Today’s Walk in the Word

Do You Have an Idol?

By Joe Barnett / February 28, 2020 / Comments Off on Do You Have an Idol?

Do you really think you can find someone or something to compare to Me?                                 —Isaiah 40:25 I watched as hundreds of handsome youngsters swarmed out of Klein High School as the school day ended—all of them, it seemed, staring […]

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Grow Up

By Joe Barnett / February 27, 2020 / Comments Off on Grow Up

When I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.     —1 Corinthians 13:11 When your friends have a new baby they send you pictures, right? If not, the grandparents will. The baby is beautiful, but have you noticed that unless she’s sleeping, she’s crying? There’s no such thing as a “minor […]

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An Exercise for Self-Awareness

By Joe Barnett / February 26, 2020 / Comments Off on An Exercise for Self-Awareness

The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways.           —Proverbs 14:8 By now I should have learned these two things: 1) I can’t control the attitude of another person; 2) I am the only person who can control mine. Sarah Trimmer believes her happiness is her responsibility. […]

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Your Way or God’s Way?

By Joe Barnett / February 25, 2020 / Comments Off on Your Way or God’s Way?

Your ways [are not] my ways.                   —Isaiah 55:8 Naaman was the big shot Syrian Army commander. He had a chestful of medals. He also had leprosy. His wife’s servant girl said there was a prophet in Samaria who could cure him. So off he went, with […]

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Do the Telling

By Joe Barnett / February 24, 2020 / Comments Off on Do the Telling

For them to hear about the Lord, someone must tell them.      —Romans 10:14 William Carey, widely recognized as “the father of modern missions,” went to India in 1793, and spent the rest of his life there, translating scripture and founding the first degree-granting theological university in that country. When Carey felt called to […]

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Everything We Need

By Joe Barnett / February 21, 2020 / Comments Off on Everything We Need

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness.                                 —2 Peter 1:3 Father, Son, and Spirit are great givers. For an exhilarating experience, read through your New Testament and highlight the gifts of the Holy […]

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Be Gracious

By Joe Barnett / February 20, 2020 / Comments Off on Be Gracious

Let your conversation be gracious.                  —Colossians 4:6 Four-star General Peter Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, attended a formal White House dinner in dress uniform. A senior advisor to President George W. Bush mistook the general for a waiter and asked him to get […]

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Raise Your Hand

By Joe Barnett / February 19, 2020 / Comments Off on Raise Your Hand

I confessed my sins to you.               —Psalm 32:5 The St. Olaf Choir, a 75-voice a cappella choir in Northfield, Minnesota, has been producing beautiful music for more than a century (since 1912), performing in venues around the world. Choir members exercise strict self-discipline: when someone makes a mistake […]

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Contrasting Value Systems

By Joe Barnett / February 18, 2020 / Comments Off on Contrasting Value Systems

Invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.         —Luke 14:13 The media that invade my space display our culture’s value system: if you’re good looking, you’re valuable; if you’re productive, you’re valuable. Runway-model gorgeous. CEO of the Year. Hall of Fame nominee. It’s all about appearance and performance. Tough […]

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One-Word Answers

By Joe Barnett / February 17, 2020 / Comments Off on One-Word Answers

I have been with you a long time now. Do you still not know me?              —John 14:9 Here’s a riddle for you. What is greater than God and more evil than Satan? The poor have it, and the rich need it. That one stumped me, even though it has […]

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