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Open Heart “The Heart of the Issue” August 13, 2017 Ed Young
Well thank you so much, it's great to be back. It's great to be back home from open heart surgery. It really, really is, thank you. Please be seated.
Yeah I was shocked when someone looked at me and said, "you're a heart patient." I'm thinking, “You've got to be talking to the wrong person. A heart patient? I've eaten clean and worked out and run some marathons and stuff and you're calling me heart patient?”
Then I thought, “Yeah, that's true I am a heart patient.”
In fact, about 11 or 12 weeks ago, I had open heart surgery, five hours long. I'm a heart patient.
So, if the truth were really known, all of us are heart patients, we really are. So, I want to us to say that together. I think it'll be a real good time of confession. Whether you're here, in the balcony, in our family worship center, or one of our many different environments, you might be in North Port, Miami; you could be in South Lake, Fort Worth, Dallas, Allaso. On the count of three, let's say, “I'm a heart patient.”
Open Heart “The Word of God Is…” August 20, 2017 Pastor Ed Young
[INTRO VIDEO OF INTERVIEW WITH DR. LAWRIE]
Wasn't that a great video? Absolutely amazing, I mean. When I say great I just like the way it was edited. And it was very emotional for me to watch it. But I thought about that a lot because had I not gone to the doctor, had I not just had a regular checkup from my cardiologist I wouldn't have known I had a messed up valve. Had I not known that, I wouldn't have gone to this amazing surgeon. He wouldn't have cracked my chest open, repaired the valve, and I wouldn't be functioning like I am today.
Open Heart “Whole-Hearted” August 27, 2017 By Ed Young
Well it happened. At 12:11 a.m. on the 25th of August, Lisa and I became grandparents. The most beautiful baby in the world, Sterling Lee Hughes was born and we’re so, so excited. Grandparents. You might be going, there’s no way you’re a grandfather. As young as you look? As dynamic, there’s no way! Well, yes, there’s a way. I’m just prematurely gray. That’s all, that’s all. Anyway, there’s nothing like childbirth. We all have a birthday, we do. You might be wondering, man, Ed, how old are you? Well, it’s important for you to remember my birthday, I appreciate that. It’s March 16, 1961. I’m a ‘61 model. When’s your birthday? Let’s all say our birthdays out loud on the count of 3. 1-2-3. Yeah, yeah. I can hear you down in Miami, at our beautiful campus in Southwest Florida, Fellowship Northport. I can hear that. Celina/Prosper, Dallas, Fort Worth, Southlake/Keller, even all the way at beautiful Allaso Ranch, because I want to welcome everyone who’s here today. Thank you, guys, for being here. I really, really appreciate it. We’re in a series called Open Heart. Open Heart.
Open Heart “Soil” September 3, 2017 Ed Young
You know what's interesting? Most people go through life, without ever knowing the answer to their problem and so often we don't really know what the problem is, yet we search for meaning and purpose, we search for an agenda yet so often we're clueless about that. Well, the issue of life is our hearts.
We've been talking about having an open heart. We've been talking about the heart and we've been discussing the fact that the heart is the essence of who we are. The heart, is our intellect, it's our spirituality, it's our uniqueness. Everybody has a heart. We have a heart physically, and there's some definite parallels. Our heart pumps about a gallon and a half of blood throughout our bodies, every minute. If we're spinning or if we're running a marathon or, let's say, we're cross fitting, it can be over eight gallons per minute that's being pumped throughout our bodies. Of course, if our hearts aren't beating, we're dead, so our hearts mean a lot to us physically. But, in a deeper sense, our heart of hearts is what I want to talk to you about today. You know, I don't want to make, and I try not to make too many broad-brush statements. Too many general statements.
On May 15, 2017, Pastor Ed Young had open heart surgery to correct a mitral valve prolapse. The surgeons cut him from stem to stern, cracked open his chest, and repaired the valve. The surgery was a success, and will help him continue to get the most out of every day of life. In this series, Pastor Ed parallels the reality of his open-heart surgery with the process God wants us each to experience in our spiritual lives. Because when it comes to our true hearts, God wants to heal us so we can get the most out of life – here and forever!