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Jerusalem

We saw so many highlights today. We started the day driving to the top of the Mount of Olives to have a overall look at the Old City of Jerusalem. What a beautiful sight! Just to see that city is a wonderful thing to experience . We had a  picture taken with the city as our backdrop as a  reminder of our privilege to travel together.

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To me the highlight of the day was the visit to the Holocaust museum, Yad VaShem. The literal meaning of Yad Vashem is Hand and Name. Which means we are written on Gods hand, never to be forgotten.

What a moving experience to think back to recent history and remember that terrible time of man’s inhumanity to his fellow man.  We left with quiet thoughts of sadness. Our guide reminded us that the Jews have always had people who have wanted to destroy them.

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We thank God anew for the freedoms that we so greatly enjoy, and continue to pray for the Peace of Israel.
Teresa

Life Changing Experiences

Israel is awesome!  It has brought a whole new perspective for me oIMG_0299n
the Bible and where Jesus lived.  Our guide Jeremy, has a very deep understanding of the history of Israel and also the Bible.  He is an awesome tour guide….who also has
an awesome hat!
One thing I really liked about Monday’s adventures was when we got to see the pit Jesus was thrown in before being crucified.  It is almost exactly the way I had pictured it as a little kid!  We went down into the pit and sang 2 hymns.  It was kind of sad but happy to know that he did this for me!

This trip is a life changing experience that I will never forget.

Jack

Ein Gedi

While visiting of Ein Gedi today, many people decided to take the path leading to a great view, I myself decided to go down to the small waterfall. It sounded and felt like a malfunctioning shower. The water was slightly warm at the bottom of the waterfall. It was rather relaxing to sit with my feet In the water. Like being on the beach, with no sunset. Like a miniature paradise. I mean, seriously! Look at this image! —>

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-Peter P.

 

Masada and Jerusalem

Today was the day to go to Masada and like so much of the tour, it was a fantastic experience and gave me so much to think about.

But the jewel in the crown was going UP to Jerusalem. And UP we did go. When we reached the Mount of Olives – which is really a very long ridge that surrounds part of the city – we were off the bus to take a look from a viewing spot. The first thing I saw was the dome of the rock. I actually felt a sickening feeling. We’ve  talked a lot about the end times both here and in Bible classes at Berean. That bright shining golden dome seemed to make me understand for really the first time why our Lord was weeping when He looked upon Jerusalem and saw it’s fate and all the evil that would take place until He comes again. That dome seems to represent the darkness not only of the future but of the present and the past.

Our tour guide asked us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. It has much new meaning for me now and my prayers will change because now the peace of Jerusalem is heavy on my heart and has such new meaning.

Gerry Sue

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Baptism of Jesus

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We boarded the bus in the morning, left our hotel at Tiberias and travelled south along the sea of Galilee. Alongside the road, bougainvillea bushes showed off their brilliant pink, purple and orange blossoms.  What a gorgeous day to be in Israel.

Our bus stopped at the place where the Jordan River flows out of the Sea of Galilee, and we all got out to see the place where tradition says John baptized Jesus. Along the walkway,  we read Mark 1:1-11 engraved on tile.  “In those days, Jesus came from Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove, and a voice came from heaven saying, “Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased.”

Next to the English version were other versions in French, German, Spanish and so on. We lost count of the number of languages  as we searched for the ones that meant something to us. How comforting to see the message in our own language and so many others, to understand that God wants us to know He sent Jesus,  His own Son, to earth for us and for the people of every tongue and nation! How powerful to realize that bus loads of tourists from around the world find God’s message to them.

We want to thank our church family for praying for us. Today, several of us slipped yet did not fall.

Norma

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Beatitudes

Matthew 5:1-2.  When he saw the crowds he went up on a mountainside and sat down.  His disciples came  to him, and he began to teach them… Yesterday  I got to go up on that same mountain.  How special and moving and humbling to be able to be able to speak the same words Jesus spoke, in the same place he spoke them.
– One of the 59

Where Jesus Walked

The best way to describe our experience today is to exclaim the words of the song, “I walked today where Jesus walked.” Our first sight this morning was the sun rising over the Sea of Galilee where Jesus spent the majority of his ministry.

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Our highlights of the day included a stop at the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the sermon on the mount. With birds singing in the background, as a group we read together Matthew 5-7.

In Caesarea Philippi we visited the place where pagan gods including Pan were worshipped and where Jesus used the occasion to ask the disciples , “Who do you say I am? Seeing this location with its rock cliff brought this whole Biblical scenario to life. (see Matt 16:13-20)

In the evening we saw a genuine preserved fishing boat from the time of Jesus. It is likely the same kind that Peter and the others apostles would have used. A boat ride on the windy Sea of Galilee with devotions by Pastor Jim ended our day.

Thus we enjoyed a full day “walking where Jesus walked”

Sherwood and Maureen

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