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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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Cultivating Unity Among Siblings

Cultivating Unity Among Siblings

Today’s culture would like for us to believe it is normal for siblings to not get along and not like each other. This is readily seen in the media. Rarely do movie or television siblings treat one another with respect and affection. They are usually fighting, yelling, name-calling, or belittling each other with mocking, sarcastic, and even hateful remarks. This sort of behavior has not only become accepted in many homes, it has become expected. It is viewed as normal. However, Jesus commands us to “love one another” (John 13:34) and to “not look to your own interests, but to

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