Make 'korban' and get closer to G-d.
The Altar was originally a place of animal sacrifice. Only animals 'without blemish' were chosen to be slaughtered. We no longer need to sacrifice animals because we have sinned or want to make an offering. Instead, haMoshiach was sacrificed on the cross, and he was perfect and blameless. "Even to you, who in times past were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil works, peace has now been given, through the sacrifice of his body and his death, so that he may raise you before him, holy and without reproach and blameless." Col. 1:21-22. Read Is. 53 and really study the passage, clearly talking about Yeshua. This is the famous 'Moshiach ben Yossef' text. Just like the 'scapegoat', he had our sins placed on him and was then taken outside the city. It was like Yeshua carried our blues away!
However, as I said before, we are still required to make offerings to G-d and help the poor. A good idea would be to get a Tzedakah box (almsgiving box), like the from the Jewish National Fund which helps different causes in the Eretz Yisrael (the land of Israel). Everyday, put coins in the box, (and twice as much during your Erev Shabbat supper:) I also always encourage tithing. It's interesting, but Scripture always refers to tithes being 'paid', not given. It seems that in that past, people considered tithing to be so mandatory (and rightly so) that they 'paid' their ten percent to G-d. If you feel you couldn't possibly give 10% of your income to the local shul, I need to ask you to reconsider and pray about it deeply. However, if you can't give a tithe, any amount of giving is a blessing for those who receive it and will one day be a blessing for you, too. Most of all, consider the words of Paul in Rom. 12:1 "I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of G-d, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to G-d, by means of resonable service."
Pesach is another one of my favorite times of the year. In fact, the only thing I don't like is eating the bitter herbs, maror, at the seder! Thankfully, all that delicious matzah makes up for it:) I decided to talk about this holiday, as well as the Feast of Unleavened Bread (begins the day after Passover), on this page because it is all about sacrifice. The Israelites originally wanted to go and make sacrifices in the desert, away from their Egyptian masters (the animals they would be sacrificing were worshipped by the Egyptians and they would have been greatly offended). Then, when Pharoah was particularly stubborn, they ended up sacrificing a lamb (important god to Egyptians) and put its blood on the doorpost of each Israelite home as G-d had commanded. The angel of death saw the blood and "passed over" (where the name Passover comes from) the household. Whenever it did not see the blood, the oldest child was killed. This same principle is found it Yeshua being the Lamb of G-d. He sacrificed himself, and because of his blood, death (the second death, eternal damnation in hell) will pass us by. During Pesach, remember the sacrifice of Yeshua haMashiach and thank him for your salvation!
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The Altar was a place of sacrifice and atonement for sin, but it was also a place to petition G-d and seek Her will. Many times people would make sacrifices as part of an offering to G-d, and usually part of a vow or promise to Him. In everyway, sacrifice was considered a method to get closer to haShem and seek Him.
For that reason, I decided to include some search engines and my own personal favourite sites to help you out. You can use these search engines to help you find an affirming church in your area, or local resources to help you or your family. "If from there you shall seek the L-rd your G-d you shall find him, if you search for him with all your heart and with all your soul." Deut. 4:39
A new GLBT search engine!
One of the most visited hubs on the Internet reaching one out of every two web users.
With over half a million sites divided into more than 25,000 categories, Yahoo! is both browseable and searchable.
I also have other links on other pages. Please check the entire site for more great links.
A good introduction to being gay and Christian.
A wonderfully encouraging site for those looking for a positive and affirming cyberspace.
A positive GLBT site for those who are homosexual and spiritual.
Gay Christian Online
Not a place to debate homosexuality and morality, rather it's an uplifting and encouraging place for questioning individuals.
A well rounded site, has merchandise for gay Christians as well as hope-filled articles.
Contains a good essay on the Bible and homosexuality.
Rainbow Baptists--Links site
This is a site for affirming Baptists and their friends, but it also has quite a few good links to similar sites.
An online magazine for GLBT spirituals, put out bi-monthly.