Israel Study Tour with Crossings Community Church

Feb 12-24, 2017

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Study Tour Wrap Up Video

posted on Friday Feb 24 2017 at 9:41 pm UTC

Now that our study tour is complete, hopefully you'll be able to talk to one of us in person about what we saw, heard, learned, and experienced! Below is a wrap up video that serves as a nice summary of the trip and a reminder of all that we did. Leave us a comment below or head over and like GTI...

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It Is Finished!

posted on Friday Feb 24 2017 at 1:13 am UTC

That's not just the story of our last day, but the last part of our last day, as we celebrated Communion near the Garden Tomb, possible site of our Savior's resurrection. Our final day was spent covering much of Jesus' last day in Jerusalem, as well as his return, as our resurrection hope. We began...

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Feb 22

posted on Thursday Feb 23 2017 at 1:01 am UTC

As one of our folks said at dinner tonight, "We're not sure if we spent more time underground or above ground today." We also heard a lot of information from our excellent guide, so if today's summary seems a little cloudy, you will know why. We started early, so that we would not have to wait long...

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Boasting in our weaknesses

posted on Wednesday Feb 22 2017 at 12:44 am UTC

Today we visited three places, ending our day at the Israel Museum, where we looked at a detailed model of Jerusalem in the time of Jesus. We also got to see a Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit, as well as artifacts from several of the places we visited. So that's how our day ended, but it began with an ascent...

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From Galilee to Jerusalem

posted on Tuesday Feb 21 2017 at 2:05 am UTC

Today we said goodbye to our place by the Sea of Galilee and headed west, then south. We visited Nazareth and Megiddo in the morning, then Mount Carmel and Caesarea Maritima, on the Mediterranean Sea. As we drove through the somewhat large and busy city of Nazareth, Yehuda told us that it was very...

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Seeing Clearly

posted on Monday Feb 20 2017 at 12:28 am UTC

After a chilly devotional by the Sea of Galilee, we were treated to a perfect day in the Golan Heights. Our driver and guide were pleasantly surprised at how clear this winter day was, allowing us to see things clearly on our morning drive to Dan, including stunning views of snow-capped Mount Hermon. Dan:...

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Real and living history

posted on Sunday Feb 19 2017 at 12:55 am UTC

Our crisp, cool morning began with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. After the crew raised the American Flag and played the National Anthem, we were treated to a number of worship songs, starting with "10,000 Reasons." What a thrill it was to sing, dance and sail together across the Sea. We even...

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Because you say so, I will

posted on Saturday Feb 18 2017 at 12:57 am UTC

As we awoke today near the Sea of Galilee, the sun was out and the birds were singing (and we had no rain the entire day!). How fitting that our first two stops would center around Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, where the "birds of the air" help us understand Jesus' charge to entrust our lives to our...

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En Gedi & Qumran: Refreshing Contentment

posted on Friday Feb 17 2017 at 12:59 am UTC

Within the wilderness and the bitter taste of the Dead Sea, there is a comforting oasis, known as "En Gedi." As soon as you enter En Gedi, you see and hear what is missing in the surrounding areas: rich green colors, active wildlife, and the sound of fresh-falling spring water. Perhaps the author of...

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Learning contentment from the wilderness

posted on Thursday Feb 16 2017 at 12:56 am UTC

Today was packed with activity and fun, and what better day of the week to ride camels than Hump Day ("What day is it?!"). The Judean Wilderness We began the morning with a devotional by the Dead Sea (a few of us ended the day there, as well, floating in some very cold water!), then it was off to...

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Two Men; Two Hearts

posted on Tuesday Feb 14 2017 at 11:13 pm UTC

After some traveling challenges that put us behind a day, all 41 of us came together around midday and visited two major sites, before settling into our hotel beside the Dead Sea. We first stopped at a site overlooking the hometown of Samson (Beth Shemesh), located near the Philistine city of Timnah....

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Saturday Jan 07 2017 at 12:14 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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