Today’s Walk in the Word


By Joe Barnett / July 9, 2021 / Comments Off on Humility

Be compassionate and humble.                      —1 Peter 3:8 Those who think highly of themselves might be shocked to find that others aren’t all that impressed. No matter how rich and famous they are, the size of the crowd at their funeral will pretty much depend on […]

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He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

By Joe Barnett / July 8, 2021 / Comments Off on He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

Your arm has great power. Your hand is strong.    —Psalm 89:13 Remember this song? He’s got the whole world in his hands. He’s got the whole wide world in his hands. He’s got the whole wide world in his hands. He’s got the whole world in His hands. It goes on for umpteen verses: […]

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Unclaimed Promises

By Joe Barnett / July 7, 2021 / Comments Off on Unclaimed Promises

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.            —Psalm 119:18 Every state in the U.S. has an Unclaimed Property program. Unclaimed property can be anything from a forgotten rent or utility deposit to an uncashed check, a dormant bank account, or an abandoned safe deposit box. […]

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How Much is Enough?

By Joe Barnett / July 6, 2021 / Comments Off on How Much is Enough?

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have.                  —Hebrews 13:5 Two teenage girls were watching a TV commercial at Best Buy. I laughed when I heard one of them say, “I don’t know what it does, but I want […]

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The Challenge of Trust

By Joe Barnett / July 5, 2021 / Comments Off on The Challenge of Trust

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you.     —Isaiah 26:3 Helen Roseveare was a British medical missionary in the Congo. She built hospitals, a training center, and lived in a leprosy camp. During the Congolese civil war in 1964, Helen was arrested because of her intervention for villagers. In her […]

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Independence Day

By Joe Barnett / July 2, 2021 / Comments Off on Independence Day

If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.          —John 8:36 Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason didn’t—and doesn’t—sit well with Christians. The book hammered institutional religion in general and Christianity in particular. It contended that the miracle stories in the Bible are myths. Paine rejected the divinity of […]

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Your Life May Be a Result of Prayer

By Joe Barnett / July 1, 2021 / Comments Off on Your Life May Be a Result of Prayer

Continue steadfastly in prayer.                —Colossians 4:2 You know him as Saint Augustine, but for a long time he was far from saintly. He ignored his pious mother’s pleadings and pursued a life of self-gratification and immorality. He took a mistress and fathered a child but considered marriage out […]

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You’re in Good Hands

By Joe Barnett / June 30, 2021 / Comments Off on You’re in Good Hands

The righteous and the wise and what they do are in God’s hands.           —Ecclesiastes 9:1 On January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 struck a flock of Canada geese shortly after takeoff and lost power in both engines. Knowing he couldn’t get back to LaGuardia, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger piloted the […]

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Winners and Losers

By Joe Barnett / June 29, 2021 / Comments Off on Winners and Losers

Many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.                   —Matthew 19:30 An incumbent politician has a huge advantage: name recognition, media access, fundraising edge. In every area—politics, sports, theater, business—the advantage belongs to the entrenched. We expect winners to keep […]

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All You Have Comes from God

By Joe Barnett / June 28, 2021 / Comments Off on All You Have Comes from God

What do you have that God hasn’t given you? —1 Corinthians 4:7 His arrogance was repugnant. “I’m president of this bank,” he crowed. “My dad was just a lowly barber.” “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth” (Prv 27:2). Eugene Peterson paraphrased 1 Corinthians 4:7 this way: “Isn’t everything you have and everything […]

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