Two years ago I took my wife, son and 40 other people who have enjoyed my writings for an 11-day trip to the land of Israel. We had the time of our lives! Not only did we get to be where so much of redemptive history unfolded, but we also got to share it with people on a similar journey of learning to live in the Father’s affection and exploring more relational ways of finding church.
I am returning again in February 2017 to take my daughter and my niece on the same trip and you would be welcome to join us. Brad Cummings, my podcast partner at The God Journey, will also be joining us and adding his insights and passion to our tour. We are also adding an extended three days before the Israel tour for those would like to go to Jordan to visit Mt. Nebo, where Moses viewed the Promised Land, the ancient rock-carved city of Petra, and some added sites in Israel as we come back up to join the rest of those touring with us.
The cost of the Israel Tour will be less than $4000 per person, with double-occupancy and including airfare if you’re coming from the US. Those of you traveling from elsewhere can just pay for the land tour and make your own flight arrangements to Israel. If you’d like to join us for the three extra days in Jordan it will cost about $1300 extra. You can get all the details and register here.
This land and its people are pivotal in the biblical story and it is here that history will reach its conclusion. No, God is not more present here than he is anywhere else on the planet, but if you’ve never been you have no idea how it will impact you to be in the very places you’ve read about so often and how it will change your reading of Scripture for the rest of your life.
Can you imagine what it is like…
- to stand on the shore of Galilee with the water lapping at your feet
- to climb Mt. Carmel where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal
- to look down from the Mt. of Olives at the very place where God’s temple stood
- to be surrounded by 2000 year old trees in Gethsemane
- to approach Temple Mount on stone pathways that date to the time of Jesus
- to be in the very cell that held Jesus the night before He was crucified
My first trip to Israel in 1997 proved to have far more impact on me than I ever thought it could and the one we took two years ago brought some amazing people together and began friendships from around the world that continue to flourish. My time in Israel gave me a different dimension of understanding for God’s work of redemption. I was drawn closer to His heart. I had touched the earth where He had walked. I had been given a first-hand look at the sky, hills, valleys, and waters where He lived out His physical life. I had experienced His earthly home!
We’re making room for forty-five people to come with Brad and me. As we journey, we’ll walk through the Scripture story. I’ll be sharing some thoughts at key sites designed to stimulate personal reflection. And as we go along, we will enjoy a joint conversation about how God is revealing Himself in us.
The Israel Tour Company, known for intimate tours that allow people to absorb the culture and history of the land, is taking care of all the details. They have hosted both my previous trips there and I’m thrilled to be working with them again.
We have chosen to travel in February since the weather is comfortable in the desert locations. There aren’t as many tourists in the country at this time. And we can take a smaller, more intimate group more affordably. The length of the trip is designed to move us through the highlights of the country, still allowing time for reflection and a free day in Jerusalem. And for those who can come a bit early we are offering an extended three days to visit Mt. Nebo, where Moses died in Jordan, the ancient rock-carved city of Petra, and some added sites in Israel as we come back up to join the rest of those touring with us.
I hope you can join me for an amazing tour of Israel – one that will add so much to your understanding of who God is and how he wants to walk with us.