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.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Galatians 5:16-21

Relax, Read and Reflect.
Prayer- Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
16So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
19The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Paul say’s there are two forces living within us; The Holy Spirit that helps us do good, and our evil sinful nature. Our sinful nature is strong, we are all tempted to do these things Paul talks about. We are enticed by our friends to do these things, and if we rely on our wisdom and knowledge, we are likely to make bad decisions.
Here is the Good News; The Holy Spirit is very strong- stronger than our sinful nature. If we rely on The Spirit, we can turn away from these evil deeds and drive them from our lives. Remember the words of that great theological song- "Jesus Loves Me,"
We are weak but He is Strong!
Prayer- Lord, Send me your spirit to keep me strong. Help me use Your wisdom in making the correct decisions. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.


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