Ben and I recently returned from an 18-day trip to Israel and Palestine.  It was incredible…more than I had hoped for…and on Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30 PM we are going to gather up in the Sojourn auditorium to show some pictures and share some of the stories from our time roaming this biblically rich region of the world.  Please come if you can.  (We are brainstorming some options for recording it but are not sure about that yet.)

Ben and I survived being roommates for 18 days, stayed healthy the whole trip, made some new friends and enjoyed every step of the journey.  As you may have guessed, one of the huge impacts of the trip was to read a passage of scripture while sitting in the very spot where that very event happened.  Bart Den Boer (our tour leader and fellow Sojourner) frequently taught us a passage of the Bible while pointing out the location of the biblical events in the landscape that was right in front of us.  We were at the entrance to a Canaanite city that Abraham walked through, the valley where David fought Goliath, the Jordan River that marked the entrance of the people of Israel into the Promised Land, the palaces of Herod who shaped the politics of Jesus’ day, the wilderness where Jesus went to fast and pray, the mountain where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount, the Sea of Galilee where Jesus spent so much of his time and the city of Jerusalem which was the heartbeat of the biblical world in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.  Amazing.
We were blessed to go on this trip so we want to thank a few people.  We want to thank our awesome wives (Kim and Janet) for carrying all the duties of home and kids so that we could do this.  We want to thank the Sojourn staff for their excellent care and attention to detail while we were gone.  We want to thank the guest preachers for opening God’s Word with the Sojourn family over the last few weeks.  We want to thank Bart and Pat Den Boer for inviting us and leading the trip so well.  And lastly, we want to thank all the volunteers and the whole Sojourn family.  We love being pastors at this church!
Hope to see you this Sunday and again on Wednesday, March 29.