from your very own ranks twisting words so as to seduce disciples into following them instead of Jesus.
So stay awake and keep up your guard. Remember those three years I kept at it with you, never letting up, pouring my heart out with you, one after another.
"Now I'm turning you over to God, our marvelous God whose gracious Word can make you into what he wants you to be and give you everything you could possibly need in this community of holy friends.
"I've never, as you so well know, had any taste for wealth or fashion.
With these bare hands I took care of my own basic needs and those who worked with me.
In everything I've done, I have demonstrated to you how necessary it is to work on behalf of the weak and not exploit them. You'll not likely go wrong here if you keep remembering that our Master said, 'You're far happier giving than getting.'"
Then Paul went down on his knees, all of them kneeling with him, and prayed.
And then a river of tears. Much clinging to Paul, not wanting to let him go.
They knew they would never see him again - he had told them quite plainly. The pain cut deep. Then, bravely, they walked him down to the ship.