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Joe Barnett

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.

Here are the regular features you will find here.

  • 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.
  • On My Mind. Messages on varied topics that appear on this site at least once a month. To access the latest entry click on "On My Mind" below. To access previous messages click on "Archives/On My Mind" in the top menu.

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Today's Walk in the Word

Do the Telling

For them to hear about the Lord, someone must tell them.      —Romans 10:14 William Carey, widely recognized as “the father of modern missions,” went to India in 1793, and spent the rest of his life there, translating scripture and founding the first degree-granting theological university in that country. When Carey felt called to …

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Everything We Need

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness.                                 —2 Peter 1:3 Father, Son, and Spirit are great givers. For an exhilarating experience, read through your New Testament and highlight the gifts of the Holy …

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Be Gracious

Let your conversation be gracious.                  —Colossians 4:6 Four-star General Peter Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, attended a formal White House dinner in dress uniform. A senior advisor to President George W. Bush mistook the general for a waiter and asked him to get …

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Raise Your Hand

I confessed my sins to you.               —Psalm 32:5 The St. Olaf Choir, a 75-voice a cappella choir in Northfield, Minnesota, has been producing beautiful music for more than a century (since 1912), performing in venues around the world. Choir members exercise strict self-discipline: when someone makes a mistake …

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Contrasting Value Systems

Invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.         —Luke 14:13 The media that invade my space display our culture’s value system: if you’re good looking, you’re valuable; if you’re productive, you’re valuable. Runway-model gorgeous. CEO of the Year. Hall of Fame nominee. It’s all about appearance and performance. Tough …

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One-Word Answers

I have been with you a long time now. Do you still not know me?              —John 14:9 Here’s a riddle for you. What is greater than God and more evil than Satan? The poor have it, and the rich need it. That one stumped me, even though it has …

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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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