On My Mind


By Joe Barnett / May 2, 2015 / Comments Off on Priorities

John Broadbanks had a serious flaw. He could not say “No.” A gifted speaker, John was inundated with invitations, to which he always said “Yes.” John was on a roll. His church was flourishing; his fame was growing; his wife was charming. Another blessing came in the form of a baby girl who joined the […]

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O Captain! My Captain!

By Joe Barnett / April 4, 2015 / Comments Off on O Captain! My Captain!

Limping ashore after decades at sea, he was greeted by taunt … “You don’t have much to show for all those years do you?” “No, not much,” said the old salt who had spent years sailing with Sir Francis Drake.  “I’ve been cold, hungry, sick, scared, and shipwrecked. But I am certain of one thing; […]

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Hello and Goodbye

By Joe Barnett / March 7, 2015 / Comments Off on Hello and Goodbye

It all started with a simple hello. You didn’t know it at the time, but that hello was the opening curtain of your love story—a story that would play out too fast, the goodbye of the closing curtain coming too soon. The whole story seemed compressed into just five words: Hello. I love you. Goodbye. […]

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The Ultimate Sacrifice

By Joe Barnett / February 7, 2015 / Comments Off on The Ultimate Sacrifice

On April 14, 2004, Marine Corporal Jason Dunham’s squadron was manning a checkpoint near the Syrian border in western Iraq when an Iraqi soldier lobbed a grenade into the unit. Dunham dived on the missile and died shielding his comrades from the explosion with his own body. Battalion commander Lt. Col. Matthew Lopez said, “Cpl. […]

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By Joe Barnett / January 3, 2015 / Comments Off on 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. Which of those words describes you? Did you make any resolutions at the beginning of […]

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Questions Jesus Asked

By Joe Barnett / December 6, 2014 / Comments Off on Questions Jesus Asked

Have you ever wondered why Jesus asked so many questions? It wasn’t because he didn’t know the answers. He could have spit those out in a tempo that would make your head spin. But a question does something that a lecture doesn’t—it engages the listener and calls for a response. We tend to approach Scripture […]

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Your Cup of Cold Water

By Joe Barnett / November 8, 2014 / Comments Off on Your Cup of Cold Water

Wendy keeps bottled water and peanut butter crackers in her car—not for herself, but for those who stroll the medians at major intersections: Hungry — Laid Off — Will Work for Food. Wendy isn’t comfortable dishing out cash to strangers, fearful of feeding an addiction. But neither is she comfortable turning a cold shoulder to […]

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When the Stars Come Out

By Joe Barnett / October 4, 2014 / Comments Off on When the Stars Come Out

Mark and Katy were living a happy life in our community and church when they were abruptly uprooted and transferred to a remote, thinly-populated outpost in Alberta, Canada. I stopped by to spend a night with them when a trip took me that way. We talked and laughed late into the night. But out of […]

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By Joe Barnett / September 6, 2014 / Comments Off on Impressions

I had a delightful meal at one of my favorite restaurants last night. Back home, emptying my pockets I discovered my credit card was missing. It hadn’t been stolen; I had just left my brain and my plastic behind at the restaurant. As I drove back to retrieve the orphaned card, I began thinking about […]

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Comings and Goings

By Joe Barnett / August 2, 2014 / Comments Off on Comings and Goings

“No man ever steps in the same river twice,” wrote Heraclitus, “for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” The river has surged on. The man has changed for better or worse. These words are on a sticky note in my Bible … This morning I woke up to something that […]

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