Joe Barnett

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

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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Certainties

I know whom I have believed.             —2 Timothy 1:12 The apostle Paul was transparent about his spiritual weaknesses (Rom 7:14–25). But there is magnetic power in his certainties. He speaks of them with unshakable confidence: I know whom I have believed (2 Tm 1:12) I know that the Spirit …

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All You Need

God will meet all your needs.          —Philippians 4:19 Joseph, Job, and Jesus defined trust by declaring it, not when things were wonderfully good, but when things were terribly bad: Joseph: “You intended to harm me but God intended it for Good” (Gn 50:20). Job: “Though he slay me, yet will I …

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