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Four Hundred Years and No Altars  Altars were significant in the Old Testament. They are mentioned over two hundred times, with many of them related to the Tabernacle and the Temple. Yet, altars were used far before these formal meeting places were erected. Noah (Genesis 8:20), Abraham (Genesis 12:7–8; 13:4;18; 22:9), Isaac (Genesis 26:26), and Jacob (Genesis 33:20; 35:1–7) all constructed sacrificial altars. Abraham’s use of altars is perhaps the most notable. He made it a...
When choosing which kind of sermon notes to take to the pulpit, you must choose that which allows you to be yourself — yet always be true to the text. The second you step to the pulpit, you are going to want the hours of your sermon preparation to be close to your heart and your fingertip. Here is my blank sermon notes template in Word. If you would like to see a completed sermon outline that I take to the pulpit, you can do so here.. 
People visiting Israel for the first time are often surprised by what they see... this is not what most people imagine the holy city would look like! What we can fail to appreciate is that we are witnessing the ways that Christians of other cultures have expressed their worship of the Lord through the centuries. Here is what you can expect to see when you first visit the Holy City:
Anxiety plagues all of us at some level. There are things in our past, present, or future that cause our thoughts to go crazy and our hearts to become fearful. How can we trust God when what we see or feel doesn’t make sense? When we face worry, fear, or anxiety, we can feel totally out of control. When circumstances are in chaos, it can feel like God is not even able to stop the madness. In this course, we will identify how to renew our thinking and gain a greater focus on Christ, our Prince of Peace.
Life has a way of stepping on its own toes. This year was full of unexpected turns, peaks, valleys, and deep-sea explorations. We went places we didn't expect to go. Did things we never dreamed of. Felt emotions we didn't know we had. And yet, somehow in the middle of it all, I cherish what this year has been. Now don't get me wrong, I am not going to be the first to sign up to...