Today’s Walk in the Word

Shortcut to Forgiveness

By Joe Barnett / December 9, 2014 / Comments Off on Shortcut to Forgiveness

If you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.                  —Matthew 6:15 General James Oglethorpe was infuriated by an abrasive comment made by one of his comrades. When he later apologized and asked forgiveness, Oglethorpe snapped, “I never forgive!” “Then I hope,” […]

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By Joe Barnett / December 8, 2014 / Comments Off on Forgive

If you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.                           —Matthew 6:14 One of the hardest things you ever do is forgive someone who has intentionally hurt you. Your impulse is to retaliate, even the score, […]

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The Hardest Prayer to Pray

By Joe Barnett / December 5, 2014 / Comments Off on The Hardest Prayer to Pray

Your will be done.  —Matthew 6:10 The hardest prayer to pray—and mean—is, “Your will be done.” More often than not we pray for our will to be done; that is, we pray for what we want, and ask God to make it happen. It’s not easy to want his will to be done, unless it […]

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The Model Prayer

By Joe Barnett / December 4, 2014 / Comments Off on The Model Prayer

This, then, is how you should pray.                —Matthew 6:9 We know it as “The Lord’s Prayer”—the prayer Jesus taught his disciples.The first half runs: “hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done.” Three phrases that exalt God— His name; His kingdom; His will. The second […]

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Contaminated Generosity

By Joe Barnett / December 3, 2014 / Comments Off on Contaminated Generosity

Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them.             —Matthew 6:1 The Pharisees had a ravenous appetite for human praise: “they loved praise from men more than praise from God” (Jno. 12:43). Compassion, mercy, and generosity are godly traits, but become contaminated […]

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By Joe Barnett / December 2, 2014 / Comments Off on Mercy

Blessed are the merciful.       —Matthew 5:7 Mercy has three elements: 1) Conception—seeing the need; 2) Compassion—being touched by the need; 3) Consummation—meeting the need. In Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan, the priest and the Levite both saw the need (conception), but neither was touched by the need (compassion), or met the […]

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The One and Only

By Joe Barnett / December 1, 2014 / Comments Off on The One and Only

He will save his people from their sins.                       —Matthew 1:21 When John opened his Gospel pointing to Jesus as the Life and the Light, he eliminated comparison, competition, or compromise. God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He […]

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Life and Light

By Joe Barnett / November 28, 2014 / Comments Off on Life and Light

The sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.            —Malachi 4:2 All the prophets were dead except Malachi. His was the last prophetic voice of the Old Testament. There wouldn’t be another until John the Baptist, 400 years later. Malachi is a somber book; God’s people had become […]

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Neglecting the Important

By Joe Barnett / November 27, 2014 / Comments Off on Neglecting the Important

Show mercy and compassion to one another.                                  —Zechariah 7:9 The returned remnant of the exile worshipped God in Babylon for 70 years, but their sincerity was dubious: “Did you really do it for me?” the Lord asked (Zech. 7:5 […]

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Who’s in First Place?

By Joe Barnett / November 26, 2014 / Comments Off on Who’s in First Place?

Give careful thought to your ways.                        —Haggai 1:5 Returned exiles of Babylonian captivity were driven by the excitement of rebuilding the Temple. But after laying the foundation, their enthusiasm faded and Temple work came to a halt. For the next sixteen years they ignored […]

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