Israel Study Tour with Crossings Community Church

February 12-25, 2023

Led by Terry & Laura Feix
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Trip Blog Posts

Day 11 - Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Garden Tomb

posted on Saturday February 25 2023 at 1:00 am UTC

Our last day in Israel started with one last devotion led by Terry. He read from Psalm 133: “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” With such a beautiful text, we were forced to ask the question, will there ever be peace in this land?   Fallen humanity...

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Day 10 - Jerusalem: Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Pool of Bethesda, Saint Anne's, Via Dolorosa

posted on Thursday February 23 2023 at 9:00 pm UTC

We began our day on the Mount of Olives and in the Garden of Gethsemane. Terry read for us the story in Matthew 26, when Jesus goes to Gethsemane to pray. For Jesus, his last time in the garden was one of great sorrow. He felt the weight of our collective sin and asked for this cup to pass him by. He...

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Day 09 - Temple Mount, City of David, Pool of Siloam, Davidson Center, Southern Steps, Western Wall, Rabbinic Tunnels, Temple Virtual Reality Tour

posted on Wednesday February 22 2023 at 7:00 pm UTC

We started our day by visiting the Temple Mount. Thanks to Yehuda, we were able to visit early in the morning with very few people around. The weather was perfect. No breeze and blue skies made for an ideal and peaceful viewing.   We spent most of the time viewing the Dome of the Rock, which...

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Day 08 - Herodium, Church of the Nativity, Johnny's (shopping), Israel Museum, Model of Jerusalem, Shrine of the Book, Archaeological Museum

posted on Wednesday February 22 2023 at 1:00 am UTC

Our first stop of the day was the Herodian. This palace/fortress sitting atop a large hill was yet another of Herod the Great’s marvelous dwellings.    Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in a manger, literally in the shadow of the Herodian. It is no coincidence that the Messiah entered...

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Day 07 - Galilee - Jerusalem: Mt. Precipice/Nazareth, Megiddo, Mt. Carmel, Caesarea Maritima

posted on Tuesday February 21 2023 at 1:00 am UTC

Today we had our last morning devotional by the Sea of Galilee and then departed to make our way toward Jerusalem. It was a busy day with wonderful weather!   During the morning devotional, Terry read Psalm 121, from the Psalms of Ascent. These psalms were sung by the Jews as they ascended...

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Day 06 - Galilee: Katzrin (cultural experience), Mount Bental, Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan

posted on Monday February 20 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

And just like that, we are halfway through our tour of Israel! We started the day along the Sea of Galilee again. Terry gave us a brief history lesson of time periods before discussing why empires rise and fall.   Terry read to us from Romans 6, mirroring our baptism experience from yesterday....

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Day 05 - Galilee: Galilee Boat Ride, Ancient Boat (Ginosar), Beth Shean, Deganya Aleph, Yardinet Baptismal Site

posted on Saturday February 18 2023 at 11:00 pm UTC

Shabbat shalom! We had a wonderful devo on the shore of Galilee and then made our way to the boat! The weather was perfect, and we all enjoyed a peaceful cruise to the center of the Sea of Galilee. Our wonderful crew raised the American flag and played the Star Spangled Banner, followed by the Israeli...

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Day 04 - Galilee: Tabgha, Capernaum, Chorazin, Mount Arbel, Kinneret Kvutsa

posted on Friday February 17 2023 at 9:00 pm UTC

After a quick devotional time at the shore near our hotel, we took the short trip to Tabgha, located on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee.     We started the morning to the peaceful sound of water lapping the rocks on the shore of Galilee. Somewhere on that shore line, Jesus...

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Day 03 - Negev - Galilee: Masada, Ein Gedi, Qumran

posted on Thursday February 16 2023 at 7:00 pm UTC

We started our day with a bus ride straight to Masada and had our devo just inside the walls. Terry and Yehuda gave us a brief history lesson from Alexander the Great to Augustus Caesar.   Masada is a large fortress, atop a mountain, built for Herod the Great. Herod was a brilliant yet evil...

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Day 02 - Negev: Desert Walk, Bedouin Experience, Camel Ride, Tel Arad

posted on Wednesday February 15 2023 at 11:00 pm UTC

A Walk in the Desert Day 2 began with a short walk across the street to the surreally peaceful shore of the Dead Sea. Every picture our group took was breathtaking yet still didn’t capture the actual beauty of it. In our morning devotional, Terry reminded us of standing over the Valley of Elah,...

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Day 01 - Shephelah: Yad Hashmonah, Beth Shemesh, Azekah

posted on Tuesday February 14 2023 at 9:00 pm UTC

Hello Family & Friends, We had an incredible and jam packed first full day in Israel! How will I ever be able to put it all into words?! We started our day at Yad Hashmonah. It is a "moshav shitufi" (communal village of believers), located in the Judean hills close to Jerusalem. Our wonderful...

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Day 00 - ARRIVAL

posted on Monday February 13 2023 at 10:00 pm UTC

Hello Family & Friends, We have officially arrived in Israel! For quite possibly the first time in Crossings Israel Trip history, all of our luggage made it with us! This made for lots of smiling faces in the Tel Aviv airport.  Travel was long, but fairly smooth. The most excitement...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Thursday February 02 2023 at 10:44 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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