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Rev. Dr. Rick Armstrong - June 24, 2018

Creating Space for Hospitality

“Hospitality…means primarily the creation of a free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place.” — Henri Nouwen The greatest act of hospitality happened when God sent His Son into this world, bridging the gap between God and people. In doing so, Jesus created space for us in God’s kingdom to be welcomed as beloved children. As Christ’s people in this world, then, we create space for others where, by God’s grace, they encounter the Lord and we ourselves gain “community.”  In our over-programed world, what would it take to create time and space for hospitality? How is God calling you to welcome people into your heart, and by so doing, creating space for them to discover Christ’s gracious reign?

Scripture References: Romans 12:9-16, Matthew 25:31-40

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A “Lifehack” describes any advice, shortcut, tip or skill that will help you get things done more efficiently and effectively. Because it is God’s Word, the Bible is our guide to all things in faith and life. Above all, it shows us Jesus, our Savior, and all that He has done to make us God’s people. It also empowers us and guides us as we live for God and we make a difference in this world for the sake of Christ’s Kingdom. Our Summer Back-to-Basics theme of “Lifehacks: Biblical Tools to Amplify your Faith” from Scripture is inspired by topics in the NIV Lifehacks Bible.

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