Today’s Walk in the Word


By Joe Barnett / February 4, 2021 / Comments Off on Detours

We can make our plans, but the final outcome is in God’s hands.                 —Proverbs 16:1 The 70 mph speed limit on I-45 would get me to my Wednesday evening speaking appointment with time to spare. Oops! A sea of red taillights—and signs: “Road Construction.” “Expect Delays.” “Detour […]

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Doing Good

By Joe Barnett / February 3, 2021 / Comments Off on Doing Good

[Be] eager to do what is good.                  —Titus 2:14 “Good” is a big word in Paul’s letter to Titus: The church leader is to be “one who loves what is good” (1:8). Older women are “to teach what is good” (2:3). Titus is to set an example […]

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Return on Investment

By Joe Barnett / February 2, 2021 / Comments Off on Return on Investment

We have left everything to follow you!                             —Mark 10:28 In 1995, investors in the stock market enjoyed record-high returns of 33.45 percent. In 2008, stockholders lost almost the same amount—a negative 33.8 percent. Market investors always have to wonder, “What’s next?” […]

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A Jigsaw Puzzle

By Joe Barnett / February 1, 2021 / Comments Off on A Jigsaw Puzzle

The body is not made up of one part but of many. —1 Corinthians 12:14 I’ve spent many hours enjoying the hospitality of Allen and Mikey Isbell in their Galveston Island home. Their geniality has been a blessing to many. There is an always work-in-progress jigsaw puzzle on a table in their garden room—hundreds of […]

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Jesus is Coming Again

By Joe Barnett / January 29, 2021 / Comments Off on Jesus is Coming Again

I will come back and take you to be with me.                                    —John 14:3 Jesus’ disciples were devastated by his declaration, “I will be with you only a little longer” (Jn 13:33). The only thing that made those heartbreaking […]

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You’ve Been Chosen

By Joe Barnett / January 28, 2021 / Comments Off on You’ve Been Chosen

Matthias was chosen and became an apostle with the other eleven.                      —Acts 1:26 Henry Kissinger made it big on the world stage but never got over being the kid nobody wanted to sit with at lunchtime. Rejection hurts. After Judas’s demise, Peter told 120 assembled […]

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Fact-Check Your Information

By Joe Barnett / January 27, 2021 / Comments Off on Fact-Check Your Information

Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.                   —Proverbs 23:12 While vacationing in New York City, Winn Collier and his wife hailed a taxi to take them from their hotel to a restaurant three miles away. The driver entered the address into […]

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Your Part in the Story

By Joe Barnett / January 26, 2021 / Comments Off on Your Part in the Story

Our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.           —Romans 13:11 Ernest Hemingway was asked if he could write a compelling story in six words. He said he could—and this is what he wrote: “For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.” Haunting! It pains us to imagine the details. The […]

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Faith Zaps Fear

By Joe Barnett / January 25, 2021 / Comments Off on Faith Zaps Fear

Do not fear . . . I will help you, says the Lord.                                    —Isaiah 41:14 I have seen my neighbor carry his two-year-old down the stairs from their upper-level apartment many times. Today the little guy was determined […]

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God’s Everywhereness

By Joe Barnett / January 22, 2021 / Comments Off on God’s Everywhereness

The Lord knows those who are his. —2 Timothy 2:19 Psalm 139 will take your breath away. “O Lord . . . you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my […]

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