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, February 27, 2009

Philippians 1:12-14

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

Philippians 1:12-14 (The Message)
They Can't Imprison the Message
12-14I want to report to you, friends, that my imprisonment here has had the opposite of its intended effect. Instead of being squelched, the Message has actually prospered. All the soldiers here, and everyone else, too, found out that I'm in jail because of this Messiah. That piqued their curiosity, and now they've learned all about him. Not only that, but most of the followers of Jesus here have become far more sure of themselves in the faith than ever, speaking out fearlessly about God, about the Messiah.

I used The Message paraphrase this morning. This is one of those times where it really brings the message(no pun intended,) home. Paul is telling his friends that God does great things. He has been placed in jail, but instead of squelching him, he has made followers out of many of his guards. Not only have they heard Jesus’s message, they are now followers and are telling others.
This is called making the best of a bad situation. Actually, this is making great things out of unknown situations. What can we learn here? Many times we are think we in places we don’t deserve. We landed there by accident and sulk. God does great things. Nothing is this world is pure chance, pure accident. If we, like Paul, accept our surroundings and work with God, we might find that the place we landed by accident is actually right where we need to be.
Prayer- Lord, help us realize that you are with us always and where ever we are, we can do great things for Your kingdom. Give us strength to overcome and the patients and wisdom to perceiver. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.


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