A little glimpse of all that we experienced

April 27, 2017

Our first stop today was to Hezekiah’s tunnel in the City of David located in Jerusalem. If you are unfamiliar with the story of the tunnel, check it out in 2 Kings 20 (also mentioned in 2 Chronicles 32:30) and do a quick Google search. Some of our group decided to take the dry route while many decided to brave the water-filled passageway. The tunnel was about 550 meters and contained water up to about mid-calf in most places. Flashlights were essential as it was pitch black and everyone had to crouch down…

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The real story is much more exciting!

April 26, 2017

Who doesn’t want to see Jerusalem? To view the Golden Dome – the place where Solomon built the first Tabernacle for God – now occupied by Muslim influence in Israel owned Jerusalem, is certainly a sight to behold. We passed through Israeli safety check points to be able to visit the Wailing Wall – the area closest to the beloved location of the Holiest location of the Hebrew faith – the place where the Arc of the Covenant was located – the Holy of Holies.

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Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing

April 25, 2017

Leaving the Sea of Galilee was bittersweet. However we knew that leaving meant we were “ready” to go up to Jerusalem. When we first arrived in Israel, Ronen told us that we were “not ready yet” for Jerusalem and he was right! Now looking back we can see how we needed a history/geography lesson about this land.

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Poem for today

April 24, 2017

Beth She’an
Beth She’an you connect the east to the west
From Kings to Patriarch, to Ms. Maris
At a crossroads, a prime location that you know best
A secure house you stood, but now you rest

Ronen, our tour guide told us quite the ‘tel’
Schytopolis you pitched us, and we got lured into your sale
Shows, money, women. are you a new kind of baal?
Schytopolis, you had us with your beauty up until you fell.

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An amazing, learning packed, and joyous day in Israel

April 23, 2017

Today was an amazing, learning packed, and joyous day in Israel. We first went to Katzrin. It is a village that has been established to re-enact life, customs, and traditions of a first century village. We baked bread, visited housing, an olive press and a synagogue much like what Jesus and the disciples would have encountered almost 2,000 years ago. Maybe a highlight for most was that we were able to cook and eat our own individual flat bread baked over an open fire.

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Anything but desolate

April 22, 2017

Today was day six on the Faith Chapel, GTI Israel Study Tour. Saturday is the Sabbath in Israel, which made this day’s tour very special.

After breakfast the group loaded up on the bus and headed out for Mount Arbel, on the northwest side of the Sea of Galilee. After an aggressive climb to the top we were captured by Mark 1:35 . . . “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.”

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Making it real

April 21, 2017

Wow…Israel has truly been UNreal. The things that we have seen are mind-blowing and life changing. And just to think that we still have a week! The days have been long and hot as we have been traveling and hiking through the desert. It doesn’t hurt to end a long day with a refreshing swim in the Sea of Galilee before our traditional Friday night Shabat dinner!

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Masada and so much more!

April 20, 2017

Another great day in the Land! Check out today’s video in this post.

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Landmarks to God’s word

April 19, 2017

What a first day to a bucket list adventure. We not only saw some beautiful areas, but connecting the actual landmarks to God’s word really made the Bible come to life in a deeper meaning.

Our first stop was a garden memorial highlighting major elements to the Israel people. From the fruits of the land to the terms used in scripture we now have an even clearer understanding of the “pictures” written in God’s word. (If you see someone from the tour ask them what “land flowing with milk and honey” really means!).

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We have arrived!

April 18, 2017

After a long flight we have arrived! We’re looking forward to tomorrow as we dig into the Bible and get some dust on our feet.

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Preparing for Israel

April 12, 2017

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…

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