Today’s Walk in the Word

What’s Number One with You?

By Joe Barnett / September 25, 2020 / Comments Off on What’s Number One with You?

You shall have no other gods before me.                                 —Exodus 20:3 Gene attended every game that his hometown high school team played. He knew the stats of every player on his favorite college team. He could rattle off the scores […]

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How’s Your Day Going?

By Joe Barnett / September 24, 2020 / Comments Off on How’s Your Day Going?

We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.                     —Proverbs 16:9 How’s your day going? Any interruptions? Intrusions? A day seldom goes as planned. Irritating interruptions and irksome intrusions regularly torpedo your schedule. All bad? Not necessarily. It may be testing you to […]

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Just an Ordinary Day

By Joe Barnett / September 23, 2020 / Comments Off on Just an Ordinary Day

The Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.            —Matthew 24:44 The Roman city of Pompeii was posh. Elegant houses lined its paved streets. Factories, shops, taverns, and brothels were booming. It was just an ordinary day in Pompeii in 79 A.D. People were […]

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Creative Giving

By Joe Barnett / September 22, 2020 / Comments Off on Creative Giving

She did what she could.             —Mark 14:8 Sarah has been furloughed due to the coronavirus pandemic. She has no money for Sunday’s collection, but she gives what she can—her time and compassion. She asked the church office for a list of the widows in their membership. Sarah mother hens […]

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You Qualify

By Joe Barnett / September 21, 2020 / Comments Off on You Qualify

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened.      —Matthew 11:28 What are your chances of being hired by Google or accepted by Harvard? Google gets over two million applications per year and hires 400. Harvard University receives more than 40,000 applications annually and accepts less than 2,000. The world sets the […]

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Selective Thinking

By Joe Barnett / September 18, 2020 / Comments Off on Selective Thinking

Put away all malice.      —1 Peter 2:1 Mopping up the mess left behind by a painful ordeal is heavy work. It may call for dumping an unpleasant memory or forgiving what seems unforgivable. There are things you have to forget if you plan on winning at living. Paul zeroed in on “forgetting the […]

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It’s Not All About Me

By Joe Barnett / September 17, 2020 / Comments Off on It’s Not All About Me

Can an ax take credit instead of the one who swings it?          —Isaiah 10:15  “The world does not revolve around you!” Linus said to Lucy. Lucy, face frozen in disbelief, said, “You’re kidding!” The apostle Paul’s missionary reports were about God’s work, not about his. At the end of the first […]

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Fools for Christ

By Joe Barnett / September 16, 2020 / Comments Off on Fools for Christ

We are fools for Christ.  —1 Corinthians 4:10 It is discouraging when people—maybe even some in your family—think your religious commitment has left your attic a little dusty. When Paul testified to the resurrection of Jesus, Governor Festus shouted, “You are out of your mind, Paul” (Acts 26:24). Paul denied it, but told the Corinthians, […]

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United We Stand

By Joe Barnett / September 15, 2020 / Comments Off on United We Stand

Maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.        —Ephesians 4:3 A united church is one of the most beautiful things you’ll ever see; a divided church, one of the ugliest. Insistence that everyone must see everything the same way I do is among the most destructive mindsets a Christian […]

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Everything Is Going to Be All Right

By Joe Barnett / September 14, 2020 / Comments Off on Everything Is Going to Be All Right

All things work together for good for those who love God.             —Romans 8:28 When you’re being battered and drenched by one of life’s inevitable hurricanes, you may find it difficult to buy into Paul’s assertion: “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God.” […]

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