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, October 23, 2007

Romans 9:14-18

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

14What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! 15For he says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion."[a] 16It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy. 17For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: "I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth."[b] 18Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.

I have been thinking about faith a lot lately,(that is a constant thing.) Sometimes it is difficult to maintain faith, or really knowing what to believe. Does God really raise people up for evil purposes? Did he make Hitler kill millions of Jews, his chosen people? Did he really raise up Pharaoh to butt heads with Moses? This can be very confusing.
Here is a hint that keeps me going in a positive fashion. We are all going to be blessed by God, the problem is that we do not know what that blessing may be or when it may come. For many young women, an unplanned pregnancy may be one of the most disastrous things that can happen. Sometimes, God blesses this person greatly with this child. Out of bad things, miracles happen. If the bad things did not come, the miracle would not come either. All things happen for the glory of God, and because we are not God, we do not always know when glorious things are happening.
Prayer- Lord, Help us remember that you are great and do great things, Give us the patience to accept your will. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.


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