The End of the Beginning

October 30, 2014

Thank you for following along with us on our journey. It’s not over, you know! The lessons learned and memories created will stick with us for the rest of our lives and will be shared through countless conversations, stories, and relationships with everyone we meet.

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At Journey’s End

October 28, 2014

Forty years ago, a twenty-year-old kid traveled from California to Israel with a basketball team whose goals were to win games and souls. As a fledgling believer and only two…

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Pray, Sing, Remember

October 27, 2014

After 12 hours, my feet are swollen, my ankles hurt, and I am a tad stinky…but what a glorious day.

First stop…the Mount of Olives. This is where JESUS will be coming again – Nothing is left to be fulfilled. First the Rapture- Whoop whoop! All GOD’S redeemed will be taken up to Heaven! Second – the touchdown- the feet of JESUS will touch down on the Mount of Olives. But, no time to ponder on that magnificent image as we are on the road to…

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Walking where the great “I AM” walked

October 26, 2014

The day got off to an auspicious start this morning…you see last night was the fall time change here in Jerusalem. An unfortunate error by the morning staff caused every one of us to receive a wakeup call at 5:15am instead of the planned 6:15am. I personally was unaffected as I have been sleeping from 10pm-4am each day without fail…le sigh…but that friends is a story for another day.

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From Galilee to Jerusalem

October 25, 2014

This morning we left the Galilee after 4 days of following Jesus travels. We met down at the lake and shared the ways the Lord had spoken to each of us. Folks were humbled by being at Ein Gev and loved staying in the kabutz.

Off to the tel of Megiddo – the deepest tel found so far – 26 layers deep. Solomon received this location in a marriage (one of many) to an Egyptian wife. This location allowed him to control the East/West trade route. King Josiah was killed here. This is in the areas of Issachar and Manasseh tribes. We walked through the ruins after a short climb.

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Stay focused

October 24, 2014

I can hardly believe that it was one week ago that we were heading to LAX to board the airplane to come to Israel. What an awesome experience this has been so far and there are many more wonderful things to experience in this Holy Land.

We started the day by taking a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Tiberius. We sang the American National Anthem and came to tears as I realized how blessed I am as American.

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In the time of Jesus

October 23, 2014

Today we started the day in Qatzrin to see how people lived in the time of Jesus. While we gathered in a typical house of that time, Rich recounted the story from Mark 2 about the paralytic whose friends lowered him through the ceiling because it was so crowded in the house. As all 50 of us crowded into this room we imagined the scene with Jesus teaching and people crowding in around him. The friends of the paralytic were so desperate to bring him to Jesus that they broke through the roof and lowered him down. Jesus allowed the roof to be destroyed and this was no easy task, as these roofs were solidly constructed. We carried away the story of the faith of these friends and how Jesus first forgave the man’s sin and then healed him.

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Where our Savior Walked and Taught

October 22, 2014

Follow along with us with the video for today!

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A great illustration

October 21, 2014

Starting at the Dead Sea, and ending at the Sea of Galilee, our journey was a reminder of our life journey as people who have faith in Christ. Starting from a stagnant, desert place, we become people who are fruitful and full of abundant life. The Dead Sea looks inviting, and is fun to go in, bobbing like corks on the surface. But don’t get it in your eye! It stings, and that’s no fun at all. A bit like sin, isn’t it?

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Musings with Nathan (official camel whisperer)

October 20, 2014

The morning started out with a breathtaking sunrise over the Dead Sea and ended with many of us floating as unsinkable logs in the very same…But this day is truly…

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Informative, Refreshing, Beautiful!

October 19, 2014

Our first day was very full, entertaining, educational and inspiring! We began the day with an excellent breakfast at Neve Llann. We began the day at a very nearby Israeli garden where we learned about the importance of grapes, olives, figs, dates, wheat and barley. Olives were so very important to the economy – it was used for many things including fuel. In ancient times Israeli olive oil was exported all over the ancient world.

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We have arrived in Israel!

October 18, 2014

Wow what a long trip but we have finally arrived in Israel. You wouldn’t believe the amazing conversations and adventures we have already experienced. Istanbul was great but we really…

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Leaving on a Jet Plane

October 17, 2014

The time has finally come at last. Today we all met at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX to begin the check in process with Turkish Airlines for our…

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10 Weeks of Preparation

October 9, 2014

On July 22, a little over half of the trip participants began a 10-week journey in preparation for our trip. Steve Reineke graciously volunteered to lead our group through the on-line study course. Each week we reviewed the week’s readings, participated in some fun pop quizzes, watched Rich’s video and then did a table project to review what we learned.

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Journey with us to Israel!

August 29, 2014

We’re looking forward to sharing our trip with you! Please continue to pray for us as we prepare our hearts, minds, and bodies for what will be an amazing 10…

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