Today’s Walk in the Word

Cheer Up

By Joe Barnett / April 23, 2021 / Comments Off on Cheer Up

A happy heart makes the face cheerful.                           —Proverbs 15:13 Joseph Hubisz and his wife decided that they would need to take a vacation when the coronavirus pandemic ended. Joseph taped a world map to the refrigerator, handed his wife a magnetic dart, […]

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You Don’t Have To If You Don’t Want To

By Joe Barnett / April 22, 2021 / Comments Off on You Don’t Have To If You Don’t Want To

The lazy will not get what they want, but those who work hard will.             —Proverbs 13:4 Author Annie Dillard wrote: “You do not have to sit outside in the dark. The stars neither require it nor demand it. If, however, you want to look at the stars, you will […]

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Who Cares?

By Joe Barnett / April 21, 2021 / Comments Off on Who Cares?

I will fear no evil, for you are with me.                              —Psalm 23:4 “No one is concerned for me,” David groaned—“no one cares” (Ps 142:4). Many feel that way. But it isn’t true. God cares. The measure of God’s love is that […]

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God Is with Us

By Joe Barnett / April 20, 2021 / Comments Off on God Is with Us

The Lord Almighty is with us.                 —Psalm 46:11 My mother was twelve years old when her mother died in the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. Seven of my friends have become death victims of COVID-19. Such losses raise the old question: “Why do bad things happen to […]

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God Waiting for Change

By Joe Barnett / April 19, 2021 / Comments Off on God Waiting for Change

The Lord is waiting so that people have time to be saved.                —2 Peter 3:15 When life has us by the throat, and we’re exhausted and out of answers, we sometimes wonder why God doesn’t step in and solve the problem. What is he waiting for? Instead of […]

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Win This Race

By Joe Barnett / April 16, 2021 / Comments Off on Win This Race

Do not run like someone running aimlessly.                          —1 Corinthians 9:26 Carl Lewis won four gold medals in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. He was confident that his first leap had been good enough to win the gold in the long jump. […]

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By Joe Barnett / April 15, 2021 / Comments Off on MVP

How good is a timely word.          —Proverbs 15:23 NBA star Michael Jordan seemed to be a shoo-in for the Most Valuable Player award in 1990. Without question, he was professional basketball’s most outstanding athlete. Many consider him the greatest roundballer ever to hit the hardwood. But Jordan wasn’t voted MVP. The […]

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Ditch the Blame Game

By Joe Barnett / April 14, 2021 / Comments Off on Ditch the Blame Game

We are each responsible for our own conduct.                                   —Galatians 6:5 Donald Jensen was umpiring a Little League game in Terre Haute, Indiana, when someone took exception to a call and threw a baseball bat at him, hitting him […]

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My Utmost for His Highest

By Joe Barnett / April 13, 2021 / Comments Off on My Utmost for His Highest

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others.                    —1 Peter 4:10 The daily-devotional book My Utmost for His Highest has occupied space on my coffee table for many years. Back story. Oswald Chambers was appointed to serve as chaplain to Australian […]

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God’s Providence

By Joe Barnett / April 12, 2021 / Comments Off on God’s Providence

O Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you.                              —2 Samuel 7:22 I confess that I do not know how to reconcile God’s sovereignty with humanity’s free will—but I believe in both. I admit that I cannot explain how God’s providence […]

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