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.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Galatians 4:12-16

Relax, Read and Reflect.
Prayer- Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go- Fight- Win. Amen.
12I plead with you, brothers, become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong. 13As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you. 14Even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself. 15What has happened to all your joy? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me. 16Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?
Is Paul saying we should all become as one person? With one identity and personality? No, but we should all use each others strengths and help overcome each others weaknesses. The church at Galatia helped Paul overcome an illness while he was there, they showed care and compassion. This is what Jesus asks us to do with that whole serving homeless, hungry, sick and imprisoned thing. Serving one another and doing Jesus’s commandments brings us joy. Paul senses that the Galatians have lost their joy, and he figures it is because legalism has become more important than the gospel.
Have you lost your joy? Guilt can come between us and God, and when that happens we can loose our joy of salvation. Look at your life. Anything that causes you to doubt yourself, makes you loose self esteem or self worth, or comes between you and God in any way may be holding you back. Christ loves and respects us, and wants us to be happy. Are you living for Christ, or for the demands of others.
Do not use this as an excuse for failure in life. Christ wants us to succeed, to learn and be happy. Christ does not want the religious laws of man to be obstacles, however. Christ wants a relationship with all of us, not just if we follow the churches rules. He gave us his life, shouldn’t we be able to give him ours?
Prayer- Lord, Bless us as you have blessed us before. Help us all show the world our joy. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.


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