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New Year’s Resolutions

By Joe Barnett / January 2, 2021 / Comments Off on New Year’s Resolutions

Resolution [rěz ǝ-looʹ shǝn] 1. a decision or determination; a resolve; 2. firmness of purpose; the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute. Irresolution [ǐ- rěz ǝ-looʹ shǝn] 1. lack of resolution; lack of decision or purpose; vacillation. The life of each of us is defined by one of those words. A major […]

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The Answer is on the Way

By Joe Barnett / December 5, 2020 / Comments Off on The Answer is on the Way

Wait! Now there’s a word that makes you want to scream. You’re busy from dawn ’til dark. Places to be. Things to do. Not enough hours in the day. There’s no room for “Wait” on your to-do list. What’s the longest you’ve ever had to wait for something? I’m guessing it was waiting for an […]

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Do You Believe Romans 8:28?

By Joe Barnett / November 7, 2020 / Comments Off on Do You Believe Romans 8:28?

“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). Do you believe that? I don’t recall having ever heard a Christian flat-out say, “No, I don’t believe that!” But I’ve heard quite a few give an affirmative answer, […]

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Some Pearls from Proverbs

By Joe Barnett / October 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Some Pearls from Proverbs

Proverbs 4:23 Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts. Today won’t leave you as it found you. It will leave you better or worse—more congenial or more cantankerous, more caring or more insensitive, more judgmental or more tolerant. It will leave you with faith, hope, and love enlarged or diminished. […]

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Will We Become Bitter or Better?

By Joe Barnett / August 8, 2020 / Comments Off on Will We Become Bitter or Better?

If you belong to a generation predating Gen X, Audrey Hepburn (1929–1993) swept you off your feet in Roman Holiday, Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, or My Fair Lady. You know Audrey. What you may not know is the backstory that seems the polar opposite of her on-screen charm. That story was what prompted her […]

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An Arm Around Your Shoulder

By Joe Barnett / July 11, 2020 / Comments Off on An Arm Around Your Shoulder

Jackie Robinson is celebrated as the first African-American to play major league baseball, breaking the color barrier and changing professional sports forever. (Note: Actually, Jackie wasn’t the first black ballplayer in the major leagues. That honor belongs to Moses “Fleet” Walker, way back in 1883. But that’s a history lesson for another time.) Robinson is […]

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Easter — A Happily Ever After Story

By Joe Barnett / April 4, 2020 / Comments Off on Easter — A Happily Ever After Story

A group of grieving women who watched Jesus die on Friday trudged to the tomb to anoint his body on Sunday. But the tomb was empty. “He is not here,” an angel told them; “he has risen!” Risen? Who could believe such a thing? His disciples should have. He had told them more than once […]

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What Will Matter (Part Two)

By Joe Barnett / March 7, 2020 / Comments Off on What Will Matter (Part Two)

A while back, I wrote a piece titled “What Will Matter?” I have continued to think about it—so here is a second batch. There will come a time when your book, This Is Your Life, will sign off with “The End.” A time when the last page on your calendar has been turned. A time […]

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What is Most Important to You?

By Joe Barnett / February 8, 2020 / Comments Off on What is Most Important to You?

October 22, 2019, was the first day of the World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals. The games weren’t Friday Night Lights for low-income families—the average per-ticket price was $950. Standing-room started at $360; a seat on the outfield deck was $650; a box seat was $2,500; a spot in the elite […]

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Today I Resolve

By Joe Barnett / January 4, 2020 / Comments Off on Today I Resolve

Noble actions are the children of noble resolutions. Use these thirty Resolutions as seed thoughts, rewording them as needed to fit your circumstances. Today I Resolve to express appreciation to ___________, who has blessed my life. Today I Resolve to brighten every room I enter with a smile. Today I Resolve to be thankful for […]

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