"Walking Ancient Paths - Israel Study Tour"

May 10-24, 2018

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Trip Blog Posts

To The Ends of the Earth

posted on Thursday May 24 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Written by Shawna George We started our morning on the shore of the Sea of Galilee before we left one of our favorite places in this land. We read about Peter and some other disciples fishing in the same water we just swam in for days. Jesus appeared to them after he rose from the dead in John 21....

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The Lord Alone

posted on Wednesday May 23 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Written by Jacob Faunce Today is our eleventh day on the ground! This trip has flown by, but God has graced me with convictions and many great conversations with people on this trip. To start, today we went to the tel of the town of Gamla, which was considered the stronghold of the North for the Jewish...

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Following Jesus

posted on Tuesday May 22 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Written by Joshua Harmon To start off day 10, we went to Besthsaida. In Hebrew, “beth” means house, and “saida” means fishing/fisherman, which translates Bethsaida to “house of fishermen.” This is where Jesus called five of His disciples, Peter, James, John, Andrew,...

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Jesus Calls Disciples

posted on Monday May 21 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Written by Ali Hukill Today we started off our day with wakeup call a little earlier than usual…5:45 AM. Then, a bus ride to Mt. Arbel. Ben started off the day by teaching us the Hebrew word, “shema”, which means to hear, to listen, and to obey. “Love the Lord your...

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Early Years of Jesus

posted on Sunday May 20 2018 at 2:00 am UTC

Written by Heather DeBoer Today we truly felt the heat of the desert. With a temperature of about 108 degrees, we felt a little bit like we were melting. “It’s toasty”, “I feel like I’m standing by an oven” and, sarcastically, “huddle up it is little chilly”...

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Jesus in Jerusalem

posted on Saturday May 19 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Written by Rachel Gillespie Today was a big day for our team: it was Passion Week in Jerusalem. We began our day on the Mount of Olives, overlooking the opposite side of the city towards the Judean Hills. We sat just two miles from Bethany, where the ascension took place, Lazarus was raised from the...

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Where God Put His Name

posted on Friday May 18 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Written by Peyton George We started today at Ancient Jerusalem, David’s City, where we learned about King David and how he started to build the city of Jerusalem, on a hill, tightly compacted, and surrounded by walls. We then heard about the story shared in 2 Chronicles 32:5-8 about Hezekiah’s...

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The People of the Land

posted on Thursday May 17 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Written by Erin McCallum Wow. Where do I even begin with today? Today was arguably our most packed day thus far and we are tired, but it was all so incredibly worth every ounce of physical, but mostly mental and emotional energy that was needed. Today we got to study the “living stones”...

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Proclaiming God's Story at the Crossroads

posted on Wednesday May 16 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Written by Maria Tchakarov Today we started at the Mountain of Zorah and talked about how the Isrealites and Philistines were fighting for control of the Shephelah –also known as the crossroads of the land. Shephelah literally means “low” or “to bow.” Geographically speaking,...

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Reliability of God’s Word

posted on Tuesday May 15 2018 at 2:31 am UTC

Written by Lauren Grimes Let me just start by saying that my words will never do justice everything we saw and experienced today. Even the most extravagant words in the dictionary aren’t good enough to describe the overwhelming feelings of hearing the connections between the Bible and archeological...

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God’s Provision in the Desert

posted on Monday May 14 2018 at 2:25 am UTC

Written by Nikki Rakestraw Today we hiked down the Wadi Zohar and talked about God’s provision in the desert, how he always provides just enough of what we need; that we are to build our house, our life, on the foundation of the Rock and not on sand. After that, we headed to incredible historic...

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Sit, listen, and observe

posted on Sunday May 13 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Written by Cole Robinson Day one of our Biblical study through Israel was stupefying. First, we traveled to Beer Sheba where we stood on top of the hill where Abram established an extremely important well. The hill top was further fortified and enlarged through the centuries by the remnants of peoples...

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We start our journey

posted on Saturday May 12 2018 at 2:00 am UTC

We rode on a bus from Allendale, MI to the O’ Hare airport in Chicago, IL. Then we flew on a 12-hour flight from Chicago to Istanbul, Turkey where we had a 5-hour layover in the airport. We were able to challenge our taste buds with the taste of Turkey originated food. Lastly, we flew from Istanbul...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Saturday Apr 28 2018 at 5:08 am UTC

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