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Israel Study Tour with Connection Pointe Christian Church

September 4-15, 2023

Led by Craig Knisley
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Trip Blog Posts

Day 08 - Jerusalem: City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Davidson Center, Southern Steps, Yad Vashem

posted on Thursday September 14 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

Day 8 was a stark contrast from day 7! First, it was raining a little this morning. Apparently that doesn’t happen much in September.     The lesson this morning was from Deuteronomy. The theme was ‘remember’ and ‘don’t forget’.  So many times...

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Day 07 - Jerusalem: Temple Mount, Western Wall, Rabbinic Tunnels, Herodium, Bethlehem, Johnny's (shopping)

posted on Wednesday September 13 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

We began our day with a devotion from Pastor Craig.  He encouraged us with Deuteronomy 5 to “Remember and don’t forget”.    We then headed to the City of David where we had several amazing experiences walking the Text of God’s Word.    We experienced...

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Day 06 - Galilee - Jerusalem: Beth Shean, Megiddo, Mt. Carmel, Caesarea Maritima

posted on Tuesday September 12 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

We started our day on the shore of the Sea of Galilee (our last morning in this place 🥲).  Craig taught us the Hebrew word yada.  It means to know, not just by study, but by experience.   The questions of the day were: Who am I? What am I doing here? And more importantly,...

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Day 05 - Galilee: Katzrin, Mount Bental, Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan

posted on Monday September 11 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

60,556 steps = 28.67 miles That’s how far we’ve walked over the last 5 days. 😁   I’m not sure about anyone else, but I feel good, my brain is pretty full, and I’m looking forward to another great day.    Here is where we went if you’d like...

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Day 04 - Galilee: Mount Arbel, Tabgha, Capernaum, Chorazin, Mount of Beatitudes, Ancient Boat (Ginosar), Galilee Boat Ride

posted on Sunday September 10 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

Israel is a place of contrasts. On this fourth day of visiting the Holy Land we experienced the abundance of this place and of God.    We are staying on the shore of the Sea of Galilee and it is beautiful! Jesus served 50-70% of His ministry around this body of water that is 8 miles wide...

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Day 03 - A Journey Through the Desert

posted on Friday September 08 2023 at 9:00 pm UTC

Our guest blogger today is Penny Nirider.    We started the day overlooking the Dead Sea and surrounding desert so aware of the harshness and hopelessness of death.  But God.   I imagine the valley of dry bones, the wandering of the Israelites, and the one place that satan...

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Day 02 - Masada, Bedouin Hospitality, Tel Arad

posted on Friday September 08 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

On our second day of touring and learning, we were reminded of tragedy, hospitality, and service. We visited Masada National Park in the Judean Desert near the Dead Sea, where we saw one of King Herod's palaces. This architectural and engineering marvel is built on a mountain in the desert, and it...

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Day 01 - Shephelah: Yad Hashmonah, Beth Shemesh, Azekah, Beth Guvrin (Maresha)

posted on Wednesday September 06 2023 at 7:00 pm UTC

  Today was a great, hard, jet laggy kind of day! We experienced ruins, graves, archeological digs, olive presses, a wine press, a watch tower, the valley where Samson lived and interacted with Delilah and fought the Philistines. We had several times of teaching, breakfast lunch and...

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Day 00 - ARRIVAL

posted on Wednesday September 06 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

Greetings from Israel, family and friends! We had a good LONG trip with all group members arriving safely and soundly along with everyone’s luggage making it as well!    This is a great group of folks who are excited to be together and to experience all that this Holy trip promises to...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Thursday August 03 2023 at 7:17 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 along...

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