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Israel Update #3

The Lord’s Day in the Galilee region of Israel gave us many worshipful experiences. And for the record, we didn’t digest any weird food today. Many people in Israel have a head knowledge of Jesus and His life. However, their hearts remain cold, hard, and unchanged. I’ve witnessed to several people in the Holy Land who are blind to Jesus’ grace, glory, and greatness. May the Lord give us a brokenness for people who need His grace, forgiveness and redemption!

Eschatology is the doctrine of “last things.” It’s a biblical truth that Jesus Christ is coming again. We walked today on the hills and plains of Megiddo. As students of God’s Word, you’ll recognize Megiddo as the place of the “Battle of Armageddon” (Revelation 16). The Bible declares that this battle will be fierce and bloody. However, as I stood overlooking that place, my heart rejoiced that John said that a Holy City is coming, and there will be no more death, crying, mourning, or pain (Rev. 21:1-4). God will wipe away all tears. Praise God that you and I have victory in Jesus!

I must say that it’s a beautiful sight to drive down the road and see a shepherd boy leading his flock through the valley and up the mountain slope. Psalm 23 takes on a new and fresh significance. I’m grateful the Lord is our Shepherd!

We travelled to the northern area of Israel around midday. We even saw a group of storks migrating through northern Israel. Our journey took us to the boarder areas of Lebanon and Syria. In the Golan Heights region, we could see the majestic Mount Hermon. Mount Hermon provides water and protection for the Israeli people. This mountain is the water-source for the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, and the Dead Sea. We walked in an area called Dan. The city of Laish was conquered and renamed by the tribe of Dan (Judges 18:7). This area of Israel possessed water-sources and trade-routes that benefited people. This route is also the way to Damascus. As you’re well aware of, Saul was converted on this road. By God’s grace, Paul became one of history’s greatest preachers, missionaries, church planters, and authors. In the city of Dan, it’s documented that Abraham and Sarah once resided in that place.

My heart was moved to spend time in the village of Caesarea Philippi. Jesus asked His disciples a thought-provoking question in this district. Jesus asked, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is” (Mt. 16:13)? Jesus turned to His closest followers and asked them, “But who do you say that I am? Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Mt. 16:15-16). Jesus revealed that He was going to build His church and the gates of hell wouldn’t prevail against it (Mt. 16:18). As I pondered what Jesus said in Caesarea Philippi, I confessed my love for the Lord and His church. The church is under attack. However, Jesus promised that the enemy’s deceitful schemes will be defeated.

Our afternoon was spent on the Sea of Galilee. We had a worship service on the lake with Dr. David Jeremiah preaching the Word. What an experience to praise the Lord in song by singing “10,000 Reasons” and “It Is Well.”Angie and I were able to live stream Bradfordville’s worship service while sitting in a boat on the the Sea of Galilee. To God be the glory! Technology is amazing! Our hearts worshipped with you. We had an evening worship service in Tiberias led by Michael W. Smith. We retuned to our hotel tonight and talked with Michael W., thanking him for a special evening of worship.

We leave our hotel at the Mediterranean Sea in the morning and make our way to Jericho and Jerusalem. I’m confident that the Lord has much in store for us the next few days.

Thank you again for your prayers! We pray for you every day! You keeping up with our ministry experiences in the Holy Land is special to us! We love you!

Thanking God for His Goodness,
Pastor Ronny
Psalm 23

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