Stranger Danger

Timothy Nelson

READ : Deuteronomy 10:17-22 Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. (v. 19 NKJV) My wife once worked at a preschool where a colleague made it her solemn duty to make sure that every child knew they should not associate with strangers. Obviously there is wisdom in warning children not to hop in a car with anyone with a smiling face and a lollipop. But this woman took things a little further. To the …

Everyone Wins

Timothy Nelson

READ : Romans 12:1-13 Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. (v. 13 NIV) Being hospitable begins the moment we meet someone. Both our words and our actions signal our welcome. Sometimes we say a simple “hello” or “come in.” At other times we speak though tears and hugs and silence. The word hospitality stems from the Latin hospitium or hospitalis. The root of these words comes from hospes (Latin) and xenos (Greek), meaning both host …

Hurry Up and Wait

Timothy Nelson

READ : Exodus 14:10-14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. (v. 14 NIV) In many traditional North African cultures, when someone breaks the law or causes harm to another person, they and their family are held responsible for the damages. In fact, it is rare that the offending party is even able to testify for themselves in court. The extended family of the offender is liable for the damages incurred as well. Depending on …