Today’s Walk in the Word

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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When You Are Down and Out

By Joe Barnett / November 25, 2014 / Comments Off on When You Are Down and Out

The Lord your God is with you … He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love.                                  —Zephaniah 3:17 Zephaniah’s little four-chapter book begins with sadness, but ends with singing. Its opening salvos trumpet […]

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Happiness is a Choice

By Joe Barnett / November 24, 2014 / Comments Off on Happiness is a Choice

I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.             —Habakkuk 3:18 The nation was in chaos: the economy was in the tank, and a war they couldn’t win was coming at them. Habakkuk was terrified: his heart was pounding, his lips were quivering, and […]

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Talk to the Mirror

By Joe Barnett / November 21, 2014 / Comments Off on Talk to the Mirror

The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.                 —Nahum 1:7 Arthur Rank decided to do all of his worrying on Wednesdays. When he was worried, he wrote a note specifying what was troubling him and dropped it […]

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What Does God Want?

By Joe Barnett / November 20, 2014 / Comments Off on What Does God Want?

What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.                                              —Micah 6:8 Israel grumbled that God was too demanding: hard to understand […]

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Fish Food

By Joe Barnett / November 19, 2014 / Comments Off on Fish Food

Jonah ran away from the Lord.                    —Jonah 1:3 God ordered Jonah to “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it.” Jonah didn’t cotton to the assignment. Nineveh was the capital of Assyria, Israel’s despised enemy. So Jonah hightailed it in the opposite direction—went […]

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Beware of Pride

By Joe Barnett / November 18, 2014 / Comments Off on Beware of Pride

The pride of your heart has deceived you.                              —Obadiah 1:3 The Edomites were a cocky bunch: “Who can bring me down?” they crowed. The answer? “I will bring you down, declares the Lord.” When Babylonian soldiers sacked Jerusalem, the Edomites signed […]

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Guard Against Drift

By Joe Barnett / November 17, 2014 / Comments Off on Guard Against Drift

“You have not returned to me,” declares the Lord.                                        —Amos 4:6 The phrase “you have not returned to me” surfaces often in the book of Amos—five times in chapter 4. The Lord repeatedly reminded his wayward […]

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