Today’s Walk in the Word

What’s On Your Agenda Today?

By Joe Barnett / January 23, 2023 / Comments Off on What’s On Your Agenda Today?

You don’t know what the day will bring.                            —Proverbs 27:1 What’s on your agenda today? Travel? Work? Meetings? Shopping? Cleaning? You brush your teeth, put on your clothes, and grab your to-do list—set on conquering your busy world by lunchtime. But it […]

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Self-Awareness

By Joe Barnett / January 20, 2023 / Comments Off on Self-Awareness

I have acknowledged my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes.                 —Psalm 119:59 It flustered Peter when Jesus forced self-examination by asking him three times if he loved him. Peter pointed at John and asked, “What about him?’ Jesus said, in effect, “John is not […]

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Slow Down

By Joe Barnett / January 19, 2023 / Comments Off on Slow Down

Calm down, and learn that I am God.                         —Psalm 46:10 In his book In Praise of Slowness, Carl Honoré encourages his readers to slow down and enjoy the “now.” “A big part of slowing down is doing less,” Honoré says. “Can’t do that,” […]

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Know Who You Are and Whose You Are

By Joe Barnett / January 18, 2023 / Comments Off on Know Who You Are and Whose You Are

It is [God] who made us, and we are his.                                 —Psalm 100:3 In a society of confusion and compromise, see to it that your life is clearly defined: know who you are and to whom you belong. Have a […]

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Jesus Stopped

By Joe Barnett / January 17, 2023 / Comments Off on Jesus Stopped

Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him.               —Luke 18:40 Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem for the last time when a blind man shouted, “Son of David, have mercy on me.” The disciples told him to hush, but Jesus stopped and asked him, […]

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Keep Planting and Watering

By Joe Barnett / January 16, 2023 / Comments Off on Keep Planting and Watering

At the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.           —Galatians 6:9 I’ve recently learned of a minister who is resigning and vowing never to preach again. The seeming apathy of his church has drained and embittered him. Jeremiah would have understood: “For twenty-three years,” […]

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Awareness

By Joe Barnett / January 13, 2023 / Comments Off on Awareness

Give thanks in all circumstances.            —1 Thessalonians 5:18 Water is an unimaginable luxury for many in our world, where 1.2 billion people don’t have access to safe drinking water. That’s not a problem for most of us. We have cold water, hot water, clean water. Today be intentionally aware of […]

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What Does God Want?

By Joe Barnett / January 12, 2023 / Comments Off on What Does God Want?

What does the Lord require of you?                        —Micah 6:8 His name was Seacat. Russell Seacat. Dr. Russell Seacat. I loved to hear him pray. I knew how his prayer would end—for he ended every prayer the same way: “Lord God, help us to act […]

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A Promise of Presence and Certainty

By Joe Barnett / January 11, 2023 / Comments Off on A Promise of Presence and Certainty

I will deliver you.   —Psalm 50:15 Robinson Crusoe’s wake-up verse was, “Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee” (Ps 50:15). The story is fiction, but the text isn’t: “Call upon me . . . I will deliver you.” It is a promise of his presence: “Call upon me.” Many […]

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Get Up and Keep Going

By Joe Barnett / January 10, 2023 / Comments Off on Get Up and Keep Going

Wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.                   —Psalm 27:14 “We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit . . . We get knocked down, but we get […]

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