Tag Archives: Experience Israel Now

The Fifth Cup

Have you ever wondered why Jesus used such unusual language in the Garden of Gethsemane when he wrestled with his coming crucifixion? Instead of praying, “I don’t want to die!” he said, “Please take this cup from me.” Here’s the … Continue reading

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Secrets from an ancient quarry

Just a few feet from the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, there’s a forgotten gate to the past. Thousands of people stream in and out of the Damascus Gate every day. It is easily the most colorful and dramatic … Continue reading

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A massage from God!

After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, “David is in the Desert of Ein Gedi.” – 1 Samuel 24:1 For a few minutes, our group traveling in Israel was a little tentative. If we were going to … Continue reading

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The selfish virgins

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. – Jesus, in Matthew 25 My friend Joseph has a … Continue reading

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The Hard Places

“Stand at the crossroads and look;     ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it,     and you will find rest for your souls. — Jeremiah 6:16 My favorite photo of Israel? It’s one with a view … Continue reading

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God is my shade

The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand … (Psalm 121:5) The heat can be unbearable, the kind of thing that can really get your attention if you’re hiking in Israel. For all the preparations we make when we invite … Continue reading

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The Far Country: Closer than you think!

Every time I travel to Israel, I do my best to spend a little time in Bet She’an. Amazing place. Even after all these centuries, it’s obvious that Bet She’an was one of the best little cities Alexander the Great … Continue reading

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Snake protection: Take your light!

Your word is a lamp for my feet, and a light for my path. – Psalm 119:105 A few years back, we lived in the heart of rattlesnake country. I don’t like rattlesnakes. I only ran into a few snakes … Continue reading

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My Top Ten Tips for touring Israel

After several years of traveling to Israel, I’ve learned a few things along the way about maxing out on the best trip you’ll ever take. Got a trip planned to the land of the Bible? Here’s my Top Ten list … Continue reading

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The perfect wedding

Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. – John 2:6 A wedding is one of the most wonderful celebrations a family will ever know. We’ve been there. … Continue reading

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