Acts 20:38 A Scriptural Ministry

Acts 20:38 (KJV)
Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.

Acts 20:17-34 is perhaps the best summary of scriptural ministry we’ll find in the Word of God. Interestingly, Paul summoned the elders of Ephesus to hear this. These were certainly not the only believers, and maybe not the ones he was closest to. But Ephesus was where he invested the longest part of his time.

I get what’s going on now more than any time in my life. I’m beginning to sense the close of my years, and though some insist I am still young and have many years ahead of me, I know my time is shorter now than it used to be. Mortality is setting in.

  • I am thankful for what the Lord has allowed me to be a part of
  • I am hopeful for the Lord’s soon return
  • I am happy for those God has called to carry on

At the same time

  • I am mindful of the trials I experienced and
  • I am cautious for those who will turn away from the truth

I can’t say how much more time I have to invest in the ministry. If God gives me even another 15 years, I know they will fly away.

I want to be free from the blood of all men, having, by the grace of God, served Him in all good conscience.

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Acts 20:38 A Scriptural Ministry

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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