And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came to them to Troas in five days…
One day I was hurrying along Argyle Street to keep an appointment when a friend stopped me and said, "Mr. Scott, you sometimes preach?" "Yes, often." "Well, I'll tell you a story for your own benefit. In the country side from which I come there lives a woman called Mrs. Thomson, who had the name of making the best porridge in the country, in fact she was quite famous for her porridge, the flavour was so fine, and it was so smooth and free from knots. Her neighbours began to be anxious, and after a deal of talk decided to go in a body and ask the secret. This was the reply, 'Take care that your guests are hungry and that you don't give them too much; if you stop while they have an appetite for more, they will say, "How good the porridge is," but if you give them too much they will say, "a little of that is plenty." I try to take the advice always when I am preaching, and when I do, I find it successful. Long sermons are a weariness — the message of salvation is sweet, short, and simple, and it is for this the people are hungering.
Parallel VersesKJV: And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days.