Today’s Walk in the Word

God’s Makeover

By Joe Barnett / May 18, 2022 / Comments Off on God’s Makeover

Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand.    —Jeremiah 18:6 The creation of the universe is told in ten words: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” He made it all out of nothing: the sky was vacant, and “the earth was formless and empty” […]

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You Are Expected

By Joe Barnett / May 17, 2022 / Comments Off on You Are Expected

He has prepared a city for them.                 —Hebrews 11:16 We came into this world totally helpless and unable to contribute a dime of capital or a day of work to the family that welcomed us. Even so, our coming had been excitedly anticipated, and every imaginable preparation […]

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The Fool’s Biography

By Joe Barnett / May 16, 2022 / Comments Off on The Fool’s Biography

[God] will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.    —1 Corinthians 10:13 A person “is tempted,” wrote James, “when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown gives birth to death” (Jas […]

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Trust Will Be Tested

By Joe Barnett / May 13, 2022 / Comments Off on Trust Will Be Tested

Trust in the Lord with all your heart.                         —Proverbs 3:5 Trust isn’t tested in the pew; it’s tested in battle. It’s tested when the night is dark, and cold, and lonely. It’s tested when loss is devastating and answers are elusive. Jesus knows […]

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The End of Your Story

By Joe Barnett / May 12, 2022 / Comments Off on The End of Your Story

We put our hope in the Lord.                 —Psalm 33:20 Last night I turned the final page of an on-the-edge-of-your-seat novel. Laying it aside, I thought, “I don’t know why I didn’t see that coming.” That’s the way of a good novel—it holds you in suspense until the […]

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From the Here-and-Now to the There-and-Then

By Joe Barnett / May 11, 2022 / Comments Off on From the Here-and-Now to the There-and-Then

The troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.             —2 Corinthians 4:18 We’re living in the first chapter as we navigate the challenges of this life, all the while anticipating the last chapter: “the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God […]

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Our Hope is Secure

By Joe Barnett / May 10, 2022 / Comments Off on Our Hope is Secure

Hope is our anchor, firm and secure.                       —Hebrews 6:19 Christianity entered the world at a time of terrible turmoil, but Christians found hope of victory over circumstances, as we do today. Biblical hope is not wishful thinking or rah-rah optimism. When Paul and Timothy […]

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Hope

By Joe Barnett / May 9, 2022 / Comments Off on Hope

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace.     —Romans 15:13 When Roman historian Publius Cornelius Tacitus started recording the history of the first century AD, he wrote, “I am entering upon the history of a period rich in disaster, gloomy with wars, rent with seditions.” He went on to […]

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A High Price

By Joe Barnett / May 6, 2022 / Comments Off on A High Price

God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world.                                 —John 3:17 In a commencement address at Stanford University, Steve Jobs said, “No one wants to die. Even people who want […]

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An Accurate Appraisal of Your Worth

By Joe Barnett / May 5, 2022 / Comments Off on An Accurate Appraisal of Your Worth

Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position.                            —James 1:9 There is vast socioeconomic disparity. But in the church, distinctions of worth are verboten. All members are of equal importance. James wanted those “in humble circumstances”—the poor and […]

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