Alumni Bible Study

A Bible study initially set up for alumni of the Senior Sunday School Class at the First United Methodist Church of Lufkin, Texas. It is our hope and our prayer that this study touches the hearts of those who participate and helps spread the love and grace of Our Lord and God. All who want to learn more about God are welcome

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I am a Christian family man, Lay Pastor and writer from Deep East Texas. I love life, and I enjoy working with young people. I have published two books; "A Small Mind Among Tall Trees" and "God If You Are Not Too Busy, Can You Give Me a Hand". If you want to obtain a copy drop me an e-mail or go to or barnesand . I have been a salesman, cowman and athlete in my past. I still have a strong sense of humor and am not afraid to use it.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Ephesians 1:19-23

Relax, Read and Reflect
Dear God, Open my heart and open my mind, help me to learn. G-F-W. Amen

(19)And his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength,(20) which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,(21)for above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but in also in the one to come. (22) And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,(23) which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

We have seen a lot of power in this world in the past century. We have gone from steam power to petroleum motors that can do almost anything. We have built rockets and jets that are even more powerful. We have split atoms, and the power unleashed is almost impossible to comprehend. Even with all this power that we have seen, nothing compares to the power of God. It is exceptionally powerful for those of us who believe, for He,(God) created all of those other forms of power.
To show this strength, He raised Christ from the dead. God then placed Him at the head of His church here on earth. He is the ultimate authority over all of the world, not only for now, but forever.
God placed all things under His feet(22) and that means that all of our talents and skills that God has given us are under Christ, and that makes for the fullness of the church. Paul is beginning to tell this great church that they are all part of God's plan. We are all part of the great power that is God. As Paul writes to teach the people of Ephesus, his words are still viable in today's world.
Re-read these verses as if Paul was writing them to your home church.

Prayer: God, Thank you for allowing me to be a part of Your power and glory. Help me to remember how important I am, and help me share it with others. Go-Fight-Win. Amen

Things to do today:
Re-read the First chapter of Ephesians as if Paul was writing to your home church. Ask someone to help you remember how important you are this weekend. Have fun, you deserve it.


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