Israel-Jordan Study Tour - Eric Schrotenboer

Jun 16-29, 2014

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Study Tour Wrapup

posted on Tuesday Jul 01 2014 at 12:45 am UTC

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. Leave us a comment below or head over and...

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The tomb is empty

posted on Saturday Jun 28 2014 at 10:36 pm UTC

What exactly did Jesus mean when he told us, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew...

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Tunnel, Temple and Pool

posted on Saturday Jun 28 2014 at 1:06 am UTC

We set out on adventure in the Old City, Jerusalem, but not first before declaring aloud the Shema!  The city wakes up with sights and sounds galore as we move along the narrow ancient streets.  Bells declare the morning is here.  We pass a nun in white, a monk in brown, a father in black.  A chorus...

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Something profound

posted on Thursday Jun 26 2014 at 11:55 pm UTC

Well I am not going to lie, this morning everyone seems to be feeling the exhaustion this trip can give you. In case you all were wondering if we do the regular tourist attractions like look at monuments through a bus window, we do not. However, that is what makes this trip all the more fascinating and...

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Heart, hands, feet and mind

posted on Thursday Jun 26 2014 at 1:03 am UTC

Freshman year of college I had a professor teach on the topic of loving the Lord your God will heart, soul, mind, and strength. Later that semester I had another professor share about the mind and heart.  The heart we use for the kingdom to serve the Lord and love people is a mind thing. Now, fast-forward...

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posted on Wednesday Jun 25 2014 at 1:15 am UTC

We started the day with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. Eric spoke about the story of Peter in the storm when he gets out of the boat to follow Jesus. Eric approached the story with the mindset of not why did Peter get out of the boat, but why didn’t the rest of them follow Jesus as well. We...

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Last day in Jordan!

posted on Tuesday Jun 24 2014 at 1:11 am UTC

Last day in Jordan! What a trip this has been thus far! We started today like always with the Shema, love the Lord your God with all your HEART, with all your SOUL, and with all you MIGHT! This reflects the passion we are to love God with. Eric recited John 17:20, a prayer from Jesus that reflected on...

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A Humbling Example

posted on Monday Jun 23 2014 at 12:55 am UTC

We experienced the most amazing confluence of cultures this morning on the banks of the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized. Early in the morning we gathered on the terraced steps leading down to the water’s edge on the Jordanian side of the river. Eric gave an enlightening talk about the Israelites...

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posted on Sunday Jun 22 2014 at 12:47 am UTC

Our first full day in Jordan began with an exciting trip to the ancient city of Petra. For those of you who need a quick brush up, Petra is famous for its hand-carved stone architecture, sitting in the middle of a large gorge. Picture the Grand Canyon, but with an entire city chiseled out of the rock....

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A Bedouin Community

posted on Saturday Jun 21 2014 at 1:02 am UTC

Night four of our stay in Israel was in a Bedouin community. We arrived in the evening to the cluster of buildings and very large tents in the midst of a vast and empty desert. I am not sure what I was expecting, but I imagine my picture had something to do with Hollywood’s version of life in the desert,...

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Thirst for Living Water

posted on Friday Jun 20 2014 at 12:44 am UTC

“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” John 7:38 Belief is a strange thing, you may believe in one thing but then do something completely different. This morning around 7 am as we look out across the Dead Sea my first thought is...

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Many Rich Stories

posted on Thursday Jun 19 2014 at 12:48 am UTC

We started out the day at Kiriath Jearim, and Tim read 1Samuel 4-7 to us at the base of a Catholic church with a large sculpture of Mary atop the Ark of the Covenant on the rooftop. This location was the resting site of the Ark for 20 years under Eleazor (son of Abinadab) who was consecrated to guard...

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Shalom from Israel!

posted on Wednesday Jun 18 2014 at 12:32 am UTC

Shalom from Israel! We have had two extremely hectic days already, and everyone is ready to pass out for the night; but first we wanted to share with all our friends and family back home what we have already seen and experienced in Tel Aviv. Arriving in Israel was exciting to say the least, but the...

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Preparing for our journey!

posted on Friday May 09 2014 at 11:37 pm UTC

Our trip to Israel and Jordan will be here before you know it! Once we've arrived, we'll post periodic updates and photos. You can also follow us real-time with the hastag #acacia14 Check back often or get update notifications using the subscribe options on this page. We'll be sharing our travel...

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