by Ken Trivette

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The Hard Heart of Pharoah (1 of 6)
Series: A Spiritual EKG
Ken Trivette
Exodus 7:14

1. The heart is an amazing marvel. It beats an average of 75 times a minute, 40 million times a year, or two-and-a-half billion times in a life of 70 years. At each beat, the average adult heart discharges about four ounces of blood. This amounts to three thousand gallons a day or 650,000 gallons a year-enough to fill more than 81 tank cars of 8,000 gallons each. The heart does enough work in one hour to lift a 150-pound man to the top of a three-story building, enough energy in twelve hours to lift a 65-ton tank car one foot off the ground, or enough power in seventy years to lift the largest battleship afloat completely out of the water.

2. In 1988 it was estimated that over 68 million Americans have one or more forms of heart and blood vessel disease. In 1988, 45.3 percent of all deaths in this country was due to heart disease. Nearly one-fifth of those deaths were under age 65. It is estimated that 1,500,000 Americans will have a heart attack this year and over 500,000 of them will die. Understanding that nearly half of all deaths in this country are heart-related, more and more Americans are becoming health conscious and doing things that are necessary to help reduce the risk of a heart attack.

3. I heard about one lady called Aunt Sarah. Aunt Sarah was 99 years old, the oldest living resident in her small town. The town was giving her a birthday party. Among her guests was her 39 year old pastor. As the pastor got ready to leave, he said, "Now, Aunt Sarah, I hope that one year from this very day, I will be able to come and celebrate your one-hundredth birthday." Aunt Sarah looked at him and said, "I don't see why not! You look fairly healthy to me."

4. While there is much attention being given today concerning the physical condition of the heart, when you look in the Bible, you will find that God has much to say about the spiritual condition of the heart. T ...

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