September 18, 2017
Today was our last day in Israel. We participated in an active archaeological sifting, saw the Pool of Bethesda, walked the Via De La Rosa, visited the site of our Lord’s crucifixion, saw the empty grave, and climbed the Southern Steps. The day ended with a farewell dinner at a restaurant in Downtown Jerusalem where we enjoyed a meal as a family and shared what God has been doing in our hearts, minds, and souls here in Israel.
September 17, 2017
Today was another day filled with Wow moments as we visited the Temple Mount. We learned the history of the various temples that had been built, destroyed and built again. Prayed at the Western Wall and learned how the Walls of the Temple Mount were constructed.
September 15, 2017
Today was a day of contrasts. We started and ended our days at two giant Roman cities, Scythopolis (Bet Shean) and Caesarea Maritima. Home to Herod and other Roman big-hitters of Jesus’ time, they were stunning with their bath houses, shopping centers, temples of idol worship, theater, and culture. They were pleasing to the eye, with every opportunity for pleasure and desires of the flesh. Yet, in between these cities we visited Nazareth, the humble hometown of Jesus. We stood on top of a cliff overlooking the Jezreel valley, learning of the prophesies of Jesus, the branch from the root of David to grow a new tree. We envisioned the small town of 200 in Jesus’ time.
September 14, 2017
I have two here and I will hopefully send you a third tomorrow morning to add!
Something that keeps coming up for me throughout this trip is the phrase, “Who is this?” How many times throughout Scripture is our Jesus met with the question, “Who is this?” From the disciples seeing Jesus after the resurrection, to the Pharisees witnessing miracles, to Jesus himself asking “Who do you say that I am?” It’s as if this question of “Who is Jesus?” is being brought to the forefront!
September 13, 2017
First experience of the day is a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee just as Jesus and the Twelve did in Mark 4:35. Our LORD refers to this lake as “The Sea of HIS Delight”. This body of water was the epicenter of our Savior’s ministry during his time walking the earth with us. Here he taught, performed miracles, and loved on His people. I selfishly believed I deserved to have the same experience as some did 2000 years ago. This is the letter I wrote to our Messiah about what took place within just a few minute’s time.
September 12, 2017
I stood under the rushing waterfall of Ein Gedi today and have never felt so refreshed in my entire life! You can only imagine after three days in the desert, and in the middle of a 110 degree heat blaze, that I wanted nothing more than to be drenched in the waters. In that moment, the Psalms came to life as I finally understood the intensity with which David wrote of the deer panting for the water, of thirsting for the Lord, of the Living Water refreshing the soul. I wish I could explain the feeling of becoming both physically refreshed and spiritually renewed by our great God!
September 11, 2017
Today began with a sojourn through the desert, as we followed the footsteps of Moses and the Israelites. We ate of the salty herb described in Genesis, and came across a spring of water flowing down from the rock. We relived the story of Moses tapping a rock with his staff as water gushed freely from within. Then, we climbed and climbed and climbed to the top.
We also rode camels today, where I learned that camel riding is not like horseback riding.
September 10, 2017
How often have you heard a story or read a book and then the movie comes out and blows your mental picture to pieces. That’s what two sites did for me today. While at Tel Azeka Matt read the story of David and Goliath and let’s face it we have heard the story hundreds of times and there have been some bad on screen versions but to actually see the physical location geologically unchanged to this day will forever change my visualization of the story.
September 9, 2017
Today we left America and began our journey to the Holy Land. We met in San Francisco, boarded a plane to Istanbul, managed to survive the 13-hour flight by watching movies, finishing up our online study courses, holding good conversation, and sleeping; although for some, the sleep portion only lasted 30 minutes.
August 29, 2017
Our trip to Israel will be here before you know it!
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We’ll be sharing our travel experiences online with you, our friends and family, to not only bring you along on the journey with us, but to also solicit your ongoing prayer and support. Most of us on this trip have been preparing mentally and spiritually for what will be a life-changing experience in the land. We’re also preparing physically as we train our bodies to handle all the time we’ll spend on our feet walking. So please pray that we would be diligent in our preparations and we would all be ready to learn what God has to teach us!