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A Word From Joe Barnett

This site is about words.
First, about God’s authoritative, inspired Word.
Second, about my non-authoritative, non-inspired words—nevertheless, written in hope that they will encourage those who read them, and above all that they will point the reader to God’s Word.

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  • Today’s Walk in the Word. A brief devotional that appears Monday through Friday. Each entry is based on a single verse of Scripture, followed by my comments related to it, and ending with a summary aphorism. To access the latest devotional click on "Today’s Walk in the Word" below. To access previous messages click on "Archives/A Walk in the Word" in the top menu.
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Today's Walk in the Word

Fruit of the Spirit: Love

Walk in the way of love.      —Ephesians 5:2 Love is the foundation for all the ingredients that follow, each describing a way in which love is expressed. As Paul says elsewhere, “Over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” (Col 3:14). In our culture, we tend […]

Fruit of the Spirit

Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.             —Galatians 5:16 The flesh and the Spirit are in conflict, pulling in opposite directions. “There exists between the two an interminable, deadly feud” (Lightfoot). John Stott observed, “We shall still experience [lusts of the flesh], […]

Prescription for Forgiveness

[Forgive] each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.     —Ephesians 4:32 General James Oglethorpe was infuriated by an abrasive comment by one of his comrades. When the offender apologized and asked forgiveness, Oglethorpe snapped, I never forgive!” “Then I hope,” mulled his aide, “that you never sin.” Where would we stand with […]

Fear vs. Faith

I will trust and not be afraid.                —Isaiah 12:2 News outlets deliver a continuous stream of wild-eyed crazies massacring schoolchildren, shooting up theaters, planting bombs where people work and play. They display nutcase leaders flexing their muscles and annihilating their enemies. This endless recital of horror feeds fear. […]

God Uses Little People to Do Big Things

Go into the king’s presence to beg for mercy.                                    —Esther 4:8 When we think of big happenings, we associate them with big people like Abraham, Moses, and David. And Esther, the strikingly beautiful Jewess who was chosen to […]

The Nobody Who Was Somebody

When morning came, there was Leah!                        —Genesis 29:25 If there is a Women’s Hall of Fame, Sarah is in it. So is Rebecca. Rachel, too. But Leah isn’t. Leah, the unremarkable, unloved, unwanted woman. Leah was the patsy in Laban’s wedlock deception of Jacob. […]

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Today's Walk in the Word

A brief devotional that appears Monday through Friday. Each entry is based on a single verse of Scripture, followed by my comments and ending with a summary aphorism. 


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