Today’s Walk in the Word

You’ve Come a Long Way

By Joe Barnett / July 9, 2024 / Comments Off on You’ve Come a Long Way

As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him.                 —2 Corinthians 3:18 You slipped up. Said something you shouldn’t have said. Did something you shouldn’t have done. Thought something you shouldn’t have thought. You’re discouraged, ashamed. Why did I say […]

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For Me, For Me

By Joe Barnett / July 8, 2024 / Comments Off on For Me, For Me

[Jesus] loved me and gave himself for me.                            —Galatians 2:20 “Christ lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Commenting on […]

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Give Me a Hand

By Joe Barnett / July 5, 2024 / Comments Off on Give Me a Hand

Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up.       —Acts 3:7 One afternoon Peter and John went to the temple, where they encountered a cripple who asked them for money. Peter told him, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of […]

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Thorns that Choke

By Joe Barnett / July 4, 2024 / Comments Off on Thorns that Choke

Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.                            —Mark 4:7 Jesus told a story about a farmer scattering seed in his field. Same seed. Different soil. Different results. He said the seed is the word, and the soils […]

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Remembering Our Giants

By Joe Barnett / July 3, 2024 / Comments Off on Remembering Our Giants

Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set.            —Proverbs 22:28 I’m looking at a portrait of my father. In many ways, my world is very different from his. Fashions and fads have changed. Ways of communication have changed. But I’m thinking of the problems and poverty he […]

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Let’s Make a Deal

By Joe Barnett / July 2, 2024 / Comments Off on Let’s Make a Deal

Of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.     —Genesis 28:22 Jacob had cheated his brother and deceived his father, so he was hightailing it out of town. Bedded down for the night at his campsite, he had a dream, and God was in it. So Jacob made a vow: […]

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Henry’s Prayer

By Joe Barnett / July 1, 2024 / Comments Off on Henry’s Prayer

Deliver us from evil.    —Matthew 6:13 Frances Comer, wife of preacher/author John Comer, had a habit of jotting notes in her Bible—words from prayers or sermons that inspired her gentle heart. Thumbing through her Bible one day, she called out to John, “Listen to what Henry Lowe prayed in October 1999: ‘Lord, help us […]

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The Hardest Prayer to Pray

By Joe Barnett / June 28, 2024 / Comments Off on The Hardest Prayer to Pray

Your will be done.   —Matthew 6:10 “Your will be done” is one of the most difficult prayers to pray. More often than not, we pray for our will to be done. That is, we pray for what we want, and ask God to make it happen. It’s not easy to want God’s will to […]

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That Settles It

By Joe Barnett / June 27, 2024 / Comments Off on That Settles It

The word of the Lord endures forever.                        —1 Peter 1:25 “God said it, I believe it, that settles it.” That’s what the bumper sticker said. It gave me a warm feeling. I appreciated the sentiment. But it was wrong. The veracity of what God […]

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Firstfruits of the Cross

By Joe Barnett / June 26, 2024 / Comments Off on Firstfruits of the Cross

When I am lifted up from the earth, [I] will draw all people to myself.                   —John 12:32 The Murderer Jesus died on the cross that allegedly was intended for Barabbas, a murderer. There is no biblical or reliable historical account of what happened to Barabbas after […]

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