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After the incident in Ephesus, Paul left and traveled to several cities.
In Troas (TRO az) he met with the disciples on Sunday. They were in an upstairs room and Paul was preaching. He kept on talking until midnight. There was a young man named Eutychus (YOO tikus) sitting in a window. As the sermon went on and on, he became drowsy and went sound asleep. The window was open, and he fell out and hit the ground. When they picked him up, he was dead.
Paul went downstairs, put his arms around the boy, and he was brought back to life. The people were so happy to have him back again.
When Paul got to Miletus (mih LEE tus) he sent word for the elders of the church at Ephesus to meet him there. When they were gathered together, he talked to them. He told them how he had preached the truth to them. He knew that hardship and persecution awaited him in Jerusalem. He urged them to be good shepherds in caring for the members of the church.
He reminded them of the words of Jesus, "It is more blessed to give than to receive".
Paul knelt down with them and prayed. They all cried and hugged and kissed him. They were extremely sad because he had told them they would never see him again. Then they went to the ship and Paul departed.
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What does this story
mean to me?
Do you think Eutycus was the only person who went to sleep that night? Do you think he lacked interest, or was he just too tired to stay awake? We don't know the answers to these questions.
On Saturday night do you get to bed on time so you will be fresh and wide awake the next morning on the Lord's day? We need to set our priorities and think ahead. What we do today will affect our behavior tomorrow.
We must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: "It is more blessed to give than to receive".
Acts 20:35 NIV
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On The Way Book 13 For 3-9s
By Trevor Blundell / Christian Focus Public
"On the Way" works on a three year syllabus. It covers the main Bible stories from Genesis to the Acts of the Apostles. All the Bible stories are taught as truth and not myth. TnT believes that it is vital to teach children accurately from the Bible, being careful to teach each passage's true meaning in an appropriate way, rather than selecting a "children's message" from a Biblical passage.
Lessons in Book 13 include: Parables of the Vineyards, Jesus Our Redeemer, The Early Church and Paul and The Spread of the Gospel. Any version of the Bible can be used. Reproducible activities.
David & Goliath
3 Brave Boys
Parable of Talents
Paul's 1st Journey
Paul's 2nd Journey
Paul's 3rd Journey
Paul in Rome
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