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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

Bounce Back

We all stumble in many ways.                  —James 3:2 The longest winning streak in college sports history ended on January 18, 2012, when Trinity College’s squash team lost to Yale after 252 consecutive victories. It was Trinity’s first loss in fourteen years. Coach Paul Assaiante received an email …

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Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.              —Ecclesiastes 1:2 Solomon is the perfect portrait of opulence. He had it all. In a single sentence, he summarized it: “I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure” (Eccl 2:10). Even so, he came up empty: “Vanity of …

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Persevering Faith

You have heard of Job’s perseverance.                           —James 5:11 Most of us grew up hearing the phrase, “She has the patience of Job,” to describe someone who calmly faced adversity. My reading of the book of Job shows him to be far from …

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God’s Preventing Grace

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart.    —Psalm 9:1 Izaak Walton was thankful for what he had—but most of all, for what he didn’t have: “Every misery that I miss is a new mercy,” he said. When Walton heard of people afflicted with terrible diseases or victims of horrible accidents, …

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What Are the Odds?

I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me.             —Psalm 139:14 On the table is a bowl. In it are ten slips of paper, numbered from 1 to 10. If you reach in and draw one slip, the chance of drawing number 1 on the first try …

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Have a Nice Day

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.                        —Colossians 3:15 “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps 118:24). This is a day of choices. God chose to make it. You choose how to …

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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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