Today’s Walk in the Word

Sharpen Your Memory

By Joe Barnett / January 6, 2015 / Comments Off on Sharpen Your Memory

Don’t you remember?     —Matthew 16:9 “My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened,” wrote Montaigne. Is your happiness being sabotaged by fretting over things that may never happen? Jesus’ disciples were grumbling because their stomachs were growling. They had taken a hike without packing a lunch. “Don’t you […]

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Alone with God

By Joe Barnett / January 5, 2015 / Comments Off on Alone with God

When evening came, he was there alone.                         —Matthew 14:23 Moses was alone when God spoke to him (Exod. 3:1-5). Joshua was alone when God commissioned him (Josh. 1:1-5). Gideon was alone when God recruited him (Judg. 6:11-12). Cornelius was alone when God charged […]

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The Ultimate Influence of a Good Life

By Joe Barnett / January 2, 2015 / Comments Off on The Ultimate Influence of a Good Life

Whoever does the will of my Father … is my brother and sister and mother.                  —Matthew 13:50 “Blood is thicker than water” goes the old German proverb. It doesn’t get much better than being part of a family whose greatest joy is being together. It didn’t work […]

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He Knows Everything about You

By Joe Barnett / January 1, 2015 / Comments Off on He Knows Everything about You

Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.                                  —Matthew 10:30 God knows everything about you. Everything. Your shoe size. Your favorite color. Your blood pressure. The color of your eyes. The shape of your nose. The number […]

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Aim for Balance

By Joe Barnett / December 31, 2014 / Comments Off on Aim for Balance

Be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.                                           —Matthew 10:16 The serpent is the logo of the evil spirit; the dove the logo of the Holy Spirit. As strange as it seems, […]

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When You Hurt, He Hurts

By Joe Barnett / December 30, 2014 / Comments Off on When You Hurt, He Hurts

Two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”                   —Matthew 9:27 Here is a trio of verses that display the compassion of Jesus: He had compassion on them and healed their sick (Matt. 14:14). Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his […]

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He Knows How to Handle Life’s Storms

By Joe Barnett / December 29, 2014 / Comments Off on He Knows How to Handle Life’s Storms

Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake.         —Matthew 8:24 When a hurricane makes landfall, an earthquake rearranges the furniture, or a tornado hurls bullet-speed shards of glass, you’re a hostage of Mother Nature. You are equally helpless when personal storms waylay you. The biopsy is positive. Your son […]

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Just As You Believed

By Joe Barnett / December 26, 2014 / Comments Off on Just As You Believed

It will be done just as you believed it would.                                    —Matthew 8:13 A Roman army officer—as unlikely a believer as you’ll find—asked Jesus to heal his servant. “I will go and heal him,” Jesus said. “Lord,” he responded, […]

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Qualifying Phrases

By Joe Barnett / December 25, 2014 / Comments Off on Qualifying Phrases

The winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.                                       —Matthew 7:25 Disappointment and despair come at you with hurricane force, packing a devastating punch. […]

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The Golden Rule

By Joe Barnett / December 24, 2014 / Comments Off on The Golden Rule

Do to others what you would have them do to you.                                     —Matthew 7:12 This is one of those verses that most everyone knows—and that most everyone turns a deaf ear to in practice. It is one of […]

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