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Today I have a treat for you...
My friend Sue, from WelcomeHeart has a series called "Every Table Tells a Story", which was a series of guest posts where bloggers shared their own "hospitality stories." I was honored to be included in that line-up, so today she's returning the blessing by sharing her brand new summer Bible study...AND her recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies (yes, everything good that chocolate stands for!)... Hope you enjoy both 🙂
I'd hate for you to reach the end of the summer thinking:
“How did that happen? Summer is almost over and I never began a Summer Fun Bible Study!”
Who said Bible Study couldn’t be *fun? God created fun, after all. This reminds me of when our eldest child went through 6th-grade facts of life course at the public school. At recess, her friends were discussing what they had just heard, and Bonnie piped up: “Well, God created sex so I don’t think we need to worry about it.” (#whew #homeeducatingwhiledoingpubliceducation)
Back to summer fun.
Hospitality, 101: Lessons From the Ultimate Host is a great way to spend the rest of your summer. Yes, it’s a 12-week course, but the chapters are short and do-able and you can double up if you like. And it includes recipes. Who doesn’t like a good recipe? And they are easy recipes because who doesn’t like a good easy recipe?
Each chapter is divided into three (fun) parts:
- God’s Hospitality on a Platter: studying God’s welcome to us
- RSVP: Accepting God’s Hospitality: evaluating our response to His welcome
- Passing the Platter: practicing a little simple hospitality each week, including simple recipe
Chapter titles include:
“God’s Welcome: The Open-Arms Inn”
“God’s Invitation: It’s All About the People”
“God’s Provision: What’s in the Pantry?”
“God’s Open Heart: Developing a Hospitality Worldview”
You might want to do this on your own and take your time. Or invite a neighbor or two and introduce them to the welcoming heart of God. Right now my dear friend Erin and I are working our way through it and having a blast (see *fun above.)
I wrote this study because my mentor, Laurie told me I had to and I usually do what she says. But I had never sat “under it” myself until now and it’s a great study for both old and new believers as well as “seekers” seeking more to life than a good meal.
Did I mention recipes? Here’s one of our family favs that gets raves: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies.
I know. Get a napkin. For the drooling.
A party and a dog and a Bible Study. Get started on it today!
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