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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.
  • 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

The Healing Poultice

By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.                       —John 13:35 It challenges credibility to imagine Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz being on the same team and playing nice. Only a compelling passion for a cause bigger …

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You Hold and You Are Held

Take hold of . . . Christ . . . [who] . . .took hold of me.     —Philippians 3:12 In 1856, renowned London pulpiteer Charles Spurgeon founded a college to train men for the ministry. The Spurgeon College crest shows a hand grasping a cross and the Latin words, Et Teneo, Et Teneor, …

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You Have Been Set Free

If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.        —John 8:36 When Jim escorts visitors through the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force near Savannah, Georgia, he always describes the euphoric joy he and his fellow World War II prisoners-of-war experienced the day they were set free. In …

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Anyplace But Home

Each one of you also must love his wife . . . and the wife must respect her husband.                    —Ephesians 5:33 On September 2, 2016, Lawrence Ripple handed a note to a Kansas City bank teller: it said he had a gun and he wanted cash. …

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Comparisons Are Toxic

When they compare themselves by one another, they do not show good sense.                —2 Corinthians 10:12 Once-a-year marathoners are smart enough not to compare themselves with runners from Kenya. Comparisons—on any turf—are toxic. If you’re at the top and compare yourself to those below you, the result is …

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Now Hear This

Be sympathetic . . . compassionate and humble.                                         —1 Peter 3:8 It was a noisy dinner at Pat Tornatore’s home, and her dad was struggling to keep up with the chatter. He kept jumping in …

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