Joe Barnett

Lasting Possessions

They were longing for a better country—a heavenly one.      —Hebrews 11:6 Early Christians collided with harsh circumstances: confiscation of property and possessions—even loss of life. They didn’t endure such treatment with “Why me?” bitterness. They accepted it joyfully because they knew that even in this life, what they had gained was better than …

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Three Bones

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength.        —1 Timothy 1:12 Duffy Daugherty, Michigan State football coach (1954–1972), gave his three-point rubber-chicken speech hundreds of times. It consisted of Duffy’s claim that you only need three bones to navigate life successfully: a wishbone to keep dreams alive, a backbone …

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Lighten Up

The cheerful heart has a continual feast.                           —Proverbs 15:15 Chuck Swindoll has collected some laws that he finds downright hilarious. Here are a few of them. In Danville, Pennsylvania, fire hydrants must be checked one hour before all fires. In Seattle, it …

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