Israel Study Tour with Riverside Community Church

Apr 13-23, 2016

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Trip Blog Posts

Study Tour Wrap Up

posted on Sunday Apr 24 2016 at 9:16 pm UTC

Now that we've returned from our study tour you've 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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Being Tourists...Kinda...

posted on Saturday Apr 23 2016 at 5:23 pm UTC

Our final day in Jerusalem was a big one! We began by visiting the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem. Everything from the architecture to the landscaping was symbolistic of different aspects of the Holocaust. The museum itself was astounding with information on events leading to the antisemite practices...

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Unexpected Blessings

posted on Thursday Apr 21 2016 at 11:53 pm UTC

We had a great day today!! We started by the surprise of being able to go on the Temple Mount. It is not always open, and especially with Passover right around the corner, it was up in the air on whether we would get to go there or not. Scott said that the peace and ease with which we walked around the...

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Mount of Olives and the Old City

posted on Thursday Apr 21 2016 at 12:24 am UTC

Today was our first full day in Jerusalem. We began by going to the top of the Mount of Olives and looking over the Mount and the Eastern Wall of the Old City of Jerusalem. Scott helped us see where Jesus most likely stayed while He was here in Jerusalem, and what gate in which He most likely entered,...

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Heading up to Jerusalem

posted on Wednesday Apr 20 2016 at 12:59 am UTC

We have begun our ascent to Jerusalem from the Sea of Galilee!! While we actually headed south, scripture always tells us of people going up to Jerusalem. We began our journey by stopping at one last place by the Sea of Galilee where Jesus cast out the legion of demons from the demoniac. We all learned...

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Challenging the Status Quo

posted on Tuesday Apr 19 2016 at 12:58 am UTC

After a great challenge from Scott on serving ourselves and others, we headed to Gamla where we would spend the first half of our day. We began by sitting in an outlook over looking the city of Zealots that was conquered by the Romans in 67 AD. We then went among the ruins and worshipped God in the first...

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Day of Rest and Work

posted on Sunday Apr 17 2016 at 9:00 pm UTC

Today was most certainly a day of rest and work. We began with a good breakfast and a great devotional on service and allowing others to serve you from Scott. We were surprised when the bus pulled up to the docks! We went into the boat and began our journey across the Sea of Galilee. Once we were in...

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Day of Discovery

posted on Saturday Apr 16 2016 at 8:53 pm UTC

Today has been incredible. It is so amazing that we are walking in the places where Jesus, David, Peter, Phillip, and many others whom we know from Scripture walked. We can no longer read names of things and just skip over them. We are beginning to have images in our minds about what this all looked...

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Masada, Ein Gedi, & Qumran

posted on Friday Apr 15 2016 at 3:49 pm UTC

We began today with a swim in the Dead Sea and a great breakfast at the hotel. After a devotional, we headed out to Masada. We rode the gondola up, saw Herod’s palace, and the Roman rampart that led to the mass suicide of the Zealots and the Roman capture of Masada. It was fascinating and daunting...

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Israel By Way of Iceland

posted on Wednesday Apr 13 2016 at 3:47 pm UTC

Today has been wild and crazy, but at least most of us made it, right? We began the trip with 17 but we had to leave 3 in Iceland due to a medical issue. God willing, they will join up with us soon and we will have our complete team once again! The trip was a little longer than expected, but we are...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Wednesday Mar 16 2016 at 10:21 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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