On My Mind


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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Loshon Hora

By Joe Barnett / July 5, 2014 / Comments Off on Loshon Hora

Rabbi Chaim Feld has launched a campaign to zap loshon hora (a Hebrew term for “evil tongue”). “Loshon hora,” says Rabbi Feld, “is any talk that causes mental anguish, tarnished reputation, or the lowering of someone’s esteem in others’ eyes.” He wants to put a stop to it. Good luck with that, Rabbi—you’re declaring war […]

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Mind Your Own Business

By Joe Barnett / June 7, 2014 / Comments Off on Mind Your Own Business

Mark Zuckerberg, head honcho at Facebook, is seldom seen in anything other than jeans and a gray T-shirt. He says that eliminating clothing decisions simplifies his schedule and keeps him centered on priorities. You may question his sartorial taste, but you have to admire his focus. Most successful people keep a tight focus on priorities—they […]

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A Sky Full of Eyes

By Joe Barnett / February 24, 2014 / Comments Off on A Sky Full of Eyes

Their father was dead. Of the left-behind sons, Bunyan’s Greatheart said: If they see any place where the old pilgrim hath lain, or any print of his foot, it ministereth joy to their hearts, and they covet to lie or tread in the same. Perpetuating the principles of the “old pilgrim” is a tribute of […]

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Try Ducks

By Joe Barnett / January 13, 2014 / Comments Off on Try Ducks

F.W. Boreham somewhere wrote about a family that lived in a comfortable house, with a delightful river running nearby. One day the river overflowed, the basement of the house flooded, and the chickens that roosted there drowned. The man of the house stormed off to see the landlord and told him he was giving notice […]

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What’s Your Donkey’s Name?

By Joe Barnett / December 24, 2013 / Comments Off on What’s Your Donkey’s Name?

“Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there … Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it’” (Luke 19:30-31). What do you do when you catch a couple of rustlers red-handed, […]

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Be My Witnesses

By Joe Barnett / November 24, 2013 / Comments Off on Be My Witnesses

Approval rating of politicians is at an all-time low. When Americans were asked to rank 22 professions for honesty and ethical standards in Gallup’s latest survey, Congress scored next-to-last. We long for integrity in our elected leaders; but sadly, it no longer surprises us when a politician is caught lying, discovered taking bribes, exposed as […]

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Listen Up!

By Joe Barnett / October 24, 2013 / Comments Off on Listen Up!

It was printed in the church bulletin: “There will be no service on Wednesday night before Thanksgiving.” Ditto in the Sunday handout: “There will be no service on Wednesday night before Thanksgiving.” Before beginning his sermon the minister tossed out this reminder: “There will be no service on Wednesday night before Thanksgiving.” And again in […]

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The Book of Life

By Joe Barnett / September 24, 2013 / Comments Off on The Book of Life

The Social Security Administration has your number. Or you’d better hope they do. If they zap it you’re in for a nightmare ride that may include termination of benefits, loss of health insurance, cancellation of credit/debit cards, and even denial of access to your bank account. Just ask Laura Brooks of Spotsylvania, Virginia. Social Security […]

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