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Charles Spurgeon on Preaching Christ from the Whole Bible

Don’t you know, young man, that from every town, and every village, and every hamlet in England, wherever it may be, there is a road to London…So from every text in Scripture, there is a road to the metropolis, Christ. And my dear brother, your business is when you get to a text, to say, now what is the road to Christ?…I have never yet found a text that had not got a road to Christ in it, and if I ever do find one…I will go over hedge and ditch but I would get at my Master, for the sermon cannot do any good unless there is a savour of Christ in it.

-Charles Spurgeon

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Life

Why is a written Bible is so helpful?

I’m thankful for a written revelation of God’s plan for the world for many reasons.  One of them happens to be that it is objective and plainly observable. That is, it’s not something that’s vague and subject to man’s ever-changing mind and personality.

Think about this: if we could simply close our eyes and wait for God to speak, there’s no telling what we would come up with. Our minds would wander (just think about the last time you prayed).  Our feelings would wax and wane from joy to despair and everywhere in between.  And our circumstances would probably overwhelm or underwhelm us. So if someone were to come to me and say, “Here’s the word of God,” after engaging in some kind of contemplative spiritual meditation exercise, there would be no way for me to be absolutely sure God spoke to them.

Thankfully, the Bible is not subject to our imaginations, emotions, or circumstances.  Because the Bible is written down, in language that we can read, we can open up the book and examine the text. And that is the key: the text.  The text cannot say what it doesn’t say and it cannot not say what it does say.

That’s an awesome thing.  Praise God for his word — the word that is perfect, just, and altogether righteous.

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ESV Wordle

I found this on Justin Taylor’s blog.  Wordle is a program that makes fancy word clouds from texts and puts the most prominent and frequent words in bigger, bolder font.  Here is the Wordle for the ESV New Testament.  Check out the Wordle for the entire ESV Bible.