On My Mind

Pause Points

By Joe Barnett / January 7, 2017 / Comments Off on Pause Points

A Pause Point is where you deliberately call a time out to think about what you are about to say or do before you say it or do it. OK, here we go—seven Pause Point questions to ask before you speak and seven to ask before you act. Pause Point Questions Before You Speak Mom […]

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No Room for Gloom

By Joe Barnett / December 3, 2016 / Comments Off on No Room for Gloom

The bigwigs huddled in secret, hatching a plan to arrest and kill Jesus. But they had a problem: pilgrims were pouring into Jerusalem by the tens of thousands to observe Passover, and they were in a frenzy of excitement about Jesus. Jesus had to be eliminated. “‘But not during the Feast,’ they whispered, ‘or there […]

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Jesus’ Last Visit to the Temple

By Joe Barnett / November 5, 2016 / Comments Off on Jesus’ Last Visit to the Temple

It had been a rough day for Jesus in the temple. First, the Pharisees tag teamed with the Herodians to snag him in a trap about paying taxes to Caesar. Then it was the Sadducees, with a cockamamie story about seven brothers dying one after another, each marrying the left-behind widow. Their “gotcha” question was, […]

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Do You Believe I Can Do This?

By Joe Barnett / October 8, 2016 / Comments Off on Do You Believe I Can Do This?

Jazz pianist George Shearing was born blind, but crafted a remarkably successful career. Self-pity wasn’t in his DNA. He fearlessly navigated crowded downtown sidewalks with his dark glasses and white cane. At a busy London intersection during rush hour one day he was hoping some compassionate soul would help him across. Someone tapped him on […]

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Don’t You Care?

By Joe Barnett / September 3, 2016 / Comments Off on Don’t You Care?

Mark 4:35-41 They were terrified! They had been in lots of storms, but never one like this. Most of them were experienced mariners. They had grown up around water, were professional fishermen, knew how to handle a boat. But they were no match for this storm. Jesus was sound asleep, and that rubbed them the […]

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The Danger of Delay

By Joe Barnett / August 6, 2016 / Comments Off on The Danger of Delay

Story Number 1. “Follow me,” Jesus said.  He said he would, but but he wanted to wait until his father died and he had banked his inheritance (Lk. 9:59). Another said, “Count me in … but first I need to be sure my family is OK with it” (Lk. 9:61). Jesus was now on his final trek […]

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Is it Too Early to Have a Party?

By Joe Barnett / July 2, 2016 / Comments Off on Is it Too Early to Have a Party?

Luke 15:11-31 I smiled when I saw the sign in the front yard. It was as big as a bedsheet: WELCOME HOME DAVE! Dave was the son of Jack and Nancy Carter. Fine young man. He had just finished the semester and was coming home to Littleton, Colorado, for the summer. You see it when […]

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You’ve Come, But Will You Stay?

By Joe Barnett / June 4, 2016 / Comments Off on You’ve Come, But Will You Stay?

He was rich. But something was missing. So he came to Jesus with a question: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mk. 10:17). Obey the commandments. Done that. What else must I do? Well, if you’re serious, sell your stuff, give to the poor, and follow me. That was setting the bar too […]

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News that Doesn’t Make the News

By Joe Barnett / May 7, 2016 / Comments Off on News that Doesn’t Make the News

Day to day, year to year, news remains pretty much the same … A war going on somewhere. Violence on some street in our hometown. People fighting for position, power, a bigger slice of the pie. Hunger, with pictures so appalling we have to look away. Those who have fallen on hard times living in […]

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By Joe Barnett / April 2, 2016 / Comments Off on Certainties

Some wag said, “The only thing in life that is certain is that nothing is certain.” Really? Here are three things about which I feel certain … Life is a gift from God to be treasured and enjoyed. “Can I help you find something?” “Yes, thank you. I need a carton of kindness, a package […]

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