People: Good, Bad, Ugly

36 After he said this, he knelt down and prayed with all of them.37 There was a great deal of weeping by everyone. And embracing Paul, they kissed him,38 grieving most of all over his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they escorted him to the ship.1 After we tore ourselves […]

Ministry and Money

As part of Paul’s farewell address to the Ephesian Elders, the Apostle feels the need to give a financial accounting of his ministry.  Luke records his words: 33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing.34 You yourselves know that these hands have provided for my needs, and for those who were with […]

A Window to the World

In his final words to the Ephesian elders, Paul makes several statements I would like to highlight: Acts 20:27 27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.  Acts 20:29-30 29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the […]

Finish Strong

Acts 20:22-24 (NIV) 22 “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may […]

Don’t Shrink Back

When it was time for Paul to head to Jerusalem, he had a sense that “this was it.”  And so, in a very touching moment, Luke records for us his farewell to the Ephesian elders.  Paul was connected to lots of churches in the mid-east and Asia minor, but he was closest to the people […]