Paul’s Epitaph (19 of 19) by Zach Terry

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Paul’s Epitaph (19 of 19)
Series: Acts
Zach Terry
Acts 28, 2 Timothy 4

EPITAPHS ILLUSTRATION: As a Pastor my calling requires me to spend more time at
the cemetery than the average person. At my last church the only walking track they had in the city was around the cemetery. Somewhere along the way I picked up the hobby of collecting Epitaphs. Some people collect coins, some collect stamps I collect Epitaphs. Here are a few of my favorite.

Silver City, Nevada
Here lies a man named Zeke. Second fastest draw in Cripple Creek.

This one was in Savannah, Georgia
Here lies old Rastus Sominy Died a-eating hominy
In 1859 anno domini

On an Auctioneers tombstone :
Jedediah Goodwin, Auctioneer. Born 1828
Going! Going!! Gone!!!

I think this is my favorite
Effie Jean Robinson 1897-1922
Come blooming youths, as you pass by ,
And on these lines do cast an eye.
As you are now, so once was I;
As I am now, so must you be;
Prepare for death and follow me.

Which is not funny at all. But underneath, someone had added:
To follow you, I am not content,
Until I know, Which way you went.

Have you ever stopped to think about your Epitaph?

I have - perhaps it’s the fact that I buried my father earlier this year, this is my first Father’s day with a dad in Heaven. Perhaps it’s the fact that I’m approaching 40 - or as I call it, ''half time''. Whatever the reason, I’ve given more thought in recent days to the fact that I will one day die.

Adrian rogers ''until a man is ready to die he's not yet prepared to live.''

The primary thing you need to know about Paul was that he was a man prepared to die, and I want to show you why.

CONTEXT: In Acts 28:11-14 we see the journey Paul took from the Island of Malta to the ultimately arrive in Rome. I want to being in the middle of verse 14.

14b. And so we came to Rome.

One of the main goals of Paul’s life had been to take the Gospel to Rome. Rome was the capital of the World. Water runs downhi ...

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