Today’s Walk in the Word

This is Good News

By Joe Barnett / June 16, 2020 / Comments Off on This is Good News

I will remember their sins no more.                   —Hebrews 8:12 On January 10, 49 BC, Julius Caesar led his 13th Legion across the Rubicon river into Italy, which the Roman government considered treason—carrying an automatic death sentence. Once Caesar crossed the Rubicon, there was no turning back. […]

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By Joe Barnett / June 15, 2020 / Comments Off on Erin

The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.              —Joshua 1:9 Fourteen-year-old Erin is in a fierce fight with osteosarcoma. She’s bravely facing miles of rough road: chemo, hip replacement, rehab. When a lovely, vibrant teenager grapples with such a life-interrupting battle, the “Why?” questions assault our […]

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Then and Now

By Joe Barnett / June 12, 2020 / Comments Off on Then and Now

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near.                           —Ephesians 2:13 Ephesians 2 paints a bleak picture for Gentiles before Christ came. We were outsiders: “separate from Christ . . . excluded from citizenship . . […]

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Put On a Happy Face

By Joe Barnett / June 11, 2020 / Comments Off on Put On a Happy Face

Look to him, and be radiant.                —Psalm 34:5 Houston, Texas, is a multi-ethnic city where 145 languages are spoken—some you may never have heard of: Tamil, Urdu, Yoruba. A lot of the residents in my apartment complex don’t look like me or speak my language—nor do I look […]

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No More

By Joe Barnett / June 10, 2020 / Comments Off on No More

I am making everything new.           —Revelation 21:5 “The Secretary of the Army regrets to inform you that your son was killed in action yesterday . . .” As a Casualty Notification Officer, Army Captain Richard Siemion was tasked with communicating that message many times. When a soldier’s death was reported, […]

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When He Calls Your Name

By Joe Barnett / June 9, 2020 / Comments Off on When He Calls Your Name

Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”      —John 11:43 Edith’s life was a mess. One Sunday, she walked into a nearby church. The minister’s text was Luke 15:2—“This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.” What Edith heard was this: “This man receiveth sinners, and Edith with them.” She’s been quoting […]

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Borrowing Trouble

By Joe Barnett / June 8, 2020 / Comments Off on Borrowing Trouble

Do not be anxious about anything.                 —Philippians 4:6 If you were to stop by No. 24 Cheyne Row in London, you would be at the site of Thomas Carlyle’s house, built in 1708. You could take the tour and see the attic room that was converted into […]

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Some Questions We Should Ask (5)

By Joe Barnett / June 5, 2020 / Comments Off on Some Questions We Should Ask (5)

Remind me that my days are numbered.                              —Psalm 39:4 This week we’ve been looking at some questions we should ask. Here’s our last one. Question #5: Is it okay to say no? It’s hard to say no to invitations, requests, demands. […]

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Some Questions We Should Ask (4)

By Joe Barnett / June 4, 2020 / Comments Off on Some Questions We Should Ask (4)

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you.           —Psalm 55:22 Here’s the fourth post about some questions we should ask. Question #4: Is this something I should let go? Sometimes things go sideways, and you get mistreated and wounded. It’s not fair. It’s not your fault. But […]

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Some Questions We Should Ask (3)

By Joe Barnett / June 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Some Questions We Should Ask (3)

Be kind and compassionate to one another.                               —Ephesians 4:32 We continue this week’s posts with questions we will be wise to ask ourselves. Question #3: Is this the kind thing to do? When Jeff Bezos was a teenager, he came […]

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