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Purposeful Heart - Heart Series 10

Who wants to live a life without purpose? Most start with some purpose in mind but along the way they are discouraged, distracted, and lose their way. Sadly, many today live as the proverbial frog in the pot of water. As the water is slowly heated, the frog "adjusts" to the temperature difference; he does not sense any danger, so he remains in the pot, until he is boiled alive. Living without purpose is wasting your life a second at a time. Losing a moment seems negligible and insignificant, but each moment is unrecoverable; it is gone forever. God doesn't want us living this way. We are to be as He is, purposeful. From the very beginning, God had a plan. He made an environment for humans to live in, and everything they needed to thrive. When they decided to sin, He had already made a way for them to return to Him. And then, He spiritually gifted each one of us at salvation so that we can benefit the assembly of believers. Today as always, He is operating with purpose. Fur…

Steadfast Heart - Heart Series 9

Have you ever known of someone that seemed to never be discouraged or ever failed in a time of great trouble? Winston Churchill was this type of man. He survived many years of failure to finally hold the office of Prime Minister of England during World War II. He had a "good stubbornness" about him and was firmly determined not to give up. He shows his grit, guts, and courage in the following statements: "Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.""Never, never, never give up.""If you're going through hell, keep going.""A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.""You have enemies? Good. It means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.""Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, it's also what it takes to sit down and listen.""…

Undivided Heart - Heart Series 8

"A person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind…Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do." (James 1:6, 8) These picturesque sentences speak of a person who is unsettled, unstable, and unable to make decisions that lead in the same direction and therefore unbalanced. Their mind, emotions and will (heart) wavers in its loyalty, in one moment they live as the world does and in another as God would want. Confusion and chaos are the consequences. The psalmist said, "I hate those with divided loyalties, but I love your instruction." Jesus said, "Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A town or family splintered by feuding will fall apart."  (Matthew 12:25) What God believes every leader, country and family want is loyalty, also known as an undivided heart or wholeheartedness, because that's what He wants of those that follow Him. Other synonyms…

Delighted Heart - Heart Series 7

When we say we are "delighted" it means that we are given to great pleasure by something. Some are delighted when they buy a new house or a first house after years of renting. Others are delighted with a good meal; the positive end to a sporting event for their team. Maybe these could be better seen as circumstantial happiness because they are temporal, for the house and team will grow old and lose their delight. To have a delighted heart means that the mind, emotion and will are unified in their opinion about something. The writer of Psalm 119 said, "Your laws are my treasure; they are my heart's delight." (119:111) So, the laws, commands, caused the writer's heart to be delighted. They did not weigh him down, discourage him and beat him up; they were seen by him as his "constant guide," gave him "more insight than my teachers," made him "even wiser than my elders," were "sweeter than honey," gave him "understand…

Complaint

In legal terms filling a "complaint" is registering a discomfort or dissatisfaction you feel with another person, organization or company. It can range from minor to major and include lawyers, courts and judges to resolve. Who do you know that is a complainer? It's evident when you're with one. That person is dissatisfied with his home, job, church, grocery store, car dealer, restaurant, and more. They feel the need to express their dissatisfaction by word, verbally or on paper. Usually it's because they feel hurt. Maybe their expectations were too high. Maybe the other party didn't fulfill their end of the agreement, and they are going to take it public. How does complaining affect their life? It hardens them, tipping their life toward the negative. It strengthens the link in their mind with the other person or company in a bad way. It may drive their friends away. After situating himself in Jerusalem and creating peace with all his surrounding enemies, King Da…