May 2, 2015
Now that we’ve returned from our study tour you’ll hopefully 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.
April 30, 2015
Today is the last day here in Jerusalem. This was a very powerful and emotional day for me.
Our day began at the Garden of Gethsemane. There was a beautiful church and a garden where Jesus prayed to his father for a different ending, but the result was “Father, your will be done” (Matthew 26:36). We all took some time to meditate, pray, and remember what happened at this place. The thought of what was to come next brought tears to my eyes as it always does.
April 29, 2015
So far this tour has been an amazing study of the historical sites and facts of Israel and how all this information made the Bible come to life. Today was a different day, a day rich in awe that caused such a tremendous feeling of an emotional connection to Jesus.
April 28, 2015
Each day we wake up with excitement and enthusiasm for ‘what’s next’ on our study tour and everyday comes with a wealth of historical information and rich biblical teaching.
Today we left the Sea of Galilee to begin our 76 mile journey to Jerusalem. Our first stop was Beth Shean. Our guide took us on a hike to the top of a ridge that overlooked and showed (it wasn’t hard to picture) the magnificence of the Roman city. The size and prosperity of the city brought about its paganistic life style. To realize that we were at the very place that King Saul and his sons’ bodies were hung was quite difficult to comprehend. Pastor Brennan taught about the magnitude of what was built and emphasized how it was for all the wrong reasons. He taught on the contrast of a completely immoral land, one totally against God that glorified themselves, and contrasted that to the One who was to come and who was to glorify God.
April 26, 2015
Today was the most intimate day so far, because we were where Jesus centered his ministry. We first went to the Sea of Galilee where we saw the “Jesus Boat” which is an ancient fishing boat from the time of Jesus. It was discovered in 1986. Then we experienced our own Galilee boat ride where we had time to write in our journals and spend personal time with God.
April 25, 2015
Walking into Masada made me appreciate the architecture of what was once there and how large the property was. What I took out of this site was the heroism that once fled there from the Roman Empire. Only a couple hundred Jews held out within the citadel against thousands of Roman soldiers below. The Roman army built a siege ramp and began attacking the walls with a battering ram. Preferring death over being made slaves, the Jews inside committed suicide.
April 23, 2015
Our first stop of the day was at the Yad HaShmona Biblical Gardens. The history that I was able to experience there was very moving. In Isaiah 5:2 it says, “…he plowed the land, cleared its stones, and planted it with the best vines. In the middle he built a watchtower and carved a winepress in the nearby rocks.” Then our guide pointed to the actual watchtower—I was shocked—I was standing next to a reference point that is noted in the Bible!
April 22, 2015
Myself and 17 others from Real Life Church are currently experiencing the journey of a lifetime as we tour through Israel from April 21 through May 1, and you’re invited to travel along with us! Each day we will be publishing a blog article, highlighting the places that we were able to visit that day, and some of the key things that we learned and experienced. Along with the entries will be photos and videos to help you get a greater picture of what we’ve been able to see on the journey. We also welcome you to comment in the space below each entry, to which I’ll try and respond as often as I can if you have any questions about our trip.