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
Saturday, 01 September 2018 20:00

In God’s Hand and Heart

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The life of every living thing is in his hand, and the breath of every human beingJob 12:10 (NLT)

Heavenly Father, though I sang it long before I believed it, you DO have the whole world in your hands. This frees us to release our white-knuckled grip on all kinds of things we’d...

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Friday, 31 August 2018 20:26

Redemptive Attitudes in a Bad Attitude World

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

Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.Heb. 12:15 (NLT)

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger,...

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 19:57

“Chillax,“, Get Still, and Worship. God Is 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 this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 19:47

When You Feel Like a Hybrid of the Two Luke 15 Sons

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     And he arose and came to his father. 

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.  Luke 15:20

Heavenly Father, I’m not beginning my day in a faraway country derelict, disillusioned, and...

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Proverbs 7:18-26: “Come, let’s drink our fill of love until morning. Let’s enjoy each other’s caresses, 

for my husband is not home. He’s away on a long trip. He has taken a wallet full of money with him and won’t return until later this month.”

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Monday, 27 August 2018 20:23

Irritation Becoming Adoration

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     You rejoice, though now for a little while, as was necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,

so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor...

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Sunday, 26 August 2018 19:55

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 fulfilled, that it must be...

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Saturday, 25 August 2018 20:22

Gospel-Shaped and Spirit-Filled Worship

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

holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of...

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11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 

Heavenly Father, your grace “appeared” in our lives, like a rescue mission in our bleakest lostness; like an artesian spring when we were dying of thirst; like the most unexpected welcome in...

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 21:27

Owning My Tendency to Love Selectively

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     You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else,

     for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such...

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 19:18

Trust More, Vex Less

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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, like a 10-week-old puppy to...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 20:23

Of Course Things Feel Shaky

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     He (God) has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”

The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 20:44

On Those Busy Days

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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...

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Sunday, 19 August 2018 19:52

A Week for Gentleness, Kindness, and Good Words

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     A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

     The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly. Prov. 15:1-2

Lord Jesus, as with all the Scriptures, this passage makes us think of you. There’s no...

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Saturday, 18 August 2018 20:15

Giving God His Due and Overdue Thanks

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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...

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Friday, 17 August 2018 20:27

Fresh, Robust, Liberating Joy

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     … full of joy …

     They came to John (the Baptist) and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.” To this...

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Thursday, 16 August 2018 19:36

Let’s Be Careful Where We Park Our Trust

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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 trust is relentless, often vicious, and quite deceptive. On this August Friday, we affirm that you, alone,are worthy of our...

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 20:12

Being a Friend of the Gospel and a Gospel Friend

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Jude 20 –But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith…

Pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, 21 and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.

Heavenly Father,...

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 19:52

Resting in God’s Occupied Throne and Good Plans

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   For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Phil. 2:13(ESV)     

     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...

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Romans 8:31 – What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 

Heavenly Father, it’s hard to stand up under the weight of all the grace in this passage. Our hearts dance, knees buckle, and our hands shoot up. Indeed, when we...

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 18:37

The Smell of Being with Jesus

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“With Jesus”

     The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.Acts 4:13

Lord Jesus,...

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Saturday, 11 August 2018 18:47

Reveling in the Ultimate Romance

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      I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me.Song of Sol. 7:10 (NIV)

And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection...

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Friday, 10 August 2018 19:13

Our Father’s Welcome and Call to Repentance

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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 to get...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 19:41

A Gospel View of Good Works

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It is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.Phil. 2:13

    But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.1 Cor. 15:10

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 19:21

When Relationships Get Messy

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They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company.     

     Sometime later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” Barnabas wanted to take...

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