Happy Birthday Mr. Carroll!

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“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” -Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Storied author and poet Lewis Carroll would have been 183 today. Happy Birthday Mr. Carroll!

Welcome To The Table

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And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
– Luke 22:19, ESV

Text: Luke 22:14-20, Revelation 3:20

I am taking the following directly from day 13 of the She Reads Truth study, because it is perfectly put…

” Hospitality is not just about the table. It’s about the people. It’s about the Gospel.
We’ve said that Jesus is the Ultimate Inviter. And what He invites us to is not just a gathering, not just a meal, but a whole new life.
The Gospel is life-giving. Hospitality is actively seeking to share that life with others. It is taking the gift of new life we have in Christ and giving it away with both careful intention and unabashed enthusiasm.
As followers of Jesus, it is our privilege, our responsibility, our JOY to invite people to the Gospel.
Jesus welcomes us to His table for a life of holy communion with Him. He joyfully anticipates us and unreservedly welcomes us. In turn, we welcome others—all others!—to more than just the dining room table. We welcome them to the table of our Savior.
This is the Table that changes lives.
As we take all we’ve learned about hospitality in God’s Word and apply it to our hearts and lives, may we remember the Why of our invitation. May we remember Who is truly extending the invitation to those around us. Let’s not just invite people to the table. Let’s invite them to Jesus.”

Expect The Unexpected

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“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
– Acts 20:35

Text: Acts 28:1-10, 1 Kings 17:8-24, Psalm 128:1-2

Let’s talk about unexpected guests… I’ll go ahead and say it- generally, I’m not a fan of random drop-ins. There’s nothing like the unexpected knock at the door. Come to my house unexpected and you’ll likely find me peeking out from a window to see who’s there. Debating, welcome them in… or pretend I’m not home.

Remember Publius from Acts 28 last week? The whole island is healed because of the welcome extended to strangers. The island is transformed by radical hospitality.

And the widow in Zarephath from 1 Kings 17? She gives Elijah, a complete stranger, food and drink despite the fact that she only has enough for herself and her son. She is a mom whose son falls ill, and because she had offered such unusual kindness, Elijah petitions the Lord for healing.

This woman opened her door to an unexpected guest and received blessing herself because of her willingness to live generously. Her kindness yielded healing for her household.

We receive blessing in the welcome.
When we extend ourselves in kindness for others, often we are the ones who receive the greater blessing.

Kinda makes you want to open the door more often, doesn’t it?

Ready The Table, Ready The Heart

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But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary.”

-Luke 10:41-42

Text: Luke 10:38-42, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, Matthew 6:33, Luke 10:27

When we are able to love, we are able to be hospitable. But before we can love anyone, we need to prepare our hearts. And to do that, We need to sit down with Jesus and listen to Him for a while.

Hospitality isn’t about a home or a physical table or food, or any of that. Hospitality is about love.It’s about loving other people; the rest is just trappings.

We can make a table for people to gather, but that alone doesn’t reflect love. Look at Martha, that beloved friend of Jesus who was so distracted with serving and being irritated with her sister and with God Himself that she missed it. She missed the point of it all. We serve, we work, we make a table in order to gather and to listen and to enter into relationship.

The point is the person, not the particulars.
And the person or people, what we all need is love.

Before we prepare a table, let’s remember to ready our hearts.