On this episode of Daily Grace, we discuss how the Bible defines hospitality and what role it should play in the believer's life. Biblical hospitality is vastly different than what our culture promotes as hospitality, and we’ll compare and contrast the two. We’ll also talk in depth about how hospitality should be an integral part of our lives as believers. But if you’re anything like us, this may be an area that could use growth. Sometimes, it’s hard to know where to even start! No matter what season of life you’re in though, having a hospitable heart and extending hospitality to others are absolutely vital. And this is why it matters - hospitality is a tangible way to show the gospel to our neighbors. We have been welcomed, cared for, and loved by Christ, so we strive to welcome, care for, and love others. It is an expression of our reverence for God.
If you’re struggling in this area and would like a fresh perspective on hospitality that’s rooted in the Word of God, this conversation is for you. We even offer a few practical tips on how to get started and share some go-to recipes to feed the masses!
Resources mentioned in this episode:
The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield
Ep. 75 | On the Art of Asking Intentional Questions - the Journeywomen Podcast
Go-to Menu Ideas to Feed the Masses:
Spaghetti and Salad (try this Instant Pot recipe)
*Dice an onion and add it to your ground beef. You may have to adjust the water amount - if it seems runny at first, let it sit for 10 minutes then re-evaluate. It usually turns out great!
Grilled Chicken (with Soyaki marinade) with Spinach Orzo Salad and Grilled Corn on the Cob
*A small portion of the marinade goes a long way! One bottle will last you multiple meals! Let it marinade for a couple of hours for optimal taste. I also like to use chicken thighs with this particular marinade.
Homemade Cookie Dough (freeze it in batches for easy access on multiple occasions!)
*Freeze them in batches for easy access on multiple occasions - just make sure you form them into balls and freeze them on a cookie sheet before tossing them into ziploc bags!
*My friend Alyssa also suggests trying these substitutes: use Kerrygold Pure Irish butter at room temperature and swap out milk chocolate for dark chocolate!
Lentil Soup with warm bread
*You can easily adapt this recipe to the Instant Pot - use the saute function to saute the veggies as directed then add the remaining ingredients and cook on high pressure for 12 minutes. Then quick release.
*If you don’t want to make homemade bread, buy a loaf from the store, wrap it up in aluminum foil, and warm it up in the oven!
Meat Lasagna or Vegetarian Lasagna
*For the vegetarian lasagna - leave out mushrooms if you’re not a fan and add in whatever vegetable you’d like (zucchini, etc.)
Taco Bar (Shredded Taco Chicken)
*This recipe is for a slow cooker, but you can easily adapt it for the Instant Pot. You can cook it at high pressure for 8 minutes, let it naturally release for 5 minutes, and then flip the release valve. You can also easily shred the chicken using a Kitchenaid or hand mixer!
*The options for taco bars are endless - keep your topping selection simple if you don’t have the margin to get creative!
Scripture mentioned in this episode:
- Romans 12:13
- 1 Peter 4:8-9
- 1 Timothy 3:2
- Titus 1:8
- Hebrews 13:2
- Genesis 18
- Leviticus 11:45
- Leviticus 19:33-34
- Matthew 10:8
- Romans 10:17
- John 13:35
- Matthew 15:32
- Romans 5:8
- Psalm 23:5
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