Israel Study Tour with Grace Central Coast

Oct 11-23, 2015

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Study Tour Wrapup

posted on Saturday Oct 24 2015 at 12:57 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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Grand Finale

posted on Friday Oct 23 2015 at 2:34 am UTC

Today we entered Jerusalem through the Lions Gate on the northeast and made our way up to St. Anne Cathedral and sung I Love You, Lord and the Doxology that echoed beautifully off the 3rd century church. Afterward we went to a garden area just adjacent to the Pool of Bethesda. We opened up the Word...

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Contrast and tension

posted on Thursday Oct 22 2015 at 1:05 am UTC

Jerusalem is a city of contrasts and tensions — old (some very old) vs. new (modern); peoples and cultures that have occupied and staked claims to the same land; the multiple religions and cultures that not always peacefully co-exist in the city today. We started the day at the Ramat Rachel Hotel...

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To wail or not to wail

posted on Tuesday Oct 20 2015 at 10:30 pm UTC

Our first day in Jerusalem started with a visit to the Western (wailing) Wall in old Jerusalem. We each had an opportunity to go, pray and touch the wall—what an awe inspiring time. We then walked down into tunnels which run underneath the western wall—the tunnels were 30 ft. above the lowest...

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East to West

posted on Monday Oct 19 2015 at 8:55 pm UTC

We are saddened as we take leave of Kibbutz Ein Gev, our home for the last four days on the Sea of Galilee. We were continually reminded by the thought that “Jesus was here!”. It is a comfort to know that Jesus lives in each of us. Our trip to Nazareth was slowed due to an accident on the journey....

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Contemplation

posted on Sunday Oct 18 2015 at 10:31 pm UTC

18 October 2015, a day like any other, until we boarded the wooden Jesus ship and took over, voices raised in song as the stars and stripes were raised at the masthead. With both Mt. Arbel and Bet Ronen in our sights, we paused for some photographs and a few contemplative moments, with the sites of...

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Shabot Shalom!

posted on Sunday Oct 18 2015 at 1:56 am UTC

Our Shabot started with our shabot dinner after sundown last evening. We sat as small families, sang some hymns, broke bread, and thanked God for His blessings. In the morning, we truly walked… Where Jesus Walked. For three years Jesus centered His ministry in the area of Capernaum, where Peter...

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Community and the Church

posted on Friday Oct 16 2015 at 11:04 pm UTC

Here we are on day four of our study tour. We are learning so much every day that my mind is filled to overflowing. We started from below sea level this morning and drove up from our kibbutz to the Golan Heights. This region was covered with volcanic ash from nine volcanos. We visited Qatzrin and...

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Kings Highway

posted on Thursday Oct 15 2015 at 8:28 pm UTC

It is only day three, but we have already seen so much! Today we had the opportunity to see three special sites along the Kings Highway, which runs north/south along the western shores of the Dead Sea: Masada, Ein Gedi, and Qumran. We are attempting to soak up all the history, language, culture, and...

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Salt of the earth

posted on Wednesday Oct 14 2015 at 7:43 pm UTC

Today we find ourselves in the wilderness. I know, I know, buffet breakfasts and touring in an air conditioned bus aren’t wilderness type conditions but we are easing into this (does car sickness count?) Today our journey took us south along the Dead “Salt” Sea to Ein Avdat (the spring of Avdat)...

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A wealth of understanding

posted on Wednesday Oct 14 2015 at 12:25 am UTC

A great start to our adventures here in Israel. So much to see, so much to learn. Reading the Word of God in the actual surroundings has given me a deeper understanding and fuller meaning I’ve never had before. Today took us to Kiriath Jearim, Bet Shemesh, Azekah, Valley of Elah, and Bet Gurvin,...

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We have arrived!

posted on Monday Oct 12 2015 at 11:52 pm UTC

We made it safely and are excited for our first day. The team is doing great! ...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Tuesday Jan 27 2015 at 6:16 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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