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.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Esther 10

Relax, Read and Reflect

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

Esther 10

The Greatness of Mordecai

1 King Xerxes imposed tribute throughout the empire, to its distant shores. 2 And all his acts of power and might, together with a full account of the greatness of Mordecai, whom the king had promoted, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Media and Persia? 3 Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews.
  What a strange ending! After lifting up Esther during the first nine chapters, the book ends praising Mordecai. Even the title from praises Mordecai. Why didn't the Jews title this book Mordecai if they loved him so much?
  Esther, (the book-not the person,) is a little different. Remember I said that God is never mentioned directly in the entire book, but you can see His work throughout the story.
  Mordecai does some wise and wonderful things, and becomes second in command of the entire kingdom. Could he have ever done this without Esther's direct involvement? Mordecai gets some props- but who was the real hero?
  The last thing I want to point out is that Mordecai was very powerful, but never in charge. This is the same in our lives. God is always in command- in control. When we think we are number one, we are about to step in number two!
  Prayer- Lord, We want to keep you lifted up. Your are greatness. Help us be the best helpers we can be, and stay out of number two. Go-Fight-Win. Amen


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