Join Me on a Trip to the Holy Land
As you probably know, discipleship is a critical part of the Christian life. Once you make your confession of faith and are baptized, the faith journey is just beginning. The rest is a lifetime of growing spiritually and becoming more like Jesus. For me, one of the most formative experiences of my spiritual life was a journey to the Holy Land I took in 2008. As soon as I returned home, I vowed I would go again someday. I have also encouraged others to go in hopes they would have the same experience I had.
Now, eleven years later, I am happy to announce that I am hosting a “Journey through the Bible” beginning January 21, 2020. This tour is organized by Educational Opportunities, Inc., the premier tour organizer for religious pilgrimages. This eleven day trip will take us to over forty historical sites from the Old and New Testaments. We will see where history was made long before Abraham and long after the Six Day War in 1967. We will follow the life of Jesus from where both with child, Elizabeth welcomed Mary to his birthplace in Bethlehem, his boyhood home in Nazareth, and his adult home in Capernaum, to the places of his ministry, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. We will visit Jericho, the oldest city in the world and Tel Aviv, one of the world’s most modern cities. We will have a mountaintop experience on Mt. Carmel, and visit the lowest place on earth the Dead Sea.
Why am I doing this? Because I still remember the feeling of watching the sunrise over the Sea of Galilee thinking this is the place God chose for his self-revelation. I still remember seeing sheep and goats graze on rocky ground, fields of wheat, and olive groves, and realizing how the human condition has remained unchanged throughout the years and how much we need the grace of Christ. By connecting my faith to the actual land and people of Israel, tasting the food and smelling the air, I realized even more that Jesus is my brother and not some storybook figure or theological construct.
As a minister of the gospel, I want you to have the same experience I had. So I am inviting you to join me on this wonderful pilgrimage, to walk where Jesus walked, and feel the heroes of the Bible come alive. You can find out more and even register for the trip by visiting http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl20012120b49559#.XMh942e0Xcs or contact me for a brochure.
You will hear more in the near future, but I am taking reservations now.
Pastor Brian Dale