Israel Study Tour with Pastor Steve Williams

May 16-26, 2016

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Study Tour Wrap Up

posted on Friday May 27 2016 at 12:56 am 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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Following Jesus

posted on Wednesday May 25 2016 at 8:44 pm UTC

Today was all about Jesus! (I mean, isn’t every day?) But today we spent the day reliving the last week of Jesus’ life. Our day started on the Mount of Olives, which sits just east of Jerusalem and has a commanding view of the Temple Mount and the city itself. Biblically, the mount has lots of significance...

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Oh Jerusalem... Where to start!?

posted on Tuesday May 24 2016 at 6:41 pm UTC

What a city! Modern day Jerusalem is home to 800,000 people, divided in approximately thirds between Arabs, Ultra Orthodox Jews, and Modern Israeli Jews. The city was first built by Canaanites about 4,000 years ago. Jerusalem sits on Mt. Moriah, where Abraham came to sacrifice Isaac (Genesis 22) and...

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The Nuances of the Text

posted on Monday May 23 2016 at 10:27 pm UTC

Today the weather was incredible! Not as hot as yesterday and the sky was a beautiful blue with huge fluffy white clouds. The sun was warm, but a cool breeze kept us comfortable as we hiked up to Tel Beth She'an which is situated in the Jezreel Valley in northeastern Israel. This ancient city was where...

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Building on Rock

posted on Sunday May 22 2016 at 11:02 pm UTC

Breakfast was amazing as usual with eggs, fruits, and veggies. Once we stuffed ourselves till we couldn’t fit another bit, we headed out to the Golan Heights to start our day off. Here, we visited Katzrin, a small village where we learned how houses were build and had the chance to make pita bread...

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The Very Words of Jesus

posted on Saturday May 21 2016 at 7:15 pm UTC

We started Day 4 off with a 6:30 wake up call, which by this time we are used to, and went up for breakfast. Breakfast was amazing, as usual, as well as the sunrise over the calm Sea of Galilee. After breakfast, we headed to a spot in which overlooked all of the Sea of Galilee, Mt. Arbel. The original...

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A powerful place and a great reminder

posted on Friday May 20 2016 at 5:45 pm UTC

Shabbat Shalom! Today we packed up and left our hotel overlooking the Dead Sea to continue toward our travels towards the Sea of Galilee. But the days journey was so full of such incredible adventures that I fell asleep before getting to write a summary. We traveled first to large oasis called En Gedi...

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Exploring the desert

posted on Thursday May 19 2016 at 5:43 pm UTC

This morning we got another early start so we could take full advantage of the day. After seeing a great sunrise, we all met downstairs and enjoyed a breakfast overlooking the Dead Sea. With full stomachs and all our gear, we loaded up and headed out to explore the desert. First stop was Masada. It...

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Bringing Scripture to Life

posted on Thursday May 19 2016 at 12:27 am UTC

We didn’t waste a minute getting our trip started. Most of us didn’t get to be until well after midnight and with anticipation most of us were up before our 6:30 wake up call. After a great breakfast we started our day looking at what an incredible impact agriculture has on scripture. I was blown...

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We Made It!

posted on Wednesday May 18 2016 at 1:11 am UTC

We made it! Two planes and 16 hours later we are on our way to our hotel. It's 11pm right now and we have been given a brief overview of key words to know, what to expect weather and time wise each day along with some cultural facts of the area. When we get to our hotel we will rest up and be ready...

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A Long Flight Ahead!

posted on Tuesday May 17 2016 at 1:34 am UTC

After many months of anticipation, our study tour is upon us! We'll be departing tonight evening on our two-leg journey to Israel. If you want to follow along with our flights, check out the links below. San Francisco to Istanbul Istanbul to Tel Aviv ...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Monday Apr 25 2016 at 4:39 pm 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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