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, March 25, 2006

Genesis 3:1-7

3R’s (Relax, Read and Reflect)
Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. G-F-W. Amen.
Genesis 3:1-7 (New International Version)
The Fall of Man
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"
2 The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.' "
4 "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. 5 "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

The temptation of man, how easy was that. One rule, one law, but even with small limitations we are easily tempted. Satan is disguised as the serpent, a snake, hoe appropriate is that? Satan was one of God’s angels who had fallen from grace. He had already been created and fallen, now he is trying to lead man away. I think it is important that being tempted it self is not a sin. We will all be tempted at one time or another. Even Jesus was tempted by Satan before he started his ministry.(Matthew 4:11)
When we give in to temptation, that is when we sin. The forbidden fruit looked pleasing to the eye, as most temptations do. Eve also desired the wisdom the fruit would bring, and that is also what lures us into temptation. Maybe not knowledge per se, but some advantage. God provides. He provided for Adam and Eve, and he provides for us. If something seems too good to be true , too easy, and a little suspicious, this maybe a temptation.
I could sell out Eve here, saying that it was all her fault. After all, Adam was probably out naming animals when she was tempted. That is a cop out. He knew Eve had sinned, but he went along with her. They saw they were naked, this was the knowledge they acquired, and then they became ashamed. They realized they had done wrong. What do we do when we know we have sinned? What fig leaves are you wearing?
Prayer-Lord, We know there will be temptation. Give us strength to resist, and wisdom to understand when we fall short. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do - Relax, read the rest of chapter 3.


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