Today’s Walk in the Word

If You Don’t Do It, It Won’t Be Done

By Joe Barnett / February 6, 2023 / Comments Off on If You Don’t Do It, It Won’t Be Done

[We were created] to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.                        —Ephesians 2:10 Make the psalmist’s prayer your own: “Teach [me] to number [my] days and recognize how few they are; help [me] to spend them as [I] should” […]

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The Bible in Your Language

By Joe Barnett / February 3, 2023 / Comments Off on The Bible in Your Language

How sweet are your words to my taste.                           —Psalm 119:103 Spiritual life is both birthed and sustained by God’s Word: “You have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God” (1 Pt […]

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Courageous Faith

By Joe Barnett / February 2, 2023 / Comments Off on Courageous Faith

The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.            —Joshua 1:9 John McCain spent five-and-a-half years in “Hanoi Hilton” prison in Vietnam, where beatings were routine, torture was commonplace, and fear was constant. “Fear,” wrote McCain, “is indispensable to courage.” For courage to be authentic, he said, “it must […]

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Just Get Started

By Joe Barnett / February 1, 2023 / Comments Off on Just Get Started

Remember how fleeting is my life.                       —Psalm 89:47 F.W. Boreham wrote forty-eight books, the last having been published in 1961. C.S. Lewis wrote more than sixty books, the last having been published in 1963. These two influential and prolific authors both confessed that the […]

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Hang On—He Will Come to You

By Joe Barnett / January 31, 2023 / Comments Off on Hang On—He Will Come to You

Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.                            —Mark 6:50 Jesus’ disciples were in a frightful storm. They had expected him to join them on their lake crossing, but “Jesus had not yet come to them” (Jn 6:17). Where was he? Why […]

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Temporary Stuff

By Joe Barnett / January 30, 2023 / Comments Off on Temporary Stuff

What is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.     —2 Corinthians 4:18 Babylon was once the most famous city in the world. Its Hanging Gardens was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. In 100 A.D., Ephesus had a population of 500,000. Its Temple of Artemis was the largest building […]

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Your Love Letter

By Joe Barnett / January 27, 2023 / Comments Off on Your Love Letter

Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.            —Psalm 119:97 Bible commentator Alfred Plummer referred to a lady who had acquired a collection of rare antiques worth several million dollars. Asked which of her possessions she valued most, she said, “I have a letter from […]

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Blessings You Haven’t Asked For

By Joe Barnett / January 26, 2023 / Comments Off on Blessings You Haven’t Asked For

I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way.                  —Psalm 139:14 I’m grateful God answers prayer. I’m also thankful that he gives blessings we don’t pray for. Did you ask for oxygen any time in the past twenty-four hours? Didn’t think so. But […]

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Today Is the Only Day You Have

By Joe Barnett / January 25, 2023 / Comments Off on Today Is the Only Day You Have

Live one day at a time.       —Matthew 6:34 Romancing the yesterdays or the tomorrows is a prescription for missing the joy of today. Are you immersed in memories of some yesterdays? You were young. Life was fun. Health was good. Those who have meant the most to you were alive and nearby. […]

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This Is a Special Day

By Joe Barnett / January 24, 2023 / Comments Off on This Is a Special Day

[God’s mercies] are new every morning.                    —Lamentations 3:23 Today is the day to which all of your yesterdays have been pointing since the day of your birth—and the day from which all of your tomorrows will advance until the day of your death. God designed this […]

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