Today’s Walk in the Word

The Great Equalizer

By Joe Barnett / September 9, 2022 / Comments Off on The Great Equalizer

Man, despite his riches, does not endure.                                 —Psalm 49:12 Death is the great equalizer; it treats the rich and poor equally. Psalm 49 highlights the short-lived glory of fame and fortune. To paraphrase its points: All the money in […]

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Three Questions for You

By Joe Barnett / September 8, 2022 / Comments Off on Three Questions for You

[Jesus] is the atoning sacrifice for our sins.                                      —1 John 2:2 Here’s a question for you: “What is the longest you have gone without sinning?” A month? A week? A day? Whatever the time frame, you have […]

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By Joe Barnett / September 7, 2022 / Comments Off on Truth-O-Meter

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord.                               —Proverbs 12:22 PolitiFact is a fact-checking program designed to help sort out fact from fiction in politics. The analysts—a panel of three editors—compare politicians’ statements with known facts. The column’s Truth-O-Meter points […]

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The End is Not the End

By Joe Barnett / September 6, 2022 / Comments Off on The End is Not the End

As in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.    —1 Corinthians 15:22 I have just returned to my desk from attending the funeral of a good man. Awaiting me was an email from a friend, written from the bedside of her mother, who isn’t expected to live through the night. […]

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Delay is Not Denial

By Joe Barnett / September 5, 2022 / Comments Off on Delay is Not Denial

The Lord longs to be gracious to you . . . Blessed are all who wait for him!                    —Isaiah 30:18 Adam Slowman, a fictional character in Expectation Corner, visited the “Delayed Blessing Office,” where God stored the answers to prayers until the proper time to send […]

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By Joe Barnett / September 2, 2022 / Comments Off on Distracted

Stay focused on what’s above, not on earthly things.    —Colossians 3:2 Holy Father, I want to focus on heavenly things but am distracted by earthly things. When I read your Word, my mind sometimes wanders. My eyes follow the inspired text—but I suddenly realize I have no awareness of what I have read. My […]

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God Is Working for You

By Joe Barnett / September 1, 2022 / Comments Off on God Is Working for You

In all things God works for the good of those who love him.         —Romans 8:28 Paul didn’t say, “We know that in some things or in most things—but in all things, God works for the good of those who love him.” The promise covers everything in your life—from the smallest detail […]

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God Works the Night Shift

By Joe Barnett / August 31, 2022 / Comments Off on God Works the Night Shift

All that night the Lord drove the sea back.                                   —Exodus 14:21 God worked through the night to prepare for tomorrow’s safe travel for the Israelites. “All that night the Lord drove the sea back,” and when the sun […]

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Who Controls Your Schedule?

By Joe Barnett / August 30, 2022 / Comments Off on Who Controls Your Schedule?

[Make] the most of every opportunity.                        —Ephesians 5:16 Would a review of your schedule reveal that you could use your time more productively? On average, Americans spend four hours a day immersed in media entertainment. That’s half as much time as they spend at […]

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Burn Your Boat

By Joe Barnett / August 29, 2022 / Comments Off on Burn Your Boat

We will reap a harvest if we do not give up.    —Galatians 6:9 In 1519 Hernán Cortés landed in Veracruz, determined to conquer the Aztecs. He ordered that the ships in which his 600 men arrived be burned [or sunk], leaving his army with no possibility of turning back in retreat. Jesus said, “No […]

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