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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.

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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

Your Ever-Present Father

The Lord watches over those who trust in his love.          —Psalm 33:18 Caseworkers reported that Debbie had been molested. She was placed in a rehabilitation facility for abused children while CPS sought answers. Debbie was lonely and angry—she felt abandoned. Parental contact was limited to once-a-month supervised visits. Her father disappeared; …

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Companion Tattoos

I have tattooed your name upon my palm.                           —Isaiah 49:16 In Hindu traditions, married women display a sindoor (a red dot) at the parting line of their hair to declare their wedded commitment. In our part of the world, the symbol is …

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Responsibility and Reward

Each one of you must love his wife . . . and a wife must respect her husband.               —Ephesians 5:33 These two things torpedo happiness: 1) wanting something you can’t have; 2) having something you wanted and no longer wanting it. The coed who came to my office …

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Who Is the Sinner Here?

He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.                               —Luke 19:7 When Jesus invited himself to Zacchaeus’ home, he was “welcomed with great joy” (Lk 19:6). The mood on the street didn’t match the joy in the house. The …

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Thank God—for Everything

Always give thanks to God the Father for everything.             —Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks is grace focused, expressing gratitude for blessings received, though undeserved. When we verbalize our gratitude to God, worry diminishes, trouble dwindles, courage develops, and peace dawns. In Ephesians 5, Paul specifies giving thanks as an ingredient …

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Peruse Your Checkbook

Honor the Lord with your wealth.                        —Proverbs 3:9 Bob and Nell were frivolously spending their rapidly-diminishing retirement savings. Their financial advisor repeatedly counseled them to be more cautious. They kept spending. He suggested that they bring one of their three grown children to their …

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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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