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Since the beginning of the church hospitality has been one of its foremost characteristics. They had everything in common and several times in the Epistles the Church is reminded to have hospitality. Even to the stranger it shows the love of Christ worked out in a believer's life. It qualifies a widow to receive support from the church when in need and Paul exhorts believers to follow those that have addicted themselves to the ministry.

An Open Heart and Home - Rachel Weaver

"Company’s coming! Company’s coming!” This joyful call often echoes through our house. We all wait in anticipation and welcome our guests at the door. This call and the anticipation that goes with it has always been a part of my life. As a young child my parents had a never-ending stream of guests in their home. I loved looking forward to our guests and visiting with them. Singles, families and elderly, they were all interesting. Sometimes there was a special menu, sometimes folks just dropped by and ended up staying for whatever we were having at the moment. The food always reached and one theme ran throughout each event. That theme was “Gracious Hospitality.” My father and mother always made folks feel welcome. Ideas were exchanged, doctrines discussed and friendship shared. Often we spent time singing with our guests or sent them off with a song as we stood by their car.

Christian Hospitality - Sandy Willoughby

As Christians, we are called to a life of hospitality in and out of our homes.

Not Just Good-Housekeeping: A Case for Christian Hospitality (Part 2) - Jena Starke

The house is clean, orderly, and organized and there are fresh cut flowers from the garden on their table. Candles are lit, there are no dirty dishes in the kitchen sink and the food served is gourmet and fabulous. They have three children all under the age of 5, and a big, hairy (very clean) dog. Everyone looks like they're enjoying themselves.