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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Location: lufkin, Texas, United States

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.

Monday, March 24, 2008

From: ryansorrellDate: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 08:08:01 -0500

Relax, Read and Reflect

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

Labeling Ourselves

Romans 1:1 "Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus…"

I Corinthians 1:1 "Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus…"

II Corinthians 1:1 "Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God…"

As a presidential front runner, Sen. Barack Obama is beginning to receive much scrutiny from the national press. He was recently asked by Terry Moran of ABC News if he considered himself a black man or an American first. "An American, absolutely," was the reply. Each of us can be described with many labels: man, woman, student, musician, Christian, athlete… the list of labels is almost endless. We are complex and multi-faceted, and as we move through life we're constantly shedding old labels and acquiring new ones.

How we prioritize to ourselves the labels that describe us is important. It sets the tone for what motivates us in our daily lives.

Paul, as he introduced himself in his letters of the New Testament, immediately described himself as "a servant" and "an apostle" of Christ Jesus.

Prayer- Lord, help us keep the labels that are most important about us first and foremost in our minds. We ask that you remind us how much we can receive if we strive to be "your servants" Go-Fight-Win. Amen.

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