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A
               professional musician gives cello  exhortation to the Philippians (Phil 2:16). It
               concerts in New York City subway  is not only a living Word, it is a life-giving
               stations because he fears the day  Word. We have been begotten by the Word
        when classical music will be no more. Some  of God which lives and abides forever
        commuters stop and stare, curious or capti-  (1Peter 1:23).
        vated, many having never heard a cello or
        Bach concerto before. For the musician, the  Link Day by Day with Heaven
        music is an offering of something meaning-  It is the Scriptures to which we turn daily
        ful, seeds for future generations of classical   to maintain fellowship with God. It is to the
        music admirers who might not otherwise   Scriptures that we turn to know God and
        be exposed to it; beauty well worthy of   feed our souls. As newborn babes instinc-
        the effort of lugging his heavy cello down   tively crave milk to grow, so we turn to the
        into the subways. This musician does this   Word of God for our spiritual sustenance.
        because he cannot imagine a world without   Commentaries, devotionals, and other re-
        classical music.                     lated writings are helpful, but nothing can
          Imagine, if you can, a world without the   replace the living Word of God.
        Bible. There would be no:
                                               This issue of Truth & Tidings is devoted
        Light from Heaven                    to increasing our appreciation of, and
          The intensity and the density of the   confidence in, the Word of God. Various
                                             aspects are dealt with by the contributors
        darkness in which we would be groping   to this issue, ranging from the archeological
        is unimaginable. Creation would tell us of   confirmation of the accuracy of Scripture,
        divine power, but our sinful hearts would   its textual evaluation, to the inspiration.
        have turned to worshiping sun, moon,
        and stars. It is the light of the Word of God   Not every article will appeal to all. There
        which has shined into our hearts and given   is, however, something for everyone in the
        us a knowledge of God. It is the Scriptures   articles which follow. The “Scriptures of
        which have told us of the advent into our   Truth” are life indeed. We turn from the
        world of the Living Incarnate Word, Who   best that men can produce, to the infallible
        has brought us salvation.            Word of God. The words of John Greenleaf
                                             Whittier are still true:
        Life Fitting us for Heaven            The Bible - The Book Our Mothers Read

          Our darkness would only be equaled by   We search the earth for truth, we cull
        our deadness. Estranged from God in our   The good, the pure, the beautiful,
        sins, without life, destined for an eternal   From graven stone and written scroll,
        death, our despair would have been ex-  From the flower-fields of the soul;
        treme. But the Word of God has brought the
        knowledge of a Savior Who has “brought   And weary seekers for the best,
        life and immortality to light through the   We come back laden from our quest
        gospel” (2Tim 1:10, KJV).              To find that all the sages said
          Paul speaks of the “Word of Life” in his   Is in the Book our mothers read.

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