Israel Study Tour with The Church at Rocky Peak

March 12-23, 2023

Led by Michael Yearley
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Trip Blog Posts

Day 09 - Jerusalem: Mount of Olives, Yad Vashem, St. Anne's Church, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Farewell Dinner

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

Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me. -Matthew 23:37 IT IS FINISHED- Well, friends, what a journey it’s...

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Day 08 - Jerusalem: Temple Mount, Western Wall, City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Bethlehem

posted on Tuesday March 21 2023 at 9:00 pm UTC

Today, our first day in Jerusalem, we were really on the move. We started at the Temple Mount where security is tight. We weren’t allowed to even bring our bibles with us. The city has been attacked and rebuilt 40 times. This is the location of mount Moriah - where Abraham took his son Isaac...

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

posted on Monday March 20 2023 at 8:00 pm UTC

Today is March 20, which marks beginning of spring here in Israel! We began our day with an hour and a half trip to Nazareth, which is was the place that Jesus lived after his birth in Bethlehem.    We were lead to the top of what’s believed to be Mount of Transfiguration, which...

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Day 06 - Sun Mar 19

posted on Sunday March 19 2023 at 5:00 pm UTC

The Galilee Boat Ride wasn’t just any boat ride. This morning after reflecting, meditating and hoping to see Jesus walking on the water.  Our tour guide Ronen led us with some dance moves to the song “Hava Nagila” When translated means:  Let us rejoice,...

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Day 05 - Galilee : Mount of Beatitudes, Mount Bental, Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan, Jordan River

posted on Sunday March 19 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

We began our day with worship along the Sea of Galilee singing praises and also praying for Pastor Michael, who had been experiencing the onset of a cold-cough and needed some well deserved rest. We quickly hopped on the bus with our faithful tour guide, Ronen, who began explaining some of the...

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Day 04 - Galilee:  Chorazin, Magdala, Mt. Arbel, Tabgha, Capernaum

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

By the time we got to the top of Mount Arbel, the day had grown warm and only a gentle breeze moved the carob tree leaves. And by the way, the panoramic view of the Sea of Galilee was simply stunning. But the day hadn’t started that way. When I ventured out of our Ein Gev kibbutz room in the...

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

posted on Friday March 17 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

After yesterday’s refreshing and therapeutic dip in the Dead Sea, today was the day to conquer the land with hiking sticks, trail shoes, and plenty of water.  Today’s blog is about retracing the steps of a viscerally emotional moment in Jewish history. Masada National Park...

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Day 02 -Negev: Wilderness of Zin, Bedouin Hospitality, Camel Ride, Salt Sea

posted on Wednesday March 15 2023 at 7:00 pm UTC

Desert, desert, camels & more desert. That pretty much sums up our day- kidding! BUT we did learn a lot about the different types of deserts that are talked about in the Bible! As somebody who has grown up in California my whole life, my idea of the “wilderness & desert” is definitely...

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Day 01 - Shephelah: Yad Hashmonah, Gezer, Beth Shemesh, Azekah, Caves of Adullam

posted on Tuesday March 14 2023 at 8:00 pm UTC

Awakening in the comfort of our tree house, the literal translation of our first hotel Neve llan in Jerusalem, our group set out to our first stop at the Biblical village of Yad Hashmonah. There Pastor Michael and our charismatic tour guide, Ronen, illustrated through scripture the key theme of the...

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Day 00 - Arrival

posted on Monday March 13 2023 at 9:00 pm UTC

We made it safely to Israel! We are resting now at the hotel and look forward to beginning out tour in the morning!...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Friday February 24 2023 at 10:33 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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