See for yourself.
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'Now I get it,' she simply said, turning to me. 'Finally!' I thought.
You see, by that point, we had sailed on the beautiful Sea of Galilee, and even danced Hava Nagila, [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWPPedsKMUc] on the boat pictured below.
She laughed, but it hadn't grabbed her.
Then up a little hillside on another part of the Galilee, where the 37 of us circled up under a tree and considered what Jesus taught on that Mt. of Beatitudes:
"...You're blessed when you're content with just who you are - no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought.
>You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God. He's food and drink in the best meal you'll ever eat. >You're blessed when you care. At the moment of being 'care-full,' you find yourselves cared for. >You're blessed when you get your inside world-your mind and heart-put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.*
Friend, without seeing the natural bowl-like setting
just above the Galilee, you cannot imagine how Jesus was able to teach the thousands who had come out to hear him, how they could possibly have heard him without amplification. Seeing it, being there is understanding ...as with so many things in Israel!
Never again is the Sermon on the
Mount read the same way as having
looked down the hillside at the lake
Jesus loved so much.
'Hmmm . . . when will it click?' I mused as our bus
pulled into the Ein Gedi Reserve, where David lived
and wrote many of the psalms. I was certain
something would engage. Don't get me wrong,
she was not indifferent, just not fully
present. 'This'll get her!' I thought as
I watched her follow some people up
a trail to get a better picture of the
waterfall, enchanting pools...
'But no, not really' ...what affected her was when
the bus pulled over the hill and made the turn
into Jerusalem. We were singing this song -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hy5VxG6q98. . . and oh my dear Jerusalem, how my own heart
dost pound when I catch the first glimpses of you!
Guess what, Friend??
You can experience this for yourself -
I'm forming another group to travel this November-
Departing November 10, 2019 returning November 19, 2019 to USA
You can set sail on the Sea of Galilee ~ visit Nazareth ~ stand on the Mt. of Beatitudes, walk through Capernaum, walk to the waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Reserve, where David hid from Saul, and wrote many of the psalms. Take the cable car up to captivating Masada with its views of the Dead Sea (where you will float!) and beyond. Explore Jerusalem- including the Mt. of Olives, the place where Jesus last walked, the place to which he will return, and so much more! Oh friends, come and see for yourself how the Bible comes to life before your very eyes.
Stoke the embers of your faith with this
once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to the land of the patriarchs,
prophets and Jesus Christ!
Please hit 'reply' and 'Israel, 2019', and I will send you the information. Going to be epic.
But for now, dear friend, dear reader, I simply want to invite you to step a little closer to Jesus, to see for yourself. . .
>in such a way that you might
~consider that God truly is good and truly does have you in his heart
>to see for yourself in such a way that you might
~consider opening the words of scripture to shine the light on your daily path
>to see for yourself in such a way that you might actually
~consider that the Holy Spirit of God just might want to take you further than
you had considered, further than you have ever been with him... mmhmmm
O, friend, it is my highest desire, my total heart that you might experience the goodness of God. Come on, investigate . . . see for yourself the land, see for yourself who Jesus is, what he has done, what he will do, and who he wants to be in your life, if you will but see for yourself.
* - Matthew 5.5-8, The Message