Burial at Sea on the Galilee

Posted on March 6, 2024
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Ashes, Ashes Tears filled Jessie’s eyes when she took my hand one evening and said, “I brought Derrick’s ashes. Could we have a service tomorrow in one of these beautiful places around the Sea of Galilee?” I knew her well. She was with her son on our trip to the Holy Land, which her husband…

Throwing a Cap Over the Wall

Posted on June 14, 2018
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I am walking in the Land of Giants again. Israel. Yesterday we were atop Mt. Carmel where Elijah called out the prophets of Baal. Today we walk were the Apostle Paul walked, rather, stood in chains before his captors and played the only card he seemed to have left. After several years of captivity, Paul breaks the…

Discover Israel: Behold the Man

Posted on September 14, 2017
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Every week or so, we will post about one of the sites on our upcoming Israel tours for pastors and everyone. The stories of these people and places in the Bible have the power to form us, first as humans made in the image of God, but also as servant leaders who have been called…

Discover Israel: King Saul, Tragic Leader

Posted on August 16, 2017
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Every week or so, we’ll highlight one of the sites we’ll visit on our upcoming Israel tours for pastors or for everyone. The stories of these people and places in the Bible have the power to form us, first as humans made in the image of God, but also as servant leaders who have been…

Tourism in Israel on the Rise

Posted on July 14, 2017
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I received a note yesterday that tourism from the United States to Israel is growing—and not just by a little bit. Compared to 2015 and 2016, tourism to Israel is up 20% from January to June. So far this year, 400,000 Americans have travelled to Israel—90,000 in the month of June alone. What is it…

LeaderWorks Update

Posted on May 4, 2017
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There are a few important updates for you over at LeaderWorks. If case you are wavering about taking a Pastor’s Orientation Trip to the Holy Land, take a look at this gallery of photos from our last trip.The experience is a total ‘refreshment and joy in the Lord’. And most every one of the clergy…

10 Reasons Why Your Pastor Should Go To Israel

Posted on March 27, 2017
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This January (2018) I will lead yet another trip to the Holy Land…the first trip will be for clergy.  Then, on the heels of that, a lay-oriented trip. (Both trips are found here: FaithPassage.com. These journeys will make trip #19 and #20 in the last twenty years.  Yes…I will have been to the Holy Land…

Stars & Bucks

Posted on March 30, 2016
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One of the most intriguing sites in the Holy Land isn’t a biblical site at all.  Stars & Bucks sits on a street down the hill from the Church of the Holy Nativity in Bethlehem. It is an obvious knock-off of the coffee giant: similar design, similar look, and not bad coffee either. (Cappuccino’s are served in…