Israel Study Tour - Cherokee Hills Christian Church

May 6-17, 2019

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Trip Blog Posts

Jesus loved the people

posted on Friday May 17 2019 at 12:00 am UTC

Much of the week leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion was spent traversing back and forth between Jerusalem and Bethany. In between was the Mount of Olives. I had never imagined it being much more than a hill. That changed this morning. Our guide, Dan, wanted us to get around earlier this morning,...

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Mindful of their steps

posted on Thursday May 16 2019 at 12:00 am UTC

Jerusalem continues to unravel many Biblical mysteries for us, but as we learn one thing, we end up with another question yet to be answered. That being said, seeing the Bible unearthed has been quite a treat, and our first site today was quite immense, the City of David. The oldest part of Jerusalem,...

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Good news for ALL the people!

posted on Wednesday May 15 2019 at 12:00 am UTC

Turns out we aren’t the only ones that think Jerusalem is a special place. Our visit to the Temple Mount provided any proof we needed to know that multitudes are drawn to this city, We were a part of today’s multitude along with other Christians, many Jews, and many Muslims. Dan reminded...

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On our way to Jerusalem

posted on Tuesday May 14 2019 at 12:00 am UTC

On the one hand, to start the day on the friendly, peaceful shores of the Sea of Galilee and end the day at Jerusalem is very exciting. On the other hand, it also comes with a somber reminder of the same journey that Jesus would take. In the case of Jesus, he was making the journey to his crucifixion. While...

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Harkening back to such a special time

posted on Monday May 13 2019 at 12:00 am UTC

Today, we woke up again on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Allow that to sink in. Today, we woke up again to the sounds of the waves of the Sea of Galilee rhythmically lapping against the sandy shore. No, we weren't at our traditional places of worship this Sunday morning, but this particular...

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Jesus’ footprints

posted on Sunday May 12 2019 at 12:00 am UTC

Maybe Jesus’ footprints are gone all along the northern shorelines of the Sea of Galilee, but his “faithprints” were everywhere we looked today. Faith seemed to be a common theme throughout our day, but I suppose we shouldn’t have been surprised given we spent our day at sites...

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Holy Grounds

posted on Saturday May 11 2019 at 12:00 am UTC

If we learned that Herod was a brilliant architect yesterday, today we learned that his architectural brilliance pales in comparison to what God has created and built. Take our first stop today for instance. It’s a place called Ein Gedi, an oasis in the desert flowing to the Dead Sea. This place...

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Kings and things...

posted on Friday May 10 2019 at 12:00 am UTC

Today has been more than just another tour day for our group, as it is a special day for the people of Israel who have shown us such great hospitality. Today is known in Israel as Yom Ha’atzmaut. We would call it Independence Day. This celebration of 71 years has included Israeli Air Force flyovers,...

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Peaks and Valleys…Highs and Lows…

posted on Wednesday May 08 2019 at 2:00 am UTC

On a day that is quite special to the Israeli people, we experienced some wide-angled vistas that gave us clues why this area is set apart. From supersized chalk rock caves to mountain views, we were given the gift of seeing what we have been reading in the Bible for years. Our day started at Yad...

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We have landed in the Holy Land

posted on Wednesday May 08 2019 at 12:00 am UTC

Thirty-three weary travelers finally settled in for the night at a hotel just outside Jerusalem. Though we are certainly not bright-eyed and bushy-tailed there is still a palpable excitement as we look forward to this Holy Land experience. Travel is rarely smooth and without it’s usual hiccups, but...

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A Long Flight Ahead

posted on Monday May 06 2019 at 4:30 pm UTC

After many months of anticipation, our study tour is upon us! We're departing on our two-leg journey to Israel today! If you want to follow along with our flights, check out the links below. FLIGHT TO HOUSTON, TX FLIGHT TO ISTANBUL, TURKEY Once we're on the ground we'll be posting daily...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Monday Mar 18 2019 at 11:37 pm UTC

Our trip 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, to not only bring you...

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