Today’s Walk in the Word

Come to the Cross

By Joe Barnett / January 16, 2019 / Comments Off on Come to the Cross

We have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father.        —John 1:14 The scenes on the mountain of transfiguration and at the hill of crucifixion are in stark contrast. On the mountain, Jesus was revealed in glory; on the hill of crucifixion, he was held in contempt and […]

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Is Your God Living or Lifeless?

By Joe Barnett / January 15, 2019 / Comments Off on Is Your God Living or Lifeless?

Turn away from these worthless things and turn to the living God.           —Acts 14:15 Paul urged his Lystra listeners to turn from idolatrous worship and turn to the living God, who “made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them” (Acts 14:15). Here is the psalmist’s description of lifeless […]

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The Time Will Come

By Joe Barnett / January 14, 2019 / Comments Off on The Time Will Come

Every eye will see him.    —Revelation 1:7 British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, an avowed atheist, said in an El Mundo interview in 2014: “Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation. [When I said] ‘we would know the mind of […]

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The Power of Influence

By Joe Barnett / January 11, 2019 / Comments Off on The Power of Influence

He brought him to Jesus.         —John 1:42 The apostle Andrew is best-known for introducing his brother to Jesus: “The first thing Andrew did [after meeting Jesus] was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ . . . And he brought him to Jesus” (Jn 1:41–42). […]

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Thought Control

By Joe Barnett / January 10, 2019 / Comments Off on Thought Control

Above all, be careful what you think.               —Proverbs 4:23 Jesus rattled the Jewish dietary cage when he said their “kosher” regulations had things backward: it’s not what goes into your stomach that corrupts but what goes into your mind. It is the thought-life that defiles you. For from […]

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Told You So

By Joe Barnett / January 9, 2019 / Comments Off on Told You So

I am telling you now before it happens.                      —John 13:19 Several times Jesus gave his disciples advance warning, then added, “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe” (Jn 13:19; 14:29; 16:4). Is trouble invading your […]

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Don’t Panic

By Joe Barnett / January 8, 2019 / Comments Off on Don’t Panic

Don’t be alarmed.  —Matthew 24:6 Jesus warned his disciples that disheartening times would come: wars and rumors of wars, famines, earthquakes, deceivers, false prophets. “But don’t be alarmed,” he said. He didn’t want his followers to be caught up in the panic that grips unbelievers. Sometimes it seems that evil is winning, but it isn’t. […]

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It Is Well

By Joe Barnett / January 7, 2019 / Comments Off on It Is Well

I know your soul is doing fine.                —3 John 2 Horatio Spafford had a peaceful and happy life with his wife Anna and their four daughters. In November 1873, Anna and the girls boarded the S.S. Ville du Harve for a vacation to Europe. In mid-Atlantic, the ship […]

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You Have His Attention

By Joe Barnett / January 4, 2019 / Comments Off on You Have His Attention

Come to me, all of you who are weary and overburdened.     —Matthew 11:28 When Jesus rode into Jerusalem, he went straight to the temple and created chaos: overturned tables and benches, ousted commercial culprits and laid into them for making the house of prayer a den of robbers (Mt 21:12–13). The next sentence […]

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Bring Christ Your Broken Life

By Joe Barnett / January 3, 2019 / Comments Off on Bring Christ Your Broken Life

Like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.   —Jeremiah 18:6 Carpenters do two things: they make things and fix things. Jesus was a carpenter. He made us: “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (Jn 1:3). But we stumble, fall, get […]

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