Monthly archive for February 2007

The Overflow of Our Hearts

What we say and don’ t say will eventually reveal a person’ s true character. Most of us can be on good behavior for a while. But stay with us for very long, or when we are stressed or not at our best, and we may reveal some things that surprise even ourselves. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45 NIV Jesus speaks of the need of our hearts being healthy. In biblical times the Greek word Kardia, from which we get our word cardiac, meant “ heart, mind, seat of thought and emotions.” The passage speaks of being healthy people emotionally, even in ways that we think others will never know. Many

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American Heart Month

In 2004, President Bush appropriately proclaimed February as American Heart Month. This is a fitting title, not only because of the heart-shaped paraphernalia surrounding the 14th, but because the number one killer of Americans, coronary heart disease, definitely deserves national attention. The word is out, but how many of us really know what to do to protect ourselves? Heart healthy nutrition is one way you can prevent heart disease, and the First Place Live It plan can get you started! Keep Fats in Check First, you want to keep your fats in check. Saturated and trans fats are the biggest dietary culprits when it comes to elevated blood cholesterol (a major cause of heart disease). These fats are found in foods from animals, such as fatty meats, higher fat milk and cheese, butter, and foods made with hydrogenated oil, such as many commercial baked goods, French fries, and donuts. These

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Guarding Your Heart

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. – Proverbs 4:23 My Bible concordance defines the heart as “the vital center of one’ s being, emotions, and sensibilities”. My commentary goes on tell me that “ our heart – our feelings of love and desire – dictates to a great extent how we live because we always find time to do what we enjoy”. Scripture teaches that the heart is the “dwelling place of the Holy Spirit living within me.” We are God’s temple and what comes out of our mouth reveals who resides in our heart! As I was studying my First Place lesson, and this verse, I was reminded how important it is to guard our hearts against negative thoughts and people who are always negative. I find when I am continually around negative people I will begin to think what they are

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