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, November 01, 2006


Relax, Read and Reflect.
Prayer- Lord, open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Hagar and Sarah
21Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? 22For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. 23His son by the slave woman was born in the ordinary way; but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a promise.
24These things may be taken figuratively, for the women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. 25Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. 26But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. 27For it is written: "Be glad, O barren woman, who bears no children; break forth and cry aloud, you who have no labor pains; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband."[
28Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. 29At that time the son born in the ordinary way persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now. 30But what does the Scripture say? "Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman's son."[
b] 31Therefore, brothers, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.
Galatians 4:27 Isaiah 54:1
Galatians 4:30 Gen. 21:10
Again, it is nice to have a foundation from Genesis before you study the rest of the Bible .For those who did not read the devotions from Genesis that were before these, go back into the archives and read them.
Paul uses the story of Hagar and Sarah as an allegory of what is going on in the Galatian church. Hagar bore Abraham a son enslaved by the law, (Ishmael,) but Sarah’s child (Isaac) was born due to special covenant with God, and was to inherit his father’s blessings.
By being tied to the laws, people will be like Ishmael, and be left behind. God gave us his son to make us free, why would we want to go back to bondage?
Prayer- Lord, Thank You for giving us the freedom to worship you and receive Your love and grace. Give us the strength and wisdom to spread that freedom to others. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.


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