Today’s Walk in the Word

Think Before You Speak

By Joe Barnett / August 26, 2022 / Comments Off on Think Before You Speak

I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin.              —Psalm 39:1 On November 10, 2016, Daniel Fitzpatrick, thirteen, of Staten Island, New York, wrote a heartbreaking letter detailing how he had been taunted and tormented by schoolmates. He then went to the attic of the family home, […]

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The Rest of the Story

By Joe Barnett / August 25, 2022 / Comments Off on The Rest of the Story

Their words seemed to them like nonsense.                                    —Luke 24:11 Pessimism is a child of limited perspective. We must look beyond local circumstances and temporary conditions to catch a vision of victory. No one can be trusted as a […]

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Calling Attention to the Dark Side

By Joe Barnett / August 24, 2022 / Comments Off on Calling Attention to the Dark Side

They were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple.                                      —Acts 9:26 Charles Colson died on April 21, 2012. A Washington Post headline blared: “Charles Colson, Nixon’s ‘dirty tricks’ man, dies at 80.” […]

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Gorgeous on the Inside

By Joe Barnett / August 23, 2022 / Comments Off on Gorgeous on the Inside

Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.              —1 Samuel 16:7 All the houses looked pretty much the same—it was a cookie-cutter neighborhood. There were “For Sale” signs in several yards. But the one that caught my eye had an attachment that announced, “I’m […]

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Hallelujah Chorus

By Joe Barnett / August 22, 2022 / Comments Off on Hallelujah Chorus

Declare his glory among the nations.                          —Psalm 96:3 On November 13, 2010, shoppers who were having lunch in the food court at Seaway Mall near Niagara Falls were suddenly surprised when out of the blue, a young woman stood and started singing the […]

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Wait for the Lord

By Joe Barnett / August 19, 2022 / Comments Off on Wait for the Lord

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.          —Psalm 37:7 Try these “wait” verses on for size. You’ll find one that fits. “Wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you” (Prv 20:22). “The Lord longs to be gracious to you . . . Blessed are all who wait […]

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There’s Something About That Name

By Joe Barnett / August 18, 2022 / Comments Off on There’s Something About That Name

[God] gave him the name that is above every name.     —Philippians 2:9 Eighteen-month-old Andrea—along with her parents—spent a week in Louisville, Kentucky, with her grandparents. When they returned to their Oklahoma home, Andrea kept joyfully saying, “Kentucky, Kentucky, Kentucky.” There was something about that name that impressed the child. “Kentucky, Kentucky, Kentucky.” It […]

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Excel in Serving

By Joe Barnett / August 17, 2022 / Comments Off on Excel in Serving

Serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.        —1 Peter 4:10 Mother Teresa spent fifty years ministering to the poor, orphaned, sick, and dying in Calcutta. British journalist Malcolm Muggeridge had numerous interviews with Teresa, and when she died in 1997, Muggeridge said, “I never met anyone more memorable” […]

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Being Remembered

By Joe Barnett / August 16, 2022 / Comments Off on Being Remembered

In my old age, don’t set me aside.                        —Psalm 71:9 For a couple of years, I regularly visited several elderly residents in a care facility. Most were lonely, having no family members nearby and having outlived their closest friends. Some wondered if anyone would […]

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Our Sovereign Lord

By Joe Barnett / August 15, 2022 / Comments Off on Our Sovereign Lord

The Lord works out everything for his own ends.             —Proverbs 16:4 “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Prv 19:21). God is in ultimate control of all things. As Dr. A.T. Pierson put it, “History is His story.” That being […]

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