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

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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Sunday, 22 April 2018 19:55

More Than a Job, It’s a Vocation

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This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

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

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since...

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Saturday, 21 April 2018 20:07

Need-Shaped Grace

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Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praiseJer. 17:14 (NIV)

Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.Matt. 11:28(NLT)

Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you...

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Friday, 20 April 2018 19:35

What Do We Really Treasure and Trust?

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Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.1 John 5:21

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.1 Cor. 10:14

Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. Jonah 2:8

Heavenly Father, these Scriptures about idolatry raise the core question: What do we really treasure...

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 20:19

White-Knuckled Fear, or Hands Raised 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 hope.Rom. 15:13 (ESV)

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.I...

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 20:21

It’s Making Us Hollow and Wearing Us Out

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 LORD, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. Ps. 16:5

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Heb. 13:5

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 19:47

Gentle Us, Jesus

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Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Phil. 4:5

Lord Jesus, no one is more suited to gentle our hearts than you, for you are “gentle and humble in heart” (Matt. 11:29). No one’s gentleness is more “evident to all,” for you are kind to the broken...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 19:33

In Stillness and Trust

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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...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 19:42

A Gospel Heart and Mouth

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The mouth speaks what the heart is full of.Luke 6:45 (NIV)

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...

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Saturday, 14 April 2018 19:24

Fresh Gratitude for the “God-ness” of Our God

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       “My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” Isa. 46:10 (NIV)

     Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and...

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Friday, 13 April 2018 19:51

Good News Hearts in a Bad News World

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     Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure; they will have no fear. Psalm 112:6-8 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, we...

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 19:44

Expressing Gratitude for (and to) Our Friends

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      When we came into Macedonia, we had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn—conflicts on the outside, fears within. But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus.2 Cor. 7:5-6 (NIV)

     A friend loves at all...

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018 20:15

Esteeming Jesus

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     Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him and no beauty that we should desire him. He...

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 19:32

Lamenting Violence and Longing for Its End

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     Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be...

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Monday, 09 April 2018 20:21

Savoring Our Salvation and Shameless Future

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    If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture...

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     To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. Jude 1-2 (NIV)

Most loving heavenly Father, on this April Monday, like every day, we need a fresh encounter with the daily-ness of your...

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     You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rockIsa. 26:3-4

Most grace-full and trustworthy Father, you haven’t promised us a storm-less, hassle-empty,...

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Friday, 06 April 2018 20:03

The “It-Is-Enough-Ness” of God’s Grace

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     Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Cor. 12:9 (NLT)

     We ourselves are like fragile clay jars...

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Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my GodPs. 43:5

Heavenly Father, we come to your throne of grace today on behalf of those who under the weight and wait of sadness—from mild melancholia to deep...

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