I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Ezekiel 36:26 NIV

Listen to Words from the Heart

A New Heart

In July 1912, Alfred Noyes wrote a poem called “The Heart of Canada.” Two years before the outbreak of World War I, this is an example of the poet’s active encouragement of military support for the UK from North America. Noyes spent a lot of time in North America and was a passionate advocate for Canadian and US involvement in World War I. Canada declared war on Germany immediately on the outbreak of war in August 1914. The USA finally entered the war against Germany in 1917.

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God had chosen the people of Israel to be His own. The challenge was that many of them didn’t care about Him. Just as they do today, people didn’t care about God, and lived their lives as if He didn’t exist. Over the centuries of the Hebrews scriptures, we see the Israelites turning their hearts to the gods of the nations around them – who were really no gods at all. The Lord knew that He had to do something to draw them to Himself – them and people from all the other nations as well. He knew that giving them the law and His covenants wasn’t enough. The Old Testament prophet was given the ability to look ahead to see what God had planned for those who love him. Ezekiel 36:26 says, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” That day would finally come on the Day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came in power. He continues to do that today, for you, if you will repent of your sin and put your faith in Jesus Christ.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley