Today’s Walk in the Word

The Great Physician

By Joe Barnett / January 26, 2024 / Comments Off on The Great Physician

Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed.                     —Jeremiah 17:14 The sickness of sin takes many forms: the fever of lust, the virus of greed, the infection of gossip and slander. Whatever the form, the result is the same—without treatment, we die. Our only […]

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You’re More Significant than You Think

By Joe Barnett / January 25, 2024 / Comments Off on You’re More Significant than You Think

When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son.                          —Luke 1:57 Do you think most people are more capable and more important than you? Don’t see yourself as a five-star talent? Just ordinary? I appreciate your […]

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When Something Punctures Your Balloon

By Joe Barnett / January 24, 2024 / Comments Off on When Something Punctures Your Balloon

My grace is sufficient for you.        —2 Corinthians 12:9 “Judy was diagnosed with terminal cancer Friday. Six months, maybe less.” That email message knocked the breath out of me. I prayed, “Please Lord, not Judy.” I picked up my phone and punched in their number, not knowing what to say. I’ve known […]

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Finding Strength to Go On

By Joe Barnett / January 23, 2024 / Comments Off on Finding Strength to Go On

David found strength in the Lord his God.                          —1 Samuel 30:6 How do you find strength to go on when circumstances are devastating? One day when David and his warriors returned to their little hometown of Ziklag, they found it had been raided […]

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Tough It Out

By Joe Barnett / January 22, 2024 / Comments Off on Tough It Out

He persevered because he saw him who is invisible.          —Hebrews 11:27 I’m impressed and inspired by two words that Hebrews uses to describe Moses: “he persevered.” The King James has it, “he endured.” Moses had times of discouragement, even complaint. To name just a few: The defiance of the Israelites who […]

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You Are a Rare Treasure

By Joe Barnett / January 19, 2024 / Comments Off on You Are a Rare Treasure

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.                             —Jeremiah 1:5 We tend to evaluate the worth of people by what they have and what they do—and our own worth by how […]

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By Joe Barnett / January 18, 2024 / Comments Off on Serendipity

[God] is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.       —Ephesians 3:20 An ancient Persian fairy tale relates the adventures of three princes from Ceylon who set out in pursuit of riches. They didn’t find what they were looking for, but were frequently surprised by pleasures they hadn’t anticipated. […]

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Weighing In

By Joe Barnett / January 17, 2024 / Comments Off on Weighing In

Bodily exercise has some value.                  —1 Timothy 4:8 Year after year, “Lose weight” tops the list of New Year’s Resolutions. If you watch TV, read a newspaper, or eyeball the magazine display at the grocery checkout, you haven’t escaped weight-loss ads and fads, and before-and-after pictures. No […]

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Thorns That Choke

By Joe Barnett / January 16, 2024 / Comments Off on Thorns That Choke

Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.                                  —Mark 4:7 Some respond to the gospel, and some don’t. It has to do with the condition of the soil, not the quality of the seed. In […]

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What Are You Waiting For?

By Joe Barnett / January 15, 2024 / Comments Off on What Are You Waiting For?

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.     —Ecclesiastes 9:10 I’ve presided at quite a few funerals where the P.S. of life could have been “Someday” or “One of these days.” There were important things that the deceased intended to do but postponed and never got around to doing. […]

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