This guest post comes from Danielle Adams - a freelance writer who works with Lifestar Therapy, a premiere IOP (intensive outpatient program) that has been helping to treat sexual and pornography addictions for over 20 years. Lifestar is hosting a free Facebook Live event on November 7 and I highly recommend it to anyone who needs help in this area. And if you too are interested in guest posting on my blog, please visit my Guest Post guidelines for more info.Read More
“But among you there must not be even a HINT of sexual immorality..." (Ephesians 5:3)
Purity matters. We fight for pure water and clean air, but there's one area where we generally don't seem as concerned about purity - that is SEXUAL PURITY.
In Part 5 of Spiritual Sweat II, we tackle the sensitive topic of sexual purity and look at it from God's perspective. We'll see that sexual purity is a lot more important than we may realized and the consequences of disobedience in this area, are greater than you may have thought.Read More
"That’s impossible… no way... no one can do that… there’s no way I can ever reach that high a bar."
That’s the most common reaction to my message this past Sunday about God's standard for our purity - a standard that can be summed up in one verse:
“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.” (Ephesians 5:3)
NOT EVEN A HINT! Not even a hint of impurity in your habits. Not even a hint of impurity in your relationships. Not even a hint of impurity in your thoughts. Not even a hint of any kind of impurity!
IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE? CAN WE EVER ATTAIN SUCH A STANDARD?Read More
Yesterday's message is such an important one for every single person to hear. It speaks about the plague of our era - sexual immorality - and the devastating effect it has on both single and married alike.
It's the 4th part of the series we're doing right now called FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE - 5 commitments to fail proof your marriage. Take a look at the message below and may God help you (and me) to keep this important commitment to Stay Pure.
It’s 5:23 am and I am sitting at the airport waiting for my 6:20 am flight to start boarding. I’ll be travelling for the next couple of days so I’m sure if I’m going to get a chance to write a blog post – at least for today. So instead I’m posting a video of the sermon I gave last week at STSA – the first installment in our newest series called NOT EVEN A HINT.
This series is inspired by a verse that I wrote about last week:
“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.” Ephesians 5:3
You can watch the rest of the videos in this series as they become available by going to our website, www.STSAchurch.org, weekly.
For discussion: I’d love to hear any thoughts, comments or feedback on the sermon if you have any.
"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.” Ephesians 5:3
Not even a hint? Isn’t that a bit much? God doesn’t really expect us to reach that level does He? That’s asking a bit much isn’t it? Does God really expect that for us living in the world today?
YES OF COURSE! The beauty of God’s Word is that it is transcendent. It transcends time, culture and all other factors. Something commanded 2000 years ago to a small collection of believers living in the Middle East is just as applicable and relevant to us today. The standard of God is the same yesterday, today and forever. And that standard is this…NOT EVEN A HINT!
Why would a loving and caring God give such as difficult command to follow?Read More