Joe Barnett

Forgiveness

Do not repay anyone evil for evil.                  —Romans 12;17 Bitterness sucks the joy out of life. It has a voracious appetite, consuming huge helpings of hatred, anger, resentment, and self-pity—devouring enormous amounts of time, mental energy, and spiritual stamina. It creates a downward spiral that never hits …

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Bit Players

We have different gifts.       —Romans 12:6 A movie critic wrote of a longtime but little-known actor, “Though never a great actor, he was invaluable in small parts.” That is one of the finest compliments I’ve ever read. The church couldn’t function without those who are incapable of great things but are invaluable …

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Companionship

It is not good for the man to be alone.                        —Genesis 2:18 Rent-a-Family began in Japan in 1991 and has since spread to numerous countries, including the U.S. All rented relationships are strictly platonic. Rentals include father-of-the-bride, companions for social occasions, surrogate grandparents, and …

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Encourage Someone

Encourage one another.  —1 Thessalonians 5:11 Everyone remembers the painting of Benjamin Franklin conducting his kite experiment to ascertain the electrical nature of lightning. Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky is just one of many famous historical scenes produced by artist Benjamin West. When he was a youngster, West’s attempt to draw a picture …

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