Today’s Walk in the Word

Treasures in Your Bible

By Joe Barnett / June 25, 2019 / Comments Off on Treasures in Your Bible

I will not neglect your word.        —Psalm 119:16 Dear Abby told about a boy in a wealthy family who expected to receive his dream car as a graduation gift. Instead, his father gave him a gift-wrapped box, in which he found a Bible. Angrily throwing it down, he stormed out of the […]

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Tactful or Offensive?

By Joe Barnett / June 24, 2019 / Comments Off on Tactful or Offensive?

The words of a wise person are gracious.                  —Ecclesiastes 10:12 The manager of the shoe department at my nearby Dillard’s advises salespeople: “Never tell a lady, your foot is too big for this shoe; instead, tell her, I’m sorry, but this shoe is just a little too […]

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Be Generous

By Joe Barnett / June 21, 2019 / Comments Off on Be Generous

Be generous and willing to share.              —1 Timothy 6:18 A restaurant manager told me he has a hard time getting a full crew to serve tables on Sundays. “My waitpeople had rather work ’til closing on Friday and Saturday nights than noon and dinner shifts on Sunday.” “Why?” I […]

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Reaching for Help

By Joe Barnett / June 20, 2019 / Comments Off on Reaching for Help

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you.     —Psalm 55:22 Are you facing into tornadic winds of anxiety or grief? Trying to cope when there seems to be no hope? Simplistic, epigrammatic counsel, however well-meaning, doesn’t help. H.L. Mencken wrote: “There’s always an easy solution to every human problem—neat, plausible, […]

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Grading Your Integrity

By Joe Barnett / June 19, 2019 / Comments Off on Grading Your Integrity

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely.                            —Proverbs 10:9 On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you grade your integrity on these four character traits? Truthful Trustworthy Honorable Reliable How would others grade you? Bottom line, self-assessment is your only option: […]

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He Lives, and So Will We

By Joe Barnett / June 18, 2019 / Comments Off on He Lives, and So Will We

Christ has indeed been raised from the dead.                       —1 Corinthians 15:20 (I’m devoting today’s space to words from the apostle Paul.) If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our […]

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Remembering Sonny

By Joe Barnett / June 17, 2019 / Comments Off on Remembering Sonny

Let us not give up meeting together . . . but let us encourage one another.               —Hebrews 10:25 There’s a hole in our church family, on row five; the space where Sonny sat for twenty-five years. Sonny left our church house for his Father’s house on June 3. […]

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My Father’s Legacy

By Joe Barnett / June 14, 2019 / Comments Off on My Father’s Legacy

Honor your father and your mother.                   —Exodus 20:12 I was born in the fourth year of the Great Depression. But because of my father, I didn’t worry about things like income taxes, car payments, or mortgages. Those items landed on his desk. The bills got paid, […]

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Lessons I Learned from My Dad (4)

By Joe Barnett / June 13, 2019 / Comments Off on Lessons I Learned from My Dad (4)

My son, pay attention to my wisdom.                             —Proverbs 5:1 One more batch of lessons I learned from my dad. I learned that . . . I can’t choose where I came from, but I can choose where I am going. The […]

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Lessons I Learned from My Dad (3)

By Joe Barnett / June 12, 2019 / Comments Off on Lessons I Learned from My Dad (3)

My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment.                                   —Proverbs 3:21 A few more lessons I learned from my dad. I learned that . . . I shouldn’t let the attitudes and actions of others govern my behavior. My best […]

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