Today’s Walk in the Word

Doing Good Works

By Joe Barnett / May 29, 2020 / Comments Off on Doing Good Works

We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works.                 —Ephesians 2:10 In 2010 a Stradivarius violin, handcrafted by Antonio Stradivari in 1697, sucked the breath out of an auction crowd with a top bid of $3,600,000. Antonio allegedly said the God could not make […]

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Here Are Some Questions for You

By Joe Barnett / May 28, 2020 / Comments Off on Here Are Some Questions for You

I will question you, and you shall answer me.                                          —Job 38:3 Job lost it all: his wealth, his family, and his health. Our problems, compared to his, are south of Elementary—more like Pre-K. Job complained. […]

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A Day of “Lasts”

By Joe Barnett / May 27, 2020 / Comments Off on A Day of “Lasts”

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.                                   —Luke 23:46 “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.” This bedtime prayer has gurgled from the lisping lips of millions of children […]

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It’s Free

By Joe Barnett / May 26, 2020 / Comments Off on It’s Free

How many are your works, O Lord!                       —Psalm 104:24 When you see the word Free, you’re skeptical—where’s the small print? God dispenses lots of free resources. No strings. I sit on my patio and watch a panorama of sky, clouds, grass, trees, and flowers. […]

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The Eyes Have It

By Joe Barnett / May 25, 2020 / Comments Off on The Eyes Have It

I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.                   —Psalm 139:14 Dr. DeAnnah Byrd was having a God-moment. Her eyelid had quickly slammed shut, protecting her from injury, just before a projectile hit her eye. She texted me: “We overlook many things in […]

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Seeing Clearly

By Joe Barnett / May 22, 2020 / Comments Off on Seeing Clearly

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.         —Ephesians 1:18 Do you possess your possessions, or do your possessions possess you? Paul didn’t pray for an enlargement of his readers’ financial wealth; he prayed that their spiritual vision would be sharpened. He was concerned about their spiritual growth, […]

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A Day of “Lasts”

By Joe Barnett / May 22, 2020 / Comments Off on A Day of “Lasts”

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.                                     —Luke 23:46 “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.” This bedtime prayer has gurgled from the lisping lips of millions of […]

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You’ve Been Chosen

By Joe Barnett / May 21, 2020 / Comments Off on You’ve Been Chosen

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us.          —Ephesians 1:4 Ephesians chapter one is filled with thrill. It tells you that God has chosen you, adopted you, redeemed you, forgiven you, lavished his grace upon you, revealed his will to you, sealed you as his own, and […]

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What’s in a Name?

By Joe Barnett / May 20, 2020 / Comments Off on What’s in a Name?

You are to give him the name Jesus.                                —Luke 1:31 Newborns are often named for a person or circumstance that is meaningful to the parents. A New York Times article cited a lady who had just given birth to her […]

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Jealousy

By Joe Barnett / May 19, 2020 / Comments Off on Jealousy

I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy.                    —2 Corinthians 11:2 Jealousy can be deadly. It cost Cain his freedom, Joseph his brothers, and Jesus his life. When it infiltrates a church, it’s toxic: “Wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find […]

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