Today’s Walk in the Word

Recharge Your Imagination

By Joe Barnett / February 27, 2019 / Comments Off on Recharge Your Imagination

God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine.           —Ephesians 3:20 What was your favorite childhood toy? Mine was an imaginary (broomstick) horse. James Vaughn, Billy Morningstar, and I rode our mythical mounts many a mile, dishing out serious hurt to black-hatted desperados. Stay-at-home dad, Jonathan […]

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Contentment Must Be Learned

By Joe Barnett / February 26, 2019 / Comments Off on Contentment Must Be Learned

I have learned to be content.        —Philippians 4:11 I have a dear friend who has experienced life both on the mountain and in the valley. In a remarkably productive half-century, he created two dozen personal-development courses and coached over 1.5 million participants in 130 nations to positive, successful, spiritually-oriented lives. These days […]

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Friend of Jesus

By Joe Barnett / February 25, 2019 / Comments Off on Friend of Jesus

I have called you friends.        —John 15:15 I was asked to say a few words over an anonymous corpse in Llano Cemetery, where Potter County, Texas, buried its unknown dead. No family or friend had been found. Professional musician Jay Boy Adams’ father told him he didn’t have enough friends to serve […]

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Quiet Time

By Joe Barnett / February 22, 2019 / Comments Off on Quiet Time

Come near to God and he will come near to you.     —James 4:8 “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mk 1:35). Jesus needed time with the Father—just the two of them. You need […]

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Do Something, Say Something

By Joe Barnett / February 21, 2019 / Comments Off on Do Something, Say Something

Help carry one another’s burdens.                 —Galatians 6:2 Nine-year-old Marlee Pack returned to Meridian Elementary School in Broomfield, Colorado, following a year of cancer treatment. Bald. Her best friend, Cameron McLaughlin, told her she was going to shave her head. Cameron’s commitment ballooned into a school-wide event: on […]

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Be Gentle

By Joe Barnett / February 20, 2019 / Comments Off on Be Gentle

Let your gentleness be evident to all.                 —Philippians 4:5 Burton Coffman’s cancer was detected early, treated successfully, and he was declared cancer-free. Years later—nearing his 100th birthday, and not feeling well—Burton underwent a battery of tests, then asked his doctor, “Is the cancer back?” “Yes,” he said, […]

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What’s on Your Refrigerator Door?

By Joe Barnett / February 19, 2019 / Comments Off on What’s on Your Refrigerator Door?

Write them on your doors.     —Deuteronomy 6:9 Anthropologist Anthony Graesch, co-author of Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century, says your refrigerator door reveals what is important to you. The thirty-two families these researchers studied had an average of fifty-five objects on their fridge doors—everything from family photos to the plumber’s number. Here’s […]

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Jesus Knows Your Name

By Joe Barnett / February 18, 2019 / Comments Off on Jesus Knows Your Name

He calls his own sheep by name.                  —John 10:3 “Flashing a thumbs-up, Jenn said, “My professor remembered my name.” Jenn’s happy reaction sent me scouring my shelves for my old copy of Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. Surfing its pages, I found the […]

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Covering the Old with the New

By Joe Barnett / February 15, 2019 / Comments Off on Covering the Old with the New

The old has gone, the new has come!        —2 Corinthians 5:17 Chris Baker, an Illinois tattoo artist, uses his talent to help people make changes in their lives. Chris transforms tattoos of former gang members, reformed sex workers, victims of human trafficking, and others who have been branded; converting the old symbols […]

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Love Story

By Joe Barnett / February 14, 2019 / Comments Off on Love Story

The Lord will hold me close.         —Psalm 27:10 Erich Segal’s Love Story is about Ollie and Jenny, whose life together was cut short when Jenny was diagnosed with leukemia at age twenty-four. On her deathbed, she asked, “Would you do me a favor, Ollie? Would you please hold me very tight?” […]

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