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The Heart and Brain Connection

by Keith E Jackson, MA, MFT | Christian Author Award Winner 2015 |

As I was reading Hebrews 4:12-13, I noticed that the scripture made a clear distinction between the soul, spirit, and the heart. I then asked the Holy Spirit to show me the difference between the heart and the human spirit. This triggered a series of revelations that has changed my perceptions on the functions of the heart, and has given me a deeper understanding of human behavior. I pray that this article brings deeper insights to the reader of this text.

I once thought the heart was an organ used to pump blood through-out your body. But now I realize that I was only partially correct. Through the revelation of the scriptures and recent articles I discovered from medical journals, I have discovered that the heart is more than just a pump that circulates blood through-out the body. Medical science has discovered that the heart is a complex organism that has its own functional brain. Research in the new discipline of neurocardiology has discovered that the heart is a sensory organ that is capable of sending, receiving and processing information. It has been discovered that the heart has 40,000 neurons connected to the brain. The nervous system within the heart (heart brain) enables the heart to learn, remember and make functional decisions independent of cerebral cortex, or mind. Once I understood the myriad of functions the heart performed, I understood that the heart was more than a blood pump. That’s why the Bible makes reference to the heart because the heart has the capacity to think. How many times have you heard someone say their heart was telling them something, or it just doesn’t’ feel right? Some may call it intuition. But this is just one of the functions of our heart. We must learn to take advantage of what this amazing organ can do for us and not misuse or mistreat it.

Keith E Jackson MFT, a Christian Author Award winner 2015, received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona. After graduating he played in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers. After his career ended in the NFL, he was employed with the San Diego County Probation and Sheriff’s department for 28 years. After retiring from the Sheriff’s Department he received his Master’s Degree in counseling Psychology from Southern California Bible College and Seminary. He is currently licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California. He is also the founder of One Last Chance outreach, which provides biblically based counseling in Portland, Oregon.

For more information please go the his website under

One Last Chance - Biblical Counseling Service

or his daily motivational blog, Words of Empowerment


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