Today’s Walk in the Word


By Joe Barnett / May 12, 2015 / Comments Off on Aging

Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.                    —2 Corinthians 4:16 Barring an early exit, you’re going to grow old. Repairs on the house you live in increase with age; no sooner do you get one body part fixed […]

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Dig the First Hole

By Joe Barnett / May 11, 2015 / Comments Off on Dig the First Hole

We … are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory.                  —2 Corinthians 3:18 She got carried away at the nursery and came home with her SUV crammed with flats of pansies, petunias, and peonies. Remorse followed her from vehicle to flower bed; snowflakes would be flying […]

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An Open Letter

By Joe Barnett / May 8, 2015 / Comments Off on An Open Letter

You are a letter from Christ … written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God.                 —2 Corinthians 3:3 Everybody thinks about writing a book, but few ever do. You may never get around to putting your life between the covers of a book […]

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By Joe Barnett / May 7, 2015 / Comments Off on Change

This happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God.          —2 Corinthians 1:9 God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.  With these 27 words Reinhold Niebuhr homed in on […]

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God’s Timing

By Joe Barnett / May 6, 2015 / Comments Off on God’s Timing

Your labor in the Lord is not in vain.              —1 Corinthians 15:58 The late Dr. Norvel Young often said, “You’re doing more good than you know.” Are you disappointed with the accomplishments of your life? Some have died with a heartbreaking conviction that they failed as a parent. Their […]

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When Health Fails

By Joe Barnett / May 5, 2015 / Comments Off on When Health Fails

The perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.                       —1 Corinthians 15:53 Cancro. Krebs. Kanker. Cancer! In any language the word triggers gut-wrenching panic. If you—or someone dear to you—are combatting a life-threatening affliction the following words, written by one […]

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Chums to Shun

By Joe Barnett / May 4, 2015 / Comments Off on Chums to Shun

Bad company corrupts good character.                 —1 Corinthians 15:33 Work behind the perfume counter and you’ll smell like perfume. Work in the fish market and you’ll smell like fish. “You are known by the company you keep,” goes the saying. You are also shaped by the company you […]

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Grow Up

By Joe Barnett / May 1, 2015 / Comments Off on Grow Up

When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.       —1 Corinthians 13:11 When your friends have a new baby they send you pictures, right? The little doll is beautiful, but have you noticed that unless she’s sleeping, she’s crying? There are no “minor inconveniences” to a baby. A newborn doesn’t […]

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A Job with Your Name on It

By Joe Barnett / April 30, 2015 / Comments Off on A Job with Your Name on It

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.               —1 Corinthians 12:27 “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Eph. 2:10). God knew what he […]

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Use Your Gift

By Joe Barnett / April 29, 2015 / Comments Off on Use Your Gift

God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.                           —1 Corinthians 12:18  “I’m not a gifted person,” you say. Yes you are … “Christ has given each of us special abilities—whatever he […]

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