Acts 20:7-16 Asleep In The Window

Doesn’t want to miss a thing but can’t stay awake

We rejoin Paul on his way to Jerusalem. He wants to be there before Pentecost. He has a long way to go and a short time to get there. He also has several stops to make along the way.

Today’s story reminds me of when I was little and we would go hear a “long winded” evangelist who came to town. We would sometimes be in church for many hours; late into the night. Never did we have the “all nighter” that those listening to Paul had that night. We were allowed to curl up under a pew and go to sleep. Eutychus used a third story windowsill.

Paul is determined to get to Jerusalem. His march towards this destination is a lot like Jesus’ final visit there. He knows danger awaits him but he is intent on going. He expects to be jailed or killed. So he wants to make sure he shares everything he can with those he visits along the way. I’m not sure if this event happens while he and his band are in Troas or during their next stop. Read more »

Acts 20:1-6 On The Road Again

We walk together everywhere you go

We are at another traveling passage. After the commotion in the theatre it’s time for Paul to move on.

During the uproar, two of the disciples had been captured by the crowd. Luke tells us that “Paul sent for the disciples” after everything died down. Were the two who were captured the ones he sent for or was his call to all the disciples in Ephesus? He was already with several of them as they were the ones who prevented him from going to the captured friend’s rescue. Read more »

Acts 19:21-41 NOT Quiet on the Eastern Front

God’s protection even from mass hysteria

Since the seven sons of Sceva incident things have been going well in Ephesus. That changes in our story today. One of the craftsmen in town is going to really stir the pot.

Paul was preparing to leave Ephesus at the beginning of our reading. He has made up his mind that he wants to make a trip to Jerusalem and then to Rome. Luke tells us that “Paul resolved in the Spirit” (verse 21) to make this journey. I wonder if that means that the Holy Spirit was telling him that he would wind up there eventually or that he was supposed to go there on his own. We know he goes but how he gets there is a bit different than what he had planned out. Read more »

Acts 19:11-20 Power In That Name

Only when connected does the power flow

We rejoin Paul while in Ephesus for the two years. God is doing amazing things through Paul’s hands.

Paul is heavy with the Holy Spirit. He eats, sleeps and breaths God’s plans for the people. Everyone wants to be near him to receive healing or deliverance through his hands. This “popularity” reminds me of how the people flocked to Jesus. Jesus was the source of Paul’s success so it should direct our attention to Jesus.

Luke tells us that even ordinary everyday articles that touched Paul’s skin were carried away and used to heal the sick. I wonder what prompted the people to try this form of Read more »

Acts 19:1-10 Taking the Next Step

God met the new believer’s needs through Paul

Before we get into our reading today I want to apologize AGAIN for being lax in posting. I have been enjoying my family overnight visitors and being lazy. That is my honest answer. I also took a couple nights off to simply re read the Christmas stories in the gospels. Please forgive me AGAIN. I will try and be more faithful in the future. I can also promise that there will be times when I’m not. For those times, I beg your indulgence and forgiveness in advance. I am human and VERY fallible too.

Down to business now. We join Paul again in our reading today. He has come back to Ephesus after his visit home. He arrived after our new acquaintance Apollos had left for Corinth. Read more »