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

Galatians 5:22But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives:

     Heavenly Father, to start with, thank you for sealing us with your Spirit (2 Cor. 1:22), indwelling us by your Spirit (Rom. 8:9), and transforming us through the...

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Thursday, 07 June 2018 20:14

Affirming the Goodness of God

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Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!Psalm 34:8

You are good and do good.Psalm 119:68

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!Psalm 27:13

    Heavenly Father, as I get older, my eyes strain to focus and hearing...

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Isaiah 55:1-3 Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink—even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk—it’s all free!

Heavenly Father, we need to hear and heed your invitation to the free banquet of grace three times a day—breakfast, lunch, and suppertime. Thank...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 19:39

Those Short-Fused Irritability Days

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     Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools. Eccl. 7:9 (ESV)

Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. Prov. 14:9(ESV)

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be...

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     “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure...

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Sunday, 03 June 2018 20:24

Trusting God to Do Big Stuff

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     Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Eph. 3:20-21 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, on this Monday...

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Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you...

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“Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’?Isaiah 45:9 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, even your...

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Heb. 2:5 It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking.

Rev. 21:5He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and...

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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...

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 20:00

Remembering Whose and Who We Are

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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...

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“Fear not, foryou will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth.” Isa. 54:4 (ESV)

Jesus, we’re thankful today for the healing truths of the Scriptures. and the liberating power of the gospel. Especially...

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Jesus Christ …the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood. Rev. 1:5

On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords. Rev. 19:16

Lord Jesus,...

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     For even when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted at every turn—fighting without and fear within. But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus.2 Cor. 7:5-6

Gracious Father, the travel-log commentary in the...

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Friday, 25 May 2018 19:34

Love Well: Kindness Trumps Contempt

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1 Corinthians 13:1 If I don’t have love … I’m a clanging cymbal. 2 If I don’t have love… I am nothing. 3 If don’t have love… I gain nothing.

Heavenly Father, as we meditate through this timeless, humbling passage, we’re...

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 20:40

Fresh Gratitude for God’s Many Gifts to Us

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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. James 1:17

     What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast...

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May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word2 Thess. 2:16-17 

Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that...

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018 20:05

When Temptation Is Particularly Powerful

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     No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.1 Cor. 10:13

“… the...

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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. 12:9NLT

Heavenly Father, thank you for promising to give us all the grace we need,...

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Sunday, 20 May 2018 18:04

Pentecost Isn’t Just for a Day

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Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy SpiritEph. 5:18

Heavenly Father, celebrating Pentecost yesterday really stirred me up—especially remembering you sent the Spirit to make much of Jesus, in our hearts and in your world. So,...

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“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each...

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“Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?”John 4:29

Lord Jesus, I wish I had been there to hear this liberated woman recount her collision with the gospel—her story of meeting you and coming alive to the transforming power of grace (John...

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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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