Scripture Testimony Index

Topics

10

STI topics with matching stories

Stories

10

Total number of stories

Topics

38

STI topics with matching stories

Stories

103

Total number of stories

The Scripture Testimony Index seeks to answer the question:

Who has ever trusted God like that?

Starting with the New Testament as the source for a subject index, we have used data science with a large body of missionary biographies and personal narratives to discover amazing stories of God’s reality in our lives. Then, one by one, we selected the best to create this curated collection.

Explore the index below to find story excerpts, along with information about the source books and where you can find more.

This is an ongoing process. The counters above reflect our progress as we continue the story research.

How we put this together

First, we scanned and processed more than 1,000 books, then added the raw text to a database. More books are being added all the time. Explore the library.

Next we combed through the New Testament to identify topic sentences. Our reasoning is that if a person is writing about a spiritual experience, he/she will either quote the Scriptures, or explain it in a way that correlates to the Scriptures. This hypothesis has proven true, and as a result the Scriptures come alive through these myriad stories.

Using the topic sentences, we next used a Sentence Similarity algorithm to find potential matches for each sentence in all 1,000 books. For example, by using the source phrase, “First be reconciled to your brother,” from Matthew 23-24, we found “two brothers who had not spoken civilly to one another for years were among those reconciled,” from Isobel Kuhn’s book Nests Above the Abyss.

Next we did a full text search for the source phrase using the Apache Lucene search engine. The engine returns both exact matches and “fuzzy” matches containing the key words from the phrase, which combine to provide the “fine-toothed comb” for finding stories.

Then we looked at the book database from the other direction. Instead of starting with our topic sentences and searching the texts, we used Topic Clustering algorithms to identify topics and themes we didn’t realize were there. This requires almost two weeks of CPU time!

Finally, we read every matching story for relevance and impact, adding the best to the Scripture Testimony Index.

Each of these steps is described in greater detail in our Data Science section.


Subject Index View

Subject

Stories

Description

A

  
apostles
worthy to suffer1 storyCounted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name
Acts 5:41 
armor
of God1 storyPutting on the whole armor of God
Eph 6:10-20 

F

  
fasting
Jesus Christ on1 storyDon't fast so others can see
Matt 6:16 
forgiveness
guarantee of1 storyConfessing sin leads to forgiveness
1 Jn 1:9 
of enemies3 storiesLove your enemies and do good to them
Luke 6:32-35 
of killers1 storyFather forgive them, for they know not what they do
Luke 23:34 
required3 storiesForgive, or you will not be forgiven
Matt 6:14-15 
Luke 6:37 
without limit1 storyForgive the repentant brother
Luke 17:3-4 

G

  
giving1 storyGive to everyone who asks
Matt 5:42 
Luke 6:30 
Acts 20:35 
2 Cor 8:1-2 
2 Cor 8:7-15 
2 Cor 9:6-14 

H

  
Holy Spirit
empowerment by1 storyGreater works than these
John 14:12 

J

  
Jesus Christ, parables of
Good Samaritan1 storyDemonstration of who is our neighbor
Luke 10:29-37 
Jesus Christ, teachings of
proof of1 storyObedience will prove the truth of Jesus' teachings
John 7:17 
purposes of his coming
save the lost1 storyThe Son of Man came to save the lost
Matt 18:11 
Luke 19:10 

P

  
persecution
treatment of persecutors5 storiesForgive your persecutor
1 Th 5:15 
Matt 5:44 
Rom 12:17-21 
poor, the
requirements for care of1 storyHe that hath two coats
1 Th 5:14 
Luke 3:11 
prayer
coordinated4 storiesTimely prayer for someone far away
Matt 18:19 

R

  
revenge1 storyDo not return evil for evil
Matt 5:38-42 
Rom 12:17-21 

S

  
Sermon on the Mount8 storiesSermon on the Mount
Matt 5:1-7:29 
anger equivalent to murder1 storyEveryone angry with his brother subject to judgement
Matt 5:22 
blessed are
hunger and thirst for righteousness3 storiesBlessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
Luke 6:21 
Matt 5:6 
meek1 storyBlessed are the meek
Matt 5:5 
merciful2 storiesBlessed are the merciful
Matt 5:7 
peacemakers4 storiesBlessed are the peacemakers
Matt 5:9 
persecuted6 storiesBlessed are those who are persecuted
Matt 5:10-12 
Luke 6:22-23 
poor in spirit1 storyBlessed are the poor in spirit
Matt 5:3 
Luke 6:20 
those who mourn2 storiesBlessed are those who mourn
Matt 5:4 
Luke 6:21 
do good to enemies3 storiesDo good to those who hate you
Luke 6:27 
Matt 5:44 
give to one who asks4 storiesGive to the one who asks
Luke 6:30 
Matt 5:42 
go the extra mile2 storiesGo the extra mile
Matt 5:41 
God provides for just and unjust1 storyGod provides for the just and the unjust
Matt 5:45 
Jesus fulfills the Law1 storyI did not come to destroy, but to fulfill
Matt 5:17 
let your light shine2 storiesLet your light shine such that people see your good works and glorify God
Matt 5:16 
light of the world1 storyYou are the light of the world
Matt 5:14 
love your enemies14 storiesLove your enemies and pray for them
Luke 6:27 
Matt 5:44 
lust equivalent to adultery1 storyLooking at a woman with lust is the same as adultery
Matt 5:27-28 
reconcile with brother5 storiesBe reconciled to your brother before going to the altar
Matt 5:23-24 
resist not an evil person1 storyDo not resist an evil person
Matt 5:39 
salt of the earth2 storiesYou are the salt of the earth
Matt 5:13 
turn the other cheek6 storiesTurn the other cheek
Matt 5:39 
sickness
prayer for1 storyPrayer of faith for the sick
James 5:15 
Scripture View

Scripture

Matthew 5:1-7:29
8 storiesSermon on the Mount
Matthew 5:3
1 storySermon on the Mount/beatitudes/blessed are/poor in spirit
Matthew 5:4
2 storiesSermon on the Mount/beatitudes/blessed are/those who mourn
Matthew 5:5
1 storySermon on the Mount/beatitudes/blessed are/meek
Matthew 5:6
3 storiesSermon on the Mount/beatitudes/blessed are/hunger and thirst for righteousness
Matthew 5:7
2 storiesSermon on the Mount/beatitudes/blessed are/merciful
Matthew 5:9
4 storiesSermon on the Mount/beatitudes/blessed are/peacemakers
Matthew 5:10-12
6 storiesSermon on the Mount/beatitudes/blessed are/persecuted
Matthew 5:13
2 storiesSermon on the Mount/salt of the earth
Matthew 5:14
1 storySermon on the Mount/light of the world
Matthew 5:16
2 storiesSermon on the Mount/let your light shine
Matthew 5:17
1 storySermon on the Mount/Jesus fulfills the Law
Matthew 5:22
1 storySermon on the Mount/anger equivalent to murder
Matthew 5:23-24
5 storiesSermon on the Mount/reconcile with brother
Matthew 5:27-28
1 storySermon on the Mount/lust equivalent to adultery
Matthew 5:38-42
1 storyrevenge
Matthew 5:39
6 storiesSermon on the Mount/turn the other cheek
1 storySermon on the Mount/resist not an evil person
Matthew 5:41
2 storiesSermon on the Mount/go the extra mile
Matthew 5:42
4 storiesSermon on the Mount/give to one who asks
1 storygiving
Matthew 5:44
5 storiespersecution/treatment of persecutors
14 storiesSermon on the Mount/love your enemies
3 storiesSermon on the Mount/do good to enemies
Matthew 5:45
1 storySermon on the Mount/God provides for just and unjust
Matthew 6:14-15
3 storiesforgiveness/required
Matthew 6:16
1 storyfasting/Jesus Christ on
Matthew 18:11
1 storyJesus Christ, teachings of/purposes of his coming/save the lost
Matthew 18:19
4 storiesprayer/coordinated
Luke 3:11
1 storypoor, the/requirements for care of
Luke 6:20
1 storySermon on the Mount/beatitudes/blessed are/poor in spirit
Luke 6:21
3 storiesSermon on the Mount/beatitudes/blessed are/hunger and thirst for righteousness
2 storiesSermon on the Mount/beatitudes/blessed are/those who mourn
Luke 6:22-23
6 storiesSermon on the Mount/beatitudes/blessed are/persecuted
Luke 6:27
14 storiesSermon on the Mount/love your enemies
3 storiesSermon on the Mount/do good to enemies
Luke 6:30
4 storiesSermon on the Mount/give to one who asks
1 storygiving
Luke 6:32-35
3 storiesforgiveness/of enemies
Luke 6:37
3 storiesforgiveness/required
Luke 10:29-37
1 storyJesus Christ, parables of/Good Samaritan
Luke 17:3-4
1 storyforgiveness/without limit
Luke 19:10
1 storyJesus Christ, teachings of/purposes of his coming/save the lost
Luke 23:34
1 storyforgiveness/of killers
John 7:17
1 storyJesus Christ, teachings of/proof of
John 14:12
1 storyHoly Spirit/empowerment by
Acts 5:41
1 storyapostles/worthy to suffer
Acts 20:35
1 storygiving
Romans 12:17-21
1 storyrevenge
5 storiespersecution/treatment of persecutors
2 Corinthians 8:1-2
1 storygiving
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
1 storygiving
2 Corinthians 9:6-14
1 storygiving
Ephesians 6:10-20
1 storyarmor/of God
1 Thessalonians 5:14
1 storypoor, the/requirements for care of
1 Thessalonians 5:15
5 storiespersecution/treatment of persecutors
James 5:15
1 storysickness/prayer for
1 John 1:9
1 storyforgiveness/guarantee of
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