"If you desire to hear the word with profit, observe these things: 1) Before you go to the church, humble yourself in prayer to God, that he may prepare your understanding, affection, memory to receive, and that the preacher may speak to your conscience. 2) After, end hearing with some short prayer, apply the several threatenings, promises, and instructions to your own estate. 3) When you come home from hearing, change all that you remember into prayer, and desire God that you may remember it most, when you should practice it, and use it to teach others, and confer of the things remembered." Richard Greenham, Divine Aphorisms.
THE GORDIAN KNOT
n. 1. An exceedingly complicated problem or deadlock. 2. An intricate knot tied by King Gordius of Phrygia and cut by Alexander the Great with his sword after hearing an oracle promise that whoever could undo it would be the next ruler of Asia.
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