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, June 08, 2006

Genesis 26:23-35

Relax, Read and Reflect
Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
23 From there he went up to Beersheba. 24 That night the LORD appeared to him and said, "I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham."
25 Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well.
26 Meanwhile, Abimelech had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, "Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?"
28 They answered, "We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, 'There ought to be a sworn agreement between us'-between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not molest you but always treated you well and sent you away in peace. And now you are blessed by the LORD."
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they left him in peace.
32 That day Isaac's servants came and told him about the well they had dug. They said, "We've found water!" 33 He called it Shibah, [
a] and to this day the name of the town has been Beersheba. [b]
34 When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite. 35 They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.
Genesis 26:33 Shibah can mean oath or seven .
Genesis 26:33 Beersheba can mean well of the oath or well of seven .
Isaac had patience. God came to him to confirm his covenant with him by Abraham. Isaac trusted God. Isaac was also a well digging man. Wells were very important in this region. Like wildcatting for oil, every well dug was not a producer, some were dry holes,(literally.) Maybe it was because God blessed Isaac and his people, but for whatever reason, he hit water-often.
The Philistine King Abimelech came to make peace with Isaac. Even though the king had been rude to him, Isaac eagerly made a treaty with the king. God had touched the king through Isaac, and he was eager to celebrate God’s works. When our enemies are drawn to us because of God within us, how do we respond?
Esau, being a good ol’ boy, married the local girls. Typical jewish parents that they were, Isaac and Rebekah did not like them, and they caused much grief in the family. Some things do not change much through the generations.
Prayer-Lord, Let me be an example of your love and grace. Let my enemies come to me for peace. By following your example, they will receive it. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do today- Read Genesis 27:1-12. Pray for the girls chrysalis flight in Lufkin.


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