Today’s Walk in the Word

Wins and Losses

By Joe Barnett / May 4, 2022 / Comments Off on Wins and Losses

Though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him.             —Psalm 37:24 You have failed. The first time you tried to walk, you fell. The first time you tried to swim, you sank. The first time you swung a bat, you connected with—air. But you’ve had a […]

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Paraproskokian (2)

By Joe Barnett / May 3, 2022 / Comments Off on Paraproskokian (2)

A cheerful heart is good medicine.                 —Proverbs 17:22 Here are some paraproskokians left over from yesterday. When I was a kid my parents moved a lot—but I always found them. My husband can’t stand to see garbage lying around the house—he can’t stand the competition. I always […]

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Paraproskokian

By Joe Barnett / May 2, 2022 / Comments Off on Paraproskokian

A time to weep and a time to laugh.                   —Ecclesiastes 3:4 My friend Allen Isbell introduced me to a word I’d never seen: paraproskokian. “A paraproskokian,” Allen explained, “is a figure of speech in which the latter part of the sentence or phrase is surprising or […]

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Praise the Creator

By Joe Barnett / April 29, 2022 / Comments Off on Praise the Creator

You made the heavens . . . the earth and all that is on it.   —Nehemiah 9:6 Genesis 1 reveals the beginning of everything except God. God is “from everlasting to everlasting” (Ps 90:2)—or as The Living Bible has it, “without beginning or end.” He created “all his heavenly hosts . . . sun […]

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Words Matter

By Joe Barnett / April 28, 2022 / Comments Off on Words Matter

By your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.                               —Matthew 12:37 At a performance of Shakespear’s Twelfth Night, Kim Peek, a savant who had memorized all of Shakespeare’s plays, shouted, “Stop it!” The actor, […]

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Impressions

By Joe Barnett / April 27, 2022 / Comments Off on Impressions

Be kind and compassionate to one another.                          —Ephesians 4:32 My father was the unofficial greeter at his church. He arrived early, assumed his post, gave a handshake, a smile, and a “God bless you” to everyone who came through the door. As the […]

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Keep Growing

By Joe Barnett / April 26, 2022 / Comments Off on Keep Growing

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord.                                —2 Peter 3:18 When you reached your grown-up physical height—somewhere between age 15 and 20—you were as tall as you would ever be. But spiritual growth continues for a lifetime. Or […]

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What Will You Do with Jesus?

By Joe Barnett / April 25, 2022 / Comments Off on What Will You Do with Jesus?

He went in to stay with them.                 —Luke 24:29 Sensing that Jesus was going to cast them out of a possessed man, the demons begged Jesus not to destroy them but instead to give them a new home in a nearby herd of pigs. Ergo, the possessed […]

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Study, Obey, Share

By Joe Barnett / April 22, 2022 / Comments Off on Study, Obey, Share

Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord, and to teaching its decrees.                                                  —Ezra 7:10 Various translations of this text emphasize three things about […]

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Forgetfulness

By Joe Barnett / April 21, 2022 / Comments Off on Forgetfulness

Weren’t ten men healed? Where are the other nine?          —Luke 17:17 Their situation was hopeless. They were lepers—ten of them, grasping at straws when they approached Jesus. He sent them on their way, and as they were going, they were healed. One of them turned in his tracks, came to Jesus, […]

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