Over the years I have nodded off during many tedious sermons. One of my sisters would often elbow me to wake me up when I started snoring. Even the best preachers can give long and tedious sermons, as the Apostle Paul found out when he visited Troas.
On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “He’s alive!” Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted. Acts 20:7-12 (NIV)
But what a way to end a sermon! Raising the dead in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.