Today’s Walk in the Word

Your Fragrant Offering

By Joe Barnett / December 13, 2019 / Comments Off on Your Fragrant Offering

A fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.      —Philippians 4:18 Out for my morning jog, I knew a family was—or soon would be—at the breakfast table, because the aroma of bacon was in the air. The sense of smell is one of God’s great gifts. I get caught up in remembrance of […]

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Three Trees

By Joe Barnett / December 12, 2019 / Comments Off on Three Trees

You had [him] killed by hanging him on a tree.         —Acts 5:30 A large window in my mother’s kitchen framed a beautiful oak tree. She had breakfast every morning watching the sun do its magic on her tree. Mother loved that tree. It started me thinking about some other trees. There […]

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Why Me?

By Joe Barnett / December 11, 2019 / Comments Off on Why Me?

See how very much our Father loves us.                             —1 John 3:1 Nineteenth-century British cleric Joseph Parker was asked why Jesus chose Judas to be a disciple. He pondered the question, but said he kept running into a more baffling one: “Why […]

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Reflecting the Light

By Joe Barnett / December 10, 2019 / Comments Off on Reflecting the Light

The people living in darkness have seen a great light.     —Matthew 4:16 An abnormally high percentage of the 3,400 residents of Rjukan, Norway, have suffered from mental depression. They blame it on living in the dark. Surrounded by high mountains, Rjukan receives no sunlight for six months a year. It’s one of the […]

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Your Best Legacy

By Joe Barnett / December 9, 2019 / Comments Off on Your Best Legacy

A good name is more desirable than great riches.         —Proverbs 22:1 Charles Ponzi’s fraudulent investment ploy became known as a “Ponzi scheme.” Investor money snowballed on Ponzi’s promise of a 100 percent profit within ninety days. He used money from new investors to pay previous ones. When the ruse collapsed, victims […]

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Approach Your Father Boldly

By Joe Barnett / December 6, 2019 / Comments Off on Approach Your Father Boldly

God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”                     —Galatians 4:6 Members of President John Kennedy’s cabinet were seated around his desk, discussing weighty matters. A photographer’s camera caught the image of two-year-old John-John crawling under the desk at his […]

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Don’t Respond to Taunts

By Joe Barnett / December 5, 2019 / Comments Off on Don’t Respond to Taunts

What can mere mortals do to me?                   —Hebrews 13:6 On October 30, 1974, Muhammad Ali and world heavyweight champion George Foreman stepped into the ring in Kanshasa, Zaire, for the fight dubbed “Rumble in the Jungle.” Foreman’s strategy was to come on fast and take Ali […]

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God’s Court of Mercy

By Joe Barnett / December 4, 2019 / Comments Off on God’s Court of Mercy

What joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven.         —Romans 4:7 In Billy Buckner’s twenty-two season major league baseball career, he put up impressive stats: 174 home runs, career batting average of .289, and near-perfect .991 fielding percentage. But the one thing Buckner is remembered for is letting a grounder roll between […]

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How Much is Enough?

By Joe Barnett / December 3, 2019 / Comments Off on How Much is Enough?

If we have food and clothes, that should be enough.        —1 Timothy 6:8 Authors Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse-Five) and Joseph Heller (Catch-22) were guests at a high-dollar party at the palatial New York home of a billionaire host. Vonnegut began to needle Heller. “Joe, how does it make you feel to know that […]

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Your Prayer Will Be Answered

By Joe Barnett / December 2, 2019 / Comments Off on Your Prayer Will Be Answered

Your prayer has been heard.                   —Luke 1:13 “Your prayer has been heard,” said the angel. What prayer? Zechariah had to be reminded: “Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son.” He hadn’t prayed for a son since he and Elizabeth were newlyweds. Now they were old. […]

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