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Sizzle, spark, explode -

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The flames are vivid with the awesome glow of orange colors blended with yellow highlights that accent the blaze.

This display is the bomb torched with a rocket plan. Such rapture has lit our fire. We are dynamite on this journey.

Come on fire, fall on us. Pour your liquid potency. Ignite our souls that we may be engulfed with magnified intensity.

Blow up our hearts. Dance with us....


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Friday, November 19, 2010


Greetings -

Recently on this blog, I posted a question about hospitality. It was a pleasure to read the responses. All who replied expressed how they view hospitality, in accordance with GOD’s Word. For ready reference, I have placed the responses at the end of this post.

Here I will share a bit about what the Lord taught me about hospitality when my term was not renewed after being employed for more than five years in D.C. government. The loss of job security resulted in many valuable lessons for me and I am richer in our Lord for the experiences. One result is that the Lord allowed me to personally identify with Philippians 4:11-13, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

I read a book some months ago about a middle-class Christian college student and a friend who decided to live as “homeless” people for six months in about five different cities. My hometown, Washington, D.C., was one of those cities. He shared how he was deeply affected and changed by the experience. There were good accounts and not so good accounts that he shared. One thing that struck me strongly was that he expressed how hurt he was because of unpleasant treatment by some Christians. My heart went out to him.

After receipt of what I have come to call my “pink slip bonus,” I lived for a “season” on unemployment benefits. It’s a long story and this piece is not about that journey but one thing led to another and I ended up living in a homeless shelter for about eight months. I have no regrets, for indeed, it was a vital learning experience. While I sought employment, I attended church, Sunday school and Bible studies with Christians who knew of my status. It is common knowledge that I am in love with our Lord yet of those more than a few who knew, only one (excluding family) Christian extended hospitality to me. Another voluntarily gave me funds and a few other material things. Except two, no others invited me out with them or to their homes for so much as tea. Then there are the "Christians" who lacked credibility and integrity - who expressed that they would help but never came through.

It was interesting to me how many Christians were in the shelter where I resided. One, in particular, was deeply anointed and taught me some vital lessons. Another Christian, (I’ll call her Dee) told me one day that she was going to go to a thrift program to get her some clothes. Dee had no income. As she and I walked together, the Lord spoke to me and told me to buy Dee some NEW clothes and He told me to go shopping WITH her. It was not just about buying the clothes, but about relationship, the Lord stressed. He brought to my remembrance how He fed the people with bread and fish, and that He ate WITH the people that He fed.

The Lord led me to help Dee in other ways, financial and otherwise.  And He used her to teach me spiritually.  Also, though I was on unemployment, I knew that it was important to share with others - that is gospel.    

On another day, the Lord shared that He was tired of some professing Christians indulging in expensive clothing and items for themselves but directing His precious poor people to second hand resources for clothing and other material goods. That is why He led me on that day to purchase new clothes for my fellow Christian shelter resident, Dee. Still, I was only getting unemployment benefits but cheerfully purchased new clothes for her – nothing expensive but of good quality. And unbeknownst to me or Dee, that month everything in the store was at reduced cost. We did not notice any signage to advertise that fact. As we shopped, another customer shared the information with us. Based on that, I was able to get more for Dee.

A few months ago, I heard on the radio, an account where a Christian man (I’ll call him Bob) was led to love on his neighbor, Norman, who was a 62 year old hermit. They lived in a small town and the town's people (including the church folks) shunned Norman.  Bob (who was about in his 30’s) was not inclined to be bothered with Norman because Norman was weird, disheveled, and socially “unacceptable.” Bob told the Lord that he did not want to deal with Norman. Long story short – The Lord, over the course of time, told Bob to invite Norman to his home to watch a program, to take Norman to a baseball game, to clean Norman up (when Norman did not bathe in the bathtub thoroughly enough, Bob actually went in to scrub Norman cleaner), to buy Norman a new suit, and - to take Norman on the family vacation!  Off the family went with Norman in the car.  When Bob observed Norman at an amusement park driving a "bump" car, somehow Norman drove and blocked people in.  Close to the end of the ride, displeased that Norman had blocked them in, people started  bumping and bumping Norman's car.  The Lord spoke to Bob and told him that that is how people had done Norman in life  - bumped him and bumped him.  That truth deeply affected Bob. Later the Lord also told Bob to do repairs in Norman’s house and to clean Norman's filthy bathroom. 

Bob obeyed, though initially, not always willingly, in all that the Lord told him to do for Norman.  When the Lord knew that Norman was receptive, He told Bob that Norman was ready to receive salvation.  He and a fellow Christian went over to Norman's house and asked him if he was ready to accept Christ.  Norman responded yes.  They led him to the Lord.

I cried as I listened to how the Lord taught Bob. Bob said that the Lord told him that many Christians love Him but that they do not love their neighbors. After Bob did all those things for Norman, his own ministry in music prospered bountifully! Bob had expressed that before then, there was not much movement there.  Bob said that the Lord told him that he had to love his neighbor before his music ministry could prosper. Wow! What a lesson.

A Christian friend of mine shared with me that another Christian told her that when she phoned, at home, other church members, they were NOT inclined to engage. They are inclined for limited engagement at church, but not inclined for home phone calls or other forms of bonding with other church members.

Certainly, many people have busy lives but when JESUS walked this earth in flesh form, even He allowed for interruptions to show compassion for people. How many times was He on His way somewhere when people interrupted His journey? Did He "blow them off" or dismiss them? No, He engaged them and tended to their needs. Now, of course there were times when interruptions were not allowed, for good reasons. The same is for us - but are we doing too much dismissal of people - using our busyness as an excuse? Lord, please help us all to know who, when, how, and what in regard to this matter.

One day I observed two women doing gardening tasks on city property. I inquired. They informed me that they had “adopted” that city parcel of land. They were caring for it with giving hearts. I have read reports of people “adopting” zoo animals. Of course, there is the formal adoption process of precious children. The Lord shared that people of GOD can “adopt” poor and needy people.

JESUS is about relationships. He dined with sinners and such. Why not set aside funds to, once a month, fund dinner or lunch out with a homeless and/or needy person or family? It would be a delight for them to be treated, at least monthly, to wholesome movies and concerts, games, and other forms of entertainment and pleasure. Many would appreciate the compassion demonstrated by such caring actions. They need people to love on them. Those forms of “adoption” can prove spiritually effective.

Some churches have large congregations and have outreach ministries to the poor and needy. Why not assign each church member, who is able, one homeless/needy person to “adopt?” That makes it a personal individual contribution. It is great to do collective charitable actions. GOD also expects us to make personal/individual sacrifices for others. His Word states for us to bear one another’s burdens – Galatians 6:2.

Financially, I do not have much but it is important that I extend hospitality.  One neighbor is regularly invited to partake of food that I cook. Recently, I invited a Christian friend to a picnic lunch out with food that I prepared. Also, it was important to me to invite shelter residents and others to my home to fellowship. Of course, it must be stressed that the Lord’s guidance must be sought because it is unwise to have people in homes if the Lord does not lead the actions.

It is understandable that all people are not receptive for help. Some poor people are rude, ungrateful and do not demonstrate appreciation. Their aim is to misuse the kindness extended. Often they act out because of fears and hurts. They are to be loved, regardless. It is always wise, though, to consult GOD for the wisdom to know what to do in matters that concern giving to the poor.

Of course, people need to be responsible, and demonstrate a willingness to rise above poverty. Salvation is vitally necessary. Wisdom from GOD aids in what to do and how.

GOD is love in thoughts, and actions.

Who will “adopt?”

Romans 12:13
…given to hospitality

I Peter 4:9
Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

I John 3:17
But whoso hath this world’s good and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

Proverbs 29:7
The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

Proverbs 19:17
He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.


Wednesday November 17, 2010
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Below are the comments that were submitted earlier this week  relative to hospitality.

Julie Reynolds said...

1. Well I think the key word in both verses is hospitality. I would say it means having people over to your house, and if need be, inviting them to stay over night. In the 1 peter verse it says to do it without grudging. In other words, don't be upset that you have to do it, but be happy that you can. I'm not sure exactly where it is, but it talks about in doing so, you just might be entertaining angels unaware...

November 14, 2010 11:01 AM

lioneagle said...

This was sent to me, via e-mail, from Grammy Blick:

8:18 AM (4 hours ago)

Our pastor preached on hospitality and used these scriptures. I look upon them as being welcoming to all who come seeking the Lord. I would not have expected Peter to ask Saul the prosecutor in for dinner, but Cornelius' visit falls into that category.

November 14, 2010 12:39 PM

lioneagle said...

This is my response to Grammy's e-mailed comments:

Hi Phyllis -

Thank you for responding. I appreciate it.

When did your pastor preach on hospitality?

November 14, 2010 12:40 PM

lioneagle said...

This reply was sent to me, via e-mail, from Grammy:

9:30 AM (3 hours ago)

It was earlier this year -- I'll have to check in my Bible and see if one of these verses was the main verse. I put a date beside the main verses he uses in his sermons. He's been in the book of John for several months, so it was before summer.

Yes, ma'am, you are welcome to post my thoughts on these questions. I'm getting a little bit more free time each day and hope to visit more often!

November 14, 2010 12:42 PM

Judy said...

Hi Sandra,

Hospitality is very important. As children of God, our hearts, hands, and homes should be open to those in need and to those not in need. We're to show the love of Christ. Also, we might entertain angels and not know it. :-)

November 14, 2010 8:48 PM

Saleslady371 said...

Hospitality is another way of loving people. It's a gift from God not to be performed but to give away with the direction of His spirit. That's why we should not complain but obey when He says to be hospitable.

November 14, 2010 9:14 PM

Sharon Kirby said...

1. Hospitality is having your home open. Giving its use to the Lord's purposes. Being warm and inviting in your dealings with people.

November 14, 2010 10:36 PM

covnitkepr1 said...

1) I would say that they are both refering to how we treat each other in the Christian community. The passage in Romans starts out with "distributing to the necessity of the saints...the passage in 1Peter states "one to another." It's all about seeing a brother in need and meeting that need with a glad heart (not begrudgingly)...that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

November 14, 2010 11:11 PM

lioneagle said...

Greetings -
I enjoyed reading all of these different answers. I found them quite interesting, and helpful. It is fruitful to learn from others and about what others prefer.

Thank you, everyone, for sharing!

November 16, 2010 12:24 PM


  1. This was sent to me yesterday, via e-mail, from Watered Soul:

    Reply |The Watered Soul to me
    9:07 AM

    Great tips and reminder to get involve with those around us Sandra.

  2. This was sent to me yesterday, via e-mail, from Mari:

    Reply |mari nunez to me
    9:20 AM

    Wonderful examples. We all need to learn to be a little more hospitable.

    God bless

  3. The first thing which comes to me is the passage about "entertaining angels unaware" and some people in our daily lives are much more needy than angels - and needy in so many ways too not just hungry or in need of clothing but in need to someone to show them, practically speaking, the Lord of the Lord Jesus. Could hospitality also be about His arms reached out and His hands extended through us here on earth now? Awesome responsibility for us to take and DO.

  4. Hi Marijo -

    Thank you for your wise comments. I agree.

    When I use the terms "poor and needy," it is not expressing only about materially poor and needy. There are some poor and needy people of various means. Poor and needy in spirit describes many of every social, economic, and cultural class.

    I am poor in pocket but rich in faith. That counts for much from where our Lord sits. There are many others in similar states.

    In the "HOSPITALITY" piece that I posted, the bulk of the content dealt with material needs.

    But the paragraphs about Norman, the hermit, expressed how Norman was loved into the kingdom of GOD by all of the things that the Lord led Bob to do for him.

    Also mentioned was how JESUS allowed his journeys to be interrupted to "show compassion for people." And that the poor and needy need "people to love on them." Love, of course, takes on various forms - meeting spiritual, material, and mental needs. Lastly, the piece mentions that GOD'S people need to be mindful that we are called to make "personal/individual sacrifices for others" as per Galatians 6:2.

    Of course, there are Christians who consistently meet those mandates from our Lord but not nearly enough Christians do.

    May GOD help us all.

  5. Returning evil for good... My wife's father was getting on in age and lived with us. He was a secular Jew. He would do little digs at us and be intolerant of some unusual things. When we did him a favor, he was guaranteed to insult one or the other of us over dinner.

    Why? He grew up in a large family whose father was a weekend alcoholic. His older brother was forced to take the role of father in the house. Out of frustration, he took it out on little Eddie, who stuffed it.

    When little Eddie grew up he never had a safe place to unload his emotional baggage. So for the rest of his life he reenacted the abuse with those around him -- on a regular basis. I offered inner healing through Christ, but that required getting back in touch with the source & origin. He refused.

    When he lost too many marbles and was still intolerant, his daughter put him in a rest home for the remainder of his days.

  6. Hi Timothy -

    I am glad that you brought that up. Thank you. That is one reason why I entered in the post, " must be stressed that the Lord's guidance must be sought..."

    You are so right and it is biblically correct that people will return evil for good. What it comes down to is - how is our Lord leading.

    The Lord is longsuffering but His longsuffering does have expiration dates that only He knows.
    He gives us expiration dates, as well, relative to how long we should long suffer some folks and things.

    Again, Timothy, thank you for inserting that vital piece of wisdom. Surely the Lord does inform when - enough is enough.

    Thank you, Lord.

  7. Sandra - Great piece on this most important issue. I ask God to make my heart's "eyes" wide open to the opportunities for hospitality and service He brings into my life. And also, that He would give me "eyes" to see His image stamped on those who are marginalized in this society. May we always be the "Good Samaritan" to those who are needy. It is what we are called to do as followers of Jesus - the Savior who always had time for people - especially those who were most in need of healing and love.


  8. Thanks Sandra for the reminder. I've believed for a long time that keeping Christians busy is one of Satan's most effective ploys to thwart the work of the Lord. Keep us too busy with good things that we miss the God things. Like Martha and Mary when Jesus came to visit.

    I used to be one of those who always had my home open to others. I loved it and look forward to it again in the near future. But there are different levels of hospitality and different seasons too in our lives for different types of hospitality. A few months ago the Lord took my car away from me. It just stopped working and they couldn't figure out why. I found out why that week. It forced me to spend more time with the Lord and to become more available again to others. They could finally catch up with me again because I was stationary.

    I still don't have a car (6 months later) and at times it's a little frustrating, but I've seen God do some wonderful things as a result. I've had more time to spend with family and friends. I'm forced to walk and take public transportation to and fro and the Lord often sets up divine appointments on the bus or train for me to share his love and minister to others. It's been happening so frequently that now I look for opportunities to do so.

    Hospitality takes many shapes and forms. We just have to be open and obedient to God's leading and submissive to his pruning. It's still difficult, because in my situation it means I've given up control of my schedule and life. I fought it because it was so different. But I'm glad for it. I'm enjoying the learning process and the encounters that the Lord arranges. He's such an amazing God!

    Thanks for your post and raising awareness. As believers we've become too consumed with our own lives and our own schedules that we miss God and his activity all around us. I pray that we would be more sensitive to the Holy Spirit and learn to die daily to our own agendas and truly learn what it means to put God first.

    God Bless you.

  9. Loved reading about Bob and Norman - a true test of faith and obedeince.

    Last year on December 13th my Bible study and I put on a dinner for strangers. We invited people off the street to come to the feast. We had 31 total, and one of those who came was a young black man about 43 years old. David enjoyed himself immensely and was glad to be included. He was on dialysis and needed a kidney transplant. This past year he was in and out of hospitals and rehabs. When the Lord lead me - I would go and read Scripture to him - and he loved it. We talked often about being ready to meet the Lord and live every day as if it were our last. David died about 3 weeks ago. His kidney transplant came in heaven rather than here! He is now rejoicing with the angels in the presence of His Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. We never know where opening our home [and heart] will lead.

    Great encouraging post.

    Choosing JOY, Stephanie


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