Today’s Walk in the Word

Be Different

By Joe Barnett / June 25, 2021 / Comments Off on Be Different

As he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.         —1 Peter 1:15 The root meaning of the Greek word “holy” (hágios) is “different.” William Barclay notes that the Temple was hágios because it was different from other buildings; the Sabbath was hágios because it was different […]

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Oh, Well

By Joe Barnett / June 24, 2021 / Comments Off on Oh, Well

This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.                         —1 John 5:4 Yesterday didn’t go well for her. Neither did the day before that. And today was no better. “It’s always something, isn’t it?” she whined. A second lady—who sat […]

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Split-Second Prayers

By Joe Barnett / June 23, 2021 / Comments Off on Split-Second Prayers

Reckless words pierce like a sword.                —Proverbs 12:18 I learned church vocabulary at an early age—being in church three times a week. My dad told me that even my mealtime prayers included, “Guard, guide, and direct us, as we go to our several places of abode”—though I had […]

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The Rest of the Story

By Joe Barnett / June 22, 2021 / Comments Off on The Rest of the Story

You will take me into glory.               —Psalm 73:24 I miss Paul Harvey. He gave us a lift by talking about the good guys and gals—told us about honest people doing honorable things. And there was never a need to wash his mouth out with soap. I miss Erma […]

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In a Rut?

By Joe Barnett / June 21, 2021 / Comments Off on In a Rut?

Teach us to number our days.                 —Psalm 90:12 During World War II, the ALCAN Highway was built to connect the contiguous United States to Alaska, via Canada. It wasn’t paved until the 1960s. Early on, someone posted this sign in British Columbia: “Choose Your Rut Carefully—You’ll Be […]

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Singing Truthfully

By Joe Barnett / June 18, 2021 / Comments Off on Singing Truthfully

I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind.         —1 Corinthians 14:15 When we assemble for worship, only one person at a time will preach or pray. But we all join in singing—it’s the one thing we do together. Prolific hymnist Charles Wesley hailed the beauty […]

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Invite God to Come Near

By Joe Barnett / June 17, 2021 / Comments Off on Invite God to Come Near

Come near to God and he will come near to you.           —James 4:8 “You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day . . . In the morning you will say, ‘If only it were evening!’ and in the evening, ‘If only it were morning!’” (Dt […]

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Jesus’ Autobiography

By Joe Barnett / June 16, 2021 / Comments Off on Jesus’ Autobiography

I am gentle and humble in heart.               —Matthew 11:29 I closed yesterday’s post with a suggestion that you compose a one-sentence autobiography. Jesus once did that. He extended this comforting invitation: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Mt […]

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Traitor or Loyalist?

By Joe Barnett / June 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Traitor or Loyalist?

[Onesiphorus] often refreshed me.                      —2 Timothy 1:16 Disciples were abandoning Paul like rats on a sinking ship: “Everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me,” he wrote. Two of those—possibly leaders of the deserters—are named: Phygelus and Hermogenes (2 Tm 1:15). Their opposite was […]

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Two-Way Trust

By Joe Barnett / June 14, 2021 / Comments Off on Two-Way Trust

Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you.       —2 Timothy 1:14 2 Timothy 1 paints a picture of two-way trust. Our Trust in God “[I] am convinced that [God] is able to guard what I have entrusted to him,” writes Paul (v. 12). The apostle entrusted his work, his soul, and […]

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