Joe Barnett


There is a remnant chosen by grace.                       —Romans 11:5 Jesus told his apostles, “I have chosen you out of the world” (Jn 15:19). When two men were put forward as prospects to fill the vacancy left by Judas, Luke used the same verb (eklegomai): …

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[Ruth] went out and began to glean in the fields.                —Ruth 2:3 Jennifer Schuldt and her daughter were making brownies. When Jennifer poured the batter into the baking pan, her daughter asked her to leave some of it in the mixing bowl so she could lick some of …

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Cheer Up

Being cheerful keeps you healthy.                  —Proverbs 17:22 In an analysis of 229,391 participants, cardiologist Dr. Alan Rozanski and colleagues found that optimists were much less likely to have a heart attack than pessimists—and had a lower mortality rate from any cause. Health columnist Jane Brody suggests assessing …

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Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought.               —Romans 12:3 A significant portion of my time is spent working with words. So, when I read, I notice misteaks in grammar and spelling. (Caught it, didn’t you?) My judgmental reaction is to frown when I spot composition …

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