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#37 It's About the Journey — Interview with Troy Thomas

Episode Date
Thu, 17 Jun 2021

Episode Guest

Troy Thomas

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Veteran pastor and trip leader Troy Thomas from Wisconsin joins today's podcast. Troy and Rich describe the process of being a trip participant who eventually becomes a trip leader. Troy also shares a brief teaching of Luke 24: 13-35, when the resurrected Christ walks beside two of his disciples on the road to Emmaus and teaches about Himself. It doesn't matter as much where Christ is leading us, but that He is always walking with us and teaching us along the way.

A big part of becoming a trip leader is joining our annual Pastor's Familiarization Trip. Every January, GTI takes a group of pastors and ministry leaders to Israel at a discounted rate to benefit their ministries and to also prepare them to bring groups back! This year's trip is January 10-21, 2022. Registration is open! Pastor's Fam 2022 trip link: https://gtitours.org/trip/pastors-and-educators-israel-2022

To find out what a Fam trip is like, read the blog from Pastor's Fam 2020: https://gtitours.org/tour-journal/pastors-and-educators-israel

Luke for Everyone (The New Testament for Everyone) by N.T. Wright. Learn more: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0664227848

A dramatic interpretation of the road to Emmaus story: https://youtu.be/dmmTWQn95xQ

Troy Thomas is a trip leader and retired pastor from CrossWay Church in Germantown, Wisconsin. After many years serving in pastoral ministry at several Milwaukee-area churches, Troy retired from vocational ministry in 2021. Troy continues to serve the local church where his heart’s desire is to preach the Gospel, teach the Bible, build up leaders, and make disciples who make disciples. Prior to vocational ministry, he spent 18 years in business as a management consultant.

Troy has a bachelor’s degree from Northern Iowa, an MBA from George Washington University, a Masters in Christian Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Master’s in Divinity from Rockbridge Seminary. Troy and his wife Liz have been married for over 30 years and are blessed by three adult children, a daughter-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. They reside in Sussex, Wisconsin.

In addition to his family, his vocational ministry, and his local community, Troy leads trips to Israel that focus on Biblical study and exposition in the original setting. Troy believes that true Biblical understanding must be rooted in the history, geography, culture, and language of the original context. And Troy’s prayer is that these trips will lead people to make life-changing applications from the teaching of Jesus Christ.

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Emmaus

#36 Fall Holidays in Israel — Interview with Ariel Sela

Episode Date
Wed, 09 Jun 2021

Episode Guest

Ariel Sela

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Israeli guide Ariel tells us more about himself personally and what he loves about his country. He also lends insight to the fall holidays in Israel and explains what each of them means both culturally and spiritually to the Jewish people.

Ariel was born and raised in a Jewish community in Finland then moved to Israel as an adult. He lived in Jerusalem for 16 years and became interested in guiding tours. Ariel speaks four languages (Finnish, Swedish, Hebrew and English) and has been guiding groups through Israel for 30 years. He loves to spend time in Jerusalem and in the Judean desert. His name means "Lion of God" in Hebrew.

Books

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Falafel

Falafel (/fəˈlɑːfəl/; Arabic: فلافل‎, [fæˈlæːfɪl] (About this soundlisten)) is a deep-fried ball or patty-shaped fritter made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food, commonly served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread known as taboon; "falafel" also frequently refers to a wrapped sandwich that is prepared in this way. The falafel balls are topped with salads, pickled vegetables, hot sauce, and drizzled with tahini-based sauces. Falafel balls may also be eaten alone as a snack or served as part of a meze tray (assortment of appetizers). Falafel is eaten throughout the Middle East and is a common street food. Falafel is usually made with fava beans in Egypt and with chickpeas in the Levant. It is popular with vegetarians world-wide.[1]

Learn More at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falafel

#35 The Footsteps of Paul in Turkey & Greece — Interview with Craig Hill

Episode Date
Wed, 02 Jun 2021

Episode Guest

Craig Hill

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Craig Hill returns as our guest today on the podcast. Craig and our Rich discuss GTI's upcoming Signature Tour of Turkey and Greece, October 11-24. They walk through the scheduled itinerary (featuring over two dozen sites) and describe some of the highlights of these two amazing countries! In addition to following the footsteps of the Apostle Paul, this tour offers a hot air balloon ride in Turkey, wine tasting in Greece, and some amazing local hospitality. Registration is open!

Craig Hill is an affiliate Assistant Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Biola University in New Testament. Hill has taught in university and seminary settings for 18 years and has served for over two decades in youth and pastoral ministries. He also works with Standing Stone Ministry, a ministry that provides pastoral care for pastors. Hill serves on the Board of Directors of Hume Lake Christian Camps, one of the largest youth camps in the nation. He has been to Israel on a number of occasions and enjoys teaching the Bible in the context of where it was written. He lives in Irvine, California with his wife Kelly and four kids.

Turkey / Greece Signature Tour led by Dr. Craig Hill Oct 11-24, 2021

https://gtitours.org/trip/signature-turkey

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#34 Jerusalem's Destiny of Peace — Interview with Richard Liverance

Episode Date
Thu, 27 May 2021

Episode Guest

Richard Liverance

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Richard Liverance returns as our featured guest on today's podcast. He is the Western Regional Marketing Director for the Israel Ministry of Tourism. Richard and our GM Rich Ferreira talk about the May 23 reopening of Israel which is exciting news for our audience! They also discuss Covid, the recent conflict with Gaza, safety traveling in Israel and a biblical look at the unrest in the region. 

Richard refers to Psalm 2, Micah 5 and Ezekiel 5:5 “This is what the Sovereign  Lord  says: This is Jerusalem, which I have set in the center of the nations, with countries all around her."

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Jerusalem

Jerusalem (/dʒəˈruːsələm/; Hebrew: יְרוּשָׁלַיִם About this sound Yerushalayim [jeruʃaˈlajim]; Arabic: القُدس‎‎ About this sound al-Quds [alˈqʊds]),[i] is a city located on a plateau in the Judaean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea. One of the oldest cities in the world, Jerusalem was called "Urusalima" in the ancient cuneiform, meaning "City of Peace", during the early Canaanite period (approximately 2400 BCE).[5] Significant construction activity in Jerusalem began in the 9th century BCE (Iron Age II), and in the 8th century the city developed into the religious and administrative center of the Kingdom of Judah.[6] It is considered a holy city in the three major Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Learn More at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem

#33 Contrasting Kingdoms — Interview with Jonathan Greer

Episode Date
Wed, 19 May 2021

Episode Guest

Jonathan Greer

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Our guest today is speaker, teacher and archaeologist Dr. Jonathan Greer of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jonathan, AKA "The Bone Doctor", is part of the archaeology team at Tel Dan, Israel and specializes in zooarchaeology, or the study of ancient animal bones found in sacrificial remains. Today he focuses on a site in Egypt called the Ramesseum, the mortuary temple of Ramesses II, and the emphasis on "Pharaoh's Great Name" all throughout the temple. In stark contrast is the narrative of God's plan for His chosen people, to lead them out of grandeur and into barren wilderness, for the glory of HIS great name.

Jonathan Greer and his wife Jennifer have enjoyed learning and teaching the Story of the Bible together in a variety of contexts in the Middle East for nearly two decades. They are faculty members at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary where Jonathan serves as Associate Professor of Old Testament and Director of the Hesse Archaeological Lab and Jennifer as Adjunct Instructor of Bible with a New Testament focus. Together they lead an annual study tour course in cooperation with GTI to the lands of the Bible as well as courses in biblical interpretation and background studies. Jonathan holds M.A. degrees in Old Testament and Biblical Languages from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University where he focused on Hebrew Bible, ancient Near Eastern studies, and archaeology. He is also the Associate Director of archaeological excavations at Tel Dan, Israel, and has published a number of works on the relationship of the Bible to the ancient world. The Greer's reside in Grand Rapids, Michigan with their three children.

Each year, Dr. Greer and his wife Jennifer lead our Signature Tour of Egypt, Jordan & Israel. Follow the link below to learn more: Egypt Signature Tour https://gtitours.org/trip/signature-egypt

Egypt Promo Video https://vimeo.com/304959706

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramesseum

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Ramesseum

The Ramesseum is the memorial temple (or mortuary temple) of Pharaoh Ramesses II ("Ramesses the Great", also spelled "Ramses" and "Rameses"). It is located in the Theban Necropolis in Upper Egypt, on the west of the River Nile, across from the modern city of Luxor. The name – or at least its French form Rhamesséion – was coined by Jean-François Champollion, who visited the ruins of the site in 1829 and first identified the hieroglyphs making up Ramesses's names and titles on the walls. It was originally called the House of millions of years of Usermaatra-setepenra that unites with Thebes-the-city in the domain of Amon.[1] Usermaatra-setepenra was the prenomen of Ramesses II.

#32 Shavuot and Pentecost — Interview with Dave Garrett

Episode Date
Thu, 13 May 2021

Episode Guest

Dave Garrett

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David “Moose” Garrett has served in a variety of capacities at the international headquarters of Jews for Jesus in San Francisco since 1981. His current position is Children and Youth Ministry Director. In 1990, Moishe Rosen, the founder of Jews for Jesus, asked him to begin a camp program for Jewish children and youth, thus launching Camp Gilgal. Helping raise up new generations of Jewish believers in Messiah continues to be the most rewarding aspect of his ministry. David has been married to Kathleen since 1980. The Garretts have two married daughters, Virginia (Joshua) and Monica (Noah) and four little friends (grandchildren).

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Jews for Jesus

Jews for Jesus is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization made up primarily of Jewish people, as well as other followers of Jesus who are committed allies of the Jewish people. Our staff raise awareness of Jesus as the Jewish Messiah, facilitate Jewish community, and provide spiritual care and meet needs in our local communities. We come from diverse Jewish backgrounds—some were raised Orthodox Jewish, some nominally Jewish. We’re artists, parents, doctors, and former IDF soldiers. But we have one thing in common: we all believe Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah our prophets foretold.

Learn More at https://jewsforjesus.org

#31 Wandering Wise Men — Interview with Eric Schrotenboer

Episode Date
Thu, 06 May 2021

Episode Guest

Eric Schrotenboer

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One of our tour leaders, Eric Schrotenboer and his wife, Meredith have created a wonderful resource for families to engage with the Christmas story in new ways this year. The Wandering Wise Men Family Tradition Activity Set includes a beautifully illustrated children’s book, a family devotional, and three whimsical wise men to hide around the house for delighted kiddos to find! 

The devotional starts on December 1 and goes through January 6th, which is Epiphany. The devotional is written so children can understand it, but shares many cultural, historical and geographical details that adults will love. It’s an awesome way for families to engage with the Christmas story like never before! The activity set is available for preorder during the month of May only. Here is the link: 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thewanderingwisemen/the-wandering-wise-men-a-christmas-tradition

#30 Feet for the Path — Interview with Dr. Oliver Hersey

Episode Date
Thu, 29 Apr 2021

Episode Guest

Dr. Oliver Hersey

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Today our guest is Dr. Oliver Hersey who has been appointed to serve as the next president for Jerusalem University College in Jerusalem, Israel. He shares about the history of the school, the learning experience there in person as well as some new opportunities online. Dr. Hersey also shares what Habakkuk 3:19 means to him and family personally as they transition to their new home in Israel.

Dr. Hersey holds a Ph.D. in Old Testament Theology and an M.A. in Biblical Archaeology both from Trinity Evangelical Divinity Seminary. He is passionate about providing opportunity for students to see and understand the context of the Bible so they can grow in their relationship with God and His story. Oliver has over 15 years of experience teaching Bible in a variety of settings including youth camps, college classrooms, and churches. He and his wife Andra and their two children Henry and Penelope, are in the process of moving to Jerusalem.

Learning about the ibex: https://www.bibleplaces.com/southernwildlife/

Jerusalem University College Online Summer Institute is a virtual study experience where expert scholars bring the lands, cultures, languages, and history of the Bible to your own corner of the world. Starting this May, JUC is offering three intensive studies, each composed of six engaging lectures taught by JUC instructors – individuals who have spent extensive time living and working in the Middle East. All studies are taught live online with interactive elements incorporated throughout each lecture. You can find more information at juc.edu/juc-online-summer-institute

Jesus the Galilean — Dr. Wave Nunnally, $159

Reading Psalms Geographically — Instructor: Dr. Paul Wright, $159

What Archaeology Can and Cannot Tell Us About the Bible — Instructor: Dr. Chris McKinny, $159

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Jerusalem University College

As a Christian educational institution located in Jerusalem, the mission of Jerusalem University College is to deepen understanding of the Bible in its geographical and cultural settings and to connect students to the ancient and modern Middle East. Put succinctly, Jerusalem University College exists to explore the ancient and modern contexts of the world of the Bible so that our students can get to know the word of God—the Bible—and the Word of God—Jesus—better. In doing so, they become better equipped to enter arenas of academia, ministry, and service throughout the world.

Learn More at https://www.juc.edu/juc-online-summer-institute

#29 Asking the Right Questions — Interview with Eric Schrotenboer

Episode Date
Thu, 22 Apr 2021

Episode Guest

Eric Schrotenboer

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Our podcast guest today is Eric Schrotenboer, a storyteller and founder of The Acacia Project. He is a film maker, music composer, and children's book author of "The Wandering Wisemen". Today he discusses the person of Herod the Great, visiting some of the structures he built, and the shadow he cast far and wide upon the scene Jesus entered. One King took life to save his own, while the other gave His own life to save others.

Eric studied Bible, Music, and Communication at Hope College, Messianic Judaism at Denver Seminary, and received his Masters of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary. He has a passion to help people better understand and fall more deeply in love with the Text. This mission began as Eric realized that people stop reading their Bibles because they don't understand the context of what they are reading. As Eric studied the Bible in its context, the words on the pages came alive. For him, it is a tremendous privilege to teach and help others see the "pictures" in the Text. Eric and his wife Meredith live in Grand Rapids, Michigan with their two children, Meryn and Judah.

ericschrotenboer.com

theacaciaproject.com 

thewanderingwisemen.com

Social:

@ericschrotenboer

@wanderingwisemen

@freshwindstudios

Featured Site
Herodium

Herodium is 3 miles southeast of Bethlehem and 8 miles south of Jerusalem. Its summit is 2,460 feet above sea level. Herod built or re-built eleven fortresses. This one he constructed on the location of his victory over Antigonus in 40 BC.

Learn More at http://www.bibleplaces.com/herodium.htm

#28 Just Like Him — Interview with Brian Haynes

Episode Date
Wed, 14 Apr 2021

Episode Guest

Brian Haynes

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Brian Haynes, senior pastor of Bay Area Church in Houston, Texas is our guest today. Brian has been to partnering with GTI Tours for over 8 years to bring groups to Israel. He shares today about a favorite site in the Galilee, Capernaum, which was the home and headquarters of Christ's ministry while he walked this earth. Brian unpacks John 15:16 which says, "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit..." Not only was Christ's call to the disciples an astonishing second chance for them to follow a Rabbi, it was an ever-reaching voice still sending the same message to us today. Jesus believes in us; He thinks we can be JUST LIKE HIM!

Brian Haynes (D.Min) is Lead Pastor at Bay Area Church and Christian School where he shepherds people, preaches and teaches, and stewards the vision of restoring people, families, and churches. Brian is an avid learner, hiker, and disciple-maker having led hundreds of people to experience the ancient paths of the Bible in Israel. He has authored a few books and is a well known conference speaker. He and his wife Angela and their three daughters live in Houston, Texas. http://brianhaynes.org/ https://bayarea.church

https://www.bibleplaces.com/capernaum/ https://www.bibleplaces.com/blog/2009/08/capernaum-synagogue-then-and-now/

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Capernaum

Jesus made Capernaum his home during the years of his ministry: “Leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum” (Matt 4:13). Peter, Andrew, James and John were fishermen living in the village. Matthew the tax collector also dwelt here. Capernaum is one of the three cities cursed by Jesus for its lack of faith.

Learn More at http://www.bibleplaces.com/capernaum.htm

#27 Yaweh, the Jealous God — Interview with Terry Feix

Episode Date
Wed, 07 Apr 2021

Episode Guest

Terry Feix

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Our guest today is Terry Feix of Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Terry shares insight into his favorite site, Tel Arad, which is in the Negev desert region of Israel. He reminds us that we, like the Israelites who lived here so long ago, have a tendency to waver in keeping God our only god. Crossings Community Church is a church committed to discipleship. Terry has spent the last 22 years teaching the Bible as part of that commitment. His knowledge of scripture, history, and culture along with his talent for bringing understanding and application make a powerful combination. Terry’s motto of “making the Bible come alive” takes on a new meaning in the context of the land of Israel. He and his wife, Laura, have led multiple trips to the Land and look forward to returning each time.

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Tel Arad

Like many cities in the Holy Land, Arad was repeatedly settled because of its strategic geographical location. Though situated in an area with little rainfall, Arad was inhabited frequently in ancient times because of its position along the routes coming from the east and southeast.

Learn More at http://www.bibleplaces.com/arad.htm

#26 The Feast of Freedom — Interview with Matt Davis

Episode Date
Thu, 25 Mar 2021

Episode Guest

Matt Davis

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Have you ever wondered what Passover is all about? Maybe you know the story but wonder how it reads through Jewish eyes. Our repeat guest, Matt Davis, walks us through the Passover story ("hagaddah") as well as the order ("seder") of the traditional dinner.

Matt's perspective as a Messianic Jew gives understanding to symbols such as the lamb, leaven, bread, and wine. In addition, he explains his vision for "The Jewish Road", a new venture to help both Christians and Jews alike fill the gap between their faiths. (Scripture references: Luke 22:15; Matthew 26:17-30; Exodus 19:4-6; Psalm 77:16-20)

Passover blog post by Matt https://www.thejewishroad.com/blog/tenthofnisan

The Jewish Road Website https://www.thejewishroad.com

The Pyramids of Giza https://www.bibleplaces.com/giza/

Featured Site
Pyramids

#25 Altering the Altar — Interview with Eric Wakeling

Episode Date
Thu, 18 Mar 2021

Episode Guest

Eric Wakeling

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Today we talk with Eric Wakeling, Senior Pastor of Calvary Church of Santa Ana, California. Listen as we take a quick but deep dive into I Kings 12 and the story of the altar at Tel Dan. In order to prevent pilgrimage to the temple in Jerusalem, Jeroboam sets up false idols in the form of a golden calves in Dan and Bethel, proving he allowed his fear triumphed over his faith. Our Israeli guide Ronen also shares an update about the ancient site of Shiloh.

Eric has been in ministry for over 20 years and has led 6 study trips to Israel with GTI Tours. He and his wife, Bea, have two teenage daughters, Grace and Ella.

Learn more about Shiloh at: https://www.bibleplaces.com/shiloh/

Learn more about Tel Dan at: https://www.bibleplaces.com/dan/

Read some blog posts from one of Eric's past trips: https://gtitours.org/tour-journal/calvarychurch

Featured Site
Tel Dan

On the northern frontier of the kingdom, Dan was particularly well fortified. This gatehouse was built in the ninth century BCE, probably by Ahab, and is part of a series of gateways discovered.

Learn More at http://www.bibleplaces.com/dan.htm

#24 Following Leads to Flourishing — Interview with Matt Lantz

Episode Date
Wed, 10 Mar 2021

Episode Guest

Matt Lantz

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Pastor Matt Lantz from Texas joins our podcast today. He talks about Makhtesh Ramon and the three types of deserts found in scripture. Matt points out how God led His people through the wilderness and used the land to disciple them. They found, as will we, that following God always leads to flourishing. Our fruitfulness depends on the God whom we serve, not our circumstances.

The three types of desert are:

MIDBAR (Isaiah 43:19) - survivable, where shepherds graze their flocks, small amounts of water and vegetation

TSIA (Psalm 105) - more harsh and rugged, less vegetation, requires hospitality to survive

YESHEMON (Psalm 68) - little to no vegetation, extreme conditions, not survivable

Matt delights in preparing the way for Jesus in the lives of men and women. One of his favorite ways of doing that is by leading groups to Israel - something he has been doing since 2008. Matt has been serving in full-time ministry since 2000 and is currently on staff at Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth, Texas where he serves as the West Campus Pastor. Matt earned his Bachelor’s degree at Texas Christian University, and a Master’s degree at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is married to his wife, Darcie, and together they are raising three children.

One of Matt's websites that has pictures of the Holy Land  www.thescripturepictures.com

Matt's website with Israel trip information www.matthewdlantz.com

Talked about the resource Biblical Backgrounds https://www.biblicalbackgrounds.com

Talked about Discipleship / Gap Year programs Forge https://www.pinecove.com/forge/

Joshua Wilderness Institute https://hume.org/joshua/home/

One Life Institute https://www.onelifepath.org

Featured Site
Makhtesh Ramon

Machtesh Ramon is the most spectacular geological sight in the country. It is a window into the geological formation of the earth. The crater is 24 miles (40 km) long, 5 miles (8 km) wide, and 1600 feet (500 m) deep. The term machtesh is a geological term which means “mortar” as in mortar and pestle. Machtesh Qatan (Small) and Gadol (Large) look like mortar bowls in which grains are pounded with a pestle. This look is true of the big and little craters but not necessarily of Machtesh Ramon which is stretched out and narrow at one end.

Learn More at http://www.bibleplaces.com/machteshramon.htm

#23 The Greatest Classroom — Interview with Marty Solomon

Episode Date
Wed, 03 Mar 2021

Episode Guest

Marty Solomon

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Our guest on this podcast is Marty Solomon from Idaho. Marty been leading GTI groups to Israel and Turkey for years and loves to "learn with his feet" in the classroom of the Land. He has a special ministry teaching and discipling college students called "BEMA". Today he shares the Four Pillars that he teaches and models to these young people. One of his favorite sites in the Land is Cappadocia, Turkey, where you can see these pillars portrayed through early church history and wrestle with the tough questions of your faith.

TEXT: "Get the Bible IN YOU" COMMUNITY: "Together on purpose" DISCIPLESHIP: "Come, follow me... as I follow Christ" WRESTLING: "I want to know You. I want more out of this."

In 2008, Marty Solomon had the incredible opportunity to travel to Israel and study under Ray Vander Laan with GTI Tours. The experience changed his life forever. It seemed as though every mental image he had been given throughout his life was discarded and replaced by the things he saw and learned. Having a passion for historical context, Marty has spent the last decade pouring over the study of the world of Jesus and the ancient community of God’s people. Marty serves as the President of Impact Campus Ministries and runs an intensive discipleship program (called BEMA Discipleship) where he gets to share this experience with many of his students. Marty is married to the love of his life, Rebekah, and has lived in Idaho since birth. They have two children (Abigail and Ezekiel) and currently reside in Moscow, Idaho, where Marty works on the campuses of the University of Idaho and Washington State University. Marty received his undergraduate degree from Boise Bible College with honors in 2005.

www.BEMAdiscipleship.com

www.impactcampusministries.com 

https://www.amazon.com/Satellite-Bible-William-Schlegel-2013-05-03/dp/B01F9QA5IQ

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Cappadocia

Cappadocia appears in the biblical account given in the book of Acts 2:9. The Cappadocians were named as one group hearing the Gospel account from Galileans in their own language on the day of Pentecost shortly after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Acts 2:5 seems to suggest that the Cappadocians in this account were "God-fearing Jews". The region is also mentioned in the Jewish Mishnah, in Ketubot 13:11, and in several places in the Talmud, including Yevamot 121a.

Learn More at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cappadocia

#22 The HESED of God — Interview with Ronen Ben Moshe

Episode Date
Thu, 25 Feb 2021

Episode Guest

Ronen Ben Moshe

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Israeli guide Ronen Ben Moshe is known for helping our groups get the big picture of all the sites, sounds, smells and tastes which tell the story of Israel. His interview today allows us get to know him better personally as he shares what his country and language mean to him.

Ronen Ben Moshe has lived and studied extensively in Israel and speaks several languages. He is married, has one son and has been partnering with GTI Tours for more than 14 years. One of Ronen's hobbies is cooking; watch the links below for two Israeli recipes you can try in your own kitchen!

How to cook Shakshuka video https://vimeo.com/gtitours/review/455961456/7d7248bf6a

How to cook Hummus video https://vimeo.com/gtitours/review/455962186/251f7b3bee

Featured Site
Western Wall

The Western Wall is the most holy place accessible to the Jewish people because of Muslim control of the Temple Mount. Known in recent centuries as the “Wailing Wall,” this was built by Herod the Great as the retaining wall of the Temple Mount complex. The plaza was created as an area for prayer when Israel captured the Old City in 1967. At times tens of thousands of people gather here for prayer.

Learn More at http://www.bibleplaces.com/westernwall.htm

#21 Imparting the Story of God — Interview with Matt Davis

Episode Date
Wed, 17 Feb 2021

Episode Guest

Matt Davis

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Matt Davis joins us today on the podcast. He shares about spiritual legacy and our responsibility to pass on our faith to the next generation. We also hear from Mohannad, one of our guides in Jordan, who familiarizes us with the ancient Roman city of Jerash.

Matt Davis is a third-generation Messianic Jew. That means that through blood he is Jewish, but also believes in Jesus as His Jewish Messiah. For more than two decades, Matt has been leading trips to the Middle East, walking ancient paths and creating new memories through countries like Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and Israel. These tours have been with private family groups and large church gatherings where he served as a teaching pastor. Through these experiences, and others like them, Matt has built an extensive network of friendships both here and abroad. Matt recently moved to Lexington, Kentucky with his wife of 18 years, Marilee. Together they have three children, Noah, Jed, and a spicy redhead named Karis. He enjoys kayaking, playing guitar, reading, sampling fancy new foods, and traveling at every opportunity.

https://www.legacyisraeltours.com/ - Website to bring families to Israel https://www.thewildernessgeneration.com/ - Blog site talking through the story of the wilderness generation

Jerash in Jordan: https://www.bibleplaces.com/gerasa/

Matt taught on Mt Nebo - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Nebo

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Mt Nebo

The Lord forbade Moses from entering the Promised Land, but He granted him a spectacular view of it before his death. Climbing Mt. Nebo, Moses was able to see the length and breadth of the land of Canaan. When Moses died, Scripture notes that the Lord buried him and no man knew where exactly he was laid (Deut 34).

Learn More at https://www.bibleplaces.com/jordanrift/

#20 The God of Just Enough — Interview with Brad Bell

Episode Date
Wed, 10 Feb 2021

Episode Guest

Brad Bell

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Brad Bell of Fresno, California is our guest on today's podcast. Brad has been leading trips with GTI for more than 15 years. He describes a special place in Israel called Ein Avdat. This barren wilderness is a picture how God brought the Israelites out of the most fertile land in the world to utter desolation. He wanted them to depend on Him and to teach them WHO HE WAS: the God of Just Enough.

A native of Fresno, California, Brad Bell attended Fresno State University as a star athlete before receiving his Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. In 2002, he started The Well Community Church in Fresno, which is now a large, multi-site church.  Bell has been sought after as a speaker for camps and conferences around the world. He and his bride Jen have been married since 1998, and they have two daughters, Peyton and Kendall.

Jordan / Israel Signature Tour https://gtitours.org/trip/signature-israel

https://www.bibleplaces.com/nahalzin/

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm+1&version=NIV

Featured Site
Ein Avdat

The Nahal Zin is 75 miles (120 km) long and drains 600 sq. miles (1550 sq. km). It is the largest wadi that begins in the Negev. The Nahal Zin was created by reverse erosion as the great height difference between the Negev Highlands and the Jordan Rift caused the underlayers to erode during the rainy season, resulting in the collapse of the harder strata of rock above. The landscape is mostly Eocene limestone, consisting of some brown-black layers of low-grade flint. The flint slows down the erosion of the limestone.

Learn More at http://www.bibleplaces.com/nahalzin.htm

#19 The Battle Belongs to the Lord — Interview with Matt Bach

Episode Date
Thu, 04 Feb 2021

Episode Guest

Matt Bach

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On today's podcast, Rich hosts Matt Bach from Bridgeway Christian Church in northern California. His teaching focuses on one of his favorite sites in Israel, the Valley of Elah and the battle which happened there between David and Goliath (I Samuel 17). A young David exemplifies what it means to depend not on our size, strength, ability or knowledge but on the power of an Almighty God. Matt leaves us with the question, "Where is the power in my life?"

Israeli guide Ronen gives us an archaeological update on the Western wall, specifically the renovations being made at the southern end at Robinson's Arch.

Matt Bach the Pastor of Christian Development at Bridgeway Christian Church in Roseville, California. He is married with three children. He studied OT Theology in Briarcrest Bible College, holds a Masters in Theology from Fuller Seminary and is in his PhD studies in Biblical Studies through Trinity College Bristol (partnered with Univ. of Aberdeen) in England. Matt also teaches The Hebrew Bible (OT Survey) at William Jessup University as an Adjunct Faculty. He has been leading tours to Israel with GTI since 2015.

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Azekah

Azekah (Heb: עזקה, ʿazeqah) was a town in the Shephelah guarding the upper reaches of the Valley of Elah, about 26 km (16 mi) northwest of Hebron. The current tell (ruin) by that name has been identified with the biblical Azekah, dating back to the Canaanite period. According to Eusebius' Onomasticon, the name meant "white" in the Canaanite tongue. The tell is pear shaped with the tip pointing northward. Due to its location in the Elah Valley it functioned as one of the main Judahite border cities, sitting on the boundary between the lower and higher Shephelah.[1] Although listed in Joshua 15:35 as being a city in the plain, it is actually partly in the hill country, partly in the plain.

Learn More at http://www.bibleplaces.com/elahvalley/

#18 The World Behind the Text — Interview with Craig Hill

Episode Date
Thu, 28 Jan 2021

Episode Guest

Craig Hill

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Should we call him Pastor Craig or Doctor Hill? Whether he is in the pulpit or the classroom, Craig Hill is a knowledgeable Bible teacher and an inspiring speaker. He shares with us today about the early Christian church in Asia Minor, specifically in Pergamum, one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 2:12-17) and how it relates to us today.

Craig Hill is an affiliate Assistant Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Biola University in New Testament. Hill has taught in university and seminary settings for 18 years and has served for over two decades in youth and pastoral ministries. He also works with Standing Stone Ministry, a ministry that provides pastoral care for pastors. Hill serves on the Board of Directors of Hume Lake Christian Camps, one of the largest youth camps in the nation. He has been to Israel on a number of occasions and enjoys teaching the Bible in the context of where it was written. He lives in Irvine, California with his wife Kelly and four kids.

Turkey / Greece Signature Tour led by Dr. Craig Hill Oct 11-24, 2021 https://gtitours.org/trip/signature-turkey

Resources mentioned in the Podcast Christianity in the Greco - Roman World: A Narrative Introduction by Moyer v. Hubbard

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels by Kenneth E. Bailey

Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes: Cultural Studies in1 Corinthians by Kenneth E Bailey

Video links from the podcast

-Teaching at Pisidian Antioch https://vimeo.com/336927026

-Old Loom https://vimeo.com/336927023

-Hot Air Balloon https://vimeo.com/336927011

#17 The Story of GTI (Part 2) — Interview with Tom Harrington

Episode Date
Wed, 20 Jan 2021

Episode Guest

Tom Harrington

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This week we're back with Part 2 of the GTI Story with company VP and former GM Tom Harrington. Last week Rich and Tom covered the history of GTI Tours and delved into Tom's life story. This episode includes God's redemptive work in Tom's life and family, as well as some entertaining stories from his travels over the years.

A few principles of GTI Tours that are mentioned...

  • God is in the business of restoration
  • God is our CEO
  • "If it's God's will, it's God's bill"
  • You can't out-give God
  • A GTI Tour is not a product but an experience Part 1 was released on Thursday, January 14 so we encourage you to go back and listen if you missed it! Visit https://gtitours.org/podcast for photos, links, and more from this episode. 
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GTI Staff

#16 The Story of GTI (Part 1) — Interview with Tom Harrington

Episode Date
Thu, 14 Jan 2021

Episode Guest

Tom Harrington

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This week’s episode is extra special as our GM Rich Ferreira interviews our company Vice President and former GM, Tom Harrington. Rich and Tom answer some age-old questions such as, “What does GTI stand for?” and “How did this company begin?”

Listen as Tom shares the story of his experience in the travel industry, his personal loss, and how God wove the pieces of his past into a new and different plan, a plan that included GTI Tours. Part 1 will be released on Thursday, January 14 followed by Part 2 on Thursday, January 21. Tracing the path of God’s hand in a person’s life can bring much hope and encouragement, and that is our New Year’s wish for each of you!

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#15 Connecting to the Land & the Bible — Interview with Richard Liverance

Episode Date
Thu, 07 Jan 2021

Episode Guest

Richard Liverance

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Richard Liverance is our featured guest on today's podcast. He is the Western Regional Marketing Director for the Israel Ministry of Tourism. Richard shares the story of how God led him to this position and his privileged role of connecting people to the Land of the Bible.

His favorite places in Israel include the Galilee region, Ein Gedi, and sites in the Shephelah such as Gezer, Azekah, and Bet Guvrin. Qasr el Yahud holds special meaning as it was the place where the Israelites crossed as well as where Christ was baptized. Richard even had the unique opportunity to see inside Jerusalem's Temple Mount (photos attached). Richard is also a featured participant in our Signature Tour promo video (see link). https://vimeo.com/304959706

https://www.bibleplaces.com/templemount/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qasr_al-Yahud

GTI Jordan/Israel Signature Tour (Sep. 25 - Oct. 7, 2021) https://gtitours.org/trip/signature-israel

GTI Egypt/Jordan/Israel Signature Tour (Feb. 25 - Mar. 10, 2022) https://gtitours.org/trip/signature-egypt

Featured Site
Temple Mount

The present Temple Mount was constructed by Herod the Great beginning in 20 BC. Construction on it continued for 83 years until AD 64 when a halt was called to the project and 18,000 workers were laid off (riots resulted). The Temple Mount is 1/6 the size of today’s Old City and covers 35 acres. Construction of this rectangular platform required filling in a large part of the Central Valley.

Learn More at http://www.bibleplaces.com/templemount/

#13 The Festival of Lights — Interview with Dan Mossek

Episode Date
Thu, 10 Dec 2020

Episode Guest

Dan Mossek

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Israel guide Dan Mossek is our special podcast guest today. He shares about himself personally and how much he loves the scenery, diversity and history of his fascinating country. Dan also explains the story behind the winter holiday, Hanukkah, the "Festival of Lights". Not only is it the most joyful of Jewish holidays, it commemorates the story of Israel the Underdog defeating the Greeks and achieving their freedom in 164BC.

Dan brings a great deal to the table with his education in Israeli history, biology, theology and Christian history. He also speaks several languages (Hebrew, English, Arabic and Spanish). Dan is married with three children and has been partnering with GTI for five years. His favorite region in Israel is the desert, specifically Ein Gedi where David hid from King Saul.

GTI study resources https://gtitours.org/resources

GTI Giving Back https://gtitours.org/giving-back

Featured Site
Ein Gedi

En Gedi is the largest oasis along the western shore of the Dead Sea. The springs here have allowed nearly continuous inhabitation of the site since the Chalcolithic period. The area was allotted to the tribe of Judah, and was famous in the time of Solomon (Josh 15:62). Today the Israeli kibbutz of En Gedi sits along the southern bank of the Nahal Arugot.

Learn More at http://www.bibleplaces.com/engedi.htm

#12 Walking the Paved Road — Interview with Jerrell Jobe

Episode Date
Wed, 02 Dec 2020

Episode Guest

Jerrell Jobe

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Today's podcast guest is teacher, scholar and disciple Jerrell Jobe from Mission, Texas. Jerrell has led more than 15 trips biblical study tours over the past 9 years. He recently returned from leading a group to Turkey and shares what it was like to travel during COVID restrictions. A change in itinerary allowed them to study the ancient Roman Roads and how God literally paved the way for the Gospel to be spread throughout the Empire. Jerrell unpacks Acts 16:6-8 to show how Paul and his partners found joy in the journey and discerned God's will along the way.

Jerrell Jobe serves as Teaching Pastor at Palm Valley Church in Mission, Texas. He has been involved in ministry for the past 25 years. Jerrell’s has a BS in American Sign Language Interpreting and a MA in Spiritual Formation and Leadership. He is currently pursuing a MA in Archaeology & Biblical History. Jerrell is passionate about bringing Scripture to life, and believes that one of the best ways to do that is by walking the Land where the Story transpired. His on-site teaching is a rich mixture of archaeological discoveries, biblical history, practical application, story-telling and drama. Jerrell is married to Charissa and they have three children, Micah, Naylah and Avi.

Giving Back  https://gtitours.org/giving-back

GTI Turkey / Greece Signature Tour  https://gtitours.org/trip/signature-turkey

#11 Be Careful What You Wish For — Interview with Rob Kranz

Episode Date
Tue, 24 Nov 2020

Episode Guest

Rob Kranz

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Rob Kranz, a Bible teacher from Texas, is our podcast guest today. Rob discusses the biblical site of Gibeah in Judges 19 and how it connects to King Saul. We also highlight the Satellite Bible Atlas as a resource for further study as well as ways that our listeners can give back this holiday season and support some of our overseas partners by purchasing Christmas gifts from their stores.

Rob has been teaching the Bible for more than 30 years. In 2018 he decided to leave a successful career as a software executive to pursue it full time. His first stop was Israel, where he received a Graduate Certificate in Biblical History and Geography from Jerusalem University College in May 2019. Rob is currently completing an MA in Old Testament at Abilene Christian University. Rob has been married to his wife, Amy, for 32 years. They have two adult sons, Adam and Nathan and live in Austin, TX. Rob blogs about his faith journey at: https://www.steppingintothejordan.com

Learn more about Gibeah at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibeah

Satellite Bible Atlas www.gtitours.org/resources

Giving Back www.gtitours.org/giving-back

Featured Site
Gibeah

Gibeah (/ˈɡɪbiə/; Hebrew: גִּבְעָה‎ Giv'a; Hebrew: גִּבְעַת‎ Giveath) is the name of three places mentioned in the Hebrew Bible, in the tribes of Benjamin, Judah, and Ephraim respectively. The location in Benjamin is best-known, and generally identified with Tell el-Fūl in northern Jerusalem. Gibeah of Benjamin Gibeah in the tribe of Benjamin was the location of the turning out of the Levite's concubine, and the resulting Battle of Gibeah (Judges 19–21). Israel’s first king, King Saul, reigned here for 22 years (1 Samuel 8–31).

Learn More at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibeah

#10 Take Your Brokenness with You — Interview with Chris Simning

Episode Date
Wed, 18 Nov 2020

Episode Guest

Chris Simning

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Our very special guest today is Chris Simning. Born with a nearly imperceptible case of cerebral palsy, Chris Simning was stricken with an extremely rare muscle and nerve disease just before high school. Today, Chris is living a miraculous life story as a speaker, storyteller, and writer. Chris shares with us about his love for Israel, specifically the Pool of Bethesda, and his application of the miracle in John 5.  

www.chrissimning.com

Chris Simning has recently authored a book entitled, "Scribbles". Find it here on Amazon.com:  https://www.amzn.com/B08FF3P1NT

Giving Back  https://gtitours.org/giving-back

Featured Site
Pool of Bethesda

The name of the pool is said to be derived from the Hebrew language and/or Aramaic language. Beth hesda (בית חסד/חסדא), meaning either house of mercy[3] or house of grace. In both Hebrew and Aramaic the word could also mean "shame, disgrace". This dual meaning may have been thought appropriate, since the location was seen as a place of disgrace due to the presence of invalids, and as a place of grace due to the granting of healing

Learn More at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pool_of_Bethesda

#9 A Nation Like No Other — Interview with Randy Alonso

Episode Date
Wed, 11 Nov 2020

Episode Guest

Randy Alonso

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Our podcast guest today is Florida Pastor Randy Alonso. He shares about his love for Israel, his approach to leading tours, and his involvement with Bridges for Peace. A short teaching of I Kings 17-18 reminds us of Elijah's exemplary courage and boldness in the midst of a confusing time.

Randy has been a pastor for over 30 years and has been married to his wife D’anae for 37 years. Randy first traveled to Israel in 2001 and became an advocate of the land of Israel and the Jewish people. He works with Bridges for Peace, a Jerusalem-based Christian ministry that builds relationships with Jews in Israel and around the globe by serving them unconditionally. He currently is the Executive Pastor of Central Life Church, Melbourne Florida. He holds a Doctorate of Divinity from Masters International University of Divinity and is a graduate of Bridges for Peace Institute of Israel. Randy is also a Certified teacher, coach and speaker for the John Maxwell Team.

https://www.Bridgesforpeace.com  

Upcoming trips mentioned in this episode:

Pastors Fam — New Dates for May 17-28, 2021 https://gtitours.org/trip/pastors-and-educators-israel-2021

Jordan / Israel Signature https://gtitours.org/trip/signature-israel

Featured Site
Mt. Carmel

Biblically, Mt. Carmel is referenced most often as a symbol of beauty and fertility. To be given the “splendor of Carmel” was to be blessed indeed (Isa 35:2). Solomon praised his beloved: “your head crowns you like Mount Carmel” (Song 7:5). But for Carmel to wither was a sign of devastating judgment (Nahum 1:4).

Learn More at http://www.bibleplaces.com/mtcarmel.htm

#7 Living Water — Interview with Brady Nemmers

Episode Date
Wed, 28 Oct 2020

Episode Guest

Brady Nemmers

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Brady Nemmers joins our podcast today from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Brady shares about leading groups to Israel and experiencing the text together in its original context. He teaches about the "living water" as referred to in Psalms 42 and 63 and how precious it is in the Land. Visit https://gtitours.org/podcast for photos, links, and more from this episode. 

Brady joined Keystone Community Church in Ada, Michigan as co-leader in 2013 and serves as lead teaching pastor. He is passionate about communicating the story of God in a way that is relevant, engaging and applicable. He also spent the better part of a decade and a half as a disc jockey, a fact that has been generally hidden until now. He lives in Ada with his amazing wife Sarah Anne, four boys (Carter, Parker, Colton and Wilson), and their Boxer, Hazel.

Turkey / Greece Signature Tour info & promo video https://gtitours.org/trip/signature-turkey

Featured Site
Ein Gedi

En Gedi is the largest oasis along the western shore of the Dead Sea. The springs here have allowed nearly continuous inhabitation of the site since the Chalcolithic period. The area was allotted to the tribe of Judah, and was famous in the time of Solomon (Josh 15:62). Today the Israeli kibbutz of En Gedi sits along the southern bank of the Nahal Arugot.

Learn More at http://www.bibleplaces.com/engedi.htm

#6 Pictures Change Everything — Interview with Todd Bolen

Episode Date
Wed, 21 Oct 2020

Episode Guest

Todd Bolen

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Watch the video above to see the photos being described in the podcast (photos start at minute 25:15).

Professor Todd Bolen joins our podcast today and shares the story behind the creation of BiblePlaces.com, a fantastic resource of photos and information to support Bible teachers and students alike. He uses Matthew 4 as an example of how photos can "unpack" a chapter which seems simple at face value but is in fact saturated with meaning.

Thanks to Todd's generosity, podcast listeners can get a discount at Bibleplaces.com! Just visit https://bibleplaces.com/gti

Todd Bolen is Professor of Biblical Studies at The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, California. For more than a decade, he lived and taught at the university’s Israel Bible Extension (IBEX) campus near Jerusalem, and he continues to instruct undergraduate and seminary groups in Israel. As the founder of BiblePlaces.com, Bolen created the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands (20 volumes) and the Historic Views of the Holy Land (20 volumes). He is currently leading a team of researchers in creating the Photo Companion to the Bible. He contributed a number of articles to the Archaeological Study Bible and the Lexham Geographical Commentary series, and he wrote the notes for 2 Kings in the Zondervan NIV Study Bible. He is currently co-writing a textbook on the history of ancient Israel. He met his wife Kelli in Jerusalem, and they have five children.

Direct link to photo series with GTI discount www.bibleplaces.com/gti/

Download Matthew 4 PowerPoint http://www.bibleplaces.com/pcb/downloads/Matthew-4,-Photo-Companion-BiblePlaces.pptx

Featured Site
Wilderness of Zin

The Nahal Zin was the southern border of the land of Canaan that was promised to the Israelites. Numbers 34:3-4 (KJV) “Then your south quarter shall be from the wilderness of Zin along by the coast of Edom, and your south border shall be the outmost coast of the salt sea eastward: And your border shall turn from the south to the ascent of Akrabbim, and pass on to Zin: and the going forth thereof shall be from the south to Kadeshbarnea, and shall go on to Hazaraddar, and pass on to Azmon.”

Learn More at http://www.bibleplaces.com/nahalzin.htm

#5 From Sketch to 3D Model — Interview with Chris Brown

Episode Date
Thu, 15 Oct 2020

Episode Guest

Chris Brown

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Charismatic Chris Brown from California joins Rich on our podcast today. He shares how impactful visiting Israel has been to his teaching personally, and how he's passed on a passion for the Land to those he leads. Being a storyteller himself, Chris believes the Story of God is one in which his listeners should participate, not just hear. Learning in the Land has allowed him to see the Bible go from a black and white sketch to a full color 3D model! He even shares a few funny stories from his trip with youth pastors (photos included).

Chris Brown is one of the Senior Pastors at North Coast Church in Vista, California and one of the three Teaching Pastors. Along with being on the vision casting team and providing directional leadership for the church, he also co-teaches a preaching course at Bethel Seminary. Chris loves bringing the Bible to life with his gifts as a communicator and storyteller, but most evident in his teaching is his passion for sharing a real and authentic journey with Jesus. Chris and his wife Amy have three children: two beautiful daughters, Sayla and Karis, and a crazy son named Barak. They plan as a family to stay involved in teaching, ministries, and fishing for as long as humanly possible.

Featured Site
Galilee

The Sea of Galilee is fed by the Jordan River, rainfall and springs on the northern side. More properly designated a lake, the Kinneret (the OT and modern name) is 13 miles long and 7 miles wide. At its deepest point the lake is only 150 feet deep. The rabbis said of it, “Although God has created seven seas, yet He has chosen this one as His special delight.”

Learn More at http://www.bibleplaces.com/seagalilee/

#4 The Fifth Gospel — Interview with Gary Burge

Episode Date
Thu, 08 Oct 2020

Episode Guest

Gary Burge

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Dr. Gary Burge is our special guest on this podcast. His extensive study of the New Testament, specifically the Gospel of John, lends insight today in his comparison teaching of John 5 and John 9. He reminds us that the scriptures are a timeless message but not a timeless story. In order to understand the message, we must understand the context; the best way to understand the context is to experience it in the Land where the events took place.

Originally from Southern California, Gary was an undergraduate at the University of California, Riverside, and The American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He attended Fuller Theological Seminary and King's College, The University of Aberdeen, Scotland. In Scotland he studied with I. Howard Marshall earning a Ph.D. in New Testament. He served on the faculties of King College (Tennessee), North Park University (Illinois) and after 25 years at Wheaton College (Illinois) he joined the faculty of Calvin Theological Seminary (Michigan) in 2017.

Gary speaks widely in churches and conferences both in the United States and in various countries. He has traveled extensively, particularly in the Middle East. He is ordained in the Presbyterian Church, USA, and served as a military chaplain (USNR). For over 15 years he was a regular teacher at Willow Creek Community Church in S. Barrington, IL. 

Links to books

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Pool of Siloam

he Pool of Siloam (Hebrew: בריכת השילוח‎‎, Breikhat Hashiloah) is a rock-cut pool on the southern slope of the City of David, the original site of Jerusalem, located outside the walls of the Old City to the southeast. The pool was fed by the waters of the Gihon Spring, carried there by two aqueducts.

Learn More at http://www.bibleplaces.com/poolofsiloam.htm

#3 Stepping into the Chaos — Interview with Brad Gray

Episode Date
Thu, 01 Oct 2020

Episode Guest

Brad Gray

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Today we hear from Walking the Text founder Brad Gray. Brad shares how his first trip to the Land impacted him personally and led to his ministry today. His teaching on Jesus' baptism in Matthew 3 unpacks Christ's mission - and ours - to bring Shalom to a chaotic, broken world.

Israeli guide Ronen brings an archaeological update about the largest collection of royal seals ever found in Israel.

Brad has traveled extensively to the biblical lands of Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, and Greece, and has been leading study trips to Israel and Turkey since 2010. He is a national speaker, published author (Make Your Mark: Getting Right What Samson Got Wrong), and former teaching pastor, with over 10 years of experience serving in multiple local churches. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Cornerstone University (Grand Rapids, Michigan), a Masters of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), and has done additional graduate work at Jerusalem University College (Jerusalem, Israel). Brad and his wife, Shallon, live with their four children in Nashville, Tennessee.

Featured Site
Lower Jordan

Because large quantities of water are taken from the sources of the Jordan by the countries of Israel and Jordan, the river today is a small, winding, dirty stream that makes its way to the Dead Sea. The river winds so much on its journey from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea that the entire course runs about 130 miles instead of the 60 miles it would take if it ran straight.

Learn More at http://www.bibleplaces.com/bethanybeyondjordan/

#2 A Nobody from Nowhere — Interview with Aaron Couch

Episode Date
Thu, 24 Sep 2020

Episode Guest

Aaron Couch

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Aaron Couch joins our podcast today from Colorado. He describes what is was like to lead the first GTI tour (to Turkey) since COVID restrictions began last March. He also shares about Lystra, the life of Timothy, and the message of God's purpose for each of us today.

Aaron has been in ministry over 25 years and his heart and passion are to see people made whole through the power and love of Jesus. He has led trips to Israel and Turkey (Biblical Asia Minor) and uses the text in its proper context to open up new worlds of freedom for those who experience the Bible in the places where it happened.

Aaron is married with 4 kids and has a BA in Christian Ministry from Boise Bible College and an MA in Church Leadership from Hope International University. He is a church planting and leadership coach and sought after speaker nationally and internationally.

It is Aaron’s hope that walking in the dust of Jesus and his first followers will inspire and set free those who come with him to the land of the Bible.

Featured Site
Lystra

Lystra (probably the hometown of Timothy) served as a market town of Lycaonia in south central modern-day Turkey. Paul preached here on his first missionary journey (Acts 14:6-22). After he healed a lame man, the superstitious citizens immediately assumed that he was Hermes (messenger of Zeus) and Barnabas was Zeus himself (same as the Roman god Jupiter). There was a temple to Zeus near the gates of the city, and a statue of Hermes dedicated to Zeus was found here as well.

Learn More at https://www.bibleplaces.com/derbelystra/

#1 Living Stones — Interview with Jim Showers

Episode Date
Sun, 13 Sep 2020

Episode Guest

Jim Showers

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Jim Showers, Executive Director of Friends of Israel joins our podcast today. He shares about the ministry, which was begun in 1938, ten years before Israel became a nation, and how going to the Land feels like "coming home." Jim's teaching takes us to Acts 10, the pivotal passage which reveals the beginning of God's plan to redeem both Jews and Gentiles.

Learn more about Friends of Israel at www.foi.org

Dr. Showers earned both his master of divinity (1995) and doctor of ministry (2007) degrees from Baptist Bible Seminary. His doctoral thesis was titled “May They Prosper Who Love You: A Case for Christian Zionism.” Dr. Showers speaks at conferences, churches, and schools nation wide; is a frequent participant in events supporting Israel; and is a strong advocate of the country’s growing Jewish-Christian alliance. He also has helped lead three joint Jewish-Christian trips to Israel and three FOI Up to Jerusalem tours.

Featured Site
Caesarea Maritima

The city and harbor were built under Herod the Great during c. 22–10 BC near the site of a former Phoenician naval station known as Stratonos pyrgos (Στράτωνος πύργος).[2] It later became the provincial capital of Roman Judea, Roman Syria Palaestina and Byzantine Palaestina Prima provinces. The city was populated throughout the 1st to 6th centuries CE and became an important early center of Christianity during the Byzantine period, but was mostly abandoned following the Muslim conquest of 640. It was re-fortified by the Crusaders, and finally slighted by the Mamluks in 1265.

Learn More at http://www.bibleplaces.com/caesarea.htm

Upcoming Signature Tours

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Israel, Jordan Study Tour with GTI Tours
Sep 25 - Oct 7, 2021
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