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From Strangers to Neighbors

By Rev. Chris Rice

Dear Friends,

God has given us this day as a gift, and we dare not waste our time by not asking Him to lead us in doing His will. The Word of God tells us to “contribute to the needs of the saints” and “practice hospitality” (Rom. 12:13), and the Greek word for hospitality is philoxenia or literally “love for stranger”. The same word is used in Hebrews 13:2 which says, “Do not neglect hospitality, for in doing this some have entertained angels unawares.” I want to take some time to look deeply into who we are at NLEC, our mission, values, and expression, and then look at what it means to show hospitality and move from being strangers, to being neighbors in our community. But first, let’s pray:

“Look with pity, O heavenly Father, upon the people in this land who…

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Below are links to 2 videos produced by Travis Best at The Work of the People:

http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/index.php?ct=store.details&pid=V00474

http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/index.php?ct=store.details&pid=V00498

Both videos feature reflections by Claudio Oliver, a pastor who lives in Curitiba, Brazil.