Today’s Walk in the Word

You’ve Been Chosen

By Joe Barnett / May 21, 2020 / Comments Off on You’ve Been Chosen

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us.          —Ephesians 1:4 Ephesians chapter one is filled with thrill. It tells you that God has chosen you, adopted you, redeemed you, forgiven you, lavished his grace upon you, revealed his will to you, sealed you as his own, and […]

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What’s in a Name?

By Joe Barnett / May 20, 2020 / Comments Off on What’s in a Name?

You are to give him the name Jesus.                                —Luke 1:31 Newborns are often named for a person or circumstance that is meaningful to the parents. A New York Times article cited a lady who had just given birth to her […]

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By Joe Barnett / May 19, 2020 / Comments Off on Jealousy

I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy.                    —2 Corinthians 11:2 Jealousy can be deadly. It cost Cain his freedom, Joseph his brothers, and Jesus his life. When it infiltrates a church, it’s toxic: “Wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find […]

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Speech Control

By Joe Barnett / May 18, 2020 / Comments Off on Speech Control

Be quick to listen, slow to speak.                    —James 1:19 Frank posted this note on his media site: “I would say more here if it weren’t for this voice that tells me not to. If you’re a Christian, you probably think that voice is the Holy Spirit. […]

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Hang in There

By Joe Barnett / May 15, 2020 / Comments Off on Hang in There

You will be rewarded when the time is right, if you don’t give up.                   —Galatians 6:9 Yale professor Halford Luccock called patience the “ho-hum” virtue. Theologian John Chrysostom, on the other hand, called it “the queen of virtues.” More often than not, failure can be chalked […]

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How’s Your Hearing?

By Joe Barnett / May 14, 2020 / Comments Off on How’s Your Hearing?

Consider carefully what you hear.                          —Mark 4:24 In just ten verses, Paul’s Areopagus sermon (Acts 17:22–31) touched all the bases from creation to culmination. There were three reactions to his speech: ridicule, delay, and belief. Some ridiculed. Paul’s sign-off about judgment and Jesus […]

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Each One Bring One

By Joe Barnett / May 13, 2020 / Comments Off on Each One Bring One

By the grace of God I am what I am.                —1 Corinthians 15:10 Did you know there was an AA before AA? It was called the Washington Temperance Society; it was established in 1840, a century before AA. It began with a group of six men who regularly […]

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Let’s Think About Some Threes

By Joe Barnett / May 12, 2020 / Comments Off on Let’s Think About Some Threes

I pondered the direction of my life.                        —Psalm 119:59 What are your three greatest talents? What three abilities do you apply most effectively? What three attitudes do you have that cause people to be drawn to you? What three attitudes do you have that […]

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Living in the Gifts of Others

By Joe Barnett / May 11, 2020 / Comments Off on Living in the Gifts of Others

[You] eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.       —Joshua 24:13 The AARP Foundation reports that over 10 million seniors in the U.S. face hunger every day. Paying for electricity or prescription refills means staring into empty pantries and refrigerators. The numbers nudge me to be aware of others’ […]

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They Took His Clothes

By Joe Barnett / May 8, 2020 / Comments Off on They Took His Clothes

When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes.       —John 19:23 In her biography, The Hiding Place, Corrie ten Boom recounted the humiliation of being forced to take off all their clothes and file past grinning guards at Ravensbruck, the notorious women’s extermination camp. During one of those demeaning drills, Corrie remembered […]

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