Today’s Walk in the Word

Happy Mother’s Day

By Joe Barnett / May 7, 2021 / Comments Off on Happy Mother’s Day

Her children arise and call her blessed.                        —Proverbs 31:28 Cain was the first baby to be born. When Eve held him in her arms, she said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man” (Gn 4:1). You, dear mother, may […]

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Courage to Stand Alone

By Joe Barnett / May 6, 2021 / Comments Off on Courage to Stand Alone

Stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.    —1 Corinthians 16:13 In The Mind of Watergate, Dr. Leo Rangell explores what he calls “the compromise of integrity.” The book provides the transcript of a verbal exchange between Senator Howard Baker and Herbert Porter, a campaign aide who pleaded guilty to lying to the […]

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Reject Replays

By Joe Barnett / May 5, 2021 / Comments Off on Reject Replays

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins.                        —1 John 1:9 Instant replay eliminated missing a game-changer. Any dazzling “How-did-he-do-that?” feat will be replayed on your screen again and again—and again in slow motion. The flip side is […]

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The Greatest Rescue Ever

By Joe Barnett / May 4, 2021 / Comments Off on The Greatest Rescue Ever

The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.            —Luke 19:10 On February 18, 1952, the SS Pendleton was snapped in half in a gale ten miles off the Massachusetts coast. Forty-one sailors were trapped inside the ship’s sinking stern. When word of the disaster reached the […]

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It’s Still in My Bible

By Joe Barnett / May 3, 2021 / Comments Off on It’s Still in My Bible

[Whoever] does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God.                               —2 John 9 In 1820, ex-president Thomas Jefferson took a razor blade and sliced out portions of the New Testament that he found distasteful. He deleted all […]

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Just Do It

By Joe Barnett / April 30, 2021 / Comments Off on Just Do It

Do not forget to do good.         —Hebrews 13:16 If you were to be described in five words, what would those five words be? Here are the five that Peter used to picture Jesus: “He went about doing good” (Acts 10:38). Declared beliefs are suspect unless verified by action. Knowing the playbook […]

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Be a Big Person

By Joe Barnett / April 29, 2021 / Comments Off on Be a Big Person

Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.                             —John 13:35 Rolling through a small town with a Sojourners caravan, Jimmy pointed to a sign in front of a church—“The Original Church of God, Number […]

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Face Masks

By Joe Barnett / April 28, 2021 / Comments Off on Face Masks

He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.                                  —1 Peter 5:7 Toothy-grin face masks make me smile. But I secretly wonder what’s on the inside of the mask. Smiling on the outside, hurting on the […]

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Jesus is the Solution to Your Hurt

By Joe Barnett / April 27, 2021 / Comments Off on Jesus is the Solution to Your Hurt

Come to me . . . and I will give you rest.                             —Matthew 11:28 I have written and posted more than 2,000 of these devotionals. I’ve rarely hit the “send” button without a feeling of apprehension because I fear my words […]

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Hoping and Waiting

By Joe Barnett / April 26, 2021 / Comments Off on Hoping and Waiting

If we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.       —Romans 8:25 “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Really? “Tomorrow is another day.” Really? These bromides make me laugh—they are so obvious, they’re silly. Still, they make a crisp point about patience: it takes time to build […]

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