Take your Bibles and turn to Acts chapter 20. We're continuing our series in the book of Acts entitled ''That Old Time Religion.'' And so we're trying, not necessarily, to modernize our church. Actually we're trying to get our church back to the first century so we'll know how to live in this 20th century because that old time religion is also the new time religion. And that new time religion therefore is the all time religion. And that all time religion ought to be the any time religion. And the any time religion ought to be the every time religion.
We want to find out really how we are to live and operate in these last days. Now we are going to ready here in Acts chapter 20 beginning in verse 17 is a very poignant scene. The apostle Paul is revisiting the mission field. And he comes to Miletus and there he gathers with him the Ephesian elders. And he has a time walking with them down memory lane. They talk about the good times that they had together. How God had blessed and poured out his blessing. Paul rehearsed it all. And then here's what happened in verse 36, ''And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down and prayed with them all. And they all wept sore and fell on Paul's neck and kissed him, sorrowing most of all for the words that he spake that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship.'' Now use your imagination. I mean, dear friend, they were one in the bonds of love. They had been through so many prayer meetings, evangelistic crusade together. They had so many victories in Jesus. Their hearts were melted together and now they are having a prayer meeting. They are all on their knees. And God moves into that prayer meeting. And there is such a sweet spirit.
And then as they get to praying they realize this is the last prayer meeting on earth they will ever have with Paul the Apostle. And they begin to weep. There are not just a few tears. They are convulsing. The Bible says, ''They wept sore.'' And then they begin to hug old Paul's neck. The Bible says they just fell on his neck. And they are weeping and squeezing him, and just hugging him because they know never again on this earth will they see Paul. And then they walk down to the wharf, where the ship is there. And Paul gets on that ship. And as it begins to sail they are just standing there just boo-hooing and just weeping because Paul is leaving, their dear, dear friend. And he's going to be sorely missed.
When you are gone are you going to be missed? I mean other than by your family. Are you going to be missed? Will it make any difference? By that, you are going. You are going. I mean, you may move out of this city but you are going either by rapture, or you are going by death, but we're all going. We're all going. And the question is when you go, what difference will it make? Is your life going to have any kind of an impact? I heard of a man who had surgery and he woke up in the recovery r ...
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