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Jesus, the Stranger, Guest and Host Luke 24:13-35

Jesus, the Stranger, Guest and Host

Jesus rapidly changes roles along the road to Emmaus -- a transition that continues to happen today.

At a Glance

We start with Saddleback Church in California where Rick Warren prefers the word "guest" to "visitor," because "The term 'visitor' implies that they're not here to stay. The term 'guest' implies that this is someone for whom you do everything you can to make them feel comfortable."


Editors' Pick

For material based on today's Acts reading, see "Colony Collapse Disorder," April 6, 2008, at HomileticsOnline.com.


Saddleback Church in California is famous for its hospitality; the church welcomes strangers as guests instead of as visitors. "The term 'visitor' implies that they're not here to stay," writes pastor Rick Warren in his book The Purpose-Driven Church. "The term 'guest' implies that this is someone for whom you do everything you can to make them feel comfortable." For a guest, we do everything. For a visitor, not so much.

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