1BL Israel Study Tour

May 25 - Jun 4, 2015

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Study Tour Wrapup

posted on Friday Jun 05 2015 at 12:58 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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Goodbye Israel

posted on Thursday Jun 04 2015 at 12:56 am UTC

Boker Tov! Family Check? Sababa. The final day of our journey through Israel began as the others. This day was to be one of the most jam packed as far as itinerary plans. And it proved to be full. And powerful, and challenging, and good. We began at the Mount of Olives with a spectacular view...

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An experience that we will never forget

posted on Wednesday Jun 03 2015 at 12:54 am UTC

We woke up this morning in Jerusalem. It's quite a difference from the serenity and peace of Galilee and the Mediterranean coast at Caesarea. But the city of Jerusalem has its own stories and places we hold dear. We began our morning at the Western Wall of the temple mount. Here was the place that...

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Where it was originally spoken

posted on Tuesday Jun 02 2015 at 12:57 am UTC

At dinner, Keith and I like to talk about our favorite site of the day and it is always hard to nail down just one. Today was no different. We started out at Beth She'an with the city of Scythopolis just down the hill. Scythopolis was a HUGE city with luxuries that tempted many people to walk away...

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Learning by doing

posted on Monday Jun 01 2015 at 12:33 am UTC

Shalom from the Sea of Galilee! Today is day five of our Israel study tour. We started out this morning visiting Qatzrin where a "first century" woman dressed in costume showed us how wheat is threshed and ground. Her presentation had a humorous moment when her "pigeon rang" (aka cell phone) in the...

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Where the Word became flesh

posted on Sunday May 31 2015 at 12:51 am UTC

My day started early with a walk to the Sea of Galilee. I watched the sunrise and tried to capture the moment in a picture. After a wonderful breakfast with the group, we headed to hike Mt. Arbel, a desolate mountain across the Sea of Galilee. It was much cooler than the last couple of days and I...

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Learning from a flea

posted on Saturday May 30 2015 at 12:35 am UTC

We began our day with a morning devotion on the shore of the Salt Sea . Pastor Brent highlighted the promise God gave us . It was awesome to think some time we would be back at this place God promised how he will make the salt water fresh and flowing with fish. God is not done with this place and...

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Impressive yet empty

posted on Friday May 29 2015 at 12:54 am UTC

Like many who visit Israel for the first time, my wife and I are feeling a bit overwhelmed by the sights and sounds of this wondrous place. But instead of just writing a chronological list of the places we visited today, I’ve decide to just write a brief account of the one experience that has left...

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Simple things with a major point

posted on Thursday May 28 2015 at 12:57 am UTC

Today was our first day in Israel. It went by in a flash and felt like we were drinking from a fire hydrant all day! (Which actually would have been GREAT since it was 110 degrees!!) So that YOU can get an understanding of how quickly we went through all of our sites, here they are in rapidfire succession! Kiriath...

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We have arrived in Israel!

posted on Tuesday May 26 2015 at 8:07 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...

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Leaving on a Jet Plane

posted on Monday May 25 2015 at 7:11 pm 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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Preparing for Israel

posted on Monday Feb 23 2015 at 10:39 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 including text, photos, and video! Check back often or get update notifications using the subscribe options on this page. We'll be sharing our travel experiences online with you,...

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