Today’s Walk in the Word

You Fool

By Joe Barnett / April 26, 2019 / Comments Off on You Fool

Life is not measured by how much one owns.     —Luke 12:15 Only once God called a man a fool. He was a rich man. Nothing wrong with that. So, what was wrong with him? At least three things: One, he was obtuse about God’s role in his wealth. His mantra was: “My hands […]

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Coming Soon to a Location Near You

By Joe Barnett / April 25, 2019 / Comments Off on Coming Soon to a Location Near You

Who will get what you have stored up?                          —Luke 12:20 There’s a good chance that a self-storage building will soon be coming to a location near you. Before long they may outnumber McDonald’s. The largest building on my block is self-storage. I sometimes […]

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You Are A Forever Person

By Joe Barnett / April 24, 2019 / Comments Off on You Are A Forever Person

Death has been swallowed up in victory.                —1 Corinthians 15:54 Surgeons at the Medical Center saved the life of a victim of a car crash on a Houston freeway but said he would be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Some victories are limited. […]

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Terrified or Ecstatic

By Joe Barnett / April 23, 2019 / Comments Off on Terrified or Ecstatic

The guards shook with terror.         —Matthew 28:4 The guards at Jesus’ tomb were prepared to repel any attempt by his disciples to snatch the corpse and spread the rumor that he had risen from the dead. But they were not prepared to take on an angel who showed up and rolled […]

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When He Calls Your Name

By Joe Barnett / April 22, 2019 / Comments Off on When He Calls Your Name

A time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice. —John 5:28 I wonder what Mary Magdalene was thinking that Sunday morning as she trudged the garden path in the predawn darkness to the tomb where Jesus had been buried. She didn’t have the slightest hope of seeing him alive […]

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The Light Still Shines

By Joe Barnett / April 19, 2019 / Comments Off on The Light Still Shines

He is not here; he has risen.          —Matthew 28:6 Jesus began his ministry “to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah . . . the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned” (Mt […]

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Heaven Stayed Silent

By Joe Barnett / April 18, 2019 / Comments Off on Heaven Stayed Silent

Let God save him, if he wants to.            —Matthew 27:43 The religious leaders mocked Jesus as he hung on the cross (Mt. 27:41–43). “He trusted God,” they said, “so let God save him if he wants to.” Heaven stayed silent. Jesus said he could ask his Father, and he would […]

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He Stayed on the Cross

By Joe Barnett / April 17, 2019 / Comments Off on He Stayed on the Cross

Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!     —Matthew 27:40 “Those who passed by hurled insults at [Jesus], shaking their heads and saying, ‘You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son […]

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I'm Doing This for You

By Joe Barnett / April 16, 2019 / Comments Off on I'm Doing This for You

Christ died for sins . . . the righteous for the unrighteous.                 —1 Peter 3:18 Turning his bruised and bloody face toward Jesus, the robber asked, “Are you doing this for me?” “Yes. And for that soldier with the club hanging from his belt—the club he’s going […]

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He Took Our Place

By Joe Barnett / April 15, 2019 / Comments Off on He Took Our Place

Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.                   —1 John 3:16 Many Bible exegetes contend that the cross on which Jesus died was intended for Barabbas, a notorious terrorist who was in custody. It was Pilate’s custom at Passover to free one prisoner, of the people’s […]

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