Lifelines, Part 4

September 3, 2023 | By Paul Crouthamel

God gave His people the practice of hospitality. The word means “love of the stranger or outsider.” But hospitality is more than just a disconnected act. It’s a posture of the heart that helps you see, feel, and act. You have no idea what that little gesture of hospitality will do in light of eternity.


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Hospitality is more than simply an activity, it is a posture of the heart where you see, feel, and act.

Practices and Our Values

Prayer = Elevating Jesus
Community = Loving People
Hospitality = Bringing the Kingdom of God near

Henri Nouwen
“If there is any concept worth restoring to its original depth and evocative potential, it is the concept of hospitality.”

Leviticus 19:33-34
“When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not wrong him. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”

“Love of the stranger, or outsider.”

Matthew 9:35-38
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Mark 6:33-37
But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So, he began teaching them many things. By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”

Practicing Hospitality
1. See people as Jesus sees people.
2. Adopt the heart of Jesus.
3. Engage in loving the stranger.