Today’s Walk in the Word

I Choose Peace

By Joe Barnett / December 4, 2020 / Comments Off on I Choose Peace

May the Lord of peace himself give you peace.                         —2 Thessalonians 3:16 Here are two short sentences that make it impossible for anyone to hijack your peace without your consent: 1) I have the right to choose. 2) I choose peace. When someone […]

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A Big Little Word

By Joe Barnett / December 3, 2020 / Comments Off on A Big Little Word

If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples.             —John 8:31 It consists of only two letters—but “If” is a very big word. It speaks to conditions that we must meet if we are to receive the promises of God. The Lord doesn’t insist on our obedience. […]

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You Are a Source of Living Water

By Joe Barnett / December 2, 2020 / Comments Off on You Are a Source of Living Water

Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.                      —John 7:38 A river reaches places that its source never knows. It overcomes barriers, sometimes even going underground and dropping out of sight for miles, only to gush to the surface again at some […]

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Thieves of Peace

By Joe Barnett / December 1, 2020 / Comments Off on Thieves of Peace

My peace I give you.       —John 14:27 When Jesus told his disciples he would soon leave them, he said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. . . . Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (Jn 14:27) After his crucifixion, those disciples were […]

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Ralph’s Baseball Bat

By Joe Barnett / November 30, 2020 / Comments Off on Ralph’s Baseball Bat

I can lie down and sleep soundly.                    —Psalm 4:8 Ralph kept a baseball bat beside the bed. He’d never used it, but it helped Sandra, his fearful wife, sleep. One night she heard a noise, shook Ralph, and sent him to investigate. He picked up his […]

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You’re a Key Player

By Joe Barnett / November 27, 2020 / Comments Off on You’re a Key Player

From the beginning God chose you.             —2 Thessalonians 2:13 You’re on God’s team. And you weren’t the last kid to be picked. He chose you before the creation of the world (Eph 1:4). When he started putting his team together, he pointed at you and said, this one is […]

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Someone is Listening

By Joe Barnett / November 26, 2020 / Comments Off on Someone is Listening

Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light.           —Luke 12:3 Coronavirus had shuttered services at Bertha’s church, so she was live-streaming a sermon on Sunday morning. The minister was lamenting how depersonalized life had become. He said, “A person doesn’t even need to go to […]

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God is Looking and Listening

By Joe Barnett / November 25, 2020 / Comments Off on God is Looking and Listening

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous.                                     —1 Peter 3:12 When I first tried to talk to the two-year-old next door, he covered his eyes with his hands. His mother explained that he was bashful, […]

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Never-Ending Mercy

By Joe Barnett / November 24, 2020 / Comments Off on Never-Ending Mercy

His mercy endures forever.              —Psalm 136:1 Ours is a culture of disposables. Much of what we purchase is designed to be used, then tossed: beverage bottles, paper plates, plastic eating utensils—also the grocery bag in which you brought them home and the pen with which you signed the credit […]

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You Are Wanted

By Joe Barnett / November 23, 2020 / Comments Off on You Are Wanted

It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.       —Luke 5:31 Landfills are choking on discarded mattresses. Tim Keenan saw it as a business opportunity. He hired a dozen people to extract the dumped bedding components for recycling: foam, fabric, springs. Colorado Springs journalist Bill Vogrin wrote: “Of all […]

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