Today’s Walk in the Word

The Calm Life of Trust

By Joe Barnett / November 23, 2021 / Comments Off on The Calm Life of Trust

In quietness and trust is your strength.                               —Isaiah 30:15 Hand-wringing nail-biters could profit from a dose of 1 Thessalonians 4:11—“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life” (1 Th 4:11). A “quiet life”—in some translations rendered peaceful, calm, or […]

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Everything and Everywhere

By Joe Barnett / November 22, 2021 / Comments Off on Everything and Everywhere

Christ is all and in all.      —Colossians 3:11 The Bible says, “Christ is everything and everywhere.” Where, you ask, are those words found in scripture? They are found in Dr. Moffatt’s translation of Colossians 3:11—in most versions, “Christ is all and in all.” Jesus said, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the […]

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Beware of False Gods

By Joe Barnett / November 19, 2021 / Comments Off on Beware of False Gods

You shall have no other gods before me.                             —Exodus 20:3 If we’re finding peace of mind elusive, it may be because we’re looking for it in the wrong places. Instead of seeking it in the God who owns the world, we […]

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Certainties and Questions

By Joe Barnett / November 18, 2021 / Comments Off on Certainties and Questions

The word of God is living and active.                     —Hebrews 4:12 When reading your Bible, affirm its certainties and confront its questions. Certainties: We know that all things work together for good to those who love God. (Rom 8:28) We know that if our earthly house […]

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Your Death Notice and Birth Announcement

By Joe Barnett / November 17, 2021 / Comments Off on Your Death Notice and Birth Announcement

The old has gone, the new has come!                 —2 Corinthians 5:17 Paul’s autobiographical references have the feel of obituary notices: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” “You must be born again,” Jesus said (Jn 3:7). It denotes […]

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Watch Your Step

By Joe Barnett / November 16, 2021 / Comments Off on Watch Your Step

Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.                  —James 1:14 George D. Abraham (1872–1965), author of The Complete Mountaineer, noted that the majority of climbing fatalities occur on the easy tracks: “The steep and narrow passes, where the brain reels, […]

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Think About Big Things

By Joe Barnett / November 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Think About Big Things

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son.                  —John 3:16 We often meander among small things: small worries, small pleasures, small ideas, and small talk. John Bunyan said he was puzzled “when I saw old people hunting after the things of this […]

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What Have You Done for Me Lately?

By Joe Barnett / November 12, 2021 / Comments Off on What Have You Done for Me Lately?

For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water.                     —Exodus 15:22 The wind started blowing, the sea started parting, and two million Israelites marched across the seabed on dry ground. “When the Israelites saw the great power the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, […]

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Making a Short Story Long

By Joe Barnett / November 11, 2021 / Comments Off on Making a Short Story Long

He has made everything beautiful in its time.                                 —Ecclesiastes 3:11 A young person plunges enthusiastically into an imagined future. An older person plunges with equal enthusiasm into an exaggerated past. Those who think imagination belongs only to the young […]

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Omakase

By Joe Barnett / November 10, 2021 / Comments Off on Omakase

Your will be done.   —Matthew 6:10 I haven’t been adventurous enough to try an omakase restaurant. Omakase is a Japanese term that means “I leave it up to you.” So when a diner opts for omakase, they leave it up to the chef to select and prepare their meal. When Jesus taught his disciples […]

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