Today’s Walk in the Word

If Only

By Joe Barnett / May 9, 2014 / Comments Off on If Only

The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.         —Numbers 6:26 Is someone making your life miserable? An always-on-your-case parent? A you-can’t-do-anything-right spouse? An out-of-control child? A know-it-all associate? A cantankerous church member? Do thoughts that splinter your peace go something like this: If only my spouse was more […]

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By Joe Barnett / May 8, 2014 / Comments Off on Vengeance

Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge.                         —Leviticus 19:18 Revenge and grudge-bearing is a dead-end street—and the name of the street is Misery Lane. Revenge is like biting a dog because the dog bit you. Harboring a grudge hurts no one but […]

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By Joe Barnett / May 7, 2014 / Comments Off on Covetousness

You shall not covet. —Exodus 20:17 Francis de Sales allegedly heard more confessions than any Catholic priest. He said that he never once heard anyone confess covetousness. We don’t confess it because we don’t think we’re guilty of it; covetousness is seldom recognized by its victim. Yet, it ranks high among human flaws. A lopsided […]

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Duped by the Wrong Gods

By Joe Barnett / May 6, 2014 / Comments Off on Duped by the Wrong Gods

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

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What Have You Done for Me Lately?

By Joe Barnett / May 5, 2014 / Comments Off on What Have You Done for Me Lately?

The Lord will reign for ever and ever.                                  —Exodus 15:18 The wind started blowing, the sea started parting, and two million Israelites trotted across the sea bed on dry ground. Now God had their attention! “When the Israelites saw […]

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Make Your Life Count

By Joe Barnett / May 2, 2014 / Comments Off on Make Your Life Count

Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power.                         —Exodus 1:8 Who was Harry Truman’s Vice President? Who won Super Bowl XXXII? Who was the Democratic Presidential nominee in 1988? Who won the Academy Award for Best Actress in […]

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Wait for Heaven’s Verdict

By Joe Barnett / May 1, 2014 / Comments Off on Wait for Heaven’s Verdict

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.                  —Genesis 50:20 The things that happened to Joseph were puzzling and faith-challenging: sold into slavery by jealous brothers; jailed because of the false accusation of a lying woman; forgotten and forsaken by those he helped. It […]

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Just Start

By Joe Barnett / April 30, 2014 / Comments Off on Just Start

I will be with you and will bless you.                                  —Genesis 26:3 What’s holding you back? Does the task seem too big? The project too long? The problem too great? The habit too ingrained? The hurt too intense? The resentment […]

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Trust Trumps Fear

By Joe Barnett / April 29, 2014 / Comments Off on Trust Trumps Fear

Do not be afraid. —Genesis 15:1 “Do not be afraid,” God said to Abraham. He said the same thing to Moses, Joshua, David, Daniel, Mary, Paul, and John. He knew their names, and their fears. Add your name to that list, because he also knows your name, and your fears. “When I am afraid, I […]

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By Joe Barnett / April 28, 2014 / Comments Off on Dishonesty

If you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door.                     —Genesis 4:7 One of Norman Rockwell’s fabled illustrations pictured a genial neighborhood butcher weighing a turkey for an elegant elderly lady. The eyes of both were focused on the scale’s display. […]

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