by Jerry Vines

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Jerry Vines
Acts 20:17-21

We are tracking the Apostle Paul on his missionary
journeys about the ancient world. We are on the last
leg of this particular journey. He is on his way to
the city of Jerusalem. The 20th of Acts gives us
something of the itinerary of that concluding portion
of his trip.

There are two notable places that are mentioned in
this chapter I want to just touch on for am moment
today. The first one is in verse 6. We are told there
that along the way he came to the city of Troas. You
will recall that Troas is the place where Paul had the
vision of the man from Macedonia who said, "Come over
into Asia and help us." As result of that he went into
Asia. He went to the city of Philippi. He went to
Thessalonica. He went to Berea. He was in Athens
preaching the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now, he
returns to the city of Troas and verse 7 tells us,
"And upon the first day of the week, when the
disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached
unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and
continued is speech until midnight." They evidently
had a Sunday night service. He preached a little bit
longer than I do because he preached until midnight.

I take a little comfort in that. Sometimes when I
preach folks say, "Preacher, that would make a good
series of sermons." I don't mind it too bad when folks
take off their watches while I'm preaching, but when
they shake it, it really kind of bothers me a little

So he preached until midnight and then this passages
tells us that there was a young guy named Eutychus
evidently sitting up in the third tier of the balcony
where some of you are sitting. He had evidently had a
late date the night before and was a little bit
drowsy. In those days they lighted their buildings
with torches. They didn't have electricity. So, it
must have become rather hot and stuffy. While Apostle

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