Today’s Walk in the Word

The Healing Poultice

By Joe Barnett / September 20, 2019 / Comments Off on The Healing Poultice

By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.                       —John 13:35 It challenges credibility to imagine Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz being on the same team and playing nice. Only a compelling passion for a cause bigger […]

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You Hold and You Are Held

By Joe Barnett / September 19, 2019 / Comments Off on You Hold and You Are Held

Take hold of . . . Christ . . . [who] . . .took hold of me.     —Philippians 3:12 In 1856, renowned London pulpiteer Charles Spurgeon founded a college to train men for the ministry. The Spurgeon College crest shows a hand grasping a cross and the Latin words, Et Teneo, Et Teneor, […]

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You Have Been Set Free

By Joe Barnett / September 18, 2019 / Comments Off on You Have Been Set Free

If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.        —John 8:36 When Jim escorts visitors through the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force near Savannah, Georgia, he always describes the euphoric joy he and his fellow World War II prisoners-of-war experienced the day they were set free. In […]

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Anyplace But Home

By Joe Barnett / September 17, 2019 / Comments Off on Anyplace But Home

Each one of you also must love his wife . . . and the wife must respect her husband.                    —Ephesians 5:33 On September 2, 2016, Lawrence Ripple handed a note to a Kansas City bank teller: it said he had a gun and he wanted cash. […]

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Comparisons Are Toxic

By Joe Barnett / September 16, 2019 / Comments Off on Comparisons Are Toxic

When they compare themselves by one another, they do not show good sense.                —2 Corinthians 10:12 Once-a-year marathoners are smart enough not to compare themselves with runners from Kenya. Comparisons—on any turf—are toxic. If you’re at the top and compare yourself to those below you, the result is […]

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Now Hear This

By Joe Barnett / September 13, 2019 / Comments Off on Now Hear This

Be sympathetic . . . compassionate and humble.                                         —1 Peter 3:8 It was a noisy dinner at Pat Tornatore’s home, and her dad was struggling to keep up with the chatter. He kept jumping in […]

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Amazon Can’t Match God

By Joe Barnett / September 12, 2019 / Comments Off on Amazon Can’t Match God

Give us each day our daily bread.                    —Luke 11:3 Amazon has launched a service that’s giving brick-and-mortar retailers heartburn, and mom-and-pop shops a spot in small-business obituaries: One-day-delivery—order today, get it tomorrow. It’ll cost you $119 per year, but it gets you free delivery and no-questions-asked […]

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Get a Grip on Your Attitude

By Joe Barnett / September 11, 2019 / Comments Off on Get a Grip on Your Attitude

Your mind shows what kind of person you are.     —Proverbs 27:19 He was bright, talented, and capable. He landed several well-paying jobs but never lasted long in any of them because his attitude was toxic. Last I heard he was driving a school bus. Your attitude is more important than your education, your […]

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It’s All About Attitude

By Joe Barnett / September 10, 2019 / Comments Off on It’s All About Attitude

As iron sharpens iron, so people can improve each other.          —Proverbs 27:17 From the mid-thirties to the early-sixties, a passel of success-related books came to market. To name a few: How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936); Think and Grow Rich (1937); The Power of Positive Thinking (1952); The Magic […]

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Smile and Give Thanks

By Joe Barnett / September 9, 2019 / Comments Off on Smile and Give Thanks

Be thankful in all circumstances.          —1 Thessalonians 5:18 The apostle Paul counseled us to be joyful always and thankful in all circumstances. That’s a tall order. But here, in an Erma Bombeckish tongue-in-cheek tone is a list of what one woman says she’s thankful for. For my automatic dishwasher because it […]

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