Today’s Walk in the Word


By Joe Barnett / January 19, 2015 / Comments Off on Memories

What she has done will also be told, in memory of her.                                        —Matthew 26:13 You know the game. Someone says a word. You respond with the first thing that comes to mind when you hear that […]

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Now You Know

By Joe Barnett / January 16, 2015 / Comments Off on Now You Know

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.                      —Matthew 25:40 In the final judgment Jesus will say to some, I was hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked, sick, imprisoned—and you fed me, befriended me, clothed me, cared […]

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Jesus in Disguise

By Joe Barnett / January 15, 2015 / Comments Off on Jesus in Disguise

I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.                                       —Matthew 25:35 Abdullah II became king of Jordan in 1999. He occasionally prowled the country in disguise, popping into government offices and hospitals to see how […]

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Measuring Your Performance

By Joe Barnett / January 14, 2015 / Comments Off on Measuring Your Performance

To one he gave five talents … to another two … to another one … each according to his ability.                             —Matthew 25:15 Do you look at others—whose successes you see and whose failures you don’t—and compare your accomplishments to theirs? Don’t. […]

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Be Ready … Jesus is Coming

By Joe Barnett / January 13, 2015 / Comments Off on Be Ready … Jesus is Coming

You do not know on what day your Lord will come.                                 —Matthew 24:42 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father …  So you must be […]

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How’s Your Hearing

By Joe Barnett / January 12, 2015 / Comments Off on How’s Your Hearing

Many are invited, but few are chosen.                    —Matthew 22:14 God singled out Moses and saddled him with a heavy mission: “I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt” (Exo. 3:10). God singled out Saul and saddled him with a […]

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The Servant Spirit

By Joe Barnett / January 9, 2015 / Comments Off on The Servant Spirit

The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.     —Matthew 20:28 If you need a mission-statement, you can do no better than adapt and adopt Jesus’ words. Put it down this way: I am not in this world to be served; I am in this world to serve. Today […]

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Doubling the Damage

By Joe Barnett / January 8, 2015 / Comments Off on Doubling the Damage

Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin.                  —Matthew 18:7 St. Bernard of Clairvaux resolved that his actions must pass three tests: First, is it lawful? Can I do it and not sin? Second, is it becoming in me as a Christian? […]

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The Church Still Stands

By Joe Barnett / January 7, 2015 / Comments Off on The Church Still Stands

I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.                       —Matthew 16:18 The church is God-built and God-sustained. Therefore it will not fail. Some fret that its preachers and teachers have gone mushy, that they don’t stand for anything. Even […]

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Sharpen Your Memory

By Joe Barnett / January 6, 2015 / Comments Off on Sharpen Your Memory

Don’t you remember?     —Matthew 16:9 “My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened,” wrote Montaigne. Is your happiness being sabotaged by fretting over things that may never happen? Jesus’ disciples were grumbling because their stomachs were growling. They had taken a hike without packing a lunch. “Don’t you […]

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