Today’s Walk in the Word

Be Holy

By Joe Barnett / July 9, 2019 / Comments Off on Be Holy

As he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.       —1 Peter 1:15 In 1882, William Longstaff heard a sermon on 1 Peter 1:15-16: “As he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’” […]

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Choose Your Adjectives Carefully

By Joe Barnett / July 8, 2019 / Comments Off on Choose Your Adjectives Carefully

Think of ways to encourage one another.                     —Hebrews 10:24 Best-selling author Philip Yancey noted that “C.S. Lewis once likened his role as a Christian writer to an adjective humbly striving to point others to the Noun of truth. For people to believe that Noun,” wrote […]

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Abba, Father

By Joe Barnett / July 5, 2019 / Comments Off on Abba, Father

God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!                         —Galatians 4:6 The Aramaic word, Abba, is an intimate term that was used by Jewish children in addressing their father. It came to have broader application: each Christian has […]

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Where Do I Sign?

By Joe Barnett / July 4, 2019 / Comments Off on Where Do I Sign?

The things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also . . . teach others.                                              —2 Timothy 2:2 “For the support of this […]

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Memories in the Making

By Joe Barnett / July 3, 2019 / Comments Off on Memories in the Making

The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber.       —Romans 13:11 Movies have an advantage: if a scene doesn’t go well, no problem; reshoot it—as many times as it takes to get it perfect. Real life doesn’t offer that option. Here’s something you’ve said more than once: “If I […]

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Overcoming Bad Habits

By Joe Barnett / July 2, 2019 / Comments Off on Overcoming Bad Habits

Those who do not control themselves are like a city whose walls are broken down.                 —Proverbs 25:28 Do you have any bad habits? If you say “No,” I need to remind you that lying is a bad habit. If you want to conquer a habit, here’s a […]

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What Irritates You?

By Joe Barnett / July 1, 2019 / Comments Off on What Irritates You?

It is better to win control over yourself than over whole cities.              —Proverbs 16:32 Name three things that irritate you. I’ll go first: Know-it-alls who do little but know what everyone else should do and how they should do it; Interrupters who jump in with their two cents when […]

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You’ll Beat This Bully

By Joe Barnett / June 28, 2019 / Comments Off on You’ll Beat This Bully

For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.          —1 Corinthians 15:22 We exercise, we watch what we eat; which may—or may not—delay death. At best, it only postpones it. Death is the biggest bully in the building, and fear is his most potent weapon. […]

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Use Time Wisely

By Joe Barnett / June 27, 2019 / Comments Off on Use Time Wisely

Be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise.              —Ephesians 5:15 It wasn’t Ernest Hemingway’s best-crafted sentence, but it makes the point: “Time is the least thing we have of.” Or as Alexander Pope had it: “Swift fly the years.” You don’t need the […]

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Life in Three Chapters

By Joe Barnett / June 26, 2019 / Comments Off on Life in Three Chapters

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.                        —Ecclesiastes 3:1 Life has three chapters: Past; Present; Future. Past: Life is short. The Bible describes life as a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then vanishes, a fleeting […]

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