Israel Study Tour with The Friends of Israel

Oct 22 - Nov 1, 2016

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Trip Blog Posts

Study Tour Wrap Up

posted on Tuesday Nov 01 2016 at 10:50 pm UTC

Now that our study tour is complete, hopefully you'll 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 like GTI...

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Sacrifice, Savior, Sustainer

posted on Monday Oct 31 2016 at 11:13 pm UTC

Ken Peterson shared a devotion with us this morning. He related the many stones we see everywhere in Israel with three important biblical points: Sacrifice - required a stone altar, Savior -  the cornerstone, Sustainer -  Psalm 18, God our rock and our sustainer. We headed out to the City of David,...

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Our Place in History

posted on Monday Oct 31 2016 at 12:51 am UTC

We started our Sunday morning with a devotional. I, Dan shared some thoughts and verses about the resurrection and how we have the anticipation of seeing our loved ones again and the promise of a reward for what we do for God. It was a short drive to the Knesset, Israel’s parliament building. We...

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Standing where Jesus stood

posted on Sunday Oct 30 2016 at 12:49 am UTC

We began our day atop the Mount of Olives with an incredible view of the Temple Mount. It was a memorable experience standing where Jesus stood gazing at Jerusalem and where He will one day return. We paused at a Jewish cemetery where Jim explained the Jewish hope for a Messiah and their hope to be resurrected...

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Perfect love casts out fear

posted on Saturday Oct 29 2016 at 2:03 am UTC

Dan Brown led devotions today, sharing from Genesis 3. The first negative results of sin were fear and blame. He then shared from 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” Jesus has...

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From Galilee to Jerusalem

posted on Friday Oct 28 2016 at 4:04 am UTC

This morning we packed our bags saying goodbye to the Ramot Holiday Resort Kubbutz on the Sea of Galilee. We headed to the Jordan River, which isn’t quite as big as many expected. Some in our group were baptized in the river this morning by one of our ordained pastors, Harold Summers. It was a privilege...

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Around Galilee

posted on Thursday Oct 27 2016 at 12:08 am UTC

Another beautiful day here in the Holy Land! On our way to our first destination, Miriam pointed out the Arbel cliffs. These are where the Jewish rebels stayed during the revolt against Herod. You could see the caves way off in the distance that were used as a shelter for the Jewish people. We arrived...

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The rejected stone

posted on Wednesday Oct 26 2016 at 12:49 am UTC

We had another full day today of touring. This morning Dan Brown shared a devotional with us on God’s delivering grace and God’s sustaining grace. He showed how God sustained the Israelites in the wilderness after He led them out of Egypt. On the way to the kibbutz on the Lebanon border, we rode...

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Hard to believe we’re in the land of the Bible!

posted on Tuesday Oct 25 2016 at 2:01 am UTC

Boker tov! (Good morning or Good day!) We began our first full day of touring with a devotional from Harold. He taught us about the unique tie Israel has to God’s promises. Sometimes it’s hard to believe we’re actually here, in the land of the Bible. Something I appreciate about this tour...

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Greetings From Israel!

posted on Monday Oct 24 2016 at 6:08 pm UTC

We have all arrived safe to Tel Aviv, Israel after a slight delay. We were told we would be packing in a lot of sites and they weren’t kidding. Our guide Miriam opened the tour taking us to the modern city of Modi’in, the hometown of the Maccabees. We stopped for lunch at an indoor Israeli mall. [topic...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Friday Oct 21 2016 at 12:59 am 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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