January 14, 2017
Now that our study tour is complete, hopefully you’ll be able to talk to one of us in person about what we saw, heard, learned, and experienced!
Below is a wrap up video that serves as a nice summary of the trip and a reminder of all that we did.
January 11, 2017
Today was a very exciting day, our first visit was The Mount of Olives. This Mount is facing Jerusalem and is a ridge running along the east side of Jerusalem. People also can see the separation from the city walls. This was a site of many important events in the Bible. It is very excited how you can see the city of David from the Mount. The Bible records Jesus’ visiting the Mount of Olives three times in the last week of His earthly life, and each time something of significance happened. The first visit was to deliver what has come to be known as the Olivet Discourse. Jesus’ second visit is what we call the triumphal entry. The donkey Jesus rode that day was found in Bethany and Bethphage, on the east side of the Mount of Olives. Jesus’ third visit during the week of His Passion was on the night He was betrayed. That evening began with the Last Supper in Jerusalem and ended in the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives.
January 10, 2017
The Temple Mount or Mt. Has many amazing features the western wall, southern steps, the dry tunnel and the wet Hezekiah’s tunnel and so many things that I may have forgotten. However, one of the most intriguing things for me is the construction. It’s another design out of the genus mind of Herod. It’s a fact that he was a master visionary. This is known by all of the massive structures that he built. But this structure has some special features such as the 220 ton 31 ft long and 15ft deep block. Furthermore, from the bed rock to its apex it was 90 ft high. The mystery is how did they place those block in the proper places without cranes? In fact,It’s known how the block were brought over and that was on rolling logs. but still to this day no one knows how they got stacked so high without the proper tools.
January 9, 2017
Today we saw the juxtaposition of two kings: King Herod the Great, the
“King of the Jews,” and Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We
first went to Herod’s magnificent fortress and palace complex on the
outskirts of Jerusalem, called the “Herodian.” This fortress had a
commanding and impressive view overlooking the city of Jerusalem, with
Bethlehem in the distance, consisting of several palaces, and
bathhouses, and a pool.
January 7, 2017
As we launched out onto the sea of Galilee for our boat ride it was impossible not to think about the biblical narrative about all the things Jesus did there. He launched his ministry near there. He did not start in Jerusalem, but rather in a strategic location where the Romans had an outpost. He used the surroundings familiar to the disciples to teach them that he is king of all and that the Kingdom of God had arrived. He showed them that he has power over the forces of hell. He was preparing them for the mission that he called them for.
January 6, 2017
In a dry and thirsty land, the oasis of Ein Gedi is a welcomed site to the weary wanderer. Ein Gedi (lit. “springs of the little wild goat”) is a beautiful canyon carved out of the huge cliffs that border the western shore of the Dead Sea. The natural home of wild ibexes, its cliffside caves also housed David at a time during his flee from King Saul’s maddening, decade-long pursuit. And what a place to find refuge! Constant, refreshing streams of mountain water find their way here. For the weary and thirsty soul, this is living water — The Living Water. And compared to the runoff water found in cisterns, this clean water refreshes both the body and the soul. It brings to life the passage from Jeremiah 2:12-13. God calls us to drink from the source of life – His Word, not broken cisterns that we dig in our own strength. Visiting Ein Gedi illustrates this with eye-opening appeal. In a dry and weary land were water is a real daily need, this spring water is a true gift from God. May we never forsake our Source of life.
December 21, 2016
Our trip to Israel will be here before you know it!
Once we’re on the ground in Israel, we’ll post periodic updates and photos. Check back often or get update notifications using the subscribe options on this page.
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!