On My Mind

Disruptions

By Joe Barnett / December 7, 2019 / Comments Off on 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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Questions Worth Asking

By Joe Barnett / November 2, 2019 / Comments Off on Questions Worth Asking

Voltaire said the way to judge a person is by the questions they ask. That, it seems to me, is especially true of questions we ask ourselves. Here are a few that are worth asking. Is anger going to make this better? Some people send our anger thermometer sky-high: callous bosses, crabby salespeople, exasperating know-it-alls, […]

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I’ve Learned . . .

By Joe Barnett / October 5, 2019 / Comments Off on I’ve Learned . . .

Andy Rooney, best known for his weekly broadcast “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney” at the end of CBS’s 60 Minutes, had the gift of saying so much with so few words. He died in 2011, but many of his words live on. In a piece entitled “I’ve Learned . . .” he noted twenty-seven […]

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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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Notice

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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