Today’s Walk in the Word

Go for the Summit

By Joe Barnett / January 20, 2020 / Comments Off on Go for the Summit

Keep your eyes on Jesus.            —Hebrews 12:2 D.H. Roper and his friend secured permits to climb Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States, at 14,505 feet. The eleven-mile lungs-and-legs challenge was exhausting. D.H. considered turning back. But occasionally, he caught a glimpse of the summit and knew […]

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Survivor’s Guilt

By Joe Barnett / January 17, 2020 / Comments Off on Survivor’s Guilt

Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses.                  —Ecclesiastes 3:1 Hope Aguilar, author of HOPE through Cancer, experienced feelings of guilt that she survived while others didn’t. Aware of many who lost the fight, she cried and asked God, “Why them and not […]

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A Brand New You

By Joe Barnett / January 16, 2020 / Comments Off on A Brand New You

The old has gone, the new has come.                  —2 Corinthians 5:17 Image Consultants are cleaning up. CEOs, politicians, and celebrities pay big bucks for their services. Top-of-the-line practitioners are well-connected with clothiers, hairstylists, cosmeticians, plastic surgeons, and other professionals. They’re in business to make you look good. […]

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God’s World

By Joe Barnett / January 15, 2020 / Comments Off on God’s World

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.                                     —Psalm 24:1 The Houston Museum of Natural Science displays a stunning ten-foot globe, created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. I was given a handout with a […]

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By Joe Barnett / January 14, 2020 / Comments Off on Transparency

Do what is right, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of man.                   —2 Corinthians 8:21 I know a man who’s been lying to his wife about his computer transgressions, while she’s been lying to him about her out-of-control credit […]

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Curtain Up—You’re On

By Joe Barnett / January 13, 2020 / Comments Off on Curtain Up—You’re On

Generations come and generations go.                     —Ecclesiastes 1:4 Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera opened on January 26, 1988, at the Majestic Theater at 245 West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan, and has been playing there ever since. With a record-breaking 13,000+ performances, it […]

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Have You Read the Book?

By Joe Barnett / January 10, 2020 / Comments Off on Have You Read the Book?

I will not neglect your word.           —Psalm 119:16 Gone with the Wind, among Hollywood’s most commercially profitable films, premiered on December 15, 1939. The movie was based on Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel, which sold a million copies in six months, and has been translated into more than forty languages. Compare. […]

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It’s All Because of God

By Joe Barnett / January 9, 2020 / Comments Off on It’s All Because of God

God made all things.   —Romans 11:36 Meandering 4,132 miles, the Nile is the world’s longest river. It played a crucial role in the development and sustenance of Egyptian civilization. Greek historian Herodotus wrote that “Egypt was the gift of the Nile.” Wouldn’t you know that some inflated ego would take credit? Sure enough, Pharaoh, […]

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Blessings: Name Them One by One

By Joe Barnett / January 8, 2020 / Comments Off on Blessings: Name Them One by One

We . . . always mention you in our prayers.                    —1 Thessalonians 1:2 In a recent essay, my friend Gene Shelburne gives a tip of the hat to the grand old hymn Count Your Blessings, but he fears we overlook the hymn’s advice to “name them […]

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Number One Problem

By Joe Barnett / January 7, 2020 / Comments Off on Number One Problem

First get rid of the log from your own eye.                        —Matthew 7:5 What’s needling you? Your boss? A co-worker? Someone in your church? ___________________? Fill in the blank. At some point, I’ve struggled with each of the above. But none of them qualify as […]

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