Category Archives: God’s Holy Land

A New Year in Nazareth Israel

Happy New Year 2011 from Nazareth Israel! I will never experience another New year’s Eve quite like this one! Fireworks went off for the longest time at midnight and there is no sleeping through it. The only internet connection available is in the lobby of the hotel in Nazareth we are staying at. I wishContinue Reading

Tour Day One–Petra, Jordan

Day one dawned on Wednesday, 12/29, overcast and cool. We left for Petra in the morning and journeyed about 2 1/2 hours from Amman, Jordan’s capitol city, to one of the 7 wonders of the world. It is thought by many biblical scholars that these gigantic rock formations were the result of Noah’s flood. WhateverContinue Reading

Travel is “da bomb”

Got you going with the title? Just what I intended! Representative of my twisted sense of humor. Bible Land, here we come. Don’t know if you are ready for us; there is no question we are not ready for you! Travel day #1 was a success. We made it all the way to Chicago. AlreadyContinue Reading

The Promised Land

Today, the land God gave as an inheritance to his people is often identified within the borders of the state of Israel even though the Promised Land encompasses much more territory. The beautiful, fruitful part of this blessed land inspires awe.Continue Reading

Wild Olive Branches

Two thoughts keep floating to the surface from our recent trip to Israel. The first relates to God obvious blessing on His people and their land. There can be no doubt that, despite the Jews resounding rejection of their Messiah, God’s covenant blessing remains with them. God is the covenant-keeper! His hand is still onContinue Reading

Reflections on Egypt

The grandeur of yesterday amid the poverty of today is the best way to begin to summarize what we experienced in Egypt. A visit in this eclectic land is hard to forget. The slums of Cairo sit in the shadow of the mighty pyramids. Once again, a study in contrasts. Between the incredible smog (CairoContinue Reading

From the Valley of Kings

This leg of our trip is spent in Egypt. Saturday evening finds us in Luxor, Egypt. We left Cairo this morning (3 am wake up call) and flew the short distance to this picturesque city famous because of it’s historical sites including The Valley of the Kings where King Tutankamen’s tomb lies alongside many others.Continue Reading

Qumran, the Wilderness of Judea & The Dead Sea

(Once again, sorry for the delay in posting. I’m thrilled to have access to Internet once again.) Today we were on the bus a lot (hence the first picture) traveling from Jerusalem to our final destination of Jericho where we are spending tonight (Tuesday). Along the way we stopped at Beit Guvrin, bell shaped cavesContinue Reading

Jerusalem–The City Made Holy By Christ

Somewhere near the very spot (pre powerlines, of course) where I took the picture below was where Jesus, nearing the time of His crucifixion spoke the following words: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a henContinue Reading

Touring in Israel on the Jewish Sabbath

Greetings from Israel on the Lord’s Day! The Jews observance (or regrettably, their lack of observance) began at sunset last night and ended at sunset tonight. Although all Jewish businesses are closed on the Sabbath, it seems that too many Jews have left even the religious observance of years past and now use this dayContinue Reading