Mary’s House

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Acts 12:12-17   I.         In Acts 12 we learn that the persecution of the church intensified in Judea.             A.        Herod had the apostle James killed – Acts 12:1-2             B.        It was a popular act, and so he planned to repeat it by having Peter killed – Acts 12:3-4             C.        But Peter did not remain…

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Hospitality

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: III John 3-8   I.         Sometimes you are so familiar with a term that you never stop to examine whether your use of the term is actually correct             A.        Years ago, I was studying about hospitality. There are several passages in the New Testament that tells us to be hospitable                         1.         Romans 12:13…

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Who is Romans 12:13 talking about?

Question: Good morning, I came across a comment that was made on a particular verse: Romans 12:13, “Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.” Could you please comment on who it is that is distributing the needs of the saints? And that of given to hospitality. In Greek, this “given to hospitality,” is…

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Bearing a Different Gospel Beautifully

by Matthew W. Bassford The apostle Paul was fond of sarcasm, not because he didn’t love people, but because he did. When Christians he had converted turned aside from Christ, it drove him to distraction, and that distraction often found its expression in heartfelt exasperation. One such expression appears in II Corinthians 11:4. In contrast…

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What My Parents Taught Me

by Jefferson David Tant Vanguard Magazine, November 1982 All parents teach their children — consciously, subconsciously, positively, negatively, by example, by word. Children are even taught to be what their parents fail to teach. In our generation, many parents have abdicated their teaching roles to TV, schools, their children’s peers, and other influences. I am…

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Fellowship Halls

by Ethan R. Longhenry It has become popular among many religious organizations and denominational churches to build and maintain a facility as part of their property which is used to facilitate the sharing of meals. Sometimes such facilities are considered a “multipurpose area” that might be used for meals, meetings, or other purposes; sometimes such…

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Did I miss a chance to be hospitable?

Question: A friend called me and asked if he could have a place to stay for the night.  He said he had a friend with him as well.  He is homeless, and his friend has a home. I wanted to give them a place to stay, but it would be a hassle, and my wife…

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Am I being inhospitable not to want my father-in-law around so much?

Question: In this question, I’m honestly not sure if I am being inhospitable, or if I have genuine concerns.  Thus why I seek to ask this to you.  My wife and I have been married for still a relatively short time, and have a child.  My father-in-law lives a couple of hours away, but still…

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Why do people ask questions about me when I visit a church?

Question: In “Should people be checked out before accepting them in a congregation?”, a person wrote about ‘checking out’ new people to the congregation before accepting them. While I understand the logic behind making sure they accept the true church and follow the Lord, I have experienced that type of probing and questioning that is…

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