like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft....

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

Lord Jesus, we believe you love us as much as Solomon describes with his impassioned words, but we don’t believe it as much as you intend. Heal us and free us, we pray, for you have made us for yourself and have redeemed...

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Wednesday, 20 June 2018 22:24

Heart Guarding

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

I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. Phil. 4:11-12 (ESV)

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 21:30

Slow. Us. Down. Father.

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     The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

     Day to day pours out speech, and night-to-night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Yet their voice goes out into all...

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     What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Rom. 8:31 (NIV)

 “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed,...

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 I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faintJer. 31:25

Lord Jesus, like baby Robins, we’re poised to feast on the promises of your loving heart contained in this one verse. We welcome the nourishment of your daily mercies and grace riches.

It’s freeing to know that we...

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Saturday, 16 June 2018 19:55

Gratitude for Our Perfect Father

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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!1 Jn. 3:1NIV

     You have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he...

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     I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of...

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Thursday, 14 June 2018 20:44

Remembering to Remember Why We’re Grateful

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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 love for you and free us from a boring preoccupation with ourselves. The command to give you thanks is just such a...

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 18:48

Owning the Vulnerability of Not Having Control

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The life of every living thing is in his hand, and the breath of every human being. Job 12:10 (NLT)

Heavenly Father, we are so thankful that you, quite literally, have the whole world in your hand. That frees us to acknowledge the obvious. We don’t. We don’t have control over a lot of...

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018 20:00

The Awesome Destination of God’s Kindness

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     Do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? Rom. 2:4 

Heavenly Father, for the gift of another Wednesday, we praise you; for the privilege of...

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Monday, 11 June 2018 20:50

Heart Boss

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Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Col. 3:15

Lord Jesus, today, like every day, somebody or something is going to claim “dibs” on the attention, affection, and allegiance of our hearts. We will be wooed,...

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