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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.