Study Tour Wrap Up

January 30, 2015

Now that we’ve returned from our study tour you’ve hopefully be able to talk to one of us in person about what we saw, heard, learned, and experienced! Below is a wrap…

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A beautiful and spectacular place

January 27, 2015

We had an early wake up call this morning at 6:00am. Finally, we got to visit the city everyone talks about, Jerusalem. The bus let us off in the street…

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A full day of exploring

January 26, 2015

Monday was been a full day for the team. And by full, I mean we explored what would take most work study tours 2 days to cover, and managed to compress it into 1 day! The bus dropped us off at the bottom of a valley near a bridge overpass. Nearby, a local would unlock the rusty fence that leads into Beth Shan. We would travel on foot to the top of this tell. 1 Samuel 31 explains King Saul’s death, and that his body (and the body of his son Jonathan) was fastened to the gate of Beth Shan. From there we walked to other end of the tell. And to our surprise, the ruins of a large roman city was at the base of the tell. Chris Brown would share his thoughts on this massive roman city: “maybe this was the city where the prodigal son spent his inheritance?” It was within walking distance of Capernaum…perhaps. This city would boasted a gymnasium, spa, spa services, and theater. It would have been the Las Vegas of it’s time.

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Hearing the Stories

January 25, 2015

Today we continued our tour of Galilee. We spent most of our day in the Decapolis, which is located on the east side of the Sea of Galilee and then ended in northern Israel. We started by visiting a 4th Century church in Hippos that is right below the cliffs. People believe this is the spot where Jesus healed the demon possessed man and sent the demons into pigs. It was amazing to get to sit there in an old historic church and hear the story told on the location.

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Prayer Mountain

January 24, 2015

It’s our 3rd full day here in Israel. And it was a very productive day! At first light, we headed a few miles down from our hotel to a boat…

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To gain the whole world

January 23, 2015

This morning, we found ourselves standing in a megalomaniac’s palace. We took a gondola to the top of an Arizona-like mesa, to see three of Herod the Great’s eight ancient…

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Gardens and Caves

January 22, 2015

Today was the team’s first full day exploring Israel. A few minutes away from our hotel in the mountains of Judea, was a local garden. But, this garden also had full replicas of everyday items found in the bible. We spent the morning getting acquainted with a wine press, olive press, hillside terraces, ceremonial bath, and a threshing floor. A first glance, the site seemed to be questionable. Why spend time walking around a garden with replicas when there was an entire country to still explore? Shortly into the tour, any doubts were . This site provided cultural, agricultural, and geographical context to many stories our team had previously taught like Gideon’s encounter with the angel of the Lord (Judges 6) and Jesus turning water into wine (John 2:1-12).

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Hitting the ground running!

January 21, 2015

Our first day exploring Israel was exciting to say the least! Right after landing, we piled into the tour bus. Our first destination: Gezer. This was the backdrop for the…

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And we’re off…!

January 20, 2015

14 student ministries pastors from across 4 campus left Vista, California for Israel. It will be a 3 car ride up to LA so we can catch a 14 hour…

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Introductions are in order

January 15, 2015

The youth pastors of North Coast Church have the opportunity of a life-time: to visit Israel with fellow pastors including senior pastor Chris Brown! Our trip will be documented daily…

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Preparing for Israel

December 22, 2014

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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