On My Mind

What Are You Going to do with the Rest of Your Life?

By Joe Barnett / March 5, 2016 / Comments Off on What Are You Going to do with the Rest of Your Life?

The day Frederick Buechner graduated from Princeton he and his classmates were lining up to march to their commencement seats when a fellow-graduate moseyed down the column asking each person, “What are you going to do now?” A few had a job lined up. A good number were headed to graduate school. But for some […]

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Look at the Hands

By Joe Barnett / February 6, 2016 / Comments Off on Look at the Hands

It’s a story that begins badly, but has a happily-ever-after ending. Two guys got it all wrong, but Jesus put it all right. (Lk. 24:13-31) Their world had fallen apart. As they walked and talked, Jesus joined them; but they didn’t recognize him. Maybe that was because they weren’t expecting to see him. After all, […]

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I Forgot

By Joe Barnett / January 2, 2016 / Comments Off on I Forgot

People avoided her. Thought she was whacko. She claimed that she and Jesus talked one-on-one every night; said he told her about the shenanigans of people who thought their secrets were … well, secret. Someone told her she should validate these alleged conversations by asking her minister if she was really talking with Jesus or […]

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It Hurts to Let Go

By Joe Barnett / December 5, 2015 / Comments Off on It Hurts to Let Go

I had often enjoyed her friendly wave and cheerful smile; she was on cloud nine when working in the yard with her husband. Then one day a door wreath rustled in the wind; the love of her life was gone. I passed her house each morning and observed her becoming increasingly frail. This morning a […]

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Father, Make Me Nice

By Joe Barnett / November 7, 2015 / Comments Off on Father, Make Me Nice

Elementary school. Sybil. Sybil was poor and cross-eyed. She wore homemade dresses and thick glasses. They called her Four-Eyes. The class bully got in her face and shouted, “You’re ugly, Sybil. Ugglllyyyy!” Kids laughed. Sybil cried. She was too timid to talk back; too hurt to fight back. She just cowered alone in the corner […]

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Don’t Forget the P.S.

By Joe Barnett / October 3, 2015 / Comments Off on Don’t Forget the P.S.

Nothing is impossible with God. Abraham and Sarah would soon have a hundred candles on their cake. They had no children, not one. So when God told them their descendants would be as numberless as the stars they cracked up. “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” God asked. “I will return to you at the […]

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Nothing Is Impossible With God

By Joe Barnett / September 5, 2015 / Comments Off on Nothing Is Impossible With God

Hope Solo is impossible! Hope was Goalkeeper for Team USA that won the 2015 Women’s World Cup. She guards her territory with a sneer and dives like she’s on springs instead of cleats. She played every minute of the seven-game World Cup tournament, had five shutouts and an outlandish 567 minute stretch where she didn’t […]

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According to Your Faith

By Joe Barnett / August 8, 2015 / Comments Off on According to Your Faith

“Have mercy on us!” Jesus ignored them, but they stayed on his heels, trailing him to his pad. He knew what these blind guys wanted—they wanted their eyes fixed. And he knew what he wanted—he wanted them to answer a question … “Do you believe I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord.” “According to […]

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Great and Precious Promises

By Joe Barnett / July 4, 2015 / Comments Off on Great and Precious Promises

“God always keeps his promises” (Num. 23:19 CEV). “There is no question that he will do what he says” (Heb. 10:23 TLB).  He has given us “great and precious promises” (2 Pet. 1:4). Let’s take a peek at a handful of them under five headings. Guidance Seek his will in all you do, and he […]

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In Times Like These

By Joe Barnett / June 6, 2015 / Comments Off on In Times Like These

They were a lot like us—distressed and depressed about their nation. Their sins had caught up with them and now they were in captivity. Their nation paid a high price for their sins. We sometimes wonder if there is any hope for ours, for our beloved country is a miserable mess—a cauldron of crime, immorality, […]

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