Today’s Walk in the Word

Prayers of Saints Are Timeless

By Joe Barnett / November 9, 2021 / Comments Off on Prayers of Saints Are Timeless

The prayers of the saints, went up before God.                                   —Revelation 8:4 E.M. Bounds wrote: “Prayers are deathless. The lips that uttered them may be closed in death, the heart that felt them may have ceased to beat, but […]

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And the Winner Is . . .

By Joe Barnett / November 8, 2021 / Comments Off on And the Winner Is . . .

Those who win the victory will receive this.                             —Revelation 21:7 John Sehon was a dyed-in-the-wool University of Texas football fan. After he moved out of state, his brother-in-law recorded the games for him. When the Longhorns won the national championship in […]

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Influence Outlasts Name Recognition

By Joe Barnett / November 5, 2021 / Comments Off on Influence Outlasts Name Recognition

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? Fame and recognition have a short lifespan. A day in the sun can turn […]

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Write an Encouraging Note

By Joe Barnett / November 4, 2021 / Comments Off on Write an Encouraging Note

An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.            —Proverbs 12:25 Contents of Abraham Lincoln’s pockets the night he was shot at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865, are on display at the Library of Congress: two pairs of spectacles and a lens polisher, a […]

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Watch Out for These Traps

By Joe Barnett / November 3, 2021 / Comments Off on Watch Out for These Traps

The unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.                              —Proverbs 11:6 The Venus flytrap is a carnivorous plant that attracts its prey with sweet-smelling nectar. Its leaves have spiked teeth that snap shut in less than a second when an insect lands on […]

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Use Your Gift

By Joe Barnett / November 2, 2021 / Comments Off on Use Your Gift

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.               —James 1:1 “James, a servant of God.” James would have proudly had those words chiseled on his gravestone, for that’s how he identified himself in opening his New Testament letter. Paul, Peter, and Jude opened letters with […]

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One Stupid Decision

By Joe Barnett / November 1, 2021 / Comments Off on One Stupid Decision

Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. —1 Corinthians 10:12 The street outside my window has become a magnet for speeding bikers—Daytona 200 wannabes. They blow by in a blur, some riding double, neither wearing a helmet. More than once, I’ve thought, “Your life can be ruined by one stupid decision.” […]

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Get Started

By Joe Barnett / October 29, 2021 / Comments Off on Get Started

He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.            —Philippians 1:6 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 too deep? You don’t have to […]

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AWOL

By Joe Barnett / October 28, 2021 / Comments Off on AWOL

Where can I flee from your presence?                          —Psalm 139:7 Thirty-three-year-old Captain William Howard Hughes, Jr. disappeared from Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M. on July 18, 1983. Thirty-five years later, on June 6, 2018, he was found and arrested. Hughes had forged […]

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God’s Unfathomable Grace

By Joe Barnett / October 27, 2021 / Comments Off on God’s Unfathomable Grace

[We] are justified freely by his grace. —Romans 3:24 Reflecting on history from the beginning to the present, I could understand an enraged, punishment-inflicting God. But the grace of God is beyond my comprehension. By God’s grace, David, the adulterer and murderer, becomes Israel’s greatest king and psalmist. By God’s grace, Simon, the betrayer of […]

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