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.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Jonah 4:10-11

Relax, Read and Reflect
Prayer-Lord, Open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.

10 But the LORD said, "You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?"
We can get to where we think we know how God should judge people. We feel He should judge them as we judge them, and that is wrong. God has lot’s of mercy, and has much compassion. God loves EVERYBODY! God can see through the outside of man and see our hearts. When the sailors prayed fro mercy, God granted it. When the Ninevites prayer for mercy, it was granted. When Jonah prayed his prayer fro forgiveness, it was granted. Why should we be worried about petty things, and then get mad at God when he doesn’t?
Last comment on the text of Jonah. Check out the way it ends. These are the last two verses of the book. Read the last chapter again. It kind of leaves the reader dangling. As an author, I could never get away with leaving so many questions unanswered. What did Jonah do from here? Did he and God make up? And what about the sailors? If you want answers to these and other questions, you will have to use your imagination. The Book of Jonah ends abruptly, almost as if the author just got tired and quit, (perhaps he was dictating.)
Prayer- Lord, thank you for being God. Thanks for all Your mercy and compassion. Help me show mercy and compassion to the rest of Your children. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.


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