From the Pastor’s Heart

September, 2019

According to the King James Version of the Bible, the word “Heart” is referenced over 800 plus times. I enjoy studying that word because it represents the core of who we are as God’s creation.  Proverbs 4:23 states that the source of living flows out of our hearts, and we should protect it. When I meditate on that scripture, I ponder on the physical and the spiritual aspects of my heart, and it motivates me to do all I can to keep it healthy.

As Christ-followers, called to be an example to the carnal world, we have a responsibility to reflect God’s heart, a healthy heart that is filled with love and compassion. To reflect the heart of God and obey his will, we must get rid of those things that encumber us. Instead, let us accept the challenge indicated in 1 John 4:16 which reads, “And we have known and believed the love God has to us. God is love and he that dwells in love dwells in God and God in him.”

The above images graced the cover of the July 7th, 2019 Good Shepherd worship bulletin, as I challenged the members to search their hearts. I am offering it here as a gift for you to keep your heart filled with the following.

Faith, Hope, Love, Courage, Forgiveness, Compassion, Humility, Gratitude, Sincerity, Obedience and graceful, wholesome speech that refreshes the soul, revives the heart, fills the atmosphere with a sweet fragrance, and keep you healthy.

“Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11

Blessings to all,

Pastor Olivet J. Brown