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The Best Place to Start is at the Heart (7 of 13)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: Jeremiah
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
September 16. 2007
1. The Choice Presented to the Heart!
A) To Forsake the Lord
B) To Follow the Lord
2. The Corruption Perceived in the Heart!
A) Morally Shameful
B) Spiritually Woeful
3. The Cure Prescribed for the Heart!
A) Inclusively Concealed to Man
B) Exclusively Revealed to God
1) Only God Can Help the Heart
2) Only God Can Heal the Heart
The HEART: the world's most popular and varied topic. To the poet it's the vault in which dreams are kept. To the athlete it's the high-test fuel that propels the body when the brain wants to quit. To the romantic it's the most vulnerable and broken part of the body. To the zealot it's what is worn on the sleeve. To Hallmark it fills a cash drawer with receipts. The heart - it's both a mystery and a celebration.
But to the pragmatic physician the heart is much less fanciful and far more miraculous. This muscle extraordinaire weighs less than one pound and is about the same size as a clenched fist. Yet it's 70 beats per minute clean and delivers 5 quarts of blood through 100,000 miles of plumbing to every nook and cranny of the body. It's the focal point of human life. In the lifespan of 70 years, the heart beats more than 2.5 million times. Any flaw in its system is considered life threatening. It's a non-negotiable organ.
Statistics tell us that heart disease is the #1 killer in the United States. Last year alone, heart disease claimed more than 1.25 million lives in this country alone. That is 41.5 percent of all deaths, or 1 in every 2.4 deaths.
Since 1900, heart disease has been the #1 killer in the U. S. in every year but one; 1918. More than 3,400 Americans die each day of heart disease. That is an average of a death every 33 seconds. Heart disease claims more lives, each year, than the next 7 leading causes of death combined. Me ...
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