Goodsprings Full Gospel Church is an independent, Spirit-filled church with a hunger for God and a heart for people. Established in 1944, we are celebrating our 75th year of ministry. We want to extend a personal invitation to you to come worship with us. You will feel welcome, loved, and experience the freedom and power of the Holy Spirit.

Our vision is to maintain a place of vibrant worship, to provide an atmosphere of Christian unity and fellowship, to teach & preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to disciple believers in the knowledge of the Scripture and in the Christian lifestyle, to evangelize the lost in our community and beyond, and to support foreign missions.

 Service Schedule:

 Sunday School - 9:45 a.m.
 Sunday Morning Worship - 11 a.m.
 Sunday Evening Worship - 6 p.m.
 Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study - 7 p.m.

 Church Location:
 11225 Highway 269
 Parrish, Alabama 35580

 Mailing Address:
 Goodsprings Full Gospel Church
 P.O. Box 3161
 Jasper, Alabama 35502
 (205) 686-9210

 E-Mail: info@goodspringsfgc.com


 Pastor Ben's new book is now available @ our online store.
 
Watch Ben's interview with Sid Roth on "It's Supernatural."

This interview aired on the following networks: Daystar, Cornerstone, NRB, Sky Angel, The Church Channel,
Miracle Network, God TV, Faith, GLC, Inspiration and many other cable outlets.
(DVD copies are available at our online store.)


Watch our weekly telecast The Word Workshop

If you live in the Jasper, Alabama, area or in Walker, Winston, Fayette, Cullman, or Jefferson Counties,
you can view our telecast on Jasper's digital TV 16-1 or on Charter Cable channel 10. The broadcast
airs on Mondays @ 9 p.m. and Tuesdays @ 12 (noon). Our show features Gospel music and Pastor
 Ben's Sunday messages. If you live outside the viewing area, you can view past and present programs
 by clicking the "YouTube" button on the menu bar above.


Pastor Ben & Michelle Godwin 

How Healthy Is Your Heart?

 

By Pastor Ben Godwin  

      God’s main concern is, and our main concern should be, the condition of our heart! It is more important than the condition of our body, our car, our house, our yard, our clothes, or anything else. There are numerous “heart healthy” foods on the market now that are low in sodium, low in fat, low in cholesterol, and low in taste (lol). Many people are health conscious, and rightfully so. If we are mindful about the shape of our physical heart, shouldn’t we be equally attentive to our spiritual heart? 

     Your physical heart is a vital organ (muscle), about the size of a fist, that pumps blood throughout the body. On average, the adult heart beats about seventy times per minute—that’s 100,800 beats per day, automatically without even thinking about it. God wisely designed our amazing circulatory system (60,000 miles of arteries, veins, and capillaries that would circle the globe two and one-half times at the equator) to ensure that every cell gets its blood supply. The heart is one of our most important organs (when it quits working, we die!). A person can have many other health problems, but if their heart is healthy, they will usually survive.

     In a spiritual sense, our heart is the engine of our whole being, the core of who we are. Your “heart” is your true character, nature, attitudes, and motives—the real you on the inside. There are over 900 references to the heart in the Bible (most refer to the spiritual heart not the physical organ). The heart is so important that Scripture tells us to make it a top priority to protect it from negative influences. One key verse is, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” (Pr. 4:23, NLT). You can have many things going wrong in your life, but if your heart is right with God, you can still thrive.

     People tend to focus on our looks, personality, possessions, or talent, but God focuses on our heart! Remember when God sent Samuel to anoint a new king of Israel? When he saw Jesse’s eldest son, Eliab, he was immediately impressed with his muscular physique. He jumped to the conclusion, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!” (1 Sam. 16:6, NLT) God reminded Samuel that He wasn’t looking for the strongest, tallest, smartest, or most handsome man, He was looking for a pure-hearted man of character to wear the crown. “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Sam. 16:7, NKJV).

     Samuel interviewed all of Jesse’s sons (Eliab, Abinadab, Shammah, Nethanel, Raddai, Ozem—1 Sam. 16:6-10, 1 Chr. 2:13-15). The three oldest served as soldiers in King Saul’s army and were fine specimens of humanity—strong studs who were tall, dark, and handsome. But none of them were chosen. Frustrated, Samuel asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.” “Send for him at once,” Samuel said. “We will not sit down to eat until he arrives” (1 Sam. 16:11, NLT). David was so young and insignificant he wasn’t even invited to the party. He was overlooked by his own father, and by his brothers, and even by the prophet Samuel, but God noticed him. He was a scrawny kid, the runt of the litter, but God saw something different in him—the heart of a champion! God’s not looking at your hair, your face, your clothes, your car, your house, your bank account, your intelligence, or your talent; He’s looking at your HEART!

     The human heart is easily corrupted“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9, NKJV). The good news is Doctor Jesus still performs heart surgery, even total transplants! “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezk. 36:26, NKJV) Jesus promised, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Mt. 5:8).  C. S. Lewis observed, “It is safe to tell the pure in heart they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to.” Not only will they see God in heaven, they will see God intervene in their lives here on earth. To be “pure” means “without mixture, or free from anything of a different, inferior or contaminating kind.” A thoroughbred dog has a pure bloodline. Pure gold has no other alloys mixed in with it.

     How does God purify our hearts? By placing us in the fire. The most precious metals go through the hottest fires. “Silver and gold are purified by fire, but God purifies hearts (Pr. 17:3, TLB). When gold and silver are melted down, the impurities rise to the surface. Then, the dross is removed, and the process is repeated. A silversmith knows it is pure when he can look at the liquid silver and see a clear reflection of himself. How long will the purifying process last? Until God can look at us and see a clear reflection of Himself. No wonder Job, who endured many fiery trials, said, “When he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold (Job 23:10, NLT).

     The human heart is like wax—close to heat, it softens; away from heat, it hardens. When we’re close to God (who is a consuming fire—Heb. 12:29), our heart stays soft; when we drift away from Him, our heart hardens. Like David, the man after God's own heart (Ac. 13:22), we should constantly pray, Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me” (Ps. 51:10, KJV). Do a self-check-up today, how healthy is your heart? With God, the heart of the matter is always the matter of the heart!

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