Greece/Turkey with Crossroads Bible Church

June 24 - July 4, 2017

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Trip Blog Posts

Starting High – Ending Low

posted on Friday July 07 2017 at 6:10 am UTC

Our final morning in Rome began at the Colosseum. Built in the first century, this massive structure boasted 4 levels, with 80 archways adorning each level. Commissioned by Vespasian during the Flavian Dynasty, the arena hosted public events such as gladiator fights, wild animals and public executions....

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The Trajectory of the Church

posted on Thursday July 06 2017 at 1:17 am UTC

Alexiana led devotions this morning with a beautiful reminder and encouragement that we can only face struggles and challenges in life when our identity is in Christ, first and foremost. If we miss this most vital piece, our actions and our lives will not be an overflow of the work, grace, and the life...

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First Day in Rome

posted on Wednesday July 05 2017 at 6:41 am UTC

Happy Independence Day, my dears! Today we arrived in Rome with all of our luggage! We appreciate your continued prayers for our safety and learning! Our trip started with a little bit of site seeing. We stopped at a temple to Caesar Augustus, walked by a stadium dedicated to Domitian, learned...

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Well Done

posted on Tuesday July 04 2017 at 1:34 am UTC

John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. Revelation...

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Good News

posted on Sunday July 02 2017 at 11:54 pm UTC

With the sun beating down on us and our faces dripping from the 110 degree Turkish heat, we put one foot in front of the other. With every step, backs ached and knees wobbled, but we knew we had to meet Rod at the top of the rocky pass. Weaving through rows of grape vines and ducking under overgrown...

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Write Your Epitaph

posted on Saturday July 01 2017 at 7:04 pm UTC

David Brooks, a columnist for the New York Times, says that there are two types of virtues: “resumé virtues” and “eulogy virtues.” He says: The résumé virtues are the skills you bring to the marketplace. The eulogy virtues are the ones that are talked about at your funeral—whether you...

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posted on Friday June 30 2017 at 7:01 pm UTC

These past few days have been a reminder to me that growth happens in community. Today, we ventured into Ephesus and Aphrodisus, one city that is well known to us through Scripture and another new and unknown. I am quite partial to Ephesus, and one of those many reasons being that my favorite conjunction...

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Our first day in Turkey

posted on Friday June 30 2017 at 6:06 am UTC

It was our first day in Turkey, formerly known as Asia Minor, and it was hot and sunny. In the morning we visited Priene, which is a small city with a spectacular view of the Meander valley. This valley used to be harbor back in the days when Priene was a thriving city, but the harbor and river valleys...

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posted on Thursday June 29 2017 at 1:28 am UTC

Life doesn’t always go the way we plan. No. Life nearly never goes the way we plan. Acts 17. As Paul was waiting on Timothy and Silas to join him he wandered the agora and stoa of Athens. His heart was in turmoil over the idolatry of the place. Up and down the streets and avenues he saw one...

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A New Lens

posted on Wednesday June 28 2017 at 1:29 am UTC

Today we picked up a new lens to see the Scriptures. Before I say more, please know that our Crossroads group is a community of disciples that already love the scriptures, and so today we arrived to the city of Corinth and the steps of the Acropolis with a deep and committed passion for the Bible- what...

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We learn with our feet.

posted on Monday June 26 2017 at 11:31 pm UTC

“We learn with our feet.” That has been our mantra today, and I would imagine, will continue to be true of the rest of our trip. In every sense, learning with our feet has come more and more alive as we walk through the places most of us have only ever read about. We’re only one hike in, but we...

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Preparing for departure!

posted on Saturday May 13 2017 at 6:40 pm UTC

Our trip to Turkey and Greece will be here before you know it! Once we're on the ground, 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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