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.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Ephesians Chapter One

As we have read and reflected on chapter one of Paul's Letter to the Ephesians, what have we learned?
We have learned that God wants to pour out his spiritual blessings on EVERYONE . He gives us these blessings because of God's grace. His grace is not earned by us, but was bought by his Son Jesus. We have been adopted and redeemed be His great love and power.
We have learned that God has a plan for us and we have been marked, or predestined , to be with him-forever. We may not fully know or understand his plan for us, but when the time is right, he will bring us together for enternity.
God has established his church, Jew and gentile together, with Christ as the head. The body is made from the believers and followers, all of us. We need to work together for the Head, and for God. Christ is our model, our pattern. He has come to earth to teach us how to live. We also have more help in the Holy Spirit, God's promise. The Spirit proves we are God's children and secures eternal life for us.
God is more powerful than any thing else, for he has created everything. When we do his work, we are truly working with the greatest strength and power in the universe. Amen.

Things to do before Monday:
1. Read Ephesians 2:1-10
2. Rest and Relax from your week
3. Reflect on the things you learned this week
4. Worship the Lord with all your heart, mind and soul.


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