Today’s Walk in the Word


By Joe Barnett / December 23, 2019 / Comments Off on Bethlehem

Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened.                —Luke 2:15 Christmas season is a reminder of the Bethlehem-happening. I was drawn to a group of caroling children at the mall. Cherubic faces scrubbed, they had come to sing. And did they ever sing! What was […]

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Joy to the World

By Joe Barnett / December 20, 2019 / Comments Off on Joy to the World

I bring you good news of great joy.                          —Luke 2:10 Fifteen-year-old Isaac Watts (1674–1748) constantly complained about the “atrocious music” in British churches. His father, tired of his grumbling, challenged him to write something better. That evening he wrote his first hymn. For […]

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

By Joe Barnett / December 19, 2019 / Comments Off on Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.                                        —Luke 2:11 In 1739 Charles Wesley wrote the lyrics to Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. In 1753 Wesley’s […]

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Sweet Little Jesus Boy

By Joe Barnett / December 18, 2019 / Comments Off on Sweet Little Jesus Boy

You will find a baby lying in a manger.                                 —Luke 2:12 Walking to his one-room apartment after a midnight Christmas Eve service in New York City in 1934, Robert MacGimsey passed the open door of a pub. The raucous […]

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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

By Joe Barnett / December 17, 2019 / Comments Off on I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

To us a child is born . . . And he will be called . . . Prince of Peace                      —Isaiah 9:6 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s wife had recently died. His soldier son lay wounded. And he was in despair over the massive loss of lives […]

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It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

By Joe Barnett / December 16, 2019 / Comments Off on It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

On earth peace, goodwill toward men.                               —Luke 2:14 Edmund Sears was depressed. The United States and Mexico were struggling in the aftermath of the Mexican-American War (1846–1848). And Europe was staggering under the weight of the numerous revolutions of 1848. […]

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Your Fragrant Offering

By Joe Barnett / December 13, 2019 / Comments Off on Your Fragrant Offering

A fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.      —Philippians 4:18 Out for my morning jog, I knew a family was—or soon would be—at the breakfast table, because the aroma of bacon was in the air. The sense of smell is one of God’s great gifts. I get caught up in remembrance of […]

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Three Trees

By Joe Barnett / December 12, 2019 / Comments Off on Three Trees

You had [him] killed by hanging him on a tree.         —Acts 5:30 A large window in my mother’s kitchen framed a beautiful oak tree. She had breakfast every morning watching the sun do its magic on her tree. Mother loved that tree. It started me thinking about some other trees. There […]

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Why Me?

By Joe Barnett / December 11, 2019 / Comments Off on Why Me?

See how very much our Father loves us.                             —1 John 3:1 Nineteenth-century British cleric Joseph Parker was asked why Jesus chose Judas to be a disciple. He pondered the question, but said he kept running into a more baffling one: “Why […]

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Reflecting the Light

By Joe Barnett / December 10, 2019 / Comments Off on Reflecting the Light

The people living in darkness have seen a great light.     —Matthew 4:16 An abnormally high percentage of the 3,400 residents of Rjukan, Norway, have suffered from mental depression. They blame it on living in the dark. Surrounded by high mountains, Rjukan receives no sunlight for six months a year. It’s one of the […]

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