Israel-in-Depth with Rod VanSolkema

Jun 22 - Jul 4, 2018

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To Descend

posted on Monday Jul 02 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Today is the 8th day of our journey here in Israel. We departed from our hotel in Galilee this morning and our first hike was to the Jordan River, south of the Sea of Galilee. This is one of three locations where John is found baptizing in the Bible. The Hebrew word for Jordan is Yardin, which means...

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YES and YES

posted on Sunday Jul 01 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Today’s adventure began by driving northwest to the 1st century TEL-GAMLA, away from the ‘triangle of cities by the Sea of Galilea” where devoted Jews who returned to the home land once lived. Here Galilean Zealots had hoped one day to over throw Rome. Their symbol was a palm tree branch...

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It's a walk

posted on Friday Jun 29 2018 at 2:30 pm UTC

Officially, our tour is called Ancient Paths. Today, we hiked an ancient path. We began our day with a climb up Mt. Arbel. We knew it would be a fun hike when we pulled up to the base of the mountain where several buses were parked and Rod said, “Maybe we’ll see some other hikers today......

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Our World and The World of Christ

posted on Friday Jun 29 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Today was an amazing and key day in our trip through the land of the Bible, the setting of God's continuing story for humanity. The past days we've learnt very valuable lessons, looking at the word of God in a completely new way as we venture into the mind of our Creator and His people. By hiking in...

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What kind of fruit do we offer the world?

posted on Thursday Jun 28 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Shalom.   Each morning on this In-Depth Study Tour, I wake up and wonder, “How could this day possibly be any better than yesterday?” And then, somehow, it is. DAY FOUR ITINERARY  6:30am ​Wake up call 7:00am​Breakfast of champions 7:30am ​On...

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God’s love language is obedience

posted on Wednesday Jun 27 2018 at 2:32 am UTC

“On the first day of the third month after the Israelites left Egypt – on that very day – they came to the Desert of Sinai. After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain. Then Moses went up to God,...

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Bitter or better

posted on Tuesday Jun 26 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Today was an intense day, and honestly it would be impossible to fully tell you all about the things that we learned and experienced, but I'll do my best. :) We started off the day by going to Masada. Masada is also known as "the stronghold" that David took refuge on while fleeing from King Saul in...

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Who is influencing who?

posted on Monday Jun 25 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Our first full day in Israel was a success! We pushed though the jet lag and exhaustion and packed a lot into a day and ended the day swimming with a magical sunset in the Dead Sea. There is a lot I could say about all we took in, but I’ll take a few moments to lay out what we we did, and then...

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We Have Arrived

posted on Saturday Jun 23 2018 at 2:32 am UTC

We’re here! For many of us, after a year of anticipation & preparation for this Holy Land experience - the day has finally arrived! We joined the big group at O’Hare, had a 10.5 hour flight to Istanbul, followed by a two hour flight to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, and then a quick...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Wednesday Jun 06 2018 at 2:37 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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