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, 17 May 2018 22:06

Generous Refreshment from Jesus

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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 towards heaven. I cannot...

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 20:09

Pray for Your Friends in Vocational Ministry

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     But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.

And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and...

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“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he...

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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 without good friends. A recent trip to San...

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Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. (Ps. 143:8)

Lord Jesus, we’ve been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What we consume early will greatly impact the of the rest of our day. We’ve proven this true, especially on those mornings...

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Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:25

Perpetually Coming to Jesus

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A Come to Jesus Meeting

As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it...

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“I am my beloved’s and his desire is for me.”Song of Songs 7:10

Living in awe of people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety.Prov. 29:25

The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? Psalm 118:6

Heavenly Father, of all pl...

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Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 

Lord Jesus, though brokenness is in us and around us, we have multiple reasons to rejoice in you today. For starters, you are our perfect righteousness and constant Advocate, our sovereign King and loving Spouse. Don’t let...

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Praying through 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,

Heavenly Father, you are over-the-top good to us—immeasurably kind, incessantly faithful, and irrepressibly...

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Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.Psalm 20:7 (ESV)

Heavenly Father, the battle for our heart’s treasure and trust is relentless, vicious, and diverse. As this day begins (and continues), we affirm only you are worthy of our worship, love,...

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The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me (Psalm 50:23 ESV).

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! (2 Cor. 9:15 NIV)

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thess. 5:16-18...

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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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     Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.1 Pet....

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Friday, 04 May 2018 19:27

On Cinco de Mayo 2018

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     As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. Isa. 62:5

Lord Jesus, on May 5th, 1862, a very unlikely thing happened—the Mexican army defeated the French forces at...

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Thursday, 03 May 2018 19:55

Ditching Envy and Embracing Contentment

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A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot(Prov. 14:30 ESV).

Love does not envy (1 Cor. 13:4 ESV).

“You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to...

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He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candleIsa. 43:2 (NLT)

Lord Jesus, thank you for perpetually presiding at a throne of grace, and for doing so with burden-bearing love and all-welcoming kindness. When we feel like “fragile reeds” or...

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 20:04

When People Seem Bigger Than God

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 Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safetyProv. 29:25 (NLT)

We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers. Num. 13:33 (NLT)

God sits above the circle of the earth. The people below seem like...

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Monday, 30 April 2018 20:28

Heavenly Christ-Mindedness

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      I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me.Phil. 1:23 (NLT)

     I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in...

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Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast. The voice said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.” And instantly I was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne in heaven and...

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Saturday, 28 April 2018 18:55

We Are SO Very Blessed

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Psalm 103:1Praise 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 express the desire of our hearts on this April Sunday. In response to everything...

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Friday, 27 April 2018 20:23

Becoming More Merciful, Kind, and Free

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Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36 (NIV)

Speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.James 2:12-13 (ESV)

Heavenly Father, we’re so glad you are...

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Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thess. 3:16(NLT)

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.Col. 3:15 (ESV)

Lord Jesus, we are so glad there’s no part of our being or story, no sphere of life or place in...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 19:09

Resting in the Prayers of Jesus and the Spirit

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Therefore he (Jesus) is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.Heb. 7:25 (NIV)

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us...

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“Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts”.

     Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 19:08

Smelling Like Grace

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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...

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