Kardias ...with your whole heart
Welcome to Kardias (kar-DEE-us)!
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You may wonder where this strange word "kardias" comes from.
In the words of our Lord, Jesus Christ (quoting Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and Leviticus
19:18): "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul
and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love
your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30-31,
It has been our experience that these two commands are truly inseparable. Loving
God with our whole heart propels us toward our neighbor in need. And to reach out
to others in need only brings us closer to the heart of God, and to His holiness
in our lives.
The Greek word for heart in this passage is kardias. This word is defined
as "the seat and center of human life" including ones "desires, feelings, affections,
passions, impulses." (from The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament © 1992
by AMG International, Inc. Revised Edition, 1993)
It is the desire of my family that we live this life with our whole heart. Firstly,
we will love the Lord our God with all of our heart, with all of our soul, with
all of our mind, and with all of our strength. God the Father and Jesus Christ are
the seat and center of our lives.
In order to live with our whole heart, we must first have a whole heart. Because
we live in a broken world, because we were slaves to sin, because this whole world
lies in the lap of the evil one, there have been many events in our lives that have
crushed our hope, stolen our desire to go on, and killed the life within us (John
10:10). Through time, our Father has brought some of those events to the surface;
as we yield our brokenness to the Master Healer, Jesus heals us; He restores our
soul, saves us from the death that is in our flesh, and gives us life to the full.
We are called to give comfort, encouragement, and joy with our whole heart.
There have been wonderful friends over the years that have been a soothing balm
to our wounded spirits; it is the community of believers that serves as the arms
of God to give comfort when your is broken, to give encouragement when your arms
are weak, and to share in your joy when your faith is full. With God's help, with
Christ's strength, and with the Spirit's leading, we desire to create a community
like that. It is not right, is not natural, it is not necessary to go through this
To see how we're trying to live out the Second Great Commandment check out the Ministries pages. We would appreciate your
prayerful consideration in joining us.