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  • Day3

    Jaffa

    December 8 in Israel

    Our first stop on our pilgrimage was Jaffa which was the first port city in Israel. We spent some time exploring St Peter’s Basilica which has some extraordinary Stain Glass Windows. We also saw the Mediterranean Sea and the old light house. As well at that we also saw Simon of Tanners house, who was believed to be St Peter’s friend while he was spreading the word and teachings of Jesus.Read more

  • Day4

    Jerusalem

    December 9 in Israel

    What a day! We got the chance to visit so many cool places today. The first place we visited was the Israel Museum. Here we viewed the model of Old Jerusalem which was absolutely amazing. Our tour guide explained how Jerusalem has changed over time and used the model to allow us to visualise this. We then went and viewed the Dead Sea Scrolls which were found in a cave in Qumran by some shepherds. These were the first recorded written text of the Old Testament. This was such a historically rich place where I learnt so much about the history of this wonderful place.Read more

  • Day4

    Ein Karem

    December 9 in Israel

    Today we visited a lovely little town in Jerusalem called Ein Karem. Here we visited two churches one was the Church of the Visitation where it is believed Mary Visited her cousin Elizabeth while pregnant. It was a stunning church with lot of great religious artifacts and images. After that we journeyed to the Church of St John the Baptist who was Elizabeth’s son. We all know why he is so famous as he was the one who baptised our lord Jesus Christ.Read more

  • Day5

    Caesarea

    December 10 in Israel

    Day 3 of my Holy Land Pilgrimage began with a 2 hour bus trip to Caesarea which was run by King Herod back In Jesus’ time. Here I saw some amazing Roman ruins such as an amphitheater, hippodrome (chariot track) and the foundations of King Herod’s Palace. His pool was still able to be seen in the ruins of his palace, as well as the room where they believed he held Peter after he was arrested. After that I went and viewed the ruins of the Roman aqueducts that fed Caesarea it’s water. This place was unbelievable!Read more

  • Day5

    Akko or Acre

    December 10 in Israel

    Finally today we stopped at a place called Acre which was the site of the old Crusader tunnels and buildings. This was a fantastic experience and I learnt a lot about the three crusades to the holy land. All failed expect the third and final. The crusades were a very important event in the history of Israel.Read more

  • Day6

    Caesarea Phillippi

    1 hour ago in Israel

    Our first site today was Caesarea Phillippi which was where Jesus asked his disciples “Who do they say I am?” It was here Peter responded with “the messiah”. Jesus also gave Peter the title of “the rock” at this location as well. It was the ruin of a Roman temple and was called the Gates of Hell. What a spectacular place with the ruins still so intact. The river that comes from this place also joins up with the River Jordan which we all know is where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist.Read more

  • Day6

    Capernaum

    1 hour ago in Israel

    This was the place where Jesus spent 3 years teaching in the Synagogue. Here we looked at the remains of St Peter’s house as well as the Synagogue where Jesus would have spent a lot of his time. This is the remains of a 1st Century city and would have been a major Yeah business hub at the time. It has been proven that both Jesus and Peter lived in at some point in their lives.Read more

  • Day4

    Neve Ilan

    November 12, 2017 in Israel

    Good morning from Israel! Quite the whirlwind of travel and planes and luggage and people. The details there aren't all that exciting except to say that it was long, but not overly stressful.

    However, the thought that came to me this morning is that whether or not we're ready, because "Here we go!" All the preparation that we have been putting this is now at the point of testing. Did we remember the razor? Did we leave enough cat food? What about the name tag? Did we remember the blasted name tag!?!?

    Now we get to really see if we're ready.

    Carol (my wife for those that don't know us) sent me a powerful devotional this morning from Living Proof Ministries.

    "I’ve thought over and over in the last five years," it said. “We’re unprepared for what has befallen us. Our discipleship, generally speaking, is not matching the demand of our violent, unstable days. We who follow Jesus were timed for this exact era on earth. God thought we were capable of serving it or He would not have planted us in this bloody soil at this moment in history. He’s a strategist. We leaders and teachers and mentors and communicators can either embrace what has been entrusted to us or answer for it when we see Him."

    The author goes on to talk about the lost call of discipleship in the church today. Like that gritty discipleship of old where you walked on hard paths and you made life altering decisions for the cause of Jesus Christ. That type of discipleship that was not needing to be coerced, entertained or played to. It was a sold out commitment to a cause and to a revolution. It was a cause that would call for suffering and rejoicing... simultaneously! It was the type of discipleship that equipped one to suffer persecution and gave cause for joy.

    Are we ready?

    I hope the call of Jesus Christ to perseverance, sacrifice, strength, love, faith and defiant joy in these times of chaos will be heeded by the church. I want to be like Paul described Epaphras who was “always struggling” on behalf of those he served, that they might “stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.” (Col.4:12)

    Your prayers are appreciated for our own readiness... as we face day one in Israel and as we, as followers of Jesus Christ face whatever it is He has for us.

    Blessings.
    More to come.
    Paul.
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  • Day5

    Choose Life or Choose Death

    November 13, 2017 in Israel

    It's a good place to begin. Any trip that starts in a garden seems like it'll be a good trip. Our first stop here in Israel was a Biblical Garden in the hill country of Judah called Yad Hashmona. I took a bunch of photos there, only to discover that I had forgotten to put my memory card back into my camera. I want to go back and recapture them, but those photos are gone now.

    But even with that little mishap, a garden is still a good place to start a journey. Adam and Eve started in a garden. Theirs was a garden with a choice. They were going to choose to obey God or not. One way would lead to life and the other way would lead to death. "I have set before you life and death," God would tell them. "So choose life." (Deut 30:19).

    We ended last night with a dark drive down 3000 feet to find ourselves on the shore of the Dead Sea. This is the lowest place on earth. It actually feels like you're closer to the center of the Earth here. It's dry, the air is heavy and hot. This sea is dead and you can tell.

    One of the reasons this Dead Sea is a dead sea is because it has no outlet. The Sea of Galilee to the north teems with life as the Jordan river flows in and then right back out. It brings nutrients and life in and the Sea of Galilee responds by letting nutrients and life right back out.

    But that same Jordan river only flows into the Dead Sea. Nothing flows out of it. So the water sits.

    All that potential for life sits and stagnates.

    "I have set before you life and death,"

    My devotional this morning reads, "Whether in Eden or Canaan or California, our decision remains the same. The land where we live - be it lush or desolate - is the stage on which we act out God's glory. Regardless of our location or influences, God gives us a choice each day from which tree to eat."

    Paul writes to the Romans in Romans 15:13, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

    As we walk through our days today, may we see every opportunity to overflow with hope and to bring life.

    Because if hope and life get stuck in us and never flow back out, it rots.
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  • Day4

    Azekah

    November 12, 2017 in Israel

    We had lunch here and it gave us an awesome vantage point of the Elah Valley where the battle of 1 Samuel 17 played out. David wasn't expecting to become a hero that day, but God had other plans for this normal outing. David and Israel found out that day how powerful God was. Yet again, we read another Bible story that starts out being about a person and ends up being way more about the God he serves.

    The other photo is just a picture of our sunset tonight...
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