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Girl’s Weekend Gone Bad

Girl's Weekend Gone Bad

Three rules for girl’s weekend at the lake: No makeup, no dieting, and no doing anything productive. It’s heavenly. Every winter my friend Lisa and I look forward to an annual trip to the lake where we relax by a fire, enjoy great meals prepared and frozen weeks in advance, watch movies, and devour a suspense novel. The meals, movies, and books vary, but the one absolute is the cozy ambiance of a crackling fire. It just sets the mood for our well-deserved weekend of laziness. We unloaded the car, stocked the fridge, and changed into old sweat pants, over-sized

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The Heart of Hospitality – Part 2

The Heart of Hospitality - Part 2

One of the main differences between entertainment and hospitality is entertainment focuses on things (condition of house, food, convenience, etc.), while hospitality focuses on people. Hospitality is not so much an act as it is an attitude of otherness. Here are some defining differences of attitude between the two: Entertaining says, “We can’t have the pastor’s family over tonight!  I didn’t cook. I had just planned on having grilled cheese sandwiches and soup!” Hospitality says, “Let’s have the pastor’s family over for grilled cheese sandwiches and soup. We haven’t fellowshipped with them in a while.” ———————————— Entertaining says, “I’ll start

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The Heart of Hospitality – Part 1

The Heart of Hospitality

True hospitality is not found in the pages of Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens, or Good Housekeeping, but in the Word of God. Unfortunately, these magazines have distorted the meaning of biblical hospitality by appealing to the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. We drool over pictures of elaborate homes decorated to perfection and become dissatisfied with our own. We conclude our homes will never measure up and are not worthy of guests. What we need to realize is hospitality has nothing to do with things, and everything to do with

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How to Lead Your Child to Christ – Part 2

How to Lead Your Child to Christ - Part 2

Last week we considered the dangers of leading children into a premature assurance of salvation. This week, let’s look at a few practical ways to lead children into a strong and confident relationship with Christ.  Encourage Your Child When your child speaks of his love and commitment to Jesus, let him know you are overjoyed by his desire to please God. Encourage him to discuss his thoughts and ask questions about things that confuse him. Encourage him to get to know Jesus better by spending time with the Lord in prayer and by reading His Word. You may want to

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How to Lead Your Child to Christ – Part 1

How to Lead Your Child to Christ

All Christian parents long for the day their child receives Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. “Mommy, I asked Jesus to be my Savior,” brings tears to our eyes and joy to our hearts. As parents desiring God’s abundant life for our children, we should be overjoyed to hear those words. However, as wise shepherds over their hearts, we should be very cautious. Leading our children to Christ involves much more than guiding them in a simple prayer. It’s living an example before them of what it means to walk with Christ on a daily basis. It’s teaching them God’s

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