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Israel Study Tour with North Coast Church

July 17-28, 2023

Led by Kip Strawbridge, Paul Savona
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Trip Blog Posts

Day 08 - City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Pool of Siloam, Temple Mount, Rabbinic Tunnels, Gethsemane

posted on Thursday July 27 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

Our first stop was in the City of David. Here we learned that God decided where to build the city and he didn’t pick a place that was “tall and handsome like Saul.” He picked something else. In Genesis 22 we learned that Abraham was asked by God to take his first born son to a place...

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Day 07 - Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, Herodium, Bethlehem

posted on Wednesday July 26 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

We started our day at the Holocaust Museum. Collectively, this was a difficult place to experience, but we were reminded the importance of remembering and telling our children. We learned from Ronen that 90% of the people heard what was happening and did nothing. The experience ended on a terrace with...

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

posted on Tuesday July 25 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

  The picture that Ronan painted for us with our stops today was that of a Jewish boy coming to a Roman city. Our first stop was at a place called Tell Beth She’an which means house of the complacent, secure, safe or invincible. This tell contains 19 different civilizations which...

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

posted on Monday July 24 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

  Today began with an amazing cultural emersion experience. We arrived at Katzrin only to learn that we needed to put on robes and head coverings. We then spent a good amount of time laughing at how ridiculous we all looked (except Cerena, she pulled it off!)    We were...

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

posted on Sunday July 23 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

Every day has been amazing so far but today seemed to have authenticity and particular sincerity about it. We first visited Capernaum which means Village of Nachum. Here we were given the picture and understanding of an insula; a village grown from the family of a patriarch or father and...

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Day 03 - Negev: Ein Gedi, Qumran , Lower Jordan

posted on Saturday July 22 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

We started the day looking out over the dead sea with a devotion about how God’s greatness is displayed in all of creation and communicated through his word, the Bible. We then Hiked to Ein Gedi which means goat spring or rather ibex. With the temperatures being so high in Israel this week, never...

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Day 02 - Negev: Masada, Bedouin Hospitality, Tel Arad, Dead Sea

posted on Friday July 21 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

So many fun and amazing things happened today, but I think it can be summed up with the realization of just how much like sheep we are, and how much we’re in need of a good shepherd.    Joe began the day reading us the story of how Jesus tempted in the wilderness from Matthew...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Thursday July 20 2023 at 3:45 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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