“Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” sermon notes by Danny Leavitt

Your Inside Voice


1 Peter 3:3-6

What matters is not your outer appearance—the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes—but your inner disposition.

4-6 Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in. The holy women of old were beautiful before God that way, and were good, loyal wives to their husbands. Sarah, for instance, taking care of Abraham, would address him as “my dear husband.” You’ll be true daughters of Sarah if you do the same, unanxious and unintimidated.



Proverbs 15:4 (NLT)

4 Gentle words are a tree of life;  a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.



Your Inner Life is Your Real Life

Proverbs 4:23 says, Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life (NLT).


Psalm 103:1 (KJV)

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.



James 1:26 (KJV)

If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.


James 1:27The Message (MSG)

Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.


Waddya Say?

Luke 6:45The Voice (VOICE)

It’s the same with people. A person full of goodness in his heart produces good things; a person with an evil reservoir in his heart pours out evil things. The heart overflows in the words a person speaks; your words reveal what’s within your heart.



You Guard Your Heart


Joshua 1:8-9

And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”



Psalm 19:14 (KJV)

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.



A Very Important Thing


Matthew 5:8 says, Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God (NIV).



Controlling the Tongue


James 3 (NLT)


3:1  Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.

3 We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. 4 And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. 5 In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.

But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. 6 And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.



Iran Needs God Bombs


Words of Life

Colossians 4:6 New International Version

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.


Romans 10 (NLT)

10 Dear brothers and sisters, the longing of my heart and my prayer to God is for the people of Israel to be saved. 2 I know what enthusiasm they have for God, but it is misdirected zeal. 3 For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law. 4 For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given.  As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God.


5 For Moses writes that the law’s way of making a person right with God requires obedience to all of its commands.  6 But faith’s way of getting right with God says, “Don’t say in your heart, ‘Who will go up to heaven?’ (to bring Christ down to earth). 7 And don’t say, ‘Who will go down to the place of the dead?’ (to bring Christ back to life again).” 8 In fact, it says,


“The message is very close at hand;

it is on your lips and in your heart.”


And that message is the very message about faith that we preach: 9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”




Stop Listening to yourself, and start Talking to yourself

Psalm 42:5  (NLV)

Why are you sad, O my soul? Why have you become troubled within me? Hope in God, for I will praise Him again for His help of being near me.













Lying in darkness, deep in despair,

Battered and broken, so crushed ‘neath its care;

Bowed down with sorrow, sin’s banners unfurled,

Jesus alone is the hope of the world.

Wasted in battle, strong is the foe,

Bitter the conflict, deep, deep is the woe.

Cowered, defeated, the wicked darts hurled,

Jesus alone is the hope of the world.

Jesus on Calvary died in our stead,

Bruising forever the enemy’s head;

Mercy abundant and unfailing grace,

Jesus alone is the hope of the race.


By:  Olga J. Weiss


Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  Mark 11:24


In Church, last Sunday, the Pastor asked for prayer requests.  Many of us raised our hands and gave the request, others were quiet, but had unspoken things they needed prayer for.  Some requests were for relatives having surgery…others were for friends that had been hurt, and after the initial doctor visit, were told they may have cancer.  We as a group prayed for these individuals, then, and there.  I’m sure that many, if not most of us continued to pray for them during the week as well.

I know the person that had surgery, pulled through!  The person that was told they may have cancer, has since been told they are fine and all is well!

I guess my point is this…PRAYER CHANGES THINGS!!!

This morning, I drew a promise from my little box of “God’s Promises.”  It’s something I inherited from my parents…about 65 years old now.  It’s just small cards, with Scripture verses, and sometimes a small little poem to go along with the verse.  All of these verses are promises from God’s Word.  When my parents were going through rough times, they would draw from this box, and receive encouragement to trust God at His word, and continue to have faith even though the situation seemed impossible!

The promise I drew today said this:

He is able to do exceeding abundantly above ALL that we ask or think.  Eph. 3:20

The little poem underneath, said this:

“O Master, let me walk with Thee in lowly paths of service free;  Tell me Thy secret, help me bear the strain of toil, the fret of care.”-unknown

When we call on God in prayer, not only asking…but BELIEVING…God hears us and is pleased.



Anita Mondragon




I was searching for something to put in the blog, and ran across this scrap of paper.  Sometime ago, I had jotted this down, and now I share with you…-anita


The Holy Spirit came to me as gentle as a dove;

He said, “Someone has sent me to tell you of their love.  So…excuse me please…can we talk awhile about your Spiritual state?”

I started to protest…but He said, “Please listen NOW, for tomorrow may be too late!  He hopes these words will make you see…He gave His all to set you free!”

“In His Holy Word, He says, ‘I sent My Son, to die for you!’ .  Give me this chance, and I’ll explain, how His death paid all your due!”

“This is something personal from Jesus Christ to you…He wants you as you are, so He can make you new!”

“He forgives your imperfections, He just wants you as you are.  He knows your faults and failures…how you’ve wandered off, afar.”

“Just give Him a chance to tell you, and then, you’ll plainly see, that He gave His life there, on the Cross…”


By:  Anita Mondragon  2011


As you know, my dad was a Baptist preacher for over 40 years.  He had many illustrations he used in his sermons.  The following story is an adaptation from one of his many illustrations.  I heard this one many times, and decided to make it into a children’s story for my own kids, and grandkids. I have worded it so that children could understand more easily.  Enjoy!-anita


Clarence sat in the car lot, all proud of the way he look.  Why!  He’d just had a shower AND a wax!  His bright yellow paint was shinning like the sun!  The glare almost put your eyes out.  He thought proudly to himself, “People will have to wear sunglasses if they want to look at me today!  I’m so handsome and shinny…”

He beamed like that all day long as he sat in the lot.  The other cars were getting tired of all of his bragging!  Towards the late afternoon, a man came in and said he’d like to take Clarence for a test drive.  Clarence was very happy and excited!  He was ready to put it into 4-wheel drive and show this guy what he really had under his hood!  After all, he wasn’t just another pretty grill!

The car salesman handed the keys to the man, and they both crawled into the front seat.  At first, the man handled Clarence very gently.  He heard him say he lived on a ranch.  He asked if he could take Clarence 4-wheeling.  This sounded good to Clarence, and hoped the salesman would agree.  He’d show this guy what he was REALLY made of…  The salesman agreed, and they were on their way.

The man found the muddiest spot he could find.  There were deep ruts in the road, and the rocks were bigger than Clarence was! He revved up his engine, and they were off!

At first, Clarence thought this was a lot of fun; after all, he had never been turned loose to do what he really wanted to do.  Climbing these hills, getting stuck for just a moment in the ruts, and rolling through the deep mud was quite an experience for him!  He was having the time of his life!!

The test drive went on for well over an hour.  By the time it was over, it was beginning to get dark.  The car lot would be closing soon, so they started on their way back.

It was very dark now, and the man could barley see the road in front of him.  He switched on the lights, but the reflectors were full of dirt and mud.  He had to go slow for he could only see the road about 5 feet in front of him.  Clarence felt bad! He knew that his lights could shine much farther down the road than that!

They finally reach the car lot.  The man was very impressed with Clarence, and said he would call back in the morning to draw up the paperwork.  Then he left.

The salesman looked at Clarence and said, “My boy, I’ve never seen you in such a mess!  But, it’s too late to clean you up tonight.  We’ll just have to wait until the morning when Bob comes in.”  With these words, he patted Clarence on the front fender, locked the doors, and left.

Clarence couldn’t rest that night!  He felt so dirty.  He flicked his lights on to see if the other cars were awake, but they were all sleeping.  This was very strange!  All of the times before when Clarence would flick his lights on, all the cars in the lot would wake up!  You see, Clarence had the brightest lights of any car on the lot.  But tonight, none of the cars even blinked.  “Something must be terribly wrong with me!” he thought.

I wonder if going over those rocks and ruts broke some of my wires…?” he thought out-loud.  The car next to him, which was a Corvette named Dexter, whispered, “Clarence, is that you?” “Yes.” Clarence answered in a small voice.  “You STINK!” exclaimed Dexter.  “I know…and I’m sorry about that…but…do you think you could just wake up long enough to check something out for me?  I’m worried that my wires got broken this afternoon on that test drive I took.  There’s something wrong with my lights.  I’ve never seem them this dim before!” whined Clarence.  Dexter yawned with his grill wide open and answered, “Sure buddy!  No problem!”

Dexter was wide-awake now, so Clarence flicked on his lights.  It barley made a soft glow.  “Looks to me like you turned on a ‘night light’ for us buddy!” Dexter said with a grin on his grill.  Clarence was NOT amused!  This was more serious than he’d thought!  Dexter said goodnight, and went back to sleep.  But…Clarence could not sleep at all that night.  He was too full of worry.

Finally!  The sky broke with light, and it was morning.  Bob came in early that day.  “Thank Goodness!” thought Clarence, as he hard Bob’s familiar whistling.  It was Bob’s job to keep all of the cars clean and waxed.  He washed them everyday, and waxed them until they shined like the sun.  When Bob saw Clarence all dirty and full of dried, caked on mud, he decided to wash him off first.  Clarence was glad he was first.  He just wanted to check his lights…

Bob sprayed him with the hose, and then used a cloth to remove all of the other dirt.  Clarence was beginning to fell much better now!  Clarence could wait no longer to check his lights.  He flicked them on as he held his breath in anticipation. A big smile came across his grill as his lights shinned brightly.  It was as if the noonday sun had popped in for a visit!  Clarence was SO relieved!  His lights were fine.  It was just the reflectors that had gotten all muddy and dirty.  “Thank goodness!” he thought with great relief.

This is how it is with us.  When we have Jesus in our hearts, he can shine through us and show the way to all of those that still walk in darkness.  The Bible says we are to be the light in this world.  Our responsibility is to shine our lights brightly down the dark road of life, so that people can find their way to Jesus!

Sometimes, we get in the mud of the world, and our reflectors get dirty from things like lying, cheating on our homework, saying bad words, being disobedient to our parents, and so on.  If we truly have Jesus in our heart, His light still burns bright inside of us even though no one can see it because our reflectors are so dirty!

Jesus is like Bob in this story.  He is there to wash us off and make us beautiful and bright for His honor and glory!

So…stop worrying!  There’s nothing wrong with your connections…you just need to let Jesus wash your reflectors clean, and you’ll shine as bright as the SON!

By:  Anita Mondragon  August 2000


Oh, thank God—he’s so good!
    His love never runs out.
All of you set free by God, tell the world!
    Tell how he freed you from oppression,
Then rounded you up from all over the place,
    from the four winds, from the seven seas. Psalm 107: 2-4-MSG


The world was full of many lost sheep

That needed to be brought to the fold;

So God’s only Son, shed His blood for us,

His blood, more precious than gold!

For us that now know His wonderful love,

And have secured a home in the sky,

We must proclaim to all the world,

That Jesus wants none to perish or die!

For all people, all tongues, all nations, each tribe…

God’s only Son, came to earth to die;

He did it for them, for you, and for me…

On a cruel cross, He suffered in agony!

He left Heaven’s glory to bring all salvation,

Gave up His throne for us…His lost creation.

From every nation, kindred, tribe, and tongue…

All brothers we’ve come to be.

We’re sons and daughters of the King Most High!

His blood has set us free!

So, all you redeemed…sing praise to the Lord,

And dance before His throne.

You’ve been bought with a price…

Far higher than rubies;

You’re now HIS…

You’re no longer your own!

Dance before the King, lift high your voice and tell,

How when you were lost and in sin was erring,

Jesus turned your feet from the gates of hell!

From all the corners of this great earth,

Come!  Join this happy band!

Rise up and sing a song of praise…

Lift up your voice, and stand!

Sing praises to your God and King…

You’re LOST NO MORE!  …


By:  Anita Mondragon June 2008


When they nailed Him to the Cross…

I wasn’t there…but, yet I was!

My future days of sin were seen,

So on the Cross, Jesus washed me clean!

This vile and wretched, Hell-bound soul,

Was washed pure white, like fresh fallen snow!

My sins were nailed there, to the cross

When Jesus died, and paid the cost.

For past, present, and future sins, HE died for all, their souls to cleanse!


No…I wasn’t there that lonely day, He died upon that hill…

But He loved me then…He loves me now…and I know He always will!

He died, my sinful soul to save; no longer would I be a slave…

He paid my debt, and set me free, on that lonely hill, called, Mount Calvary!

By:  Anita Mondragon   January 2016

“A Heart for God— A Vision for the World” sermon notes for Jan. 24, 2016 by Danny Leavitt

A Heart for God— A Vision for the World

A passion for God, is compassion for people.  – Dr. Charles Stanley

Your heart will take you further than your gift.

In Pisidian Antioch

Acts 13: 13 From Paphos, Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia, where John left them to return to Jerusalem. 14 From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch. On the Sabbath they entered the synagogue and sat down. 15 After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have a word of exhortation for the people, please speak.”

16 Standing up, Paul motioned with his hand and said: “Fellow Israelites and you Gentiles who worship God, listen to me! 17 The God of the people of Israel chose our ancestors; he made the people prosper during their stay in Egypt; with mighty power he led them out of that country; 18 for about forty years he endured their conduct in the wilderness; 19 and he overthrew seven nations in Canaan, giving their land to his people as their inheritance. 20 All this took about 450 years.

“After this, God gave them judges until the time of Samuel the prophet. 21 Then the people asked for a king, and he gave them Saul son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled forty years. 22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’

23 “From this man’s descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as he promised. 24 Before the coming of Jesus, John preached repentance and baptism to all the people of Israel. 25 As John was completing his work, he said: ‘Who do you suppose I am? I am not the one you are looking for. But there is one coming after me whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.’

26 “Fellow children of Abraham and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent. 27 The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus, yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath. 28 Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him executed. 29 When they had carried out all that was written about him, they took him down from the cross and laid him in a tomb. 30 But God raised him from the dead, 31 and for many days he was seen by those who had traveled with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now his witnesses to our people.


Acts 13:22 (MSG)

 ‘I’ve searched the land and found this David, son of Jesse. He’s a man whose heart beats to my heart, a man who will do what I tell him.’

Create (Bara)  in me a clean (Tahor)  heart ( Lev) oh God.”     – Psalm 51

Hebrew:  Lev Tahor  – Pure Heart

Psalm 51:17  NLT

The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
Psalm 139:23-24 (MSG)

Investigate my life, O God,

find out everything about me;

Cross-examine and test me,

get a clear picture of what I’m about;

See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong—

then guide me on the road to eternal life.


  1. God Knows the condition of your heart


You have a heart condition, heart disease, clogged arteries (Open Heart Perjury)


Matthew 15:19-20 (NLT)

For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. These are what defile you. Eating with unwashed hands will never defile you.”

Jer 17:9, for there is no sin in word or deed, which was not first in the heart.

Luke 8:11-15The Message (MSG)

11-12 “This story is about some of those people. The seed is the Word of God. The seeds on the road are those who hear the Word, but no sooner do they hear it than the Devil snatches it from them so they won’t believe and be saved.  You have blocked arteries.

13 “The seeds in the gravel are those who hear with enthusiasm, but the enthusiasm doesn’t go very deep. It’s only another fad, and the moment there’s trouble it’s gone.  You have stenosis

14 “And the seed that fell in the weeds—well, these are the ones who hear, but then the seed is crowded out and nothing comes of it as they go about their lives worrying about tomorrow, making money, and having fun.  You have clogged arteries.

15 “But the seed in the good earth—these are the good-hearts who seize the Word and hold on no matter what, sticking with it until there’s a harvest.


1 Peter 3:4 (NLV)

Your beauty should come from the inside. It should come from the heart. This is the kind that lasts. Your beauty should be a gentle and quiet spirit. In God’s sight this is of great worth and no amount of money can buy it.


Types of Hearts:  biblehub.com
Pslam 119:70


Their hearts are callous and unfeeling



Their hearts are dull and stupid



their heart is unfeeling like fat



Their heart is covered with fat




King James Bible

Their heart is as fat as grease



Their hearts are hard and insensitive



Their minds are clogged as with greasy fat


Aramaic Bible in Plain English

Their heart is curdled like milk


JPS Tanakh 1917

Their heart is gross like fat


Open Heart Surgery

Matthew 5:8  (MSG)

“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
Hebrews 10:22 (NLT)

let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.

Ezekiel 36:22-30The Message (MSG)

22-23 “Therefore, tell Israel, ‘Message of God, the Master: I’m not doing this for you, Israel. I’m doing it for me, to save my character, my holy name, which you’ve blackened in every country where you’ve gone. I’m going to put my great and holy name on display, the name that has been ruined in so many countries, the name that you blackened wherever you went. Then the nations will realize who I really am, that I am God, when I show my holiness through you so that they can see it with their own eyes.

24-28 “‘For here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to take you out of these countries, gather you from all over, and bring you back to your own land. I’ll pour pure water over you and scrub you clean. I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed. I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands. You’ll once again live in the land I gave your ancestors. You’ll be my people! I’ll be your God!

A Heart for God— A Vision for the World



My heart was just a wilderness,

Walled in with self and pride;

The brambles of deceit grew there,

And weeds on every side.

The gate was closed and tightly locked,

By Satan, made secure;

For he was master of my heart,

His seeds he planted there.

And then came One who had a key,

The gate He opened wide;

The key was love; His fragrance filled

The garden like a tide.

For with His presence came the light,

And with His light came life;

A resurrection now began

To end despair and strife.

The walls of pride He now cast down,

He built there walls of grace;

Blossoms of hope spring all around

And flowers in every place.

And oh, this blessed Gardener,

How patiently He tills,

To make the soil more pliable,

To cure the many ills.

He is the Water, Food, and Strength,

The Sun with its blest ray;

To this the garden of my heart

He is my all today.


By:  Olga J. Weiss


2 Thess. 2:16,17 reads: Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.


When I read this passage this morning, I was struck by the idea that believers could actually be given comfort and strength by the giving of kind words and deeds. The Lord will strengthen us and comfort us as we reach out to bless! How often do we just think of receiving good things from God. We pray that He will bless us with peaceful hearts and the will to keep going…

     Here, in the Word, it tells us one way we can get comfort and strength. Simply GIVE! It is, indeed, a blessing to help others. It lifts us up, makes our everyday burdens seem lighter, and puts a spring in our step. When we get our eyes off of our own problems and look to help our neighbor, our perspective changes. Not only that, but God promises to bless us with comfort and strength. So it’s not merely a psychological exercise in order to change ones demeanor, but it is actually a real thing. God’s blessings are real. Take your burdens to Him today. He may ask you to reach out to someone to help them with an encouraging word or a kind deed. But know that  He is real, and can really change things in your own life’s circumstances as well.
By:  Anna Leavitt