He executes justice for the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, he lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves those who live justly. The LORD watches over the immigrant and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. -Psalm 146:7-9

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

WORD of The Day

"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it."-Hebrews 13:2

"In numerous hospitality accounts in the life of Jesus, surprise is a major theme. Whether it's surprise about Jesus' identity, surprise by what he says or does, or surprise by miraculous events taking place, it is clear that supernatural surprise in otherwise routine hospitality settings is a recurring theme. Such a theme is not relegated just to Bible times. Many Christians who specialize in hospitality and have made it their primary ministry focus (ie: L'Abri) often remark about the element of surprise in hospitality that they believe can only be supernatural in nature. Unexpected divinely arranged friendships and timely fruitful connections come about from hospitality. Provisions of food and clothing extend far beyond what was originally thought possible. Seemingly intractable hatreds give way to love and forgiveness. Put simply, God shows up in hospitality settings, and the miraculous occurs in our midst. For those who continue to look for miraculous signs of God's power and presence in this age, they should consider the role hospitality plays in these manifestations, and ask if the loss of hospitality in our day has anything to do with the lack of Kingdom power we often lament."
-Jason Foster (Faith E.P.C.A Church)