by Donald Cantrell

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Funeral - Farewell Faithful Friend (4)
Series: Funeral Services
Donald Cantrell
Acts 20:36-38

I - The Spoken Word (36)
II - The Sore Weeping (37)
III - The Specific Wants (38a)
IV - The Slow Walk (38b)
V - The Ship Waits (38b)

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Theme: ''The final farewell of a faithful friend''

In this funeral message we will discuss the final farewell to a faithful friend. The apostle Paul is heading to Jerusalem and he knows that his life is in danger by going there, but he still sets his face towards the holy city.

Upon making his way to Jerusalem he wants to see the elders of Ephesus. The ship he is on docks at Miletus, which is fifty miles south of Ephesus. He sends for the Ephesian elders, knowing that it will be his last visitation with this group of men that were dear to his heart.

In life we have to witness the death of those that we love. Sadly we have to make that final visit and say those final words, and it is never easy. It may be the death of a mom, a dad, a child, or a dear friend, but it is heart wrenching knowing they are leaving this earthly world.

One of the key phrases of our text really speaks to my heart; let us keenly glean some consolation from this text.

Act 20:38 …And they brought him on his way unto the ship.

It is a blessing to get to be with a precious saint of God as they take that last breath here on earth and catch the next one in eternity. We are limited on the matter of death and dying but we firmly believe that death is truly not the end; it is really the beginning of life.

The Ephesian elders walked with Paul as far as they could, they went with him to the ship and then they had to watch as he sailed away. Is this not the picture that we experience as we sit beside our loved ones as they board the old ship of Zion? Let us look at some simple yet insightful thoughts pertaining to death and leaving this world:

- Death is a fact, we all must ...

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