On My Mind

Saying Goodbye

By Joe Barnett / September 7, 2019 / Comments Off on Saying Goodbye

Andy was standing in the dark, staring into space. His son walked up beside him and draped an arm on his shoulder. “Do you remember when she first got sick?” he asked. “You took Britney and me to breakfast and laid a speech on us.” “I did?” “Yeah, you did. You told us that we […]

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Three Flawed Feuds

By Joe Barnett / August 3, 2019 / Comments Off on Three Flawed Feuds

In Luke 9, Jesus rebuked his disciples for three misguided feuds. A Feud among Insiders (vv. 46–48) Believing that Jesus was going to launch an earthly kingdom, his disciples started arguing about “which of them would be the greatest” in his administration. Homing in on their fuss, Jesus said, “He who is least among you […]

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Questions Jesus Asks

By Joe Barnett / July 6, 2019 / Comments Off on Questions Jesus Asks

Jesus’ teachings were often clothed as questions. His hearers—at least those who would listen—became self-taught, as they examined themselves under the searchlight of those questions. Most of the questions he asked are as pertinent and penetrating today as they were when he first asked them; thus the title of this piece is “Questions Jesus Asks” […]

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Her Last Ride

By Joe Barnett / June 8, 2019 / Comments Off on Her Last Ride

The cab driver arrived at the caller’s address and honked. He waited a few minutes, then honked again. Since this was to be the last fare of his shift, he considered just driving away, but instead walked up to the door and knocked. “Just a minute,” said a frail, elderly voice. He could hear something […]

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What Will Matter?

By Joe Barnett / May 4, 2019 / Comments Off on What Will Matter?

Ready or not, one day it will be over. There’ll be no more sunrises, sunsets, or birthdays. Position and possessions will be history. Whether you lived in a castle or a cottage will be irrelevant. All you accumulated, both treasures and trinkets, will pass to someone else. Your proficiency, polish, and pedigree will be meaningless. […]

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Death is Temporary—Life is Eternal

By Joe Barnett / April 6, 2019 / Comments Off on Death is Temporary—Life is Eternal

Some victories are limited. A smashup on I-45 south of Conroe, Texas, left a victim with thought-to-be-fatal injuries. Skillful surgeons at the Medical Center saved his life but said he would be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The life-saving work was a limited victory; the doctors, the victim, and his […]

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By Joe Barnett / March 28, 2019 / Comments Off on Notice

On Friday, March 15, our Pathway website crashed. I know that some of our readers of the daily devotionals often click to visit the website and you haven’t been able to do that lately. The site is being redesigned and rebuilt and will be back up in the near future. The site being down doesn’t […]

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The Rejected Challenge

By Joe Barnett / March 2, 2019 / Comments Off on The Rejected Challenge

Turning his bruised and bloody face toward Jesus, he asked, “Are you doing this for me?” “Yes. And for that soldier with the club hanging from his belt, that he’s going to use at sundown to break your legs. And for the one standing next to him, thumbing the tip of the spear that he’s […]

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Jesus, a.k.a. Barabbas

By Joe Barnett / February 2, 2019 / Comments Off on Jesus, a.k.a. Barabbas

Are you offended by the title of this essay? Me too. But I’ve titled it this way to make a point: Barabbas was the first person saved from death by Jesus; Jesus took his place on the cross. (Many Bible exegetes believe the cross on which Jesus died was intended for Barabbas.) Barabbas was a […]

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“Because You Say So”

By Joe Barnett / January 5, 2019 / Comments Off on “Because You Say So”

Jesus sat in Simon’s boat and preached to the beach bunch. Then he turned to Simon and said, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch” (Lk 5:4). Say what?! On the face of it, there were two things badly off base with this suggestion. One, the timing was wrong: […]

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