Just Open the Door: How One Invitation Can Change a Generation

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B&H Books #ad - But what if you knew that opening your front door had the power to radically change the world? To make an impact and leave a legacy with everyday invitations?Jen Schmidt has set out to reframe how we think about hospitality and to equip us to walk a road of welcome in our daily lives. Jen knows that every time we choose open-door living—whether in our homes or by taking hospitality on the road just like Jesus—those we invite in get to experience the lived-out Gospel, our kids grow up in a life-lab of generosity, and we trade insecurity for connection.

Just open the door is a personal yes-you-can guide to offering the life-changing gift of invitation. Whether you’re a seasoned host looking for renewed inspiration or a nervous newbie not sure where to begin,  and poignant insights will give you the confidence you need to see your home as the most likely location for changing the world around you,  practical ideas, these personal stories, one open door at a time.

Just Open the Door: How One Invitation Can Change a Generation #ad - Change a generation with something as simple as an invitation. For many of us, inviting people into our lives and homes feels more like inviting judgment on our entertaining skills and stress on our already maxed-out schedules.

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The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard

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Thomas Nelson #ad - Are you consumed with a busy life but unsure how to slow down? do you desire connection within your community and think, kristin schell put an ordinary picnic table in her front yard, comfortable connection? What if meeting neighbors and connecting with friends was as simple as showing up and being available?Desperate for a way to slow down and connect, but I don’t have time for that” or “I can’t create that”? What if there was another way through it all, “Absolutely, painted it turquoise, a way to find those moments of peace and to create a time for honest, and began inviting friends and neighbors to join her.

A simple way to connect your neighborhood, your community and build friendships. Ordinary people like you wanting to make a difference right where they live. Community and friendship are waiting just outside your front door. Alongside personal and heartwarming stories, kristin gives you: stress-free ideas for kick-starting your own Turquoise TableSimple recipes to take outside and share with othersStories from people using Turquoise Tables in their neighborhoodsEncouragement to overcome barriers that keep you from connectingNew ways to view hospitality Today, Turquoise Tables are inviting individuals to connect with each other in nearly all fifty states and seven countries.

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Simple Gatherings: 50 Ways to Inspire Connection Inspired Ideas

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Harvest House Publishers #ad - Create memorable gatherings with simplicity and style Welcoming friends and family into your home doesn't have to be intimidating! These 50 affordable and inspired ideas from bestselling author Melissa Michaels will help you turn any get-together into a special memory. Simplify tasks and focus on what guests remember most: the atmosphere, conversation, feast, and special touches.

Reduce stress when you embrace your authentic hosting style, easy DIYs, and the freedom of using what you have. Celebrate people as the centerpiece of any gathering with simple activities that spark conversation and connection. With more than 300 tips for a variety of gatherings—from a casual outdoor barbeque to a creative guest-of-honor dessert--you'll feel inspired to open your door with confidence!* * * "Simple Gatherings invites us all to check hospitality fears and perfectionism at the door.

Simple Gatherings: 50 Ways to Inspire Connection Inspired Ideas #ad - The helpful tips and creative ideas inside will inspire even the most reluctant hostess to take that first step toward creating space for a simple but memorable experience. Sandy coughlin, Reluctant Entertainer blog.

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The Simplest Way to Change the World: Biblical Hospitality as a Way of Life

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Moody Publishers #ad - And you get to witness lives change—including your own. You’ll learn:how the home can be a hub for communityhow hospitality leads to joy, and belongingHow it grows families to love the things of God How it’s not about being the perfect host How to be hospitable regardless of your living spaceHospitality is a beautiful legacy of the church, purpose, and a great way to make disciples.

But for many of us, the years come and go and we never do. As you open your life up to others, you share in the very character of God and experience His joy. The simplest way to change the World is about biblical hospitality and its power for the gospel. Since people will sooner enter a living room than a church, hospitality is a natural and effective way to build relationships for Christ.

The Simplest Way to Change the World: Biblical Hospitality as a Way of Life #ad - The good news is: change can be as simple as opening your front door. How to make disciples using hospitalityDeep down, every Christian wants to make a difference. Includes 20+ creative ideas for hospitality, plus questions for small groups.

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The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World

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Crossway #ad - With this story of her conversion as a backdrop, Rosaria Butterfield invites us into her home to show us how God can use this same “radical, ordinary hospitality” to bring the gospel to our lost friends and neighbors. Such hospitality sees our homes as not our own, but as god’s tools for the furtherance of his kingdom as we welcome those who look, and act differently from us into our everyday, believe, think, sometimes messy lives—helping them see what true Christian faith really looks like.

. What did god use to draw a radical, god used an invitation to dinner in a modest home, from a humble couple who lived out the gospel daily, simply, did he use something in print? No, committed unbeliever to himself? Did God take her to an evangelistic rally? Or, since she had her doctorate in literature, and authentically.

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Never Unfriended: The Secret to Finding & Keeping Lasting Friendships

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B&H Books #ad - It answers the questions that lurk under the surface of every friendship—What are we afraid of? What can’t we change? What can we change? And where do we start?—with personal stories and practical tips to help you make the friends, and be the friend, that lasts. In a world where women can unfriend each other with the swipe of a finger, how do we find friendships that we can trust to last? Maybe by first becoming those kinds of lasting friends ourselves.

As the community manager at the website incourage. Me since 2010, lisa-jo baker has had the chance to engage hundreds of conversations with women about friendship. She’s learned that no one can make us quite as unsure about ourselves as another woman. And nothing can wound as deeply as unkind words from a friend.

Never Unfriended: The Secret to Finding & Keeping Lasting Friendships #ad - . While we are all hungry for friendship, left out, it’s the fear of feeling awkward and being rejected, or hurt again that often keep us from connecting. But what if we knew we could never be unfriended? would we risk friendship then? Starting with that guarantee from the most faithful friend who ever lived—Jesus—this book is a step-by-step guide to friendships you can trust.

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Craving Connection: 30 Challenges for Real-Life Engagement

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B&H Books #ad - We all long for meaningful relationships, our friends, the Colossians 3:14 kind that fulfill our desire for unity and connection with God, and our community. How could your life be different after prayerfully and intentionally connecting with God, friends, and your community? But where do we start? craving connection is a journey with incourage writers sharing real-life stories, pull up a chair to the table, and connection challenges that will encourage you to:  Embrace the desire God has given each of us for connectionInvest in meaningful relationships, practical Scripture application, right where God has youBecome the friend you wish you hadThe incourage community invites you to grab a cup of coffee, and commit to creatively and prayerfully fulfilling your cravings for connection.

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Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition

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Eerdmans #ad - Although hospitality was central to Christian identity and practice in earlier centuries, our generation knows little about its life-giving character. Making room revisits the Christian foundations of welcoming strangers and explores the necessity, difficulty, and blessing of hospitality today. Combining rich biblical and historical research with extensive exposure to contemporary Christian communities -- the Catholic Worker, L'Arche, L'Abri, and others -- this book shows how understanding the key features of hospitality can better equip us to faithfully carry out the practical call of the gospel.

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Hearts of the Fathers: A story of Heaven, Hell, and the hope of new life after life

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Stillwaters Press #ad - I was consequently surprised when I found a book that has changed my desires and inspires me to really live. Marli Manning. God can rescue him from the darkness, but escaping Hell is only the beginning. God’s work is not to sort out the righteous from the wicked, but to awaken souls to an understanding of their true selves.

Pg. 143 fleeing from a deadly head on collision, a man descends into a hellish realm to hide from Heaven’s beckoning light. The greatest test will come as he confronts his broken relationships and sees himself and others in truth. In a journey through spirit worlds where beliefs, intellectual, pain, hearts of the fathers takes on the critical question: How can we overcome the emotional, and spiritual blocks that prevent us from reaching our God-given potential?Inspired by the research of hundreds of near-death experiences, and addictions continue to limit the progress of departed souls, this book will transform the way you view spiritual growth in a universe grounded in God’s love.

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The Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking Up to God's Goodness Around You

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Thomas Nelson #ad - Popular blogger shannan martin offers Christians who are longing for a more meaningful life a simple starting point: learn what it is to love and be loved right where God has placed you. For christ-followers living in an increasingly complicated world, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to live a life of intention and meaning.

I love her. Shannan reminds us of the simple, yet beautiful call to love our neighbor and what that could really look like today. If you’re longing for authentic community but aren’t sure where to begin, Shannan and this beautifully written book are the perfect guide. I cheered along with every word. Korie robertson, new york times bestselling author“These are the days when we could all use a firm but gentle nudge to extend extra kindness to the people around us.

Where do we even begin?shannan martin offers a surprisingly simple answer: uncover the hidden corners of our cities and neighborhoods and invest deeply in the lives of people around us. Even as believers, we are prone to aspire to do sexy ministry that garners headlines and warrants photo ops. I love this book.

The Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking Up to God's Goodness Around You #ad - Jen hatmaker, for the love, new york Times bestselling author of 7, and Of Mess and Moxie . I truly believe when we stand together we stand a chance. Part storytelling, back to ordinary tables, part prophetic, with dizzyingly wonderfulwriting, Shannan brings us back to the neighborhood, back to a life we know in our deepest hearts is meant for us.

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Invited: The Power of Hospitality in an Age of Loneliness

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Herald Press #ad - Welcome to a new kind of hospitality. True hospitality is not clean, comfortable, or controlled. What if we in the west learned about hospitality from people around the globe? What if our homes became laboratories of belonging?Invited will empower you to open your home, get to know your neighbors, and prioritize people over tasks.

It is an invitation to enter a sacred space together with friends and strangers. Just come on over. Many people today feel lonely, isolated, and disconnected from God and others. Through vivid accounts from her life and travels in Uganda, China, and stories of visiting congregations in the United States, and Tajikistan, Verner shares stories of life around the table and how hospitality is at the heart of Christian community.

Invited: The Power of Hospitality in an Age of Loneliness #ad - . Holy hospitality requires more of Jesus and less of us. It leads not only to loving the stranger but to becoming the stranger. We crave authentic community, but we have no idea where to start. We'd be glad to cultivate friendships; but honestly, who's got the time? In Invited, writer Leslie Verner says real hospitality is not having a Pinterest-perfect table or well-appointed living room.

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