Today’s Walk in the Word

You Already Know the End of the Story

By Joe Barnett / December 15, 2014 / Comments Off on You Already Know the End of the Story

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?          —Matthew 6:27 “Do not worry about anything,” Paul wrote (Phil. 4:6). Just before that he had written, “Rejoice in the Lord always.” Then, in case we missed it, he added, “I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Phil. 4:4). […]

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A Simple Solution to Worry

By Joe Barnett / December 12, 2014 / Comments Off on A Simple Solution to Worry

Do not worry about your life.              —Matthew 6:25 What was your main worry twenty years ago? Ten years ago? One year ago? Don’t remember? Even if you do, it’s probably not the same thing that’s needling you now. What happened to the worry that had your heart racing and […]

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You Can’t Serve Both

By Joe Barnett / December 11, 2014 / Comments Off on You Can’t Serve Both

You cannot serve both God and Money.                      —Matthew 6:24 Satan hasn’t met much resistance in enticing us to worship money. Our self-image is linked to our assets. So is our evaluation of others. We measure their worth by their possessions: the size of their house, […]

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Your Major Investment Decision

By Joe Barnett / December 10, 2014 / Comments Off on Your Major Investment Decision

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.         —Matthew 6:21 Here is the shortest course on investment decisions ever presented: “No one can serve two masters … You cannot serve both God and Money” (Matt. 6:24). It isn’t a course that we send our children to the university to […]

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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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