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5 Reasons to Keep On Being Hospitable

I used to think that hospitality was a gift that only certain people had. You know the type: the woman with muffins in the oven, two pies in the fridge, three lasagnas in the freezer, coffee always fresh, and crisp flowers on the table. I have been blessed by these types of people over and over again, and I am truly thankful for those who seemingly put little effort into welcoming others into their home. But for me, it’s hard not to fall into a frenzy when there’s an unannounced guest for dinner, because, well, I was just planning on eating popcorn for dinner, and I might have drank all the coffee.

The One Thing We Might Overlook in Someone Becoming a Christian

What does it take for a person to become a Christian? Certainly a recognition of one’s need for grace and forgiveness, and an understanding and acceptance of what Jesus accomplished. But we might overlook another ingredient that’s often necessary:

An Interesting Common Thread…and What It Means for You

What do the following things have in common? And what do they have to do with your life?:

  • A near shipwreck.
  • The beauty of an English day in mid-winter.
  • The repetitive chant of a child from a neighboring house.
  • A skin disease.
  • A “hard boiled atheist’s” evaluation of the gospels.
  • A modern piano composition.
  • Facing charges for tax fraud.
  • A mother reading her children bedtime stories.

Practicing Hospitality Through Imperfection & Messiness

When I invite someone over to our house, I imagine that I’ll have the perfect day of getting ready for guests. The bathrooms will be cleaned, the kitchen will be spotless (after I bake homemade bread and cookies and make chicken noodle soup from scratch), the baby will never cry, and best yet, I’ll have time to shower. But in reality, the baby is teething and needs ceaseless attention, I burn the dessert, I feel like I have drool and snot all over me (the shower never happened), and the house is less than perfect.

The intimidation of feeling like we have to be perfect can sometimes thwart our best intentions. When the day starts out rough and never smooths out, it’s easy to be turned off from practicing hospitality. But remember? Jesus came because we actually aren’t perfect, and we never will be on this side of heaven. We’re not expected to be.

Sharing Your Faith Might Look Different Than You Think–Pt. 2

Last week, we explored the fact that the way in which people come to faith should be thought of less as a singular event and more as a longer process. And as a result, effective outreach might include anything that helps someone move closer to believing the gospel.

Looking at the case of the apostle Paul, we found that his background as a Pharisee and his activities persecuting Christians were likely instrumental in him eventually believing in Christ. But what about other examples? What are some of the means that God uses to call people to himself (often through people like us)?

The following list is meant only to be suggestive, not exhaustive:

Sharing Your Faith Might Look Different Than You Think

Many Christians, even those with a longstanding belief in Christ, are unenthused or even intimidated by the thought of sharing their faith with others. And while there can be several reasons for this, I’m convinced that some of them have to do with expectations. More specifically, I think many of us have thoughts about what evangelism entails that fall short of the full breadth of biblical teaching.

And why is this important? Because when you understand the larger biblical picture, you just might find that you’re more capable of and excited about influencing others for Christ than you think.

There’s a lot to say here, but today I want to concentrate on our perception of how someone becomes a Christian.