Israel Study Tour - Scott Heare

Mar 19 - Apr 2, 2015

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Trip wrap up

posted on Thursday Apr 02 2015 at 10:58 pm 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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Tears of joy

posted on Thursday Apr 02 2015 at 12:56 am UTC

Today we said goodbye. We walked Jerusalem and we took it in with all we had left after climbing, following, pouring out, taking in and asking questions all over this beautiful land. Some of us weren’t sure we had any absorption left. Others were mourning that our last day had come so quickly. A few...

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Part of the Crowd

posted on Wednesday Apr 01 2015 at 1:13 am UTC

What an incredible privilege to be in Jerusalem this particular week! Today we remembered the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. We found ourselves literally walking through the story as we began our day on the Mount of Olives and journeyed to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher,...

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Relentless pursuit

posted on Tuesday Mar 31 2015 at 12:52 am UTC

A small white cloud blew across the sky this morning above Mt Carmel. The timing of our arrival to the top of the 1400 ft peak was perfect; it was a beautiful day with plenty of water to sip along the way. I thought about the servant of the prophet Eliyahu (Elijah) who summited Carmel seven times in...

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Life as a prayer

posted on Sunday Mar 29 2015 at 11:34 pm UTC

This morning I pondered this scripture verse: "Come let's climb Gods mountain, go to the House of the God of Jacob. He'll show us the way He works, so we can live the way we're made" (Isaiah 2:3). Such a compelling invitation to lead our group out of our time yesterday of much needed Shabbat. In no time...

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posted on Saturday Mar 28 2015 at 11:29 pm UTC

Genesis 2:2-3 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Today I observed and celebrated Shabbat for the...

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The sweetness of each day

posted on Friday Mar 27 2015 at 11:23 pm UTC

Day 7 blog writing time was during Shabbat so we rested from blogging, but we can tell you that the day was amazing and intense. Ryan led us up Susita and his teaching was deep, powerful and helpful for many. We committed to 40 days of prayer for special friends who came to mind as we walked and talked....

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May we do the same

posted on Friday Mar 27 2015 at 1:36 am UTC

We started day six at Gamla. A Zealot stronghold, site of a bloody, intense battle, where in the end, the people there threw their children, wives, and themselves off of the mountain to death rather than surrender to the Romans. Thousands of lives. Gone. What would Jesus say to this? How do you pull...

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Torah Day

posted on Thursday Mar 26 2015 at 12:42 am UTC

Friends and family, Today, we departed the desert and the Dead Sea, and we journeyed northward to the land where Jesus spent the majority of the years of his ministry. We arrived at the Sea of Galilee. Blue water, green hills, flowers of many colors, eucalyptus trees (probably those weren’t there...

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Extreme lengths

posted on Wednesday Mar 25 2015 at 12:37 am UTC

Today was our last day in the desert. We started it bright and early, as usual, and headed into the West Bank to climb Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered. We started our journey in the ruins where the Essenes lived. The Essenes were known as “Sons of Light” and to be waiting...

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Venturing into the Negev

posted on Tuesday Mar 24 2015 at 1:01 am UTC

Today our group of 24 people started our day by venturing into the Negev desert for the most intense physical challenge and profound spiritual message on this tour so far. Upon arriving we find our desert surroundings to be almost hauntingly beautiful. Though our group has different physical capabilities,...

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posted on Monday Mar 23 2015 at 12:18 am UTC

What do you wonder? Kids intuitively do this. They ask questions about everything and are in awe of the ordinary. Some day when life’s ambiguities become reality, we lose our wonder. We who want finite answers and pay bills and see the challenges of life forget how to wonder. Jesus tells us to...

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Who are you?! And why are you here?!

posted on Sunday Mar 22 2015 at 1:20 am UTC

I'm sitting down at the end of a very long day staring at the inky blackness of the Dead Sea trying to write this blog, which, for reasons lost on me now, I happily volunteered to write early this morning! After a day and a half of travel and just shy of three hours sleep, legally I shouldn't make any...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Thursday Dec 18 2014 at 7:09 pm UTC

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 notifications using the subscribe options on this page. We'll be sharing our travel experiences online with you, our friends and family,...

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