Entries by Bill Stark

Give me a pure heart, oh God.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. – Psalm 51:10 (NIV) This plea from King David was his response after his affair with Bathsheba.   When facing his sin, he turned to God and cried out for a clean heart.  We too can follow David’s example, turn to God and seek a pure heart. […]

God Deposits in Our Hearts

Recently I endeavored to categorize all 750+ verses in the Bible pertaining to the heart.  It was rewarding to discover the dozens of rich aspects of the heart.   One such aspect of the heart is the idea of God putting deposits, plans and ideas into our hearts. First and best of all, as followers of Christ, God put a new heart in each of us at […]

Come to Jesus with a Humble Surrendered Heart

When challenges come our way, the world tells us to “be strong”, “power through it”, “only the strong survive” and “just put your mind to it”.  Sometimes we may need to hear those messages, but seldom are we advised to have a humble surrendered heart toward God. Some years ago, I tried to power through and quit […]

Meditations of the Heart

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds (and hearts) are steadfast, because they trust in you.  – Isaiah 26:3 (NIV, emphasis added) The word steadfast means ‘to lean, support, lay and rest’.   If you want peace, the formula is pretty straight-forward. The verse says, that keeping your mind leaned on, rested on, supported by […]