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, March 23, 2006

Genesis 2:4-18

3R’s (Relax, Read and Reflect)
Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. G-F-W. Amen.
Genesis 2:4-18 (New International VersionAdam and Eve
4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens- 5 and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth [
a] and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth [b] and there was no man to work the ground, 6 but streams [c] came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground- 7 the LORD God formed the man [d] from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
8 Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin [
e] and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. [f] 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Asshur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."
18 The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."
After God had created the rest of the world, he created one more thing-Man. Did he save the best for last? I think so, and so does God. After he created us , he had to really work hard to keep us going. Has he worked as hard to help other animals survive. The Dodo and other extinct animals don’t think so,(if dodos think.)
God created man from the dust of the ground, and without the breath of God that is all we would be. He did breathe on us, and gave us life. Even better,(if anything is better than life,) he created a special place for humans to live. The Garden must have been a special place, and all that Adam would want was there, except a "helper." There was only one condition, don’t eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Does that mean we should not look for knowledge? No. It means that we should not try to second guess God, and that is something we all do from time to time.
Prayer-Lord, Help me learn all I can. Thank you for giving us the ability to learn. Help us remember that you are God, and no matter how much we read, we will never know what you know. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do today-Read Genesis 2:19-25. Admire Gods handy work in the world and try to think of ways we can save it.


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