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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Hospitality

Our houses get "decked" out at this time of year, don't they?  What better time than Christmas to invite folks over?  Need a couple reasons why it's a great time to show hospitality?

1. When you've gone to so much trouble to get everything sparkling and gleaming with decorations, you've already taken care of getting the house ready for guests!

2.  There are usually enough snacks and treats in our kitchens to fill the neighborhood - so go ahead - fill up the neighborhood!  Invite your neighbors over!

Why not neighbors for a drop-in party? Serve cookies and punch and you'll have the opportunity to have them guests in your home and share the love of Christ.

3.  Christmas is the perfect time to share the Gospel.  When you have guests in your home and you're in your own surroundings, it will be easier for opportunities to share the Gospel to open up!

4.  We are commanded in Scripture to be hospitable. Hebrews 13:2

I've been studying the second chapter of James, and the last half of the chapter goes into deep discussion about how faith without works is DEAD.  Yep.  It's as lifeless as my stuffed snowmen.  "As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."  James 2:26  One of the best ways to show our faith is to be hospitable to others. Verse 15-17 says,  If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Since we are alive in Christ, we need to show it through our works, and hospitality is a wonderful way in which we can do that.  Here are some great links for clever get-togethers at Christmas.  These are fun and creative!  You can have fun parties like the "Ugly Christmas Sweater party" or a Gift-Wrapping party.  How fun that would be! Don't keep it easy and invite only your close friends and family - invite new people at church, your neighbors, or lost co-workers.

Want to be like Abraham, who was called The Friend of God?  Demonstrate your faith to others.  Be hospitable today. Watch the blessings that come from it tomorrow.

With love,

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