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.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Genesis 26:12-22

Relax, Read and Reflect
Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him. 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. 14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him. 15 So all the wells that his father's servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up, filling them with earth.
16 Then Abimelech said to Isaac, "Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us."
17 So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar and settled there. 18 Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them.
19 Isaac's servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. 20 But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac's herdsmen and said, "The water is ours!" So he named the well Esek, [
a] because they disputed with him. 21 Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah. [b] 22 He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth, [c] saying, "Now the LORD has given us room and we will flourish in the land."
Genesis 26:20 Esek means dispute .
Genesis 26:21 Sitnah means opposition .
Genesis 26:22 Rehoboth means room .
God kept his promise and blessed Isaac’s business endeavors. This led to jealousy from the Phillistines, and they stopped up his wells. In this area of the world, water was a valuable resource. Because of his blessings, Abimelech asked him to move.
After he moved, and this was further into the desert. Still, people filled in his wells, so he dug new ones. He finally after the third well had enough for all people.
Do we also get jealous of others that prosper? Does God not bless us? If so, why do we despise others whom God blesses as well? Is it because they don’t deserve the blessings? Do we deserve our blessings? Before we start to plug our neighbors wells, we should look at how much God has given us.
Prayer-God, Thank you for all the blessings you pour on us, even if we do not deserve them. Help us to love our neighbors. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.

Things to do-Read Genesis 26:23-35


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