"But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place" (Eph. 5:3-4)
A life of personal holiness is not easy. But it is important — both for the Christian himself, for those he encounters and for those whose lives he might someday touch. In my recent book, The Minister's Little Devotional Book (Honor Books), co-authored with Stan Toler, I wrote about someone special in my life:
I think the point I am attempting to make is that even the best and the brightest of our colleagues often fall prey to the attacks of Satan. When that happens, precious lives are left in ruin, promising ministries are destroyed and priceless future opportunities for sharing God's love are lost. The cost is too high.
There is only one preventative course for us to take — stay very close to our Lord. Admit to Him our weaknesses and surrender to Him our fear ... and then flee. Flee every form of evil, and take ourselves out of harm's way.
We really do need to pray for one another.
The Internet is changing the way people shop, communicate ... and trash their marriages. Although there isn't a meeting of bodies, there's a meeting of souls, which is really what Christ was getting at, in some sense, of what adultery is all about.
The marriages and families of too many pastors are falling by the wayside. Pastor Gary Kinnaman has developed a strategy that can hold them together.
The concept of holiness conjures up different images for different Christians. It's pretty abstract to some and as clear as a stone to others.