Israel Study Tour with Crossings Community Church

Feb 13-26, 2022

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Trip Blog Posts

Day 9 – The Temple Mount, City of David, Pool of Siloam, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the Western Wall, and the Rabbinic Tunnels.

posted on Thursday Feb 24 2022 at 1:00 am UTC

Just as Jesus set his face toward Jerusalem, we started our day in the Holy City. Today was all about the Temple. We started the morning on the temple mount and moved around and underneath the old city streets to see what things would have been like in the days of Christ.   Today was all about...

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Day 8 – The Herodium, Church of the Nativity, and the Israel Museum

posted on Wednesday Feb 23 2022 at 1:00 am UTC

We’ve reached the Jerusalem stage of the trip. This morning, we’re heading out to the Herodium and Bethlehem, now almost suburbs of Jerusalem, to see the important places at the beginning of Jesus’ life.   This trip has been fascinating every day!  Today we started at...

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Day 7 – Nazareth, Megiddo, Mt. Carmel, and Caesarea Maritima

posted on Tuesday Feb 22 2022 at 1:00 am UTC

  After visiting Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown, we headed north and west toward the Mediterranean Sea. On the way, we visited one of the oldest and most important cities in Israel, Megiddo.   “Megiddo is a place many believe the battle of Armageddon will happen. This is truly...

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Day 6 – Qatzrin, Mt. Bental, Caesarea Philippi, and Dan

posted on Monday Feb 21 2022 at 1:00 am UTC

It can be difficult to picture what life would have been life in a small fishing village in Galilee, but in Qatzrin, we got the full first century experience. This restored village contains ancient homes and a synagogue. We packed inside the home like Christians would have in the early church. As we...

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Day 5 – Galilee, Beth Shean, and Baptisms

posted on Sunday Feb 20 2022 at 1:00 am UTC

This morning we woke up on the Sea of Galilee. As we stood on these shores that Jesus spent so much time around, we talked about his ministry in Galilee. Jesus is the King of kings, but he was also doing everyday life in little fishing villages with real people. Then and now, he is building his kingdom...

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Day 4 – Mt. Arbel, Chorazin, Tabgha, Capernaum, Mount of the Beatitudes, and the Gadarene Cliff

posted on Saturday Feb 19 2022 at 1:00 am UTC

Today, we entered the Galilee, the northern part of Israel surrounding the Sea of Galilee. This was Jesus’ home base in his early ministry. He used to rise early to pray on Mt. Arbel. There he could look out over the sea and the towns in which he would heal the sick, feed the hungry, walk on water,...

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Day 03 - Masada, Ein Gedi, and Qumran

posted on Friday Feb 18 2022 at 1:00 am UTC

Today, we explored the sites on the east side of the Dead Sea. Moving to the north, we traced the routes David and so many others would have taken to En Gedi – an oasis in the desert. When he was running from Saul, David hid out in the fortress at the springs of En Gedi. Further south, Masada ascends...

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Day 02 - A Day in the Desert

posted on Wednesday Feb 16 2022 at 5:00 pm UTC

Day 2 – Desert Walk, Bedouin Experience, Tel Arad, Dead Sea Today was our “spa” day: we got to sleep in (6:30 am Israeli time), opened our day with a devotional and worship on the shore of the Dead Sea, made fewer stops (3), and got to spend time in the late afternoon and evening...

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Day 01 - The Shephelah

posted on Tuesday Feb 15 2022 at 5:00 pm UTC

Day 1 – Yad Hashmona, Beth-Shemesh, Azekah, Lachish   After a welcome night’s rest, we started the morning at Yad Hashmona, a re-creation of a village from the history of Israel. Here, we were able to get familiar with the land, lifestyle, and rhythms of life in Israel during the...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Monday Jan 31 2022 at 11:05 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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