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Ep. 17: Come On In: Biblical Hospitality

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Opening your door to company or hosting a gathering may not be your cup of tea. In fact, today’s Podcast topic may even cause you to break out in hives because Hospitality may not your gift or something you enjoy. But we know for many, it is and today we hope to dig a little deeper into the true gift of showing hospitality and receiving it as well. How can we grow in this area if it is not a natural thing and how can we grow our gifts to be a testimony to others?  Often times, hospitality is lumped into the mindset of a super clean house, a hostess with the mostest, or spending money we do not have. A common myth is that hospitality is just mere entertainment. Hospitality comes to us from the Greek word philoxenia (Phee-LO-Zenia)  or love for the stranger. Christian hospitality aims to meet strangers and make them neighbors, and meet neighbors and, by God’s power, welcome them into the family of God.  Entertainment puts on airs and shoots for the making of good impressions; hospitality opens arms and doors wide and allows us to live transparently for Christ. When we practice hospitality, we live out our real, messy, and redeemed lives before strangers and brothers alike.  Today, we look forward to creatively covering the Hospitality basics and breaking apart the myths that may keep us from living out a calling to live with welcome arms and open hearts.