Tour Rewind: Garden of Gethsemane and Caiaphas' House

On the western slope of the Mount of Olives, directly across the Kidron Valley from Temple Mount, lies the Garden of Gethsemane. Known as a garden of peace, it is typically anything but that, as some of the largest crowds in Jerusalem are often squeezed in here and jostling for position. Regardless, it is a …

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Tour Rewind: Mount of Olives

Mount of Olives Ok friends, as I indicated yesterday, there is method to my madness. As we head toward the weekend, I want to transport you to a weekend over 2,000 years ago. That weekend changed history...and I hope this weekend blesses you immensely as we finish our tour rewind by focusing on that weekend. …

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Jerusalem: the Grand Finale

Our final day in Israel proved to be extra special as we visited very significant holy sites and had a wonderful time at our farewell meeting/dinner. Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives Our day began on the Mount of Olives, where we got a view of Temple Mount. Imagining Jesus on that very mount, …

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Reflections on Tisha B’Av

Sundown on August 10 marked the beginning of Tisha B'Av, the saddest day in Israel's history. Imagine all these things happening on the same Jewish calendar day (ninth of the month of Av): The decree that Israelites would wander in the desert for 40 years after leaving Egypt, until a new generation would enter the …

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