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Trapp will be most valuable to men of discernment (Spurgeon). I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. (1Cor. 10:15)


April 2018

Somewhat men will do for Christ, but suffer nothing

Somewhat men will do for Christ, but suffer nothing.

Not gifts, but graces in prayer move the Lord

Matthew 23:14 Make long prayers…

God takes not men’s prayers by tale, but by weight.

  • He respecteth not the arithmetic of our prayers, how many they are;
  • nor the rhetoric of our prayers, how eloquent they are;
  • nor the geometry of our prayers, how long they are;
  • nor the music of our prayers, the sweetness of our voice,
  • nor the logic of our prayers, or the method of them,

but the divinity of our prayers is that which he so much esteemeth.

He looketh not for any James with horny knees through assiduity in prayer; nor for any Bartholomew with a century of prayers for the morning and as many for the evening, but St Paul, his frequency of praying with fervency of spirit, without all tedious length and vain babblings, this is it that God maketh most account of.

It is not a servant’s going to and fro, but the despatch of his business that pleaseth his master.

It is not the loudness of a preacher’s voice, but the holiness of the matter and the spirit of the preacher, that moveth a wise and intelligent hearer.

So here, not gifts, but graces in prayer move the Lord. But these long prayers of the Pharisees were so much the worse, because thereby they sought to entitle God to their sin, yea, they merely mocked him, fleering {a} in his face.


Matthew 22, Ver. 29. Ye do err, not knowing…

Ignorance is a breeder.

All sins are seminally in ignorance.

Continue reading “Ignorance”

How to break the bones

Matthew 22, Ver. 12. Friend, how camest?

Not wretch, rebel, reprobate. Hard reproofs administered in soft language break the bones.

America, anno domini 1647

Matthew 21:Ver. 43. The kingdom of God shall be taken from you.

A heavy sentence.

We had better, saith one, be without meat, drink, light, air, earth, all the elements, yea, life itself, than that one sweet saying of our Saviour, “Come unto me, all ye that are weary and heavy laden, and I will refresh you.” Continue reading “America, anno domini 1647”

Satan never speaks truth, but with a mind to deceive

Matthew 21: Ver. 11. The prophet of Nazareth.

The arch-prophet they acknowledge him; but of Nazareth of Galilee. Continue reading “Satan never speaks truth, but with a mind to deceive”

Grace is no target against affliction

Matthew 20:23 And be baptized.

Or ducked, washed (not drowned), as St Paul was in the shipwreck; or as the baptized child, which shakes off the water, or is dried after baptism. Continue reading “Grace is no target against affliction”

Men must be doing

Matthew 20:1 Labourers into his vineyard.

Not loiterers.

Jacob saw the angels, some ascending, others descending, none standing still. God hath made Behemoth to play in the waters, not so men; they must be doing, that will keep in with God.

Murmurer, but called friend

Matthew 20, Ver. 13. Friend, I do thee no wrong.

Friend he is called, not reprobate, though he were a murmurer, a merit monger.

In arguing the case with others, use hard arguments, but in a soft language.

Continue reading “Murmurer, but called friend”

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