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, March 27, 2007

Ruth 4:13-22

Relax, Read and Reflect
Prayer- Lord, Open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
The Genealogy of David
13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. Then he went to her, and the LORD enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. 14 The women said to Naomi: "Praise be to the LORD, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! 15 He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth."
16 Then Naomi took the child, laid him in her lap and cared for him. 17 The women living there said, "Naomi has a son." And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.
18 This, then, is the family line of Perez: Perez was the father of Hezron,
19 Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab,
20 Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, [
21 Salmon the father of Boaz, Boaz the father of Obed,
22 Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David.
Why is the genealogy of David important? Several reasons. To the writers of this book ,(Old Testament,) David was the Great Jewish king, God’s favorite. Showing how this insignificant widow was a direct ancestor of David was big. It would show how God works through His people. To the Old testament writers, it was very important to show that the king was part of the people-all the people. He was not sent down directly to earth by God and a God. Many pagan people of the time believed their kings and rulers were gods, Jews knew there was one God, and the king was not it.
As we look at this story, we remember that Christ was a direct descendent of David’s. Therefore; we also see how God sent his son to people of royal and very common background. If God can use Ruth as part of the big picture-can’t He use us as well?
Prayer- Lord, use my life for Your greatness. Not because of me-but in spite of me. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.


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