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, 27 January 2019 20:14

Circumstance-Transcending, Heart-Invigorating Joy

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The seventy-two returned with joy,

saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all...

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Saturday, 26 January 2019 19:11

Tons of Encouragement, Peace, and Hope

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Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Heavenly Father, meditating through this passage is like standing in awe of the Swiss Alps of your grace. Make these riches of the gospel increasingly understandable and...

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Friday, 25 January 2019 18:45

Let’s Be Thankful This Is True, All of It!

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Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.

Therefore, he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted...

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Thursday, 24 January 2019 18:43

The Twin Thieves of Fear and Worry

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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 deliverance the Lord will...

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 19:28

Filling Our Hearts and Words with God’s Grace

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A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart,

and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.Luke 6:45 (NLT)

Dear Lord Jesus, when it comes to how we speak to each other, this Scripture is the bottom...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 20:17

When It Doesn’t Seem Like Jesus Cares

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Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.

She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”Luke 10:40 (NIV)

I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I...

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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 part in their sacrifices of blood or even speak...

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Sunday, 20 January 2019 19:41

MLK Day, THE Day, and Our Day

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“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you,

so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my Disciples, if you love one another.”John 13:34-35

Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!Amos 5:24

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Saturday, 19 January 2019 18:57

Word-Framed, Gospel-Soaked, Spirit-Filled Worship

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The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. Jn. 4:23

I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and...

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 “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. 

I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table. Mephibosheth bowed down and said,...

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Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,

    Lord Jesus, as Paul writes in this passage, everything we need to know about God is revealed in and through you. We don’t have to guess what God...

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 19:37

Gospel-Centered Parenting and Grandparenting

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Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.

Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 19:47

When, Not If, Life Gets Messy, Confusing, Or Hard

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Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. Isa. 43:1-2(NIV)

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has...

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Monday, 14 January 2019 19:38

We’ll Never Experience an Abba-less Day

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The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14

Heavenly Father, on our mystery-laced, mercy-graced journey between the resurrection and the return of Jesus, you’re always with us and completely for us. We have rest now, because the gospel...

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Since you have been raised to new life with Christ,

set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God....

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Saturday, 12 January 2019 18:45

Savoring the Chocolate Truffles of the Gospel

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May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.2 Thess. 3:5(NIV)

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work...

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Friday, 11 January 2019 19:05

“Give Me Your Heart”

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I hope you will put up with a little more of my foolishness.

Please bear with me. For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ. But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve...

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 19:39

GOD is Author, Editor, and Publisher of Our Stories

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I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,

plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jer. 29:11

Heavenly Father, this well-known, oft’-quoted verse both challenges and comforts us. It challenges the part of us that wishes you’d simply sign off on the...

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We know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven,

an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new...

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 19:57

77 or 490 Times, Our Call to Forgive Continues

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Then Peter came up and said to him [Jesus], “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?

As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.”Matt. 18:21-22

Lord Jesus, we are so grateful that any...

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Monday, 07 January 2019 19:50

Busy Rushing That Ends in Nothing

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This I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;

his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”Lam. 3:19-24 (NIV)

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But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us,

not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that,...

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Saturday, 05 January 2019 19:24

Our Preeminent Calling to Love Jesus

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Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,

yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are...

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Friday, 04 January 2019 20:46

Walking in Humility, Weakness, and Dependence

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This happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead…

We have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.2 Cor. 1:9; 4:7

Heavenly Father, there are some gospel-freedoms that are difficult to remember...

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I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you,

I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil....

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