Shalom from Israel!
Today was a glorious day! We started early this morning with our first worship service at Caesarea by the Sea. I shared a message from Acts 10, and Eddie led us in music. We exalted the Lord by singing, “I Stand Amazed, Good Good Father, and There’s Something About That Name.” We toured the coastal city and discussed the lives of King Herod and Pontus Pilate.
We left the coast and went to Mount Carmel. We talked about the victories of God and the reality of emotional struggles. Elijah saw God move, and a short time later, he petitioned God to die. Many of God’s great leaders battle discouragement, doubt, and depression. Even in our emotional struggles, God is faithful and with us!
Following lunch (chicken and rice), we visited Megiddo. It’s the site of the “Battle of Armageddon” (Revelation 16:12-21). We left that area of the Jezreel Valley and traveled to the Mount of Precipice. At that spot, we read the story of Jesus’ transfiguration. Peter must have been a good Baptist. Baptists love to do many things, including eating and building. Peter asked Jesus about building three structures (Matthew 17:1-13). From this vantage point, we were able to see the Mount of Transfiguration, Mount Nebo, and Mount Carmel. Jesus brought the Law (Moses) and prophecy (Elijah) together in Himself. He completely fulfilled Scripture.
Our next visit was to the Church of the Annunciation. We read the story of the angel’s message to Mary (Luke 1:26-47). When God speaks, He never wastes a Word. He speaks to change our lives. Mary heard the Lord and obeyed Him with a servant’s attitude and heart.
Our last stop of the day was in the city of Cana. While attending a wedding, Jesus performed His first miracle in this small village (John 2:1-12). I love the truth that Jesus was invited to the celebration of marriage. It’s imperative for couples to prepare for the marriage, not just the wedding. The Lord is honored when couples honor Him in their weddings and invite Him into their lives. We prayed for marriages that need to be restored; we prayed for couples that are seeking to love one another “in sickness and in health;” and we prayed for and with one another on our trip. I officiated a marriage renewal service for four couples. What a memorable time of worship! And by the way, I forgot to tell the couples that they could kiss one another. However, they knew what to do without being prompted.
Our day ended with another delicious meal and a stay at one of Galilee’s finest hotels. We leave early in the morning for our worship service on the Sea of Galilee. I’ve been looking forward to this experience for almost a year. I hope you’ll check back tomorrow for a full report and pictures.
Thank you for praying for us! God is opening our eyes to Him and His Word. As we shared this morning in worship, our time in the Holy Land is allowing us to see Scripture in high definition. That’s priceless!
His Word is Living and Active,
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