Israel Study Tour - Living Oaks Church

Oct 17-29, 2014

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Trip Blog Posts

The End of the Beginning

posted on Thursday Oct 30 2014 at 5:21 pm UTC

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. Hopefully you'll seen be able...

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At Journey's End

posted on Tuesday Oct 28 2014 at 10:53 pm UTC

Forty years ago, a twenty-year-old kid traveled from California to Israel with a basketball team whose goals were to win games and souls. As a fledgling believer and only two days to see the sites, he had no idea what impact the Holy Land would have on his faith and his path for the future. It was...

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Pray, Sing, Remember

posted on Monday Oct 27 2014 at 8:55 pm UTC

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...

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Walking where the great “I AM” walked

posted on Sunday Oct 26 2014 at 11:03 pm UTC

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...

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From Galilee to Jerusalem

posted on Saturday Oct 25 2014 at 9:43 pm UTC

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...

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Stay focused

posted on Saturday Oct 25 2014 at 12:57 am UTC

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...

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In the time of Jesus

posted on Thursday Oct 23 2014 at 7:57 pm UTC

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...

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Where our Savior Walked and Taught

posted on Thursday Oct 23 2014 at 12:53 am UTC

Starting out today, Wed Oct 22nd, a beautiful and windy day on the Sea of Galilee, we are filled with expectation of walking where Jesus walked and taught. Following breakfast, we boarded our bus and headed out passing through Tiberias where we learned Ronen is launching his mayoral campaign and thinks...

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A great illustration

posted on Tuesday Oct 21 2014 at 11:59 pm UTC

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,...

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Musings with Nathan (official camel whisperer)

posted on Monday Oct 20 2014 at 10:50 pm UTC

The morning started out with a breathtaking sunrise over the Dead Sea and ended with many of us floating as unsinkable logs in the very same...But this day is truly about all the other incredible moments that occurred in-between. The question now is where to begin…after another solid breakfast...

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Informative, Refreshing, Beautiful!

posted on Sunday Oct 19 2014 at 10:02 pm UTC

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...

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We have arrived in Israel!

posted on Saturday Oct 18 2014 at 5:58 pm UTC

Wow what a long trip but we have finally arrived in Israel. You wouldn’t believe the amazing conversations and adventures we have already experienced. Istanbul was great but we really only had enough time to run through the airport to catch our flight to Israel. A few of us had the opportunity to try...

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Leaving on a Jet Plane

posted on Saturday Oct 18 2014 at 12:51 am UTC

The time has finally come at last. Today we all met at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX to begin the check in process with Turkish Airlines for our trip to Israel. Everyone is really excited and we can’t wait to begin our study tour through the Holy Land. Once we board our flight around...

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10 Weeks of Preparation

posted on Friday Oct 10 2014 at 12:06 am UTC

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...

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Journey with us to Israel!

posted on Friday Aug 29 2014 at 5:22 pm UTC

We're looking forward to sharing our trip with you! Please continue to pray for us as we prepare our hearts, minds, and bodies for what will be an amazing 10 day journey into the land and lessons of the Bible. ...

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