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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

Thank You, Lord

I thank my God every time I remember you.                        —Philippians 1:3 Ninety-nine-to-one. If ninety-nine people complimented a sermon and one person criticized it, I’d spend days nursing the wound inflicted by the critic. Do you spend more time thinking about those who have hurt …

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Are You Having Fun?

A happy heart makes the face cheerful.                        —Proverbs 15:13 “Dandy” Don Meredith was quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys for nine seasons (1960–1968). Asked why he retired from football, he said it was because he stopped having fun. He got so uptight he couldn’t enjoy …

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More than Anything

We want God to give us our heavenly home.                         —2 Corinthians 5:2 Dr. Bill Rogers, one of my elders, was a fanatic. I’m leery of fanatics and usually try to distance myself from them. But I was drawn to Bill’s fanaticism, found no …

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No Atheists in Foxholes

Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.          —Psalm 119:67 “There are no atheists in foxholes,” is a phrase of uncertain origin, but usually attributed to war journalist Ernie Pyle. Many a soldier, who never prayed before, fervently does when bullets fly. Alexander Solzhenitsyn said, “It …

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As We Age

As Solomon grew old . . . his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord.               —1 Kings 11:4 Solomon, the third and last king of the united kingdom of Israel, launched his administration by asking God for “an understanding heart to discern between good and evil” (1 …

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Look for Magic Moments

Do everything without grumbling.                —Philippians 2:14 Julia Hawkins lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she takes daily walks and tends her botanical garden. Julia took up running at age 100; set a record in the 100-yard dash at 101, and just finished the 50- and 100-yard dash races …

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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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