by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #205, CT 310022

"Holiness is a Family Affair"
(I Peter 1:13-16)

When I say the word, "holiness," you may immediately begin to form
mental pictures. It may be of someone wearing a long skirt, no makeup
and her hair in a bun. Or someone walking around with a pious
expression and no joy in life.
There are all kinds of concepts of holiness. What does it really mean
to be holy? What does God mean when He says, "Be ye holy, as I am
threshhold from which you're looking at life.
Recently, on one of the awards programs on television, one of the girls
used a lot of profanity and it was so bad that it was even mentioned in
the newspapers the next day. She took God's name in vain in prime
time, family time on a national network. One writer said that the
girl's language wasn't the worst thing; to him the worst thing was that
television programming is so bad. But the worst thing to me was the
profanity on television. I think sometimes writers think the only
thing Americans can understand and appreciate is sex, dirty stories,
terrible scenes of violence and vulgar language.
My perspective and this newspaper writer's are entirely different. Our
perceptions are from different threshholds of life, and I believe
that's what determines what you are. God makes it clear that if you
are His child, you are to be holy, because He is holy. He is our
Father, we are His children and we are to be like Him. That makes
holiness a family affair, doesn't it?
I'm going to be talking about holiness for the next three messages and
immediately, as I begin, the first check that comes to my spirit is,
"Who are you to be talking about holiness?" You see, I know myself
better than anyone else, the sins I have to struggle with, and how
tough it is to deal with myself in being holy.
Then Satan says, "What ...

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