A Forgotten Word;
An Abandoned Practice!
Being a native Texan I have driven many thousands of the 262,000 square miles in the great state of Texas. There are at least 260 recorded "Ghost towns" scattered in the rural counties. While driving through some of the spacious and remote miles, a question would pry at the corner of my mind: “Why would someone desert such a handsome home place or business?” Often I have wished that the bleached and eroding walls of an abandoned structure could whisper, or the invading bushes would blabber the hidden past.
As I gaze upon the Christian landscape of our day there is a word, a Bible characteristic, a practice that stands forlorn as a ghost town on the West Texas plains. It’s the word “holiness.” “Holiness” and its derivatives are mentioned in the pages of the Holy Bible more than 680 times. It must be of great significance to our Heavenly Father.
There is real beauty, significance, value, and necessity for us in this great attribute. It is God’s overriding attribute. His name is holy; His son, His Spirit and His Book are holy; and His children are to be holy. What is the holiness of God? Since you and I are commanded to be holy, what is it that God has in mind? What will our lives be like when we are holy?
BBN-BI has a great course in our Christian Living and Family Studies division: Living in Holiness. This course is artistically and passionately taught by veteran Pastor and Evangelist, Dr. Ross Rhoads.
The BI courses are a refreshing prevention of spiritual dryness and doctrinal abandonment. Get off the beaten path of Bible familiarity and take in the beauty and “ahh” of neglected truths.
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