Today’s Walk in the Word

You Are Loved, Win or Lose

By Joe Barnett / August 5, 2022 / Comments Off on You Are Loved, Win or Lose

We know and rely on the love God has for us.                                   —1 John 4:16 Have you ever watched parents at a Little League game? Their eyes are focused on one thing—their kid. They love that child. He drops […]

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Losing Jesus

By Joe Barnett / August 4, 2022 / Comments Off on Losing Jesus

Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day.             —Luke 2:44 Many who have found Jesus have later lost him. Don’t say, “It could never happen to me.” It can happen; it does happen; it even happened to Mary. No one loved Jesus as Mary loved […]

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You Are a Big Help

By Joe Barnett / August 3, 2022 / Comments Off on You Are a Big Help

You sent me aid again and again.               —Philippians 4:16 Her two young sons had a history of mischief. She—a German immigrant—noted that things were way too quiet. “Up to no good,” she thought, and called out to them: “Hans, vot you doingg?” “Notting.” “Fritz, vot you doingg?” “I’m […]

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Helping Others Achieve

By Joe Barnett / August 2, 2022 / Comments Off on Helping Others Achieve

She has been a great help to many people, including me.        —Romans 16:2 In her book Medieval People, Eileen Power describes a Genoese sea captain sitting on a pier near his ship, reading Marco Polo’s Travels. The captain regretted that Marco Polo had explored the Orient before he was born, wishing he […]

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Don’t Be a Fool

By Joe Barnett / August 1, 2022 / Comments Off on Don’t Be a Fool

Prepare to meet your God.              —Amos 4:12 Once upon a time, there was a duke whose court jester’s name was Wamba. The duke was very fond of Wamba—his foolish stunts made him laugh. To show his appreciation, he gifted Wamba with a world tour. “Go abroad,” he said, “and […]

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Father Knows Best

By Joe Barnett / July 29, 2022 / Comments Off on Father Knows Best

We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going.      —2 Corinthians 4:9 Despite a boatload of problems, Paul never gave up: “We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit . . . We get knocked down, but we […]

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Where Are Your Sins?

By Joe Barnett / July 28, 2022 / Comments Off on Where Are Your Sins?

I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.                  —Hebrews 8:12 You have sinned (Rom 3:23). So, where are your sins? Let’s ask prophets and apostles. “Isaiah, where are my sins?” “He has put all your sins behind his back” (Is 38:17). “Micah, where […]

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God Does What He Pleases

By Joe Barnett / July 27, 2022 / Comments Off on God Does What He Pleases

[God] does whatever pleases him.                    —Psalm 115:3 “Isn’t everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God?” (1 Cor 4:7 MSG). King David said: “[Everything] comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you” (1 Chr 29:16). God’s own words: “The world […]

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How Will It End?

By Joe Barnett / July 26, 2022 / Comments Off on How Will It End?

We spend our years as a tale that is told.                                 —Psalm 90:9 Reading fiction is an adventure, a guessing game. For hundreds of pages, a good fiction writer will keep you wondering, “How will it end?” Sometimes it ends […]

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Be Prepared

By Joe Barnett / July 25, 2022 / Comments Off on Be Prepared

Be able to stand your ground.                —Ephesians 6:13 When hurricane season approaches in my neck of the woods, billboards scream, “Be Prepared.” Citizens are urged to do two things: 1) prepare a kit of essential supplies; 2) plan a route and destination in case of forced evacuation. The […]

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