Today’s Walk in the Word

You and Your Friends

By Joe Barnett / January 6, 2020 / Comments Off on You and Your Friends

There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.                                     —Proverbs 18:24 Your friends are foundational relationships. Some you’ve known for years—perhaps since the fourth grade. Some are recent but fill your soul with a feeling that […]

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You Have a Gift

By Joe Barnett / January 3, 2020 / Comments Off on You Have a Gift

We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.               —Romans 12:6 “You can be anything you want to be.” “You can do anything you want to do.” Neither of these frequently-quoted statements is true. Some things are beyond the reach of our knowledge and skills. But here’s […]

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A Handful of Resolutions

By Joe Barnett / January 2, 2020 / Comments Off on A Handful of Resolutions

Stop judging others.    —Matthew 7:1 A new year is a good time for resolutions. Here’s a handful that will help us make a U-turn when we catch ourselves wallowing in judgmental mud. I resolve to remember that I will be weighed on the same scales that I use in weighing others (Mt 7:2). I […]

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God’s Promise to You

By Joe Barnett / January 1, 2020 / Comments Off on God’s Promise to You

Do not fear; I will help you. —Isaiah 41:13 You don’t know what you will face in the next twelve months, but whatever it is, you won’t have to face it alone. You can let your weight down on that because of a promise and because of who made it. Who made the promise? God. […]

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Put Your Hand in the Hand of God

By Joe Barnett / December 31, 2019 / Comments Off on Put Your Hand in the Hand of God

Powerful is your arm! Strong is your hand!     —Psalm 89:13 World War II had been spreading its slaughter for four months when, as 1939 wound down, King George VI reached out to the ears of British citizens in a BBC radio broadcast. He closed his speech with the preamble to Minnie Louise Haskins’ […]

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A Brand New Page

By Joe Barnett / December 30, 2019 / Comments Off on A Brand New Page

[Forget] the past and [look] forward to what lies ahead.          —Philippians 3:13 The Magic Slate was one of my favorite childhood Christmas gifts. I could write or draw on the Slate’s plastic sheet, then peel the sheet back, and everything on the page would magically disappear. And then I could start […]

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Decision Time

By Joe Barnett / December 27, 2019 / Comments Off on Decision Time

Today is the day for you to choose whom you will serve.              —Joshua 24:15 When the angel told the shepherds that the Savior had been born in Bethlehem and that they would find him lying in a manger, the implied message was, “Go see the baby.” Would they go? […]

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Jam-Packed Life

By Joe Barnett / December 26, 2019 / Comments Off on Jam-Packed Life

There were no rooms left in the inn.                              —Luke 2:7 The Bethlehem innkeeper has been the target of many a censorious sermon for his heartless refusal to make room for the Nazareth travelers, compelling Mary to give birth to her baby […]

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What a Night!

By Joe Barnett / December 25, 2019 / Comments Off on What a Night!

They will call him Immanuel— which means, “God with us.”            —Matthew 1:23 What a night! It was the night the world had been waiting for since God vowed that the seed of woman would crush Satan (Gn 3:15). And since he promised Abraham that in his lineage would be one […]

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His Name is Jesus

By Joe Barnett / December 24, 2019 / Comments Off on His Name is Jesus

You shall name him Jesus.          —Matthew 1:21 Parents-to-be give serious thought to the name of their baby-to-be. The baby’s name isn’t a trivial tag. It establishes an identity that will follow the child from the cradle to the grave—and beyond. Mary and Joseph weren’t asked what their baby’s name would be—they […]

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