Today’s Walk in the Word

Fill Your Space

By Joe Barnett / March 4, 2021 / Comments Off on Fill Your Space

God has arranged the parts of the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.                         —1 Corinthians 12:18 Looking back over a lifetime of ministry, I can’t think of a single position I’ve held that I felt qualified to […]

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Altogether Now

By Joe Barnett / March 3, 2021 / Comments Off on Altogether Now

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity.                 —Psalm 133:1 Some wag described heaven as a place where “there will be five thousand sopranos, five thousand altos, five thousand tenors—and I’ll do the bass.” I don’t know what heaven will be like, except […]

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Be the Reason

By Joe Barnett / March 2, 2021 / Comments Off on Be the Reason

Set them an example by doing what is good.                                            —Titus 2:7 When nineteenth-century preacher Phillips Brooks was asked why he was a Christian, he replied, “I think I am a Christian because of my […]

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Getting to the Other Side of Things

By Joe Barnett / March 1, 2021 / Comments Off on Getting to the Other Side of Things

Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.                      —Psalm 30:5 “It is what it is.” This cliché is another way of saying this isn’t how things should be, but it’s how things are. We are inclined to glorify the past and […]

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Some Things Never Change

By Joe Barnett / February 26, 2021 / Comments Off on Some Things Never Change

You remain the same, and your years will never end.          —Hebrews 1:12 No one has to tell you that we live in a changing world because you’ve faced changes that are personal and painful: health issues, fractured relationships, deaths of those you love. But there’s another verse to that song: some […]

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God Knows Your Name

By Joe Barnett / February 25, 2021 / Comments Off on God Knows Your Name

I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.              —Isaiah 45:3 Miso Vogel was tattooed with number 65,316 at Auschwitz—signaling that 65,315 prisoners had preceded him in being branded. Six-year-old Rene Guttmann was number 169,061. Before it was over, more than 400,000 prisoners at Auschwitz […]

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Advice from the Oracle of Omaha

By Joe Barnett / February 24, 2021 / Comments Off on Advice from the Oracle of Omaha

Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.               —Proverbs 19:20 Warren Buffett’s down-to-earth wisdom is legendary. Here are his Four Choices in Life That Separate the Doers from the Dreamers. 1. Pick your friends wisely. “You will move in the direction of […]

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Not Always Happy

By Joe Barnett / February 23, 2021 / Comments Off on Not Always Happy

Jesus wept. —John 11:35 There’s a misguided notion that Christians should always be happy, never morose—and it creates a boatload of guilt. Happiness and joy are not the same. Jesus wanted his disciples to be full of joy (Jn 15:11)—yet, it was an unhappy time for them, for he was leaving them. Both joy and […]

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Made-To-Order

By Joe Barnett / February 22, 2021 / Comments Off on Made-To-Order

Laying his hands on each one, he healed them.    —Luke 4:40 Jesus drew big crowds. Sick people came to him in droves—sometimes on their own and sometimes brought to him by those who loved them. He could have pulled off a crowd-curing miracle, healing hundreds at the same time with a single word. But […]

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The Seated Priest

By Joe Barnett / February 19, 2021 / Comments Off on The Seated Priest

[Jesus] sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.        —Hebrews 1:3 “Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, […]

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