"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad." -Proverbs 12:25

"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad." -Proverbs 12:25
Midnight Blue (1963): Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell featuring Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone, Major Holley on double bass, Bill English on drums and Ray Barretto on conga. Midnight Blue is one of Burrell’s best-known works for Blue Note Records. In 2005, NPR included the album in its "Basic Jazz Library", describing it as "one of the great jazzy blues records".

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"You are not designed for everyone to like you - Wise Man Phil

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A New Heart

Responsive: Responding especially readily and sympathetically to appeals, efforts, influences, etc.: a responsive government.


A New Heart 

Central Thought:

We all need a new heart.


And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.
- Ezekiel 36:26 (NLT)

The Latin word for heart is "cordis".  

The root word for "cordis" is "cor".

From this mini lesson in Latin we gain a deeper understanding of why the core of an apple is the "heart" of an apple; the core issue is the "heart" of an issue.

The core is the center.   

As this Latin word traveled to its English destination we were introduced to such words as courage, discourage and encourage. I particularly love the word encourage for it literally means to “give another heart to carry out an act”.  I’m encouraged by the fact that when we encourage one another we’re literally "giving them heart" to carry out a certain act; deed. 

That is powerful.

The condition of our heart is also powerful. 

Our heart can be an ambassador for compassion, passion and empathy, or it can be agent for selfishness, arrogance and pride.  Proverbs 4:23 states; "Above all else, guard your hearts, for it affects everything you do."  

The type of heart we have is paramount.  

An Indian proverb states; "Whatever you’re overflowing with you will spill out when you're bumped." 

When we are annoyed, irritated, disrespected, cut off in traffic, insulted, lied about and "bumped" by another, what do we spill out onto others? 

What is your heart full of?   

Is it forgiveness, love and kindness or is it malice, hatred and revenge? 
Many times the condition of our heart is evident to all around us, but we ourselves are blind to its content. Our hearts can often become hardened, hassled and hurried, and they can also become, when we are at our best and have been most blessed, holy.

The Latin phrase "ex abundantia enim cordis os loquitur" translated in English is "For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." 

What does your mouth, and actions, say about your heart?

What is the condition of your heart? 

Are you in need of a new heart? 

The good news is if you’re in need of a new heart God is waiting to give you a heart that is full of love and forgiveness, and one that is tender; responsive

Don’t wait; get your new heart today.

 sbb 4.1.12

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