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Hospitable Hearts
Volume 116, Program 32
7/9/2013

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Practicing hospitality sounds great, but opening your home to others can be intimidating! Today on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Smith and his guest Theresa Bowen talk about how important and simple it is to love your neighbor by welcoming others into your home.

Mike Smith:
Theresa, thanks for joining us again today! Your network, A Candle in the Window, connects traveling Christian families with a meal and a place to stay with other members of that network. Now, Theresa, why is hospitality important to you?

Theresa Bowen:
Well, first of all, Mike, I want to differentiate between entertaining and biblical hospitality. You do not have to be Martha Stewart or have a large home to practice true biblical hospitality. Biblical hospitality is a command in Scripture. But beyond that, a heart for hospitality reflects the very heart of God, and when we open our doors and our hearts and our lives and offer refuge and refreshment in Christ’s name, we invite people in to see us as we really are, and all our weakness and dependence on God. My husband’s a pastor, and so much of the fruit of our ministry occurs right around the dinner table. There’s just something that happens when we break bread together and open God’s Word and sit and talk by the glow of a candle. And more often than not, God draws us closer to Himself and to one another. And through hospitality, the dinner table becomes the nexus for education, for worship, fellowship, evangelism, and even training in servant leadership.

Mike:
I couldn’t agree with you more, and thank you so much for sharing that with us today. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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