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Israel Trip 2016 - Day 4

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Day 4 - 2/18 Thursday: Sea of Galilee, Caesarea Philippi, Capernaum and Jordon River

Today was a marvelous day around the Sea of Galilee area. Immediately after breakfast at our Kibbutz Hotel we enjoyed an hour-long boat ride on the lake. We paused to read scriptures that took place on and around the sea. We prayed and enjoyed the quietness, sang songs, took a group picture. Most notably we considered the "peace - be still" Christ gives us in our "storms" of life. After docking we went next door to Nof Ginnosar, the museum home of the "Jesus Boat" found in 1986. This 1st century boat was intriguing to see, given that it was no doubt the type of boat the disciples used.

Next we headed to Caesarea Philippi, traveling through the Golan Heights to the very north of Israel at the foot of snow covered Mt. Hermon. Here we discussed Christ asking Peter and the disciples "Who do people say I am and who do you say I am" while in this pagan community know in those days as the Gates of Hades.

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Israel Trip 2016 - Day 3

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Day 3 Wednesday: Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Nazareth, Jezreel Valley and tel Megiddo – Armageddon:

Today was our first full day, and it was a great one! With a great sunrise over the Samaritan hills and sunny skies and perfect temperatures (low 70s), we departed by 7:45 for the first site of the day ...Caesarea. As a city built by Herod the Great, Caesarea served as the premier harbor into Israel. We saw the theater, hippodrome, many mosaics, the Crusader part of the city, the ancient harbor, and the aqueduct. We read from Acts 10 about Cornelius, the first gentile, along with all of his family to become believers in Jesus Christ. We recalled the stories of both Peter and Paul.

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Israel Trip 2016 - Days 1 & 2

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Days 1 & 2 – Orlando to Tel Aviv – Feb 15 & 16 Monday and Tuesday:

The departure day finally came for our Israel tour! From Jacksonville, Michigan, DeLand, Deltona, Hilliard, Lake Mary our excited travelers for our international overnight flight through JFK Airport to Tel Aviv, Israel. It’s about 2 ½ hours from MCO to JFK and then 10 hours non-stop to Ben Gurion Airport in Israel. Arriving in the late afternoon – it was good to be back on the ground.

Sun and 70 degree temperatures awaited us. After processing through Passport Control, we gathered our luggage before walking to our tour bus. We were greeted by our guide Opher, and driver Abraham. Loading up the bus, we drove past Jaffa along the Med Sea coastline. We drove north through the Tel Aviv traffic to our first night’s hotel in Netanya. We checked in and enjoyed dinner together. Following, almost the whole group walked to the downtown area of Netanya as well as to the beach to dip their toes in the cool Mediterranean Sea. Great ending to a travel day. We are all looking forward to our first full day here in Israel tomorrow.

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