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
Wednesday, 26 December 2018 19:29

Jesus Comes Close to Give Us Peace

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And he [Jesus] came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.

For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. Eph. 2:17–18

Lord Jesus, what is Christmas? It is you coming near to us, sabotaging the illusion of our self-righteousness, taking...

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Tuesday, 25 December 2018 19:32

The Weight and Means of Grace

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And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.Luke 2:20(NIV)

Heavenly Father, it’s the day after Christmas, and many of us are over-stuffed, under-slept, and very-spent—in more than one way. But mostly, we’re...

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Monday, 24 December 2018 19:41

Christmas Day Wonder, Gratitude, and Joy

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The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!Luke 2:11 (NLT)

Lord Jesus, it’s the day angels “harked,” shepherds ran, Mary treasured, and Herod hated. For God so loved the world, he gave you—blessed Savior,Christ&...

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 19:34

Our King in a Crib

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Joseph… went to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.

He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her...

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When they [the Magi] saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.

And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. Matt. 2:10-11 (NIV)...

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Friday, 21 December 2018 19:08

God Always Remembers to Be Merciful

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He has remembered to be merciful.

For he made this promise to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children forever.Luke 1:51–55 (NLT)

Heavenly Father, thank you for being a Father who always remembers to be merciful. Your memory never fails. Mary sang these words in response to the announcement...

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 20:05

Crib, Cross, and Crown

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Jesus Christ… who is 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, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 18:37

Making Room for the One Who Fills All Things

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She (Mary) gave birth to her firstborn, a son.

She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room available for them. Luke 2:4-7 NIV

Lord Jesus, no detail of your birth was left to chance, including a less than desirable birthing room. Nevertheless, the...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 19:00

Greater Esteem for Jesus and What He’s Done for Us

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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 “tender shoot,” 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 was...

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Monday, 17 December 2018 19:00

The Apostle Paul’s Account of Jesus’ Birth

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In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being...

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Sunday, 16 December 2018 18:41

When the Holiday Season Is Difficult

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From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. John 1:16 (ESV)

Lord Jesus, I’ve been pondering this phrase since yesterday’s prayer: “grace upon grace.” Holidays make us grateful for your supersized-provision of loving-kindness, redemptive presence, and...

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Saturday, 15 December 2018 19:05

The 3rd Sunday of Advent: Joy to the World Indeed

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The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.

We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This was the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes...

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The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,

for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time...

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 19:30

The Welcome, Acceptance, and Favor We Crave

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Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel,

praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”Luke 2:13–14 NIV

Heavenly Father, some culinary delights are to be savored s l o w l y, not...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 18:20

When Our Ache and Impatience Collide

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     But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son,

born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying,...

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     “Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth,

and no one will even think about the old ones anymore. Be glad; rejoice forever in my creation! And look! I will create Jerusalem as a place of happiness. Her people will be a source of joy. I will rejoice over Jerusalem...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 18:37

Making Music to Jesus in Our Hearts

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Mary responded, “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!

For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed. For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me. He shows mercy from generation to...

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 17:59

The Good Shepherd Tenderly Cares for Us

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     But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah,

out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times . . . He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the...

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Saturday, 08 December 2018 19:29

The 2nd Sunday of Advent: The Day of No More Harm

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     The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat,

the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The...

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Friday, 07 December 2018 19:22

Sharing Mary’s Awe and Hope

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     “How will this be,”Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your...

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 19:16

There Is Joy in the Presence of Jesus

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     At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 

where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.Luke...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 19:19

Hope Is a Noun and Verb

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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. (...

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 18:52

Aching and Waiting with Joy

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Of the increase of his government and ofpeace there will be no end,

on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.Isa. 9:7

King Jesus, your righteousness is our...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 19:42

The Promise of Immanuel Confronts Our Unbelief

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“Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.”

But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test.” Then he said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also?...

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Therefore, the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. Isa. 30:18 (ESV)

You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near. James 5:8 (NLT)

The...

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