Greetings from my luxurious hospital room at the City of Hope in Duarte, California! After 60 in-patient nights in the last 110, I can’t wait to re-emerge in a couple of weeks to open air and sunshine!

Hospitality! I love the sound of that, don’t you? In our culture, hospitality is both hosting traded between friends as well as an industry – restaurants, resorts, recreation – created to delight and foment memories.

When approached through the lens of Scripture, hospitality assumes a very different form. Writing to Jewish Christians – a minority-within-a-minority in their 1st Century Roman world, God says: “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2). Rather than socializing within the circle of sameness, hospitality was the expression of interest and regard for people who were both unlike and unknown.

The Apostle John would later back that up for all believers: “It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans.  We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth” (3 John 7-8). Once again, the imperative was for hospitality to be defined not by the reciprocity of existing relationships, but by reaching out with charitable intent to people who were not on the believers’ contact lists. New people were introduced to their community through their hospitality.

That’s the way our faith life works: the Good News is not a one-and-done event. Instead, continuing discoveries on the Gospel path are able to transform life this side of Eternity as well.

There’s a reason for this sermonette. Our relationship exists because someone you knew introduced you to The Master’s Program community. Here, you’ve made – and continue to make – discoveries about maximizing your life on Earth and your rewards in Heaven that didn’t come through your other ministry pipelines. You’ve found something beyond church and Bible studies that keeps bringing you back. How did our original get-to-know-you happen? Who funded us to welcome you?

In The Master’s Program, we practice hospitalitymaking spiritual engagement available to people outside our TMP community – at no expense to our friends’ friends. Guests aren’t asked for money; things like our weekly Point of View as well as other live and virtual introductory experiences are offered to introduce people to this ministry that will – through participant funded programs – help them find their unique Kingdom Calling, and then continue in-community with others living differently.

Each year, we stage the Golf Challenge to raise funding for our ongoing hospitality. Ministry offerings like those mentioned above are possible only because of the underwriting brought together through the proceeds of the Challenge. The ultimate beneficiaries are the friends-of-our-friends who then become part of our Kingdom leadership community as they make discoveries about how their redeemed life can become an invested life that elevates their daily understanding of God’s plan for them to new levels. This year’s Challenge is set for Friday, May 20th, just around the corner.

Cheri and I understand how this works. We’ve made a five-figure pledge to this year’s Challenge so that our hospitality at TMP can expand our eternal and strategic friendships.

You don’t have to be a golfer to participate! I may not even be present at the public event (my exit from my leukemia treatment at the City of Hope will be based on my progress). Nonetheless, I’m recruiting personal sponsors so that my literal or virtual involvement results in high-value hospitality! How can you know more specifics and consider personal involvement?

Choose to be a part of the Challenge! Go to the Golf Challenge page which gives you the overview of opportunities; respond to become part of the Challenge. Take a deeper dive by downloading the Digital Brochure to learn more about the event, then forward it to a friend!

How much hospitality will we offer this year? Well… that’s a question for you to answer.

Hope to have you on-board as part of this year’s effort!

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