Words from the Heart for Sunday September 8th, 2019

Get rid of all the evil things you have done. Let me give you a new heart and a new spirit. Then you will be faithful to me. Why should you die, people of Israel? When anyone dies, it does not give me any joy,” announces the Lord and King. “So turn away from your sins. Then you will live!

Ezekiel 18:31-32 (NIV)

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A New Heart

Dr. Pierre Grondin was a Canadian cardiac surgeon who was one of the first doctors to perform a successful heart transplant. He was one of a select few heart surgeons worldwide who participated in the development of open heart surgery using the heart-lung machine in the early 1960s. He performed the first Canadian heart transplantation at the Montreal Heart Institute in May, 1968.

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There are those who teach that Jesus is a good teacher, or a good example, at best an ideal for which people should strive. He came to earth to help us be good people, to teach us to love each other so that everyone can get along. While all of this seems like a good thing, and it is, it misses the main point of the Gospel. We don’t need help being a good person. We need a heart transplant. This is made clear in Ezekiel 18:31-32: “Get rid of all the evil things you have done. Let me give you a new heart and a new spirit. Then you will be faithful to me. Why should you die, people of Israel? When anyone dies, it does not give me any joy,” announces the Lord and King. “So turn away from your sins. Then you will live!” What every man, woman and child needs is a new heart and a new spirit. Only then can we be faithful to our God. In our sinful nature we can’t possibly live the life that will please God without being given a whole new nature. That can only happen as we invite Jesus Christ to take our sinful heart and give us a heart that is completely new. Have you asked Him to do that in your life?

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley