Joe Barnett

Three Trees

You had [him] killed by hanging him on a tree.         —Acts 5:30 A large window in my mother’s kitchen framed a beautiful oak tree. She had breakfast every morning watching the sun do its magic on her tree. Mother loved that tree. It started me thinking about some other trees. There …

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Why Me?

See how very much our Father loves us.                             —1 John 3:1 Nineteenth-century British cleric Joseph Parker was asked why Jesus chose Judas to be a disciple. He pondered the question, but said he kept running into a more baffling one: “Why …

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Your Best Legacy

A good name is more desirable than great riches.         —Proverbs 22:1 Charles Ponzi’s fraudulent investment ploy became known as a “Ponzi scheme.” Investor money snowballed on Ponzi’s promise of a 100 percent profit within ninety days. He used money from new investors to pay previous ones. When the ruse collapsed, victims …

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Disruptions

Knock, knock. “Who is it?” Knock! Knock! Knock! “Yes?” she said, cracking open the door. “Mary?” “Yes.” “Mary, my name is Gabriel. Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you. . . . Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth …

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