Today’s Walk in the Word

It’s All a Gift of God’s Grace

By Joe Barnett / January 2, 2019 / Comments Off on It’s All a Gift of God’s Grace

What do you have that God hasn’t given you?                           —1 Corinthians 4:7 “What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if all you have is from God, why boast as though you have accomplished something on your own?” (1 Cor […]

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The New Year Won’t be New Very Long

By Joe Barnett / January 1, 2019 / Comments Off on The New Year Won’t be New Very Long

Teach us how short our lives really are so that we may be wise.       —Psalm 90:12 A couple of hundred years from now historians will look back at this year with as much fascination as we look back on the world of George Washington or Bonnie and Clyde. They’ll try to picture […]

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Put Your Hand into the Hand of God

By Joe Barnett / December 31, 2018 / Comments Off on Put Your Hand into the Hand of God

Powerful is your arm! Strong is your hand!   —Psalm 89:13 On Christmas Eve 1939, four months into the havoc of World War II, King George VI reached out to the ears of British citizens in a BBC radio broadcast. He closed his speech with the preamble to Minnie Louise Haskins’ The Gate of the […]

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Be Ready

By Joe Barnett / December 28, 2018 / Comments Off on Be Ready

Be ready! You don’t know when the time will come.     —Mark 13:33 Every generation has had a few noisy, self-declared prophets who have screeched that they have nailed down the exact date of the world’s end. They’ve all been wrong. No surprise there, for Jesus said: “No one knows the day or the […]

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Hold on to Hope

By Joe Barnett / December 27, 2018 / Comments Off on Hold on to Hope

Put your hope in God.      —Psalm 42:5 Simeon, a devout old man, had seen his world descend into depressing disaster: his homeland had fallen to foreign rule; political corruption, immorality, and religious decay had decimated decency. But he held on to hope. “It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that […]

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Peace on Earth

By Joe Barnett / December 26, 2018 / Comments Off on Peace on Earth

On earth peace, goodwill toward men.                       —Luke 2:14 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s wife had recently died; his soldier son had been severely wounded; and he was grieving over Civil War deaths. On December 25, 1804, seeking to distance himself from depression, he wrote the words […]

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The Savior Has Been Born

By Joe Barnett / December 25, 2018 / Comments Off on The Savior Has Been Born

Today . . . a Savior has been born . . . he is Christ the Lord.                —Luke 2:11 Angel Gabriel showed up at Mary’s door: “Greetings, you who are highly favored! . . . You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you […]

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Joy to the World

By Joe Barnett / December 24, 2018 / Comments Off on Joy to the World

When the right time came, God sent his Son.  —Galatians 4:4 When the Old Testament ended, God turned off the lights, closed and locked the door and walked away. Or so it seemed. For the next 400 years, God was silent, while the Jewish world waited and wondered about the promise of a Messiah. Then […]

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No Vacancy

By Joe Barnett / December 21, 2018 / Comments Off on No Vacancy

There was no room for them in the inn.                          —Luke 2:7 The Bethlehem innkeeper has caught a lot of flak for his callous cruelty in not making room for Joseph and Mary, forcing Mary to give birth to Jesus in a barn and […]

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How Are You Using Your Time?

By Joe Barnett / December 20, 2018 / Comments Off on How Are You Using Your Time?

Make the best possible use of your time.                —Colossians 4:5 Author Frederick Buechner says it takes one-sixth as long to write Xmas as it does to write Christmas. “If you do your cards by hand,” Buechner claims, “it is possible to save as much as seventy-five or eighty […]

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