Today’s Walk in the Word

At the End of the Day

By Joe Barnett / March 26, 2019 / Comments Off on At the End of the Day

I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.                        —John 17:4 Crossing off the last item on your to-do list at the end of a busy day is a “whew” moment. In the last full day of […]

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Reach Out to Someone

By Joe Barnett / March 25, 2019 / Comments Off on Reach Out to Someone

Please come as soon as you can.          —2 Timothy 4:9 The apostle Paul’s last New Testament letter was addressed to his protégé, Timothy. He urged him to come for a visit before winter set in. All but one of his companions had moved on to other demands, and Paul was lonely. […]

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Wasting Time

By Joe Barnett / March 22, 2019 / Comments Off on Wasting Time

Make the best use of your time.         —Ephesians 5:16 I was young, undisciplined, and disorganized. Rick was young, disciplined and organized. He had a shelf of self-help and time-management books and a big day-planner that mapped his days to the minute—the epitome of productivity. I confess to having morphed into a […]

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Chosen, Wanted, and Adopted

By Joe Barnett / March 21, 2019 / Comments Off on Chosen, Wanted, and Adopted

You received the Spirit of adoption.                —Romans 8:15 Rummaging through records in the college Bursar’s office, Phil stumbled on to something he’d never known—he was adopted. He hopped in his car for the two-and-a-half hour drive to the house where he grew up. Charging through the front door, […]

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Heaven Torn Open

By Joe Barnett / March 20, 2019 / Comments Off on Heaven Torn Open

If only you would tear open the heavens and come down.       —Isaiah 64:1 You’ve heard the question—maybe asked it yourself: “If God is all-powerful and all-loving, why does he sit on his hands when bad things happen?” It’s an old question. The grumbling Israelites asked, “Is the Lord among us or not?” […]

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God Will Never Give Up on You

By Joe Barnett / March 19, 2019 / Comments Off on God Will Never Give Up on You

He was lost and is found.       —Luke 15:32 Morgan Nick, Colleen Nick’s six-year-old daughter, disappeared from an Arkansas ballpark on June 9, 1995. As I write these words—twenty-three years, nine months and ten days after her disappearance—Morgan is still missing. Colleen has never given up and vows she never will. “I would […]

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On the Road

By Joe Barnett / March 18, 2019 / Comments Off on On the Road

He sees every step I take.        —Job 31:4 When you came into the world, and for quite a few years after, you didn’t have a clue where life was taking you. You were on a journey with an unknown destination. As you moved through adolescence into adulthood, you began to target a […]

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You Answer Me

By Joe Barnett / March 15, 2019 / Comments Off on You Answer Me

I call upon you, for you answer me.                    —Psalm 86:7 In 2015, twelve-year-old Cade Pope was trying to decide which NFL team deserved his loyalty. He mailed handwritten letters to each of the thirty-two owners of National Football League teams, explaining that he wanted to pick […]

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Put on a Smiley Face

By Joe Barnett / March 14, 2019 / Comments Off on Put on a Smiley Face

A cheerful disposition is good for your health.   —Proverbs 17:22 I have no idea who Aunt Milda is, but someone forwarded me a copy of her blog where she said it takes twenty-six muscles to smile and sixty-two to frown. She also claimed researchers have proved that “when we smile it releases brain chemicals […]

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Don't Drop the Baton

By Joe Barnett / March 13, 2019 / Comments Off on Don't Drop the Baton

We will tell the next generation.               —Psalm 78:4 Abilene Christian College’s track relay team—Bobby Morrow, Bill Woodhouse, James Segrest, and Waymond Griggs—set world records in 1957 and 1958. The moment the baton was passed from one runner to the next always had me on the edge of my […]

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