Today’s Walk in the Word

Don’t Drop the Baton

By Joe Barnett / March 13, 2019 / Comments Off on Don’t Drop the Baton

We will tell the next generation.               —Psalm 78:4 Abilene Christian College’s track relay team—Bobby Morrow, Bill Woodhouse, James Segrest, and Waymond Griggs—set world records in 1957 and 1958. The moment the baton was passed from one runner to the next always had me on the edge of my […]

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Born-Again Birth Certificate

By Joe Barnett / March 11, 2019 / Comments Off on Born-Again Birth Certificate

Unless you are born again, you can never see the Kingdom of God.                  —John 3:3 I presided at two funerals where several people smiled perceptively as they passed the caskets. The first was for a man whose job had sent him flying the friendly skies most days […]

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Timely and Timeless

By Joe Barnett / March 8, 2019 / Comments Off on Timely and Timeless

Whoever eats this bread will live forever.                      —John 6:58 William Shakespeare, arguably the greatest English language playwright in history, has been dead over 400 years. One of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, Ben Jonson, wrote of him: “He was not of an age, but for all time.” I […]

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Give Up Ownership

By Joe Barnett / March 7, 2019 / Comments Off on Give Up Ownership

Everything we have has come from you.                 —1 Chronicles 29:14 Elisabeth Elliot, in Passion and Purity, wrote: “If we hold tightly to anything given to us, unwilling to let it go when the time comes to let it go or unwilling to allow it to be used […]

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In His Image

By Joe Barnett / March 6, 2019 / Comments Off on In His Image

We . . . are being transformed into his likeness.                      —2 Corinthians 3:18 My father was a master wood carver. When I view pieces of his elegant craftsmanship on my apartment shelves, I am reminded of his technique. He described it as choosing an appropriate […]

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Celebrate Your Uniqueness

By Joe Barnett / March 5, 2019 / Comments Off on Celebrate Your Uniqueness

He has given each one of us a special gift.   —Ephesians 4:7 Thomas J. DeLong, a professor at Harvard Business School, notes a disturbing trend he sees in people in all walks of life. He calls it “comparison obsession”—being consumed with comparing our accomplishments with the achievements of others. The Bible warns that comparisons […]

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He Ain’t Heavy

By Joe Barnett / March 4, 2019 / Comments Off on He Ain’t Heavy

Look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.              —Philippians 2:4 I suppose you’ve heard the story about a boy who was carrying a polio-afflicted youngster wearing heavy leg braces. A passerby commented that he was lugging quite a load. The boy said, “He […]

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He Ain't Heavy

By Joe Barnett / March 4, 2019 / Comments Off on He Ain't Heavy

Look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.              —Philippians 2:4 I suppose you’ve heard the story about a boy who was carrying a polio-afflicted youngster wearing heavy leg braces. A passerby commented that he was lugging quite a load. The boy said, “He […]

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He Stood Up for Us

By Joe Barnett / March 1, 2019 / Comments Off on He Stood Up for Us

At the moment of our need, Christ died for us.   —Romans 5:6 Jackie Robinson was the first black to play major league baseball. When he botched a play on his home turf in Brooklyn, a trickle of boos quickly swelled into a roar. Shortstop Pee Wee Reese walked over, draped his arm around Jackie’s […]

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God Sees You

By Joe Barnett / February 28, 2019 / Comments Off on God Sees You

You are the God who sees me.             —Genesis 16:13 The massive statue, Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer)—ninety-eight feet high, arms spread wide—stands watch over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Millions see this Jesus, but this Jesus sees and hears no one. The first person to give God a name was […]

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