Fall Creek Friends
11345 Karnes Rd.
Hillsboro, Ohio 45133

Pastor's Pen
The Lord God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake
us: That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in his ways, and to keep his
commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our
fathers. - 1 Kings 8:57-58

       February is heart month.  On the physical side it is a chance for health care
professionals to remind us of how important that it is we learn and practice good heart
health.  On the commercial side Valentine’s Day is a big day for the florist, the candy
makers, the card makers and the restaurants to make hay.  With all of that emphasis
on the worlds point of view how about the spiritual heart of the people of God?   In the
book of 1 Kings we find Solomon in chapter 8 dedicating the temple.  He prays a prayer
of dedication while kneeling and facing the altar.  Solomon then stands to face the
people and proceeds to bless them.  He is asking that their hearts and their lives might
always be focused on serving the Lord and that God would keep them in that way.  I
was thinking what other things does scripture say in regards to our hearts as
believers?  The scripture reminds us to ask the Lord to search our hearts to keep them
pure before him.  We are to rejoice in our hearts before and because of the Lord.  We
are to have wise hearts, clean hearts, understanding hearts and hearts that are fixed
upon God.  We are to have hearts that desire God like a thirsty deer looking for water.  
On the other hand we are to avoid a proud heart or a deceitful heart or a wicked or
wandering heart.  Jesus tells us not to have a troubled heart but instead a trusting
heart and one that lives without fear.  Most of all we are to have a loving heart filled with
the love of God for both God and man because we have a new heart that has been
changed by the saving love of Christ.  How is your heart today?

H. Scott Latimer