Today’s Walk in the Word

When We See Jesus

By Joe Barnett / February 23, 2024 / Comments Off on When We See Jesus

[We] will see his face.   —Revelation 22:4 What will it be like when we see Jesus? Gospel singer Bart Millard wondered about that after his father’s death—and he wrote a song about it. Here are some of the words: Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel? Will I dance for you, Jesus, […]

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Choose Well

By Joe Barnett / February 22, 2024 / Comments Off on Choose Well

This is the way, walk in it.            —Isaiah 30:21 “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal 5:22). You must make choices today. How about being guided by the above verse? Choose love. Love God and everyone God loves. Choose joy. Rejoice […]

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Be Sensitive

By Joe Barnett / February 21, 2024 / Comments Off on Be Sensitive

The tongue of the wise brings healing.                       —Proverbs 12:18 The doctor’s credentials were impressive, but his manners were abrasive. He had the communication skills and compassion of a cabbage—brusque and tactless. Ring any bells? We all encounter tactless people—and distance ourselves. A tactless pulpit […]

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Stop Keeping Score

By Joe Barnett / February 20, 2024 / Comments Off on Stop Keeping Score

How often should I forgive someone who sins against me?           —Matthew 18:21 Keep replaying the scene where you were wronged, and when you come to the end, it isn’t THE END. The end is bitterness. Peter asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” […]

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Can’t, Won’t, or Will?

By Joe Barnett / February 19, 2024 / Comments Off on Can’t, Won’t, or Will?

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.     —Philippians 4:13 “I can’t get over my bitterness.’ “I can’t conquer my temptation.” “I can’t forgive my spouse.” “I can’t overcome my resentment.” “I can’t control my tongue.” Is “can’t” the right word? Or would a more accurate word be “won’t”? “What I […]

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By Joe Barnett / February 16, 2024 / Comments Off on Self-Examination

Let us examine our ways and test them.                   —Lamentations 3:40 Self-examination is frequently self-deceptive because we are skillful at self-justification. When we compare ourselves with others, we lean toward comparing our virtues with their vices. We are more tolerant of our own weaknesses and sins than […]

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He Understands Like No Other

By Joe Barnett / February 15, 2024 / Comments Off on He Understands Like No Other

My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.   —Matthew 26:38 In the little church where I did my first full-time preaching, there was a sweet couple who lost three children before they reached school age. I couldn’t fathom the depth of their agony and hadn’t a clue how to console them. […]

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Practice Required

By Joe Barnett / February 14, 2024 / Comments Off on Practice Required

I press on toward the goal.       —Philippians 3:14 The piano sits idle. It is full of the music of Vladimir Horowitz, Frederic Chopin, and Ludwig van Beethoven—but only from the fingers of hours of disciplined dedication. Whether you do or don’t spend hours running the scales is your decision—but if you want […]

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By Joe Barnett / February 13, 2024 / Comments Off on Self-Discipline

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.    —1 Corinthians 9:25 Self-discipline. Groan. Must I? Only if you want to win. I don’t recall the testimony of any winner who didn’t include self-discipline as an ingredient that helped get them there. No athlete wins without it. No weight-loss program is maintained without […]

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It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

By Joe Barnett / February 12, 2024 / Comments Off on It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

Do not dwell on the past.           —Isaiah 43:18 Baseball legend Yogi Berra’s Mets were losing big time in 1973 when he said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Sure enough, his team won the division title. His similar, “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings,” is probably south of […]

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