What Does Church Hospitality Look Like?

There is an old cereal commercial that begins by panning across a field of tall stalks of golden wheat. The viewers then see an image of a large family house and an intimate group of people running through the wheat fields to the home. Before the commercial ends, the narrator reminds us, “If you feed them, they will come.”

I have thought about this commercial many times. As I survey the Gospels, I am constantly reminded of the various ways that Jesus shared food, broke bread and simply was hospitable to those in need of compassion and companionship. This is the mark of Christianity. Indeed, this is what it looks like to make disciples of Jesus. You welcome people to a table, to be present with you and the Father. You break bread together, and you eat the Word of God.

Our suffering servant Jesus goes beyond the miraculous work of feeding the 4,000 and the 5,000, plus more of their companions. Yes, he can create something out of nothing. Yes, he can fill us until we are all satisfied. And yes, there can still be so much more left to give.

Hospitality

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Wilderness: Addictions and Deliverance

This week, I will focus on a four-part mini-series concerning addictions and deliverance.

One visitor that has arrived on my porch to visit my family, knocked on the door, and stayed far too long is “Addiction.” My family, like so many others, have suffered at the hands of every “common” addiction: drugs, alcohol, food, cigarettes, and pornography. On far too many occasions, I have personally witnessed the spiritual and physical decline of those loved ones who indulged and literally died with their idols of choice.

 

It breaks my heart when I know God has something so much better for his children. All sin breaks God’s heart, yet there is much biblical support that God is especially grieved when his own children willfully continue in sin when he has offered them freedom in Christ.

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