Today’s Walk in the Word

Paid in Full

By Joe Barnett / July 23, 2019 / Comments Off on Paid in Full

[He] has freed us from our sins by his blood.                            —Revelation 1:5 There was a breathtaking surprise in Robert Smith’s May 19, 2019 commencement address at Morehouse College. He told the cap and gown-clad graduates, “We’re gonna put a little fuel in […]

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God of Comfort

By Joe Barnett / July 22, 2019 / Comments Off on God of Comfort

[God] comforts us in all our troubles.                 —2 Corinthians 1:4 “We did not get favorable news today,” the note began. The dear lady was informing me of the doctor’s verdict concerning her husband’s health. The prognosis is grim; her faith is strong. “I know God has a […]

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A Bouquet of Grins

By Joe Barnett / July 19, 2019 / Comments Off on A Bouquet of Grins

The cheerful heart has a continual feast.                    —Proverbs 15:15 Thinking you could use a smile, I opted for a small bouquet of grins today. Richard Lederer collected a bunch of answers to test questions by students from eighth grade through college. Here’s a sampling. In the […]

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Ask for Help

By Joe Barnett / July 18, 2019 / Comments Off on Ask for Help

My help comes from the Lord.             —Psalm 121:2 I’m a mechanical moron. A wrench in my hand is a catastrophe in the making. This apple fell far from the tree; my father could fix anything. I miss being able to ask him for help. That reminds me of Bill […]

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What Can You Say?

By Joe Barnett / July 17, 2019 / Comments Off on What Can You Say?

They did not know what to say to him.                     —Mark 14:40 In Gethsemane, Jesus asked Peter, James, and John to stay awake and pray. Within minutes, they were sawing logs. When Jesus woke them, “they did not know what to say to him.” Before the […]

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Let Love Reign

By Joe Barnett / July 16, 2019 / Comments Off on Let Love Reign

Dear friends, let us love one another.                           —1 John 4:7 “Back in my legalistic days,” he began.” He spent the next several minutes branding his present position as “progressive”—labeling his past as legalistic, narrow, sectarian, and mean; then several more minutes taking […]

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The Giving Pledge

By Joe Barnett / July 15, 2019 / Comments Off on The Giving Pledge

I give half of my possessions to the poor.                            —Luke 19:8 Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett established the Giving Pledge, a commitment to give more than half of their wealth away. Commendable largesse. They weren’t the first to that party. […]

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Don’t Cross the River Until You Reach It

By Joe Barnett / July 12, 2019 / Comments Off on Don’t Cross the River Until You Reach It

Do not worry about tomorrow.              —Matthew 6:34 In Abraham Lincoln’s lawyering days, he often had to negotiate dangerous rivers en route to court appointments. One evening, he overnighted at a tavern where he met a circuit-riding evangelist. When Lincoln anxiously asked him about the treacherous Fox River—which he would […]

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The Greatest Moment

By Joe Barnett / July 11, 2019 / Comments Off on The Greatest Moment

[We] are justified freely by his grace.                      —Romans 3:24 Marion Anderson, arguably history’s most accomplished contralto, sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before a crowd of more than 75,000; was the first African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera; was […]

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Are You Still Growing?

By Joe Barnett / July 10, 2019 / Comments Off on Are You Still Growing?

Give me this mountain.      —Joshua 14:12 John W. Gardner, Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare in President Lyndon Johnson’s administration, once said that by their mid-thirties most people have stopped acquiring new skills and new attitudes. That should give us grayheads pause. Are we still learning, still growing, still stepping up to new […]

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