Today’s Walk in the Word

Paid in Full

By Joe Barnett / July 23, 2021 / Comments Off on Paid in Full

Christ died for sins once for all.                   —1 Peter 3:18 The call from his son was urgent. He was behind on his mortgage and had received notice of foreclosure unless the bank received full remittance by ten o’clock the following morning. So, dad overnighted a check […]

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“Why?” Questions

By Joe Barnett / July 22, 2021 / Comments Off on “Why?” Questions

I am the Lord, and there is no other.                    —Isaiah 45:5 I don’t know why a tornado demolishes one house and skips over the one next to it. I don’t know why cancer ravages the body of a devoted wife and mother and leaves a drunken […]

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God’s Sovereignty

By Joe Barnett / July 21, 2021 / Comments Off on God’s Sovereignty

O Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you.                       —2 Samuel 7:22 Musing on the sovereignty of God, Charles Swindoll noted a smaller word nested inside the big word sovereignty: reign—sove-reign-ty. Sovereignty means our all-knowing, all-powerful God reigns in ways beyond our understanding, causing […]

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Do What You Can

By Joe Barnett / July 20, 2021 / Comments Off on Do What You Can

By the grace of God I am what I am.              —1 Corinthians 15:10 Matthew Henry wrote: “Wherever the Providence of God casts us, we should desire and endeavor to be useful; and, when we cannot do the good we would, we must be ready to do the good we […]

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Have a Good Day

By Joe Barnett / July 19, 2021 / Comments Off on Have a Good Day

[God’s blessings] are new every morning.                      —Lamentations 3:23 How did your day begin? I’m guessing pretty much the same as yesterday—and the day before yesterday and the day before that. We seldom wake up hearing an angelic choir belting out the “Hallelujah Chorus.” But from […]

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Think Before You Speak

By Joe Barnett / July 16, 2021 / Comments Off on Think Before You Speak

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.                  —Psalm 141:3 Once a word is spoken, it can’t be unspoken. Damage done by harsh words can’t be undone. Churches are split, feelings are hurt, and relationships are splintered by biting […]

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Stake Your Claim to Joy

By Joe Barnett / July 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Stake Your Claim to Joy

Rejoice in the Lord always.        —Philippians 4:4 If you’ve been around for a while, you’ve learned that you’re not going to get through life without encountering some storms. Jesus shoots straight with you, saying, “In this world you will have trouble” (Jn 16:33). So, when Paul writes, “Be joyful always . . […]

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Help Wanted

By Joe Barnett / July 14, 2021 / Comments Off on Help Wanted

Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.                 —1 Samuel 16:7 A perusal of Heaven’s Personnel Directory will convince you that the Big Three could have used an employee consultant. Would you have hired a wrinkled, sunburned, eighty-year-old shepherd to go nose-to-nose […]

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Be Prepared

By Joe Barnett / July 13, 2021 / Comments Off on Be Prepared

You do not even know what will happen tomorrow.               —James 4:14 Professional consultants insist that every business and organization should have a Mission Statement that clearly presents its purpose, its goals, and its step-by-step plan to achieve them. A Life Coach does something similar, but one-on-one, tutoring an […]

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You Were . . . But Now . . .

By Joe Barnett / July 12, 2021 / Comments Off on You Were . . . But Now . . .

Once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.                   —1 Peter 2:10 Celebrate these once you were . . . but now you are verses. “You were separate from Christ . . . But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far […]

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